House Passes HR 358, the “Let Women Die” Act of 2011

Please click on the link to read about the legislation that the Republicans hold more important than addressing the economic and unemployment crises that this country faces. House Passes HR 358, the “Let Women Die” Act of 2011 | Common Dreams.

Once again, the Repubs have proven that they do NOT hold life sacred no matter how much they call themselves “pro-life.” A woman’s life is of little or no value in comparison to a fetus, even one who might be born at the expense of its mother’s life.  As I said in an earlier post, The Paradox of Pro-Life Politics:

If life begins at conception, there should be no question that it continues after birth. If you only support life from conception to birth, rather than conception to death (following a long life on earth), then you have no right to call yourself “pro-life.”

The article sums up the bill:

H.R. 358 contains. . . provisions revealing complete disregard for women’s health and lives. It permits states to enact sweeping refusal laws that would allow health plans to refuse to cover women’s preventive services, including birth control, without cost-sharing . . . It . . . expands an already expansive refusal clause . . . without any regard for patient rights or protections.

H.R. 358 further allows health care entities–hospitals, clinics–to refuse to “participate in” abortion care. This could mean that a hospital employee with no medical training or role in a patient’s treatment decisions could refuse to process bills, handle medical records, or even set up an examination room for a patient seeking abortion care.

And finally, it overrides protections for pregnant women under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. . . . Under EMTALA, hospitals must stabilize a pregnant patient who, for example, is facing an emergency obstetric condition or life-threatening pregnancy and either treat her–including an emergency abortion–or if the hospital or staff objects, to transfer her to another facility that will treat her.

Please note that this bill includes provisions to make birth control more expensive and difficult to get. Clearly, the right-wing, conservative, “pro-life-fetus/pro-death-mother/pro-death- children of poverty” contingent has demonstrated their disdain for women.

It never ceases to amaze me how easily people will vote against their own best interests and how even women legislators can vote in favor of this travesty.

I propose, then, that men who “spill their seed” without the intent of initiating life are equally as guilty, in the eyes of these nutcases, as a woman who wishes to use birth control or who needs an abortion to save her life.  Doesn’t the Bible have a prohibition against men “spilling their seed?” Where is the attack on male masturbation? Shouldn’t someone present a bill in congress to make this a crime?

President Obama has promised to veto this hateful bill should it pass the senate. Hooray for him, and shame on our congress for wasting valuable time to demonstrate once again how little they value life.

About Sharon

**Writing, both personal and professional, has always been an important aspect of my life. **Personally, whether I write from experience or invent fictional characters, I learn so much about myself. Writing has always helped me understand and deal with important events and issues in my life. The blog, "Boxelders and Blackberries" serves this purpose. **My "gravatar" is a boxelder tree, which I hope provides a way to bring together my personal and professional writing. The boxelder tree branches into multiple trunks, each representing a different direction my life and career has taken.
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