A lot of fuss has been made about so-called “Obamacare,” the US’s new health insurance legislation. It went on for months, etc., etc., and was finally passed in March. Now they have to sort out how they’re actually going to carry it out, including the transitional programs that will help people limp along until the full bill comes into effect.
NARAL Pro-Choice America warns:
The Obama administration just announced it will exclude abortion coverage in the temporary health-insurance pools that will transition us into the new health-care system.
This policy means that women who are part of these pools because they have significant health problems, such as diabetes or cancer, will not be able to access abortion care, even if their health is at further risk
The administration’s policy is similar to the ban proposed by anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.). That’s unacceptable – even if it applies to a program that will last only about three years.
Abortion is the most common surgical procedure women receive. At a time when the country is on the cusp of implementing nationwide health-insurance coverage, we should not treat abortion care differently in the new high-risk pools.
Help us fight back. Tell President Obama that the abortion-coverage ban was not part of the agreement on health reform and that he should not exclude abortion coverage from newly created high-risk pools.
They have a petition to sign here.
I did not know that “Abortion is the most common surgical procedure women receive.” That’s actually really scary. It shouldn’t be. I’m pro-choice, and pro-abortion in a number of circumstances (for instance, when the parents-to-be are still in effing high school), but that doesn’t mean I don’t find abortion regrettable. It is.
I am 100% pro-contraception. Prevention is the better part of cure. We wouldn’t have to worry so much about abortion is we educated our children and made contraceptives more available to everyone.
As for using federal money in health care programs to fund abortions, well, I can sympathize with people who don’t like that. But then I’d like to be able to chuck Viagra from the plan, too.
MomsRising.org has a petition urging Senators to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
From the letter:
The Paycheck Fairness Act, which has already passed the House, would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages. The bill also allows women and men to receive the same remedies for sex-based pay discrimination that are currently available to those subject to discrimination based on race and national origin. In addition, the bill would improve the collection of pay information by the Department of Labor and the EEOC to enable those agencies to evaluate pay disparities; facilitate class actions in Equal Pay Act claims to ensure that the rules that apply to civil rights lawsuits generally also govern the Equal Pay Act; and spark the development of salary negotiation skills training.
Fair pay is especially critical in this tough economy because more and more women are the sole breadwinners in their families. On the whole, women working full-time, year-round make an average of 77 cents to every dollar that men make. This means that the average woman loses $700,000 in pay due to gender discrimination in her lifetime. For women of color, this number can be even higher. That’s a lot of money that would come in handy right now for America’s women and families.
Iran has sentenced a woman, Sakineh Mohammadi e Ashtiani, to death by stoning. She has been convicted of adultery, based on a confession given during torture by whipping. The law has condemned her, but there is a movement to put international pressure on Iran.
Sign the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-sakine-mohammadi-e-ashtiani-live
Sakine Mohammadi e Ashtiani faces a horrible punishment for an act of nature: sex. But apparently sex outside of marriage is volatile enough that this woman deserves to be executed by stoning. At least some people in Iran think so. She will almost certainly be murdered by a corrupt “justice” system in a most excruciating way unless WE do something about it. This petition is that something. Although stoning is sadly not terribly uncommon in some parts of the world, saving one person from this atrocity could help to build the movement against inhumane punishments and executions worldwide and promote more justice in troubled nations like Iran. YOU have power to help stop this, the choice is simply yours to do it or not. I urge you brothers and sisters, for we have no more room for hate in our world, the free MUST remember the forgotten. This is simply our duty to our fellow human, to stand up for her when she cannot. I beg you to share this with anyone who would sign it, as it will send a strong message to those capable of helping this poor woman have her right to life.
Letter from her children: http://missionfreeiran.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/sakine-children-2/