The Straw that Breaks the Camel's Back (Stupak-Pitts)
by nikkid, Thu Nov 12, 2009 at 06:38:45 PM EST
As a pro-choice woman who has voted and supported candidates who are pro-choice for decades, the Stupak-Pitts amendment that just passed through the house in the HCR bill is unacceptable and will be the straw that breaks the camel's back for me regarding my votes and support of the Democratic party in the future should it come to pass.
If Barack Obama actually SIGNED this into legislation, I would leave the party for good and never look back.
The Stupak-Pitts amendment sets a woman's right to choose back decades. There is no healthcare reform worth passing that sets back someone's legal, civil rights. More than half the democratic party is made up of women. Most of those women are pro-choice. If we cannot depend on our own elected law makers, who said they were pro-choice to back us, then who are we to trust? It is the equivalent of saying "If you are a pregnant woman, this plan cannot pay for your medical treatment". Huh? Why? Being pregnant isn't illegal. And neither is abortion. What is the purpose of choosing to discriminate against this segment of the population? It is SEXIST and it's unbelievable and disheartening that it was introduced by a "Democrat", no less.
mcjoan at Daily Kos posted an excellent diary outlining exactly what women would loose should Stupak-Pitt pass:
I cannot support "healthcare reform" (if you can really call it that) which will take women back into the alleys with coathangers. We fought too long and too hard for this and to think it could be a DEMOCRAT that forces us back into the dark ages is unthinkable to me.
Stupak-Pitts reeks of sexism. If they truly were concerned about fetuses, then they would have also written into the amendment that viagra and all erectile dysfunction medication cannot be covered either. If they really did not want abortions to occur they could have written into the amendment that contraception should be free. Or vasectomies are free. Or that sex education should be implemented. But - no - they went right for the jugular, and it is only women who will suffer should this pass.
I am pleased to see that at least 41 house democrats (mostly women) have vowed to vote against any HCR that puts access to abortion for women in jeopardy.