Freepers react to the anti-abortion provision tucked in spending bill
I wrote an entry about this dead-of-night, slippery-slope travesty slipped into the omnibus bill on Fri.
Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, despite pleas from nine female senators to change the anti-choice language, left it in the bill. The measure would bar federal, state and local agencies from withholding taxpayer money from health care providers that refuse to provide or pay for abortions or refuse to offer abortion counseling or referrals because of “personal religious objections.”
As I said on Friday: rural and poor women will be left with few options. The wingnuts are apparently telling us that they are ready for the back-alley abortion and babies-dumped-in-trash cans to make a nostalgic comeback. Access to contraception is not far behind; any pharmacist, doctor or hospital that believes THAT is morally objectionable will be able to deny it to someone. I knew it wouldn’t be long before the right-wing Free Republic (Freepers) jumped on this, with glee. They are not content to stop with this folks.
When I first saw this, it looked like the Congress had added a provision that would cause the BATFE to go around gunning down abortion doctors on the street. What a relief to know that it really means that if your religion prohibits abortion, the law will no longer put a gun to your head to provide them anyway, and the First Amendment be damned. About time we had some common sense in the legal system.
4 posted on 11/20/2004 4:07:58 PM PST by Hardastarboard
MY headline: Religeous freedom protection provision tucked into spending bill.
6 posted on 11/20/2004 4:12:12 PM PST by No Longer Free State
I dont understand why they protect a woman who wants to commit murder and call it harming HER reproductive rights. More has to be done to these women and not protect her.
9 posted on 11/20/2004 4:19:42 PM PST by stopem
Superb move…..could it be the Republicans are going to exercise some muscle with shrewdness?! YES!!!
“Some lawmakers and congressional aides interpreted the House leaders’ insistence as reflection of the new strength of the anti-abortion movement and Christian conservatives, who played an important role in re-electing Bush this month.”
We ought to call our representatives and let them know we appreciate this brilliant move!! :o) This renews my energy!
10 posted on 11/20/2004 4:33:07 PM PST by SeasideSparrow
“reproductive health access for women”
AKA birth control. Plain and simple!
11 posted on 11/20/2004 4:41:29 PM PST by LuigiBasco (It’s LONG past time to restart The Crusades. (What are we waiting for!)
Very perceptive. The provision has everything to do with choice—choosuing to have nothing to do with abortions. Shows how terminally wedded the Dims are to their anti-life dogma. Love how my idiot Senator Lautenberg couldn’t understand why Republicans didn’t come out en masse to hear Daschole speak. Why in the world should they?
12 posted on 11/20/2004 4:59:08 PM PST by exit82 (Righteousness exalts a nation…… Proverbs 14:34)