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THIS ENDS NOW: Women’s Bodies and Rights are NOT Political Barter.

This Ends Now:

Campaign One

Women’s Reproductive Health & Safety

THIS ENDS NOW: Women’s Bodies and Rights are NOT political bargaining chips.
To Every Democratic Politician in Washington D.C.:

This Ends NOW

Last week, in a shameful display, the White House along with the Democratic Majority in the House and Senate passed health insurance reform legislation that discrimates against women and further erodes a woman’s ability to access safe, legal, affordable, and accessible abortion services.

As a direct result of the legislation passed through the health insurance reform bill:

Women will have to purchase a separate policy through their private insurance providers, if they wish to have coverage for abortion services. Employers will have to issue two separate checks to pay for employee health care benefits. One for the abortion coverage policy, and one for the policy that covers everything else.

Women will have a much more difficult time obtaining private insurance coverage that offers any abortion coverage. In the Sunday, March 10th issue of The Washington Post, it was reported that the largest insurance provider in North Dakota, a state that already mandates abortion riders, has not sold any of these policies in North Dakota. The complicated system, designed by intent, unnecessarily complicates the insurance application process, and thus makes it more difficult for women to pay for obtain affordable, safe, and legal abortion services.

Women will remain subject to the institutionalized private insurance practice of being charged higher health insurance premiums then men, if they should happen to work for a company that employs greater then 100 employees. Despite political leaders proclaiming that eliminating gender discrimination was a crucial goal in health insurance reform, this bill allows millions of women to be subject to this discriminatory and outrageous practice.

Women will still be subject to the discriminatory law of the Hyde amendment which disallows federal dollars from being used to provide legal abortion services except in rare instances where the life of the mother is threatened or the woman is a victim of rape or incest. President Obama issued the following statement as a Presidential candidate:

"the federal government should not use its dollars to intrude on a poor woman’s decision whether to carry to term or to terminate her pregnancy and selectively withhold benefits because she seeks to exercise her right of reproductive choice in a manner the government disfavors"?

Yet, instead of working to eliminate the Hyde amendment in his tenure as President, he functionally cemented the Hyde amendment into law with his exectutive order reaffirming support and strict federal oversight for compliane with this law. Additionally, he advanced the inaccurate meme often repeated in the media that the Hyde amendment was established law The Hyde amendment is not established law, but rather legislation that must be affirmed into the Appropriations Bill every single year.

Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed for women. It is a legal procedure. The passage of this law is clear discrimination and the separation of abortion coverage from comprehensive private insurance policies is a violation of a woman’s right to privacy and gender discrimination in its ugliest form.

Let it be known that I will no longer accept the political leadership of this country using my rights and body as political barter for the legislating process.

I expect every single democratic politician who allowed the discriminatory language included in the health insurance reform bill to publicly apologize to the women of this nation.

I expect that every single democratic politician adhere to the pro-choice party platform and fight to protect the reproductive health and safety of the women of this nation.

I expect that the democratic party develop public health policy under the rational grounds of science and facts rather the personal opinions of the minority.

I expect the democratic party to publicly acknowlege the well documented statistical studies that show criminalization of abortion does not result in decreased abortion rates, but only serves to drive women into a dangerous underground that provides great risk to their physical health, safety, and very lives.

If the democrats fail to be held accountable for their own failure to protect and fight for women’s health and safety, I will vigorously work to replace EVERY single politician who does not actively fight to protect a woman’s right to autonomy over her own body.

Under NO circumstances should a woman’s right be held at the mercy of political bartering.

It is is up to YOU as to what I do next.

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debbierlus

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