Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has announced that she will introduce the EACH Women Act (Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance) in the Senate, while Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) will be introducing the bill in the House. The EACH Women Act would overturn the Hyde Amendment, not only forcing federal taxpayers to fund abortion, but also banning legislators from working to prevent abortion from being covered by private insurance companies. The Hyde Amendment is estimated to have saved millions of lives.
“I think the key message here is it’s about supporting women of color, working women, and low-income women,” Duckworth said at a press conference. “A right that’s supposed to be for all Americans is being restricted…. It’s fundamentally unfair. I want this to be a discussion moving forward in 2020.” Lee, meanwhile, touted the high number of sponsors she has in the House, and insisted that she plans to see the bill passed. “Last Congress we had 137 cosponsors on this bill. That was two-thirds of the Democratic Caucus,” she said to Think Progress. “So we already know that there is broad support for this bold legislation and we plan to build on that this Congress.”
But abortion isn’t a “right… for all Americans.” Abortion completely erases men (fathers) from the equation, and completely ignores the reality of the existence of a human being in the womb (pregnancy) — the entire reason a woman would seek abortion in the first place.
Leana Wen, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, wasted no time applauding the bill on Twitter, writing, “This groundbreaking legislation moves us closer to a reality where women can make their own decisions, in consultation with their doctors and their families, without the interference of politicians.” Other pro-abortion groups, like Physicians for Reproductive Health and the Guttmacher Institute, cheered the development as “historic” and a way of righting an “injustice.” The true injustice is abortion itself:
The EACH Women Act would not just allow Medicaid to fund abortion; it would also cover every single federal health care program, including the Indian Health Services, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Veterans Administration, and the Peace Corps. As Republicans continue to hold both the House and the Senate, the bill’s sponsors are aware that it will not pass. But they see it as an opportunity to tell the country where they stand and what they want to change — but will Americans support this kind of legislation?
This is not the first time Democrats have attempted to overturn the Hyde Amendment — in fact, doing so was part of the 2016 official party platform. The Hyde Amendment is not a law, but is a rider added to every appropriations bill since 1976, and it bans federal taxpayer funding of abortion. While pro-abortion Democrats enthusiastically embrace taxpayer funding for abortion, Americans do not, according to multiple polls. Democrats claim that they’re doing this for women, and to right injustices… but the reality is, Americans, including an overwhelming majority of women, do not support this kind of extremist legislation. This has nothing to do with supporting women, and everything to do with continuing to push their pro-abortion agenda onto a public that does not want it.
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