Yesterday, Tiger Beatdown‘s Sady Doyle, mastermind of the #dearjohn campaign and Eesha Pandit, an organizer, healthcare activist and Director of Advocacy of the MergerWatch Project, appeared on GRITtv to talk about HR3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. They did a fantastic job explaining why it’s so important to beat this bill, and why the removal of the “forcible rape” exemption represents a won battle, but not a won war.
I particularly liked Pandit’s explanation of why this fight is about class, as well as about sexism:
Laura Flanders: Amanda Marcotte on Pandagon said it was “misogyny with a side dose of class warfare.” What did she mean? Eesha?
Eesha Pandit: What denying federal funding for abortion does is target people who receive federal funding for abortion. Who are those people? Those are low-income women on Medicaid, those are women who get their healthcare through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan, through the Indian Health Services or through the military. So these are women that are particularly targeted, and this bill expands out to middle-income women who plan to get their healthcare through the expansion in the health reform law. So I think it’s important to remember that this is pushing out further and further the numbers of women that are going to be affected by restrictions on access to abortion.
You can watch the rest of the segment here.