H.R. 358, bill allowing hospitals to deny life-saving abortion care to women, advances

And the extreme reproductive rights attacks continue progressing, from the state to the federal level.

H.R. 358, the bill that would allow hospitals to refuse women life-saving abortion care (aka allow them to die) has passed out of committee and will likely go to the full House for a vote. The bill would also add even more abortion-funding restrictions to the health care reform law.

We’ve got big fights ahead of us folks.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/uclabodyimage/ uclabodyimage

    What the hell is wrong with these people?

  • http://feministing.com/members/trishm/ trish

    I am pro-choice, but with that being said I am understanding why there are people against abortion (that doesn’t mean I agree with them). But this is insane. With abortion, I feel like there are a lot of people that forget to focus on the mothers health, as well as her choice. And this bill is a perfect example with creating a law that “protects” the fetus and just puts the mothers health on the back burner.

  • http://feministing.com/members/tigerrose13/ Kimberly

    It just makes me sick that according to people and groups like this, the rights and well-being of a potential life (the fetus) trump those of an already-existing one (the mother). It’s as if the mother’s life and health don’t matter as much, if at all. I understand that most anti-choice groups want to look out for human lives. But don’t they realize or remember that the woman carrying the fetus is a human, too? It seems to me that according to them, a woman becomes less of a human the moment she gets pregnant. She turns into a feelingless machine for producing babies. Just sickening. And people like that shouldn’t even be working in the medical field if they’re not going to save (alreadyexisting) lives and actually do their jobs!

  • http://feministing.com/members/agent47/ Agent47

    Well, looks like the Republicans are trying to effectively sentence me to death. Quite literally.

    When I hit puberty at the ripe old age of seven, the doctors already could tell that my hips would never develop enough to be able to carry a baby, ever. I’ve come to terms with that, and they were quite correct. To carry a child would be to volunteer for multiple medical hip fractures and a life in a wheelchair. To add insult to injury, this also resulted in six different back diseases (five of which are in my lower back) and a lifetime on pain medication. Thanks to my nerves being almost completely demolished to begin with, and not to mention the abuse I would take to carry a baby to term, there is a much better chance of me not surviving labor than making it through (or being able to recover from a c-section for that matter).

    So, I better not get pregnant, is the moral of the story. Good thing that I can receive cheap government-subsidized birth control on a sliding scale. Oh wait, they’re trying to take that from me too.