Sex and Gender

The Stupak-Pitts Amendment

I don’t know if many people know about this, so I am wanting to bring it to light.  Now as the law is written the Federal Government cannot directly pay for abortions for those on Medicaid, except in the cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother’s life but the law does allow for the state to delegate money for Medicaid patients for such procedures.  The Stupak- Pitts amendment, which was passed with the House’s version of the bill would not allow anyone who is on Federal Insurance to have their abortions paid for.  This law also doesn’t leave the room that the current law allows for the states to re-delegate money for abortions for those who choose that option.  Now if Healthcare reform passes with the Stupak-Pitts amendment this would restrict access to abortions to many more women.

It seems so strange that during this time of great debate that so many issues of women’s health and women’s reproductive health are being questioned and it is starting to bug me.  It just seems to be we as a country are taking so many steps back, what’s next not allowing the pill to be covered under federal health insurance, i’m sure they would never not cover Viagra.  What’s next.  i guess we’ll see.

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