Friday, March 4, 2011

House Passes Another Bill That Has Nothing To Do With Jobs

And here I thought the Republicans won the election because they promised to put people back to work and get the economy going. I guess not.

The House Judiciary committee on Thursday approved a broad measure that limits access to abortion for women whose health may be harmed by carrying a pregnancy to term.

The panel passed HR 3 “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” in a mostly party-line vote of 23-14, sending it to the House floor. One Democrat, Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico, crossed the aisle to vote for it. […]

“This bill jeopardizes the ability of insurance companies to cover abortion care, even for women with wanted pregnancies who experience unanticipated health-related complications, such as breast cancer,” said Nancy Keenan, president of the pro-abortion-rights group NARAL. “Abortion may be the best option to protect their health and ensure they can have children in the future, yet this bill tells insurance companies they can’t cover this care.”

If the Republicans had run last fall on the agenda of further restrictions on the already-strict federal rules on reproductive choice and basically turning women into nothing more than the petri dishes for the Sacred Sperm, they would have had their asses handed to them on platter regardless of the unemployment rate or the size of the deficit. They know they can’t win on the culture war issues.

The Republicans treat the economy like a fetus: they only care about it when it’s someone else’s to deal with.