H.R.358 - Protect Life Act

To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act. view all titles (5)

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  • Official: To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act. as introduced.
  • Short: Protect Life Act as introduced.
  • Official: Protect Life Act as introduced.
  • Short: Protect Life Act as reported to house.
  • Short: Protect Life Act as passed house.

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spalmer8 03/06/2011 7:25am
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I believe life begins at conception, I am a Christian, I am a mom and yes I am Pro-Choice! The woman’s life and the life of the fetus are combined and this type of legislation opens a bad can of worms. Why do Republicans and Tea Party Members think they can control a woman’s body and yet make the claim against the Health Care bill saying governement is too intrusive? You can’t have it both ways. Republicans want to eliminate almost all education, nutritional and health care programs to women and children and then want to force women to carry out pregnancies even if it is detrimental to the women’s health or the woman is unable to care for the child. They don’t offer any solutions to ensure a quality life for these children they are forcing into the world. Absolutely no forethought here. Woman will be forced back into the dark ages. Shoot this bill down!

flash8898 04/08/2011 7:51am

Love the fetus, hate the child…

The repug’s mantra as evidence by bills submitted. I don’t get this hypocrisy, as well as it is not being very Christian. Thank you “spalmer8” for your comments. Very well put.

rhian116 10/13/2011 3:03pm
in reply to spoyzer Mar 18, 2011 3:03pm

So, does the mother not also have a right to life if the fetus is threatening hers? What if it’s a her life vs. the baby’s life scenario? What if the mother is single, and the child would go into foster care should the mother die? What if the scenario is an ectopic pregnancy where BOTH lives would be lost? This bill is a joke because people with extreme beliefs, be they religious or otherwise, see no shades of gray- it’s all black or white.

People against abortion never consider if the one needing the abortion is a 12 year old that was impregnated by her father, or a 25 yr old impregnated by a rapist. What right do any of us have to further violate anyone’s body, their life, by forcing a pregnancy they never wanted, asked for, or caused by any other reason than being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

rhian116 10/13/2011 3:10pm

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: When a man grows a vagina and uterus, he can tell me what to do with mine.

What right do any of you ‘pro-lifers’ have to tell a rape victim she must be further violated by carrying that man’s child? That is 40 weeks of the most intrusive, life-changing, and body-altering moments any woman can go through, and she has the right to say when, and if, it happens. Would any of you really make your own daughter carrying her attacker’s kid? What if that daughter is a child herself, not even out of middle school and carrying a family member’s kid? Do you really think you have the right to help destroy her life like that? It’s already been altered forever due to the attack, and carrying that baby will only do more damage, be it a young girl that was raped, or an adult that was raped.

Isis7 10/12/2011 5:16pm
in reply to spoyzer Mar 18, 2011 2:58pm

Why shouldn’t public funding pay for abortions? I’ve worked and pay taxes for over 30 years, surely I have contributed funds to many pots of government. If I should need government assistance (welfare, including medical), and have an unwanted pregnancy, you mean to tell me that government medical assistance shouldn’t pay for my abortion (if I chose to have one)? Even though, I’m was a tax paying citizen for over 30 years? Yet, my tax paying dollars can pay for medical care, housing, food, and the education of illegal immigrants, corporate bailouts, just to name a SMALL few? Absurd.

thepodgod 05/01/2011 10:27am
in reply to spoyzer Mar 18, 2011 2:57pm

How many children have passed through your birth canal buddy?

neonblk 10/18/2011 12:20am
in reply to KimK Apr 04, 2011 11:33pm

Way to degrade yourself to a walking incubator. Hopefully (if this bill passes) you are not one of the women that have something horribly go wrong during your pregnancy, rushed to the emergency room close to dying, just to be denied any help all because someone has decided it is morally wrong to help you save your life.

youngcitizenoftheworld 02/18/2011 9:44am

It’s horrible & flagrantly irresponsible to defund programs which provide life-saving healthcare like cancer screenings & gynocological care to the most vulnerable members of our commonwealth. One of the beautiful things about religion is how it inspires us to reach out to those in times of need, & this is a disgrace anyone who values compassion, nevermind common sense.

thepodgod 05/01/2011 10:16am
in reply to spoyzer Mar 18, 2011 3:03pm

Spoyzer, firstly, the Declaration of Independence is not a binding document. In it, the founders condemned the crown for carrying on practices that we commonly do as a country today (extra-judicial rendition for example). It also acts as a justification for the overthrow of despotic regimes by the people being oppressed. If this aspect were binding we would have done things differently for the entirety of our history, from supporting the Haitian revolution in 1803 instead of ignoring it, to helping the Sandinistas instead of the Somozas/Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980’s.
That established, let’s keep it interesting and pretend it is binding law. When does it begin? Are you saying a fetus has a right to liberty? Does a toddler have a right to pursue happiness, even if it means eating nothing but sugar and never getting potty trained?
Finally, government text or not, this argument is COMPLETELY religious in it’s premise of a creator.
Got anything else?

thepodgod 05/01/2011 10:27am
in reply to spoyzer Mar 18, 2011 2:58pm

Spoyzer, You are using the term ‘genocide’ incorrectly. It has a specific definition. You do real genocide scholars from Raphael Lempkin to Samantha Power a great disservice in misusing it in order to make a fallacious appeal to emotion where your argument lacks merit.
That said, public funding for abortions is already banned under the Hyde amendment; this bill is political straw manning at it’s most absurd.
And you completely fail to address JackCox’s point, if there are no safe and affordable places for abortions to be performed, the abortions don’t stop happening; they simply become lethal. No one is saying they want more dead fetuses. Both lifers and choicers hate abortions; lifers simply have not figured out that making safe and cheap abortions unavailable fails at stopping abortions from happening. Choicers look past this for other solutions. If you really hate abortion, you would be pro-choice.

JackCox 02/05/2011 10:38am

Another Anti-Woman, Anti-Choice bill from Today’s GOP. I see it this way. Women are going to get abortions even if you ban them, it is a choice between letting them have it done safely or letting them have it done in a back alley. When the Republicans finally let it go that they have lost this battle. It will only do them more good.

mfresonke 11/16/2011 10:16pm
in reply to jesskazen Oct 26, 2011 10:48pm

Exactly why this bill should be denied. The people that support this bill don’t seem to actually care about the child, only about it being born no matter the circumstances.

ENFEMUS 10/18/2011 1:46pm
in reply to thepodgod May 01, 2011 10:16am

How is the 53+ Million abortions any different that the Holocaust? Hitler did what was Right to him and he did it legally as well. Kill Jews was legal, They were declared not human just as the US has declared Fetuses as non human. Justify it how you wish. I would suggest watching this short video 180 Movie

Isis7 10/12/2011 4:58pm
in reply to spoyzer Mar 18, 2011 3:03pm

If you’re going to quote The Declaration of Independence please quote it correctly! “We hold these truths to be self-evident…that they are endowed by THEIR Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Given the time this document was written and the events that were happening at the time, “life” did not mean a “fetus” inside a women.

During the time, it was meant as: the ENJOYMENT of LIFE by means of OWNING PROPERTY, among other RIGHT’S of the PEOPLE that were being denied of them by the TYRANT King George III of England. It amazes me that people will try to use any text as evidence to support their PERSONAL beliefs!

neonblk 10/18/2011 12:34am

To the male pro lifers..I feel there is a need to have a bill submitted to force vasectomy on all of you. Yes forced against your will. See how you guys like having your reproductive rights voted upon and stripped. This bill is unnecessary there already are funding restrictions in place. It is just a bill that will allow “religious” groups/persons to not be responsible for a woman that dies because they are more morally inclined to care about the fetus more than the woman on the floor. Where is that woman’s right to life exactly in that equation? OH yeah its not there is it since she is nothing more than a walking talking incubator for the next generation…that republicans care so much about…..oh wait MY BAD they already want to cut funding for several government programs and services for poor families. Government needs to grab its sack and stop bending the knee to the religious zealots that are trying to make this country a theocracy.

maxim80 10/15/2011 11:26am

It’s funny how those most vocal about protecting the ‘unborn’ are also the ones that call for cuts to the social programs that help the underprivileged kids. Typical religious hypocrisy.

maxim80 10/15/2011 11:32am

It’s an idiotic bill conceived by hypocrites. If it doesn’t die in the Senate it will surely die on Presidents desk…Thank ____.

neonblk 10/18/2011 12:16am
in reply to sandersmatz Oct 17, 2011 8:32pm

Oh yeah cause there are not thousands of children already waiting to be adopted in this country. Yeah the adoptions (human trafficking) profit mills are doing wonderful aren’t they. Here’s an idea..how about you jump on the train out of lala land where only married people and wanting to conceive couples have sex and start supporting a comprehensive sexual education program..so we can cut down on the need for abortion instead of ranting about women being morons. Forced to live with the consequences of their bad behavior you say…yeah you really are an idiot. AS if you, oh holyone, are allowed to judge anyone’s behavior. Most this morons where actually using contraceptives when they became pregnant. Don’t believe me google it.

nebeltanzerin 02/04/2011 5:21pm

Didn’t see the article that linked me here in the News & Blogs section, so here ya go:

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/02/new-gop-law-would-allow-hospitals-to-let-women-die-instead-of-having-an-abortion.php?ref=dcblt

By the way, can someone enlighten me as to the non-religious arguments against abortion? I consider “all life is sacred” to be a religious argument.

neonblk 10/18/2011 12:07am
in reply to sandersmatz Oct 17, 2011 8:32pm

Typical. 54% that receive an abortion where using some form of contraception the month they got pregnant. The only person jumping to hasty decision is you when you decided to label someone “irresponsible” or "stupid"just because they unfortunately had to have an abortion.

SMolnar 07/22/2012 3:35pm

The religious views of some should not decide the civil rights of all. This is supposed to be a democracy.

commonground 10/14/2011 11:30am

I feel that what this bill is trying to do is right. I am a woman with several kids. I don’t believe that you have to have a vagina or uterus to have an opinion on this. Men have a responsibility in creating children so they should have a say. Too many times rape or life of the mother argument is used to defend pro-choice. Set those type of abortions aside and we still have too many taking place, just because they are so easily available. If it were not so easy, i.e. wait time/counseling, maybe we would not have so many. Tax funds should not be used for abortions. Unfortunately, this bill will still allow abortions to take place. If a woman’s chooses to have an abortion, they still are able. They will just need to pay or obtain funding else ware. This is opportunity for the pro-choice groups to put their money where their mouth is, by setting up a grant system. Women that need assistance could apply for a grant to pay for the procedure, keeping government out of the business.

jreddick 10/18/2011 6:11pm

I feel like very few people here actually read the bill.

There is no where in the bill that restricts how people spend their own money on health insurance or what insurance is offered by private health insurance. It only indicates that money specifically appropriated by the health care act cannot be used for abortion coverage. However, it has exceptions for pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, and in cases where the woman’s life is in danger from the pregnancy or from giving birth. That means all three of those cases can use money appropriated by the act.

Additionally, it states that the government entities receiving money from the act can’t discriminate against health care entities that do not wish to offer abortion services. It says nothing at all about being allowed to deny a woman emergency services to save her life if the pregnancy has gone wrong, (usually a miscarriage situation, which is not an abortion).

I am neutral on the bill, but people should really read it.

spoyzer 03/18/2011 3:03pm
in reply to nebeltanzerin Feb 04, 2011 5:21pm

“… endowed by the creator with certain unalienable rights. among these are LIFE, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Please note that the right to life is the first.

MNoy 04/28/2012 9:14pm
in reply to sandersmatz Oct 17, 2011 8:32pm

Well, as far as I know, it takes two to tango. I don’t think a woman can get pregnant without a jerk that copulates with her. Having said that and since you placed the responsibility entirely upon the woman it is her uterus she is the only one that should decide if she wants or not to have a child.

Pro-lifers here are claiming that any abortion is killing a BABY; it is a baby once it passes the birth canal not before. From conception up to week 9, it is a clot that has no nervous system, no spine, no brain or heart. After week 9, it resembles from a mouse to a horse but I must agree that at that point it begins to have a brain and nervous system. An abortion performed during the first 9 weeks is getting rid of a blood clot that, once it’s born 9 months later none of you would give a damn about.

Pro-lifers are against abortions for religious beliefs. If I chose to burn in hell it should be my problem, not yours. Stop pushing your beliefs upon the rest of us.

MNoy 04/28/2012 9:14pm
in reply to sandersmatz Oct 17, 2011 8:32pm

Well, as far as I know, it takes two to tango. I don’t think a woman can get pregnant without a jerk that copulates with her. Having said that and since you placed the responsibility entirely upon the woman it is her uterus she is the only one that should decide if she wants or not to have a child.

Pro-lifers here are claiming that any abortion is killing a BABY; it is a baby once it passes the birth canal not before. From conception up to week 9, it is a clot that has no nervous system, no spine, no brain or heart. After week 9, it resembles from a mouse to a horse but I must agree that at that point it begins to have a brain and nervous system. An abortion performed during the first 9 weeks is getting rid of a blood clot that, once it’s born 9 months later none of you would give a damn about.

Pro-lifers are against abortions for religious beliefs. If I chose to burn in hell it should be my problem, not yours. Stop pushing your beliefs upon the rest of us.

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neonblk 10/18/2011 12:27am
in reply to maxim80 Oct 15, 2011 11:32am

agreed


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