••can ye pass the acid test?••

ye who enter here be afraid, but do what ye must -- to defeat your fear ye must defy it.

& defeat it ye must, for only then can we begin to realize liberty & justice for all.

time bomb tick tock? nervous tic talk? war on war?

or just a blog crying in the wilderness, trying to make sense of it all, terror-fried by hate radio and FOX, the number of whose name is 666??? (coincidence?)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

this email came yesterday, so it may be out of date already, but maybe not...

Because Freedom Can't Protect Itself
Dear ACLU Supporter,

This is unbelievable. The House of Representatives will vote tomorrow on a bill that would deny emergency abortion care to women — even if their lives are in danger.

If it passes, this bill would allow hospitals to refuse to treat a pregnant woman experiencing a life-threatening complication without further regard for her health or well-being.

We need you to act right now to keep this bill from becoming law. Tell your representative to vote NO on H.R. 358.

This dangerous measure was introduced earlier this year by Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA). In addition to permitting hospitals to simply abandon women whose lives are on the line, this extraordinarily harsh legislation would effectively ban insurance coverage of abortion in the new health care system.

Most insurance plans already cover abortion. So, the Pitts bill would have the effect of taking away insurance coverage that millions of women already have.

The Pitts bill would also let states give exceptions to insurance companies that do not want to cover certain care that the Department of Health and Human Services has determined must be covered. This means states could pick and choose which coverage you'll receive, including coverage for contraception or screening and counseling for HIV.

We have to oppose the Pitts bill at every turn. Tell your member of Congress to protect life-saving health care for women.

Extreme measures such as the Pitts bill should be rejected out of hand. Congress has no business taking away the abortion insurance coverage that millions of women now have — and no place telling hospitals they are free to endanger the life of a woman in need of emergency care.

The vote is happening tomorrow, so please act now.


Laura W. Murphy
Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office

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