The Sneaky Bill That Passed While Spotlight Was on Planned Parenthood Hearing
The bill, H.R. 3495, is named — rather ironically— the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act. Now headed to the Senate for their vote, H.R. 3495 would allow individual states to eliminate any healthcare provider who performs or participates in abortion care as a Medicaid provider within that state.
The Obama administration issued a statement of administration policy on Monday voicing the President’s intent to veto such legislation if necessary — noting that, if enacted, it would “limit access to both critical women’s health services and health care throughout local communities across the Nation, and would have a disproportionate impact on women and low-income individuals. Moreover, it would undermine a woman’s right, upheld by the Supreme Court, to make her own choices about her body and her health care.”