Pelosi to Women: GOP Waging Assault on Your Health

Three GOP-backed bills threaten abortion access
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2011 11:12 AM CST
Pelosi to Women: GOP Waging Assault on Your Health
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. takes part in a hearing of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to discuss the need to create jobs, Feb. 2, 2011.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The GOP and its barrage of abortion-linked bills are a menace to women's health, says an incensed Nancy Pelosi, who calls the "extreme legislation" the "the most comprehensive and radical assault on women's health in our lifetime." And she worries that women aren't fired up enough about the possibility that their access to abortion will be cut, the Huffington Post reports. One bill, HR 3, would cut tax credits and benefits of employers who offer health insurance that covers abortion access. HR 217 would cut family-planning funds to organizations offering abortion access, crippling groups like Planned Parenthood.

A third bill, HR 358, would let hospitals reject women whose lives depend on ending a pregnancy. The effort is “dangerous to women's health” and “disrespects the judgment of American women,” Pelosi says. “We have to make this issue too hot to handle.” HR 217 could come to a vote in the next week, and “I can't believe that everybody who is anti a woman's right to choose is anti-birth control. But we don't know that, and we don't have any idea where the Tea Party people come down in all of this."
(More Nancy Pelosi stories.)

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