Tell Sen. Reid: Stop the House's Radical Assault on Women's Rights
Recently, anti-choice extremists in the House (including 16 Democrats) voted to pass H.R. 3- a virulently anti-choice bill that goes far beyond any other anti-choice measure that has been proposed in the House, including the Stupak Amendment that passed the House last year.
On the same day that H.R. 3 passed the House, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi introduced identical legislation into the Senate.
With at least 46 anti-choice Senators and only 40 solidly pro-choice Senators, a Senate vote on this bill could be incredibly close.
But Sen. Harry Reid can make sure it doesn't even come to that. As Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Reid controls what bills come to a vote.
Supporters of this bill have been lying to the public about what it contains in an effort to disguise how extreme it is. H.R. 3 would sharply reduce access to safe, legal abortions for women in this country by virtually eliminating insurance coverage for abortions.
Even more shocking, the bill would redefine rape to block women who were victims of incest or statutory rape from using Medicaid to pay for an abortion.
And in some cases, the bill would inhumanely and callously force women who were sexually assaulted into the hellish scenario of proving to IRS agents that they were victims of "forcible rape" or incest.
While President Obama stated that he would veto any bill similar to H.R. 3, even a close vote in the Senate would embolden the anti-choice extremists.
For year, anti-choice forces have followed a strategy of ratcheting down access to abortion and slowly but surely moving to mainstream their extremist policies so that affordable access to reproductive health care is seen as radical.
Sen. Reid should not dignify this all-out assault on women by bringing it up for a vote. He controls what bills come to a vote, and he can stop the Senate version of H.R. 3 from even coming to the floor.
Tell Sen. Reid to stop the war on women, and refuse to bring this assault on women's health and lives to a vote in the Senate.