I know, it feels like a nightmare replaying over and over again. HR3, one of the most anti-woman pieces of legislation in Congress right now, is up for a vote tomorrow.
As a refresher, here’s HR3 in a nutshell:
- It manipulates the tax code to push forward an anti-choice — and anti-woman — agenda
- It would make it virtually impossible for private insurance companies that participate in the new health system to offer abortion coverage to women (it eliminates tax credits for any insurance plan that covers abortion care)
- It denies pregnant women access to life-saving procedures via expanded conscience clauses
This bill is likely to pass the House; so likely in fact, that I’d bet my life savings on it. But, there may be a light at the end of the shitty conservative tunnel. If HR3 passes the House and went on to pass in the Senate, Obama’s senior advisors are recommending he veto it.
Here’s what the Office of Management and Budget had to say about it:
The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 3 because it: intrudes on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care; increases the tax burden on many Americans; unnecessarily restricts the private insurance choices that consumers have today; and restricts the District of Columbia’s use of local funds, which undermines home rule. Longstanding Federal policy prohibits Federal funds from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered. This prohibition is maintained in the Affordable Care Act and reinforced through the President’s Executive Order 13535. H.R. 3 goes well beyond these safeguards by interfering with consumers’ private health care choices. The Administration also strongly supports existing provider conscience laws that have protected the rights of health care providers and entities for over 30 years, and it recognizes and supports the rights of patients. The Administration will strongly oppose legislation that unnecessarily restricts women’s reproductive freedoms and consumers’ private insurance options.
If the President is presented with H.R. 3, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill. (Via RH Reality Check.)
Let’s hope Barry does the right thing.
While we wait, however, YOU can do the right thing by contacting your Congress representatives and telling them to vote NO on HR3!