The Hill, July 17, 2012 by Elise Viebeck
A leading abortion-rights group denounced a new spending bill from the House GOP that defunds the healthcare law and includes several anti-abortion riders.
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the bill exemplifies “anti-choice” leaders’ “War on Women.”
“These attacks on women’s freedom and privacy are way out of touch with our nation’s values and priorities,” Keenan said in a statement.
“Our message to fair-minded Americans who are tired of this divisive agenda is clear: Join us in electing pro-choice candidates in November.”
The controversial Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill will see a subcommittee markup on Wednesday. It is not expected to come to the House floor, but will factor into House-Senate spending negotiations in the fall.
“This legislation reflects our strong commitment to reduce over-regulation and unnecessary, ineffective spending that feeds the nation’s deficits and hampers economic growth,” said House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) in a statement.
The bill includes several provisions to block funding for the implementation of the healthcare law. It would prohibit, for example, new discretionary funds from paying for the law.
On abortion, the bill would bar funding for Planned Parenthood unless the group stops offering the service except in cases of rape, incest or risk to the mother’s life.
A conscience provision would also end, in effect, federal requirements that insurers or employers provide health coverage for services to which they object.
NARAL noted that the bill also eliminates Title X, the federal family-planning program created under former President Nixon.