The House just passed a measure to strip Planned Parenthood of its funding. Sponsored by Indiana’s Republican Congressman Mike Pence, the amendment won in a 240-185 vote. Ten Democrats joined the GOP majority, while seven Republicans voted against it.
Realistically, this measure won’t come close to getting through the Democratic-controlled Senate. Lately, whether it’s due to so-called budget cuts or ideological causes, it seems like there’s been an assault on women’s health care rights.
In Texas, lawmakers are specifically targeting abortion procedures. A controversial abortion sonogram bill passed the State Senate this week. Under legislation, a doctor would have to describe details of a sonogram — like the baby’s heartbeat, general development — to a woman before an abortion. Only victims of rape or incest would be able to opt of the talk.
Did lawmakers just take a page from The Onion? This bill could have been ripped from their headline, "New Law Requires Women to Name Baby, Paint Nursery Before Getting Abortion." H/T to Last Word producer R.J. Fried for noticing the similarities. In the spoof, panelists say more states should make decorating a nursery and choosing a baby name required steps before getting an abortion.
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