Former (thankfully) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi turned the rhetoric up to eleven when she accused Republicans of wanting “women can die on the floor” when they voted to reinstate “conscience protections for pro-life medical workers who don’t want to be involved in abortions.”
“For a moment, I want to get back to what was asked about the issue on the floor today that Mr. Hoyer address,” Pelosi said. “He made a point and I want to emphasize it. Under this bill, when the Republicans vote for this bill today, they will be voting to say that women can die on the floor and health care providers do not have to intervene if this bill is passed. It’s just appalling.”
What are these dastardly Republicans up to now?
They are making sure that Federal money spent in ObamaCare doens’t go towards abortions. Also, it says that if health care providers don’t want to participate in abortions, they don’t have to.
Yep. That’s about it:
H.R. 358, Protect Life Act, makes it clear that no funds authorized or appropriated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, may be used to pay for abortion or abortion coverage. It specifies that individual people or state or local governments must purchase a separate elective abortion rider or insurance coverage that includes elective abortion but only as long as that is done with private funds and not monies authorized by Obamacare.
The pro-life measure also ensures that state laws “protecting conscience rights, restricting or prohibiting abortion or coverage or funding of abortion, or establishing procedural requirements on abortion” are not abrogated by Obamacare. It also makes it so any state or local governments receiving funding under Obamacare may not subject any health care entity to discrimination or require any health plan to subject any entity to discrimination on the basis that it refuses to undergo abortion training, refuses to require abortion training, refuses to perform or pay for abortions, or refuses to provide abortion referrals.
So, a bill that says federal tax dollars won’t pay for abortions or force people to participate in them equates to letting women die on the floor. And it totally escapes her that if the bill failed, the money would be used to cut babies up while the are in the womb.
If women were to be left to die on the floor with no medical attention required, it’s still better than being ripped from the womb prematurely and wheeled to a nearby linen closet to asphyxiate. But then, what kind of monster would vote against providing medical attention to babies born in botched abortions?
Tu quoque, you say. Not so.
While Obama expressly stood in the way of a bill that would provide medical attention to babies born during an abortion, this bill doesn’t prevent a woman from receiving medical attention. Nancy can take her concern for a figment of her imagination and apply it to the babies left to die in the laundry.