The controversy over “forcible rape” may be over, but now there’s a new Republican-sponsored abortion bill in the House that pro-choice folks say may be worse: this time around, the new language would allow hospitals to let a pregnant woman die rather than perform the abortion that would save her life.
The sponsor of H.R. 358, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) is a vocal member of the House’s anti-abortion wing. A member of the bipartisan Pro-Life Caucus and a co-sponsor of H.R 3 — the bill that added “forcible rape” to the lexicon this week — Pitts is no stranger to the abortion debate. But pro-choice advocates say his new law goes farther than any other bill has in encroaching on the rights of women to obtain an abortion when their health is at stake. They say the bill is giant leap away from accepted law, and one they haven’t heard many in the pro-life community openly discuss before.
“This is really out there,” Donna Crane, policy director at NARAL Pro-Choice America told TPM. “I haven’t seen this before.”
Crane said she’s been a pro-choice advocate “for a long time,” yet she’s never seen anti-abortion bill as brazenly attacking the health of the mother exemption as Pitts’ bill has.
Clearly, the answer ro Keith Olbermann’s question, “Mr. Boehner, where are the jobs?” is: In the upcoming funeral industry boom.
Gee, I wrote that last sentence before looking at the comments section at TPM. Clearly, I’m not the only one who sees where the employment boom is going to be. “mcc” notes:
“Today’s jobs report reveals far too many people remain out of work; that’s why all our efforts are centered around jobs http://j.mp/eWEFf7”
– Eric Cantor, about 7 hours ago on Twitter
To which “JSDC007” replied:
I guess he means the new jobs created in the Funeral Home industry.