The Pro-Strife Party


In their latest assault on women’s health, this week House Republicans will take up HR 358, the ironically titled “Protect Life Act.” Opponents have rechristened the measure the “Let Women Die” bill because it would allow hospitals that receive federal funds to turn away a woman seeking an abortion in all circumstances, even if an abortion is necessary to save her life […]

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The House is scheduled to vote this week on a new bill that would allow federally-funded hospitals that oppose abortions to refuse to perform the procedure, even in cases where a woman would die without it.

Under current law, every hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid money is legally required to provide emergency care to any patient in need, regardless of his or her financial situation.


Under H.R. 358, dubbed the “Protect Life Act” and sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), hospitals that don’t want to provide abortions could refuse to do so, even for a pregnant woman with a life-threatening complication that requires a doctor terminate her pregnancy. This provision would apply to the more than 600 Catholic hospitals governed by the Catholic Health Association, which are regulated by bishops and prohibited from performing abortions.

The bill also prohibits federal funds from going to health care plans that cover any abortion services, which might prompt insurers to stop covering abortions.


Even though the 30-year-old Hyde Amendment already bans taxpayer dollars from being spent on abortions, and numerous “conscience clauses” allow doctors and health care professionals to refuse to perform them, Republicans have insisted that more stringent measures are necessary to ensure, in the words of Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), “that no taxpayer dollars flow to health care plans that cover abortion and no health care worker has to participate in abortions against their will.”

Because of its far-reaching consequences for religiously-affiliated hospitals, the bill raises serious questions about the legality of allowing religious figures to determine medical policy for organizations that receive federal money to provide health services for all citizens. “Unfortunately in the Catholic system, someone who’s a bishop, who has no medical qualifications whatsoever, can dictate what a hospital does,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice.


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35 responses to “The Pro-Strife Party

  1. John Erickson

    Just a quick note, I got sick AFTER leaving the doc’s office (there’s your daily dose of irony).
    I’ll just say, CHOICE and PRIVACY are the important facts. Pity the “pro-lifers” are the same ones who will take away a woman’s right, as well as cheer putting people to death. I guess you can add your daily dose of hypocrisy to that irony!

    • more irony–i refused the flu shot at the doctor’s office last week, so guess what? yeah, i think i have it. it feels like something is brewing. i couldn’t get out of bed yesterday, because i felt like someone had beat the shit out of me. anyway, i have another doctor’s appointment tomorrow, so that’s good, right? not so fast. it’s with the optometrist! i’d cancel it, but i had to wait a month for an appointment, and my drugstore glasses broke. the pair i got free when i bought them are totally scratched up, so i’m stuck looking at things at angles. besides, i haven’t had my eyes checked in over 10 years, so i think i’m due. anyway, feel better, john.

      i think, at this point of time, that the important facts are that there are no jobs to be found in women’s uteri, so the house should do their fucking job and pass a jobs bill.

  2. Big, fat waste of time and money….while Americans suffer. 🙄

  3. jean-philippe

    This is why we need the leadership of a Mormon president: if men have several wifes, they can afford to lose a few…

  4. Of all the important issues to need addressed, they spend time on this bill. Simply nonsense.

  5. Gag. Can someone explain to these people that The Handmaid’s Tale was not written as a blueprint for political action?

    The “Lady Killer” poster is apt, but I would have made the cross bigger — this is all in the service of theocracy, after all.

    I do wonder why “Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice” is a Catholic at all. What’s the point? It’s sort of like “KKK members for civil rights”.

  6. maggiejean

    Better to let women die than create jobs. What a bunch of creeps. Save the fetus, kill the born.

    • they hate women. even the women rethugs hate women. there is no other explanation. i don’t give a shit how religious you are, if a woman is bleeding to death, and you say it’s okay to let her die, then you hate women.

      (i was going to end that with period for dramatic effect, but then i realized it would just be icky in this context.)

      • If your religion says that it’s better to let women bleed to death than help them, then there is something seriously wrong with your religion.

        And I say that as I’m about to get ready to go to church …

        • exactly. it’s one thing to be devoted to the teachings of one’s church. it’s quite another to leave all common sense and common decency behind.

  7. On another topic, Amanda Turkel of HuffPo has figured out that Herman Cain cribbed Plan 999 from Outer Space from a video game.

  8. Directed by Heidi Mendment! And the Mormon Kleenex-box aspect deserve serious consideration. The goper sex hangups are just a never ending hysteria. They didn’t “get any” when young, nor the middle years, unless married (b-day & Xmas) and wearing pyjamas, and even now they still don’t get any and hate those who do. This is why it is so critical at this point of time to lift that ban on dwarf tossing once and for all!

    • thanks for noticing the director’s name, jerry. i was getting desperate for a name, and that finally popped into my mind.

      have you see the pro-dwarf-tossing imbecile? sigh, only in floriduhhhh.

      • He seemed to toss that dwarf in a Workman like manor. And let us not forget (St. Augustine?) where the city council voted this week on the oldest of conspiracies of my lifetime. Finally after 6 decades of paranoid frenzy, they have banned flouride from the drinking water, lest everyone become commies. I grew up in a city with artesian water that had natural flourides in it. Never became a commie but still have all my teeth. Can you contact the Florida rep on that animal husbandry thing brought up last year. The cows are back in the pastures around here, with calves, and I don’t see any daddy cows at all. A national disgrace! …..and thanx for the BW picture.

        • as long as the dwarves aren’t one-armed, it’s okay to throw them. michael phathead steele wrapped up the “one-armed midget” vote when he was chair of the rnc.

  9. jeb

    These are the same assholes who will rave against the Iranian Theocracy and agitate for war with Muslims while being cheered on by the hard-line voters who back this kind of crap. Hypocrisy, irony and blatant stupidity are concepts that they can’t grasp but even worse, they lack compassion and humanity.

  10. Sounds like death oanels to me.

    Reminds me of this 2010 story:
    Last November, a 27-year-old woman was admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. She was 11 weeks pregnant with her fifth child, and she was gravely ill. According to a hospital document, she had “right heart failure,” and her doctors told her that if she continued with the pregnancy, her risk of mortality was “close to 100 percent.”

    The catholic diocese would rather have 5 motherless children & kick out a nun administrator The official church position would mandate that the correct solution would be to let both the mother and the child die.

    “In the case of priests who are credibly accused and known to be guilty of sexually abusing children, they are in a sense let off the hook,” Doyle says.

    Doyle says no pedophile priests have been excommunicated. When priests have been caught, he says, their bishops have protected them, and it has taken years or decades to defrock them, if ever.

    “Yet in this instance we have a sister who was trying to save the life of a woman, and what happens to her? The bishop swoops down [and] declares her excommunicated before he even looks at all the facts of the case,” Doyle says.

    Well I supose they figured this is a good a distraction to skip the jobs bill as any, Eh?

  11. Doh! Make that Death Panels.

    • death panels popped into my mind, too. these people don’t care about life. they only care about their twisted ideology. they love to display themselves as moral, but they are the most immoral people on the planet.

  12. Funny how the more extreme “pro-life” people don’t seem to have a problem with women dying for want of life-saving abortions. Deeply disturbing!

  13. I just don’t get it. They’re perfectly OK with doctors and nurses supposed watching a woman bleed out or get an infection that can kill them and not do anything about it. 😦

  14. This is NOT what being pro-life is supposed to be about. Sadly, there are precious few actual pro-lifers around.

    These people disgust me, and they’re why I’ve more or less given up talking about a pro-life perspective. I’m tired of being lumped in with the crazies.

    Letting women suffer and die because someone thinks that that’s what it says in a book written two thousand years ago is really evil.

    • i will never ever lump you in with the crazies, wken. you represent the best in religious people. even though people may disagree with you, you are always respectful and are able to understand someone else’s point of view. you don’t leave logic and common sense in the dust. you don’t discount science. i won’t speak for you, but it always seemed to me that you use religion as your guide, and it influences you, but it doesn’t dictate to you.