Obama Says He'd Veto 'Let Women Die' Bill

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In a reassuring bit of political news, the White House released a statement today saying that if HR358 — or, as we affectionately call it, the "Let Women Die" bill — were to come across the President's desk, his aids would recommend he veto it.

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The statement reads, in part,

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 358 because, as previously stated in the Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 3, the legislation intrudes on women's reproductive freedom and access to health care and unnecessarily restricts the private insurance choices that women and their families have today.

It goes on to state that the bill redundantly applies new legislation where none is necessary, and that it goes too far to infringe on the privacy of individual women.

Legislators have voted pretty much along party lines when it comes to reproductive rights this year, and even though the Republican party controls the House, they don't have the 2/3 majority they'd need to override the President's veto. Democrats control the Senate.

House Republicans plan to press forward with meaningless, pointless debate over this bill that will never pass, anyway, because apparently there's a dearth of pro-life grandstanding soundbytes for use in 2012 political ads, and it's important for the TV cameras to know just how much your elected Republican representative loves fetuses.

Obama Administration Will Veto HR 358 [RHRealityCheck]

DISCUSSION

This bill has given me nightmares since I first learned of its existence.

I had a severe infection in the outer wall of my uterus when I was 19. It went undiagnosed for over 2 years because I didn't have health insurance. As a result, my uterus will not expand and I was told I could conceive but would not be able to carry. I couldn't find a doctor who would agree to tie my tubes - not even the doctor that diagnosed it. All told me that I must never, ever get pregnant and if I did realize I would need to abort asap.

I'm now 50 years old, have had an ablation and begun menopause. This bill wouldn't affect me since my childbearing possibilities are now zero but I still think of what would have happened to me if this bill passed and I was 30 years younger. I know there are younger women out there who are dealing with similar problems and they must be terrified. I can only imagine this additional hell they are having to go through.