McCormick condemns GOP assault on human rights


lisa-mccormick_2010Democratic gubernatorial contender Lisa McCormick condemned the passage of No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, saying the measure is an assault on human rights.

In a vote of 251 to 175, the House passed the legislation Republicans say is intended to ensure that taxpayer dollars will not be used for abortions even though the Hyde Amendment already prohibits that.

McCormick said Gretchen Borchelt, of the National Women’s Law Center, convincingly argued that the bill really seeks to take private insurance coverage of abortion away from women.

“This dangerous and misleading bill effectively bans private insurance companies from offering abortion coverage in plans and makes permanent harmful restrictions on abortion coverage in federal programs, like those that deny abortion coverage to women enrolled in Medicaid, women serving in the U.S. military, federal employees, residents of the District of Columbia, and women in federal prisons,” said McCormick.

“Only days after Americans took to the streets in solidarity with women across the globe, Republicans launched another assault on women’s health care,” said McCormick. “Restricting public coverage of abortion for low-income women in need is bad enough, but stopping women from using their own money to purchase comprehensive health care insurance on the private market is reprehensible.”

The so-called “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” codifies the Hyde amendment, permanently banning federal dollars, including Medicaid funding, for women who wish to purchase comprehensive health care plans that cover abortion.

Additionally, this legislation imposes tax penalties on small businesses that choose private health plans that cover abortion. It bans coverage of abortion services for women insured by multi-state health plans under the Affordable Care Act.

“Make no mistake. This isn’t a health care issue. It’s part of an extreme, right-wing political agenda that puts women’s rights on the chopping block,” said McCormick. “This bill creates even more barriers for women of color trying to access quality healthcare at a time when we should be focused on legislating equity, not codifying disparity. It is nothing more than politicians trying to control women’s bodies.”

“Republicans are disproportionately harming women of color and low-income women, people for whom they show little concern,” said McCormick, who is competing against Wall Street billionaire Phil Murphy and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who voted at least five times to outlaw or restrict access to abortion.

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