My heart hurts. Never before have I felt so betrayed. I have been deeply involved with getting health reform passed. As a volunteer, donor and blogger, I feel I have invested a substantial amount of time and energy on this very important issue. I believe all humans have equal rights and deserve fair and equal healthcare at an affordable cost. I believe the rising costs of healthcare are damaging our economy so quickly that if something isn't done immediately the repercussions could be far reaching. When the United States House of Representatives passed the landmark legislation, I rejoiced, and then I read this:
Pro-choice lawmakers and organization leaders are firing back after the House passed its landmark health care reform legislation late Saturday night. The bill included what's known as the Stupak-Pitts amendment, language offered by Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Joe Pitts (R-Penn.) that prohibits federal funds from being used for abortion services in any health exchange be it public or private
In thirty years, this is the biggest cut to funding and access to abortion. The first blow to women's rights in a generation. We are watching it happen and no one bats an eyelash. Women are less than equal in the country's eyes. We are moving backwards and this is highly disturbing.
The President of NARAL Pro-choice America, Nancy Keenan, delivered a more blistering attack saying, "It is unconscionable that anti-choice lawmakers would use health reform to attack women's health and privacy..." Keenan continued, "Reps. Stupak and Pitts took their obsession with attacking a woman's right to choose to a whole new level. We will hold those lawmakers who sided with the extreme Stupak-Pitts amendment accountable for abandoning women and capitulating to the most extreme fringe of the anti-choice movement."
Planned Parenthood Federation of America also released a statement condemning the anti-abortion language. PPFA President, Cecile Richards said the amendment "violates President Obama's promise to the American people that no one would be forced to lose his or her present coverage under health reform." Richards added that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and its supporters "simply used health care reform to advance their extreme, ideological agenda at the expense of tens of millions of women."
No more. I will give democrats no more of my time, money or votes. I am fucking done.