RECENT VOTES

Women's Access to Health Care

This week the House considered H.R. 3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Funny, I thought Republican leadership meant it when they pledged to focus on creating jobs and stabilizing the economy. Instead, the House continues to spend time voting on bills that the Senate won't take up; the President will veto, and don't have much to do with jobs or the economy. H.R. 3 is particularly pointless and exasperating because existing law already prohibits federal taxpayer funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. What this bill really does is place restrictions on women who are using private dollars to purchase private insurance. For example, small business owners would not be eligible for certain small business tax credits if the health plans they offer cover abortion. Currently, 87% of employer-provided insurance plans include abortion coverage. If H.R. 3 becomes law, it will be cheaper for small businesses to offer one of the plans that does not cover this procedure. Women would lose the comprehensive coverage they currently have and it might cost them more than they are currently paying. I voted NO. H.R. 3 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

235

0

0

5

DEMOCRAT

16

175

0

1

TOTAL

251

175

0

6

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

10

0

0