House votes to block DC reproductive health law

By Cristina Marcos

The House voted on Thursday to prevent D.C. from receiving funding to implement a local law making it illegal for employers to discriminate against workers based on reproductive health decisions.

An amendment offered by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) to a 2018 government-spending package would prohibit the use of funds for the District to implement the law, which bans employers from punishing workers for obtaining contraception, family planning services or abortions.

Palmer’s amendment was adopted on a mostly party-line vote of 214-194. Eleven Republicans joined with all but two Democrats in opposing the effort.

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  1. @OP – The House voted on Thursday to prevent D.C. from receiving funding to implement a local law making it illegal for employers to discriminate against workers based on reproductive health decisions.

    So while dogmatic religious and political bigot busy-bodies continue to interfere in other people’s sex lives, in many countries, the law still needs to be dragged into the 21st century!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41371039

    Abortions should be treated as a medical issue and not a crime, the UK’s leading pregnancy doctors say.

    Currently in England, Wales and Scotland it is illegal to have a termination without approval from two doctors and could mean a prison term.

    Abortions should be regulated in line with other procedures without criminal sanctions, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said.

    It says the 24-week gestational limit should not change.

    RCOG president Professor Lesley Regan said it had a responsibility to ensure women had access to “this key healthcare service”.

    “I want to be clear that decriminalisation does not mean deregulation, and abortion services should be subject to regulatory and professional standards, in line with other medical procedures.”

    Doctors’ union the British Medical Association backed the decriminalisation at its annual conference in June.

    In Northern Ireland, abortions are only allowed if a woman’s life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her physical or mental health.

    Earlier this year, the UK government said it would provide free abortions in England for women from Northern Ireland.

  2. @OP – House votes to block DC reproductive health law

    Fortunately because of Republican dissent, it seems the Senate will not get the chance to pass a vote repealing Obamacare!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41402164

    A Republican plan to replace Obamacare will not be voted on this week, effectively signalling its collapse.

    The party leadership withdrew the beleaguered bill after a third “no” vote emerged.

    Susan Collins said she could not back the “deeply flawed” bill, despite a call from President Donald Trump and promises of money for her state.

    It was a major blow for the president and Republican leadership, who have made Obamacare’s repeal a top priority.

    They could only afford two rebel senators to pass the bill, and were working to a deadline of the end of this week.

    They now turn their attention to tax reform.

    The party’s last attempt to undo former President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare law collapsed in July.

    Ms Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine, said she objected to the Graham-Cassidy bill’s sweeping cut in funding to Medicaid.

    One in five people in her home state depend on the programme for low income citizens and disabled children.

  3. Meanwhile in Ireland:-

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41400836

    The Irish government says it will hold a referendum next year on whether to change the country’s laws on abortion, one of the strictest in Europe.

    Voters will be asked to decide whether to change the Irish constitution under which abortion is only allowed if the life of the mother is in danger.

    A woman convicted of having an illegal abortion faces up to 14 years in jail. But they are allowed to travel abroad for terminations.

    The vote could be held in May or June.

    The Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution, introduced in 1983, gives an equal right to life to a pregnant woman and an unborn child.

    However, thousands of women a year go abroad to have an abortion.

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