A guest post by Kelly Baden of Schooling Chris Smith.
The House of Representatives recently passed, by voice vote, the Women Veterans Bill of Rights. Sounds great, right? This bill of rights recognizes the unique health care needs of women and requires facilities operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs to post a sign detailing these rights for women veterans.
Included among them are the right to be treated with dignity and respect; the right to “coordinated, comprehensive, primary women’s care” including gender-specific and mental health care; and the right to gender equity in clinical health care services.
Seems like a no-brainer, right? Who wouldn’t support equal health care for the women who serve our country? But of course, antichoice members of Congress were not happy. Even the National Right to Life Committee opposed the bill.
So, does this bill, like, fund abortions then? Does it, gulp, declare abortion as a fundamental health care right for women? Of course not (though I wish it did). But that doesn’t stop the antis from turning it into a political issue about abortion. And of course Chris Smith had to speak on the House floor technically in support of this Women Veterans Bill of Rights but really to spout more antiabortion nonsense and lies.
A sampling of his comments, which can be read in full here:
“Abortion hurts women’s health and puts future children subsequently born to women who aborted at significant risk.”
“At least 28 studies–including three in 2009–show that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer by some 30-40 percent or more yet the abortion industry has largely succeeded in suppressing these facts.” (See the truth about abortion and breast cancer here.)
“Abortion isn’t safe for subsequent children born to women who have had an abortion.”
As a “compromise”, the prochoice sponsor of the bill added new language to explicitly ensure that abortion and abortion counseling were excluded from this bill of rights. Nice to know prochoice members of Congress have our backs, right ladies? Oh wait. They don’t.