Senate Republicans are resurrecting a last ditch effort to kill Obamacare in the form of the Graham-Cassidy bill. Thanks to intense public pressure, a few Senate Republican holdouts are joining with Democrats to oppose the measure, but it will take continued public pressure to keep the measure at bay.
Abortion care is a top target of the Graham-Cassidy bill. Like previous iterations of Obamacare repeal measures that Republicans have tried to push through, this bill has garnered the support of anti-abortion groups like the National Right to Life Committee for its extreme anti-abortion stance.
In a blog post to supporters the group lays out that, “time is running short as Republicans have less than two weeks left to use their 2017 budget reconciliation bill as a vehicle to undo much of Obamacare which requires a simple majority in the Senate.”
Yes indeed, time is running short to strip women and other people seeking abortion care from accessing this critical form of healthcare. But Senate Republicans seem poised to try, and it’s only intense public pressure that will continue to squash these Obamacare repeal attempts, and the related efforts to restrict access to abortion care.
As a new campaign, Keep Abortion Safe, points out, restrictions on abortion coverage just put women and other people seeking abortion at a greater risk of getting illegal and unsafe abortions. They released a short video that serves as a reminder of the dangerous ways people have tried to end pregnancies when abortion is illegal.
The Graham-Cassidy bill will significantly chip away at access to abortion care in several ways. All these strategies are part of a larger agenda designed to push abortion care out of reach, ensuring that even if abortion is legal, it is utterly inaccessible.
The Republican bill will block Planned Parenthood from getting Medicaid money for the essential reproductive healthcare services they provide. It will also put into place a variety of laws that prevent folks from having abortion care covered by their insurance plans, similar to provisions that were passed in this state only three years ago.
Some states currently use their own dollars to make sure that abortion care is covered under the state’s Medicaid plan or in other insurance plans sold in the state, but this bill would further restrict state’s ability to do that.
Protect Our Care Georgia has easy tools to contact your Senators and tell them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill.
You can reach Sen. Johnny Isakson at 202-224-3643 and Sen. David Perdue at 202-224-3521.