First, queue this up in the background for your listening purposes:
Just launch that in a new tab, and click play. It’s helpful as an anthem to think about all these representatives “helping.”
First, the basic plan you’ve grown used to:
despite bipartisan support in the Senate, Shaheen’s proposal may not make it into the final version of the 2013 defense authorization bill—because House Republicans oppose it.
Nothing new about that, GOP acting as obstructionists. That’s common, we’re used to it. What are the so opposed to now?
If Shaheen’s measure passes, military families will finally have the same access to abortion that other federal employees already receive. Unlike the rest of the federal government, the Department of Defense currently only provides abortion coverage if the life of the mother is at stake. Under current law, if a State Department employee is raped, her government health insurance plan will pay for an abortion if she wants one. But if an Army medic serving in Afghanistan is raped and becomes pregnant, she can’t use her military health plan to pay for an abortion. If she does decide to get an abortion, she will have to pay for it with her own money.
Just that if you’re a female member of the military, and you get raped, the GOP does not want you to have the same healthcare offered to other federal employees.Picture them voting “NO!” on this, as they sing along:
And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
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What you should definitely NOT DO is bid on this sweet r/Atheism teapot:
AND CERTAINLY NOT bid on this flying spaghetti monster:
It’s not like I’m bidding on them and trying to win them because they’re awesome or anything….so…..you shouldn’t either……….
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