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house Bill H.R. 3495

Should States be able to Prevent Medicaid Funding From Going to Abortion Providers?

Argument in favor

States shouldn’t be forced to allow the use of Medicaid funding at abortion providers, and need the flexibility to deny the use of funding for those services.

DonaldTrump's Opinion
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11/18/2015
"I wouldn't do any funding as long as they're doing abortions." [lifesitenews.com]
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operaman's Opinion
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09/30/2015
Yes! States rights should prevail. Because Medicare is not in the Constitution and therefor all rights go to the State.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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09/30/2015
If people don't want to fund the terrible practice of taking a child's life, let them.
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Argument opposed

Medicaid funding should be used by its recipients wherever its needed, including at abortion providers. States have no business attempting to cut off this funding.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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11/17/2015
"Part of a long-term smear campaign by people who want to deny women in this country the right to control their own bodies." [twitter.com]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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05/03/2016
"We are not going back to the days when women had to risk their lives to end an unwanted pregnancy. The decision about abortion must remain a decision for the woman and her doctor to make, not the government." [berniesanders.com]
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ElizabethWarren's Opinion
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11/17/2015
"Women also must have the full range of reproductive health care options available to them. This includes access to contraception, maternity and newborn care, and safe abortion services." [elizabethwarren.com]
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed September 29th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 236 Yea / 193 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedSeptember 11th, 2015

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    "I wouldn't do any funding as long as they're doing abortions." [lifesitenews.com]
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    "Part of a long-term smear campaign by people who want to deny women in this country the right to control their own bodies." [twitter.com]
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    "We are not going back to the days when women had to risk their lives to end an unwanted pregnancy. The decision about abortion must remain a decision for the woman and her doctor to make, not the government." [berniesanders.com]
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    "Women also must have the full range of reproductive health care options available to them. This includes access to contraception, maternity and newborn care, and safe abortion services." [elizabethwarren.com]
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    I am a Christian parish pastor. I fully support Planned Parenthood. I am grateful for all the work they do. I want my representative, Judy Chu, and my senators, to support continuing to fully fund Planned Parenthood. The compassionate care PP provides to their clients is so important to women and men, old and young.
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    Hell no! Abortion is legal in the US. Women get abortions whether it is legal or illegal, adequately funded or inadequately funded. The only real difference is that women survive or women die! I am so disgusted with the misrepresentation of the facts by conservatives who appear to think they occupy high moral ground. Why do you have to lie to make your point? How can anyone respect you if you don't bother to know what you are talking about! Today's hearings have made me despise congress & republicans beyond repair. What a lot of sanctimonious scum! THAT MEANS YOU: Rep. DeSantis!
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    This leaves open all manner of problems, including bias and the pushing of one's groups ideals onto another's. This is just another anti-abortion law in disguise. It would be open season on Planned Parenthood if this went through, and Planned Parenthood does not ONLY do abortions. They are very important in helping women as well as men in maintaining their reproductive and even overall health.
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    Medicaid is for health procedures. How can you ban health procedures.
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    Yes! States rights should prevail. Because Medicare is not in the Constitution and therefor all rights go to the State.
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    Politicians should stop interfering with doctors and patients. How about that? You lost this in the Supreme Court so get over it.
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    Most abortion providers do not merely provide abortion services but also provide more general health and reproductive services to mainly indigent women. My father was a southern baptist pastor and he and my mother used Planned Parenthood to acquire birth control in the late '70s because no other OB/GYN within their small community would help them. More globally, epidemiological studies have shown that abortion rates are steady across jurisdictions where it is legally available and where it is not, so preventing safe abortion will only encourage unsafe abortion
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    Are you going to tell women they need to keep their breasts despite having breast cancer next?
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    If people don't want to fund the terrible practice of taking a child's life, let them.
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    Why would you not fund a hospital? Hospitals save lives, the fact that some also do abortions means they are more convenient. A hospital shouldn't receive less funding because it can prevent unwanted parenthood. Every woman should have the legal right to an abortion and not be inhibited by any corporation, individual, or entity, nor by the government.
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    Just because the Supreme Court says something is legal doesn't mean the government should have to pay for it. In fact, the Supreme Court itself has ruled that very thing in relation to abortions before.
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    Everyone pays taxes, everyone gets services. Even that. It is up to the individual to decide to do it or not do it.
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    I believe it is a crime against humanity, unborn children should be equally protected under the law. Contrarily, this is having government fund murder.
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    Federal funds cannot be used to pay for abortions, so limiting funding for abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, is denying women access to necessary health care services. These providers are key components of our public health and health care infrastructure. Without access to these providers, we can be sure that disparities in women's health will persist if not worsen. Therefore, voting to reduce funds for any providers of women's health care is a direct hit to women's rights - including our ability to make the best decisions for the health and wellbeing of ourselves and our families as well as our ability to remain healthy, thriving contributors to the workforce and society at large.
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    Women need to maintain control of their bodies. Planned Parenthood provides many services to low income women they would not otherwise have access to. Please stop using religion as an excuse to leave poor women without birth control and cancer screening.
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    It is vital that women have the ability to use their Medicare or insurance to cover all their women health needs, including abortions. Most of the work Planned Parenthood does is actually STD testing and they provide birth-control. These are both great things and the communities are positively affected. We must consider the consequences to forcing a women into motherhood. Consequences like poverty, health issues, mental health, & social workers are already overworked and underpaid. If a women decides she can't be a mother that is between her and her doctor. We must respect the separation of church and state and not allow Christianity to dictate our policy. Anybody who doesn't like the idea of abortion shouldn't have one, but we must let those who feel it's necessary have that ability.
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