In a 251 to 170 vote, Republicans led the House to pass the “Protect Life Act” last night, sponsored by veteran anti-choice Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA). Known by women’s health advocates as the “Let Women Die” bill, the measure allows hospitals that receive federal funds to reject any woman in need of an abortion procedure, even if it is necessary to save her life. Only two Republicans opposed it, along with all but 15 Democrats. Though there is already a law that bans federal funds from supporting abortion, Republicans insisted that the Affordable Care Act “contains a loophole that allows those receiving federal subsidies to use the money to enroll in health care plans that allow abortion services.” President Obama has promised to veto this and any bill that infringes upon a woman’s constitutional right to choose.
House Passes The ‘Let Women Die’ Bill