And the war on women continues...
Currently, the house is 'working on' HR 1216, a bill that will make tremendous cuts to graduate medical education (read: residencies). This bill is bad enough on its own--we are already facing a truly terrifying primary care shortage--but to rub salt in that gaping wound, Representative Virginia Fox (R-VA) has proposed an amendment that would bar the remaining funds from being used for abortion training. This woman is hoping to get re-elected on the backs of her sisters.
She is no sister to me.
Amendments like this are smack in the face of reality and legality. Newsflash: ABORTION IS STILL LEGAL. This hasn't changed since 1973. Sure, politicians more interested in getting re-elected than truly helping their constituencies have been successful in creating enormous barriers to access, but the procedure itself is still, in every sense of the word, LEGAL.
I seriously feel like vomiting. Nothing angers me more than legislators using gestures like this to get re-elected at the cost of good medical care. This woman knows nothing about medicine. She probably knows even less about abortion. And I guarantee you she has NO IDEA what it takes to become a well-trained physician. This amendment would force OB/GYN residencies to essentially ignore the most common out-patient surgery among women of child-bearing age.
If all funding for abortion training is cut, where does Ms. Fox propose the money come from? Or would she prefer that all OB/GYNs from here on out are incompetent at the procedure? Shall we go back to the days of back-alley abortions? Fact is, the programs that will be most hurt by this, the programs that depend most on federal funding, are in areas that need to be fluent in comprehensive women's health care. These aren't hospitals with gobs of money and rich patients, these programs are in hospitals that work tirelessly to provide care to the under-served.
Outrageous. This is so outrageous. Do me a favor and call your rep to give his or her constituency aide an earful. This isn't just about abortion, remember, this bill will make cuts that will cement our country's deficit in primary care docs.