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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon [userpic]
I have been most remiss

For a variety of reasons, I admit. I expect that many of you have seen this already in regards to women's health:

From Lynn Harris at Salon.com:

Think your birth control will always be covered? Think again
Hot off the Money Is More Important Than Women wire, this just in from Planned Parenthood:

"Today the United States Senate is considering a bill that would have a serious and damaging impact on health coverage for women across the United States. The Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act (HIMMAA), introduced by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), would allow insurance companies to ignore nearly all state laws that require insurance coverage for certain treatments or conditions, such as laws that require them to include contraceptives in their prescription plans. [Emphasis added by irate Broadsheet poster.]

"This federal legislation would raze hundreds of state laws that ensure patients can get the medical care they need and would

"-- not allow women to designate their ob/gyns as primary care providers

"-- not allow women to seek care directly from their ob/gyns, but would force them to be screened by their primary care doctors first

"-- dismantle coverage for contraception

"-- dismantle coverage for annual cervical cancer exams

"-- not allow women to stay with the same doctor throughout a pregnancy, if that doctor was dropped from the insurance provider."

In short: "Under HIMMAA women will lose contraceptive-equity protections currently guaranteed by state law."

Broadsheet is already hearing from women whose co-pays for "insured" contraception have suddenly, mysteriously, spiked. Let your legislators hear from you.

Planned Parenthood has an on-line letter writing campaign if you care to join in. Or for those with good long-distance plans/Vonage (yay for voice-over-IP!) they've kindly reminded us that our Senators and such have a publically available phone number at:


Which, since I do, in fact, have Vonage, I believe I'll do tomorrow.

Which reminds me in turn of a letter to the Governor I want to write (not that I think she'd sign an abortion ban into place, but I'm beginning to think I need to find out if WA had enough sense to codify Roe-v-Wade and if not, those are some other letters I need to write.

Current Mood: infuriatedinfuriated

The letter-writing campaign won't let me take part, says it's basing eligibility on "larger constituents." (I think this means that a registered Independent in Oklahoma is only 3/5 of a voter. *growl*)

I feel rather insulted.

How very odd! All I had to do was fill in my name/addy and it sent it. I can't imagine it somehow checked to see if I was a Democrat.

*blinks in surprise* Well, damn. Now I've got to write PP to and ask them what the hell they're thinking. Everyone should be able to contribute! *growls as well*


There's a box that lets you fill in your political party. I could probably take part if I left it blank, but I'm a little too annoyed. I'm happy to make a phone call, but I'd rather Planned Parenthood keep its nose out of my voter registration. It's bad enough the government is telling me what to do with my body without another organisation telling me what to do with my mind.

I'm a little snarky today. Can you tell?

And so they should. They've got no business worrying about your voting habits, just that you're outraged by the proposed bill. Gits.

Snark is good. Wish my snark-bunny was feeling more active as I've got three fics that need it.