Womens Health

Hatch Offers Anti-Choice Amendment to Korean Trade Agreement

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You know how abortion is related to automobile production and the United States balance of trade with South Korea?

I don't either.

But apparently Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) does. Hatch, following the grand GOP tradition of sticking it to women wherever and however they can, will offer an amendment to the Korean Trade Agreement that would disqualify any health organization that provides abortion services from participating in the Medicaid family-planning program—even hospitals that provide emergency life-saving abortion care to a woman who will die without it.

This bill is before the Senate Finance Committee and is expected to be considered this afternoon.

Hatch, according to Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, "is always in the running for the award of Most Notorious Anti-Choice Politician, but with this latest stunt, he’s in a league of his own when it comes to being out of touch with our country’s values and priorities.”

“Sen. Hatch wants to tell a hospital that providing life-saving abortion care to a woman who will die without it will render it ineligible for the Medicaid family-planning program. This latest attack underscores just how obsessed politicians like Sen. Hatch are when it comes to attacking women’s freedom and privacy. Not even a trade agreement is immune from Hatch’s relentless and mean-spirited anti-choice extremism.”