What’s Current: Under Trump’s new health care plan, rape is a preexisting condition

An amendment in the GOP health care reform bill will allow states to deny coverage for “preexisting conditions,” including sexual assault, postpartum depression, cesarean sections, and domestic violence. The bill has passed the House and is now headed to the Senate.

Desiree Fairooz, a member of the activist group Code Pink, was found guilty of “disorderly or disruptive” conduct after laughing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate confirmation hearing. She could face one year in prison.

The families of 41 girls who were killed in a fire last month at an orphanage in Guatemala are pushing for charges of femicide to be brought.

Alaska State Rep. David Eastman believes women get pregnant, then get abortions, intentionally, for the travel opportunity.

The Philosophy Department at Rhodes College has spoken out in support of Prof. Rebecca Tuvel, as have numerous individuals in the field.

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  • therealcie

    Here is what is deciding our fates. So very diversity! Much representations!

  • pyrite00

    Ah, but if we real women get trapped between right wing misogyny and transgenderist misogyny, we are screwed. See, it will not matter if the “majority” of pregnant women “identify” as women, if only one female human being decides to call herself a “pregnant man” then the trans activists have handed the right-wingers the shield to block real women from claiming sex discrimination. Almost like trans was planned out as the perfect weapon to destroy real women’s rights with…..

  • Hekate Jayne

    A lot of our (male) congress people have been saying things along the lines of people that are sick have brought it onto themselves. And that the lazy, stupid poors are not deserving of health care because it’s their own fault for making bad decisions and making themselves sick.

    So I am not surprised at all that males consider rape or domestic violence or sexual assault as pre existing conditions. That’s just their male logics going to it’s natural conclusion. After all, our assaults are always our own fault. This is just another way to punish us for being rapeable.

  • Hekate Jayne

    I’m of the opinion that it will pass the senate.

    The Senate doesn’t need 60 votes, they only need 51 (or 50 and pence, according to one source that I read yesterday).

    I read just a bit ago that the Senate sent it back to the house for revision. I hope that will kill it. But if it goes back to the senate, I can see it being rammed through.

  • Hekate Jayne

    It’s the conservative, right wing version of choosey-choicey-choice.

    Poor people are choosing to not buy health insurance. Just like they choose to not purchase a BMW or a yacht. Because there is always, always choice. Right?

    • lk

      “It’s the conservative, right wing version of choosey-choicey-choice.”

      Yes, people choose to be sick, people choose to be born with certain diseases, people chose the genetic makeup that predisposes them to certain illnesses!

      Everything is not about individual choice and work ethic.

      I did hear one Republican say that he understands some people have pre-existing conditions that are no fault of their own and that healthcare should make some kind of concession for them, but he gave no explanation for how that would actually work.

      • Hekate Jayne

        An Idaho congressMAN claimed at a town hall a few days ago that “no one dies from lack of healthcare.” And he was seriously confused when the crowd erupted in anger.

        What he meant was that no one that MATTERS dies. He means that rich, white men are taken care of. They are the only ones that matter.

        It really is white males all the way down. And there’s no discernable way to unseat them.

  • Sabine

    I dream of a beautiful island somewhere! In the meanwhile I am seriously going to be looking into whether there are any women-only communes I could realistically live. Living with the threat of male violence 24/7 is not how life should be for us. x

    • Amy

      I would seriously consider living in a women only commune.

  • Alienigena

    “An amendment in the GOP health care reform bill will allow states to deny coverage for “preexisting conditions,” including sexual assault, postpartum depression, cesarean sections, and domestic violence”

    To all the people who said that Hillary Clinton would have been a much worse president … you have significant cognitive issues. Glad the choices of my forebears made me a Canadian. In no reality can I imagine Hillary Clinton gutting your ACA.

  • Omglikewowlol

    The worst!