Now that the 2016 legislative session is upon us, will Republicans finally expand Medicaid? Of course not! Besides, they're too busy finding other ways to block access to health care. This time their first target is women. Again.
They plan to vote as early as Tuesday on HB 233, which would place unreasonable requirements on health care providers that perform abortions. This "targeted regulation of abortion providers," or "TRAP" is indeed a trap, in that it would virtually end a women's right to choose a legal abortion in Florida. When similar legislation passed in Texas, it forced the closing of 19 women's health centers and cut off access to health care for women statewide. That means women in Texas have to travel for miles, and in many cases, days, just to get a safe and legal abortion.
The GOP would have you believe they're "protecting women" with this effort, but as with everything else they use this argument with, when they plan to protect you, look out. TRAP laws require health centers that provide abortion services to adhere to the same standards as facilities that perform complex surgical procedures even though it isn’t medically necessary.
In other words, the party who argued against the Affordable Care Act by saying they "didn't want the government to come between you and your health care" are inserting themselves between women and their doctors as an end run around their legal right to choose.
This is another TRAP set by the Florida GOP. Don't fall for it.
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