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We put President Obama into office. Now my generation must hold Obama accountable to his commitments, including urging him to submit a budget to Congress without unfair restrictions on coverage for abortion care. Obama Administration, take note that women will be watching to see if you live up to your commitments to women's health care.

Written by Ashley Hartman for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

This election, I was proud to work with many young people to engage our communities and campuses in the issues that impact us. One issue that engaged many young women in the election work I did this year in Ohio was access to health care, especially pregnancy related services, such as pre- and post-natal care, maternity care, and abortion care. Sixty-five percent of 18-to-24 year-olds believe abortion should be legal all or most of the time, which is higher than any other age group. I am lucky to have employer-funded health insurance that allows me to access a full range of preventive services, including all pregnancy-related services.

Sadly, not all women -- even women with insurance -- have access to these services. Current law unfairly limits insurance coverage for abortion for women with government-funded insurance. This is because federal dollars are withheld from covering a woman's abortion except in limited circumstance.

It seems unfair to withhold insurance coverage or try to influence a woman's decisions about whether to end a pregnancy just because of the type of insurance she has. These are decisions best made by a woman, her family, faith and doctor, not politicians.

These laws also put the lives of women at risk. When a woman is pregnant, it is important that she has access to safe medical care. Providing insurance coverage insures she will be able to see a licensed, quality health care provider.

Even if we don't personally agree with abortion, it is unfair to restrict insurance coverage, or try to influence a woman's decision about whether to end a pregnancy, just because she has government-funded health insurance.

I care about women in Ohio, which is why I supported Barack Obama. He pledged to ensure all women have access to essential reproductive health care services.

Women and youth voters played a huge impact in Obama's win this year. Not only did young people, 18-to-24 turn out for the president in 2008, they continued to turn out for him as they entered their late twenties. This demonstrates how important issues such as insurance coverage for abortion are to this generation.

Now my generation must hold Obama accountable to his commitments. That includes urging President Obama to submit a budget to Congress without unfair restrictions on coverage for abortion care. Obama Administration, take note that women will be watching to see if you live up to your commitments to women's health care.

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  •  This hasn't a snowball's chance in hell (3+ / 0-)
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    OIL GUY, Lujane, misslegalbeagle

    of getting through the House of Representatives, though.

    So you're after a gesture?

    •  What "restrictions" are in the budget (1+ / 0-)
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      that he could remove? Aren't the restrictions already on the books in other legislation so he'd have to introduce something completely irrelevant to the budget that would only serve to make it more controversial and probably blow up the whole process without the statutory authority to change any of what's already on the books?

      This sounds like purity progressivism wanting to blow up the greater good if they can't get a soapbox statement supporting their views, even if that statement can't impact anything.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 01:18:12 PM PST

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      •  There aren't restrictions on the books (0+ / 0-)

        The primary restriction on federal spending on abortion, the Hyde Amendment, which forbids HHS from funding abortions, isn't permenant. It's a rider that's been attached to every federal budget since 1976.

        That said, removing the Hyde Amendment is a total nonstarter. It'd be staking out a divisive and unpopular position, for purely symbolic reasons.

    •  No war is won in the first battle, (2+ / 0-)
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      arlene, Chi

      unless cowards refuse to engage in the fight, and no battle ever occurs.It took years to get abolition, fighting all the way, and that would not have happened either if the proponents had given up before the first round started because at that time that would not have passed Congress.  This would not be a gesture, but merely round one, in respect of which the opinions of women ni 2014 would be a further one, and the republicans already know where they stand with women.  Dont give up before you start especially when dealing with rights of others and not yourself.

  •  Also, you're in Ohio? (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, misslegalbeagle

    Instead of writing silly diaries like this, why don't you contact Planned Parenthood and join the army of engaged young people actually working to try to impact women's rights here? Maybe you'd meet some of the terrific activists I know and learn how to really make a difference.

    Facebook page:

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 01:21:31 PM PST

  •  I'm a very pro-choice, but I don't want (0+ / 0-)

    the president to waste an ounce of very valuable political capital on something (totally impossible) like this.  Given the number of politicians who would love to criminalize abortion, I'd rather spend the effort fighting on that front than trying to get the federal government to subsidize abortion.  

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