Guest post by ChuckA
You may already know about this; but I figured I’d pass it on, just in case.
I took action on this, especially because of the fundie-based anti-choice medical issue.
The bastards are at it again…right away, no surprise…with the jack-ass, mindless, Rethuglican jerks now in control of the House of Reps.
From ACLU Online
Unfortunately, some of the legislation reportedly being considered for introduction seeks to criminalize types of expression that are protected by the First Amendment. While these efforts are likely well-intentioned, they could in fact be unconstitutional and have the effect of chilling lawful political speech that is so critical to our free society. Congress should not take that path. Our government already has more than enough authority to investigate and prosecute threats of violence or incitements to criminal behavior.
A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives this week that would make permanent policies that deny abortion coverage to women who depend on the federal government for their health care and that would also extend such unjust prohibitions into the private sector. The bill, introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), would effectively eliminate insurance coverage for abortion. Currently, a majority of insurance plans offer abortion coverage. At the press conference unveiling the bill, Speaker John Boehner stated that the bill would be “one of [the House of Representatives'] highest legislative priorities.”
The bill would increase the tax liability of millions of Americans and penalize businesses that seek to offer insurance plans that cover abortion along with other pregnancy-related care, reducing the likelihood that insurance companies would provide coverage for abortion.
This bill is an insidious and unprecedented attempt to destroy the insurance market for abortion and deny access to basic health care for women.
When is free speech not really free? (This isn’t a riddle, unfortunately.)
It’s when your First Amendment-protected rights are subject to unlawful government surveillance. Since 9/11, law enforcement agencies across America have continued to monitor and harass groups and individuals for doing little more than peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.
If you’re a death penalty protestor peacefully calling for an end to capital punishment in Maryland, you were spied upon by the state police.
If you’re a Cal State Fresno student interested in veganism, undercover officers from the county sheriff’s department monitored a speech you attended .
And if you’re an anti-gas-drilling activist in Pennsylvania like Virginia Cody, you might be monitored by the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security: