Doctors Could Face Barriers to Abortion Training

House members are voting today on controversial language, introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), that would prevent the use of federal funds for training medical residents on abortion procedures.

The Hill’s Floor Action Blog quotes Foxx as saying, “This amendment ensures that the grants being provided to teaching health centers are not being used to perform elective abortion, makes it crystal clear that taxpayer money is not being used to train healthcare providers to perform abortion procedures.”

As Margaret Hartmann points out at Jezebel (emphasis mine), “Quite a few Republicans believe abortion should be allowed in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger, but those women would become casualties of the conservative effort to punish women who choose to have an abortion.”

See reports on the impending vote at Jezebel and The Hill, and also check out this fact sheet from Medical Students for Choice on the lack of abortion training for doctors and nurses in the U.S.


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