Protect Life Act Passes in the House
Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the “Protect Life Act” (HR 358), which redundantly enforces the Hyde Amendment, placing it in the context of the Affordable Care Act. I’ve previously written about the dangers of the Protect Life Act, and over 300 of our congregants responded to our action alert last week by urging their Representatives to oppose the bill.
Although the Protect Life Act is unlikely to pass the Senate, the House’s action last week is still incendiary and offensive. For a House of Representatives that claims to be singularly focused on job creation, this redundant and politicized attack on women’s constitutionally guaranteed rights is a waste of time–not to mention that the severity of the restrictions in this bill offends many of the values we stand for as Reform Jews.
Slate Magazine’s Dahlia Lithwick writes an interesting article in reaction to a Public Religion Research Institute study indicating that members of the millennial generation (those born between the 1980′s and the early 2000′s) are more likely to mobilize around issues such as gay marriage than they are to fight for reproductive rights. While (for now) we don’t need to be too concerned about the implementation of HR 358, a culture of youth committed to reproductive rights–as part of the broader movement committed to fighting against efforts such as HR 358–will be critical in the future.