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The Let Women Die Bill of 2011: H.R. 358 Forces Women to Play Russian Roulette in Their Hospital Emergency Rooms

Written by Laura MacCleery forRH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post. Last week’s vote on H.R. 538, the Let Women Die Act of 2011, was a deeply disappointing new low for the House of Representatives, even if  the outcome was unsurprising given the chamber’s recent record of extremist, anti-woman bills.  The heated debate occasioned dueling Dear Colleague letters by Rep.’s Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and the author of the bill, Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA), that made competing claims about the critical issue of whether the bill newly imperils the lives of women by allowing institutions and doctors to refuse to provide care even in life-threatening emergencies. Continue reading....