Sen. DeMint Slips Anti-Choice Amendment Into Agricultural Bill

October 19, 2011 4:30 pm ET — Julia Krieger

After last week's continuation of the GOP's assault on women's reproductive rights in the House, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has taken the movement to the Senate, sneaking an anti-choice amendment into an agricultural bill. According to NARAL, DeMint's measure "could bar discussion of abortion over the Internet and through videoconferencing, even if a woman's health is at risk":

Anti-choice Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) just filed an anti-choice amendment to a bill related to agriculture, transportation, housing, and other programs. The DeMint amendment could bar discussion of abortion over the Internet and through videoconferencing, even if a woman's health is at risk and if this kind of communication with her doctor is her best option to receive care.

Under this amendment, women would need a separate, segregated Internet just for talking about abortion care with their doctors.

Last June, when rabidly anti-choice Rep. Steve King (R-IA) introduced essentially the same amendment into the same bill, he wasn't quite so subtle. King sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and railed on the House floor against "Skype robo-abortions." His amendment was widely seen as unlikely to pass the Senate.

Read more about congressional Republicans' crusade against women's reproductive rights HERE.

[h/t ThinkProgress]

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