D.C. Abortion Providers Balk At Congressional Budget Rider | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Abortion Providers Balk At Congressional Budget Rider

Play associated audio
Pro-life protesters in front of the Supreme Court in 2005. A budget deal reached Friday night bans D.C. from funding abortions.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjb/24584150/
Pro-life protesters in front of the Supreme Court in 2005. A budget deal reached Friday night bans D.C. from funding abortions.

In 2009, Congress revoked a federal prohibition that had barred D.C. from using government funding to assist low-income women with terminating their pregnancies. But the budget agreement reached to keep the government running late Friday now forbids the city government from paying for abortions at all. Charlotte Taft of the Abortion Care Network says this law has far reaching consequences.

"It does mean that once again women are on their own and even women who are the poorest of the poor are on their own for very, very essential and basic health care options," Taft says.

For many, the question is about sovereignty. Kate Vlach is on the board of the D.C. Abortion Fund. She says the federal government is encroaching on people's rights in the District.

"It disenfranchises many of us here, and it blocks the ability of the D.C. Council who are our elected officials to make decisions about what we do with our own tax dollars that we pay to the city for services that include medical care," says Vlach.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray wrote on Twitter Saturday morning that the compromise was a "shameful violation of our right to govern ourselves."

NPR

'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
NPR

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.
WAMU 88.5

Maureen McDonnell Didn't Give Special Treatment To Star Scientific, Witness Testifies

A defense witness in the corruption trail against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, says the former first lady often traveled the state promoting state businesses, countering the notion she gave special treatment to the company at the heart of the corruption trial.
NPR

The Momentum Of The Ice Bucket Challenge — And What It Means For ALS

A recent fundraising challenge has gone viral on social media, calling attention to research into Lou Gehrig's disease. Forbes contributor Dan Diamond discusses the state of that research.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.