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The passage of health reform brought many wonderful new protections and benefits for
Americans. Unfortunately, for women, these protections and benefits came with a price
tag.

States now have the choice to either allow abortion coverage to be included in the state
health exchange – with women having to pay for the coverage with a separate check – or
states can exclude it from the exchange completely. Many states have already chosen not
to include abortion coverage, forcing those who find themselves in need of an abortion
also burdened with paying for the procedure out of pocket. This year, in Pennsylvania,
an abortion ban in the state exchange was the Senate’s third order of business. While it
moved quickly but hasn’t passed just yet, no other medical procedure was excluded from
the exchanges in such a way.

The Pennsylvania state legislature is also considering a bill that would add to the already
strict restrictions and regulations that medical centers providing abortions face. The new
regulations would require facilities to either make costly changes, therefore increasing the
cost of their services, or may even force them to close their doors. While Pennsylvanians
need so much else-including access to better jobs and better education- the legislature
has spent over 30 percent of their days working to restrict access to a safe, legal abortion.

Throughout the country, women are facing similar attacks on their right to make a choice
when it comes to their body. In Pennsylvania, an ever-growing group is saying “We’ve
Had Enough”.

Personally, I’ve had enough of the government spending their precious time in
Harrisburg arguing over a legal medical procedure. I’ve had enough of hearing stories
of people not being able to get the care they need because they have no way to pay for
it. And I’ve definitely had enough of the government telling me what I can do with my
body.

If you’ve also had enough, join our campaign. Whether you are in Pennsylvania or
another state, speak up and help us declare that we’ve had enough of the attacks on
women.

•Check out the We’ve Had Enough Campaign Website

•Follow the Campaign on Twitter @WeveHadEnoughPA

•Like the Campaign on Facebook

•In Pa? Join us on September 27th in Harrisburg – RSVP Here

•Send a picture of yourself holding up a sign saying "I've Had Enough" or "We've
Had Enough" to wevehadenoughcamp@gmail.com. They will include them on
the website.

This post is part of the multi-organizational #HERvotes blog carnival.


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