Does the Protect Life Act allow women to die on the hospital floor?

Pelosi made some serious waves with this comment.

When the Republicans vote for this bill today, they will be voting to say that women can die on the floor, and health care providers do not have to intervene,” Pelosi said at a press conference. “It’s just appalling. This is a health issue, and it falls right in there with a lot of other initiatives that they had coming up on the floor about clean air, clean water, mercury — you name it.

Now, obviously, I’ve no love lost for Republicans, but in a cursory reading of the Protect Life Act, I see this:

`(1) IN GENERAL- No funds authorized or appropriated by this Act (or an amendment made by this Act), including credits applied toward qualified health plans under section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or cost-sharing reductions under section 1402 of this Act, may be used to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion, except–

`(A) if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or

`(B) in the case where a pregnant female suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the female in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.

Now that sounds to me that if a woman’s life is in danger, the woman’s life would be saved. Problem, this bit:

`(b) Special Rules Relating to Training in and Coverage of Abortion Services- Nothing in this Act (or any amendment made by this Act) shall be construed to require any health plan to provide coverage of or access to abortion services or to allow the Secretary or any other Federal or non-Federal person or entity in implementing this Act (or amendment) to require coverage of, access to, or training in abortion services.’;

What we have here is language that indicates that not only is no health plan required to cover it, but they needn’t even provide access to the ability to get an abortion. It seems a tad contradictory, and I admit I’d need to comb through the original bill a bit more to figure out what the end result is, but my inkling is that this does not allow doctors to just let women die on the floor so much as it lets them force the poor woman to foot the bill herself after it’s done with.

From what my eyes are telling me, nothing in here has anything to do with a doctor’s actions, only what will and will not get any kind of federal monies. Pelosi? I think you’re on notice.


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