Tennessee Bill Could Deny Contraceptives

From Think Progress.

Last night, the Tennessee House of Representatives approved HB 2681, a measure that would prohibit insurers from offering abortion services within the exchange and could possibly deny coverage to common contraceptives. Sponsors of the abortion measure maintained that their bill would only prohibit tax dollars from funding abortions in the exchange, but the measure’s broad language — it says, “No health care plan required to be established in this state through an exchange” — would deny women the right to purchase coverage for abortions (including Hyde-exempted abortions) with private dollars in the exchange and could significantly disadvantage women who need to obtain an abortion in instances of rape, incest or if their life is in danger.

You can see the video right here.

According to the story at Think Progress, Rep. Matthew Hill went on to make various statements regarding the bill and as you can see in the video, Rep. Jeanne Richardson tried to talk to him about the details of the bill as well.

In fact, the House rejected an amendment clarifying that women would be able to buy supplementary abortion coverage with private dollars in the exchange. Rep. Matthew Hill, the bill’s sponsor, argued that women whose life was in danger or those who became pregnant a result of incest or rape “would be able to pay with a private insurance plan, they would be able to pay out of pocket, if they were indigent, TennCare would allow for that to take place.” He was also unmoved by appeals from his Republican colleagues who argued forcing some women to pay for Hyde abortions out of pocket could threaten women’s lives, as some would surely find the proceudre cost prohibitive, particularly if they had health complications that dramatically in creased the price.

Matthew Hill’s brother, Timothy, is currently seeking Jason Mumpower’s seat.

14 comments for “Tennessee Bill Could Deny Contraceptives

  1. Elmer Gantry
    April 16, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Reo. Matthew Hill’s radio evangelist, Wikipedia vandal , and recently divorced brother, Timothy, is currently seeking Jason Mumpower’s seat.

  2. Elmer Gantry
    April 16, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Law Court of Sullivan County
    KIngsport, Tennessee 37660
    Civil Action No. C38062(M)

  3. April 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I’m sorry but you can’t be fighting to reduce the number of abortions while limiting access to affordable contraception.

    What has Matthew Hill done to actually reduce the number of abortions? You know, like creating easy access to affordable contraception and encouraging age-appropriate reproductive health education for all Tennesseans? Absolutely, nothing, that’s what.

    And until he starts, everything he does or say on this issue is political grandstanding. Thanks for using us as your political football, Rep. Hill.

  4. April 16, 2010 at 10:22 am

    There are many things that bother me about this. First, where is the media on this story. Second of all, Rep. Jeanne Richardson deserves so much praise for calling Hill out.

    We found this on Think Progress through a tip. I’m just perplexed. Hill is a shill.

  5. Joanaroo
    April 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    There is supposed to be separation of church and state but it’s so-called religious bastards like this who make being a woman a pain in the ass! Who are the ones who make women pregnant? Who are the ones who LEAVE BIRTH CONTROL UP TO WOMEN when they don’t want a condom on their dick? Who are the ones who want to make things worse for disadvantaged women? Yeah, men! The same ones who ram the Bible down your throat now want it guiding your own damn uterus!

  6. Vvixen
    April 20, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Jeanne Richardson, you RULE!!! You make me proud to be a Memphian! We have not heard the last about this, but you were on the right side of history, Jeanne!

  7. Elmer Gantry
    May 19, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Got STDs?: TRA Director Kenneth Hill’s & Rep. Matthew Hill’s Hush-Hush Lab Testing Franchise Biz
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=179×5121

    Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborugh) and his father — Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey appointee and Tennessee Regulatory Authority Director Kenneth C. Hill — are each not making their full ethics disclosures pertaining to one Johnson City medical lab testing franchise that they own together – Any Lab Test Now of Johnson City.

    According to records on file at the Washington County Clerk Office in Jonesborough, TRA Director Hill is listed as owner on the county business license issued to Any Lab Test Now Johnson City.

    While both the father and son Hill team have each disclosed their individual interests within a “Health Living” limited liability company with the Tennessee Ethics Commission, the secretive Hills have not provided any d.b.a (i.e.: “doing business as”) statement fully disclosing their ownership of the Johnson City based medical lab testing franchise that seemingly specializes in testing college students for a “$199 STD (sexually transmitted disease) Panel Special to College Students (*with a valid ID)”. The Any Lab Test Now Johnson City web site does not indicate whether-or-not that the Hill-owned medical lab testing franchise in Johnson City can immediately dispense medications to any college student clients who have the misfortune to actually test postive for any STDs.

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