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Protesters: Grimm is ‘anti-woman’

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The battle over women’s health care came to Bay Ridge on Tuesday, as members of the National Organization for Women rallied on 86th Street to protest a pattern of “anti-woman” votes by freshman Rep. Michael Grimm.

Specifically, the four members of the group’s New York chapter railed against Grimm’s vote to cut funding for health clinics, and for his co-sponsorship of HR 3, a controversial bill that would further narrow existing federal restrictions on the use of public money to finance abortions.

“He is attacking women from every side,” said Jean Bucaria, deputy director of NOW-NYC. ”He is cutting healthcare for women — and it’s not right.”

The protesters’ petition specifically called for Grimm (R–Bay Ridge) to withdraw his support for the so-called “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which would make permanent the current federal ban on coverage for abortions and would also prohibit federal funds from being used in health care plans that cover abortion.

Grimm has also been under fire because he also supported a provision in an earlier version of the bill that required rape to be “forcible” before a victim could get a publicly financed abortion.

The congressman also voted in February in favor for the Pence Amendment, which would eliminate federal funding of Planned Parenthood and its 102 affiliates. The national group provides venereal disease screening, contraception and general physical examinations. The group also provides abortions, though that service is already not covered by federal funding.

“He is a hypocrite,” said Brielle Valence, a NOW member. “He wants the people to pay for his healthcare, but he doesn’t want to pay for ours.”

In two hours of protesting, NOW seemed to win over some voters.

“Would I vote for Grimm? No,” said Maureen Helmers of Bay Ridge. “I’ve been pro-choice my whole life.”

And this wasn’t strictly a “woman’s issue”; more men than women stopped to listen.

“He’s a scumbag,” said Peter Loukas of Staten Island. “He doesn’t want to give women access to things they need.”

Joshua Rivera of Sunset Park agreed.

“What he’s doing is selfish,” said Rivera. “Without healthy women, there can’t be a healthy society.”

Grimm did not return repeated calls for comment, but has said publicly that he believes that the American people do not want to fund abortion.

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al pankin from downtown says:
when his time is up...vote him out of office, he'll have to get a real job and his own health insurance. like everyone else.
March 17, 2011, 8:11 am
rebecca from Bay Ridge says:
I'm glad someone is standing up and telling the truth about Grimm, and all the women-hating elected leaders. Do they know that all kinds of things go wrong in pregnancy, women every day have to make painful decisions about ending pregnancy because they're health is at risk. Should a woman be forced to carry to term a fetus that will be severely disabled. That's a choice about the rest of her life that a women should have a right to make. And the arrogance of Grimm to think he can take away her insurance coverage this! Oh, and the hyprocrisy, of doing that AND defunding brith control!!!
March 17, 2011, 11:54 am
tony from Staten Island says:
My cousin forwarded me this article. I voted for this guy, a veteran. but he lost my vote. i don't believe in abortion, but that's not for me to say for other people. he's too old school, no birth control? that's wack
March 17, 2011, 12:02 pm
sylvia from bay ridge says:
go to hell mike grimm, you are so out of touch with reality.
March 17, 2011, 12:03 pm
joe rubino from staten island says:
i just saw this guy's campaign funding came mostly from people who don't even live in SI/brooklyn and who can't even vote for him. who voted for this guy??? i sure didn't. and i won't in 2012.
March 17, 2011, 1:09 pm
WW from Bay Ridge says:
Pooooor little delicate flowers!

They can't find health care unless Uncle Sam gives it to them!

Come on girls, can't you do anything for yourselves or do you need a man?
March 17, 2011, 2:42 pm
Stan LS from gravesend says:
I don't get it... Why should the taxpayers pay for their abortions?
March 17, 2011, 10:56 pm
WW from Bay Ridge says:
The taxpayers should pay for their abortions because they didn't pay attention when they had government education to tell them about safe sex. They can't count to 14 ("I'm ovulating???") and they will sleep with men they have no intention of having children with.

You've come a long way baby!
March 18, 2011, 8 am
jase from bay ridge says:
you uneducated jerks don't get it. you clearly have no idea what grimm stands for. and no idea what the HR 3 bill is. let me educate you: HR3, the no taxpayer for abortion act would make it so that no insurance provider will cover abortion at all.

that's right. it's not women out there begging for "uncle sam to pay for their abortions" - it's women who already have jobs, have and pay for their own health insurance, and can't even get their health insurance to pay for a basic medical procedure.

whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, grimm wants to get rid of all public health clinics. that means no condoms, no birth control, no sex. how do you feel about that? pregnancy and women's health affects you too ya know.

you're all a bunch of ignorant trolls. why don't you learn what grimm's policies are and what each of the bills he supports really mean, before you comment?
March 18, 2011, 9:54 am
Righty from Bay Ridge says:
First of all, why do four women prostesting on 86th street for two hours merit any kind of news story?
Secondly, Grimm has only voted on federal funds, not anti-woman.
The rhetoric coming from the left is paranoid and hysterical. If someone is really "anti-woman" I would expect to see them trying to limit a woman's right to vote, or to own property, etc. Grimm has done nothing even remotely "anti-woman"
All of these leftists who complained about the Bush tax cuts can simply take the extra money they now have and give it directly to Planned Parenthood and they'd be awash in funds.
Lastly, if these pro-abortion fanatics really want abortion "safe, legal and rare" what legal limitations on abortion do they propose?
March 18, 2011, 10:46 am
WW from Bay Ridge says:
Face the fact that Abortion is big business - people make money on it.

Abortion clinics want that payrool to keep on keepin on!

Abortion is profitable - and selling anything to the government, or getting the government to pay for it, makes that profit grow!
March 18, 2011, 11:22 am
XX from Bensonhurst says:
Not only do abortion clinics make money selling high priced abortions, many of the doctors who work in these clinics also eat the aborted fetuses to save money on food expenses. It's as any woman who goes in there is serving "fetus alá carte" to her abortion doctor. If you are sceptical of this fact, you can just check any of the many internet forums where they exchange recipies for human fetal tissue, such as:

www.quickandeasyfetusrecipieforum.org
March 19, 2011, 10:49 am
Rachael Levine from Bay Ridge says:
Do the women protesting even live in Grimm's district? Why is this news? Why don't adult woman take resposibilities for their actions? You get pregnant and want to kill your baby - pay for it and deal with it.

Free condoms? They only cost about $1 each, about the cost of one cigaret.
March 24, 2011, 12:42 pm
james from marcel says:
learn more about this grimm d-bag:

www.thegrimmreality.tumblr.com
March 24, 2011, 5:44 pm

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