It's called the Pence Amendment, and you can read more about it here, here, and here.
Normally, I'm not one for politics, but this is absurd. Americans, you think that supporting other people via welfare sucks? Great, then how about you don't take away the preventative measures that stop young women like me from ending up on it? Without access to free or cheaper birth control, young women stand a greater risk of not being able to afford or going without the contraceptive, therefore, increasing their risks of winding up pregnant and needing the tax payer's support on welfare. Without screening procedures, STDs will spread, and it won't just be women affected. Cancer, UTIs, and other infections and illnesses will go undetected. True, abortions are a service that Planned Parenthood offers, but it only accounts for 3% of their services, and no federal funding has ever supported it. And more to the point-- do you REALLY think it's ok for a woman to have her rapist's baby because it was THAT MUCH HARDER for her to get an abortion? How about your kid sister when she sleeps with a guy and fucks up and doesn't use a condom, or, for those in the House, your daughter or granddaughter? I was a teenager once, too, and I made some stupid decisions that I was lucky not to have to pay for. The younger women of our generation shouldn't have to pay for them either. They should-- and WE should-- be able to have all the access they need to making the right decisions, for themselves, and the rest of society. We don't need more teenage mothers. We don't need more people spreading STDs and AIDS because they don't know about it. We don't need women to be pregnant who want or need not to be. What we DO need is EVEN BETTER preventative methods and our rights continued to be upheld.
It's the only responsible thing to do. I can't believe this is even an issue. Sign the petition to help stop it in the Senate.