Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) recently spoke out against health insurance companies covering gender-related procedures like hair transplants and gender-alignment surgery on the grounds that he himself felt no need to change his gender identity. "I don't want to pay for a sex change operation," Broun said last week in a speech against Obamacare, "I'm not interested. I like being a boy."
Broun's anti-LGBTQ stance has been well known since 2009, when he advocated for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The representative is also notorious for extreme anti-choice values. He is the original sponsor of the "Sanctity of Human Life Act," first introduced in 2011, which would federally define life as beginning at conception.
Media Resources: ThinkProgress 4/9/2013; Huffington Post 4/8/3013; Feminist Daily Newswire 1/15/2013
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .