Rape Survivor Speaks Out Against Flaw In Republican Health Care Bill

“I am not damaged goods.”

Taylor Hirth, a rape survivor and advocate, made a passionate statement against the American Health Care Act, the legislation that would repeal Obamacare health care plan, Friday after the bill passed in the House of Representatives the day before. The legislation removes protections for pre-existing conditions, which could affect sexual assault survivors. 

In a video for Mic, Hirth points out why for her, this aspect of the plan is particularly troubling.

"It's hard knowing that right now, one of my attackers is in prison and he gets access to health care," she says. "So when he gets out of prison, he'll still have access to the health care that he's potentially barred me from."



As of publication, the Congressional Budget Office is currently working on revising its estimate of how many people would lose health insurance under the AHCA. When the bill was first presented in March, the office found more than 24 million more people would be uninsured by 2026. Hirth is among many who have have taken to social media after the passage of the AHCA. Users on Twitter used #IAmAPreExistingCondition to highlight how the new healthcare plan would affect them.

Hirth explains that she and her daughter, who witnessed Hirth's attack, are both currently in therapy. If they are unable to continue treatment, Hirth says she "can't even fathom what that would do." She urges everyone who is opposed to the bill to "get loud" and call their senators. 

"I intend to resist," she says. "I will not go quietly. I am not damaged goods. Neither is any other survivor out there." 

Cover image via Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock

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