Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Abortion and the Health Care Debate

On Monday, the New York Times ran an article detailing how abortion is affecting the debate over health-care reform. This is noteworthy because it demonstrates the influence of the pro-life movement. The pro-life movement is in a unique position to help defeat Obamacare. President Obama is poltically weak on sanctity-of-life issues and the coverage of abortion in health-care reforms is a wedge issue that is dividing moderates from President Obama's liberal base.


Interestingly, the New York Times article inadvertantly does pro-lifers and Obama-care opponents a favor. The article details the "compromise" provision offered by Congressman Rosa DeLauro and many Democrats which would require that federal funds be segregated from any private funds which would pay for abortions. Many pro-lifers rightfully argue that, since money is fungible, public funds going to insurance plans that cover abortion effectively results in federal funding of abortion.


The Times article quotes supporters of the "segregated money model" as saying that the "17 state Medicaid programs that cover elective abortions use a similar system." However, groups supporting legal abortion, including the Guttmacher Institute, say that these 17 states "use state funds to provide all or most medically necesssary abortions." As such, this statement nicely confirms the suspicions of pro-lifers. The DeLauro comprise is not a compromise at all, but in actuality a backdoor way to allow the federal government to subsidize abortions. The pro-life movement, as always, should continue to be vigilant.

1 comments:

No Subject October 2, 2009 at 9:00 AM  

Just a note to seniors and those with chronic health conditions. For decades now the left has taken every opportunity to telling people (especially young people) that no one should be burdened with having to bear and be responsible for an unwanted child.

If the lie is allowed to continue unchallenged, and to government is allowed to continue to pay for abortions, how long do you think it will be before the same people will start telling young people that no one should be burdened with having to bear the responsibility of providing care for the old and sickly amongst us?

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