Thursday, February 25, 2010

Abortion Über Alles

by Steve Mosher
Ignoring the polls and the House of Representatives, President Obama is pushing ahead with a health care bill that will force Americans to pay for abortions.
He has proposed what he calls a "targeted set of changes" to the Senate-passed bill, which have the effect of making a bad bill for babies even worse. (An 11-page summary is available on the White House website here).
Bear in mind that the Senate bill (H.R. 3590) already promotes abortion in multiple ways, making it the most pro-abortion legislation since Roe v. Wade. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), a cautious critic at best, posted a study of the anti-life provisions of the Senate bill that ran no fewer than thirteen (13) pages.
Now comes Obama's version, ladling on $11 billion for "Community Health Centers." Planned Parenthood will be the beneficiary of much of this money, as the President helps his friends at the abortion organization get even richer off our tax dollars.
Obama also wants to subsidize private health insurance that covers abortion, and to mandate that even non-subsidized plans to cover abortion, in effect forcing all of us to pay for someone else's abortion.
The House bill (H.R. 3962), on the other hand, has no place in Obama's plan, patently because it was stripped of its abortion language by the Stupak-Pitts Amendment.
There are plenty of other problems in Obamacare: Lifesaving medical treatment will be rationed, costs will be raised, and more bloated federal bureaucracies will be created, including a federal commission that will decide what kind of health care Americans are entitled to. Fines will be levied on those who do not join a government-approved plan.
Next the government will order that we all eat arugula on Tuesdays—for our own good, of course.
But for us, the Right to Life is the paramount issue. We cannot let the government of our beloved country get into the abortion business.
We remain, after all, a democracy. We elected the men and women who are determined to promote and perform abortions using our tax dollars. We would all be complicit in the abortions that follow.
Now would be an excellent time to contact your congressman and senators and tell them that you do not want to pay for someone else's abortion.
They can all be reached through the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Steven W. Mosher is the President of the Population Research Institute.