The Associated Press reports that Americans may be getting more than they bargained for from healthcare legislation that is now making its way through Congress.
“Health care legislation before Congress would allow a new government-sponsored insurance plan to cover abortions, a decision that would affect millions of women and recast federal policy on the divisive issue. . .
“Advocates on both sides are preparing for a renewed battle over abortion, which could jeopardize political support for President Barack Obama’s health care initiative aimed at covering nearly 50 million uninsured and restraining medical costs. The dispute could come to a head with House and Senate floor votes on abortion this fall, a prospect that many lawmakers would like to avoid.”
The article also mentions a “compromise” measure that would disallow government subsidies for abortion but would allow only money from beneficiary premiums to cover the procedure. In my view, such a “compromise” is just book-keeping sophistry. The only money that the government has is money that comes from tax-payers. How would the government propose to separate pro-life premiums from pro-choice premiums? This makes no sense to me, and I hardly think it to be a compromise.
For me, the bottom line is this. If a government-funded healthcare plan funds abortion, then it amounts to government-funded infanticide. No consistently pro-life person can support healthcare reform that includes coverage for abortions. Beware of those who argue otherwise.