If you’ve been paying attention to the legislation on health care lately, then you’ve no doubt heard that abortion will not be covered in the public option.
At first the decision by democrats to rule out government insured abortions did not spark much interest in me, but upon thinking about it more I asked this question: How will refusing low-income families a safe, cheap pregnancy termination option benefit this country at all?
Will we really be that much more ‘moral’?
The 30 million or so uninsured folks are already struggling financially. It is unlikely legislation for abortion coverage would cause a significant rise in terminated pregnancies. What our government is really saying: Look, it’s legal for you to have an abortion, but we ourselves, the upper class elitists running this place, aren’t going to support you in it. Even if that means putting you in the hands of clinics that are under regulated, and even if it means reinforcing stigmas against those considering terminated pregnancies.
I’m glad the religious right still has such strong feelings towards abortion, while being completely unconcerned with questionable trade agreements, the inhumane treatment of farm-raised animals, and finding it necessary to properly educate and support our struggling classes.