More on the Health Care Reform bill as a way to reduce the number of abortions in light of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that would prevent both public and private insurance companies in the subsidize “pool” from funding abortion:
Universal health care is a Democratic and liberal goal, but as long as the ban stands, increasing government support for those who lack insurance likely means more restricted coverage for abortions.
Richard Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been trying to explain this irony to religious conservatives who worry "that when the federal government takes over health care, it'll be pro-death." In fact, he said, "When you expand the reach of federal funds, you expand the reach of federal policies" on abortion. . . .
A study co-authored by the Guttmacher Institute, which backs abortion rights, found that one in four women who would other[wise] get an abortion carry an unwanted pregnancy to term if they lack abortion coverage.
Cross reference with this lament from a liberal that if the government runs health care, a conservative regime could restrict not just abortion but euthanasia, reproductive engineering, and other procedures that pro-lifers would be glad about.
The irony is that just as conservatives once feared health care reform would bring death panels, now liberals are afraid that health care reform will prevent there from being death panels.