Pro-lifers co-opting Health Care Reform

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.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://brbible.org/from-rich Rich Shipe

    Hopefully that realization catches on. One of the big problems of nationalized health care is the politicization of so many things that were not previously political issues. For example, Obama this past summer used the example of how he claims some doctors remove tonsils unnecessarily just for the money.

    I can imagine it now at the next presidential debates: “Now we will ask both candidates to explain their position on tonsils.”

  • http://brbible.org/from-rich Rich Shipe

    Hopefully that realization catches on. One of the big problems of nationalized health care is the politicization of so many things that were not previously political issues. For example, Obama this past summer used the example of how he claims some doctors remove tonsils unnecessarily just for the money.

    I can imagine it now at the next presidential debates: “Now we will ask both candidates to explain their position on tonsils.”

  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    The concentration of power is attractive to many. “If all power is concentrated in the hands of a few, then those few can ensure that only the right policies are followed.” The number of people who agree with that idea always far outnumber the number of people who agree on what the best policies are. Once you have concentrated this power, you have created a massive incentive for getting a hold of the new power. I see generations of fights ahead as to what is or is not allowed for everybody. They will be more bitter than the fights we’ve seen to this point.

  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    The concentration of power is attractive to many. “If all power is concentrated in the hands of a few, then those few can ensure that only the right policies are followed.” The number of people who agree with that idea always far outnumber the number of people who agree on what the best policies are. Once you have concentrated this power, you have created a massive incentive for getting a hold of the new power. I see generations of fights ahead as to what is or is not allowed for everybody. They will be more bitter than the fights we’ve seen to this point.


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