Why are we making such a big deal out of the abortion rider in the healthcare bill? I think I know.
I believe that abortion is a necessary evil in our society. Liberal politics likes to talk about a right to privacy. Conservatives like to talk about a right to life. Neither position really seems to account for the pragmatic view of our advanced society. Why is this issue a flash point issue for the healthcare debacle?
People still have recreational sex, unprotected sex, and people still have sex who can’t afford a child. I would prefer that people that find themselves with a child because of poor decisions they themselves make and want out, take a look at adoption. But I also think that abortion is a better choice than the dumpster baby option. Abortion is necessary. So be it.
Liberals believe that abortion is the woman’s choice only. In fact, abortions are a badge of honor in certain lower class societies in these United States. Abortions are guaranteed by the federal government (thanks to Roe v Wade) on the basis of a ‘right to privacy’ in the constitution. Conservatives can’t seem to find that passage. So be it.
Conservatives conversely believe that conception is sacred. If a woman gets pregnant the child is instantly accorded personhood status. So evacuating the fetus is murder. This is just a little too black and white even for me. There are unplanned pregnancies, pregnancies as a result of unwanted sex (rape), fetus that are deformed or defective, fetus’ that put the mother’s life at risk. There are real reasons to choose against the unborn and kill it. So be it.
Basically, if you fall on one side of this issue or the other there is no middle ground. There is no compromise where both sides will be appeased. So why are the Democrats pushing so hard to add this hot button to the healthcare bill? Because federally funding abortion by choice sets a precedent for federal involvement in reproduction. Unlike the Chinese who can simply enforce any rules they desire (can you say totalitarian regime?), in the United States we need to turn the temperature up slowly so the frogs don’t jump out of the pot. What the Democrats believe is that we can’t make good decisions without them. Adding abortion to the healthcare bill is the first step to Obama letting us know just how many children we are allowed to have. On the basis of keeping healthcare costs down the government will be able force us to register for children and abort the unregistered offspring. If I were Nancy Pelosi, I would not grant a child license to anyone who voted republican.