The intense and ongoing debate over the reform of health care in the U.S. brought on by President Obama is expanding to include discussions as to how abortion will be dealt with. Under the current version of the health care bill most Americans would be forced to participate in a plan that covers abortion services. A group of bipartisan congressmen, all of them being pro life, have pledged to fight any bill that includes provisions for for the procedure citing what they believe is the abortion industries plan to make the procedure mainstream. Abortion rights advocates have shown no concern for these arguments, seeing as the coverage of abortion is something that will be decided by individual providers, and not the government itself.
“This issue is not about party politics. It’s not about obstructionism. It is about saving lives and protecting pro-life Americans across the country,” Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pennsylvania, said.
Just a few days ago, Wednesday to be exact, the Senate rejected Republican amendments that would broaden the current restrictions for the federal funding of abortions. These amendments, brought about by Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, proposed a ban on the federal funding of abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to a mothers health. It would not cover the recreational use of the procedure, which initially caused me to wonder if abortion is EVER used in recreation.
If this amendment would have been a win for Senator Hatch instead of an epic failure, it would have not only placed obvious restrictions on what type of care a woman received in the case of an unplanned pregnancy, but what I found most shocking and probably the most idiotic was the fact that the coverage needed to fund the abortion procedure would need to be bought separately from the coverage you’d need if you had a cold or broke a bone. Republican Senator Olympia Snowe brought up a valid point after the vote, one that I agree with fully. She stated the obvious by pointing out most aborted pregnancies are unplanned, and it’s highly unlikely a woman would purchase the supplemental coverage needed to for an abortion, because let’s face it: who plans to have an abortion. I know it may happen, but in the majority of situations where an abortion procedure is needed or even wanted, the pregnancy isn’t planned. So should women be subjected to purchase abortion coverage they may or may not need, in a supplemental package or should the coverage be included in the health care we receive every day?