Nov. 16, 2009
"This shouldn't be a debate about abortion,"' says the President's Senior Advisor David Axelrod. The President himself argues that he and his allies in Congress are not "in some way sneaking in funding for abortions, but on the other hand that we're not restricting women's insurance choices."
This is sort of like saying that when eating a four-scoop sundae, the dessert really isn't about ice cream. Abortion is essential to the Democratic approach to health care. Why? Because if, as the great majority of national Democrats believe, abortion is a matter of public moral neutrality, a procedure not unlike the removal of a nasty tumor, it should be funded (or, as an interim step, subsidized) as part of any federal health insurance regime.
After the vote on the Stupak pro-life amendment on November 7, pro-abortion Members of Congress and their allies in the so-called "progressive" movement became apoplectic. "Abortion is healthcare. That's the whole point," wrote ultra-feminist and the Left-wing magazine Nation writer Katha Pollitt. Pollitt has made a career as a Left-liberal who actually speaks her mind (example: after 9/11, she wrote that the American "flag stands for jingoism and vengeance and war"). Of course, her perspective is warped, but at least she says what she thinks.
And what she thinks seems to be what's in the heart of the current Administration. Mr. Obama has built a career by stating two opposing views and pretending to find common ground between them. Of course, there is - as he admitted in his speech earlier this year at Notre Dame - no real common ground between the culture of life and the culture of death.
By subsidizing health insurance plans that provide abortion, the US government would be providing funds to companies that would thereby have greater financial freedom to pay for abortion and related services.
Mr. President, we either "restrict women's choices" by refusing to allow the federal government to subsidize abortion providers, or we subsidize insurance companies that pay for abortion. There is no way around it. Your key allies know it. And, in the integrity of your mind, so do you.