Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Health Care Bill: No federal money on abortion

I haven't read the new health care bill and I probably won't read it. But from what I've heard, it specifically bares federal money from being spent on abortion. I think this is very wrong. Regardless of whether you are pro-life or pro-choice (pro-abortion is a word used only by demagogues because no one really wants more abortion) , as long as abortion is still a legal medical option, why should we specifically deny it federal funding? Sometimes I think people forget what it means to be part of a community. You don't get to pick and choose what you want your tax dollars to be spent on. Just because we all can't agree on the same policy on abortion doesn't mean we should undermine it. If every other medical option get federal funding, why shouldn't abortion? And where does it stop? Will we stop funding mental health because we think the power of prayer should suffice? Will we stop funding planned parenthood because the catholic church doesn't believe in contraception?

When someone says "I don't want my money to pay for x and y..", I feel I need to explain to the person that your tax money already pays for a lot of things you can't personally use. For the past 11 years, my tax money has been funding the education of a lot of strangers. I don't necessarily believe public money should pay for private schooling but nevertheless charter schools keep getting my state tax. I don't believe in wars and yet a lion's share of my tax dollars keeps funding 2 wars. I don't believe the military should be inducing recruits with huge sums of money and yet I can't seem to stop them!

When you pay tax, you can't pick and choose what to spend your tax money on. Unless you organize and get the offending item declared illegal. So if you think abortion is wrong, get together with people of like minds and get Roe v Wade overturned. But trying to circumvent the law by freezing funding for it is diabolical.