Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Abortion Mandate is Not Health Care

One would think the massive tax increases, government mandates and private sector disincentives in the 1,018-page Democratic health-care bill are trouble enough for Americans who still care about liberty and fiscal responsibility.
Its authors, however, are taking this opportunity to make abortion a mandatory and permanent component of national health policy.
They are trying to sneak this provision past the American people under the cover of health care reform, but if we believe, as Thomas Jefferson did, that “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government,” we must demand that government funding of abortion be removed.
President Obama has been around the country, on the airwaves and on the phone telling anyone who will listen that the claim of abortion services being in the health care reform bill is “misinformation” or “a fabrication.”
It is accurate that such services are not listed in the bills under consideration, but neither are other medical services that we all expect will be included.
If abortion services are not part of the plan, why does the Congress consistently reject amendments to the bill that would explicitly prohibit them?
Don’t let his attacks on our credibility sway you; the actions of his fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill and his silence when these amendments are rejected makes him complicit in their schemes.
To disability activists, can you rest easy with government funding a practice that leads to 90 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down Syndrome being murdered in the womb?
To the African-American community, do you realize our monolithic support for liberal policies, including government funding of abortion, makes us complicit in the deaths of more black people since Roe vs. Wade than deaths caused by AIDS, violent crimes, heart disease, cancer, and accidents combined? What good could you accomplish with the $4 billion a year the abortion industry earns from killing black babies?
To those Americans of the Jewish faith who carry with them the scars of the Holocaust, can you stand by while one of your own, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, offers the opinion that the Roe vs. Wade decision was designed to prevent “growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of”?
When black women make up 13% of the female population yet account for over 36% of all abortions, does the thought enter your mind that her words may ring chillingly true?
Does the selective extermination of unborn children with disabilities or other “imperfections” further validate her opinion? Can you stand by and watch as specific classes of unborn persons are declared as “Lebensunwertes Leben” - life unworthy of life?
Thomas Jefferson also said “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical,” yet our government spends hundreds of millions of our tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood and its abortuaries.
Now they are attempting to codify abortion as an essential benefit under their health-care plan. Seventy percent of Americans, even those who are not pro-life, disagree with government funded abortions. We must bring Congress to a screeching halt until government funding for abortion is removed from this bill.
The Hippocratic Oath states, “First, do no harm.” To more than 50 million children who perished at the hands of medical professionals since Roe vs. Wade, those words ring hollow.
Let’s not compound the travesty by making abortion an essential “health care benefit” when the health of the child is irreparably harmed, a nascent human life is snuffed out without a care,  and only abortion providers benefit from the silencing of a beating heart.

Ron Miller of Huntingtown, Maryland is an executive director for Regular Folks United, a 501(c)3 foundation, and a conservative activist and writer whose articles are featured at, Red County and Southern Maryland Online. He is a candidate for public office in the state of Maryland and his website is

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