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Taxpayer-Funding of Abortions Now the New Roe v Wade of the Abortion Debate

Taxpayer funding of abortions is quickly become the new Roe v. Wade or touchstone of the abortion debate.
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An excellent editorial in LifeNews discusses this dramatic shift in the debate over healthcare reform:

The debate over requiring public funds to pay for abortions is so fundamental that it is part of a shift that could see it as the major battleground between pro-life and pro-abortion advocates.

In pro-abortion legal circles, abortion advocates have shifted their arguments for abortion from the privacy considerations that played out in Roe. v. Wade and its contraception-based predecessors.

Now, abortion advocates see the so-called right to abortion not as a matter of privacy but as a fundamental women’s right, and human right.

Their logic follows that, if abortion is a human right, then it should be a right that all women enjoy regardless of their economic situation.

As such, forcing taxpayers to fund the abortions of poor women through government funding is merely a means of making that right available to all women, including those at the bottom of the economic ladder.

That debate is playing out in the health care discussion as pro-abortion forces do everything in their power to make sure abortion funding and coverage are included. And it is a controversy that could extend beyond the health care legislation in Congress and to the Supreme Court.

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  1. Rob Hanson, M.D. says:

    The procedure of abortion is itself becoming less of the issue as the pro-life movement is no longer leading the direction of this battle. Framing the argument into rights for the poor or the right not to be circumvented by a provider with conscience serves to solidify the belief that the procedure is acceptable and reasonable.

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