Offending the conscience – Part I

While there has been an ongoing debate about the legitimacy of abortion ‘rights’ and the degree to which our society should allow women to acquire one, one thing up until now that has generally been agreed on has been that we shouldn’t compel others to pay for an abortion.

Until now.

The Senate today tabled a bill that would prevent the expenditure of Federal funds on abortion as part of the healthcare bill, opening the door to forcing millions of Americans who consider abortion to be the intentional taking of an innocent human life to pay for the procedure.

There are numerous reasons to oppose this bill – the fact that it costs too much, that it is full of pork, that it is an attempt to impose a bloated bureaucracy on a relatively satisfactory health system, and that it doesn’t really solve the problems the system does have; but opposing this bill is now a moral imperative, and I would think whatever one’s view of abortion, one should be offended by the notion that we would require everyone to subsidize it.

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9 Responses to Offending the conscience – Part I

  1. Bettawrekonize says:

    “that it is an attempt to impose a bloated bureaucracy on a relatively satisfactory health system”

    While I may not necessarily support this bill, I do not think our current health care system is satisfactory. Yeah, the U.S. laws maybe more than satisfactory for the rich (and not just health care) but the U.S. is far from a free market and our laws are not satisfactory for the masses.

  2. Abortion is a legal medical procedure. Until that status is changed, it should be treated as other medical procedures (specifically as those which are elective).

  3. jackhudson says:

    Lots of things are legal which we shouldn’t force others to subsidize, and until now, while the law has allowed people to have an abortion, it hasn’t forced everyone to participate because of the recognition that it offends the conscience of a significant portion of Americans. It is a good reason for those people to oppose this bill.

  4. It’s actually a terrible reason to oppose it. There is a perfectly valid reason for opposition in the same way that most people would oppose subsidizing LASIK.

  5. Bettawrekonize says:

    “Lots of things are legal which we shouldn’t force others to subsidize, and until now, while the law has allowed people to have an abortion, it hasn’t forced everyone to participate because of the recognition that it offends the conscience of a significant portion of Americans. It is a good reason for those people to oppose this bill.”

    Abortion is murder and should be illegal.

  6. bZirk says:

    I’m not sure the conscience can be offended anymore. How well has it worked to appeal to the conscience? It’s just becoming more seared over, so that a hot poker wouldn’t move it, and yes, I’m including a lot of us Christians.

    But an appeal to the pocket book, now that might get someone’s selfish attention. Or let me put it this way. Elective breast augmentation will be covered? I don’t think so. Frankly, most of the elective abortions are done strictly for someone’s convenience. I do not want to pay for that.

  7. jackhudson says:

    I’m not sure the conscience can be offended anymore. How well has it worked to appeal to the conscience? It’s just becoming more seared over, so that a hot poker wouldn’t move it, and yes, I’m including a lot of us Christians.

    But an appeal to the pocket book, now that might get someone’s selfish attention. Or let me put it this way. Elective breast augmentation will be covered? I don’t think so. Frankly, most of the elective abortions are done strictly for someone’s convenience. I do not want to pay for that.

    While I agree that the financial excessiveness of including wholly elective procedures is a good reason to oppose this health plan (among many, many others), I still think there are a certain segment of the population (particularly Christians) who might otherwise support this bill, who would offended by the thought that their own monies are being used to end the life of innocent human beings.

    Of course, as we have seen there are a certain number of people who see abortion as a mere medical procedure, so obviously this post wasn’t intended for them.

  8. bZirk says:

    I was just being grumpy.

  9. jackhudson says:

    I was just being grumpy.

    🙂 We live in grumpy days.

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