Ben Buchwalter


Pro-Lifers Hijack Health Care Reform
November 22, 2009, 6:27 pm
Filed under: Health Care, Mother Jones | Tags: , ,

July 28, 2009

This post grew increasingly relevant in light of recent developments with health care reform, which brought on the anti-choice Stupak amendment. I wrote in late July about a smear campaign supported by FOX News claiming that the Democrats’ plan amounted to government-subsidized abortion. Responding to this hysteria, a group of 19 Democrats wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying that they would not “support any healthcare proposal unless it excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan.” The post received an incredible response from MoJo readers. Read it here.

President Obama is staying out of it. Louisiana Republican John Fleming claimed recently that “by being silent on this issue [Obama is] actually making an affirmative statement in favor of taxpayer abortions.” That wouldn’t be so bad, but instead it’s something much worse. As Ezra Klein points out today, the health care discussion is being run by centrist Democrats and conservative Republicans. So by staying silent on the issue, Obama is not effectively condoning government subsidized abortion; he’s letting it die on the table.

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