Well, yes, but….

Anti-abortion activists were reinvigorated ahead of the opening of the healthcare legislation debate in the Senate today by their success in garnering support in the House of Representatives over an issue that was widely regarded as having lost its political potency with the election of a pro-choice president.

At the core of the strategy by the Catholic church and Christian evangelists is a campaign to rally churchgoing voters to pressure members of Congress to ensure that new healthcare laws bar government funds from paying for abortions.

Isn\’t that actually the point about democracy? That such issues get thrashed out in the legislature? And the majority wins?

As a purely personal aside I\’ve a lot of sympathy for the argument as well. To tax someone, to insist that they pay (even in part) for what they regard as repugnant, well, we do it all the time actually. You\’re not allowed to refuse to pay for the Army for example. You\’re not allowed to refuse to pay for that part of the NHS which conducts abortions. So once the majority has spoken you just have to knuckle under and get on with it. But one is very much allowed to protest, attempt to influence, the decision before it is made. Otherwise, what\’s the point of the whole structure of an elected legislature?

If not to determine what actually is the majority?

One comment on “Well, yes, but….

  1. The whole thing sucks. Consider chiropractic, or accupuncture, or homeopathy, or Christian science, or Scientology, or snake oil…

    If I buy medical treatment with my own money, who is the bureaucrat to stand between and say this or that treatment is beneficial or quackery?

    If I buy commercial insurance, though, my contract surely specifies what sorts of therapies will, and won’t, be reimbursed. Okay, less free, but so long as there are choices of insurers, not so bad.

    But if the government imposes a single payer system there are only two outcomes. Either I will be paying, thru taxes or premiums, for therapies I don’t think are valuable for people whom I don’t know making choices with which I don’t agree –or I must work to ensure only MY choice of bureaucrat serves on the panels to make the choices about what therapies will be bought.

    Abortion is just one such procedure. Tax me to pay for it — well, at least the outcome is as desired.

    But tax me to pay for some idiot’s reflexology? Herbal enema? Shark cartilege? Etc, etc, etc?

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