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?