Democrats Want You to Start Paying for Abortions

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A new bill supported by 70 House Democrats would require federally subsidized abortion coverage for any woman enrolled in an insurance plan through the federal government. Proposed by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Coverage Act (EACH) would make federal workers, members of the military, prisoners inside federal lockup, and Medicaid recipients eligible for abortion services.

“Each and every day, the rights of women are under attack in America,” said Lee. “Today, we push back because every person has a right to healthcare.”

The EACH Woman Act would also mandate that every health care facility with a government contract must provide abortion services. Not only that, it explicitly states that “restrictions on coverage of abortion care in the private insurance market must end.”

“Regardless of how someone personally feels about abortion, none of us, especially elected officials, should be interfering with a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions just because she is poor,” said Lee.

Just listen to some of the language Lee uses to advance her agenda. Abortion care? This is one of the left’s greatest triumphs. They have managed to reposition abortion as just another facet of “women’s healthcare” in an attempt to marginalize the millions of Americans who view it as murder.

And then there is Lee’s assertion that politicians should not steal a woman’s “right” to low cost abortions. But she has nothing to say about the rights of Americans not to fund what they consider a national travesty. Instead, she brushes those Americans aside with a sneer, as though a heartfelt opposition to abortion is of little importance when compared to “women’s healthcare.” Suck it up and deal with it, she says.

This bill would essentially invalidate the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal taxpayer dollars from going to fund abortion practices. The Obama administration’s way around this is to attach a surcharge to insurance plans that provide abortion. That way, only those Americans already paying for an abortion-friendly insurance plan can help pay for low-income women. And while there are plenty of things wrong with that system already, Lee’s bill would ostensibly remove even that small dose of protection.

In a Republican congress, this bill has little chance of passing. But it does give you a good idea of the kind of legislation that Democrats would pass if they had full control of Congress and the White House. For anyone who thinks there’s little difference between the two parties, bills like this one should show otherwise.

If providing free abortions is such an important issue for the left, then they can make that happen with private donations and charities. If enough Americans support such a cause, they should have no problem ponying up the moolah. If they don’t, then that should tell these politicians something about where our priorities are. In the meantime, it’s up to the rest of us to fight this trend of calling abortion “women’s healthcare.” It’s wrong, it’s sick, and it deserves to be challenged.