Health care bill paves way for free abortions

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In the emotionally charged thriller The Forgotten, Julianne Moore plays the role of Telly Paretta, a mother who searches desperately for her young son, who no one says exists. When the culprit meets her in a warehouse, he tries to convince her that she only dreamed of a son. She says, “I had life inside me. I had life. I have a child. I have a son. I have a son, and his name is Sam ….”

In this country, we are slowly buying into the idea that the value of an individual is measured on the basis of another human’s desire for that individual.

If a mother does not want her baby, she can walk into an abortion clinic and be rid of it without legal consequence. The doctors are not incarcerated for murder. Everything is done in the name of “choice.”

A new health care plan, H. R. 3200, is bouncing around in Congress. While this plan is getting a lot of heat concerning abortion, the bill is not the issue.

Congress needs to reevaluate abortion practices and the involvement of government. They need to overturn Roe v. Wade and the updated Hyde Amendment.

House Republican Leader John Boehner said, “During his quest for the presidency, now President Obama declared that everyone deserves access to reproductive health care that includes abortion.”

This funding would come from taxpayers’ dollars. While this is reason enough for many people to avoid the health care bill like the plague, it isn’t anything new. We are already funding abortions.

We like to believe we are civilized. I think both sides of the political seesaw would agree that everyone deserves access to health care. But is abortion health care?

The Hyde Amendment, which began as a pro-life response to Roe v. Wade, has changed dramatically. When Henry Hyde, Republican congressman of Illinois, created it in 1976, his intention was to keep government
money out of abortions.

In 1997, changes were made to the amendment. Now the federal government will pay for abortion practices if the mother is in physical danger or the conception is a result of rape or incest.

The American Civil Liberties Union says, with a twinge of pain, that “currently only 17 states fund abortions for low-income women on the same or similar terms as other pregnancy-related and general health services.”

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, Sec. 919a. Art. 119a says that if a woman is shot and killed while she’s pregnant, then we call it a double homicide. It said anyone who “intentionally kills or attempts to kill the unborn child, that person shall … be punished … for intentionally killing or attempting to kill a human being.”

Now we have a double standard. Our government recognizes the unborn child as a human being. Yet the government upholds the “right to choose.” If you don’t want the baby, then your rights trump the child’s rights. We live in a society where dignity and value are based on another human’s desire.

What a person believes about the value of life matters. That will establish the direction we take in the future. Everyone deserves health care, even an unborn baby.

Author: Evangeline Grace Ciupek

Evangeline Grace Ciupek is currently studying English at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and plans to graduate in May 2011. She joined The Bells staff Spring 2009. She is usually found reading enormous books assigned to her by professors, battling bugs in her parents' garden, playing acoustic guitar, or knitting the lone sock she's been working on since last Thanksgiving. While a career in journalism remains somewhat undesirable to her, Evangeline is grateful for the opportunity to improve her writing skills through involvement on The Bells staff. Her dream career would be that of a starving artist.

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