Monday, November 09, 2009


"No Taxpayer Dollars for Abortion"

The monumental health care reform bill has passed the House with the provision that no federal funds shall be used to perform abortions. This compromise was accepted by the Speaker to ensure enough votes to pass the bill, which now waits for the Senate to pass a similar bill. Then a conference committee will examine the two bills and pick and choose from each to form a final joint bill, which then must be voted on and passed in both Houses. Then it will go to the President for his signature.

Naturally I am bothered by the abortion exclusion provision. The argument is that many Americans are extremely bothered by the existence of abortions, would like to prohibit them absolutely, but at least deeply resent having any of their taxes go to pay for them. I would like to tell them that I am extremely bothered by the wars we have started and are waging in distant places such as Iraq and Afghanistan. I think these wars are a mistake and the mistake should be corrected. Otherwise, according to a Chinese wise man, we make another mistake.

Abortion involves killing embryos or fetuses. War involves killing grown men, women, and children in Afghanistan and Iraq. These people who object strenuously to abortion say nothing about the unwise wars. My question is, why is it all right to kill an Afghan or an Iraqi but not to kill an embryo or fetus? I resent having any of my tax money used to kill Afghans and Iraqis.

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