USCCB - (Office of Media Relations) President of U.S. Bishops says cost is too high, loss is too great for Health Care Bill not to be revised
The health care act before the House of Representatives today creates new funds and mechanisms to skirt the simplicity of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits Federal funding for abortion.
Those who say that the government should "stay out of private choices" also want taxpayers to subsidize their lifestyles.
If abortion is a "choice" in which the government should not interfere, the government has no business taxing the public to subsidize it. "The power to tax involves the power to destroy," wrote Chief Justice John Marshall in an 1819 decision.
Ironically, creation of a new funding stream for abortion opens the possibility of court challenges, "Executive Orders," legislative tinkering and other unintended consequences that could help undermine Roe v. Wade itself.
"Elections have consequences," said the President. So does taking Federal money. It will be interesting to see if abortion entitlement advocates unwittingly expose their project to future restrictions.