John on November 18, 2009 at 8:22 am
The Wall Street Journal has an analysis of the Stupak amendment which indicates the impact will be small:
Just 13% of abortions nationwide are billed to private insurance, according to a 2001 study by the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights but is cited as a reliable source of data by both sides in the abortion debate. An unknown number of people might seek reimbursement from their insurance company after the procedure. Applying the 13% figure to the most recent abortion data available suggests that fewer than 160,000 women a year rely on insurance to cover the cost of an abortion upfront.
The only significant impact would be on late term abortions, which in my mind is all the more reason to support Stupak:
The restrictions in the House bill would forbid federally subsidized insurance plans from covering these abortions, even in cases of fatal fetal deformities.
That angered a 29-year-old Colorado woman who had a second-trimester abortion last week. The woman said she works full time but can afford only catastrophic health insurance, which didn’t cover abortion, so she borrowed from relatives and emptied her savings to pay the $2,000 bill.
She had been hoping Congress would make insurance more affordable, but without abortion coverage, she said it wouldn’t truly be comprehensive. “It’s really frustrating,” she said. “It’s a woman’s choice, and this infringes on that choice.”
Typical liberal, teenager-logic: It’s my choice and I expect you to pay for it!
The proper response to the old pro-choice slogan “keep your laws off my uterus” is “keep your choice out of my wallet.” You want to kill your own children, do it with your own money. Speaking for a majority of members of Congress and a majority of Americans, we don’t want any part of it.
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