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  •  Congress Should Fully Fund Abortions (1+ / 0-)
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    coral

    The purpose of government is to protect its citizens. When a woman needs an abortion or any other kind of healthcare coverage but can't afford those services on her own then the government should step in to pay.

    I have exactly no sympathy for the argument that it offends someone's morality. That's not how we make public policy. We decide what's best for the country and pursue that, mitigating any undesirable side effects. It's only in the area of abortion that the extremists have cowed officials into backing this senseless policy.

    Unwanted births add to the financial burdens of people who are generally already poor. That's what it means to say, "42% of women obtaining abortions had incomes below 100% of the poverty level". And, a policy that willfully increases population when we need to be going in the other direction is bad public policy.

    Whenever someone discusses the Hyde Amendment, we need to label it "bad public policy" and say why. If the public hears "bad public policy" associated with the Hyde Amendment repeatedly, they will stop being apathetic on the issue, and get behind changes.

    •  Offended morality (2+ / 0-)
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      Liberal Thinking, Calamity Jean

      Drone strikes and torture and capital punishment offend my morality, but my taxes pay for them.

      Most of the loud anti-abortion advocates are not guided by morality or principles of conscience, but by a patriarchal desire to control women's sexuality.

      Skepticism of all the elite institutions, not trust, is what required for successful leadership in this era. Digby

      by coral on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:09:46 PM PDT

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