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View Diary: Reproductive rights are not a deficit reduction issue. (6 comments)

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  •  It is proposed but not current law that (1+ / 0-)
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    a woman may not deduct as a medical expense any expenses for an abortion. Nor use her HSA account for one, nor have group insurance covering it deductible by her employer, not just as to her but as to the whole plan.

    Hyde as written tries to limit the expenditure of money that actually got to the government and whose disposition thereafter is being considered, not money that never got there because the expense was privately paid but is a medical deduction used to calculate sums on which taxes must actually be paid. A huge difference over against eliminating both medical deductions in whole, and HSA payments in whole, money which by definition never goes home to Washington DC. . And the one on which the SCOTUS determination on Hyde was determined.

    Second, one of the things that Hyde had to do to get by was not put unreasonable restrictions on abortions. That is, some restrictions had to be avoided. This does not do that, and every woman who tries to deduct a medical expense for one, no matter why, is penalized, on a theory on which no other taxpayers for other deductions are penalized.

    There is a huge difference between passing Hyde once a year, now sought to be made permanent, which prohibits uncle sam from writing checks,supposedly, and this, which uses the IRC as a tool of that oppression in transactions the government never touched.  

    •  Good Argument and Good Rescue (0+ / 0-)

      I have noticed that there is plenty of misinformation about abortion bouncing around this site, not to mention traditional media.

      The Roe decision was written by Henry Blackmun who had been legal counsel to the Mayo Clinic prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court.  Roe represented guidelines for physician practice more than as a 'right' to abortion.

      Abortions were available in a medical setting, but one had to be wealthy or know how to work the system to get one.  As a workaround, entrepeneurs provided abortions for cash on the black market.

      Hyde and its clones represents a return to the financial aspect of restriction.

      Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

      by arlene on Sat Feb 12, 2011 at 07:13:21 AM PST

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