Health care reform passes in the House—yay. . . oh, wait.
The Stupak amendment is included in final House bill. The amendment which not only reiterates the noxious Hyde amendment (which prohibits federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and threats to life of the woman), but extends the prohibition to the woman purchasing coverage for abortion, if said purchase is in any way subsidized (as in, any ‘affordability credits’ meant to make insurance, well, affordable) by the government.
[Side note: Stupak and his supporters state that offering a subsidy to individuals to use as they see fit—which, under the health reform bill, would apply widely—is the same as a direct subsidy to the institutions or practices which the individual uses. By this logic, then, all voucher and student loan money given to individuals which allows them to choose religious schools ought to be banned as unconstitutional support for religion. Don’t hold your breath for Stupak et. al. to make this connection.]
That’s right: a woman paying a premium for insurance which includes coverage for abortion is now considered identical to the federal government paying for the abortion itself.
Because, hey, there’s no such thing as a fertile woman who can make and act on decisions on her own behalf, so of course this is not an autonomous act, but an act of the state.
Therefore, the state has to act on behalf of such women, as opposed to removing those obstacles which allow them to act on their own behalf.
How does this work?
Well, because, hey, sometimes women have sex just because they want to, which means they can’t be trusted to control their sexuality;
And because, hey, sometimes these women who have sex just because they want to end up pregnant, which means that they can’t be trusted to control their own fertility;
And sometime these women who have sex just because they want to and end up pregnant choose to end the pregnancy;
And because, hey, one in four women in the US have at some point chosen to end a pregnancy, and you can’t know just by looking at them which one out of every four women has so chosen or how many more might consider so choosing;
And because, hey, [consideration of] such a choice means that women seek to escape the consequences of their actions;
And a woman who seeks to avoid the consequences of her actions is by definition irresponsible;
And irresponsibility means the woman lacks the ability to choose;
THEREFORE, the only responsible action for the state is to insure that they do nothing to make it easier and in fact make it harder for women to be in the position whereby they could actually choose.
Yeah, that’s some goddamned reform.