I’d really like to believe that reasonable and intelligent people can view the same set of facts, reach divergent conclusions, and discuss them rationally. This is true of many things but Abortion doesn’t seem to be on that list. Still, I am about to wade into that political and moral morass on my largely apolitical blog because of the passage of the Stupak Amendment.
Federal and state governments have long been prohibited from using public funds to pay for abortions by the Hyde Amendment (except in cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother.) The Stupak amendment would functionally eliminate health insurance coverage for abortions because it would ban any company that has Federally Subsidized Subscribers from offering it.
The essence of the arguments I continually hear in favor of the Stupak & Hyde amendments is that tax payers shouldn’t have to fund activities they find morally repugnant. For the record, I find:
- A state spending money to execute her citizens to be morally repugnant
- Waging war under false pretenses to be morally repugnant
- State sponsorship of Abstinence-Only Sex Education which is clinically ineffectual at best, and reckless endangerment at worst, to be morally repugnant
- Spending money on referendums so that the majority can strip rights granted to a minority to be morally repugnant
- Spending money to remove volunteer patriots from our military because they happen to have been born homosexual to be morally repugnant
- Doing the prior during a time of war and with our military battling on two fronts, and stretched as thin as the Redskins offensive line, to be morally repugnant.
I am not trying to pick fights about any of those issues – reasonable people can reasonably disagree – but the argument that we, citizens, should have the ability to fund, or defund, our portions of federal taxes flies in the face of the logic upon which a Democratic Republic is based. The false logic of the Hyde Amendment’s status quo was problematic; the hyperbolic extension of the Stupak Amendment ought not stand.