Abortion took center stage in last night’s House vote on the Health Care Reform bill. Jeanne Sager points out why a gall bladder is like an abortion. As someone who has never had an abortion (duh) but has had his gall bladder removed, I liked her reasoning.
Over at CafeMom, Jeanne points out that “perhaps the biggest concession Obama made was agreeing to new laws that would legally protect hospitals, doctors and other health care providers from prosecution if they are to object to providing abortions as a matter of conscience. In other words — while a hospital can’t traditionally turn you away because of lack of finances, they can turn you away if you lack finances and want an abortion. Even though you ostensibly have as much of a right to choose an abortion as you do to choose to have your gallbladder out. At least according to Roe v. Wade.” (Emphasis added.)
I hadn’t realized that this particular wrinkle had occurred (more proof that very few people, supporters of the bill and detractors, really know what goes on in our government, which isn’t a new thing, but that’s another story). It’s frustrating to read that hospitals will now be able to turn women away who want to have an abortion with no fear of legal action. (Although if you believe the members of the GOP Conservative Hive Mind, none of this matters because the Executive Order can always be overturned by another Executive Order, and besides, the bill doesn’t protect the lives of the unborn anyway. Except that nuns are cool with it. Although… ah, forget it. That way lies madness.)
The idea of abortion as a legal medical procedure is something that pro-choice advocates should have adopted years ago. What’s to stop a group from declaring their opposition to gall bladder surgery? Christian Scientists believe that God will provide, and Scientologists are against the field of psychiatry. Should their beliefs be incorporated into a health care bill as well? Of course not. That’s not how we make decisions in this country.
As long as abortion is legal, having one should be considered legally no different than having your gall bladder removed. LEGALLY no different. Not emotionally, not religiously. Legally. If we look at it that way, things become much more clear.
Except when something like this happens. Then it becomes more complicated.
(Image via Archive.org, from a video of an Anti-Abortion Protest.)