In “Tax Dollars Shouldn’t Fund Abortion,” (Opinion, Oct. 15), Charmaine Yoest states that the Capps Amendment “would make abortion coverage a part of the public option, funnel tax dollars to private health plans that cover abortion, and ensure that every area of the country will have at least one health insurance plan that covers elective abortion.” Ms. Yoest worries that the federal government is poised to enter “the business of funding the destruction of unborn human life.”
We’re already there. Planned Parenthood performs sixty-two abortions (305,310 abortions in 2008) for each adoption it facilitates. And the lion’s share of the cost of those abortions comes directly from taxpayers’ pockets.
Planned Parenthood survives on tax dollars and government subsidies – subsidies that pay directly into this abortion giant’s operating fund. In the 2007-08 fiscal year, $350 million in “government grants and contracts” – those are our tax dollars – padded these controversial coffers.
This is not a question of “choice” versus “life.” Federal funding for abortions does not require mere moral considerations when dealing with private decisions. Instead, this begs a discussion of the very purpose of government and the role it should play in our lives.
Whatever individuals think about abortion, we all recognize that this topic is controversial. For the government to treat such a controversial topic –to fund this controversial practice! – disregards those fundamental protections of private decisionmaking.
Government exists to protect those fundamental freedoms inherent to its citizenry. Whether or not our government permits citizens to make the kind of “choice” at issue in abortion discussions should incite discussion. Whether the federal government should rob Peter to pay for Pauline’s choice should not.