Here is the latest show that I found on Crooks and Liars: Thanks To Federal Budget Deal, D.C. Abortion Fund Scrambles To Raise Money For Scheduled Abortions
This is where my stance deviates from my Pro-Choice sisters and brothers.
I don’t believe that abortion should be covered by state funds, except in the cases of rape and incest, if the mother’s life is in danger, or if it is found that the baby won’t survive after it’s born.
The Hyde Amendment outlawed federal funding for abortion. There are states whose Medicaid programs do cover them for whatever reason. Others only will do so in the cases of rape and incest and when the woman’s life is in danger.
Because it is an elective procedure, I believe the patient should have to pay for it. I’ve heard the argument that because it’s a legal medical procedure, it should be covered by the state. I don’t believe so because of that “elective” part. However, in the cases above, you shouldn’t have to be subjected to carrying the spawn of your rapist, die, or carry a baby to term if it’s going to die. That’s just cruel. These are exceptions where I think Medicaid should pay for it.
I’ve also heard the argument that because the woman is on Medicaid, it’s a given that she’s poor and can’t afford it. Still, since she got pregnant, she and/or the guy who got her pregnant should be the ones to pay. Plus, there are organizations out there that will help low-income women get abortions. Like these:
I stumbled on an argument for Medicaid funded abortion that shocked me. There are some who support it, but only if the woman gets her tubes tied. Um, you have an unplanned pregnancy, but in order to get an abortion, you can never get pregnant again? Sounds a little too much like Der Führer’s compulsory sterilization program.
In the story above, after D.C. stopped Medicaid-funded abortions this week, there were 28 abortions already scheduled. The organization, D.C. Abortion Fund sent out an emergency plea for donations. They were able to raise the money to cover them. The article didn’t state if they were successful or not.