(I cannot believe I am going to write this post!!)
So, here it goes. I was just checking out a few blogs and after a few clicks, I came upon this article about National Health Care and Abortion. Well, after finishing it I was so upset and angry. I wanted to leave a comment, but I am not a part of that forum and I did not want to register just to leave a comment, so I am going to share my feelings here.
To give you a gist of the article, the person writing it was discussing how she wants to she NHC pass, and have it pass with abortion included, but fears it will not because of those opposed to abortion. The author shared her view that health care should not be limited because of those who feel abortion is morally objectionable. The article even included a line that stated "that is how a democracy works".
Now, if anyone has read my profile, you probably could guess that I am against national health care and abortion. I am staunchly pro-life. But, this aside, I want to share a few other thoughts on the issue that should not offend anyone. Keeping my feelings about abortion and national health care out of the issue:
1. First, we live in a REPUBLIC, not a democracy. And, anyways, latest polls show that the majority of Americans are pro-life.
2. No matter what anyone thinks about national health care, if national health care were to pass, I believe that national health care should cover:
1. Preventative medicine (routine physicals, vaccinations, teeth cleanings . . . . you get the idea)
2. Necessary medical treatments (cancer treatments, hospital stays, surgeries, births, etc). Now, I know that that may seem like a loose definition, and I could spend my day hashing it all out, but I think anyone reading this knows what I am speaking to.
Anything else, those things that are NOT necessary for preventative care or medical treatments that enable people to get better/ensure proper safety, should be covered by the person. That includes abortion and contraception as were covered in the article. I do not believe that tax payers should take on the burden of unnecessary medical procedures and treatments.
What if the person cannot pay for it?
An argument presented in the article was that those who are poor, who need an abortion, will not be able to get it. And thus, continue the cycle pf poverty. I have a few responses to this:
1. Sex, by it's very nature is procreative. You cannot get a way from that. A natural consequence of it, therefore is a baby. Don't want a baby? Do not have sex. OK, that may seem harsh, but that is how I feel. We are not "entitled" to have sex. God created us with natural desires, but also an intellect and a will to choose our actions. As a society in general, we are so self-focused and have this sense that we should be able to have what we want when we want it, to feel good, with no repercussions. (That is how we have gotten into the financial crisis we are in. ) But, that is not so. There are consequences to all our actions. And the faster we realize that as a society, the better off we will be.
A second part of this is that we are trying to fix the "problem" after it has already occurred. Why not focus our energies on abstinence training. Doing something before the procreative act (IE: sex) has occurred? On teaching the young in our society to wait? I know some, okay many, probably think that is a crazy idea, but I have a great deal of faith in humankind.
2. There are so many organizations that help those who are pregnant to find options. There are maternity homes throughout the nation that take in women who are pregnant, help them with heath care and give them a roof over their heads. If a woman wants to keep her baby, they assist her with that. If she chooses adoption they assist with that as well. There are other options other than abortion.
I feel better now! I just needed to get that out. Please feel free to leave a thoughtful comment. Any derogatory comments or comments that do not add to the discussion will not be published. (Of course, only 5 people actually read my blog, so I probably will not get any comments! ;))