A response in the health-care and abortion debate
Here is a response by Professor Timothy Jost to my recent post on the treatment of abortion in the Senate health-care reform bill, provided out of fairness (though not agreement).
Michael Gerson contends that Ruth Marcus and I misrepresent the abortion provisions of the health-reform bill. He even accuses me of wanting to muddle important moral debates to get reform passed. He claims that the Catholic Bishops have disposed of the challenges that I raise.
Gerson fails to mention that I responded to the Bishops. That the Catholic Health Organization and 59,000 nuns concur with us proves that this is not a partisan attempt to muddle morals.
Although the Senate bill only requires one plan per exchange to not cover abortion, in fact all exchange plans will likely offer a non-abortion option. Most people will not want abortion coverage, including Gerson and me. Handling two checks will be a hassle for the insurers and for insureds, and most won’t do it. State regulators must ensure that no federal money goes to cover abortion and that the private abortion premiums are kept separate. Private insurance coverage for abortion coverage will be less common than now. The Senate bill also provides $250 million for young women to bear and keep their babies and will save thousands of lives by extending insurance coverage.
This is a pro-life bill.
| March 19, 2010; 12:04 PM ET
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