Healthcare a ‘moral issue’? How about abortions?

Tue, 09/15/2009 - 3:47pm
By: The Citizen

Darrell McKinney’s letter to the editor [Sept. 10, 2009, “Healthcare reform not a liberal issue; it’s a moral one”] fails to mention that abortion for any reason is part of the currently proposed healthcare plan.
Is “abortion on demand” morally acceptable? I think not. Many atheists are anti-abortion based on their moral values. I respect their beliefs as much as I respect the beliefs of those who are anti-abortion based on religious values.
Many are opposed to Obama’s inclusion of abortion in his plan for financial reasons; they fear taxes will increase, i.e., where do we get the money to pay for abortions?
I don’t believe an unwanted pregnancy is a medical problem; it is a personal problem. Women who want abortions should be personally responsible for funding them.
Furthermore, unwanted pregnancies are behavior related conditions, unlike, for example, Type I diabetes in which lifestyle plays no role in its development.
I agree that we need to address the needs of those without medical insurance and benefits but not with a plan that will need millions of dollars to fund abortions.
Priscilla Schell
Peachtree City, Ga.

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