Pam Galloway, Grand Forks, letter: ‘Obamacare’ uses taxes to pay for abortionsThe administration now is mandating that all Americans, regardless of conscience, comply with the Affordable Health Care law which is, in effect, providing taxpayer funded abortions. And you thought this conversation was just about health care coverage of birth control.
By: Pam Galloway ,
GRAND FORKS — The debate in recent days about the Obama administration’s requirement that employers and insurance companies provide contraception in their health care plans is about so much more than birth control.
“Free” contraceptive coverage now is a woman’s right under the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Free, of course, means that the American taxpayers will be footing the bill, regardless of taxpayers’ views on “reproductive rights.”
Apparently, this new government-created right trumps the free expression of religion.
Good for the Catholic Church for standing firm against this assault on religious liberty and freedom of conscience. Although people of faith may differ in their views on contraception, most believe life begins at conception and are opposed to abortion. But what has not been disclosed in the present discussion is that the contraceptives that will be covered under the Affordable Health Care act include not only those that prevent conception but also those that technically induce an abortion.
Reproductive rights groups will deny this distinction because they, along with the Obama administration, have changed the traditional meanings of the terms “pregnancy” and “contraception.”
Medical embryology textbooks have long equated fertilization with conception, fertilization occurring when the egg and sperm unite. At this point, 23 chromosomes from each parent and the complete genetic code for the new embryo are established.
Reproductive rights advocates, however, have redefined pregnancy by shifting the moment of conception from fertilization of an egg to implantation of an embryo in the uterine lining.
By this new definition, a drug or procedure that prevents implantation would simply prevent conception and so not be recognized as an abortion.
FDA approved drugs is this category include so-called emergency contraception such as the “morning-after pill” and “Plan B.” These drugs will be required to be provided under the health care law.
The Obama administration has adopted this redefinition of pregnancy.
The administration now is mandating that all Americans, regardless of conscience, comply with the Affordable Health Care law which is, in effect, providing taxpayer funded abortions.
And you thought this conversation was just about health care coverage of birth control.