When Americans voted to give the Democratic Party majority control over the U.S. House of Representatives, were they doing it so that anti-abortion activists could block health care reform? That’s what happened yesterday when Representative Alan Mollohan and 29 other Democratic members of the House of Representatives signed a letter of protest against health care reform, and delivered the letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with a copy sent to Barack Obama. The letter suggests that this group of Democrats in Congress could vote against health care reform legislation if it is not rewritten to adequately placate what Mollohan refers to as “pro-life” demands.
They’re pro-life, ready to block access to medical care? Every year, large numbers of Americans die because they don’t have access to adequate medical care. Lack of medical care stops a beating heart.
How is it pro-life to deny health care coverage to families of working Americans because of an ideological position about abortion? How is it pro-life to say that children with leukemia, or asthma, or diabetes, or genetic disorders who belong to these working poor families won’t get any medical care for their conditions because a health care bill might provide some money to a few organizations that perform abortions?
Some Americans are opposed to all abortions, no matter what. They place a very high value on life, as long as that life is sitting in a womb. However, they seem to have forgotten about the rest of us. For these Americans to deny the medical care necessary for survival to actual babies, and children, and mothers and fathers, and grandparents, and the other people who keep our society going through their labor, all because of their concern about embryos that don’t even have functional brains yet, is numbingly narrow. It’s cruel. It’s definitely not pro-life.