The Immorality of Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

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Healthcare
continues to dominate the agenda on Capitol Hill as House leadership
and the administration try to ram through their big government healthcare
plan. Fortunately, they have been unsuccessful so far, as there
are many horrifying provisions tucked into this massive piece of
legislation. One major issue is the public funding of elective abortions.
The administration has already removed many longstanding restrictions
on abortion, and is unwilling to provide straight answers to questions
regarding the public funding of abortion in their plan. This is
deeply troubling for those of us who do not want taxpayer dollars
funding abortions.

Forcing
pro-life taxpayers to subsidize abortion is evil and tyrannical.
I have introduced the Taxpayer’s Freedom of Conscience Act
(HR 1233) which forbids the use of any taxpayer funds for abortion,
both here and overseas.

The most basic
function of government is to protect life. It is unconscionable
that government would enable the taking of it. However this is to
be expected when government oversteps its constitutional bounds
instead of protecting rights. When government supercedes this very
limited role, it cannot help but advance the moral agenda of whoever
is in power at the time, at the expense of the rights of others.

Free people
should be left alone to follow their conscience and determine their
own lifestyle as long as they do not interfere with other people
doing the same. If morality is dictated by government, morality
will change with every election. Even if you agree with the morality
of the current politicians and think their ideas should be advanced,
someday different people will inherit that power and use it for
their own agendas. The wisdom of the constitution is that it keeps
government out of these issues altogether.

Many say we
must reform healthcare and treat it as a right, because that is
the moral thing to do. Poor people should not go without healthcare
in a just society. But too many forget the immorality of stealing
from others in order to make this so. They also forget the morality
and compassion that naturally exists in communities when government
is not fomenting class warfare with wealth redistribution programs.

Many doctors
willingly volunteer, accept barter or reduced payment from patients
who can’t pay, or give away services for free. Many charities
help the poor with food, housing and healthcare. These charities
are much more responsive and accountable for helping people in need
than government ever could be. This is the moral way that private
individuals voluntarily deal with access to healthcare, but government
intervention threatens to pull the rug out from this sort of volunteerism
and replace it with mandates, taxes, red tape, wealth redistribution,
and force.

The fact that
the national healthcare overhaul could force taxpayers to subsidize
abortions and may even force private insurers to cover abortions
is more reason that this bill and the ideas behind it, are neither
constitutional, moral, nor in the American people’s best interest.

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July
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Dr. Ron
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