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Support for Abortion Declines in U.S.

October 2, 2009
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Alex Wong/Getty

This week the “news” is a Pew Research Center poll showing that Americans are increasingly divided over when/whether abortion should be legal.

Honestly, I haven’t been keeping up much with the ridiculousness of health care reform in this country.  But I am absolutely speechless at how out-of-hand the outrage about abortion in health care reform has gotten.  It’s making me sick, frankly.

While Americans grow divided on the abortion issue writ large, the lies being propagated in the health care reform debate aren’t helping.  People get very, very scared and uncomfortable when you tell them their tax dollars might help pay for someone’s abortion. (As if that would be the worst thing possible.)  And even if that’s not true, which it isn’t, thanks to the Hyde Amendment, it’s a great way to gather a crowd.   (Please read Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richard’s Op-ed, I heart her).

I sort of feel like, at this point, abortion in the health care reform debate is distracting people from the importance of women’s health overall being included.  It’s like when that guy in “The Truth About Cats and Dogs” falls in love with Janeane Garofalo’s personality and substance, but is distracted by Uma Thurman’s flashiness.  Uma’s character is great, but she is not really the point.  And in the same way, these scare tactics are distracting from the efforts to wholly include women’s health care as basic health care.

Is anyone else alarmed at the obviously crazy and delusional trend that’s coming to a head in our country?  Do you think health care reform that addresses women’s health is possible given how deeply divided Americans are about abortion?  Can we ever move past irreconcilable moral differences on this issue?  Somebody please weigh in on what the hell is going on.

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