Thursday, April 06, 2006One More Time With Feeling
It's time to put up or shut up, pro-lifers.
Do you really want to see fewer abortions? Or are you, like those you follow, all big talk divorced from reality, and happy enough to make nice with the devil as long as he doesn't ask you to do anything too hard?
The Prevention First Act is sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), one of few congressional Democrats considered anti-abortion. The bill, which Reid introduced at the start of the Congress, has the support of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), presumptive front-runner in the 2008 presidential primary and 21 other Democrats.
The bill would prohibit group health plans from excluding contraceptive drugs, devices and outpatient services if they cover the cost of other prescription drugs and outpatient services. It would also require the secretary of health and human services to disseminate information on emergency contraception to healthcare providers and require hospitals receiving federal money to provide emergency contraception to victims of sexual assault.
The bill would also mandate that federally funded programs provide information about contraceptives that is medically accurate and includes data on health benefits and failure rates.
It's a simple, logical, reality-based plan: more contraception = fewer unwanted pregnancies = fewer abortions. You can have this, or you can have more useless abstinence-only programs, misleading sex education, and a blockade against emergency contraception -- all of which lead to more unwanted pregnancies and more abortions.
I'd think it would be a pretty simple choice. But then, I'm also used to watching Republicans do the exact opposite of whatever they say they're for. So I'll be waiting to see what you do. |