Sunday, December 20, 2009

Just a Thought on the Abortion Compromise

To get Senator Ben Nelson's vote (D-Nebraska) while retaining the support of the liberal Democrats who are already fuming over the elimination of the public option, Senator Harry Reid agreed to let the insurance companies participating in an exchange offer abortion coverage at their own discretion as long as the money that is paid to by the federal government is not directed to pay for abortions. Under the compromise, states can, however, bar insurance companies that choose to participate within their particular exchange programs from providing abortion coverage.

To me this seems like a suitable compromise, particularly for the conservatives who claim that they merely want to see Roe v Wade overturned so that each state can decide whether and to what extent if so it would accommodate those who want to have an abortion. Which raises a question in my mind - why the objection to this compromise? And when will the talk show hosts start asking the conservatives that very question?

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