The Real Stakes in Health Care Reform

The debate over health care reform has reached a critical stage, as the Senate version of the bill nears its approval. The key moment in the past week was when a “compromise” was reached over the question of abortion funding.

The Senate bill, if it were to become law, would be an unprecedented expansion of abortion in the United States. The equivalent of a tax would be imposed on every single American, and then used to subsidize health insurance plans that pay for abortion on demand. A transparent bookkeeping stunt will be used to camouflage the fact that the government will be subsidizing abortions that are done for any reason, or for no reason. And, for the first time, killing unborn children would be recognized as an ordinary part of health care.

Much of the debate over the health care bill has been dominated by fiscal concerns — over the amounts of money being spent, and on the number of uninsured persons who will be covered. But it might be useful to take a look at the human side of abortion as it is actually occurring, and can be seen in some simple statistics.

According to the New York State Department of Health, in 2007 (the last year for whcih official statistics are currently available) there were 120,554 abortions in New York. Think about that number for a moment. That is just about the same number of people who would sell out three games in the new Yankee Stadium. When you add in the mothers and fathers who were affected by these abortions and you have about as many people as attended all the playoff games in Yankee Stadium this year. Does that give you an idea of the scope of human misery involved here?

How about this. In New York City in 2007, there were 83,310 abortions. Among African-Americans in New York City, there were more abortions than live births that year. In the borough of the Bronx, among whites in the borough, there were more abortions than live births. Think about that for a moment — more babies destroyed in the womb than were born alive.

And this. In that year, 2,244 abortions took place after 20 weeks of gestation — after five months of pregnancy. 3,900 women who had an abortion in New York that year had at least five previous abortions. 647 girls under the age of 15 had an abortion that year — in a state that does not require their parents to be even notified.

This is what we’ll be paying for, and more, if the Senate bill becomes law. In 2007, Medicaid paid for 46,653 abortions — in other words, our tax dollars paid for them. Another 30,000 abortions were paid for by private insurance, and a further 34,701 were paid by the women themselves — but if the Senate bill passes we will be paying for them too. But those numbers are going to rise if the current health care bills pass — if one thing is certain from the social science research, it’s that the abortion rate goes up when the public pays for it.

If those numbers aren’t enough to horrify you, then you should turn your eyes to the South Bronx, to the Clinton Place Medical Center. There, you’ll find the abortionist, Dr. Pierre Renelique, whose license to practice medicine in Florida was revoked over his participation in a late-term abortion that resulted in a live birth, and because he lied in medical records to hide the fact that the baby was intentionally killed. Dr. Renelique’s license to kill in New York is still valid, so he continues his dirty work unabated, just like his colleagues in abortion clinics around the nation.

This is the kind of man that our tax dollars currently go to, to pay for abortions under Medicaid. This is the kind of man that our tax dollars will go to, to pay for any kind of abortion, if the Senate health care bill becomes law.

Doesn’t that put into perspective the real facts, and the real stakes, involved in this health care reform debate? Why won’t Congress see this?

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