The Seattle Times is the latest to get on the pro-abortion bandwagon and push to force taxpayers to fund abortions.
Columnist Nicole Brodeur explained that hundreds of Washington state women receive financial assistance for their abortions every year through The CAIR Project and other pro-abortion organizations, but she believes it isn’t enough.
Brodeur told the story of a 36-year-old friend who had an abortion this summer, paid partially by the CAIR abortion fund. A single mom and a hair stylist, the woman said she did not have health insurance or family nearby to help her take care of another child.
“With my daughter, it was never a question. I was going to be a parent,” she said, noting that she had medical care and paid maternity leave at the time. “With this, almost 14 years later, I don’t have my parents around to help me.”
“It’s just me, self-employed. And the insurance is so expensive,” she continued. “There was no question, there was no way to do this. It was not a possibility.”
The woman said she saved up enough to pay for most of the abortion herself, but the abortion fund paid for the rest.
The abortion fund gave money to about 550 women this year to abort their unborn babies, according to Brodeur’s column. Brodeur said the demand for financial assistance for abortions has almost doubled in the past few years in Washington and Idaho.
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Brodeur argued that taxpayers should be forced to pay for abortions through Medicaid because of women like her friend.
Upheld by the Supreme Court, the Hyde Amendment is now a target of abortion advocates who have moved from pro-choice to pro-abortion — forcing Americans not only to accept unlimited abortions before birth but also to pay for them. This summer, the Democratic Party added the goal to its platform, and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised to make it happen if elected.
The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion through Medicaid, and it has had strong, bipartisan support for 40 years. A new Marist poll found that more than two-thirds of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, including a majority of women and people who identify as pro-choice.
But Brodeur claimed that that abortion “without access is no right at all.” She went on to make a series of attacks against pro-lifers:
This is music to the ears of those who oppose abortion, who will come out of the woodwork to call this woman and others like her names of their own. To judge her, chide her, to cite Bible verses with one breath and damn her to hell with the next.
I wonder how many of those same people would have been there for her had she gone through with the pregnancy. If they would have helped pay her bills or done the 2 a.m. feeding, cooked and cleaned or taken over an afternoon of child care.
A lot, actually. There are thousands of pregnancy resource centers and other pro-life organizations that offer women and their babies support for free in a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere. Many offer ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, counseling, baby supplies, maternity clothes, temporary shelter, help with food and rent, referrals for government assistance, mentoring and more.
Overturning Hyde and forcing taxpayers to fund abortions is not the way to help pregnant women who are struggling. This pro-abortion move would not only be unconscionable to millions of Americans, it also would lead to more deaths of innocent unborn babies. And it more than likely would lead to more forced and coerced abortions – which already are far too common among women.
Forcing taxpayers to fund abortions is not the way to support women who are struggling. It just destroys their unborn babies’ lives and then abandons the women to continue dealing with their struggles alone.