H.R. 3 Is Misguided Meddling

Here’s the problem with H.R. 3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act that is pending in the U.S. House. Alright, arguably there are many problems with this, but here’s the big one:

[H.R. 3] disallows any tax benefits for amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or for a health benefits plan that includes coverage of abortion (my bold), including any medical deduction for such amounts or any credit for such an employer-sponsored plan.

First of all, abortion is a legally established procedure that the bill sponsors seek to penalize. Second, to exclude or limit funding for all healthcare services if the targeted organization lists legalized abortion as one of them, whether used or not? No reimbursements for mammograms, pap smears or other basic services?

That goes way beyond human decency and in my view, way beyond the abortion debate, regardless of which side of the debate you’re on. It’s one thing to persecute a specific action (in this case legal abortion) and quite another to punish or ruin an organization for offering a legal procedure that one doesn’t personally agree with.

If H.R. 3 manages to pass, my heart goes out to those predominantly frightened republican men who have no business legislating women’s personal health choices. If it gets that far, I hope the federal courts very quickly smack down H.R. 3 as the truly misguided piece of legislation that it is.


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