Health Care Reform Is The New Abortion Debate BattlegroundMegan Carpentier7/27/09 4:30pmFiled to: Roe v worldAbortion health reformAbortionReproductive choice44EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIn a country where 15 percent of the population is without health insurance at any given time, you'd think that the focus of a debate about reforming a broken system would not be about abortion. You'd be wrong.AdvertisementBoth the pro-choice and anti-abortion movement are upset about the potential inclusion or exclusion of abortion funding in the upcoming health care reform bill, though neither side agrees whether it's definitely going to be excluded or definitely included. The National Review's K-Lo thinks the funding will be in, and that will be the end of the world as we know it.But Obama is now pushing a health-care plan that in its various congressional iterations could "result in the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade," according to the National Right to Life Committee. This plan, and the president's record - which errs on the side of death when it comes to international abortion funding and embryo-destroying stem-cell research - aren't the only signs of a deadly change in Washington. A shameful acceptance of abortion as a fact of life is creeping into mainstream establishment culture.Because, obviously, not accepting the existence of abortion kept women from doing it for thousands of years.AdvertisementK-Lo's piece ignores what the President said last week: namely, that since Congress has generally agreed not to appeal the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits Medicare from covering abortions, he assumes that an appeal of that amendment won't be on the table."I'm pro-choice, but I also think we have a tradition in this town, historically, of not financing abortions as part of government funded healthcare."Mind you, the debate about abortion funding in the bill isn't actually about the Hyde Amendment of Medicare funding of abortions. The debate in Congress is whether abortion coverage will even be allowed to be considered by the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the public option — which is to say they one that, if you don't have employer-sponsored health care, you would be able to buy into with your very own money and which would not be government funded.