More on Abortion and Health Care Reform
At Mirror of Justice, Richard Stith makes the same point that Ken Blackwell made in the piece I highlighted yesterday:
Inclusion of abortion in an official national healthcare plan is a communal imprimatur, similar to the imprimatur received for gay sex when gay marriage is approved. It does more than increase liberty; it says that nothing is significantly wrong with the act in question.(Hat tip: Joseph Bottum at First Thoughts)
The great political problem for pluralism is that toleration alone may not satisfy the human heart. John Noonan (in A Private Choice) has reflected upon how slavery and abortion became polity-shattering to the degree that advocates for each cause escalated their demands from simple toleration to universal legal approval. Yet he also recognizes their difficulty in moderating those demands: “[I]n a moral question of this kind, turning on basic concepts of humanity,…you cannot be content with the practical toleration of your activities. You want, in a sense you need, actual acceptance, open approval,…the moral surrender of [your] critics.”
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Keeping Abortion Out of Health Care
A "Loud Silence"
New Ad: ObamaCare and Abortion
Obama's Nun: Ignore "Insignificant Details", Pass Health Care Bill Now
LA Times: Next Hurdle in Healthcare "Debate" is Abortion
Human Life Is More than a "Distraction"
Congressman Smith Warns Against Phony ‘Compromise’ on Abortion Mandates in ObamaCare
John Boehner: "Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Is Not Health-Care Reform"
Stop the Abortion Mandate
Dem Says Language Expressly Prohibiting Abortion Funding a Must in Health Care Bill [UPDATED]
Bishops Speak Out on ObamaCare
Apparently, the "Debate" is Over
Dems Propose Fake Pro-Life Bill That Increases Funding For Planned Parenthood
Catholic Politicians Continue to Advance Abortion Lobby Agenda
Pelosi Accused of Muzzling Opposition to Taxpayer-Funded D.C. Abortions
Obama Culture of Death Update™: White House Budget Director "Not Prepared to Rule Out" Publicly Funded Abortion as Part of ObamaCare
Human Events: "Abortion By Any Other Name Is In Health Care Bill"
Democrats for Life Give Boot to Ohio Congressman
Pro-Life Kudos to Michael Sean Winters
Chris Matthews: Obama Double-Crosses Pope; Abortion Coverage Could Jeopardize Health Reform [UPDATED]