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The Right Wing War on Reproductive Health Care for Women

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Those against abortion or a woman's right to choose are mobilizing against the public option that may or may not be in the health care bill Obama eventually signs at the end of this year.

Although the bill makes no mention of abortion, anti-abortionists are politicizing the reform bill and suggesting that the public option will mandate coverage for abortions.

Those against a woman's right to an abortion also seem to be pursuing an ultimate goal of preventing private health insurance plans from covering abortions.

The Family Research Council (FRC)recently put out the above ad. It combines every right wing voter's worst fears about being subjected to a Canadian-style government-run health care system with every right wing voter's prejudice toward a woman's right to an abortion.

In the tradition of the classic Harry and Louise commercials, two people (whom I will call "Gary and Bernice" who are both possibly members of the Pro-Life Action League and who could have probably been sighted at the gates of Notre Dame when Obama delivered the university's commencement) talk about how government is willing to pay for abortions but not a husband's surgery (kind of chauvinistic, if you ask me).

President of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, suggests that "plans currently under consideration in the Democratic Congress" could "force taxpayers to pay for abortions for the first time in more than three decades."

He argues, "S
eventy-one percent of Americans do not want to pay for abortion, as a November 2008 Zogby poll showed, and they do not want their employers to provide health care that pays for abortion. H.R. 3200 [the health care reform bill] is a massive bill that mandates health benefits, grants enormous authority to the HHS secretary and creates a public health insurance option. In its current form, H.R. 3200 would fund and mandate abortion coverage, which would make every American taxpayer complicit in the killing of hundreds of thousands of unborn children each year." [emphasis added]

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for

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