What’s the matter with motherhood?


Fantastic article by E. J. Dionne Jr. I'm posting the important points but you can read the whole article by clicking the link.

"If you’re a conservative strongly opposed to abortion, shouldn’t you want to give all the help you can to women who want to bring their children into the world? In particular, wouldn’t you hope they’d get the proper medical attention during and after their pregnancy? This would seem a safe assumption, which is why it ought to be astonishing that conservatives are positively obsessed with trashing the Affordable Care Act’s regulation requiring insurance policies to include maternity coverage...

...Never mind that we who are lucky enough to have health insurance end up paying to cover conditions we may never suffer ourselves. We all want to avoid cancer, but we don’t begrudge those who do get it when the premiums we pay into our shared insurance pools help them receive care. Yet critics of Obamacare apparently think there is something particularly odious when a person who might not have a baby pays premiums to assist someone who does. It’s true that men cannot have babies, although it is worth mentioning that they do play a rather important role in their creation. In any event, it is hardly very radical to argue that society is better off when kids are born healthy to healthy moms...

...Who knew that supporting motherhood was suddenly controversial? All of which ought to present members of the right-to-life movement with a challenge. In the name of consistency, they need to break with their conservative allies and insist that maternity coverage be included in all health-care plans. Shouldn’t those who want to prevent abortion be in the forefront of making the case that a woman will be far more likely to choose to have her baby if she knows that both she and her child will get regular medical attention?

...To their great credit, some right-to-lifers really do follow the logic of their position and support expanded health coverage, food stamps, the Women, Infants and Children feeding program and other measures that help parents after their kids are born. This reflects a consistent ethic.

But many other conservatives would make abortion illegal and leave it at that. Thus we have the spectacle in Texas of right-wing politicians trying to make it as difficult as possible for a woman to obtain an abortion while proudly blocking the state’s participation in the expansion of Medicaid to cover the near-poor. Does it serve the cause of life to keep more than 1.8 million Texans from getting health insurance?

...If health coverage — yes, including maternity care — isn’t a right-to-life issue, I don’t know what is.

their true aims are often not even known by the right wing voter.

they are bought and sold by the big money and will think whatever their told to think.

Fox makes sure of it
Who said it was about abortion?

:rolleyes: Robert Novak.

"In his May 26 column, syndicated columnist Robert Novak falsely suggested that Sen. Barack Obama was discussing abortion when he said that if his two daughters were to "make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby." Specifically, Novak wrote, "Obama, while asserting that 'nobody is pro-abortion,' has said that if his two daughters 'make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.' " However, as Media Matters for America has repeatedly noted, and as CNN's video of the campaign event at which Obama made his comments shows, Obama was not referring to abortion during the remarks from which Novak lifted the "I don't want them punished with a baby" comment, but was instead referring to sex education. Additionally, CNN reported that Obama's comments were in response to "a question about how his administration, if he's elected, would deal with the issue of HIV and AIDS and also sexually transmitted diseases with young girls."