Contra Kathleen Parker and several commenters on this blog, the health care bill did nothing to change the landscape of federally funded abortion in the United States. As Emily Bazelon explains here, everything will remain the same: “Poor women get state funding for abortions in the 17 states that provide it. Everywhere else, they’ll continue to pay their own way.”
Will Saletan makes an even more thorough case here that the abortion debate in the health care negotations was a complete red herring. There was never a substantive difference between the Stupak and Nelson amendments that were parsed at such length by social conservatives, who had no intention of supporting the bill anyway.
All that to say, I’m glad this nonsense is more or less behind us.
David Sessions is the founding editor of Patrol. He covers religion for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and is a graduate student in the Draper Program for Humanities and Social Thought at New York University. He can be reached at hdavidsessions at gmail dot com.
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