Thursday, March 4, 2010

I’ll see your health care plan, and I’ll raise you a decrease on abortion.

For my more “conservative” brothers and sisters…

Let me pose a question to you – could the proposed health care plan for America*, help to decrease abortion?

Since the issue of abortion seems to be all Christians care about in America, I thought I would connect the dots a little, and get your brain waves a thinkin’...

The fact is, most women who have abortion’s do it because they are scared. I just talked to a woman the other day who told me that if her pregnancy tests come up positive for some kind of birth defect (down syndrome specifically), that she will definitely abort. Needless to say, I was a little speechless. I thought to myself, “I will adopt that baby”…

It was no coincidence that within the same day, I also had a conversation with another woman who told me about her experience with her son who has special needs. He is older now, and it was a huge goal of hers to get him out into the world, but under a special board and care. She said that his whole life it was incredibly difficult to get any help from the state or federal government.

Lets talk basics here – the special needs adult cannot work, and therefore cannot obtain healthcare, and can’t stay on his parents plan forever. How is this fair… just… right?

If the special needs mom, talks to the prego mom, it’s no wonder that prego would want to have an abortion. She would never be able to afford a special needs baby…

Though this situation might seem rare, I beg to say that it’s not; and it is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Another thought: if health care is obtainable for everyone, and there is more of an emphasis on preventative care, maybe young women will visit their doctors early on in age, and find them to be someone they can confide in, and be educated by.

I remember being young, and my doctor asking my mother to step out of the room so she could talk to me alone. In that conversation, things got personal, and I also felt safe with her. She explained what “safe sex” was (which trust me, A LOT of people do NOT receive this education). She explained the risks to me… pregnancy… STD’s… emotional scars. She also gave me a little talk on men in general, and the beauty of abstinence.

I came into my teen years a well educated and prepared youth, who knew the facts. And to be honest, most of my education about sex, abortion, and birth control, came from my doctor and my friends. So I am not sure where I would be today without my doctor.

*I want to be clear that I am specifically focusing on the health care plan that Obama has proposed and NOT Universalized health care. Yes, there is a difference...

4 comments:

Andrew Faris said...

Carrie,

In general, my issue with Obamacare is the same issue I'd have with just about any health care plan that moved things in a government-centered direction: I'm not confident that the government can do this sort of thing well, because I'm against big government on the whole.

But that's not why I wanted to comment. I wanted to comment because of the "the issue of abortion seems to be all Christians care about in America" comment.

Thing is, I'm sort of fine with that. In 1939, would you have said, "All you Americans seem to care about is the Holocaust!"

Some issues really do take more precedence, and my comparison to the Holocaust is quite fair in terms of human life lost, wouldn't you say? The last estimates I have seen are that between 1 and 1.5 million human beings are brutally, defenselessly murdered every year through abortion. That makes a Holocaust worth of deaths every 4 or so years.

So yeah, there are other issues that we can think about at the same time, and if the health bill goes through and ends up doing good for the health care system in general, then I'm all for it. I'm definitely for good health care.

The phrasing is what concerns me.

c.c. said...

i can't say i totally appreciate the comment about "all Christians care about it in America" either. partly because of what Andrew said---it is a big, ugly deal---but also because it's not really a fair thing to say, especially about Christians our age.

i think it's important not to overstate the case on realistic benefits of health care reform as it's being currently proposed. certainly, it seems like we could at least count on extending care to millions of currently un/underinsured people and to those with preexisting conditions or who cannot care for themselves, which is a good and just thing. as for decreasing abortion and creating a culture of preventative care and holistic wellness---sure, Obamacare could be a step along the way. but don't make promises that Congress can't keep. it's fine to like big government, but even then we have to keep it real.

Carrie said...

Come on guys. Sarchasm...

Anonymous said...

Yeah Carrie, I dunno if what you are hoping to happen under Obama's health plan will happen...

Teens talking to doctors early on does not = teens having fewer abortions. Exposure to more education about sex and pregnancy does not = teens having fewer abortions either. Sadly, I think that while some doctors, like yours, will encourage teens to avoid abortions, many will educate teens about how easy/inexpensive/appropriate it is.

I have also heard that the current plan includes an added presence of Planned Parenthood on all high school campuses as well as a provision for pregnant teens to have abortions without informing their parents.

I simply think that where abortions are concerned, if they are free, there will be more of them. Period.

And P.s. I could totally hear your Carrie sarcasm in that "all any Christian cares about" remark. ;)

Love Jessie