It’s interesting (and sadly unsurprising) to me that two of the most powerful and emotional arguments the right-wing is mounting against health care reform have women’s bodies–or, more specifically, their uteri–at the center of them. First of all, of course, the faithful are being scared to death that increasing government involvement in and funding for health care will mean that Godly taxpayers will be forced to underwrite abortions. Secondly, we’re told that health care reform will force all American taxpayers to pay for the health care of illeeeeegal alieeeeunnnns and their hoards of anchor babies! (And characteristically, it looks like most Dems are happy to pander to these boogeymen, rather than defending privacy rights.)
On the one hand, right-wing opponents of health care reform claim that they shouldn’t have to pay for anyone else’s abortion, even indirectly. On the other hand, they complain that health care reform will force them to pay for the health care of undocumented immigrants. In both cases, some people, somewhere are having sex and making decisions about their own bodies and families of which others disapprove and don’t want to underwrite with their tax dollars.
I agree! I don’t want to have to pay for any medications or procedures of which I disapprove on religious grounds, either. So, here’s what we’ll ban next: coverage for all boner pills, and all elective cosmetic surgeries. If you think you need those things–too bad! My God says they’re vain and foolish, not to mention sinful distortions of the human body, so you should just learn to live with your flawed, flaccid selves. (Plus, God is really tired of watching those same dumb TV ads during football games that feature middle-aged heterosexualists soaking in hot tubs, cuddling on sofas, and throwing footballs through tire swings.) Hey–don’t blame me if you don’t like it. It’s God’s will, not mine, and it’s just a coincidence that I’m a flawless female specimen who will never need a boner pill or elective plastic surgery.
What? I’m not a medical doctor, so I can’t presume to advise other people what to do with their bodies? What a fascinating argument.