Health-Related Topics

An assortment of articles that have caught my eye over the past couple of weeks regarding health care and the continuing battle over who gets to decide what healthcare is not only appropriate, but mandatory.

First off, from Michigan, early reports on an effort to eliminate abortion coverage from all insurance policies, and offering abortion coverage only through special riders that women would purchase from their health care providers.  No mention is made of what the cost of such an insurance rider would be to provide abortion services.  The one statement condemning proponents of the measure for analogizing rape to an accident like an automobile accident or flood insurance.  She insists that “rape is not an accident”.  No, rape is not an accident.  But rape is an unforeseen possibility, much like a car accident or a flood.  Proponents appear to be saying that women who know that they might want an abortion could purchase such coverage.  Women who know that they would not want an abortion – even if impregnated as a result of rape – would not have to pay for the services for themselves or others.  
I also find it interesting that the Republican legislature is blamed at the end of the article.  Yet the measure was brought to the legislature for a vote because of a voter signature campaign.  The legislature would need to address any proposal that had attained the proper number of signatures to put it up for their consideration.  Clearly, if there were enough signatures validated, then at least some voters find this to be a compelling option.  And should a counter-proposal generate enough signatures, the legislature will be forced to address that as well.  Republican or not.  
Here’s an essay describing the shift in language to portray opponents to mandated contraceptive/abortifacient coverage as somehow waging a war against well-established rights.  Although proponents of expanded contraceptive/abortifacient coverage prefer to cast opponents in the light of radicals, the fact remains that such expanded and more specifically mandatory coverage is the new, radical move – not the insistence on individual liberty to make such decisions not only for oneself but for the business that one runs. 
And finally, two articles on the same situation.  A Catholic hospital is being sued for not providing a woman with an abortion.  First off, this article, rooting for the lawsuit against the Catholic hospital as an example of a deliberate decision to not offer “proper” care to a patient because of the hospital’s philosophical and theological directives against abortion.  It certainly paints a startling picture of a distraught woman who didn’t receive proper care.
Now this article, which takes the opposing position, siding with the hospitals against the ACLU suit.  The severity of the woman’s condition and the alleged likely results of her condition appear to be misstated in the ACLU’s lawsuit.  Also, the larger picture of attempting to force hospitals not simply to violate their own moral dictates, but to actively assume opposite moral dictates, is a serious issue.  
Finally, from Belgium – good news!  Children are one step closer to being euthanized!  Wonderful!  Clearly children – and more particularly, their parents – should share in the freedom to end life based only on an inadequately defined or regulated opinion.  Of the parents.  Or the child.  Or a doctor.  Or a nurse.  Who is deciding this, once again?  Oh, who cares.  Let’s just kill them first and sort through the mundane details later, right? (heavy, heavy, heavy sarcasm throughout this paragraph)
The greatest gift we know, the gift of life itself, is actively under attack in various ways around the world, ironically in the name of mercy and care and love.  Pray.  I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before objecting to such acts of love and care and mercy becomes grounds for euthanization.
  

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