November 12, 2013 — Although it "would seem a safe assumption" that "a conservative strongly opposed to abortion [would] want to give all the help [possible] to women who want to bring their children into the world," many conservatives are "positively obsessed with trashing the Affordable Care Act's [PL 111-148] regulation requiring insurance policies to include maternity coverage," Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne writes.
"Never mind that we who are lucky enough to have health insurance end up paying to cover conditions we may never suffer ourselves," such as cancer, he adds. "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," Dionne writes.
According to Dionne, "For too many politicians on the right, what they say about abortion is at odds with what they say about so many other issues." He acknowledges that "some right-to-lifers really do follow the logic of their position" by supporting programs such as Women, Infants and Children "and other measures that help parents after their kids are born," but many "would make abortion illegal and leave it at that."
Dionne argues, "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."
Without such efforts, "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."
"If health coverage -- yes, including maternity care -- isn't a right-to-life issue, I don't know what is," Dionne concludes (Dionne, Washington Post, 11/10).