Call me a conservative, but never call me a religious zealot all for "pro-life" when it's convienent. This whole debacle with the Health Care reform bill... the fact that they put anti-abortion rhetoric in there just to get the republicans to sign off DISGUSTS me! Either they have a sound plan and all people will vote for it because it's sound or you don't. Playing for the political vote just to get *some* of what you want by introducing whacked out legislature is offensive in my book.
Not to mention the "requirement" for either self funded or federal health care. Currently, the crappy company I'm with doesn't have anything other than PPO available to me... for me alone since I'm such a "high risk" (overweight and a smoker), that's $400 a month and if I get married it's almost $1000 a month. I support 3 children that aren't mine biologically and I'm not married, so according to the new "requirements" I don't qualify for the free health care but I'm still REQUIRED to hold some sort of health care?!?! I have a wonderful job and wouldn't give it up for the world, but the health care they offer would take the bread out of my kids' mouths. I am the sole bread winner here (as a woman) because I want my *future husband* (good luck with that with all these legal restrictions) to spend all his time with his kids and give them that 50's home life that most of us weren't privy too. I'm also supporting my ex-boyfriend's grown daughter, that I raised since 4 years old, as she goes to college because I love her as my own... but according to the freaking government that's not "relevant". I've been uninsured for over 5 years and as "high risk" as I am I've only been to the doctor 2 times. The last time I was given a gleaming bill of health. Go figure. But yeah, if I got pregnant and had 4 children I'd qualify... where would that have left the kids I'm supporting??!?!?!?!?!?
I'm not super rich as the liberals would have you believe. I make a lot of money but almost 40% of that is taken in taxes. I'm not protected by the republicans because I'm not a trust fund baby. I have made my way in this freakin world as best I could WITHOUT A COLLEGE EDUCATION and live paycheck to paycheck taking care of everyone around me. I love these people with all my heart and give up much for them... where's my relief? Why am I required to pay this new health care reform? How am I supposed to pay for my *pseudo* children? I'm only seen on forms as a wealthy single woman. Is that really what I am?
Why doesn't this bill support those most that need abortions? The people that get abortions are the ones that know they can't afford a baby or know that they can't support a child like they should. They are making the HARDEST DECISION IN THEIR LIFE, usually based on their current situation. I have had an abortion. It was the hardest thing ever, but I wouldn't have had the 3 children I do now if it hadn't happened. Was one life a sacrifice for these 3? Possibly, maybe, and, yeah, I still yearn for that "child of my own"... to know what that is like and to be *that* connected, but in reality, I wasn't ready, I wasn't mature enough, and I certainly couldn't have afforded it on my own. Yay, planned parenthood for being there. I look back on it now with a sad heart, but also with the heart knowing that these people I'm there for have the best *kinda* mom that they could ever have (only kinda because they weren't pushed out of my uterus). They love me and I love them and I would NEVER give that up.
Sorry for the rant but I'm a little pissed off at the moment.