19 October 2004 - Orange County Register
letters suggested that President Bush and voters who think likewise
are "ramming their religion down everyone’s throats." Ms. Rodarte’s
letter even goes so far as to suggest that those who don’t want
their taxes to fund abortions should give up the rest of their freedoms
and leave the country.
they want religion out of the discussion, fine. The moral issues
of abortion aside, why is this kind of federal funding even being
debated? Should taxpayer dollars be similarly apportioned by the
federal government to pay for people’s appendectomies, knee replacements,
and cough medicine? If the government shouldn’t pay for those (and
in the interests of freedom and an efficient health-care market,
it shouldn’t), why should it pay for abortions?
I want to help my neighbor pay for his liposuction, I will - why
should I be forced to help someone I’ve never met pay for her abortion?
Let’s get government out of the lives (and out of the wallets) of
the people and let each live his life as he will, rather than forcing
one to pay for another’s choices.