Sometimes it’s possible for us to become so obsessed with winning the war that we fail to win the battle right in front of us.
A few months ago I had the honor of serving with State Senator Mike Crane (R-Newnan) in the Georgia state legislature. In performing research for him, we discovered something that surprised many in the Georgia Right to Life lobby. We discovered that our state — and more than three-fourths of the states in the U.S. — are paying for abortions with their citizens’ tax money. We knew that this was happening on a federal level, but finding out about it at a state level was shocking. That means that most likely your pay check is helping to murder thousands of American babies each year.
It’s happening through the states’ healthcare plans for government employees. One of the benefits offered to state employees is free abortions. Free for the employees, that is. You’re the one picking up the tab.
To say the least, we were upset by this discovery. We learned that during the last three years, Georgia has paid an average of over a quarter of a million dollars per year to perform hundreds of abortions. According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, in 2009 alone, the state performed 549 abortions and paid out $343,728. In the last three years, over 1,350 abortions have been paid for with state tax dollars through this program.1
In this activity, Marxism and abortion have wed.
The Bible is clear that a child growing in the womb is a person. Psalm 139:14-16 says, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
The Word of God is also clear that to kill a child in the womb either intentionally or recklessly is murder, and He commands civil government to civilly punish this type of murder. Exodus 21:22 says,
“If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, …”
In our nation’s civil government, the states have under the 10th Amendment historically held jurisdiction over most murder questions, including abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court unconstitutionally claimed to take this jurisdiction away from the states in Roe v. Wade although nothing in the text of the U.S. Constitution had changed. The 14th Amendment prevents the state governments from being involved in putting any person to death without a trial for committing a crime, just as the 5th Amendment does for the federal government.2
The 14th Amendment declares that no “State [shall] deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law,” and yet many states contribute to depriving life by subsidizing abortion services in various ways such as this—in direct defiance of the 14th Amendment. The time to stop is long overdue. Not only would legislation to end state abortion subsidies save hundreds of thousands of dollars for state taxpayers, but it will also take a significant step towards bringing the state in line with the Constitution and more importantly the Bible.
When we discovered what was going on in Georgia, State Senator Crane admirably introduced S.B. 438 to end this abortion subsidy.3 The legislation passed the State Senate4 but was ultimately blocked in the State House. So-called “pro-life” Speaker of the House David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) would not let the bill be heard in committee so it would come up for a vote.5 Thus the legislation itself was aborted quietly behind closed doors — much like a real abortion — by duplicitous politicians only paying lip service to the pro-life cause.6
Only two other states (Colorado and Kentucky) have gone all the way in addressing this subsidization of abortion. Like Georgia’s proposal, these two states do not make exceptions for restrictions based on rape, questionable “life-endangerment,” incest, or the like.7
Only 16 states in total—so far—have placed any kind of restrictions on state health benefit plans for abortion (Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia).8
[get_product id=”1471″ align=”left” size=”small”]The great irony is that while President Obama’s national healthcare plan recently raised renewed outcry for a provision requiring pro-life employers to pay for the contraception or abortions of their employees, the state governments have been paying for these same kinds of abortions with your tax dollars for years—and no one has said a word.
Why have more states not thought to do this? The answer is it has just fallen under many activists’ radar. Sometimes, while fighting the war to outlaw abortion, many overlook the countless ways they can end the subsidizing of abortion by our federal and state governments.
Most likely, your legislature has several pro-life legislators who would be eager to introduce a bill like Senator Crane’s. Why not give one of them a call and make the recommendation?
But if you become active in helping your state address this problem, watch out for some tricks in your state code. In Georgia we learned that most state employee’s healthcare plans are under the jurisdiction of the state legislature, but with one significant exception — the teachers of the state university system. Under Georgia’s State Constitution, the Board of Regents operates as a bureaucracy with sole control over these teacher’s healthcare plans. While simple legislation passed by the State House and Senate could prevent abortion being included in most state employee’s healthcare plans, only a state constitutional amendment would prevent our university professors and staff from using our tax money for their own private abortions. Watch out for similar exceptions in your state.
- See Life Action News article “How Georgia Is Putting an End to Healthcare Benefits for Abortion” at this link.(↩)
- As the U.S. Constitution is presently in force under the 10th and 14th Amendments, the states should retain jurisdictional civil authority over the criminal law question of whether a baby in the womb is a person for the purposes of citizens committing murder, although the U.S. Supreme Court has alleged to take this jurisdiction to themselves. Many who would like to argue that the 14th Amendment gives the federal government authority to force the states to outlaw abortion fail to notice that the opening phrase of the amendment is “All persons born”. In light of that phrase the 14th Amendment would not apply to persons not yet born as is the case with abortion. They also fail to notice, as Judge Robert Bork and Professor Ely have pointed out, that the 14th Amendment controls government action, not citizen action, and controls nothing pertaining to substantive law but rather procedural law. To make abortion a matter of federal jurisdiction under a strict constructionist view of the U.S. Constitution, a Personhood Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would need to be ratified that directly addresses the substantive criminal law relating to abortion as murder and not merely the procedural law relating to how guilt is determined and a sentence discharged. The amendment would need to specify that the federal government has the authority to prevent a private citizen from being involved in abortion and not merely to prevent the state or federal governments from doing so.(↩)
- See AJC article “Anti-abortion bills filed in Senate” at this link.(↩)
- See Life Action News article “Georgia Bill Blocking State Insurance Plans From Paying for Abortions Advances” at this link.(↩)
- See Live Action News Article “In Georgia: “Pro-Life” GOP Legislators Halt Anti-Abortion Bill – What Gives?” at this link.(↩)
- See LifeNews article “Georgia House Leader Kills Pro-Life Bill to Stop Race-Based, Sex-Based Abortions” at this link.(↩)
- See “Restricting Insurance Coverage of Abortion” by the Guttmacher Institute at this link.(↩)
- See id.(↩)