A Washington Post commentary by T.R. Reid takes aim at the notion that opposition to abortion is a reason to oppose health reform. “Increasing health care coverage is one of the most powerful tools for reducing the number of abortions — a fact proved by years of experience in other industrialized nations. All the other advanced, free-market democracies provide health care coverage for everybody. And all of them have lower rates of abortion than does the United States,” he wrote. A Roman Catholic cardinal offered one explanation to Reid: “If that frightened, unemployed 19-year-old knows that she and her child will have access to medical care whenever it’s needed, she’s more likely to carry the baby to term. Isn’t it obvious?”
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