The Abortion Smokescreen


Gloria Feldt has a short but effective summary in The Daily Beast of the misinformation about health care reform and abortion, peddled around by the mobs who shouted down many town hall meetings during the past month:

Contrary to those apocalyptic headlines, the Washington-based Mellman Group’s national poll released in July confirms voters overwhelmingly (71% yes, 21% no) support requiring coverage of reproductive-health services for women. If reform eliminated current insurance coverage of birth control or abortion, nearly two-thirds would oppose the plan. Even when presented with opposition arguments, two-thirds still supported requiring coverage of abortions, agreeing that health care, not politics, should drive coverage decisions. Americans tend to be fair-minded, after all.


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