If Republicans oppose funding abortion in the US, why are they okay with supporting it in Israel?
If you have been paying attention to national or online media sources recently, there is a huge hubbub going on over Planned Parenthood and the lie that it is selling fetus parts for profit. This has been debunked endlessly already but that doesn’t matter to the nattering religious panderers running for the republican nomination spewing feargasms to their ever-thirsty base that’s constantly trying to tilt their outrage meters.
There is such an outcry from the white, religious, wealthy, privileged, and professionally judgmental class, that you would think live infants were being spit-roasted at Muslim gay pride/anti confederate flag parades. If you believe what right wing media says, Planned Parenthood is committing heinous acts of genocide against every segment of society, by the fact that 3% of their total activity is dedicated to abortion services for women. Yes, conservatives all say that this is the great doom of our time, and it MUST be de-funded, outlawed, and NO organization that receives government funding can be allowed to engage in providing abortions.
Unless you are the state of Israel…
Yes, over a year ago Israel implemented an addition to its socialized universal healthcare service, which ALL Israeli citizens are entitled to (hello socialism my old friend), which includes free-of-charge abortions for women ages 20-33, with no medical reason for the abortion required.
Israel has always had a liberal stance on abortion, allowing women facing medical emergencies or those who are victims of rape or abuse to receive subsidies to help them terminate their pregnancies. Outside of those regulations, women can apply for abortions for reasons ranging from an emotional or mental threat caused by the pregnancy or for not being married to the baby’s father. All women who seek to end a pregnancy must appear before a three-member committee to state their case, but 98 percent of requests are approved. Women under the age of 20 or over the age of 40 were also previously eligible for subsidized abortions, regardless of the reason.
With the newly amended health care package, however, funding will now be available for more than 6,000 additional women seeking to terminate their pregnancies, at the cost at some NIS 16 million ($4.6 million). No medical reason for the abortion is required.
Do Republicans know Israel’s government provides free abortion servuces on demand?
Wait just one minute. Republicans want to defund Planned Parenthood because they provide abortion services, saying that NO TAX DOLLARS should go to fund abortions, even though the tax dollars that do go to Planned Parenthood do not get used per the Hyde amendment. But, literally billions of dollars a year can go to funding the Israeli government, which provides free abortions, essentially “on demand,” for its citizens. How exactly does this work? Why is there no Hyde amendment for Israel?
You already know that you would not be able to get any sort of proper response or thoughtful answer from any right winger, be it your average voter, or an elected senator or right wing presidential candidate. They will say something like “they don’t use OUR money for abortions” or “they NEED it to fight terror” or you will just be called a Nazi/anti-semite who hates freedom and wants the terrorists to win. It doesn’t really matter. They are getting billions of dollars a year from us in aid, and the money we are giving them for free is more money they have to spend on other things, like their state-funded drive-through abortion mills.
Any conservative voter or pundit or official will have no logical response because they simply do not care about it. Pro-Forced-Birth (no they are not pro-life) individuals do not care about a fetus. They do not care about the person it becomes, and could care less if that child, its mother and /or father have a good job, if the child has healthcare, food, or a reasonable and safe home. No they only care about controlling a woman’s uterus. End Of Story. This is not about the sanctity of life. In regards to Israel, they care more about having a partner state in the region to “spread freedom” than they do about the untold number of terminated pregnancies. If they really cared they would have a stronger opinion on both and not just the former.
The Republican debates are starting tonight, for those who want to be the next right wing president of the USA. This question should be posed to them, regarding all the recent controversy and resultant feeding frenzy on the Professional Right, over the fact someone did a cut up video hit job on Planned Parenthood immediately before the Republican debates began. They don’t think it is obvious as to the timing of this, but it clearly is. I personally want to hear from every candidate on live tv, why they want to continue providing billions of dollars a year in federal taxpayer money to Israel, when they all know that Israel is doing this. I want to hear them defend it before they start complaining about Planned Parenthood. I want to see them stumbling and stuttering and changing the subject and giving “weak” answers in front of the nation.
*Editors note: This is not a rant against Israel, or a rant against women having the right to choose. This is solely about the volcanic level of hypocrisy spewing from Republicans and Conservative media pundits and sources regarding the recent controversy regarding Planned Parenthood.