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Berkeley Gets It Wrong – Again

Whatever your feelings on abortion, this isn’t representative of what is being considered:

The city of Berkeley made an official statement on abortion Wednesday by sending coat hangers — a symbol of illegal abortions — to 20 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to restrict federal funding for abortions in the health care bill.

Councilmember Kriss Worthington, who co-sponsored the item before the City Council on Tuesday night with Susan Wengraf and Linda Maio, put the coat hangers and an official city letter in the mail Wednesday.

“The coat hanger represents the time when women had to have abortions in back alleys and tried to self-abort,” Wengraf said. “My initial take was this is too extreme. But women’s reproductive health is very important to me.

“I don’t want my granddaughter to go through what my grandmothers had to. I don’t want it compromised. I don’t think the health care bill is reform if it excludes access to women’s reproductive health care.”

It does not “exclude” access to “women’s reproductive health care”, today’s euphemism for abortion. Abortion remains legal and accessible. It simply denies payment at a federal level for the procedure, much like coverage for cosmetic coverage is denied. Does the denial of the latter somehow “exclude” access to cosmetic surgeons and make that procedure a “back alley” procedure? No, you simply buy a private bit of insurance or, *gasp*, pay for the procedure out of pocket. But both remain completely legal and completely available. Neither, however, should be subsidized by taxpayers (along with many other things).

“I think the coat hanger is an inappropriate symbol, and it could backfire on us,” Wozniak said.

Indeed, it’s not only inappropriate, but it demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the proposal which makes the coat-hanger group look foolish. But then consider what group is doing this (the city that banned the military) and it isn’t at all surprising they look foolish.

~McQ

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8 Responses to Berkeley Gets It Wrong – Again

  • “I don’t want my granddaughter to go through what my grandmothers had to. I don’t want it compromised. I don’t think the health care bill is reform if it excludes access to women’s reproductive health care.”
    Whaaaa??????? Does anyone else find that insane stupid and hilariously ironic?

  • So… Are these fools saying that something isn’t a right unless the government somebody else pays for it???

  • If they just sent all the money to Planned (un)Parenthood insteadl of NARAL, it would be abortions for all.

  • When they finally get to “means testing” on Social Security, I want the fact that I paid to raise two new taxpayers as a asset on my side of the ledger.

    • Don’t be silly, that’s not an asset!  that’s a cost to Gaia!  You made the carbon footprint bigger!  YOU PAY EXTRA!

      Might as well put this all on the logical side of the political fence it belongs on.

  • “I don’t want my granddaughter to go through what my grandmothers had to.” Well obviously her grandmothers (multiple?) did not go through anything because her mother and she were born.