February 9, 2011
The House GOP continues to place its heaviest emphasis on fighting abortion rights, and they’ve taken a lot of heat for it. Progressives, Democrats, pro-choice groups, and others have spared little criticism, but they’ve focused most heavily on three distinct lines: the fact that Republicans are ignoring job-creation as a priority; the fact that one of their pieces of legislation would allow hospitals to refuse to perform an abortion on a dying woman; and the fact that, until recently at least, the GOP wanted to limit tax-payer support for abortion to exclude incidences of non-forcible rape.
Here’s another one: The GOP’s plan to ban tax-payer money from funding abortions includes giant tax hikes for businesses.
More specifically, it would eliminate tax incentives on employer-provided health care benefits if those benefits cover abortion as a medical procedure.
Supporters of the bill say those incentives essentially constitute federal spending on abortion.
“We want to live up to our commitment to make sure that there is no government funding of abortion,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “And the provision that you speak to does have some connect with a government’s support and funding of abortion.”