From the desk of WFA president Julaine Appling:
“Riding the Slippery Slope of Abortion”
In 1973 when the US Supreme Court in all of its non-infinite wisdom conjured up a right to privacy that included the right to abortion, we were told it was in an effort to make abortion safe and rare. At that point, we were at the top of the slippery slope. Today, we are a long ways down that slope with seemingly no end in sight.
At a public hearing on two pro-life held last week in the State Assembly’s Health Committee, pro-abortion legislators and organizational leaders made it abundantly clear that they will tolerate nothing other than wholesale abortion on demand—for any reason at any time. The slippery slope is very real and very slippery. This is the same slippery slope pro-abortion advocates and other liberals insist is just a fabrication of our imagination.
To set the stage, this was a hearing filled with a great deal of sparring between the committee chairman, Republican Representative Eric Severson, a medical doctor, and pro-abortion legislators led by Democrat Rep. Chris Taylor, the former legislative director for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Rep. Taylor was obviously the appointed bulldog for those opposing the bills, but she was supported quite handily by her fellow Democrat committee members Sandy Pasch, Debra Kolste and Daniel Riemer.
Now, to the bills themselves. Assembly Bill 216 does two things. First, it prohibits taxpayer money from being used to pay for abortions for public employees. Assembly Bill 216 also protects the religious freedom and conscience rights of various religious organizations, employers and institutions of higher learning as it relates to having to provide their employees insurance plans that cover abortion and abortifacient contraceptives.
Those opposed to this bill spent a great deal of time badgering, belittling, and battling with those who support it. With head wagging and officious tone of voice, Rep. Taylor asked one of the supporters, “So why should your religious freedom trump a woman’s right to an abortion?” Another queried, “What makes you think it is ok for one subset of the population to make the rules on health care for another subset of the population?” Always, always, abortion and contraception were talked about as “health care” and as “rights.”
Let’s quickly address those questions.