fidesquaerens (marta_bee) wrote,

abortion funding + school vouchers

That's an unlikely pair of issues, I know, but my mind put them together. I'm weird that way.

I was reading Newsweek over a late lunch and I happened across an article about how several states are trying school vouchers again. Here's the connection in my mind: one of the states mentioned in the article is Florida, and a friend mentioned another law being considered in Florida. Basically, insurance companies offering their plans under the insurance exchange that comes into effect in 2014 cannot cover abortions.

The biggest reason I am against school vouchers is separation of church and state issues. I went to a parochial school in grades 6-8 and benefited from that experience. I would want poor kids to have that same privilege, and for their parents to be able to make the choice. I don't personally think vouchers will cover it (because state funding does not come close to covering parochial school tuition, let alone prep school), so I would still probably be anti-vouchers for that reason.

But the connection in my mind to abortions has clarified some things. I believe in choice. I'm not a libertarian I believe that "levelling the playing field" should try to give the most choices to the most people. Personally I don't believe that abortion is murder but I do believe there are moral considerations, especially at the later stages, and so I think it's not something to be done lightly. But I definitely don't think my belief on this view gives me the right to control someone else's view. Once we've decided the government should provide health care for even some people (which predates Obama - think VA hospitals, military medical care, and Medicare/Medicaid) - individuals cannot decide what care other individuals should have access to. My belief that a certain abortion may be immoral, does not equal my right to keep you from making that decision.

Given that, I really have no right to be against vouchers on church/state grounds. I have paid my taxes in part because I believe universal education is important. If those schools aren't educating properly, I have a complaint there. But if my only concern is they're tied to some religion or other, well, I can't fairly hold to that claim.

But this cuts both ways. If someone thinks vouchers are a good idea even if they go to religious schools, you are requiring that I the taxpayer give my money over to a school where I don't agree with some of their actions (chapel, religious education, etc.) but where they are getting the job done I think needs to be done - if you believe all that, you have to believe the same thing when it comes to abortion funding. That means you're free to think abortion is wrong. You're not free to say your taxes shouldn't go toward paying that. Because, again, it is the would-be parent's choice.

Even if you think it's the wrong one.
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