Liberals are having conniption fits because President Bush is approaching his second term as if he were actually elected. But conservatives in Congress may be growing bolder, too, if the just-passed spending bill is any indication.
I'm not just referring to their omnibus appropriations bill in which they capped the growth in domestic spending for 2005 at one percent, though that's encouraging. I'm talking about the specific provision that conservatives inserted in it that bars federal, state or local agencies from using financial coercion to pressure health care providers to perform abortion services or referrals.
Can you believe such a bill could ever be necessary in this country? How could we have arrived at the point where the federal government's policy is to treat the killing of innocent babies in the womb as a de facto government entitlement?
Well, you better believe it, because we have arrived at precisely that point. The Washington Post reports that opponents of the provision described it "as part of a broad strategy by Republican social conservatives to 'chip away' at abortion rights."
Indeed, certain Democratic leaders are outraged by the Republicans' audacious maneuver. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi grumbled, "Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, but Republicans are gutting it step by step." Senator Diane Feinstein called the provision a "terrible, egregious abuse of power."
Let's consider some of these complaints. Have you noticed the recurring modus operandi of liberal activists these days of trying to radically change the status quo and then painting those fighting to retain it as the agitators?
Just as homosexual activists characterize proponents of preserving the age-old institution of traditional marriage as enemies of their civil rights, these liberal pro-aborts are saying, in effect, that unless the government proactively encourages the practice of abortion, it is "gutting" or "chipping away" at abortion rights.
For Nancy Pelosi's information, Roe v. Wade had to do with the right of states to regulate abortion. It had nothing to do with forcing health care providers to perform abortions.
It's bad enough that the courts have, essentially, created a federal constitutional right to abortion in certain categories of cases for those who freely choose to engage in the procedure. But it's even worse for the government to force unwilling health care providers against their will, and oftentimes against their consciences, to engage in the abominable practice.