Ken Connor

So what's next? We need not look far to see what inevitably occurs when ideologically-driven bureaucrats are set up as the arbiters of life and death for the unborn. In China, you are permitted one child, and if you violate this policy and get pregnant a second time, you are assessed a financial penalty. Just this week the world saw what happened to Feng Jianmei when she and her husband were unable to pay the $6,300 fine to cover the “cost to society” of having a second child. Unable to pay, Feng was forcibly escorted to a state hospital where her seven-month-old daughter was aborted.

Undoubtedly, drawing a parallel between what's happening in Connecticut and what happens in nations like China will be dismissed as hyperbole, but in reality there is not that big of a leap between government deciding to subsidize a behavior and government deciding to enforce that behavior by law. Just look at the direction we're heading in the area of “green energy.” As soon as government got in the business of funneling taxpayer dollars to “green” initiatives like LED lightbulbs, it was only a matter of time before they decided that old-fashioned, incandescent fluorescent bulbs needed to be phased out, and decided to realize this idea through the adoption of new “efficiency standards.”

The bottom line is, Connecticut's decision to classify elective abortion as an “essential health benefit” shows that policy isn't being crafted based on what's right and wrong, but rather on the basis of the personal preferences of the people in power. The public must stand up against such arbitrary exercises of power or they will find their freedoms rapidly dwindling, preserved only by the caprice of those in power. This is increasingly true in areas governed by traditional notions of morality and conscience, and in these areas of life and culture men and women of conviction must be prepared to take a stand.


Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.