I understand the objections of many citizens to paying for abortions or abortion insurance, but I don’t understand the apparent high level of interest in having or providing abortion insurance. With the average cost of an abortion running $500 or so, it doesn’t seem to be the kind of major expenditure a person would want to or need to insure against. If a person buys an abortion insurance policy, would it have a limit on the number of abortions that would be paid for? Would there be a deductible or a co-pay? Is abortion included in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS)? Probably not. Would pregnancy be considered a pre-existing condition that can no longer be used to deny coverage? Could a guy buy abortion insurance to pay for an abortion for someone he impregnates?
I guess we are just talking about this because the training and indoctrination we the people have had for the last 45 years have led us to believe that, while we may be responsible for whether or not we get pregnant, somebody else should pay for all our medical needs and that it’s not up to us to worry about the cost. That’s a bad starting point, but we are apparently stuck with it.
Just to be clear about my position on the issue, I am pro-choice, pro-life, and anti-abortion and do not want to help pay for any abortions. Of course I know that the current politically correct position is that, because I am male, I am not entitled to any opinion other than “pro-choice,” but I still have one. At least I am a father and have remained committed to our two sons and their mother for forty something years. That ought to be worth something.
While researching the subject of abortion insurance, I found this interesting exchange between a Columbia University student and “Alice” at student health services. The student is a responsible person who is trying to avoid pregnancy but who apparently doesn’t see abortion as a moral issue. That’s OK, for now, I suppose. I don’t expect everyone to see it the same way I do. I have not always had the opinion I now have, so maybe as this student gets older and perhaps becomes a parent, she also will get wiser. Anyway, she is interested in how she would get an abortion if she were to need one and how she would pay for it and whether insurance would cover it and whether it would be confidential. The answer, pretty surprising to me, is that the Columbia University mandatory health services fee, which all full-time students pay, covers abortion costs up to $500 on a confidential basis.
I guess sometimes we have insurance we don’t even know about. There must not be any federal funding going toward payment of those health services fees.
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