Friday, November 6, 2009

Now Who Wants to Put Mothers in Jail?

You don't have to be in the pro-life movement long before people start trying to make you look mean-spirited and cruel. "You think abortion should be illegal? So you want to put women in jail just for having an abortion?"

This time it isn't a pro-life activist saying women should go to jail for something that half the population believes should be legal. It's Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in her version of the Obama health care bill.

Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.
(Read the full press release here.)

The bill makes refusal to pay a felony in some cases.

And let's not forget that part of those premiums include money for abortions, as detailed here.

So some people of conscience will refuse to pay for abortions, and therefore will refuse to buy the insurance, becoming felons, which means they go to jail and can no longer vote in most states or own guns. Maybe that's the real Pelosi plan?

Whether Pelosi has seen that outcome of her policy or not, this is certainly one of the bills that will be remembered as destroying individual freedom. If it passes. Let's pray that it does not. And if you have a Congressman who might even think about voting for it, call him or her immediately.

Wesley Wilson is the President of Let Her Live, a nonprofit dedicated to saving babies by showing the beauty and value of life to women considering abortion. Please learn more about the Let Her Live pro-life billboard campaign. Donations are tax deductible.

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