The state legislature in Michigan is moving towards a monumental attack on health care in America and taking down women’s health while they’re at it. Did you hear? Perhaps not, amidst the publicity over labor law, but here’s what’s pending in Michigan—the legislature is ready to approve a bill that actually requires that abortion mills meet the same standards as other free-standing surgical clinics. My gosh, the abomination!
Political left-wingers are aghast that their favorite corporations—in this case Planned Parenthood—actually hasto play by the same rules as every other medical facility in Michigan.
You will note that there’s nothing in the legislation that actually grants the unborn any kind of legal protection, or even a 24-hour waiting period. No, it simply says that an abortion mill that can’t operate to the same standards as any other medical facility isn’t really providing health care. Audacious claim, isn’t it?
The argument is made that what this amounts to is a sneak attack by the pro-life movement, a sort of roundabout way of limiting the “right to choose” by putting abortion mills out of business.
What that argument amounts to is a sneak admission that even by secular standards—i.e., one that does not hold a view on the morality of abortion—the “health care facilities” where the Left encourages women to go, are anything but safe and anything but health care, incapable of meeting basic government standards.
So where are the attackers of corporate privilege to be found in this debate? Is the anti-corporate rhetoric of left-wingers been a fraud all along, and really just their own way of cherry picking the corporations they want to give special benefits too? I think so.
I suspect there are a lot of voters who genuinely are concerned about corporate malfeasance and have, in good will, voted for left-wing candidates on those grounds. The reaction to a very reasonable regulation in Michigan should give them a basis to at least reconsider where their support has gone, be it general elections or primaries.
Dan Flaherty is the author of Fulcrum, an Irish Catholic novel set in postwar Boston with a traditional Democratic mayoral campaign at its heart, and he is the editor-in-chief of TheSportsNotebook.com