For the Republican Party, there seems to be no limit to the amount of beloved personal freedoms they are willing to shred to simply make abortions more inconvenient. The latest example is the GOP’s push to actually increase the power and scope of the IRS. From Mother Jones:
Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of Representatives, the Internal Revenue Service would be forced to police how Americans have paid for their abortions. To ensure that taxpayers complied with the law, IRS agents would have to investigate whether certain terminated pregnancies were the result of rape or incest. And one tax expert says that the measure could even lead to questions on tax forms: Have you had an abortion? Did you keep your receipt?
In testimony to a House taxation subcommittee on Wednesday, Thomas Barthold, the chief of staff of the nonpartisan Joint Tax Committee, confirmed that one consequence of the Republicans’ “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” would be to turn IRS agents into abortion cops—that is, during an audit, they’d have to detemine, from evidence provided by the taxpayer, whether any tax benefit had been inappropriately used to pay for an abortion.
This latest proposal is no different than the numerous other times Republicans have sacrificed their professed love of personal liberty on the alter of anti-abortion.
Republicans fought to make it effectively impossible for a woman to be able to buy insurance that covers abortion. Ironically, setting a precedent of the dreaded rationing in the new health care law through the government denying payment for care. And Republicans across the country are demanding a government bureaucrat get between the decisions of a doctor and a patient by forcing women and doctors to take part in unwanted and unnecessary medical procedures before an abortion. Of course, the party seems to have no problem with these specific costly “forced sonograms” mandates despite repeatedly claiming “costly new mandates” are what made the Democrats’ health care law such an objectionable assault on our freedoms.
Give me liberty or give me death. . . unless, of course, a uterus is involved.