American conservatives love, love, love Israel. They also hate, hate, hate abortion and socialized medicine. American conservatives face one hell of a moral conundrum in the new year.
Israel will pay for abortions for women aged 20 to 33 regardless of circumstance starting next year, health officials said Monday, adding that they hope to make eligibility for state funding universal in the future....
The new rule opens it up for 6,300 more women to have a state-funded abortion next year, at a cost of about 16 million shekels ($4.6 million). The cost of all state-subsidized abortions is estimated at 24 million shekels a year.
Officials ultimately aim to fund all abortions as part of the Jewish state's publicly subsidized "health basket" for citizens, as well as offering full contraceptive coverage—but for now, they'll stand pat on this plan to bankroll abortions for young women, Ha'aretz reports.
"It was brought to our attention that there is a large group of women between 20 and 40 who for various reasons – financial or reasons of secrecy – do not terminate pregnancies," a state health official explained in a press conference. "In the current basket we've approved funding for pregnancy termination for women in the 20-to-33 age group, with the intention of completing the process ... and raising the age to 40."
This will be a tough cookie for the mostly evangelical philo-Semites of the American Right. Consider Sarah Palin—who, admittedly, is an idiot, but still gets straight-faced praise in some conservative circles. She's a Pentecostal who's sworn to combat "the atrocity of abortion" and decried Obamacare as "the biggest advance of the abortion industry in America." She's also visited the Holy Land, made a cottage industry of "defending our friends in Israel," and told Israelis to stop "apologizing all the time" for doing their thang.
There's no been no comment yet from Palin and her fellow antichoice Zionists on Eretz Yisrael's abortions for its chosen people. Of course, it's possible the conservatives' brains just exploded.
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