Jerry Moore: Perhaps doctors will share space with IRS agents

Jerry Moore

The popular political mantra of “taxed enough already” might soon get an addition: “but not if I’ve had an abortion.”

The U.S. House of Representatives last week found an innovative way of combining fiscal discipline with social responsibility. Their goal is to finally close the notorious abortion-tax loophole, which sadly allows private individuals and companies to make poor moral decisions on America’s dime.

On May 4, the House passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act by a vote of 251-175. The bill also is designed to protect acts of conscience, and this is a good thing.

As lawmakers don’t have much to show for themselves these days, they just couldn’t live with themselves if they didn’t do something to pander to constituents and get re-elected next year.

Advocates said the bill codifies the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for most abortions, and applies it to all federal legislation. This includes sweeping changes to the tax code.

Small businesses, for example, would lose tax benefits if they offer insurance plans covering elective abortions. And individuals would no longer be able to use government programs like flexible spending accounts for such procedures.

After all, why should Planned Parenthood be the only one to profit from terminating pregnancies? I’m sure having tax auditors sift through personal medical details to determine whose abortion is worthy will be a big selling point.

The notion of using the Internal Revenue Service to harass others was due for a comeback. It really did wonders for Richard Nixon’s career. He succeeded so well at his job that he qualified for early retirement.

The best part of this scheme is Republicans get to curtail immoral behavior and Democrats get to increase tax revenue. It’s a win-win!

So, this bill should be embraced by both parties. It might soon be attached to legislation looking to raise the debt ceiling.

We’d then end up with fewer health care options and more government spending, neither of which we can afford. That’s our Congress at work.

Jerry Moore is the opinions editor for Suburban Life Publications. Contact him at (630) 368-8930 orjmoore@mysuburbanlife.com.