Matt Bowman: Government funding of abortion is not like government funding of Christian social service agencies
In Tuesday’s Washington Post blog, law professor Cathleen Kaveny tried to make an analogy between opposing government funding of abortion in health insurance and opposing government funding of Christian social service organizations that hold traditional beliefs against homosexual behavior. She contends that pro-life opposition to the first raises a “conscience violation” of “exactly the same” kind as homosexual opposition to the second. And she claims that society should compromise both objections because both end up killing the poor, at Christmas time no less.
On closer scrutiny, Prof. Kaveny’s melodramatic analogy falls apart. Opposing government funding of abortion is not even remotely similar to opposing government funding of Christian social service agencies and churches. And the difference isn’t just that abortion is evil and Christian social service is good. These apples and oranges are actually not comparable.
Opposing Abortion vs Govt Funding Social Services