Abortion, Limited Medical Resources, and the Meaning of Health Care
A perennial claim by conservatives in the abortion debate is that abortion - and, for that matter, contraception - does not really count as health care. Such a view is sometimes heard, for example, in legislative battles over cutting the cost of medical services to the poor; family planning, it is sometimes claimed, can be cut because it is not really part of (essential) health care services in the first place. While it may be a service, it has no priority in the "rea" health care services of preventing and treating serious disease and injury.
Kenneth Anderson & Richard Anderson,
Abortion, Limited Medical Resources, and the Meaning of Health Care,
Journal of American College Health
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