Throughout 2014, Israel could cover the cost of all abortions for women age 20 to 33, regardless of their reason for needing the procedure.
Is it just me or is anyone else’s brain exploding?
According to the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, the recommendation is part of the country’s new “health basket” proposals for 2014. Women seeking an abortion will still have to appear before a government committee if they are seeking an abortion. But once it is approved, women ages 20 to 33 can have pregnancy termination funded by the state.
Currently, Israel only subsidized abortion in the case of medical emergencies, rape or incest, if a woman was under age 20, or over age 40.
In America, an unbelievable number of hoops are set up for women seeking an abortion to jump through: arbitrary time limits (which pass before some women even know they are pregnant), geographical restrictions requiring costly travel, religiously-motivated guilt. But in Israel, the government sensibly realized that any reason a woman seeks to end an unwanted pregnancy is a legitimate reason. “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,” said Jonathan Halevy, who heads the health committee. He added that the country hopes to be able to approve funding for pregnancy termination for women up to age 40.
Here’s hoping Israel’s Health Ministry approves the measure — and shows the rest of the world what it means for every child to be a wanted child.
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