Termination Policy

The United States of America has pioneered in terms of many health programmes as possible in order to better the life of the citizens and promote the human rights prospects for the nation.  One such policy on medical care is the abortion policy in which a number of states in the U.S have worked hard to legalize.  In the U.S, abortion bills started to be reinforced since the 1973 although in Colorado it was legalized in the 1967.
Induced termination of pregnancy in Colorado is legally acceptable through the constitution, but this has its own restrictions.  There are those reasons set aside for the termination process to be medically procured.  For example, the cases of incest, rape, severe mental disorders and the endangered survivability of the mother or both the mother and the fetus are some of the constitutionally accepted reasons for induced termination.  The induced termination policy in the 1967, legalized abortion for reasons as stated above.  The practice came along with public funding for the abortions since the 1969.  Later on in 1984, Colorado decided to stop public funding on abortions, which was done in the effort to save the taxpayers money so as to encourage economic development (Pushaw, 2008).  The motivating factor towards the passing of this bill was the strength of the large antiabortion group of activist in Colorado who claimed it was due to economic interest that forced them to stop public funding on abortion.

The big question that the majority of the U.S members of the congress and citizens ask is how to go about using the taxpayers money to fund the abortions.  While some argue that the funding should only be left for the very unfortunate cases that cannot manage the payment of abortion bill, others argue that no funding at all should be allocated to the abortion procurement processes.  Some religious groups and antiabortion activists do not think of the risks associated to pregnancy as a result of rape or incest or even the mentally sick parents and severely mentally abnormal fetus (Pushaw, 2008). In some of these cases, the majority of the mothers may not be able to pay for the abortion yet it is legal in the nation.
Funding for abortion may be costly depending on the location, the class of hospital, age of the mothers, the age of the fetus and procurement procedures required. The cost for a 10 weeks fetus abortion that is non-hospitalized may vary from 90 to 1800 and for 20 weeks, it may be within 350 to 4520 thus the cost is expensive and that it needs to be subsidized if not subjected to full funding.  It is unfair to legalize abortion and fail to fund the same if the government is funding for other medical procedures like kidney treatment processes among others (Pushaw, 2008).

The law requirements are that the government funds the abortion procedure through the Medicaid for only selected cases like the rape, incest as well as the cases of life threatening pregnancy.  However, the law declines federal state funding support for other cases of abortions.

In the U.S, a ban on employee abortions was issued to restrict insurance covers for such matters.  In the U.S political arena, the Republicans are seen to take preference to the choice for life and decline abortions while the democrats value abortion as a right for women. In conclusion, abortion is legal in the U.S although there is a lot of controversy on the public funding of the process.  


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