Aug 25, 2003
Saying they intend to "improve" medical benefits in the next contract, UAW leaders have let it be known that they want to include insurance coverage for abortions in workers' medical benefits.
Of course, a woman should have medical coverage when she decides she needs to terminate pregnancy – and women should have had it long ago. Roe v. Wade, the decision that effectively legalized abortion, came down 30 years ago.
So why now? Did the men who head the UAW suddenly discover this oversight, 30 years late? Are they finally ready to stand up to the anti-abortion forces?
Or did someone realize that the costs to medical insurance companies, and therefore to the auto companies, are far less for an abortion than for prenatal care, pregnancy, birth, and pediatric care?