And this is why I call myself an independent/skeptic, and think both parties are crazy.
The Sanctity of Human Life Act, which Ryan co-sponsored, would have enshrined the notion that life begins at fertilization in federal law, thus criminalizing in vitro fertilization—the process of creating an embryo outside of a woman's womb. In IVF, doctors typically create multiple embryos and then only implant the healthiest ones in the woman. Some of them stick and become babies, and some don't. The embryos that don't make it to the womb are either frozen for later use or destroyed. The Sanctity of Human Life Act, if passed, would make all those embryos "people" in the legal sense, so if they aren't used or don't become babies after being implanted, they would essentially become murder victims under the law.
One estimate puts the cost of Tagg Romney's new twins at more than $60,000, a price tag that puts IVF (and surrogate moms) totally out of reach for the average infertile couple. But Obamacare could change all that. The Department of Health and Human Services is currently drafting what's known as the Essential Health Benefits Plan, a collection of conditions and other medical care that many insurance companies will be required to cover. There's currently a push to have infertility treatments included as an essential benefit. Down the road, it's possible that Obamacare will not only help thousands of people take care of their children, but also help them conceive them in the first place. As campaign issues go, this one couldn't present a starker contrast. The supposedly pro-life GOP candidates want to turn infertile couples into criminals for trying to have a baby. The Democrats want to help them pay for it.
Embryos are not people. And infertility treatments are not an essential benefit. We can't keep adding and adding to the list of 'essential' benefits without completely wrecking our healthcare system. Because someone has to pay for these treatments, whether we have insurance companies or the government providing the coverage. People cry and scream "It's not fair, I want to have a baby and I can't so my insurance company should pay for me to have any treatment available." But life isn't 'fair'. There is no physical law of 'fairness'. Fair is a completely human concept and conceit. Things happen. Life isn't even and balanced for everyone, every time, everywhere. And our attempts to level the experience so often only end up fucking things up.