For John, BLUF: It isn't always about abortion. Nothing to see here; just move along.
A Washington Post look at previous Government Shutdowns.
Sometimes the budget delay was over the issue of abortion. One of the things I don't understand is why Incest is often cited as a reason for an abortion. If the woman is underage at the time, it is rape, pure and simple. Thus, the rape exception. If she is of age it is consensual, so why an exception? If there are those who assert that there is coercion involved, then I would suggest that the issue is the law for statutory rape. In the case of incest the age of consent should be moved to 18 or 21. Seems simple enough. Or do we think of incest the way we used to think of homosexual sex unnatural?
Regards — Cliff