One small step for Israel, one giant leap for womankind!

Israel has developed a proposal to begin in 2014 intending to cover the cost of all non-medical abortions for women ages 20-33. The age range is limited due to budgetary constraints, with future intentions to expand. While it seems the United States is regressing by aiming to ban taxpayer-funded abortions, Israel–a country whose penal code considers the termination of pregnancy a punishable crime–is advancing its support of women.

While abortion often qualifies as a taboo issue considering the moral implications, I can’t help but say you, go Israel! The progression of women’s rights has been a tumultuous effort to say the least. Whether or not you would ever choose to have an abortion yourself, we should all hope to attain the right to openly choose for ourselves without fear of repercussions.

“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,” states Prof. Jonathan Halevy, the head of the panel responsible for making recommendations for Israel’s health care. This new policy would positively affect 6,300 women, and also hopes to offer full contraceptive coverage–a heart attack-inducing plight for the uber conservatives in America.

What a wonderful way to ring in 2014, Israel! I commend your efforts in keeping up with your country’s women.