Last week, the Wisconsin Assembly debated a bill that would make it illegal for state insurance plans to pay for abortions. Assembly Bill 128 contains exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother. During the course of the debate, Rep. Scott Allen took to the stand to offer his thoughts on why state insurance plans should not be permitted to provide coverage for elective abortion. Allen pointed out that abortion is bad for the state because it takes the lives of human beings who would otherwise eventually grow up, join the workforce, pay taxes, and help fund things. Thus, the state should prohibit coverage for elective abortion because the state has a compelling interest that these people grow up to be contributing members of society. Predictably, his comments caught the attention of lots of people and organizations that were not overly pleased.Allen’s comments divert attention from the beauty of preborn human life, pregnancy, and motherhood and point to a view of women as being at the service of the state. Pro-life advocates ought not fall into the trap of reducing abortion to anything other than a massive human rights violation. I wrote a post for The Federalist explaining that economic advantage has nothing to do with why abortion is wrong and how making abortion an economic issue undermines the pro-life cause.