Apparently the federal government deems pregnancy to be an illness or disease. According to the IRS, expenses incurred for a legal abortion are tax deductible.
From Publication 502:
What Are Medical Expenses?
Medical expenses are the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. These expenses include payments for legal medical services rendered by physicians, surgeons, dentists, and other medical practitioners. They include the costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes.
Medical care expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness. They do not include expenses that are merely beneficial to general health, such as vitamins or a vacation.
Medical expenses include the premiums you pay for insurance that covers the expenses of medical care, and the amounts you pay for transportation to get medical care. Medical expenses also include amounts paid for qualified long-term care services and limited amounts paid for any qualified long-term care insurance contract.
Note that medical care expenses “must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness” however, according to the document, “You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for a legal abortion.” This allowance effectively defines any pregnancy for which a legal abortion is secured, with no disclaimers or caveats, as a physical or mental defect or illness.
Abortion-choice activists have gradually inserted into the debate the idea that elective abortion is somehow a form of health care. The implication of this language is that it designates pregnancy a negative medical condition in need of a cure. Pregnancy is not a disease, it is a necessary “condition” required to propagate the human race. Pregnancy is a proper and natural function of all humans and animals alike.
It is this kind of rhetoric which serves to desensitize women and society to accept elective abortion as normal and necessary. When you can convince women that pregnancy is bad for you by likening it to a disease, it only follows that a remedy is required–and in fact a right and moral thing to desire. I firmly believe this deceptive language is intended to blur the moral compass of women, and deaden their conscience to what is actually happening during an abortion.