Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Save Lives in Haiti, End Lives in America?
Save Lives in Haiti, End Lives in America?
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
While White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was announcing Friday all that the present administration was doing to save lives in Haiti, he reported that President Barack Obama was meeting with both the House and Senate Democrats to resolve how they could provide federal funds via Obamacare to terminate more American lives in the womb.
Is it not incongruous to anyone else that our president, who professes to be an advocate for all minorities, isn't one for the most disadvantaged to survival? What type of "health care" is that for the least among (and within) us?
Save lives in Haiti, end lives in America? What an utterly contradictory presidential plan and policy, especially for a man who claims to be an activist for the underprivileged. What a stark and tragic contradiction in agendas, aids, ethics and the value of human life.
One thing is certain, and Obama knows it: If the Democrats are to pass their version of health care with any overt or covert pro-abortion verbiage in it, they need their supermajority of 60 votes intact to block any possible filibuster. That is why it is certainly no coincidence that Gibbs also announced Friday that the president had decided to go to Massachusetts to campaign for 60th-vote Senate candidate Martha Coakley "because she asked."
For many reasons, I, of course, strongly encourage and support the election of the GOP challenger in that race, state Sen. Scott Brown, chief among them being to stop this supermajority gridlock and anarchy in Washington and simultaneously try to save some of those precious souls in the womb.
Not surprisingly, Obama endorsed the House version of the bill before it contained a ban on abortion funding (the Stupak-Pitts amendment) and supported the Senate version (with its tabled Nelson-Hatch amendment), which would fund abortions. Just another day and another broken presidential promise for conservatives; on Sept. 9, Obama testified, "Under our (health care reform) plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions."
If you think Obama's pro-abortion mission is over, consider brand-new special report "The Promise Audit: Tracking President Obama's Progress On Campaign Promises," in which the National Journal examined Obama's abortion track record and gave him a 33 percent completion rating regarding his campaign promises on abortion.
Can you imagine if all the pro-abortion initiatives Obama has accomplished in his first year represent just one-third of all he will do before the end of his term?
Still on the horizon -- but fast approaching -- is the fulfillment of Obama's campaign promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which is a sweeping bill that would abolish all pro-life regulations once and for all across the nation, from parental notification laws to bans on all federal funding of abortion.
Obama was not joking when he told Planned Parenthood during his presidential campaign that he would "turn the page" on the abortion culture war. The man who, as a presidential candidate, once confessed that estimating when a baby gets human rights was "above" his "paygrade" has granted more pay to pro-abortion agencies and enacted more pro-abortion legislation to ensure that millions of more babies' rights never are experienced outside the womb.
As tens of millions celebrate another Sanctity of Life Sunday in tens of thousands of churches across America, I'm struck again by the sheer contrasts between President Obama's and our Founding Fathers' views of human life in the womb. For example, Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1809, "The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government."
Fifty-six Founders even signed the Declaration of Independence to testify that all human lives are "created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed."
Could it be any clearer?
As long as we have breath and those in the womb have life, we patriots must fight for American life the way many of us now are fighting for Haitian life.
Less Choice, More Murder
Monday, January 18, 2010
Again, this January 22, hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans will converge on Washington for the March for Life. The March has taken place every year since 1974 to protest the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, which legalized abortion.
Good news for pro-lifers is that 2009 showed evidence of turnaround in national sentiment toward tolerance for abortion. Two Gallup polls, one done in May and one done in August, showed higher percentages identifying as "pro-life" than "pro-choice." The opposite had been true in all previous years since Gallup first started doing this survey in 1995.
But the bad news is that another year has gone by as our nation allowed more than a million innocent unborn children to be brutally murdered -- some fifty million since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
It somehow doesn't compute that we are horrified watching the bloodbath that has occurred in Haiti, the result of the cold, inscrutable hand of nature. Yet we are willing to tolerate the ongoing holocaust that takes place in our own country -- a holocaust perpetrated by conscious human choice.
When I wrote about this last year, President Obama was only a few days past his inauguration. He declined the invitation of March for Lifers to address them, an invitation which his predecessor accepted each year.
He only issued a statement noting the Roe v. Wade decision, saying: "... We are reminded that this decision not only protects women's health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters."
So, let's not for a minute lose perspective that this President sees abortion as health care.
And let's appreciate the irony that under this President's leadership, we are close to enacting health care legislation that will "intrude on our most private family matters" perhaps more than any legislation in this nation's history. Every American family, and every unmarried American, will be forced to purchase a government designed health insurance policy or pay a fine or go to jail.
Constitutional scholars and state attorney generals nationwide are lining up challenging the constitutionality of this legislation.
Meanwhile, as Mr. Obama and his Democrat cohorts on Capitol Hill -- alleged champions of "choice" -- engineer this massive government intrusion on how every American chooses to conduct his or her private affairs, they have pushed open the door for federal dollars to pay for abortion.
As Dr. Jane Orient, a physician in private practice, and also the Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons writes: "The bills passed by the House and the Senate eliminate a vast array of choices that many Americans prefer, such as low-cost insurance. But the most precious choice they destroy is the right to choose life: the right to choose not to support abortion in any way. Not financially, with taxes or premiums. And not by providing hands, facilities, referrals, prescriptions, or permission to perform or enable this "procedure."
Democrats are pushing us in a perverse direction. They want to deny our personal freedoms while expanding our capability to murder our unborn children.
When Barack Obama read his Roe v. Wade declaration last January, his approval ratings stood at 70 percent. Today they are barely 50 percent. A new CNN poll shows 48 percent saying that Obama's first year was a failure, 47 percent saying it was a success.
Obama is presiding over a deeply divided nation. As Lincoln said, "A House divided against itself cannot stand."
Americans have choices to make.
On this week of the March for Life, let's recall the words of Deuteronomy: ".....I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live."
Posted by Brett at 12:18 PM