June 30, 2011
As we celebrate this holiday weekend with family and friends, let’s not forget our country’s sacred and unique heritage, that we ” . . . are endowed by the(ir) Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life . . . ” Let us vow to continue our stand for Life at all its stages, from conception until natural death.
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At long last, the Texas legislature finally passed SB7 on Monday, which will defund Planned Parenthood and its affiliates through prioritizing the Medicaid funds, as well prohibiting a county-funded hospital district from performing elective abortions using tax funds. The bill was not passed during the regular legislative session which ended May 31, so pro-life Gov. Rick Perry called a special session to consider this bill as well as the state budget and other issues. Gov. Perry has said he will sign the bill into law very quickly, as he did with the sonogram and choose Life license plate bills from the earlier session.
Monday’s action makes Texas the fourth state to defund the country’s largest abortion provider, joining Indiana, Kansas, Wisconsin and North Carolina, where Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the bill. However, the Tar Heel legislators refused to take “no” for an answer and overrode her veto.
Indiana’s action has caused five PP clinics to close, and the Obama administration is threatening that state with total loss of Medicaid funds due to their action. Indiana’s law has been challenged in court, and the judge’s ruling has temporarily stopped enforcement of the law, a ruling which the Indiana Attorney General will “most likely” appeal.
Kansas disqualified PP from receiving Title X funding, which provides half the budget for the three PP facilities there, and Gov. Sam Brownback has signed the legislation. A lawsuit to overturn the law has been filed by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.
Wisconsin’s BadgerCare health plan, from which the Planned Parenthood cuts will come, saves the state $1 million through cuts to PP and was signed by Gov. Scott Walker last week. Another pro-life provision of the budget bans the University of Wisconsin hospital system from paying medical residents for abortion training. Both Wisconsin and Texas pro-life groups anticipate lawsuits to try and reverse their legislation.
Lawsuits are to be expected to challenge each of these laws. But most pro-life leaders believe they will ultimately be upheld in appeals courts.
Planned Parenthood spokeswomen now are whining that they will have to “push donors harder” to replace lost tax funding, and if that fails, they will be forced to change the way they charge for services. Of course, they might consider asking the national PP for part of its nearly $1 billion in assets to take up the slack from lost tax monies.
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Both Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Utah Governor and Obama’s ambassador to China Jon Huntsman have made their formal announcements for seeking the Republican nomination for President. These links will take you to a website (OnTheIssues.org) where you also can view the positions of all the declared Presidential candidates on many issues (including abortion), as well as the positions of former potential contenders such as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and even potential candidates such as Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Both Kansas senators, pro-life Republicans Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, are opposing the President’s nomination of Steve Six, former Attorney General for their state, to be on the Tenth Circuit Court, just one step below the United States Supreme Court. Six, a pro-abortion Democrat, was appointed by then Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (now Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services), to finish a term as Kansas Attorney General after sitting A.G. Paul Morrison was forced to resign in disgrace amid an unseemly sex and abortion corruption scandal. When Six ran to keep the post last November, Kansas voters soundly rejected him, 52% to 45%.
While serving as A.G., Six time after time appeared to sidetrack any legal attempt to make public Planned Parenthood’s books and records. For instance, A.G. Six placed a gag order on evidence pertaining to PP’s committing felonies to cover up for misdemeanors in a case in which PP was charged with 107 criminal counts. He also sued PP’s records custodian to bar his testimony about manufactured evidence he possessed. Pro-lifers in Kansas have expressed serious concerns regarding Six’s judicial impartiality as well as his ability to fully comprehend complex cases within his jurisdiction. Additionally, his written questions submitted to the Judiciary Committee have raised grave doubts from many Republican senators. (See his implausible answers that called into question his honesty here.) Given their shared protectiveness of Planned Parenthood, it’s not surprising that Obama nominated Steve Six for this high level federal court bench.
The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on this pro-abortion nominee has been delayed several times by Republican members, but is expected to take place shortly after July 4. The Judiciary Committee is headed by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Other members are: Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Al Franken (D-MN), Michael Lee (R-UT), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
If your Senator serves on this committee, it is urgent that you contact them immediately and urge them not to pass Steve Six’s nomination on to the full Senate for a vote. If the Judiciary Committee vote goes along party lines, as is expected, then we ask that you contact your two U.S. Senators and ask them to vote against Steve Six on the floor of the Senate, and if they are Republicans, to join with the other Republican Senators to filibuster and keep this pro-abortion nominee from moving one step closer to a possible U.S. Supreme Court nomination in the future. We have enough Republicans to derail this nomination, as we recently did on a nomination for the Ninth Circuit court, IF the GOP Senators will hold firm against invoking cloture on the floor debate regarding the Steve Six nomination.