November 16, 2011
Supreme Court To Hear ObamaCare Challenges
At long last, the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear the legal challenges concerning the constitutionality of President Obama’s Health Care legislation next March. The Court’s opinion then will be issued during the Presidential campaign cycle. More details can be found here.
The 16,000 member Christian Medical Association (CMA) has issued a strong warning on proposed changes in the ethical standards the government endorses to guide organ transplants, contending that the changes would weaken ethical boundaries and could endanger patients, open the door to abusive practices by Health Care facilities and force conscientious professionals out of medicine. The Board of Directors of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) in Richmond, VA is expected to consider the changes this week. Patients with chronic health issues such as spinal cord injury or ALS would be vulnerable to real or perceived pressure to decline further treatment in order to donate their organs, fears CMA. For more information on this radical departure from current organ transplant guidelines, click here.
When the Texas legislature passed and Gov. Rick Perry signed a very strong pro-life bill during the recent session, legal challenges by pro-aborts and Planned Parenthood were expected. And we were not wrong. The bill, which actually mandates fully-informed consent for women including a personal consultation with the abortionist and a 24-hour waiting period between the sonogram and the abortion, is now before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
One of the plantiffs’ arguments is a rather strange twist of the First Amendment protection of freedom of speech. They argue that the abortionists’ freedom of speech is violated as they will be required to disclose to a woman seeking an abortion the medical risks involved, including the link to breast cancer, and describe the sonogram showing the pre-born infant should the woman refuse to look at the sonogram herself. Obviously, this is a real stretch, as medical ethics now require doctors to fully describe other medical procedures and their potential risks.
Texas Alliance for Life has filed a brief which can be viewed here. Other amicus briefs also have been filed by Andy Schlafly for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), Liberty Institute for the legislation’s sponsors (Texas State Rep. Sid Miller and Sen. Dan Patrick) and the American Center for Law and Justice for the Houston Coalition for Life.
Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Investigations subcommittee, recently sent a letter to Ms. Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), to examine “the institutional practices and policies” of PPFA and its affiliates.
This Congressional Investigation is both timely and appropriate. At stake is whether American taxpayer dollars should be going to an organization that has misused federal funds, failed to comply with mandatory reporting laws for child sexual abuse and statutory rape, and exhibited a willingness “to assist those allegedly engaged in sex-trafficking of girls as young as 14. The Committee correctly plans to have questions regarding the policies in place and actions undertaken by PPFA and its affiliates relating to its use of federal funding and its compliance with federal restrictions on the funding of abortion.
But there are some in Congress — mostly Democrats — who do not agree with Rep. Stearns’ actions and some are even trying to hamper this investigation.
Please click here to email your U.S. Congressional Representative and urge him or her to sign the letter currently being circulated within the House which supports Cong. Stearns’ investigation.
The just published RNC for Life Report has details about PP’s plans to spend literally millions of dollars in the 2012 elections to defeat the pro-life advocates in Congress. If you would like a FREE copy of the Report, please click here.