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|July 10, 2009|
Abortion Coverage May Unravel Obama's National Health Care Plan
For 33 years the Hyde Amendment, named for the late pro-life champion in Congress, Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), has prohibited the use of federal taxpayer dollars through Medicaid for abortions, albeit with some exceptions. Prior to its passage, Medicaid paid for about 300,000 abortions a year.
Efforts on the part of President Obama and liberals in Congress to bring about socialized medicine in the guise of national health care reform are bringing the issue of abortion coverage to the forefront once again.
The July 8, 2009 issue of TIME magazine carries an article by Karen Tumulty entitled "Could Abortion Coverage Sink Health-Care Reform?"
Most Americans do not want to be forced into complicity with abortions through their taxes. That is a well-known fact. Because abortion coverage is not addressed at all in the various versions of health care reform legislation, some people who support a national health care system and are pro-life at the same time find themselves in a quandary.
For example, the Catholic Church has lobbied for years in pursuit of nationalized health care. At the same time the Catholic Bishops are vigorously opposed to public funding of abortions. Life Advocacy Briefing, 7/6/09 email@example.com has reported that Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the Committee for Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said in addressing the issue of repealing the ban on public funding of abortions in the District of Columbia, " . . . this action takes place as Congress is working to win broad support for a much-needed major reform of our healthcare system. This is the worst of all possible times to be injecting the divisive issue of public abortion funding into the debate on government health policy."
The situation is just the other way around. Abortion coverage must be addressed and specifically excluded from any bill dealing with health care in America! Otherwise, if Obama manages to railroad through a healthcare reform package, you and I will end up paying for hundreds of thousands of abortions annually.
That is why 19 pro-life Democrats, organized by Rep. David Boren (OK), sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warning that they "cannot support any health-care-reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health-insurance plan." In addition to Rep. Boren, the letter was signed by Representatives Bobby Bright (AL), Jerry Costello (IL), Charlie Melancon (LA), Bart Stupak (MI), James Oberstar and Collin Peterson (both MN), Travis Childers and Gene Taylor (both MS), Mike McIntyre and Heath Shuler (NC), Steve Driehaus and Marcy Kaptur (both OH), Lincoln Davis (TN), Solomon Ortiz (TX), and Kathleen Dahlkemper, Tim Holden, Paul Kanjorski and John Murtha (all PA).
Their letter continued, "Furthermore, we want to ensure that the Health Benefits Advisory Committee cannot recommend abortion services be included under covered benefits or as part of a benefits package. Without an explicit exclusion, abortion could be included in a government-subsidized healthcare plan under general health care. Abortion must be addressed clearly in the bill text."
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) is also leading the way for Republicans. In a letter to colleagues, Rep. Smith said, "If the proposed plan moves forward without an explicit exclusion that ensures that abortion is excluded from any government-mandated or government-subsidized benefits, healthcare reform will be a death sentence for thousands of unborn children."
Please contact your Representative to demand that abortion funding be specifically excluded from any healthcare measure enacted by Congress.
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What Do Justice Ginsburg and Margaret Sanger Have in Common?
Ridding the Country of "Undesirables"
"In an astonishing admission, [to be published in the New York Times Magazine this Sunday] U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she was under the impression that legalizing abortion with the 1973 Roe v. Wade case would eliminate undesirable members of the populace, or as she put it 'populations that we don't want to have too many of,'" reported WorldNetDaily on July 9, 2009.
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood and the birth control movement in this country, was a eugenicist whose writings and actions led to the cultural degradation of American society. In "The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger's Eugenic Plan for Black Americans," her goals are laid out in her own words.
In an essay (that she called a "program of public welfare") entitled "We Must Breed a Race of Thoroughbreds" she argued that birth control clinics, or bureaus, should be established "in which men and women will be taught the science of parenthood and the science of breeding." For this was the way "to breed out of the race the scourges of transmissible disease, mental defect, poverty, lawlessness, crime ... since these classes would be decreasing in number instead of breeding like weeds [emphasis added]."
"The minister's work is also important and he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." [emphasis added].39
Justice Ginsburg said in the Times interview, referring to the case of Harris v. McRae in 1980 in which the Court upheld the Hyde Amendment which forbids the use of Medicaid funds for abortions, "Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion."
Like Sanger, Ginsburg apparently sees certain members of the human family as dispensable. In this era in which charges of discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference or whatever causes one to pause before deciding between chocolate or vanilla ice cream, Justice Ginsburg's views should cause raised eyebrows across the country and indeed, the world.
Supreme Court Justices once confirmed are there for life. Hearings on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court are scheduled to begin on Monday, July 13. Please urge Senate Judiciary Committee members to go over her troubling record with a fine-toothed comb. The country doesn't need another Ginsburg.
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