|March 12, 2009|
OBAMA SENDS AVALANCHE OF ANTI-LIFE ACTIONS
Actions by President Barack Obama and his administration during the past few days have been entirely predictable given his total commitment and that of his wife, Michelle, to the anti-life agenda of the abortion lobby. He began by eliminating the Mexico City policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of agencies that promote or perform abortions overseas. He is in the process of rescinding the Leavitt/Bush regulation enforcing protection of the rights of conscience of health care providers and institutions. He has removed the Bush prohibition on the use of federal taxpayer funds for research that involves the killing of human beings at the embryonic stage of development. And, he has nominated the most pro-abortion governor in the country, Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, to be the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Department of Health and Human Services has published the following announcement in the Federal Register: "Rescission of the Regulation Entitled "Ensuring That Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices in Violation of Federal Law." [Click here to view the Federal Register announcement. At the top of the page you will see the reference. At the bottom you will see "View this document." You can click on either the PDF or HTML version.]
Comments may be submitted in the following ways: Electronically via e-mail to [email protected] via regular, express, or overnight mail sent to:
Office of Public Health and Human Services, Attention: Rescission Proposal Comments, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 716G, Washington, DC 20201, or by hand or courier delivery to the same address and dropped in the mail drop slots in the main lobby. [The building is accessible only to persons with federal government identification.]
Comments sent via facsimile will not be accepted.
The Leavitt/Bush regulation required any entity, including individuals, receiving federal funds through HHS to certify their compliance with federal laws protecting health care providers and personnel from discrimination because of their refusal to participate in or abet in any way the performance of abortion or any other medical actions they find morally or religiously objectionable.
Several federal laws protect the rights of conscience of health care providers. The Church Amendments and the Hyde/Weldon Amendment to the Labor/HHS annual appropriations bill are described in the Federal Register.
Please send in your comments. Please circulate this information among your friends and colleagues, with special attention to anyone you know who works in the medical, biomedical, or pharmaceutical field.
We are advised by one of our most trusted sources on Capitol Hill of the following recourse should discrimination occur if the regulation is finally rescinded.
For instance, we asked the QUESTION: "Let's say I am a medical student who attends an institution that requires me to learn how to perform abortions. I refuse based on my moral or religious convictions. I am summarily dismissed from medical school. What recourse do I have?"
ANSWER: Federal law protects your right to exercise your conscience. Freedom of religion is a civil right that is written into the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Therefore, you may contact Terry Pell, Counsel, Center for Individual Rights, by calling 202-833-8400, extension 113. The Center for Individual Rights specializes in such cases.
President George W. Bush established an Executive Order forbidding the use of federal funds for research involving the killing of human beings in the embryonic stage of development, with the exception of stem cell lines derived from embryos killed prior to August 9, 2001.
Barack Obama repealed Bush's order on March 9, 2009. The National Catholic Bioethics Center issued a brief but excellent statement regarding this issue which can be found by clicking here. The statement says, in part, "The national Catholic Bioethics Center supports stem cell research which respects innate human dignity. However, this new Obama policy constitutes a misuse of public money for immoral research that has not yielded one single clinical benefit. [The research has been ongoing through the use of private money.] In fact embryonic stem cell therapy is known to cause tumors and tissue rejection."
Fr. Thomas Berg, executive director of New York's Westchester Institute for Ethics & the Human Person and member of the ethics committee of the Empire State Stem Cell Board pointed out in a March 9, 2009 statement that, ". . . in the midst of this current economic crisis it's a travesty to waste money on an immoral scientific endeavor that is already outpaced by scientifically superior, and ethically unproblematic advances."
Gary Bauer, pointing to the incredible advances in treatments, therapies and cures using non-embryonic stem cells derived from numerous sources including umbilical cord blood and the patient's own body, commented in his End of the Day Report on March 9, 2009, "If the pharmaceutical industry thought embryonic stem cells were the key to massive profits, it would be heavily invested in this research. But it isn't, and that speaks volumes about its efficacy."
It also speaks volumes about the Obama administration's grab for more and more of our hard-earned tax dollars for unnecessary and immoral activities.
"She Won't Be in Kansas Any More"
That was the answer given by pro-life U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) when confronted by pro-life leaders who were stunned and outraged by his announced support for the nomination of Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The best commentary on the situation comes from WorldNetDaily columnist Jill Stanek. Her column can be found here.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is closely linked with the notorious late-term and partial-birth abortion practitioner George Tiller. There is absolutely no possible way a pro-life elected official should support her nomination.
Senator Brownback has announced that he will not seek reelection. It is well known that he intends to run for Governor of Kansas after he leaves the Senate. Perhaps he feels that the Sebelius endorsement is necessary in order to secure votes from the mushy middle. The case of former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum may be instructive here. Senator Santorum, like Senator Brownback, built a reputation during his term as a strong advocate for the cause of life. But, his support and active campaigning for the reelection of rabid pro-abortion Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) and the best friend of Planned Parenthood in the House, Rep. Jim Greenwood (R-PA) left his pro-life base in shock and dismay. When time came for Senator Santorum's reelection campaign, the pro-life voters who brought him to the dance were looking for a different partner -which is why Rick Santorum is a former United States Senator.
Never forget that YOU were once an embryo.
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