With God as Their Cover

10 12 2009

Kathryn Jean Lopez has a great piece at NRO that discusses the anger of the Democrats and Pro-Abortion activists at Congressman Bart Stupak’s amendment to the House healthcare bill that would not allow federal funds to be used for abortions.

Abortion, they say, wasn’t supposed to be an issue in the health-care debate. By which they mean: The revolution must include abortion. “Reproductive rights are human rights” is the way Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, put it. Abortion is, in fact, a “God-given right,” according to the Rev. Carlton Veazey, a Baptist minister and the president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

Huh??? Abortion is a God-given right??? He must be talking about one of those other gods.

Those who oppose abortion, of course, agree with them on the first part of that assertion, the “keep abortion out” mantra. However, the abortion advocates insist that it is “gender discrimination” to treat abortion as something other than just another medical procedure. They view the House version of the health-care bill as a “rollback” of women’s rights. The problem is: If you want government to take over health care in America, you can’t avoid stirring up this issue. Because the life-ending, do-harm “medical procedure” of abortion is legal — either you avoid government financial entanglement with it or you don’t, and, if you don’t, you violate the conscience rights of millions of Americans.

Read the rest of Lopez’s article.

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Senator Proposes New Amendment to Healthcare Bill to Protect Pro-Life Doctors

9 12 2009

LifeNews.com is reporting that Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has proposed a new pro-life amendment to the healthcare bill currently in the Senate. This amendment would provide protection to doctors who are morally opposed to providing abortions.

Coburn says the amendment is sorely needed because, despite federal laws to protect conscience rights, there are still numerous examples of health care providers being pressured or forced to do or assist in abortions — and some cases have occurred as recently as earlier this year.

One of the most recent and horrifying stories Coburn notes concerns a New York nurse, Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo, forced to assist in a late-term D&E abortion on a healthy unborn baby. Her case is in the courts and the hospital is trying to get the case dismissed saying she has no right to sue under the federal conscience law currently in existence.

I blogged about this case in July. The wording of Coburn’s amendment would also protect healthcare facilities that do not provide abortions.

Let’s pray that this amendment survives the process.

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