Pennsylvania has become the first state to receive funding for federally funded abortions. According to Red Orbit, Pennsylvania will receive $160,000,000 which will directly fund abortions through the high risk insurance pool. This was authorized by the same Obama administration who came out with the unenforceable executive order that they said would prevent abortions from being federally funded. We knew that was a lie.
Blanche Lincoln, on her website, in town hall meetings, and interviews, promised that she would not vote for any measure that would allow for abortions to be federally funded beyond what the Hyde amendment would allow. Here’s Blanche’s statement regarding abortion from last year:
The Health Care Reform Bill adopted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee (H.R. 3200) includes a provision that explicitly prohibits federal subsidies to any health plan that chooses to cover abortions beyond the Hyde Amendment restriction. Finally, I will not support a health care plan that allows federal funding of abortions beyond the Hyde Amendment.
If you remember the long debate of last summer, there were plenty of people from Sarah Palin to James Dobson who warned us repeatedly that Obamacare would allow for federally funded abortions. We knew…it’s kind of hard to believe that Blanche Lincoln couldn’t figure out that this is what would happen.
Pennsylvania is just the first state. Other states are following suit and will be receiving their money soon-(money that we don’t have by the way).
If you are tired of politicians pushing their social agendas, spending money that they don’t have, and then lying about it on top of everything else, make sure that you send a message, loud and clear this November!
For the first time in decades, the number of people who want abortion to be legal in nearly all cases is going down. In fact, for the first time in decades those who oppose abortion out-number those who support it! The poll was conducted by the Pew Research Center. The Gallup people are getting similar numbers so it is clear that this is not just an outlier poll.
Still we remain divided at almost 50/50 on the issue. I haven’t been able to find much on why people think that the trend might be going in favor of life, but I have a couple of theories. One is technology. It was sort of easy for people in the 60s to rationalize that what they were carrying inside of them was just a bundle of cells. It was even a little bit plausible with the early ultrasound machines where the technician would have to say, “Now, this is the head…..”
But now we have have 3D ultrasound that shows in great detail that what you are carrying is a baby; not just a bundle of cells, but a baby. We are also seeing babies being saved at earlier and earlier weeks of gestation thanks to technology. I just read an article about extreme premies who lived and are doing well even though they were less than 2 pounds at birth. It’s harder for people to justify killing a baby when they know that it could survive outside of the womb.
Here is what Psalm 139 has to say about this contemporary subject:
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
Whatever the reason is for the shift in thought, I’m glad for it and hope that the trend continues!
First let me say that this has nothing to do with the pinky incident at the town hall meeting! O.K. We got that out of the way.
What this is about is the attempt by Congress to deal with the whole of health insurance reform in one bill. That is like trying to swallow an entire Thanksgiving meal in one bite: if you do manage to do it you’re going to be sick and if you can’t manage to do it you’re going to have a mess to clean up.
Several things make the step by step approach a much more manageable and honest way to approach reform
First, you can give each individual issue the time that is needed to study it. The bills would be shorter, and the Congress would have time to read those types of bills. Jim DeMint’s Senate Bill 1459 is a great example. It’s about 30 pages and deals with being able to buy health insurance across state lines. There should be bi-partisan support for such a common sense step.
Second, the public would be able to give issue specific criticism to their representatives, and those representatives would have a much better idea as to where their constituents are on that issue.
Third, you would be able to deal with the special interest groups easier. Howard Dean admitted that the reason that there was no tort reform in the House bill 3200 is that they just can’t take on any more special interests than are already in the bill. Here is exactly what he said: ““Here is why tort reform is not in the bill. When you go to pass a really enormous bill like that the more stuff you put in, the more enemies you make, right? And the reason why tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everybody else they were taking on, and that is the plain and simple truth. Now, that’s the truth.”
It gives the constituents concrete grounds to hold their representatives accountable for. I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve heard a politician say, “Well, I didn’t agree with all of it, but I agreed with most of it.” So which part did you vote for and which part did you vote against?
Another reason is that it keeps sneaky politicians from sneaking things in that are way out in left field. I’m thinking about abortion, end of life medicine, etc.
Finally, it’s easier to see what each bill is going to cost.
We need to get Senator Jim DeMint’s S1459 voted on dealing with crossing state lines to buy insurance. Some other issues that could be separated out very easily are tort reform, allowing small businesses to form groups so that they have the same negotiating power with health insurance companies as large employers have, and Medicare waste and fraud just to name a few.
These issues are complicated enough to stand on their own in legislation and would not make the American people think that they are having the wool pulled over their eyes. The only reason for legislators to lump this whole thing all together and then to say that it must be passed quickly is in order to make a power grab. The American people are not stupid. Washington should stop treating us that way.