Abortion Policies

 “The abortion policy in the District of Columbia same under sharp fire last week from the body that has the last word on the nation’s capital.  Rep. Trent Franks (R- AZ) introduced legislation that would ban abortions of fetuses 20 weeks or older in Washington, D. C.  Franks, chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee I the House cited research that fetuses can feel pain beginning at 20 weeks.  Already, the National Right to Life Committee has announced it would make the Arizonians’ bill one of its top priorities in the coming session of Congress.  To no one’s surprise, the District’s nonvoting Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) told reporters she will attempt to stop the bill because she feels it is an intrusion on ‘self-rule’ for Washington, D.C.”  Human Events, January 30, 2012, p. 4

“Its is easy to see why the Susan G. Komen Foundation might not wish to be associated with Planned Parenthood.  Fighting breast cancer is something all Americans can and do agree on; promoting and performing abortions is something that divides us bitterly.  In the past two years, we have seen the abortion giant [over 300,000 in 2010] (and the politicians it funds) hold for ransom a diverse array of hostages.  In 2010 President Obama and the Democrats in Congress risked and narrowly averted the rejection of their signature health-care law in order t o block the inclusion of provisions (such as the 1970s Hyde Amendment) that prevent federal abortion funding.  At the 11th hour, a handful of ‘pro-life’ Democrats capitulated, giving Mr. Obama and Planned Parenthood their victory.  Last year, in April, Mr. Obama risked a government shutdown over language in a resolution that would have defunded Planned Parenthood at the federal level.  At the last moment, congressional Republicans gave way and allowed the federal money to keep flowing.  Also, in 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services threatened to without billions of dollars in Medicaid funds from those states such as Indiana that prohibit state funding of Planned Parenthood and other entities that provide elective abortions.  Planned Parenthood strongly opposed Indiana’s attempt to cut off its funding and celebrated the federal’s government’s intervention.  Indiana is currently litigating the matter in federal court.  Most recently, after intense lobbying, the Department of Health and Human Services did the bidding of Planned Parenthood by imposing a mandate on virtually all employers to provide insurance coverage (without cost-sharing) for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilizations and contraceptives.  This threatens to force many religiously affiliated charitable institutions out of the business of providing education, health care and social services to the poor.  Breast-cancer victims are only the latest hostages taken by Planned Parenthood.  Unless the organization is finally held to account, they will surely not be the last.”  Robert P. George and O. Carter Snead, The Wall Street Journal, February 7, 2012, p. A13

“Whatever else the controversial new contraceptive mandate may have done, already it has achieved the unthinkable:  Joe Biden is now as silent and reclusive as a Trappist monk.  Mr. Biden, of course, occupies a historic place as our first Catholic vice president and the country’s most prominent Catholic layman.  Never before has he been shy about talking about his faith.  So it tells you something that two weeks after the Department of Health and Human Services issued this new rule [requiring Catholic institutions to provide free health coverage for contraceptive and sterilization services], Mr. Biden has apparently taken a vow of silence.  Mr. Biden knows that he has been left with nothing to say…his president has furthered the impression that the Obama administration is at war with the Catholic Church.”  William McGurn,The Wall Street Journal, February 7, 2012, p. A11

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