Category Archives: Abortion
On Thursday, October 13, 2011, the House of Representatives passed the Protect Life Act. H.R. 358 amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services.
The bill received bipartisan support with 15 Democrats and 236 Republicans voting for the Protect Life Act. Two Republicans and 170 Democrats voted no. Three Republicans and seven Democrats did not vote. Continue reading to see how your Member of Congress voted. (more…)
Today, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are celebrating the installation of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. The question thus arises why Nicholas P. Cafardi, Dean Emeritus of the Duquesne Law School, would publish an op-ed in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer both maligning and accusing Archbishop Chaput of propagating a “one-issue” Catholic Church. That issue, of course, is abortion, a practice that Archbishop Chaput has consistently reminded all Catholics, including Catholic politicians, should be opposed rather than supported.
To imply that Archbishop Chaput does not care about the “broad spectrum of values,” such as caring for the poor and immigrants, is simply silly. This accusation will gain no traction among those who know the archbishop and his 23 years of revitalizing the dioceses of Rapid City, South Dakota and Denver, Colorado. It’s the predictable accusation of Catholics, like Carfardi, who have publicly supported political candidates, such as Barack Obama, with indisputable records of support for abortion. (more…)
It was long in coming: An August 26 open letter signed by many of the Catholics who have cheered on President Obama and his administration have asked that the health care policy be changed to allow conscience protection for religious institutions.
Among the signatories are Professors Fr. Thomas Reese of Georgetown, Lisa Sowie Cahill of Boston College, Margaret Steinfels of Fordham, and Nicholas Cafardi of Duquesne. All are Obama supporters, and all signed a 2009 letter circulated by Professor Stephen Schneck of the Catholic University of America in defense of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius when, because of her support for abortion, she was not to receive communion.
Now, ironically, these same Catholic, Obama supporters are asking Secretary Sebelius to change a policy that would force Catholic institutions to offer contraception and abortion in the name of “health care.” Their 2009 letter described Sebelius as “a woman of deep faith” but obviously not deep enough to care about using the power of the government to close down Catholic hospitals that would not abide by HHS policy. (more…)
Vice President Joseph Biden is, by all accounts, an amiable man. He’s also a Catholic, a fact he alludes to fairly often, especially on the campaign trail. Both his amiability and Catholicism lead one to believe he would respond appropriately to the most basic form of cruelty and injustice.
That’s not the case, however. Biden spoke yesterday at Sichuan University in Chengdu, Sichuan China on our nation’s growing debt. In comparing China to the U.S. Biden made the following comment on China’s monstrous “one child policy”:
“What we ended up doing is setting up a system whereby we did cut by $1.2 trillion upfront, the deficit over the next 10 years. And we set up a group of senators that have to come up with another $1.2 to $1.7 trillion in savings or automatically there will be cuts that go into effect in January to get those savings. So the savings will be accomplished. But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China. You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.” (more…)
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, rightly observes a “Catch-22″ in the Obama administration’s decision to mandate that all health care plans offer free contraceptive and sterilization services to women.
Donohue points out that the exception made for religious institutions, such as Catholic hospitals, is a sham. That exception applies only to religious institutions “that primarily employs, and serves, persons who share its religious tenets.” (more…)
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the pro-abortion, “Catholic” former Governor of Kansas, announced today that birth control will be provided as part of all insurance plans at no cost to women. This comes less than two weeks after the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report recommending that the “full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity” be provided at no cost and without co-pays. This is part of a series of recommendations that the IOM provided HHS with regard to the no-cost preventive services for women. Pro-life organizations condemned the findings both during the IOM hearings and after they were published because pregnancy is not a disease to be prevented. While the announcement itself had been expected, the timing was unusual. Even though Sebelius informally promised a judgment by August 1st, what is surprising is that she took very little time to review the IOM report prior to making a decision. In this case, it appears that the decision was already made; the IOM recommendation was a mere formality. (more…)
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey released on Thursday, May 26, 2011 finds that 49% of Likely Voters consider themselves pro-choice on the issue of abortion, while 41% classify themselves as pro-life.
The executive summary continues:
When it comes to voting in the next Congressional election, 56% of voters consider abortion at least somewhat important in terms of how they will vote. That includes 29% who consider this issue Very Important. Among pro-life voters, 48% consider the issue Very Important. Only 17% of pro-choice voters share that intensity.
It is important to note this survey is about “Likely Voters” – meaning those who say they regularly vote in elections. Elections are about turning out your vote to achieve a 50% plus 1 majority. These self-identified pro-choice “Likely Voters” outnumber pro-life voters in this survey but intensity from pro-life Americans can prevail on Election Day. This intensity must be maintained if there is to be any hope to gain pro-life seats in the United States Senate, preserve the pro-life gains in the U.S. House of Representatives, and replace pro-abortion President Obama.
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act by a vote of 251-175. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act was re-introduced this Congress by Rep. Chris Smith (R, NJ-04) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D, IL-03).
Pro-life policies that would be made permanent under the legislation include:
- Hyde amendment (related to programs funded through the annual Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) appropriations)
- Helms amendment (concerning overseas programs)
- Smith FEHBP amendment (concerning coverage for federal employees)
- Dornan amendment (regarding funding in Washington DC)
- Other policies governing programs such as the Peace Corp and federal prisons.
- Codifies the conscience clause known as Hyde-Weldon. (more…)
A new poll released today by the Susan B. Anthony List once again demonstrates a majority of Americans – 54 percent – oppose giving tax dollars for family planning services to organizations that perform abortions. The poll, conducted by the polling company,inc/WomanTrend, also shows the intensity of this position. 43 percent “strongly” oppose any federal funds going to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood, while just 20 percent “strongly” support federal funds going to abortion providers. (more…)
As I write, staff at the White House has yet to post President Obama’s message on the 38th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling but it has been issued to the media and I am sure several groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL. (more…)