Month Archives: June 2011

State of Health Insurance Abortion Coverage Opt-Outs

by Family Research Council

June 9, 2011

Since the passage of Obamacare, officially titled the Paitient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many states have stepped in to fill the loophole allowing taxpayer funding of abortion. They have accomplished this by passing laws prohibiting abortion coverage in health plans created through the state exchange program set up by Obamacare. Arizona was the first state to do so in April of last year followed by four other states that session. Eight more states have passed laws prohibiting abortion coverage in the 2011 session and eight additional states currently have such legislation pending. The following chart and map gives details:

State Bill Number Date Enacted/Status
Passed in 2010: Total: 5 states
Arizona AZ SB 1305 4/24/10
Tennessee TN SB 2686 5/05/10 (Democrat Gov. did not veto or sign, but allowed bill to become law without his signature.)
Mississippi MS SB 3214 5/24/10
Louisiana LA HB 1247 7/02/10
Missouri MO SB 793 7/23/10 (same scenario as TN)
Passed in 2011: Total: 8 states
Utah UT HB 354 3/23/11
Idaho ID S 1115 4/01/11
Virginia VA HB 2434 4/06/11
Oklahoma OK SB 547 4/20/11
Indiana IN HB 1210 5/10/11
Nebraska NE LB 22 5/18/11
Kansas KS HB 2075 5/25/11
Florida FL H 97 6/02/11
Total passed: 13 states
Not Passed in 2011:
Minnesota MN HF 201 Vetoed (5/25/11)
Montana MT SB 176 Vetoed (4/4/11)
Arkansas AR SB 113 Passed Senate and House with amendments, then House did not transmit bill back to the Senate for them to concur before adjournment (2/2/11)
Georgia GA SB 177 Same path as AR (4/12/11)
Rhode Island RI S 87 Passed Senate (4/6/11)
Alabama AL SB 202 Passed Senate (5/24/11)
Total: 6 states
Pending in 2011 session:
Pennsylvania PN SB 3 Passed Senate
Ohio OH HB 79 Reported out of House committee
Wisconsin WI AB 154/SB 92 In committees of origin
Oregon OR HB 3600 In House committee
Iowa HF 576, HSB 57, SF 38 In committees of origin
Michigan HB 4143/HB 4147 In House committee
South Carolina SC H 3406/S102 In committees of origin
New Jersey NJ A 3085 In Assembly committee
Total: 8 states

Tony Blankley Reminds Us of Barry Goldwaters Recognition of Social Conservatism Principles in 1964

by Chris Gacek

June 7, 2011

Thanks to Tony Blankley for noting in a column today that Barry Goldwaters classic political book, Conscience of a Conservative, and his 1964 GOP Convention acceptance remind us that social conservative ideas has been a part of modern conservatism from the beginning. Economic and social conservatives need to unite behind these interlocking and mutually-supporting pillars of conservative thought.

Here is how Blankley states it:

Consider how Goldwater asserted his religious social conservative principles to reinforce his conservative economic principles. In his acceptance speech, he argued, Freedom under a government limited by the laws of nature and of natures God. … Those who elevate the state and downgrade the citizen must see ultimately a world in which earthly power can be substituted for Divine Will, and this nation was founded upon the rejection of that notion and upon the acceptance of God as the author of freedom. That is the foundation of an argument that could be used effectively today against the hubristic government powers installed under Obamacare - making both an economic and a social conservative case.

Consider how the vital conservative case for free-market capitalism is made more powerful, more complete, in the first chapter of Goldwaters book:

The root difference between the conservatives and the liberals of today is that conservatives take account of the whole man, while liberals tend to look only at the material side of mans nature. The conservative believes that man is, in part, an economic, an animal creature; but that he is also a spiritual creature with spiritual needs and spiritual desires. What is more, those needs and desires reflect the superior side of mans nature, and thus take precedence over his economic wants. Conservatism therefore looks upon the enhancement of mans spiritual nature as the primary concern of political philosophy. Mans most sacred possession is his individual soul.

It is this spiritual aspect of human nature, once nurtured by loving parents in the home, that makes the liberal states war on the family so harmful to the formation of the social capital that greatly enhances economic output and productivity. Damage the soul, damage the economy.

Abortion impacts men, too

by Family Research Council

June 7, 2011

While abortion is often touted as a woman’s issue, a woman’s choice, the father is equally a parent to the developing little baby yet often lacks standing when it comes to a decision about abortion.

One such man from New Mexico was recently silenced when he wanted to preserve and protect the life of his developing baby. His girlfriend had the abortion despite his convictions. He was so distressed and angered by his lack of choice in the matter that he commissioned a billboard on a major highway to communicate his experience.

The billboard has a picture of the father holding the outline of a two-month old baby. The caption reads, This Would Have Been A Picture Of My 2-Month Old Baby If The Mother Had Decided To Not Kill Our Child!

Jack Kevorkian R.I.P.?

by Cathy Ruse

June 6, 2011

For all his bravado, in the end Jack Kevorkian was a coward. Dr. Death promoted killing as virtue and convinced far too many people to rally around his evil creed. But, in the end, what he advocated for he ran away from personally. Notwithstanding all of his medical suffering, rather than pull out his suicide machine, the evil doctor instead reserved for himself a natural death. While his followers may still be lost, Kevorkian himself now knows the truth.

Hubert Horatio Hundred

by Robert Morrison

June 3, 2011

A week ago, on May 27th, we observed the one-hundredth birthday of Hubert Horatio Humphrey. Well, actually, we didnt. I missed it. I saw no reference to it online or in the print press. He was once a major figure in American politics. I was proud to call myself a Humphrey Democrat when I was young. He was the father of Minnesotas most successful political coalitionthe Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, the DFL.

There, they remembered for a time the farmers and the labor union members who were once the base of the old Roosevelt coalition. Hubertwe all called him by his old-fashioned name, he never had a nicknamewas famous for running the Communists out of the Democratic Party in Minneapolis in 1948 and forging the DFL alliance. He was a thoroughgoing anti-Communist, pro-labor, pro-civil rights liberal. That was in the days when liberals were happy to be called liberal and didnt hide behind the name progressive.

I was so frustrated in 1968 that there was no Humphrey for President headquarters in my very Republican New York county that I drove to Washington and badgered the national Humphrey headquarters to give me a carload of buttons, bumper stickers and posters. Humphrey lost the election that year, in a squeaker, to Richard Nixon. He had come from 28 points down in the polls to lose by barely 2%. But he carried New York State. I liked to brag I had put the happy warrior over the top in the Empire State.

Four years later, Hubert had returned to the U.S. Senate and was making a sad second run for the presidency. He failed to get the Democratic nomination, losing out to George McGovern. McGovern went on to crash and burn spectacularly, with Nixon carrying 49 states in 1972.

I was defeated in my own race for the state Assembly that year. McGovern had been like an anchor around my neck, and around the necks of every Democrat. I can still remember being chased off the front porch by one enraged voter with a pitchfork when he learned I was running on the ticket headed by George McGovern. And he was a registered Democrat!

Because I was a Humphrey man, the local McGoverniteswe called them Magoosviewed me with suspicion. They actually put a spy in my campaign office. One young McGovern volunteer came running into our headquarters a week before the election. The Daily News poll has McGovern up 52-48 over Nixon, the Harvard man shouted with glee. Only when we read beyond the tabloid headline did we point out to our young intellectual that the poll was of New York City voters. We had to break it to him gently that a Democrat had to win 70% of the city to have a hope of carrying the state.

Following my dispiriting defeat, I tried, unsuccessfully, to get a job with our rather conservative Democratic congressman. I was in Washington, D.C. job-hunting the day Roe v. Wade was handed down. As a vocally anti-abortion Democrat, my employment prospects on the Hill were nil.

But the folks in Hubert Humphreys Senate office greeted me warmly and offered to recommend me for a jobin Minnesota. Maybe there, I thought, I could find work and keep my conscience. I headed for the North Star state the way a Muslim heads for Mecca.

There I worked for a year for the DFL. I was a fundraiser. I got to travel all over the state. I learned that what would later be called Minnesota nice is actually true. You never had to fear breaking down on that long, lonely road from the Twin Cities to International Falls. When the temperatures fall to -30, everyone looks out for everyone else. No wonder in Hubert Humphreys Minnesota a Scandinavian-style social democracy seemed to make sense.

The radicals took over the DFL in Minnesota in 1974. A coalition of McGovernites, public employee unions, liberal social activists pushing abortion and homosexuality dominated the state party convention in St. Paul that year. I was soon squeezed out.

It was actually defense issuesmy keenest interestthat drove me from my party.

(You certainly wouldnt join the Republican Party of Jerry Ford and Nelson Rockefeller to protest abortion.)

But, before I left, I had the honor of hearing Sen. Humphrey deliver one of his famous stem-winders. In those days, they used to ask: What follows a Hubert speech on Saturday night? The answer: Sunday morning. The grand old man spoke for more than an hour, without notes. Even the Magooswho despised himwere cheering him. It was like hearing William Jennings Bryan, Floyd B. (Bjrnstjerne) Olson, or one of the great Prairie Populists.

Soon, I would enlist as a foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution. I agreed with the Gipper that I didnt leave the Democrats; they left me.

I never forgot my youthful support for Hubert Humphrey. I shared his belief in civil rights, in a decent shake for working families, and a strong national defense. In time, I would recognize sadly that Huberts commitment to an ever-expanding welfare state was devastating black familiesand millions of other American families.

Yet, heres Huberts most famous quote. Is it any wonder I became pro-life?

The moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.

NIH Approves More Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Funding Rewards

by David Prentice

June 3, 2011

NIH Director Francis Collins has added two more lines of human embryonic stem cells to its Registry, bringing the current total to 93 lines approved for federal funding. Approval for listing in the NIH registry allows federal taxpayer funds to be used for experiments with these cells, creating an incentive for investigators to destroy more embryos and bring their own embryonic stem cell lines to the federal feeding trough.

The two hESC lines are from BioTime, Inc., which designates them ESI-014 and ESI-017. According to the listing, the embryonic stem cells cannot be used for diagnostic or therapeutic uses.

Collins and the NIH have continued to tout embryonic stem cells, which have not helped a single patient, including pouring an increasing share of federal stem cell funds on human embryonic stem cells, decidedly NOT putting the patients first. Meanwhile they continue ignoring the published benefits of adult stem cells to thousands of patients. You can meet a few of those thousands whose health has been improved with adult stem cells.

A Strong Tower in Challenging Times

by Rob Schwarzwalder

June 2, 2011

As fiscal pressures mean the public sector must contract, organized religious groups are stepping into the void.” So argues Lewis M. Andrews in “Religious Alternatives to the Public Sector” in The American: The Journal of the American Enterprise Institute.

As the economic downturn continues, churches are becoming a resource for those in need. “Religious organizations not only have the advantage of being financially resilient relative to other institutions in troubled times,” writes Andrews, “but they can increasingly draw on volunteer enthusiasm to support external programs.”

It is vital that Christians engage in works of service as an expression of the love of Christ Himself. For some ideas about how you can do this, visit FRC’s Web site, which links to many ministries whose commitment to practical compassion will encourage and inspire you.

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