Tag archives: Abortion

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

August 14, 2009

Here’s some news articles of particular interest.

  • According to the New York Times, former President Bill Clinton defends end-of-life counseling that is included in the health care reform plan.
  • Steven Ertelt of LifeNews.com has a great article about a CDC study that shows teen abortion rates are lower in states that accept abstinence funding.
  • Cleveland is becoming a leader in adult stem cell research. Continue reading the article from The Plain Dealer.
  • David French of Phi Beta Cons reported Tuesday that the EEOC went after Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina for refusing to cover oral contraceptives in its employer provided health insurance.
  • Prisoners in the Rappahannock Regional Jail in Virginia will now be allowed to receive religious mail, after the ACLU sent a letter to officials demanding that these letters containing biblical passages be distributed, as The Christian Post reports.

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

August 11, 2009

After a long hiatus, the Daily Buzz is back. Here are some news articles that I found particularly interesting today.

  • The Obama Administration has been fairly silent about the provisions for abortion in the health care bill. The Baptist Press has a great article about the Administration’s silence on the provisions.
  • Kansas is back in the news again. This time, The Wichita Eagle reports that the Governor and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has stripped funding from a program that gives state money to groups who provide alternatives to abortion.
  • This morning, I came across an interesting article by Eric Gorski of the Associated Press that discussed the conflict of young Evangelical Christians torn between premarital sex and waiting for marriage. Continue reading…
  • The controversial health care bill that will be debated in Congress will provide doctors incentive to push euthanasia. Read more about this on LifeNews.com.
  • The Christian Post reports that homeschoolers are scoring well above those attending public schools in reading, math, social studies, and language.
  • If you haven’t already done so, read Nonie Darwish’s article in FrontPage Magazine about Islam.

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 29, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

  • Pro-gay marriage group spent big in Vermont,” John Curran, Chicago Tribune (July 27, 2009)
  • The leading proponent of Vermont’s gay marriage bill spent about $294,000 on lobbying and advertising in advance of the Legislature’s vote — more than seven times as much as opponents did, according to disclosure forms filed Monday.

    Through its task force and an action committee, Vermont Freedom to Marry spent $65,866 of that in the week before the April 7 vote by the Democrat-controlled Vermont house, which passed the bill in a 100-49 vote to override the veto of Republican Gov. Jim Douglas.”

  • Will proposal promote euthanasia?,” Carrie Budoff Brown, The Politico (July 28, 2009)
  • Backers of Gay Marriage Rethink California Push,” Jesse McKinley, The New York Times (July 27, 2009)
  • Discouraged by stubborn poll numbers and pessimistic political consultants, major financial backers of same-sex marriage are cautioning gay rights groups to delay a campaign to overturn Californias ban on such unions until at least 2012.”

  • Clash of worldviews - coming to a wedding near you,” Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow (July 29, 2009)
  • That’s why this, I believe, is going to be the biggest threat to our religious liberty in our near future,” the Christian attorney remarks. “We are facing a clash of worldviews; a collision between the same-sex agenda and a moral and religious worldview. Those two are incompatible in these kinds of conflicts. If we go down this road of same-sex unions, [it] will continue to escalate.”

  • Obama’s Science Czar: Babies Aren’t Human Until They’ve Been Socialized,” Van Helsing, Right Wing News (July 29, 2009)
  • A large part of the horror of abortion lies in the monstrous presumption of liberals declaring that human life begins not at conception, but whenever they say it does. Maybe that’s six weeks, maybe six months. Maybe it’s years. Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren (the guy who wanted to put a sterilizing agent in our drinking water) gives us an idea of how slippery this slope can get. From his book Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions, via Patterico’s Pontifications:

    The fetus, given the opportunity to develop properly before birth, and given the essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food during the crucial early years after birth, will ultimately develop into a human being.”

  • States with more Catholics more favor gay rights,” Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today (July 29, 2009)
  • The bishops have campaigned long, loudly and clearly against same-sex marriage but the Catholic Church also offers a pervasive message of social justice, an umbrella many liberal Catholics stand under when they argue for marriage equality or life issues such as abortion, contraception and end-of-life decisions.”

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 23, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

  • Councilmen waver on new state gay marriage bill,” Jenna Chandler, The Porterville Recorder (July 22, 2009)
  • Abortion Opponents Criticize Health Reform Bills,” Dan Eggen and Rob Stein, The Washington Post (July 22, 2009)
  • President Obama, who has vowed to find common ground on culture-war issues, finds himself in the middle of a classic Washington dispute over abortion that is further undermining support among conservative Democrats for his ambitious health-care reform efforts.”

  • Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Is Not Health-Care Reform,” John Boehner, National Review (July 23, 2009)
  • The Obama administration contends the urgent deadline is necessitated by the suffering of American families who have waited too long for Congress to act to address the high cost of health care. But according to the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the bill the president supports won’t lower health-care costs; it will increase them. And as the veteran political operatives in the Obama White House well know, the frantic timetable conveniently leaves precious little time for the American people to know what’s actually in the bill.”

  • Obama Staffer Speaks at Planned Parenthood Event, Urges Pro-Abortion Lobbying,” Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com (July 23, 2009)
  • A top official with the administration of pro-abortion President Barack Obama spoke to gathering of Planned Parenthood activists last week. There, she promised leaders of the abortion business that Obama is a pro-abortion president and urged them to continue their pro-abortion lobbying efforts.”

  • Taliban cracking down on Christians,” Allie Martin, OneNewsNow (July 23, 2009)
  • According to Open Doors USA, raids against Christians, carried out by the Taliban, have increased throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan. Dr. Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors USA, says the Taliban does not tolerate anyone who thinks or believes differently than they do. Christians are being evicted from their homes, he says, and some are being forced to convert to Islam or pay special taxes in exchange for protection.”

  • Non-embryonic stem cells pass major hurdle in mice,” Seth Borenstein, Associated Press (July 23, 2009)
  • Two teams of Chinese scientists have made a major advance in mice in the development of a new kind of stem cell that doesn’t involve destroying embryos.

    Those cells are derived from ordinary skin cells, and when they were created two years ago from human skin and genetically reprogrammed, it was hailed as a breakthrough. But questions remained whether they could act as chameleon-like as embryonic stem cells and morph into any cell type in the body.”

Tony Perkins interview with Sen. Orrin Hatch on health care

by Jared Bridges

July 20, 2009

On this week’s Washington Watch radio program, FRC President Tony Perkins interviewed Senator Orrin Hatch (R - Utah) about the president’s proposed heath care overhaul.

You can find the audio of the interview here, but below is a transcript:

TONY PERKINS: Well, there is no shortage of problems with the Obama administrations bill on healthcare reform. From the massive cost to the accelerated timetable, I mean this thing is being pushed through. And this is a massive change in public policy and it is vastly expensive. And consider, this is probably about 16% or 17% of the nations economy and were talking about changing this overnight. And another concern for many Americans is the fact that this issue, if it goes through as it is presently proposed, taxpayers will be forced to fund abortion in this country for the first time in over three decades. And one of the Senators thats been leading the charge on this to make sure that Americans are not brought into the process of funding abortion is Senator Orin Hatch of Utah, who introduced an amendment last week to keep abortion out. His amendment was defeated by one vote but, he continues to bring attention to this issue and other aspects of healthcare reform. And he joins me now by phone from Capitol Hill. Senator, thanks for joining us.

SENATOR HATCH: Well, it is nice to be with you. This is a crucial time for our country because what they are trying to do on healthcare.

TONY PERKINS: Not only that but you have been involved in the hearings for the Supreme Court nominee Sonya Sotomayor. I mean, you have been running back and forth. I mean they are intent on getting something out on this healthcare, are they not?

SENATOR HATCH: Well, they are. You know, they are talking about a bill in the House that will be well over a trillion dollars. Well, frankly, when you get rid of the budget gimmicks, it is one and a half trillion to two trillion dollars additional on top of the two and a half trillion dollars were already spending on healthcare in this country. And they dont seem to care about how much it is going to cost. Its just awful. And they use budget gimmicks to try to get the…, theyre trying to pretend that the costs are really lower. But theyre not lower.

TONY PERKINS: I want to get into a little of the agenda here. My guest is Senator Orrin Hatch, from the state of Utah. He is on the Health committee which has been overseeing this healthcare discussion. Its kind of been a one-sided discussion. The votes are such that the Republicans have little chance of changing anything. But you brought up something in the committee, this was expanded to include Planned Parenthood, the nations largest abortion provider. You tried to prohibit that from occurring or at least keeping clear that they could not perform abortions with tax dollars. That amendment was shot down. What, are taxpayers going to be on the hook for paying for abortion under this measure?

SENATOR HATCH: Oh, if they get their way. Now when the House committee was debating what they call the Mikulski Amendment, to expand womens health services, the author of that amendment told committee members that her amendment which would define Planned Parenthood clinics and other entities as quote essential community providers unquote would not require plans to cover abortions. My amendment simply added this language to Title I of the legislation before the committee so taxpayer dollars are not used to finance abortions except in very rare circumstances. My amendment failed by a vote of eleven to twelve in the committee. And it would have prohibited federal dollars from being used to pay for abortions unless the life of the mother was in danger or the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. Now essentially my amendment would have imposed the Hyde Amendment on all the health coverage options that were created through this bill. Of course this is language that Congress has included in Labor HHS appropriations bill since 1976. And it is my understanding that abortion coverage will be included in this bill because my amendment failed unless it is specifically excluded. Now more specifically based on prior administrative and legal interpretations of federal statutory law, unless abortion is specifically excluded, the Secretary of Health and Human Services could mandate coverage of abortion as both and essential health care benefit and as necessary for meeting minimum qualifying coverage.”

TONY PERKINS: And that is Kathleen Sebelius who is known, who is well known for her position, being supportive of abortion.

SENATOR HATCH: Well, it is Barack Obama. And its the whole egghead group down there at the White House as well. But Sebelius is a part of it.

TONY PERKINS: Well we know where she will come down if she has the opportunity to make this decision.

SENATOR HATCH: Thats right.

TONY PERKINS: Oh, and youre absolutely right. And thats the position weve held and we are asking our listeners, our supporters across the country to contact their senators and let them know that abortion needs to be specifically prohibited under any government plan. Our tax dollars should not go to underwrite abortion.

SENATOR HATCH: Let me tell you how bad it is, as a result of what theyre doing. Beginning in 1973, that was the year of Roe v. Wade, the federal tax payer was paying for 300,000 abortions per year until the Congress passed the Hyde Amendment in 1976, which specifically prohibited coverage of abortion. In other words, the taxpayers wouldnt have to pay for it. In the past we have always included language to prohibit taxpayers dollars to fund abortion and we did this when we were creating the CHIP Program, the Tricare, FEHBP. We also have very stringent restrictions on the funding of abortion. But when the federal Medicaid statute, just so you know how bad they are, when it was passed, nowhere in the statute did it say that abortion would be covered, but the administrators running the Medicaid program deemed abortion to be covered. And as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals explained it, quote because abortion fits within many of the mandatory care categories, including family planning, out-patient services, in-patient services and physician services, Medicaid covered medically necessary abortions between 1973 and 1976—300,000 abortions paid by the federal tax payers per year until Henry Hyde and lot of the rest of them. Well, I wasnt here at that time but they put through the Hyde Amendment, and we have maintained it ever since. So, I offered my amendment this time because I believe it is important to make it perfectly clear that the tax payer dollars will not be used to fund abortions in the new programs being created in the so called health education, labor, and pensions senate bill except in very limited circumstances, as I said the life of the mother, or the result of rape or incest. The Democrats did accept an amendment presented by Senator Tom Coburn, who has done a great job, very similar to the one that I vowed which prohibited federal dollars being spent on assisted suicide, mercy killing, or euthanasia. But they wouldnt accept our amendment. I feel very confident, in spite of the protestations that some of them said, its an effort to try to open up federal funding of abortions.

TONY PERKINS: I think youre absolutely right and thats why we appreciate the fact that you are there. You are willing to raise this issue. I know your staff has been excellent to work with on this matter. And one final question. I know you have to go Senator, and so I appreciate you joining us. This thing is being rushed through, so rapidly, I want to get your thought on this right now. What do you think is going to happen? What should the American people be doing right now?

SENATOR HATCH: Well, theyre going to try to put both the House bill through and the Senate bill through before we go on recess. Now if the Health bill in the Senate, the Senate health bill, becomes law and its a one-sided, partisan Democrat bill, every vote counted was 13 to ten, I believe it was, on an absolute partisan vote, if that health bill becomes law Americans will not only see American bureaucrat step in between them and their doctors but theyll see their health care costs rise. And theres a strong possibility they could lose their coverage.

TONY PERKINS: Its amazing that were going forward with this. I appreciate you raising these issues Senator. Well continue to do it on the outside. But well encourage people to contact their senators, their congressmen and express their concern over the lack of financial integrity in this measure but also the fact they would be forcing taxpayers to pay for abortion and other objectionable practices.

SENATOR HATCH: Can I say one other thing on the Mikulski Amendment? She said right in open forum that her amendment would not expand abortion services. But when I asked if she would add language prohibiting abortion, she said no. That says it all.

TONY PERKINS: It absolutely does. In fact if folks want to see that they can go to our website frcradio.org. Weve got that clip of you up there bringing up this issue and weve highlighted that because that tells the whole story, just like you said. Well, Senator Hatch thanks for being with us. Thanks for your leadership. We look forward to visiting with you again real soon.

SENATOR HATCH: Thanks for your leadership Tony. We appreciate the Family Research Council and people like you who really back us up and help us on these matters. Thanks a million. I hope that people listening will really get involved and raise cain about it

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 16, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

  • Episcopal Bishops Give Ground on Gay Marriage,” Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times (July 16, 2009)
  • The bishops of the Episcopal Church agreed Wednesday to a compromise measure that stops short of developing an official rite for same-sex unions, but gives latitude to bishops who wish to go ahead and bless such unions, particularly in states that have legalized such marriages.”

  • Abortion protester denies stepping over the line,” Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times (July 16, 2009)
  • Quebec docs endorse controlled euthanasia,” United Press International (July 16, 2009)
  • The Quebec College of Physicians is proposing Canada’s Criminal Code be revised to permit medical euthanasia in strictly controlled circumstances.

  • Religious expression limits challenged in Santa Rosa County schools,” Florida Baptist Witness (July 15, 2009)
  • The Christian Educators Association International (CEAI), represented by Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, has filed a motion to intervene in a religious liberty case brought by the ACLU against the Santa Rosa County School District. The case stems from allegations made by two Pace High School students that the district and specific school employees were promoting prayer and religion in school.”

  • The Dirty Secret of Embryonic Stem Cell Research,” Michael Fumento, Forbes (July 15, 2009)
  • ”The routine utilization of human embryonic stem cells for medicine is 20 to 30 years hence,” embryonic stem cell research advocate William Haseltine and then-chief executive officer of Human Genome Sciences ( HGSI - news - people ) told Agence France Presse in 2001. “The timeline to commercialization is so long that I simply would not invest,” he added.”

  • New stem cell rules slowing current research,” David A. Wise, WisBusiness.com (July 14, 2009)
  • The Obama administration’s lifting of Bush-era restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research will result in a massive step forward in the long term, a Milwaukee-based researcher said today. But the rollout of the new guidelines has harmed research in the short term, he said.”

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 15, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 14, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

  • Go! New York: Adult Stem Cells Help Ease Arthritis,” Dr. Max Gomez, WCBS (July 14, 2009)
  • As the arthritis epidemic grips hold onto the baby boomer generation, new stem cell research is becoming the cutting edge way to treat osteo-arthritis of the knee, hip, ankle, and even back pain.

    But this research doesn’t include the same embryonic stem cells that couldn’t be used for research during the Bush administration. Instead, the developments use adult stem cells to help treat baby boomers like Robert Wilson.”

  • WVa lawmakers to get both sides on gay marriage,” Associated Press (July 14, 2009)
  • Evangelical Christian groups hope to convince West Virginia lawmakers to put a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage on the state ballot.

    The state Family Policy Council and the national Alliance Defense Fund both plan to weigh in Tuesday at a meeting of a joint legislative committee studying the issue.”

  • Will Episcopal Church move draw in — or drive out— believers?,” Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today (July 14, 2009)
  • The Episcopal Church is opening the role of bishops to gays and lesbians — and maybe widening the gap between the U.S. church and the worldwide Anglican Communion.”

  • FEATURE-Generational shift for U.S. Hispanics on abortion,” Reuters (July 13, 2009)
  • A 2007 joint survey by the respected Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Hispanic Center shows that 65 percent of first-generation U.S. Hispanics believe abortion should be illegal. But among second-generation U.S. Hispanics like Ana, that percentage drops to 43 percent.”

  • Arizona governor approves abortion constraints,” Paul Davenport, Associated Press (July 13, 2009)
  • Republican Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday set a new course from her Democratic predecessor on the issue of abortion, signing a measure imposing new mandates and restrictions.

    One of the bill’s provisions is a requirement that those who visit an abortion provider wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. The visit would have to include disclosures by doctors in person about the procedure, risks and alternatives, and the fetus’ probable characteristics.”

  • Christians Remain Tense Amid Honduras Coup Crisis,” Michelle A. Vu, The Christian Post (July 13, 2009)
  • Pushing for ‘personhood’ in the South,” Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow (July 14, 2009)

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 13, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

  • NIH received varied responses, some poignant, on stem-cell draft,” Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News Service (July 10, 2009)
  • Although many of the more than 49,000 comments received by the National Institutes of Health on their draft guidelines for embryonic stem-cell research are repetitive, some offer a poignant glimpse into the lives of Americans who don’t want to see embryos destroyed in an effort to cure diseases.

  • Clarence Thomas: The courage of his convictions,” Michael Barone, The Washington Examiner (July 12, 2009)
  • Spain liberalizing, but teen abortion hits a nerve,” Daniel Woolls, Associated Press (July 12, 2009)
  • Spain’s Socialist prime minister has irked his natural enemies on the right and in the Catholic church by legalizing gay marriage and instituting fast-track divorce. Now he has hit a raw nerve even among his supporters with a proposal to let 16-year-olds get abortions without parental consent.

    The debate is harsh and emotional, showing that for all the changes Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has introduced with his trailblazing social agenda since taking power in 2004, abortion remains sensitive in a country where most people call themselves Catholic, even if few churches are full on Sundays.

  • One child rule,” Alisa Harris, WORLD Magazine (July 13, 2009)
  • The Chinese government’s population policy requires delayed marriages and delayed births, meaning citizens have to wait for government permission to reproduce. It also advocates “fewer births”one child in most cases, but two if the first is a girl. The final plank”healthier” birthscovers a policy that Mosher said leads to sterilization and killing visibly disabled babies at birth.

  • House Strips Funding for Abstinence Education,” Christian News Wire (July 12, 2009)
  • Federal funding for abstinence until marriage education was stripped from the budget today in the House subcommittee, led by Rep. David Obey (D-WI). The budget now goes to the full committee and to the full House of Representatives.”

  • Korean bishops reject measure that would allow euthanasia,” Catholic News Agency (July 13, 2009)
  • The Bishops of South Korea have rejected a measure that would legalize euthanasia in the country. Supporters of the measure are euphemistically labeling the proposal death with dignity.”

  • Religion and spirituality: Can faith help you heal?,” Eve Glicksman, KTNV (July 13, 2009)
  • Research suggests there is a link between religion and better mental health and well-being. Some spiritual practices may reduce stress. This may also ease symptoms and help offset the harmful effects of stress on the immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. Some studies have shown that people of faith recover faster from depression, grief and anxiety disorders.”

  • Oak Park man has own stem cells implanted in heart,” Kim Lamb Gregory, Ventura County Star (July 13, 2009)

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 10, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

  • Federal Law excluding Gay Marriage is under siege,” Michael B. Farrell, Christian Science Monitor (July 9, 2009)
  • Five years after it became the first state to marry same-sex couples, Massachusetts is taking on the federal governments definition of marriage.

    While other lawsuits have challenged the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed in 1996 and defined marriage as between a man and woman, Massachusetts is the first to argue that Congress overstepped its bounds and violated a states right to determine what constitutes marriage.

  • Survey: Science Just One Ingredient of Opinion Cocktail,” Emily Badger, Miller-McCune (July 9, 2009)
  • Although people like science, they are not bound by what science shows,” said Alan I. Leshner, the AAAS’s CEO and executive publisher of the journal Science. “Advances in science over the course of last decade are coming into conflict with some core human values issues, whether it’s when life begins or what you believe about evolution. Only scientists are stuck with what science is showing. The public at large and policy-makers are free to deny, disagree or just disregard what the science is showing. Scientists don’t have that luxury.”

  • Group asks Tracy to drop religion from invocations,” Mike Martinez, San Joaquin Herald (July 9, 2009)
  • In a six-page letter to the city, the attorney for the Madison, Wisc.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote demanding an end to the practice.

    The City Council of Tracy cannot, under current federal and state law, permit any prayers that contain references to an explicit deity,” wrote attorney Rebecca Kratz. “The prayers currently given during council meetings impermissibly advance Christianity and lead a reasonable observer to believe that the council is endorsing not only religion over non religion, but also Christianity over other faiths.”

  • Marriage showdown imminent in Maine,” Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow (July 10, 2009)
  • Although the legislature passed it and Governor John Baldacci approved the same-sex marriage bill in May, the law is on hold. Maine considers the people to be a branch of the government, and they can exercise a People’s Veto. Mary Conroy of Stand for Marriage tells OneNewsNow that means gathering enough signatures to put the issue before voters.

  • White House Says Obama, Pope Benedict XVI Will Have “Frank” Talk on Abortion,” Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com (July 8, 2009)
  • The relationship between Obama and Catholics has been tenuous. The pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church and Obama’s pro-abortion views have been at odds since the beginning of his presidency.

    Before Obama took over the White House, the nation’s Catholic bishops warned him not to aggressively promote abortion and not to include abortion in his health care restructuring proposal.

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