My Pro-Life Disassociation with Pro-Lifers
As per my custom and personal conviction, I am willfully avoiding detailed discussion of various aspects of the Obamacare legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a Saturday night when few Americans were paying any attention. After all, why should you come here to read what I have to say on these aspects when others are saying the same thing? I just assume you visit those sites instead.
But since you are here, and I am so glad you are, please read on.
Of course, I am seething, outraged, yes – pissed off, whatever adjective you want to use as to what 219 Democrats and one bought out Republicrat have done to our blessed United States Constitution and in turn the lives of the American people. I do pray for an unprecedented political earthquake to occur at the ballot box just under a year from now. Shall we call for a 10 on the political Richter scale?
Yes we can! Or better yet, yes we shall!
Yes, I know about the fines and jail time that could well occur if Obamacare becomes law. Yes, I know about the claims of rationed care (which I believe are accurate) and how seniors will be affected. Yes, I know about the gargantuan cost of the bill and the huge loss of personal liberty that will go with it, should it become law.
I agree with all that stuff. But again, if you want to read more on that, go to those other sites.
What I want to discuss here is how the pro-life folks have contributed to the passage of Obamacare.
Now wait just a second, you might say, especially if you are an ardent pro-life guy or gal. We are the ones that kept abortion coverage out of the House bill. We got 240 votes for it, including 64 Democrats.
Like I’m impressed. I’m not. And I’m inclined to call you idiots. And though I am not prone to name calling, especially those on our side, I am making an exception here.
Yes, I will probably take heat from some pro-lifers and pro-life groups. And I’ll gladly do so. But here are my two points.
Point one, without the Stupak pro-life amendment, Obamacare dies and here’s how.
In viewing the 64 Democrats who voted with all but one Republican (who voted present and in my view, rightly so), there are a good 30-35 of them who either have a fairly consistent pro-life voting track record or for those whose time in Congress has been limited, a good history of public statements and support for life causes. Those individuals seen as reliably pro-life (even if this is their only issue with the good guys) are (based on the vote call list): Altmire, Berry, Bishop, Boren, Bright, Carney, Chandler, Childers, Costello, Dahlkemper, Davis (TN), Donnelly, Ellsworth, Gordon, Griffith, Lipinski, Marshall, Matheson, McIntyre, Melancon, Mollohan, Oberstar, Peterson, Rahall, Ross, Shuler, Skelton, Stupak, Tanner, Taylor & Wilson.
There may be 3-5 others that could be added but from my analysis of their records and statements, I think 31 is a very reasonable but more importantly accurate number.
So you have 31 people who are principled in their pro-life positions and voting record. Subtract those 31 and you knock the 240 down to 209. The bill fails.
Now before you say anything, I’m well aware that if you’re going to exclude the 31 pro-life Democrats, you’re going to have to exclude the roughly 90% of House Republicans who are pro-life. And you get no argument from me.
But that’s exactly what should have been done. There was no need for any Republicans to support the Stupak pro-life amendment. They all should have been opposed to it, even with the pro-life Democrats supporting it. The public surely would have known that the entire Republican Party didn’t go from pro-life to pro-abortion in one swing. The people would have eventually picked up why pro-life Republicans were joining pro-abort Democrats in this bill. The pro-life records of the 90% or so Republicans in the House have been consistent thru the years. The public would have known there to be a reason for their opposition to Stupak’s addendum.
So if you have 176 Republicans and 194 pro-abort Democrats (you can count on one hand the number of those Democrats who have so much as cast one pro-life vote) in opposition to the Stupak Amendment, you have 370 Congressmen and women against 64 Democrats supporting it. And with the squabbling of the pro-life Democrats against the pro-abort Democrats, coupled with the non-pro-life Democrats but who oppose illegal immigration and deficit spending in the bill, it wouldn’t be too difficult to have buried it.
Admittedly, the entire Republican Party in union with the strongly pro-abort element of the Democrat Party is rather freaky, to say the least, but it would have likely done the job there (barring the Blue Dog Democrats changing their votes) in defeating the amendment and in turn Obamacare, particularly because the pro-life Democrat from Michigan said he had roughly 40 Democrats to derail the original legislation without pro-life protections. And the 40, virtually all on board with the pro-life position, coupled with perhaps 10-20 more, would have more or less sent Obamacare to an early grave.
So in a moment of irony, pro-lifers helped pass Obamacare in the House.
But was that by design? Uh, yeah, though the pro-life community doesn’t view it that way. And that leads to point two.
The matter of certain pro-life groups and supporters being one issue person. And this has me fit to be tied and why I’m going to expose a few of them here.
In an e-mail forwarded to me by a friend, Americans United for Life (AUL) had fought at all costs to make sure no abortion coverage was in the legislation, they, willingly or not, ignored the grave threat to liberty this legislation will cost Americans. Here’s what they say on their site on this bill (also here).
Amazingly, this same group thought it to be a good idea to meet with Resident Obama’s pro-abort staff to lobby for pro-life provisions in the bill. Boy, that’s real good (insert sarcasm) – like walking into the lion’s den and asking the lion not to eat you.
Of course, AUL, like so many misguided good groups, calls Obama “President”, thus affirming he was rightfully elected, something we’ve talked about in previous posts and which we fiercely disagree.
I also had another e-mail forwarded to me from the Susan B. Anthony group. Here’s what they say on their site, ignoring the much bigger picture – constitutional freedom. They resolutely claim victory in this battle of epic proportions.
The same can be said about Operation Rescue, a group I tremendously admire but who, like the others, fail to see the trees beyond the forest. Read their press release. They are reasonably pleased.
And what would health care be without Catholic bishops and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops throwing their two cents and much more into the mix (you have to read this one). As long as abortion isn’t in the bill, they applaud the legislation. They have ZERO concept of liberty.
That disgusts me to no end – heck, I seriously doubt they’ve read the nearly 2000 page monstrosity.
But thankfully, one of the few (and may I say very effective) pro-life groups I think very highly of doesn’t say a thing about Obamacare on its website.
And neither does its parent organization, another pro-life group I have immense respect for, even though I occasionally disagree with them.
Personally, I’d rather both groups come out against Obamacare. But if they mainstain a silent or neutral position on it, as noted by absence of anything on their website, that is the next best thing in this writer’s opinion. Both American Life League & 40 Days for Life are highly esteemed in my book.
But that all aside, Life News takes issue with the claims that the House version of Obamacare is free of abortion in any form and even sources AUL in their article.
But my question to these pro-life groups and those who work in them and by turn support their efforts is why are they so damned concerned about the unborn (rightfully so, of course) to the exclusion of EVERYTHING ELSE. Do they not realize that their personal liberties are at stake, just like mine?
Make no mistake about it. Anyone who knows me knows I am pro-life without exception. I do not support rape and incest exceptions because it’s not the child’s fault. Women who are pregnant under those rare circumstances need tons of love, compassion and support.
But they need not abort.
I do not even have the life of the mother exception, though it is understandable if a child dies to save the mother’s life AS LONG AS THERE IS NO INTENT TO KILL THE CHILD.
So why do I fiercely chide my otherwise pro-life friends?
Because the liberty picture is not on their radar! And it should be foremost.
This is not a matter of a bill whereby abortion is the sole element in it. If it was the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) or any bill restricting the right to protest at abortion clinics, provide abortion funding or forcing doctors to do abortions, I’d be at the front of the line with them, if not in front of them all, fighting it with every fiber of my being.
But this is much more than about abortion. Obamacare potentially affects every area of our lives. It may well affect what we choose to eat and drink, whether to vaccinate our children, what medical treatments we may be denied from having, how much medical insurance we may (or may not) need, etc.
And that just scratches the surface.
Obamacare is said to cover the illegals, something vast segments of the American populace oppose, regardless of party affiliation (83% per Rasmussen). Obamacare is said to cover sex change operations. Obamacare requires mandated purchasing of insurance or mandatory fines and jail time. Obamacare requires mandatory counseling for seniors and even counseling on abortion and spacing pregnancy intervals. Obamacare may force doctors to do abortions and fertility treatments for lesbians
It goes on and on. And pro-life groups are celebrating because there is allegedly no abortion coverage.
Well, as noted by Life News, there are possible loopholes in Obamacare that could allow abortions. But even if there aren’t, there are Democrats in both parties that want to strip any and all pro-life regulations.
Bottom line, as many legal experts have noted, never in the history of America have the American people been forced to purchase a product or service. We are forced under the unconstitutional 16th Amendment to pay taxes. But we are not forced to buy anything until now, right?
I think not! And I’ll be damned if I’m going to be forced to!
So pro-lifers, especially you Catholic bishops, let me ask you this. As much as I fully agree with your position that abortion is murder and that we should love all people, born and unborn, from cradle to grave, are you so hell bent on supporting Obamacare (provided there is truly no abortion coverage) that you would support mandatory fines and jail time simply because we choose not to sign up for it? Are you willing to support rationed care in order to make sure 100% of Americans are covered?
If you are and this is your version of Christianity, I would tell you where you can shove this bill but because I respect the clergy, I shall refrain from doing so.
But I will tell you this much: I will fight like hell against you, the Democrats and Obama to ensure this satanic bill never sees the light of day. And so will millions of Americans whom you are willing to consign to inevitability of having this into law.
As many folks have said, we can’t even trust the government to get out an adequate supply of swine flu vaccines to medical facilities across America and yet we’re supposed to trust the government to take care of us. But worse than that, if Americans by large numbers can’t and don’t trust the federal government with the safety of the swine flu shot, saying it hasn’t been adequately tested and has risky side effects due to the ingredients in it, do we really trust the government with the so-called safety Obamacare will provide?
What are pro-lifers, including Catholic bishops, thinking? Pro-life is a critical aspect of this legislation as far as the unborn goes but isn’t the liberty we adults currently have under our U.S. Constitution far more important and worth fighting to keep?
There is no authority in the U.S. Constitution to provide Americans with death, er health care. This is tyranny out and outright.
Our Founding Fathers knew tyranny when they saw it. Among the dozens of examples of tyrannical activity imposed by King George is this notable one:
“He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual uncomfortable and distant from the depository of their public records for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.”
Doesn’t this sound just a little bit like Saturday’s highly unusual meeting, largely unnoticed by the American people to avoid detection, to force Obamacare down our throats, wearing us down (“fatiguing” us into compliance) with their efforts to control all aspects of Americans’ lives?
Pro-lifers, including Catholic bishops, read our Constitution and citefor me where it’s located that government must provide any form of care for us.
Also tell me this – if Obamacare is so good, why are Congressional Democrats unwilling to sign up for it and put their families on it? Or why are Democrats refusing to allow We The People so sign up for the plans Congress is on?
If Catholics and other pro-lifers (and for that matter, anyone else) do not see Obamacare as more than stopping abortion (though abortion is an integral part of it) but are consigned to support it, then I choose to disassociate with you.
Because as the Declaration states, ALL men (and women, including the unborn) are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights….life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Your support of life for all does not come at the expense of my right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Rather, it works in conjunction with it.
So if anyone, pro-life or pro-abort, supports Obamacare in any fashion, it does so at the expense of being my foe than my friend. You support division instead of unity.
Do you really want to go there? If so, sorry, I’m not going with you.