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I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Obama continues pro-abortion ways

The death march continues at the White House. (Quietly)

President Barack Obama is ready to rescind a policy that protects the conscience rights of American health care workers not to engage in actions they oppose morally, like abortion.

One of the last acts of the Bush administration, the rule went into effect January 20.

The policy protects health care workers from being forced to perform and provide controversial services that conflict with their personal, moral and religious beliefs. Without the policy, doctors, nurses and others could be forced to participate in abortions or to dispense the abortifacient morning after pill, even if to do so would violate their core beliefs.

But pro-abortion groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood - worried about lost profits? - protested the rule, and Obama is a staunch ally of the pro-abortion industry.

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department on Friday quietly proposed rescinding the rule. Maybe they hoped to avoid flak from pro-lifers of the sort that has stalled the appointment of Governor Sebelius? (Psst, Obama administration officials, pass it on: We're watching everything you do.)

"Today's action by the Obama administration demonstrates that this president is not going to stand by and let women's health be placed in jeopardy," said Cecile Richards, head of the Planned Parenthood Federation, of the decision. (As she pulled Obama's puppet strings?)

Abortion? Health Care???

Tell that to the women in Rachel's Vineyard or Silent No More. And, of course, all those dead babies.

Some of the pro-abortion crowd argue that one of the problems was that the rule was too vague and broad and might even allow some drug store clerks to refuse to sell birth control pills.

What they forget is that birth control pills are against the teachings of the Catholic Church, and many Catholic pharmacists and drug store clerks have a moral/religious reason for not dispensing them.

Will they now be forced to - or be faced with being fired?

There's a history of people of faith facing consequences for following their beliefs. Martyrs come in many forms.

The Obama administration is supposedly planning to write what it describes as a more carefully crafted conscience clause. Given the predominance of officials with ties to the abortion industry and pro-abortion groups, I can imagine what that would look like.

As for me, I'm off to the March for Life to Planned Parenthood this afternoon here in snowy Rochester.

1 Comments:

Anonymous tanveer said...

I really like your words.
You have really nice sense of humour.

God Bless you.

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I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan in formation with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

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