View from the choir

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.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Keep Abortion Out of Health Care Reform

The Obama Administration is trying to bull rush through health care reform.

There are many arguments for and against government involvement in health care, and, to be honest, I lean toward some form of government care, BUT the current packages being considered include mandated abortion coverage. The bills, if they get through, would do many of the things the Freedom Of Choice Act would have done.

It's not clear that a large-scale health care bill will get through - folks on both sides of the aisle are questioning the cost, for example - but that does not mean we should just rely on that belief. Some naysayers said we should not have gotten all worked up over FOCA because it was not going to go through, but I'm convinced that the strong opposition helped to make sure that it did not get through.

So, whatever your view on health care reform it's vital that it not include abortion mandates.

The National Right to Life Committee is urging people to e-mail their Senators and Congressional Representatives. Go to their website and they have a form letter. You just have to fill in a few details, and you can even modify the letter, and they it will be sent to the right people automatically.

If we flood our representatives in Washington with e-mails, it might get them to support modifying any health care bill that does get through for a vote.

6 Comments:

Blogger Rich Leonardi said...

So, whatever your view on health care reform it's vital that it not include abortion mandates.

Unfortunately, a greater role for the government in healthcare increases the likelihood of undesirable riders and attachments over time. (He who pays the piper calls the tune.) So even if they are stripped from this bill, there will be constant additional pressure to add them.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

That's why we have to keep watch and never relax.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the pro-abortion article in today's paper?

3:14 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Which newspaper? The Democrat and Chronicle is the local one. If so, which article?

3:35 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I'm assuming that anonymous is talking about the Santiago article. There was a post about it over at the Cleansing Fire blog. Here is the link http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20090717/NEWS0203/907170339/1003/NEWS01/Abortion-foe-Terry-still-up-to-his-old-antics

The article is very pointed in its attacks and the target appears to be pro-lifers, using Terry as the figurehead.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

If it is the Santiago piece, I remember thinking that it was fairly mild - I've gotten the impression previously that she's strongly pro-choice. And I appreciated the fact that unlike so many in the media, she referred to us as "the pro-life movement." She was focusing on Terry and his tactics, and not the movement as a whole.

As for her basic point, having been involved in the media for some 25 years and so having covered a number of protests (I even met my wife at one - she was a protester and I tried to interview her!) and having been involved with the pro-life movement (even when as a working journalist I had to be careful about being publicly active), I've always had misgivings about Terry and some of the tactics he has used. Just look at how he misused Archbishop Burke earlier this year.

I would not describe Santiago's piece as pro-abortion. It could have been worse. But if anonymous is local, perhaps he/she is referring to something else.

4:57 PM  

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