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 31, 2009

Why I Quit the Democratic Party

The Democrats used as bit of shenanigans to KEEP abortion in a House health care reform bill.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee July 30 rejected an amendment to a bill that would have prohibited any mandated abortion coverage, except in cases of rape, incest or life-threatening danger to the mother.

After approving it.

Republicans Joseph R. Pitts (Pennsylvania) and Roy Blunt (Missouri), and Democrat Bart Stupak (Michigan), introduced a one paragraph amendment to the America's Affordable Health Choices Act that read, "No provision of this act ... shall impose, or shall be construed to impose, any requirement for coverage of abortion, or access to abortion, or to authorize or permit the recommendation for, or imposition of, any such requirement," except in limited circumstances, the amendment said.

Initially, the committee approved the amendment 31-27.

A partial victory for our side (it still contained a few circumstances under which abortion would be allowed). It was nice to see a Democrat as one of the sponsors.

Perhaps realizing they had slipped up, chairman Henry Waxmen, a California Democrat, managed to get the amendment up for a revote. A Democrat changed his vote and another who had not voted previously - maybe a panicky call went out? - voted "no," so in the end it lost 29-30.

I was a Democrat for most of my adult life, but I quit after realizing that the party was moving deeper into support of abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and more. Now I'm just a pro-life independent.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you!

5:13 PM  
Blogger Rich Leonardi said...

Good for you for acting on your conscience, Lee.

10:59 PM  

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