Let's see. First, cut out the conscience claus. Then send money to fund abortions overseas, destroying the HIV program that has saved ten million lives in the name of promoting sexual hedonism. Then pass a "health care bill" that doesn't promote abortion, but has a clause in it that allows the HHS secretary (the notorious Sibelius, who vetoed twice bills to stop half born babies from being killed) to decide what "procedures" are mandated by all insurance companies.
provide counselling and referral for abortion, even in countries where abortion is legal
that's what most people think the definition of the "gag rule" was.
Note two little things: "provide counselling" can mean intimidate into having an abortion, or in China, where second children are forbidden, it could mean ordering them to do so.
The second slight of hand is:"even in countries where abortion is legal "...
This means those clinics in places like the Philippines or South America that don't "do" abortions, but will send a lady to a pharmacist who will provide them with medicines that will induce abortions, or to practitioners who will abort them illegally, often by changing paperwork to claim the procedure was for a miscarriage.
But IPPF admits it the gag rule that was removed went furthur:
advocate to make abortion legal or more available in their country, even at the request of their own government
That is why the Philippines has a constant drumbeat in Congress to pass the "reproductive rights" bill.
Heaven knows there is a need for midwives and public health in the rural areas, but the dirty little secret is that this would mean more money to divert into politician's pockets, while those who want to limit population would have the ability to pressure midwives and doctors to do abortions and tubal ligations or lose their jobs.
And, of course, poor women will be pressured into using contraception or sterilization that they may or may not want...something that has happened in Peru and India, and something that I have seen done in the US...
Finally, the IPPF lamented that the gag rules prevented paying for
abortions in cases other than a threat to the life of the woman, rape, or incest
There you have it. The gag rule stopped paying for abortions, and now removing the "gag" rule means that the US taxpayer is funding abortions overseas.
And although it is denied that US taxpayers are paying for forced abortions in China, that too is a slight of hand.The IPPF funds clinics that do forced abortions. But they don't fund the abortions, only part of the clinic's operations, not the forced abortion part.
The IPPF propaganda machine condemned the anti abortion funding ban was the same as killing women and shutting down clinics:
The result was that clinics closed, medical staff were lost and family planning, sexual and reproductive health and HIV services were cut back, affecting many communities in developing countries.
Overlooking the fact that the clinics could simply have stopped doing abortions. And, of course, pretending that the funding was not immediately replaced by the European Union.
As for cutting clinics, seems to me that Bush's funding of HIV programs saved a couple million folks, but that doesn't matter, because he didn't fund condoms.
Notice the irony: The European Union is good because it funds abortion.
Bush is evil because he stopped funding abortion, and instead funded and encourage private funds to treat HIV, TB, Malaria etc. Could it be that they resent that this money saved millions of lives?
As for condoms, , the fact that other sources of funding could have supplied condoms is overlooked...not to mention the real problem is family breakdown and promiscuity, not simply HIV transmission.
But of course, the "elephant in the living room" is the dirty little secret that all of this is about population control.
Of course, many of those who work so fervantly to promote abortion are doing so because they are trying to quiet the ache in their heart because they aborted children who stood in the way of their education or careers, or because their modern boryfriends deserted them, and refused to marry them or assist them to raise the child.
Why else would Sarah Palin be so vehemently condemned? Not only didn't she abort a "change of life" baby with Down's syndrome, but she (horror of horrors) even offered to adopt her daughter's child to free her to finish school.
But underlying all of this is population control, especially of "inferior races".
A hundred years ago, these "inferior races" meant the Irish (in the UK) but in the US, it also meant the Irish, the blacks, and the Jews.
We are much more sophisticated nowadays, of course. No one would use race as a criteria to slow population growth.
In the 1970's, the emphasis was on the "population bomb" that would cause massive starvation in the 1980's...
The "Green revolution" stopped that hysteria (albeit the NGO's did their best to stop this from being implemented in Subsahara Africa, so people there still lack food).
The bad news is that the "global warming" hysteria is now being used to fight global warming.
But the real emphsis is to eliminate poor children.
In the US, since most people used to be poor, saying that is taboo. But Europe, who is facing a population collapse, is more open about these things.
Just google: need population control UK, and you find:
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13 Nov 2007 ... A Lib Dem Euro MP warns that mankind is "swamping" the earth like a "virus" and calls for talks on population control. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7093099.stm - Naka-cache - Katulad -
22 Mar 2009 ... The trust will release research suggesting UK population must be cut to 30m if ... Britain needs a “coherent strategy” on population growth. ... www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article5950442.ece - Katulad -
Agencies; guardian.co.uk, Friday 6 January 2006 15.53 GMT. The world's booming population growth needs to be reined in before there is any hope of ... www.guardian.co.uk/.../climatechange.climatechangeenvironment - Naka-cache - Katulad -
6 Nov 2007 ... The BBC's peerless economics correspondent, Evan Davis, points out that if the whole of the UK had the population density of Jersey then we ... www.independent.co.uk/.../dominic-lawson-a-retort-to-the-population-control-freaks-399128.html - Naka-cache - Katulad -
and that's just from British papers
But presumably, even if too many US taxpayer refuse to stop their relatives freom being seen as a human virus, there are other ways to do it.
'Richard Doerflinger, the associate director of the Pro-Life Activities committee, said the president's stated commitment to exclude federal funding for abortion was particularly welcomed, as was his promise to protect conscience rights." The article goes on with a bishop's spokeswoman insisting that the bishops back health care legislation, essentially backing the President's plan.
and just to emphasize things, their headline reads:
Obama Promise Welcomed: No Tax-Funded Abortion
presumably US taxpayer money going to fund abortions overseas doesn't count...
as for "conscience rights", I seem to remember it was Obama who removed the regulations to protect health care workers...and hasn't gotten around to replacing them nine months later.
But the "Spokeswoman's statement" gives them cover.
HHS secretary Sibeleus (who vetoed bills in Kansas that would ban late term abortion on babies who could live outside the womb) insists:
“In fact recently the Catholic bishops came out, after the President’s statement saying that his statement about what he intends in the plan that no public fund would go to fund abortion and the fact that he has come out firmly for insuring all Americans and saying that it’s a moral issue as well as an economic issue and they endorsed moving forward. I think the legislative language will reflect what the President has just said.”
This again is a Clintonesque spin.
Read it quickly, and you get the idea that the bishops are backing the President (take that, prolife movement).
But her actual words were:
. “In fact recently the Catholic bishops came out, after the President’s statement saying that his statement about what he intends in the plan that no public fund would go to fund abortion and the fact that he has come out firmly for insuring all Americans and saying that it’s a moral issue as well as an economic issue and they endorsed moving forward...
Let's parse that one.
The bishops were approving Obama's statement that no public funding would go to abortion.
The word "public".
How would that work with Health care? Well, the government would put most of the money into the pot, but if you wanted abortion coverage, you would have to add your own money. (say, five dollars a month).
Or else they could argue that since the same insurance plan (which covers abortion) has lots of normal payees, that the abortion part would be paid for by the non government premiums.
The Capps amendment tried to satisfy the current ban on direct federal financing of abortions by requiring that government contributions to either the public plan or the private plans be kept in separate accounts from premiums paid by individuals. Payments for abortions (beyond the current exceptions) would be attributed to the premium pool.
Groups like Planned Parenthood and Naral Pro-Choice America insist that this segregation of money means that abortion would be paid for with “private dollars,” not federal ones. Abortion opponents call this bookkeeping legerdemain.
Taxpayer subsidies and personal premiums, they argue, would be completely commingled in the public plan; a surcharge on premiums to pay for abortions would be billed equally to those wanting abortion coverage and those opposed to it; and federal checks would go directly to abortion providers.
The National Right to LIfe committee is even more blunt:
The latest statements by Mr. Obama and Ms. Sebelius are most likely a continuation of their strategy of denial, evasion, and distortion. We say, watch what they do, not what they say." Full NRLC Release HERE and a letter from Johnson to me HERE.
Under the House bill, the federal government is authorized to determine what health benefits must be included in Americans’ health insurance plans and federal officials will determine the health plans that would be considered “acceptable” coverage under the law.
In other words, once the bill is passed, the HHS secretary could mandate abortion coverage by fiat as part of "acceptable coverage".
Or, more likely, this would be done via lawsuits before sympathetic judges.
But of course, US Taxpayer money is already funding abortions overseas, but this was called "Removing the gag rule", not paying for and promoting abortion.
This one at Las Lajas, on the Colombia/Ecuador border, and commemorates a vision to poor Indian woman and her deaf mute child The story of the cathedral's creation is that in 1754 an Amerindian named Maria Mueces and her deaf-mute daughter Rosa were caught in a very strong storm. They found refuge between the gigantic Lajas, and to Maria Mueces's surprise, Rosa exclaimed "the mestiza is calling me..." and pointed to the lightning-illuminated painting over the laja. The oldest account was recorded in the accounts of Fray Juan de Santa Gertrudis's voyage through the southern region of the New Kingdom of Granada between 1756 and 1762
We visited by taking two buses down the Pan American hiway to Ipialis, then took a smaller bus and then a taxi to about a mile from the shrine, at which point we had to walk across the bridge.
There were many pilgrims there, some from Colombia, as we were, and many from Ecuador.
You could tell those from Ecuador, because usually they wore a poncho and were smaller and more "indigneous" than the metziso Colombianos.
We prayed in the shrine, and went to light a candle in the outside house for candles (a seperate chapel across the bridge. Presumably to keep the fire hazard down).
Then I rested while my sons risked the walk down the cliff to the bottom, where there is a spring in which pilgrims could wash.
I went along the road on the shrine side, which is covered with placques saying thanks to Mama Mary for her healings and answers to prayers.
Then we hiked back over the bridge, and down a dirt road into town (rather than take a taxi since the weather was nice).
------------------ There was one other "shrine" to Our Lady that we saw during our stay.
The Airport was fogged in (you can see how dangerous the airport approach is at you tube HERE)
And while going down the Pan American highway to Cali (which is lower in altitude and less prone to fog) we saw a statue of the virgin on a hillside, surrounded by candles.
Someone had a vision of the Virgin there, and the locals had made a shrine.
We couldn't stop...This was in an isolated area, far from towns and cities, in an area where people were basic farmers or worked for richer farmers. Yet there too Mama Mary had appeared and prayers were being said and answered.
We almost missed the holy day: September 8, the birthday of the virgin Mary.
Here in the Philippines, the rejoicing that so few lives were lost in a superferry accident lightens the daily news report of disasters, scandals, and corruption.
And I rejoice because my husband's health is good.
So why worry?
One worries about the state of belief in the world.
Our family is pious, but our children are protestants (although my step daughter is taking instructions to convert to Catholicism...her mother was a rabid anti catholic).
Yet the laxness of the church in the US is worrisome. And here in the Philippines? I can't judge: I am not fluent. But most of the "pious" middle class are Protestant: hard working, honest, and snobs, whereas the poor are Catholic, easy going, and with a deep love of Mama Mary.
Yes the piety is there, despite all the problems and corruption.
A seer from Europe once predicted that the "reign of the Immaculate heart" (i.e. the revival of faith before the end times, after the present day apostasy) would start in the Philippines.
The diaspora of Pinoys since that prediction was made suggests there might be some truth to this.
In the US, Obama has surrounded himself with those who hate "white people" but what he really means is working class people of all races who object to the demagogary of "we'll take care of you" bossy elites whose agenda is to control how people live.
The left in the US is no longer the liberal that I once believed in. They hate, they do not build up. Reverend Write gave speeches of hate whitey (not on things like don't steal, don't commit adultary or honor your father and mother) and Obama's green czar who just resigned rejoiced at the LA riots as an uprising of the oppressed, not noticing the rioters were gang members burning down the stores of the hard working Korean immigrants who knew more about poverty than any of them.
Freedom to live one's own life is important in the US, and a dictatorship of do gooders is not what the working class want, but solidarity and family.
Here in the Philippines, however, those who defend the poor against the strong are often killed. The rich have the guns, and can do what they want.
If the meek will inherit the earth, it won't be the proud leftists of America who despise the poor and working class who want to live their own lives, but those here who actually know and love ordinary folks.
if this doesn't seem to have much to do with Mama Mary, well, she did say that when God chose her, it was an example of how God exalts the lowly...
Oh, Mahal na Birhen Divina Pastora,
Aba, napupuno ka ng grasya
Sa iyoâ€™y nagpupuri at umaasa,
ang iyong bayan, buong puso at kaluluwa.
Dito sa iyong pambansang dalanginan,
Kamiâ€™y dumudulog, tuloy nagpupugay.
Aming ihahain, mga karaingan
Inang maawain, kami ay tulungan. (Cantabile)
Lubos ang pag-asa, Ina naming Birhen
Na ang aming daing at pananalangin.
Ay iyong tutulutan, sukat makarating
Sa Poong Diyos Ama, tunay na butihin
Maraming salamat mahal naming Ina
Sa mga biyayang aming tinamasa
Sa mga panganib kami ay iadya.