Jivin J's Life Links 1-19-10

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  • According to a local CBS news station, Tim Tebow will be featured in Focus on the Family's pro-life Super Bowl ad:
  • In the spot, the Tebows will share a personal story. FOTF hasn't released any details about the spot, but it's believed the commercial is likely to be an anti-abortion message that chronicles Pam Tebow's 1987 pregnancy, according to the Associated Press....

  • Russia's health minister has called on Russia to reduce its high abortion rate in order to increase its population:
  • "The topic of reducing abortions is definitely on today's agenda. This won't solve the birthrate problem 100%, but around 20 to 30%," Health Minister Tatyana Golikova said, quoted by Russian news agencies.

    Golikova said that in 2008 there were 1.714 million births in Russia and
    1.234 million abortions. Russia has long had one of the world's highest abortion rates.

  • John Garvey writes about Martha Coakley's attack ads against Scott Brown's conscience protection bill:

    Political ads by nature are not sensitive to nuance. Coakley's ad charges Brown with a lack of "understanding or seriousness" because he "favors letting hospitals deny emergency contraception to rape victims." But suggesting that we protect the right of conscience does not show a lack of understanding or seriousness. It does not even show a lack of support for abortion - any more than it shows a lack of support for the armed forces to say that we should exempt Quakers. What both show is a decent respect for religious liberty, as admirable and American as the author of the First Amendment.

  • Comments:

    Here's my question on the conscience protection language - if I end up in an emergency room and my doctor is a JW, could I be denied a blood transfusion? Or does the language really limit it to just abortion?

    Posted by: Ex-GOP Voter at January 19, 2010 6:31 AM


    Cut back on the abortion rate to increase the population? Why not cut back to help women and children?

    Forget the population count: help women and children.

    Posted by: Vannah at January 19, 2010 4:20 PM


    I think Martha needs to do her homework. What a fool.
    Per the January 16th edition of the Weekly Standard:

    1. The Senate health-care bill, which Martha Coakley favors, contains an abortion conscience clause.

    Section 1303(a)(3)

    (3) PROVIDER CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS. No individual health care provider or
    health care facility may be discriminated against because of a willingness or an unwillingness, if doing so is contrary to the religious or moral beliefs of the provider or facility, to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.
    2. And who supported these kind of conscience clauses? Ted Kennedy. In the letter he wrote to Pope Benedict before his death, Kennedy explained, "I believe in a conscience protection for Catholics in the health field and I'll continue to advocate for it as my colleagues in the Senate and I work to develop an overall national health policy that guarantees health care for everyone."

    Posted by: Sandy at January 19, 2010 4:46 PM


    Here's my question on the conscience protection language - if I end up in an emergency room and my doctor is a JW, could I be denied a blood transfusion? Or does the language really limit it to just abortion?

    Posted by: Ex-GOP Voter at January 19, 2010 6:31 AM
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    Wow. You don't know anything about the medical profession, do you?

    First of all, doctors don't administer blood products. Nurses do. (Just for the record, 90% of what people see doctors do on TV shows is actually done by nurses.)

    Secondly, you are confusing a procedure that SAVES lives (blood transfusions) with a procedure that TAKES lives (abortions).

    Lastly, I have several JW friends. This is going to sound a little "bad", but bear with me because the point is valid... A JW does not want blood products because they believe that by taking them they risk their soul not being accepted into heaven. However, if you aren't a JW, they already believe your soul will not be accepted into heaven. Therefore, why would a JW medical professional have any qualms about administering blood products to a person they already believe won't go to heaven?

    Posted by: Elisabeth at January 20, 2010 3:40 AM


    Great idea, Russia. Let's increase the population by adding children we can't afford, and don't want. That's a SUPER economic strategy.

    Posted by: Cassandra at January 20, 2010 2:09 PM


    Cassandra you have it backwards. Russia is getting POORER because it does not have the young people joining the workforce, paying taxes and supporting the elderly. Russia can't afford NOT to reduce their abortion numbers! This is what happens in a society where abortion runs rampant!

    Posted by: Peg at January 20, 2010 8:57 PM