Gruber published a paper during the Clinton administration observing that legalizing abortion saved the government $14 billion in assistance to economically disadvantaged mothers, including African-Americans, and lowered crime. Gruber argued in his paper that without the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, “marginal children” would have been born to many poor mothers. He said statistics show […]
Entries for the ‘Health care’ Category
During U.S. Supreme Court arguments on the Hobby Lobby case, liberals mocked Justice Kennedy for asking the Obama administration’s lawyer whether its contraception mandate could also force for-profit companies to cover abortions in their insurance policies.
Only five months later liberals have taken this to the unimaginable extreme: On August 22, the California Department of Managed Health Care announced that all employers offering health insurance – not just for-profit but also nonprofit, religious institutions, and churches – had to provide coverage for all elective abortions.
by Kelli Abortions are expensive. A first trimester abortion costs an average of $470. A second trimester abortion at 20 weeks costs an average of $1,500. So what do you do if you can’t afford an abortion and you definitely can’t afford a baby? If you happen to be one of the 12 million women […]
Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live: 75 years….
[L]iving too long… renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic….
Four of Illinois’ last seven governors ended up in prison for corruption convictions ranging from bribery to racketeering.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in the state ironically known as the Land of Lincoln.
I doubt people truly grasped the meaning of the “Chicago Way“ when they joked back in 2008 that Chicago politician Barack Obama took it with him to the White House.
by Kelli Both Democrats and Republicans use adverse Supreme Court rulings to rally their respective bases, but lawmakers have a responsibility not to succumb to overheated and inaccurate rhetoric…. The Fact Checker generally does not award Pinocchios for “misspeaking” or for statements of opinion. And we obviously take no position on the Supreme Court opinion. […]
by Carder Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s health, I will. ~ Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) announcing her intention to push for a bill that would require for-profit corporations to subsidize contraception for their employees, New York Times, July 8 [HT: Hot Air]
UDPATE 6:20p: Americans United for Life notes:
The Court acknowledged the dangerous and radical view advanced by the Obama Administration: “Under HHS’s view, RFRA would permit the Government to require all employers to provide coverage for any medical procedure allowed by law in the jurisdiction in question—for instance, third-trimester abortions or assisted suicide. The owners of many closely held corporations could not in good conscience provide such coverage, and thus HHS would effectively exclude these people form full participation in the economic life of the Nation.” (45-46)
UPDATE 5:10p: Ha…
by Kelli All told, 300 plaintiffs are involved in 100 challenges to the anti-conscience mandate. But it is important to remember that all this commotion is the result of one small aspect of one set of regulations concerning preventive care under Obamacare. And that means we’ve only just begun to see the potential conscience problems […]
At a time when abortion rights are in jeopardy — Louisiana’s governor recently signed a bill that would close three of the state’s five clinics that offer abortions, Texas is likely to have only six clinics by September, because of a draconian new law, and other states are cracking down — fresh ideas like this might lessen the stigma of abortion….
I have blogged several times about pitiful sore loser Steve Driehaus, the supposed pro-life Ohio Democrat congressman who voted for abortion inclusive Obamacare.
When Susan B. Anthony List planned to expose Driehaus for his vote in a billboard ad (above) during the 2010 election cycle, he filed a complaint with the Ohio Election Commission accusing SBA List of false advertising, and OEC blocked the ad from being erected.
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According to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 2012 IRS Form 990, CEO Cecile Richards made over one-half million dollars – $523,616, to be exact – for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013.
UPDATE 5/28 3:28p: Ha! Aljazeera is reporting the story, “Anti-abortion activists ‘hijack’ #WomensHealth.” Great job, pro-lifers! Still plenty of time to join in! 5/27 9:15p: Pro-life alert: Tomorrow, May 28, is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, established in 1987 “as a means to speak out on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.” To […]
by Carder It’s a disgrace when the only people with the guts to face down Obama is a group of Catholic Nuns. God bless you Sisters. ~ Country singer Charlie Daniels tweeting his support for the Little Sisters of the Poor in their legal ordeal with the Obamacare/HHS contraception mandate, via Twitchy, January 3 Extra: Tea […]
by Carder Some of the free preventive care would probably help some. But a 62-year-old woman doesn’t need maternity. She doesn’t need abortion. ~ Medicare beneficiary Ted Baumgartner, giving a mixed review of the “benefits” of Obamacare after spending more than 80 hours online attempting to sign up his wife on the insurance exchanges, ABC […]
by Carder As Americans, we should all be free to live according to our faith and to honor God in our work…. The Constitution protects that freedom so that the government cannot force anyone to act against his or her sincerely held religious beliefs. But the mandate ignores that and leaves us with a choice […]
by Carder What we have heard from the private Catholic systems is that they are going to be respectful of LGBT people, and we actually don’t doubt that… but here’s the question for us — it’s different if a person goes in with a broken arm. We know they’ll be treated with respect. The question […]
Next week, a number of celebrities will join in an effort organized by an independent group to boost enrollment on the online exchanges, said a person familiar with the plan, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about it. An advertising blitz will begin in January after the holiday season has ended, said the person. Scarlett […]
The right to own a gun is a far more settled issue constitutionally, politically and legally in this country, but not even the National Rifle Association would dream to argue that we have a right to free guns, provided by our employers. If your boss were required to give you a gun, your new employer-provided Glock still wouldn’t be free because non-cash compensation is still compensation. The costs to the employer are fungible, which means whether it’s a pistol or a pill, the cost is still coming out of your paycheck — and your coworkers’ paychecks….
From reading the New York Times, you might think that religious conservatives had started a culture war over whether company health-insurance plans should cover contraception. What’s at issue in two cases the Supreme Court has just agreed to hear, the Times editorializes, is “the assertion by private businesses and their owners of an unprecedented right to impose the owners’ religious views on workers who do not share them.”
That way of looking at the issue will be persuasive if your memory does not extend back two years. Up until 2012, no federal law or regulation required employers to cover contraception (or drugs that may cause abortion, which one of the cases involves)….
From the Burlington Free Press, November 19:
The Supreme Court is expected to decide in the next week or so whether to take up the question of whether a for-profit company can deny its female employees contraception coverage in employer-provided health plans because the company owner has a religious objection. We’re not talking about religious institutions here. We’re talking about a secular […]
This was just one small part of the catastrophe. Everyone also knows President Obamacare has now admitted welching on his oft-stated promise, “If you like your plan you can keep it.” At least five million people have thus far lost their insurance thanks to Obamacare.
by Kelli The Democrats’ promise of independence for women is an empty promise. As we approach two pivotal elections in 2014 and 2016 it’s rather vital for the survival of our democratic republic that women pay heed to the fact that not all forms of independence stem from the womb…. They hold the baby rattle […]
What we are witnessing today is a historic inter-generational transfer of wealth. Past generations could expect a better life, but today’s youth are picking up the tab for the baby boomers. What’s more, it is the policies of the man they held up as a hero that are inflaming the problem.
Correct me if I’m wrong, do men not have to cover maternity coverage?… We’re forcing them to buy things that they will never need. To the best of your knowledge has a man ever delivered a baby? ~ Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) grilling Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “for the government forcing men to […]
In reality, the abortion fee is a dollar or more a month. Doesn’t seem like much, right? Well, those pennies add up. Alliance Defending Freedom does the math. Say just half of American workers are forced to pay only a dollar each month. That’s $924,000,000 – all funneled into an abortion-on-demand fund each year. That […]
Tomorrow pro-lifers will take to Twitter to pressure Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to #BeTransparent about abortion coverage in Obamacare.
Above was the headline on Drudge until a few moments ago. Below was the message one got when trying to access amberalert.gov until a couple hours ago: The latest, from The Guardian: The Amber Alert child abduction notification system remained fully functional during the government shutdown, the Department of Justice insisted on Monday, despite its website being taken […]
From UPI, yesterday:
Members of Congress and their staffs are going to have any abortions they want — and any abortions on members of their family or friends who are covered by their policy — paid for by you… You know, I got a question. If the Democrats can just exempt themselves from having to pay for Obamacare, […]
Paging Bart Stupak. On March 24, 2010, he and other congresspersons calling themselves pro-life Democrats smiled for the camera as they watched President Obama sign an executive order no one but them believed would keep abortion out of Obamacare. (Stupak is in the photo above off of Obama’s right shoulder, wearing a grey suit. Click to enlarge.)
What they’re trying to do make abortion more difficult to access and unaffordable for women, and this is one of the ways they can do that…. It’s part and parcel of the larger effort to make abortion harder for women to get…. Abortion should just be part of the comprehensive plan that women get because […]
Guest post by Michael Cahill, Vista Health Solutions
Within the voluminous Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) legislation, if you look closely enough, you can find some interesting things that have been glossed over by the mainstream media. Things like secret abortion surcharges and assisted suicide, just to name a couple.
The controversy over federally endorsed abortion and its hidden surcharges has been well documented in conservative media. But there hasn’t been much coverage of late about the legislation’s covert support for physician-assisted suicide.
I’m alarmed about restrictions being passed by various legislatures that take out of the control of women, and their partners, and their doctors, and their priests, their own decisions about their healthcare. ~ Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asserting that abortion restrictions “interfere with a woman’s relationship with her priest,” via Gateway Pundit, […]
To that end, several pro-life/pro-family organizations have banded together to synchronize an email/Facebook/Twitter/blog alert to their people, asking them to contact their members of Congress during a two hour window this morning: from 10a to 12p EST, and to tweet during those same hours.
The message to Congress is to support H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act. As Eric Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League explained to his email list this morning:
I am very concerned that not enough is being done so far—very concerned. When I’m home, small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect, they don’t know what affordability rules are, they don’t know what penalties may apply… A lot of people have no idea about all of this…. I just see […]
Guest post by Jacqueline Halbig, principal at Sovereign Global Solutions and former senior policy adviser for the Dept. of Health and Human Services
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that an administration which redefines abortion as health care continues to expand funding to Planned Parenthood, which operates the nation’s largest abortion chain.
So a brief blog post today on one of the more utilitarian reasons that I have heard for abortion/contraception – it saves money…. This sounds to me like something I heard from a colleague last year that the reason that New York’s prison population was down… because of Roe v Wade – since then, thousands […]
I was thisclose to Jo-Ann Fabrics today but am holding out to make my Valentine’s Day craft purchases tomorrow at my local Hobby Lobby.
~ Dr. John Coppes, medical director at Austin Medical Center-Mayo Health System in Minnesota, stating his opinion regarding the recent controversial death of Savita Halappanavar (pictured right) in Ireland, CBS News, November 15
The hospital’s refusal to perform an abortion as she was miscarrying allegedly contributed to her death, according to her husband and pro-abortion activists.
The other side of the story, from World magazine, November 16:
The Greens [who own the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain] weren’t arguing that morning-after pills should be illegal. They weren’t even trying to keep their employees from using them. They just didn’t want to implicate themselves in what they saw as immoral activity. The [Obama] administration responded with an unsettling argument: The Greens aren’t […]
Now is the time to reopen the conversation about Hyde and abortion access: the public and the administration have been clear in their support of reproductive rights and affordable access to health care. We have a long way to go and a hard history to overcome, but we cannot back down. We must ensure that all services, including abortion, are affordable in order to secure people’s reproductive rights and ability to make decisions.
The baby would likely be stillborn in the seventh or eighth month. If carried, miraculously, to term, it would suffer from Trisomy 18, likely Down syndrome and heart failure. It did not possess a nasal bone….
Other women may have carried to term, or as close to term as possible, a child whose condition could allow it to live for a few days, or weeks, or maybe a few years. But faced with the impossibility of this loss, we chose to face it then, before a child had the chance to win our hearts and let us hope for the impossible.
Put another way, “Cecile, would you still get your $400k salary if Planned Parenthood were stripped of its $500 mil in fed funding?”
After the presidential debate Tuesday night, The Daily Caller’s Nicholas Ballasy caught up with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards in the media spin room.
Ballasy asked a good question: “Do you think that that’s appropriate to get federal funding when you take such a high salary?” Richards earns over $400,000 annually.
Muslim radicals chose yesterday, September 11, to storm, torch, and loot the American embassies in Egypt and Libya, killing the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three staff members in the process. This is not only a tragedy but an international crisis.
The riots were apparently instigated by a (strange and really bad) film depicting Muhammad as a religious fanatic, rapist, philanderer, pedophile, homosexual, torturer, and “murderous thug.”
Before the attack, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued this statement, not condemning but apologizing for the free speech that went on to trigger the attack of its own embassy. One wonders if the apology bolstered the mob. I’m surprised the link is still live. Here’s a screen shot in case it is removed. Click to enlarge…
Pro-abortion RH Reality Check reporter Andrea was horrified that her investigation of the Texas Women’s Health Program turned up “only” 13 – 13! – healthcare providers in the vicinity of Downtown Austin Planned Parenthood that will give pap smears to low income women.
Andrea was trying to make the case that the State of Texas’s court-upheld decision to exclude Planned Parenthood from its state Medicaid program will leave low income women in the lurch.
Andrea thinks having 13 healthcare providers available to fill the shoes of one Planned Parenthood is somehow deplorable.
Whose side is Andrea on again?
“We will never get to be a majority again unless we have pro-life Democrats,” argued former Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, who retired in 2010 and is on the board of Democrats for Life. Thirty-five years ago when the Democrats enjoyed a 292-seat majority in the House, there were 125 anti-abortion Democrats – including a young […]