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October 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm

The Engage Family Minute – October 1

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Written by Jeremy Dys

October 1, 2009 at 9:18 am

Sen. Rockefeller’s Silence Guarantees Expansion of Abortion

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Junior Senator says only “No” twice during hearing to prevent taxpayer subsidies for elective abortions, extend conscience protections.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Today, Sen. Rockefeller ignored calls from West Virginians, led by the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, to protect innocent human life and current conscience protections in the, “America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009.”

“Senator Rockefeller’s silence at today’s hearing speaks volumes for his support of abortion on demand,” said Jeremy Dys, president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.  “For the pre-born and for medical professionals of conscience, Senator Rockefeller’s vote was anything but, ‘family friendly.’”

The proposed legislation explicitly includes elective abortion and would subsidize health plans that cover all elective abortions. It would also undermine current conscience protections by not protecting health plans from being forced to cover elective abortions.

“Senator Rockefeller has helped the powerful abortion lobby to create a backdoor way around current Federal prohibitions to stick taxpayers with the bill to subsidize abortion services,” said Dys.  “What may be worse, this legislation now allows for medical professionals to be coerced into performing such services – even against their own conscience.”

Today’s votes continue the trend by those in Congress to vote against the inclusion of life and conscience protections in health care reform.  So far, every pro-life amendment proposed to the health care reform measure has been defeated.

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September 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Life at Center of Health Reform Debate

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Good news this morning from the New York Times:

Abortion opponents in both the House and the Senate are seeking to block the millions of middle- and lower-income people who might receive federal insurance subsidies to help them buy health coverage from using the money on plans that cover abortion. And the abortion opponents are getting enough support from moderate Democrats that both sides say the outcome is too close to call.

As the Senate returns today to consider amendments to the health care reform package, proponents of life are gaining ground – not that we would know it from Sen. Rockefeller’s recent comments in the press.  Instead of working to ensure that the rights of the pre-born are given access to health care, Sen. Rockefeller is working closely with the controversial, liberal website to strengthen his political connections with the most liberal political base in West Virginia.

The New York Times continues:

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September 29, 2009 at 9:44 am

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Discerning Health Care Reform

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From a friend and fellow (now transplanted) West Virginian, a word of discernment by Christians when considering health care reform:

If we think that health care reform legislation will not or cannot lead to horrific situations, we need to read between the lines.  Health care legislation, in whatever form, lays the logical foundation for the sort of nightmare imagined by its opponents.   “Death panels” have been scoffed at because they are ostensibly not in any legislation under consideration.  But they make perfect sense within the assumptions that underly the drive for health care reform: the assumption that the majority have the right–excuse me, the responsibility–to dictate health care terms to the minority; the assumption that doctors and patients are not making and cannot make good health care decisions without some form of interference–excuse me, “support”–from the government; and the assumption that bureaucrats, of all people, are competent to oversee health care for others and make judgments about costs versus benefits in the abstract.  Given these assumptions, “death panels,” no matter how far-fetched they may seem to some, are not an unreasonable development.  They make sense given the framework that governs the drive for a government role in health care reform.

Christians need to be able to recognize this.  If we are called to be discerning, then we must not look merely at what politicians are telling us; we must look at the assumptions that lie behind what they are telling us, and we must understand the internal logic of those assumptions, how they work together, and what they mean if we accept them–and allow people who believe in them to govern us.  We must, above all, jettison our myopia and be able to look beyond the immediate to the future.  We must understand the meaning of sea-changes in presuppositions.  It is time to connect the dots.

via “Discernment a Necessary Christian Virtue in Health Care Debate,” by Alicia Donathan,

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September 28, 2009 at 2:00 pm

“Abortion is about life”

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The Charleston Gazette this morning reports of Dr. Susan Wicklund’s visit to Charleston yesterday for a book signing and speaking engagement with the Woman’s Club of Charleston.  Wickland, a long-time abortionist from Montana, offers praise for her profession.  The Gazette article, unsurprisingly, is glowing in its coverage.  But it is the actual words of Dr. Wicklund that left me stammering for words.

Consider, for instance, her description about what abortion is:

“Abortion is about life: quality of life for infants, children and adults. Everywhere and in every sense of the word. Life, not death,” she writes in her book, “This Common Secret, My Journey as an Abortion Doctor.”

I am at a complete loss for comment on such a statement.  Abortion is “about life?”  Really?  Clearly, the abortion industry has done much to justify, conceal, and rationalize their life-ending practices for decades, but is this the new face of pro-abortion activists like Dr. Wicklund?  In recent years, the rhetoric of pro-abortion politicians has shifted from discussing the actual procedure to focusing on the focus-group approved message of making abortion safe and rare.  President Obama has infamously declared that, though we may disagree, we ought to agree on ending unwanted pregnancies.  Such an argument, it would seem, is lost on Dr. Wicklund, who would rather end a human life to improve quality of life for another.

However, as I think about, Dr. Wicklund has actually made a profoundly correct statement.

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September 25, 2009 at 9:48 am

FPC Media Blitz: Advocates for Life Triumph, Mayo Clinic Doctor Admits Abortion Harms Women, Homosexual Twice as Likely to Seek Treatment

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By Nathan A. Cherry

Below are some of the headlines and stories making news across our country and across the world. 

Italian high court finds no difference between traditional family, cohabiting couple” – Obviously the Italian High Court has not been paying attention to recent sociological studies which show the traditional family as having a positive impact on society as opposed to single-family, cohabiting families, and same-sex families. Next time, they should do their homework.

Truth and Advocates for Life Triumph” – Townhall columnist Ken Blackwell speaks on the Obama health-reform policy and its hidden agenda of abortion on demand paid for by the American people. He says, “Opposition to federally-funded abortion is a bridge issue, bringing together Americans of all parties and ethnic and religious backgrounds.” President Obama is just plain delusional if he thinks that the American people are interested in paying for other people’s abortions. And we’re not near as naïve as he thinks; we have read his proposal and know that abortion on demand is in the policy.

UN Health Data Show Liberal Abortion Laws Lead to Greater Maternal Death” – Despite Planned Parenthood’s attempt to assure us that there is no significant link between widespread, legalized abortion and women’s health, all the evidence says otherwise. And now, even Planned Parenthood themselves can’t seem to deny the truth any longer, coming out to say that there does seem to be a link between abortion and maternal death rates. Maybe our government will take Planned Parenthood out of their pocket and start looking out for the health and well-being of women; and not the health and well-being of their own bank accounts.

Mayo Clinic Doctor Admits Abortions Hurt Women, Cause Premature Births” – A doctor at the renowned Mayo clinic has recently published a study showing the connection between abortion and premature birth, which can also lead to cerebral palsy. This is just one of the many ways women put their health and the health of future children in jeopardy by abortion. So let’s see, doctors at the Mayo clinic say abortion harms women, Planned Parenthood says abortion harms women, a large body of empirical evidence says that abortion harms women. I am not sure what else our lawmakers need in order for them to admit that abortion harms women.  

Study: Homosexuals Twice as Likely to Seek Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment– This study out of UCLA shows that homosexuals seek treatment at a rate of twice that of heterosexuals. A quick glance of facts from the study, “The study of 2074 people interviewed in the California Health Interview Survey found that 48.5% of homosexual and bisexual individuals reported receiving psychiatric or drug abuse treatment in the past year as compared to 22.5% of heterosexuals.” How long will people continue to try and convince us that this lifestyle is good, and normal, and healthy?

Study: Homosexual Lifestyle Strongly Linked to Depression, Suicide

Homosexual U.K. Documentarian Says Gay Lifestyle a “Sewer” of Casual Degrading Sex, Drug Abuse, Misery

Few gay couples seeking marriage licenses in Vt.”