Guttmacher, Abortion, and Universal Health Care

May 31, 2008

Guttmacher has a new article on its website.

Consensus Grows That Patients’ Needs Ultimately Outweigh Providers’ Right To Refuse Services.

If you do not know, Guttmacher is a pro-abortion organization.  One of their goals is to make sure that your child has access to an abortion if she ever wants one.

From their website, a segment of their vision statement: Essential to this vision are societal respect for and protection of personal decision-making with regard to unwanted pregnancies and births . . .

What does that mean?  Unwanted births?

Back to the article – Guttmacher and other pro-death advocates would like to FORCE medical providers to offer treatment options that go against their own religious and moral principles.  Pharmacies will have to provide birth control medications including the morning after pill.  Doctors will have to provide abortions.

To all of you who want Universal Health Care, this is what you will be getting.  It will remove your choice of doctors, pharmacists, hospitals, options.  AND, it will remove the personal freedom of the providers.

And when that happens, some people won’t become doctors or nurses or pharmacists or X-ray technicians because they won’t allow themselves to be forced to do something they know is WRONG.  And, when you need them, they won’t be there for you.

Let Obama win and that is what we will get.


A shepherd protects his flock

May 31, 2008

A Priest should protect his flock. And when he does not, the Bishop should.

Father Michael Pfleger is a rogue priest. While Bishops have been publically challenging politicians that support abortion, Father Michael Pfleger has endorsed one.

Besides the racist, sexist, speech that Pfleger gave at Obama’s church, this isn’t the only time the Father Pfleger has stepped out of bounds. Armed and Safe has a story where Pfleger encourages the mob murder of a lawful businessman.

How can Cardinal George continue to allow Pfleger to shepherd his flock. It’s time for Cardinal George to do more than issue a statement. It is time for him to stop Father Pfleger from continuing to harm the Church.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Statement of Cardinal Francis George concerning remarks of
Fr. Michael Pfleger about Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton during
an address at Trinity United Church of Christ on Sunday May 25, 2008

The Catholic Church does not endorse political candidates. Consequently, while a priest must speak to political issues that are also moral, he may not endorse candidates nor engage in partisan campaigning.

Racial issues are both political and moral and are also highly charged. Words can be differently interpreted, but Fr. Pfleger’s remarks about Senator Clinton are both partisan and amount to a personal attack. I regret that deeply.

To avoid months of turmoil in the church, Fr. Pfleger has promised me that he will not enter into campaigning, will not publicly mention any candidate by name and will abide by the discipline common to all Catholic priests.

Not much of a condemnation. Is it?

I know an old lady who swallowed the Karner Blue Butterfly

May 30, 2008

At lunch today, my kids were singing “I know an old lady.”

I did a little research. The fine for disturbing a bald eagle – which is on the endangered species list is $20000.

If the little old lady had the misfortune of swallowing:

1. The Karner Blue Butterfly

2. The Meshweaver spider to catch the fly

3. The Short Eared Owl to catch the spider

4. The Gray Wolf to catch the bird

5. And the cougar to catch the wolf

She’d be looking at a $100000 fine. Ouch. Might be a good idea to keep her mouth closed.

The Church to excommunicate Bishops who ordain Women Priests

May 29, 2008

Of course the women will be excommunicated as well. In the past, this has been handled on a case by case basis. But, now, the excommunication will be immediate. (Source).  I hope someone more eloquent than me (maybe the Black Cordelias or The Opinionated Catholic ) picks this up and defends the Church’s position on this.

I don’t understand the desire for women to be priests. I also cannot understand why Bishops would blatantly ignore Church rule. If you read Canon Law, it is very clear that “a baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly.” The Bible doesn’t say that women are unequal to or less important than men. But, it does establish roles.

I had a discussion once with someone that left the Catholic Church. He left the Church because of his marriage – she was Baptist and he joined her church. He said he felt a flaw in the Catholic Church was that women, if called, should be allowed to be Priests. I asked why? Where in the Bible does it say that life will be easy, that we always get what we want?

Being part of the Church is not like being part of the Republican party. I don’t get a say in the rules of the Church. I do not get to vote for Its leader and I do not get to write It’s platform. If you cannot live with that, there are many, many alternatives for you. You can, just like my friend, join a different church.

Major Party Platforms

May 29, 2008

Time for another quick look at the major party platforms (all from 2004 – they don’t get updated until the convention).  I’m including Libertarian because I have been considering Bob Barr for my vote.

If you have spent any time on this site, you know that I consider Life-Issues as a major factor in deciding who to vote for.  I feel it is a major indicator of a candidate’s thought process.  If they don’t get this one right, what else will they screw up.

So I start with Abortion.  As you read these three statements, you decide which party they represent.  It won’t be that hard.

  1. We recognize that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on both sides.  Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for other people’s abortions, nor should any government or individual force a woman to have an abortion.
  2. we stand proudly for a woman’s right to choose, consistent with Roe v. Wade . . . .Abortion should be safe, legal
  3. the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and we endorse legislation to make it clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.

Now I know which one that Obama will stand behind.  And I cannot in good conscience support him.  I also know which one that John McCain is supposed to stand behind.  Although he has a decent record on life issues, he is so moderate on other issues, I don’t know how strongly he holds those convictions.  Based on his voting record in congress, I think Bob Barr’s personal position on abortion is somewhat more rigid than the Libertarian statement.

I would like to think that Bob Barr had a chance to win this thing.  When I started supporting Mike Huckabee long before Iowa, my friends and family thought I was nuts.  But, I believed he had a chance.  And it turns out, he did.

Unfortunately, Bob Barr doesn’t instill the same passion.  Yet, he can still get my vote.  He needs to get organized and show some momentum.  If he doesn’t, my vote will be going to the candidate that can stop the Democrat candidate that supports a culture of death.

Subway has heard your message

May 28, 2008

From their website:

Every Sandwich Tells a Story Contest

We at SUBWAY restaurants place a high value on education, regardless of the setting, and have initiated a number of programs and promotions aimed at educating our youth in the areas of health and fitness.
We sincerely apologize to anyone who feels excluded by our current essay contest. Our intention was to provide an opportunity for traditional schools, many of which we know have trouble affording athletic equipment, to win equipment. Parents who home school their children make a tremendous commitment which we greatly respect, and can provide a terrific education. Our intent was certainly not to exclude home schooled children from the opportunity to win prizes and benefit from better access to fitness equipment.
To address the inadvertent limitation of our current contest and provide an opportunity for even more kids to improve their fitness, we will soon create an additional contest in which home schooled students will be encouraged to participate. When the kids win, everyone wins!

If you would like to read it yourself . . .  Subway

The Alaska Experience, Life and Death

May 28, 2008

I’ve been watching the Alaska Experience on Discovery.  My brother was asked by his boss about wanting a raise.  He answered, “If money wasn’t important, I would have been a cowboy like I always wanted.”

There’s nothing spectacular about the show.  But, it is about living a fantasy.  Can you survive on your own wits?  I think I could – on my own.  But, how do you keep a family?  It had to have been hard.

On tonight’s episode, Jeff Frederick left early because his dad was dying.  It made me reflect on my mother’s death after 3 years with cancer.  I was still in college and living at home.  I quit my job to stay at home with her in her final weeks.  That same brother was living 20 hours away, in the military.  He got to come home for a week for a final visit.  But, he wasn’t there to say a final good-bye.

That makes me think of the sacrifices people make for a better life.  My grandfather came to America when he was 17 years old – before WWI.  He didn’t speak english, had lint in his pockets, and was alone.  He eventually became a successful business man.  But, he didn’t get to go back to Italy for many years.  Imagine what he left and missed – births and deaths of parents, brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, cousins and friends.  All for the hope of a better life.  He gave up everything to be here.

On the show, Jeff made it home to hold his dad’s hand before he died.  He is fortunate and so was I.