Skip to main content

The Path We're On...

The President has announced his intention to rescind the "Conscience Rule," enacted by President Bush in 2008, which prohibits groups that take US tax dollars from firing, denying professional certification to, or otherwise discriminating against medical providers who refused to perform or assist in abortion or sterilization procedures that go against their religious or moral beliefs.

Existing federal law does forbid discrimination against those health care professionals who refuse to go against their morals or beliefs, but the Bush administration found many healthcare systems in practice who don't adhere to the ruling or seem to be aware of the law. The 2008 regulation adds another layer of protection to prevent federal funds from flowing to institutions who violate the federal law.

Senator Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma is an OB/GYN in addition to representing his state in Congress. He has come out sharply against President Obama's decision to rescind this regulation by insisting that he will join tens of thousands of other medical professionals who would rather go to jail than be forced to do an abortion. If the many medical systems who refused to honor the federal law before President Bush's regulation, go back to business as usual then this may become a possiblility for our doctors, nurses and other pro-life health care professionals.

One of President Obama's first acts in office was to repeal the Executive Order prohibiting federal funds to flow to organizations providing overseas abortions, and now he is weakening protections for consciencous objectors to abortion and sterilization within the medical profession. This month, he announced his pick for Health and Human Services Director, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D).

Gov. Sebelius is a pro-abortion "Catholic" who has vetoed late term abortion bans, fought against parental notification laws, and protected late term abortion provider and advocate Dr. George Tiller from prosecution. The media is attempting to distort and distract the opposition to Gov. Sebelius with reports of Catholics supporting her appointment. These groups, such as Catholics United, are pro-abortion organizations, that hold themselves out as Catholic organizations, and have been denounced by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops as not representing the Church or the faith. Many Republican Senators, pro-life organizations, faith groups and Catholic organizations have come out against her nomination, but will be unable to stop her impending confirmation later this month.

Next to come, Obama's administration has announced his intention to repeal President Bush's ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, which would allow taxpayer funded destruction of life, and the omnibus bill pending before the Congress reduces abstinence education funding in favor of family planning. Most importantly, don't forget the fight against the Freedom of Choice Act is coming. The FOCA bill will wipe out any and all restrictions on abortions in both federal and state law. That means: no more parental notifications, designated waiting periods, consciencous objectors in healthcare, and the ban on taxpayer funded abortions and partial birth abortions would be lifted. This is a horrendous bill that then-candidate Obama in 2008 promised to sign. Please take the time to read more about this bill at FightFOCA.

Not only has President Obama taken overt steps to reduce the protections for the unborn, he has stacked his administration with pro-abortion advocates. See LifeNews for a list of nominations thus far. For example, David Ogden, his pick for Deputy Attorney General, in a brief before the US Supreme Court, dismissed the allegedly negative experiences some women may face after abortion and argued that childbirth and adoption my provide more adverse psychological effects to the woman than an abortion.

Another appointment, a pick for Assistant Attorney General for Office of Legal Counsel, is a former NARAL attorney, Dawn Johnson. Ms. Johnson argued in a 1989 brief before the Supreme Court that restrictions on abortion, forcing a woman to carry a fetus to term, was forced slavery as prohibited by the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Andrew C. McCarthy at National Review Online has two great pieces written on Ms. Johnson and her radical views. You can read the first one here and the report on her confirmation hearing here. This is the woman the President has chosen to be the administration's lawyer's lawyer. An important agency, the OLC authoritatively interprets the law for the Attorney General and drives administrative legal policy.

Under the leadership of Obama and his administration we can expect many other changes that will bring our country closer to the culture of death that Pope Benedict XVI counsels us against. Its not too late to join the 40 Days for Life campaign or to make your voice heard as this Administration finishes its second month in office, go to Stop The Abortion Bailout sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony List.

Popular posts from this blog

Prayer to End the School Year

Another school year is coming to an end.  And what a year the 2017-2018 school year was..... The events of the last 9 months have made me not only thankful to see it end but needing to get on my knees to Thank God for many things.  This school year began with Hurricane Harvey hitting our area and ended with the devastating school shooting at nearby Santa Fe High School. In the middle of the crisis around us there were so many beautiful things, events and people that touched and changed our community and family for the better.  Let's just start with the teachers and administrators who have interacted with my kids this year...  A special social studies teacher that made a fast friend out of my geography obsessed daughter, an ELA teacher who slowly won my oldest daughter over with her love of the written word, a soccer trainer who pushed my son harder than he thought he could handle, and then helped him recognize how that hard work paid off.  What about a school nurse who repeated

My Favorite Catholic Children's Bibles

How do you select a Catholic Children's Bible?  Which children's bible is best for my kids?  Those are questions I get asked all the time.  Searching in my house I discovered almost a dozen different Catholic Bibles for kids or youth on our shelves. When looking for a children's bible or book of bible stories for children, there are several things to take into consideration.  How old is the child?  Do you want something easy to read in story form or a bible with scripture text?  How big or heavy is the book? Is the children's bible a keepsake to commemorate a special event like a baptism, first communion or confirmation? And the answers to these questions might change as the child grows and develops or you have multiple children. With those questions in mind, I'll delve into the Catholic Children's Bibles and Bible Stories we like best of those in our home. My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories Compiled by Hei

12 Quotes from St. Teresa of Calcutta

St. Teresa of Calcutta made a deep impression on me as a young girl as I watched her on tv and in news. Who doesn't remember the iconic picture of Mother Teresa with Princess Diana splashed across all magazines, newspapers and news shows?  To me, Saints were people who lived a long time ago, but here she was, a saint in the making.  Mother Teresa was a role model of how to become a Saint in our modern world, by giving her life to God through her dedication to the poor. On her feast day, I want to share with you a few of my favorite quotes from St. Teresa of Calcutta.   Her words are seemingly simple and straightforward but packed with meaning.  My selection comes out of a new favorite book I picked up called, Mother Teresa: Her Essential Wisdom by Carol Kelly-Gangi.  This little book contains hundreds of quotes from St. Teresa of Calcutta centered around specific themes as well as a summary of her biography and quotes about her from others.  "God does not demand that