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Memo to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: Right Kind of Woman Champions Life, not Contraception

at Catholic Online

I’m the wrong kind of woman. I guess I always knew it, and now it’s official. According to the decree of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, if ever I were to run for public office and be elected, it would not be a victory for women because I’m not the right kind of woman. Women like me don’t count at all. For anything. In fact, women like me are a detriment to the cause and must be kept out of public influence.

“I think we have to be cautious about who is, you know, just celebrating that a woman got elected to a particular office and make sure that we have women who are running and winning who are going to champion the causes of women — who are going to make the agenda that is important to women like equal pay for equal work and making sure that when it comes to fighting for middle class families and ensuring access to birth control and making sure that health care is a priority and that it’s affordable, making sure that access to education and higher education is a priority.”

“So, electing just any woman shouldn’t be the goal. Electing a woman who is going to make the issues important to women and families is really should be the focus and I don’t know if we made as much progress on that as we should.”

“It’s just so hard for me to grasp how they [Republicans] can be as anti-woman as they are,” she said, according to the Weekly Standard. “I think that the pushback and the guttural reaction from women against the Republicans’ agenda out of the gate, the war on women that the Republicans have been waging since they took over the House, I think is not only going to restore but help us exceed the president’s margin of victory in the next election.”

(At this point, I must attempt to restrain myself because believe me, I have some choice words for Ms. Schultz.)

Cut the crap, Ms. Schultz. This isn’t about fighting for middle class families or higher education. It’s about abortion and contraception, period. The code embedded in your little speech is about as subtle as a flashing neon sign: the only woman you want on Capitol Hill or any hill anywhere is a pro-abortion, Pill-pushing woman. The “feminist” agenda demands perfect worship at the altar of abortion. You know it and I know it. Planned Parenthood is your clubhouse.

The “progress” you seek is quite simply the reduction of women to available vaginas and sterile uteruses that welcome knives, scissors, forceps and vacuums as instruments of “freedom” when the obligatory prevention fails.

You don’t speak for me, Ms. Schultz. Your agenda is repugnant to me, and your ideas of progress for women are insulting to me. There are many, many women who feel as I do, and we are deserving of representation in Congress and state governments, and we vote. We are not a hindrance to women’s success or growth or rights. We think the girl in the womb is deserving of life and liberty, too. Why don’t you?

Equal pay for equal work has absolutely nothing to do with propping up Planned Parenthood and forcing people to subsidize contraception for every woman in America. Guess what? I don’t need your Pills or your condoms or your sterilizations. And I refuse to pay for any of that for anyone else. How ironic that while you’re stomping your foot demanding “choices” for women you want to deprive me of mine by mandating that I buy someone else’s birth control and pay for abortions.

Why must women’s sexual choices be subsidized by everyone else? How does that promote women’s independence? What happened to freedom? Didn’t anyone ever tell you that freedom isn’t free?

You and your boss may gladly pay homage to Baby-Killers-R-Us, Inc., but I will not. I recognize that abortion does not empower women; it enslaves them. Abortion is not freedom; it is violence. I look objectively and see that the abortion culture teaches young girls that sex is power and they are primarily “sexual beings”; it teaches them to let themselves be used and discarded by men, and to see their own child as the enemy of their lives. It makes it easy for men to use, abuse, and violate women, and get rid of the “evidence” of their abuse. It leaves women shouldering the entire burden of childbearing alone. It allows the scumbags to walk away, and it forces the good guys to stand powerless while their children are slaughtered.

Yeah, abortion has really done wonders for society. Men and women get along so much better now.

Who are you to say that women’s issues and women’s concerns can only be served by those who champion your boss’s commitment to abortion and contraception? I have news for you: families don’t flourish in an environment dominated by abortion and contraception. When human life has no value, families have no value. When the smallest and most vulnerable member of the family is extinguishable, the family crumbles.

Women do not rise to the heights of respect and achievement by literally sacrificing their own babies. Men do not come to cherish and appreciate women they can use for sex with no concern for the children they might help create. Men and women do not respect and honor each other when both are more interested in getting the pleasure they want without any obligation, self-sacrifice, or consequence. (Who’s got the real anti-woman agenda here?)

Affordable, available health care for all has nothing to do with contraception, sterilization, or abortion. That unholy trinity is not the grand summa of “women’s causes.” Frankly, women and families will be much better served by elected women who do not view fertility as a disease or pregnancy as a problem. Women and families will be protected by elected officials and public policies that don’t encourage promiscuity as a lifestyle and abortion as a solution.

The cause of women’s worth and dignity will never, ever be served by the abortion industry or by drugs that treat a woman’s body like a defective machine.

You and your boss have made your allegiance plain, and it’s not to women or families, or to freedom. You peddle animosity and fear alongside the Pills and abortions. You will gladly violate the rights of anyone who refuses to be ruled by mandates and edicts.

Let’s hear it for equal pay for equal work. Let’s have affordable, available health care for everyone. Let’s have an education system that actually educates, and let’s make college more affordable if we can. Absolutely! Let’s remember that the family is the first society, and the first government, and that children need and deserve a mother AND a father who are married to each other! Let’s honor the vocation of motherhood. Let’s try doing what we should, rather than what we want and what’s convenient. Most of all, we must annihilate the idea that it is morally acceptable to kill the child in the womb. We need to acknowledge the humanity of our own babies from the moment of conception and protect them from targeted killing. We need to get honest and stop calling it “reproductive choice”. We’re killing our kids.

Show me the woman who champions those causes, Ms. Schultz. She’s exactly the kind of woman we need on Capitol Hill. Give me a hundred women just like her, and then we’ll have real progress.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Obamacare and $1 Abortions: Latest Rule Requires an ‘Abortion Surcharge’

at Catholic Online

Shhhh…. President Obama’s got a little secret he doesn’t want you to know.

His administration just finalized another “rule” regarding Obamacare and the insurance exchange program: $1 abortions.

Forget all the promises Obama made about not subsidizing abortion; about people not having to pay for abortions if they didn’t want to. Forget all the speeches in which pro-lifers were ridiculed and hollered at for “lying” that Obamacare would fund abortions. Forget everything Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius have said. Forget the Executive Order that isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

From LifeNews.com:
“Nestled within the “individual mandate” in the Obamacare act — that portion of the Act requiring every American to purchase government-approved insurance or pay a penalty — is an ‘abortion premium mandate.” This mandate requires all persons enrolled in insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage to pay a separate premium from their own pockets to fund abortion. As a result, many pro-life Americans will have to decide between a plan that violates their consciences by funding abortion, or a plan that may not meet their health needs.”

Senator Ben Nelson helped engineer the accounting gimmick that this mandate will utilize — the compromise that enticed Stupak and others to bail on their commitment to Life and vote for Obamacare. Under this shell game, the government is not technically subsidizing abortions — you and I are by government mandate. This is how Obamacare attempts to get around the Hyde Amendment for now. The goal is to get rid of Hyde permanently, because then elective abortions will be covered by taxpayer funding.

Here’s how it will break down: Insurers will collect a $1 surcharge per month from each payer. If you write checks for your insurance premiums, you’ll have to write two checks; one for the premium cost, and a separate check for $1 for this “surcharge.” If it gets billed to your credit card, you’ll see two separate charges; one for the premium cost and one for $1.

The insurance companies may only disclose to the enrollee at the time of enrollment what the surcharge is for; thereafter, they are not permitted to reveal in any of their policy literature what the $1 is for. In addition, “insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to directly subsidize abortions.

In other words, the government (that means Obama) is saying that your insurance company can only tell you what the $1 surcharge each month is for at the time you enroll, and only if you know enough already to ask them about it (since they can’t disclose the $1 charge) and read the pages of fine print which is the only place in your policy where it’s mentioned. Once you enroll, if you didn’t ask, Obama says they can’t tell you.

Is this your idea of freedom or choice? There’s no “opting out” if your plan covers elective abortions. You can’t refuse to pay the surcharge. Jill Stanek writes, “But if an insurance company participating in the Obamacare exchange program does offer elective abortions, everyone who buys insurance from that company will have to pay a $1 separate surcharge every month to cover the cost of abortions. It doesn’t matter if you are pro-life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 72-yr-old woman who will never abort. You have to pay the $1 surcharge.”

Insurance companies participating in the exchange program do not have to provide elective abortion coverage, so my next question is, how many plans will be available that don’t offer abortion coverage? How limited will they be in number and in coverage?

It seems to me that, ironically, women will be the ones to swallow the double-edged sword here.  Will there even be such a thing as a plan that offers OB/GYN care but does not cover abortion?  Will women even have the option of choosing a plan that doesn’t cover elective abortion and thus the $1 surcharge?

After all, according to this administration, “women’s health care” now absolutely means contraception, abortifacients, sterilization, and abortion, without exception. That means that insurers will either provide complete “women’s health care” coverage or none at all. Surely they won’t be permitted to cover only some components of “women’s health care” and refuse others, right? It’s really not hard to see this one coming.  The contraceptive mandate was just laying the foundation for this demeaning and manufactured version of “women’s health care” that now regards fertility as a disease.

This President’s modus operandi has been deny, deny, accuse, deny some more. Lie. Mandate. Use accounting schemes to mislead and obfuscate. Violate Constitutional rights.  Cover-up and lie some more.

Will enough people protest? C’mon, it’s only $12 a year, right? And since it goes unnamed every month, it just happens in the background, almost hidden. Practically forgotten. It’s not called what it really is. Much the same way we don’t want to call abortion what it really is.

It ought to send chills down the spine to realize the lengths Obama has gone, and will continue to go, for the purpose of advancing abortion in the U.S.. He serves no master more than he serves abortion.

Some will think that’s too harsh or unjustified a statement to make about the President. What about respect for the Office, some will ask? I can only say that his actions are dishonest, dictatorial, and evil. He has revealed his true priorities, and they are deadly. He has demonstrated that no organization in America is more important to him than Planned Parenthood. Obama is going after states that try to defund Planned Parenthood by withholding their Medicaid funding. This man who claims to champion women’s health will gladly jeopardize real health care for women for the sake of protecting Planned Parenthood.

As a state senator, Obama voted against a bill identical to the federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act — a bill designed to make sure babies who survived the first attempt on their lives were not subjected to a second attempt but were given the medical care they needed. He voted in favor of infanticide, and did so with his customary verbosity so as to try and conceal the fact that he thought babies who survived an abortion didn’t require the care of a doctor who wasn’t just trying to kill them moments before. No amount of eloquent spin can hide that fact.

He is not a respectable leader. He doesn’t want to be the leader of a free republic — he wants to be King. He hands down mandates from on-high. Then he coerces private companies into withholding the truth and helping him deceive the American people.

And astonishingly, he still has the support of a great many Catholics. Still, many Americans think he is a good President who should be given a second term. He arrogantly tramples on fundamental Constitutional rights, and still people defend and applaud him. Those folks must enjoy the slavery of government dictates and control. They must enjoy being deceived and manipulated. It boggles the mind.

If Obamacare is not repealed or found unconstitutional, these rules go into effect in 2014. In just a few months, we have one last chance to stop all this and ensure that Barack Obama is a one-term President. If we reward his duplicity with four more years, then we will deserve every dishonest, dictatorial thing he will do with those years.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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I Choose No Contraception, so Why am I Paying for It?

at Catholic Online

So I picked up my thyroid medication this month as usual, and as usual, I paid about $25 for it. My insurance doesn’t cover the cost so it’s all on me. No big deal. Many folks have to pay a lot more for the medicine they need, so I’m not complaining.

But in light of President Obama’s horrendous contraception mandate I have to ask: Why must contraception be free? Why is contraception so special?

My thyroid medication isn’t free, nor is the medication I take to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Last I heard, people weren’t getting their heart medication for free, nor were medicines for cancer being given out free of charge. Last time my kid had an ear infection or strep throat, I didn’t get the antibiotic and cough syrup for free. The long line at the pharmacy is full of folks paying for prescriptions they need to stay healthy or prevent future serious illness.

These medicines are treating actual diseases; real illnesses. Fertility is not a disease. Pregnancy is not a disease or an illness. Women do not need the Pill. In fact, the laundry list of health risks and problems caused by artificial hormones is extensive, so it’s not even accurate to say that the Pill is good for women. (Or the rest of the world if you consider the hormones being passed into our soil and water, etc., but that’s another story.)

This mandate doesn’t even jive with the feminist doctrine that it’s “a woman’s right to choose.” Isn’t that what’s been beaten into our heads for 40 years? Isn’t that the applause line the politicians throw out like candy to women? That “a woman’s right to choose” is sacrosanct and inviolate?

Well, if that’s true, then why must I be required to pay for other women’s choices? I choose not to have anything to do with contraception. That’s my choice. I don’t need it, don’t want it, and don’t think it’s healthy or moral. If Jane wants to take the Pill or use the patch or an IUD or whatever else, fine, she can have it. But it’s her choice so she can pay for it herself. She has no right to expect free pills and patches. Taking a note from both Catholic doctrine and military philosophy, Freedom Isn’t Free. If Jane wants to be free to choose, then she must accept responsibility for her choices. Why does her personal, private choice regarding “her body” get to require my participation and demand my resources?

Why does “choice” go out the window when it comes to contraception? Because where sex and babies are concerned, “choice” is a facade. It’s a laughable misnomer at best. Decades of treating our babies like parasites and unwanted intruders and blobs of cells that we can eliminate at will has left us with an ingrained animosity towards female fertility, pregnancy, and babies. As a society we have come to see the natural gifts of the female body and the miraculous gift of new life as a threat to our freedom, our happiness, and our prosperity. The concept of women’s health care has become so lopsided and warped that it only seems to be defined as preventing pregnancy and killing fetuses.

Smell the hypocrisy? Out of one side of their mouths, the pro-abortion community is demanding free contraceptives, abortion pills, and sterilization procedures be provided to everyone, even by government mandate. Out of the other side of their mouths these same people say the government has no business telling a woman what she can or cannot do with her body. It’s no longer simply “My Body, My Choice.” Now it’s “My Body, My Choice = My Contraception, Your Cost, No Choice for You.” (Apparently the government doesn’t have to stay out of your bedroom if they’re giving you free birth control and abortifacient pills.)

Let’s cut the bull: this “free” contraception will not be free. Drug companies will not begin manufacturing and giving the Pill away for nothing. The insurance companies will not benevolently absorb the cost. They will pass the cost on to their paying customers — individuals and employers — even if those paying customers are not asking for contraception or in fact, are morally opposed to contraception.

Planned Parenthood says that the birth control pill costs between $15 and $50 dollars per month depending on the specific pill and the insurance coverage. One has to wonder, if unlimited access to free birth control is so important to PP and women’s health care, why haven’t they been giving the stuff away themselves all these years? One has to wonder, just what is all that Title X “family planning” money being spent on, if it’s not supplying women with birth control?

Indeed, far from giving it away, PP has enjoyed steady profits from selling contraceptive pills to all those needy women they care so much about. Recall the suit against Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles in 2008 in which a former PP official alleged massive fraud related to overcharging for birth control pills. While other public medical facilities billed the state for between $8 and $9 dollars per cycle of pills, Planned Parenthood billed the state $12 dollars, which was several times more than what PP paid for the drugs originally. The whistleblower estimated that PP overcharged the state of California by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Planned Parenthood actually complained to CA state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson that unless they were permitted to charge more for the pills, they would suffer financial problems so severe that it would threaten their survival. So Jackson sponsored legislation to allow Planned Parenthood to charge more for birth control pills going forward. Special treatment for PP, anyone? Even amid charges of fraud to the tune of $180 million dollars, PP is protected and placated at every turn by our government, all in the name of “women’s health care.”

So according to PP’s own statement, we know they just can’t survive without the revenue from the sale (and overcharging) of contraception. And Obama’s mandate says that women simply must not have to pay a penny for contraception any longer. Well, somebody somewhere is going to pay! What in the world makes anyone believe that suddenly insurers will generously take the burden of cost upon themselves?

So many things about this mandate trouble me: the trampling of our Constitutional right to religious freedom; the overreach of the Federal Government into the marketplace and people’s lives; the audacity of a President who believes he can hand down edicts from on high requiring citizens to buy whatever he says they must; the tyranny of a President who demands that an entire religion of people violate their faith and conscience and bow to him rather than God.

But something else troubles me greatly — the cementing into our society by means of government mandate this animosity towards pregnancy, childbirth, babies, and women who do not subscribe to the dictates of modern “feminism.” From the top-down, our Federal government is creating a medical system in which fertility will be seen as a disease, a liability, and something to be tightly-controlled. No longer will pregnancy be welcomed (in fact, many insurers already don’t welcome pregnancy and maternity coverage), but it will become actively discouraged and even punished by medical insurers and physicians who don’t want to risk the cost and involvement. It’ll be so much easier and cheaper just to hand out contraception, abortifacients, and sterilize people.

Caring for a pregnant woman is expensive. Caring for children is even more expensive. Preventing their existence is cheap. Destroying them in the womb is a money-saving act in the long run. This kind of thinking is what this mandate is really all about. This kind of thinking is both the seed and the fruit of the culture of death. This kind of thinking will kill us.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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