Secular News Daily: Defunding of Planned Parenthood builds steam in House
Defunding of Planned Parenthood builds steam in House
Posted: 13 Feb 2011 03:12 PM PST
Scores of Representatives have signed on to a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and any other health care provider which also provides abortions.
Mike Pence (R-IN) has re-introduced his failed 2009 (and 2007) bill, now HR 217, the “Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act“. The bill is described, in part, as:
Pence makes clear in interviews that his primary target is Planned Parenthood. He promotes the bill as “getting taxpayer funds out of providing abortion,” even as he admits that it is not presently legal to use Federal funds for abortion services:
Last week, Pence bragged on American Family Radio that his bill, which failed miserably in the last two attempts, is now gaining traction in the Tea Party Christian-dominated House:
That’s right, not end funding for abortions, but end funding for Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood responded by saying that the bill:
Another anti-abortion approach limits employee health-care access
A related bill, HR 3, is the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” introduced by Christopher Smith (R-NJ). This bill would prevent any Federal funding for any health benefit coverage which includes coverage of abortion. In other words, the health insurance coverage for Federal employees could not include abortion coverage. Medicaid could not include abortion coverage. Any state-level health benefits receiving any federal funds could not include abortion coverage.
Please note that it is presently not legal to use Federal funds to perform an abortion; this bill prevents the insurance plans from covering the procedure if they are to receive or are paid for with any amount of Federal funds.
OneNewsNow asks in a poll whether you would “cheer or jeer” if Congress defunded Planned Parenthood. What do you think?
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Huckabee’s Biblical Foreign Policy
Posted: 13 Feb 2011 02:07 PM PST
There used to be an unwritten rule against American politicians undermining American foreign policy overseas. Here at home, no holds barred; but beyond our borders, let’s keep our differences among ourselves, and pretend that
That’s one more rule that now applies to everyone other than God experts. Rev. Mike Huckabee, who currently leads national polls for the Republican presidential nomination next year, was in
Republican and Democratic administrations alike have championed this idea for decades – but not Rev. Mike. He says that Jews have the right to rule “the place that God gave them,” and that the Muslim world ought to find some other spot for squatters on the Chosen People’s land. “The Jewish people have indigenous rights to the land in which they occupy and live and it goes back not 60 years or 80 years but it goes back 3,500 years.” What’s more, in true God expert style, he vilified everyone who disagrees with him as racist: “To tell Jewish people, ‘You cannot live here, you cannot raise your children here,’ this is the true racism, this is apartheid,” said Huckabee. “I cannot imagine as an American being told that I could not live in certain places in America because I was Christian, or because I was white, or because I spoke English.”
Huckabee spoke in an
“Faith defines me.”
Unlike many politicians, Rev. Huckabee has a record of consistency on matters of religion and politics, so voters have good reason to believe he means what he says. His television ad in 2007 assures voters that “Faith doesn’t just influence me. It really defines me. I don’t have to wake up every day wondering, what do I need to believe.”
For 12 years as a Southern Baptist pastor, Huckabee preached the inerrant truth of the Bible. As governor of
Huckabee was the only major 2008 candidate to stand up for Biblical creationism over evolution. When he surged in the
“The Place that God Gave Them”
There can’t be much doubt that the
Does Rev. Huckabee really mean to expand
The Zionist view
Instead, we’ve had a parade of Israeli God experts under various organizational names, such as the “Greater Israel Movement,” demonstrating and demanding that Israel grow and grow, step by step, to cover all the territories God gave Abram back in Genesis – especially the oil fields, while condemning the Israeli government for being too timid to live up to the Zionist ideal. As the rector of
Huckabee’s germ of truth
Huckabee ought to lift up his eyes from his Bible long enough to take a look around the good old US of A, where Jews and Muslims live side by side in nearly perfect harmony. Why? Because here we have a largely secularized government (at least until Huckabee wins), that for the most part neither promotes nor punishes any religious belief, that doesn’t countenance private discrimination against religious belief, and that bases at least most of its laws on what people think makes sense, not on what some expert says is God’s will.
If the governments in Israel and its neighbors would agree to apply this model to themselves, with some sort of credible internationally-backed mechanism to enforce it, the single greatest threat to world peace would disappear – what would there be to fight about?
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