Roundup: A Not So Silent Night


It’s two days until Christmas, and today is "Health Care Vote Eve."  Tomorrow morning the senate will be wrapping their bill with a pretty little bow.  But today, let’s see what sort of carols are being sung while folks are decking the halls…

Rather than being pleased about the embarrassment of riches that Sen. Nelson has provided them, the anti-abortion factions are lamenting their loses in a soulful rendition of "The Twelve Anti-Family Gifts from Congress."   They have their twelve drummers drumming and eleven pipers piping morosely about the loss of abstinence only education and more funding for Planned Parenthood.  

The Christmas season is a time when
Americans celebrate life, family, and community. Unfortunately, the 12
unwelcome Christmas gifts in the omnibus bill, signed into law by
President Obama last week, undermine these pillars of American civil
society.

Guess the ten lords didn’t leap through enough hoops to make them happy.

Meanwhile, pro-choice feminists have given up on getting two front teeth, and are asking for a more important gift: health care.  But they aren’t waiting for Santa Baby to stick a present under the tree.  Instead, they ask everyone to demand it.

The next two weeks are critical for pro-choice activists. It’s the
middle of the holiday season, but we have to remain focused. Call your senators directly,
rather than by calling the Senate switchboard, and tell them that you
demand equal health care access for all Americans. Requiring women to
purchase additional insurance for abortion coverage is
unconstitutional. We shouldn’t have to pay twice as much as men for
health care.

Can’t start caroling yet because you are too busy looking for last minute gifts?  Sounds like there is a senator you can pick up for cheap.

I can respect those who are pro-life out of conviction and those who
are pro-choice out of conviction. It is more difficult to respect
politicians willing to use their deepest beliefs — and the deepest
beliefs of others — as bargaining chips.

In a single evening, Nelson managed to undermine the logic of
Medicaid, abandon three decades of protections under the Hyde Amendment
and increase the public stock of cynicism. For what? For the sake of
legislation that greatly expands a health entitlement without reforming
the health system; that siphons hundreds of billions of dollars out of
Medicare instead of using that money to reform Medicare; that imposes
seven taxes on Americans making less than $250,000 a year, in direct
violation of a presidential pledge; that employs Enron-style accounting
methods to inflate future cost savings; that pretends to tame the
insurance companies while making insurance companies the largest
beneficiaries of reform.

And, yes, for $100 million. It is the cheap date equivalent of Taco Bell.

But don’t bother getting a gift receipt for that – once you buy him, you’re stuck with him.

With all of the debate, blustering, and posturing, I personally am looking forward to a silent night in the near future.

 

Mini Roundup: Contraception stocking stuff extra: Depo can cause bone density loss,  the pill can help with menstrual pain and migraines, and this may be a potential new form of birth control all together.

 

December 23, 2009

Not
good enough
California
Catholic Daily

Marie
Wilson: From Right to Wrong: Daycare,
Abortion
Huffington Post

Abortion
looms as possible health bill deal killer
The Associated Press

Scrutinizing
health-care reform
Washington
Post

Couple’s
family planning is headed for crash

Houston Chronicle

Federal
funding may revive sex education debate
Waterbury Republican American

New
ads causing Catholic controversy
Fox11online.com

 

December 22, 2009

Women’s
Victory: Baltimore Crisis Pregnancy Centers
AlterNet

The
‘Pill’ Offers Benefits Beyond
Birth Control

BusinessWeek

Birth
control
option has doctors watching women’s bone health
WWAY NewsChannel 3

Population
Growth and Global Warming
New York Times

Twelve
Anti-Family Gifts from Congress
Heritage.org

Senate
Clears Second Health Care Hurdle 60-39

Lifesite

Scott
Roeder’s Defense
CBS News

North
Carolina High School Had Denied
Pro-Life Student Free Speech, Backs Down
LifeNews.com

Abortion
deal is a radical change
Politico

Pro-Life
Democratic Congressman, Doctor, Switches to GOP Over Health Care
LifeNews.com

Safe,
Legal, and Subsidized
The American

Gibbs
Calls RNC Chief’s Comments on Health Care “Delusional”
ABC News

Senators
Challenge Health Care Bill Section Making Death Panels Permanent
LifeNews.com

Scholar:
Nelson Abortion Compromise No Better Than Stupak
TPMDC

All
I Want For Christmas is Some Health Care
Feminists for Choice

GWU
– Nelson Compromise Not Materially Different From Stupak Amendment
Firedoglake

Birth
control
shot may harm bone health
ABC7Chicago.com

Sunrise
votes nudge health care bill forward Tues.
The Associated Press

Senate
moves closer to healthcare passage

Los Angeles Times

Is Abortion Fundamentally
Un-American?
Wall
Street Journal

Judge
won’t change venue in Kansas
abortion trial
USA Today

The
Dirty Little Secret on
Abortion and Healthcare Reform
CBN

FACTBOX-Major
differences in House-Senate health bills
Reuters

The
Scarlet Letter Revisited: Sen. Nelson and
Abortion Shaming
Huffington Post

Judge
rejects `necessity defense’ in
abortion case
The Associated Press

Abortion
doctor George Tiller’s accused murderer will go on trial in Kansas
Los Angeles Times

Sebelius
says accounting ‘procedure’ ensures ‘everybody’ funds
abortions
Kansas Liberty

Senate
healthcare bill may be hard to reconcile with House’s
Los Angeles Times

For
Sale: One senator (D-Neb.) No principles, low price.
Washington Post

Senate
Health Care Reform Bill is an
Abortion Bill
Catholic Online

Irish
views on
abortion
have moved on
guardian.co.uk

New
Human Reproductive Hormone Could Lead to Novel Contraceptives
Science Daily

New
Marriage Blog Draws Thousands to Discuss Sexuality, Natural
Family Planning
Catholic Online

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  • rachel-larris

    It’s funny how the Heritage Foundation’s “The Twelve Anti-Family Gifts from Congress” is almost exactly what my 12 reasons for being thankful this year are.