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National Sanctity of Human Life Day

Twenty five years ago, January 22, 1984, president Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Of course January 22 is also the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that essentially legalized abortion in the United States. Gotta love the Gipper. No wonder liberals hated him so much.

Today, largely unnoticed by a mainstream news media that is still trying to hide the glory radiating from their faces after the inauguration of The One, thousands of pro-life supporters will march in Washington, DC as part of the annual March For Life.

At the same time, the Obama administration seems prepared to once again eliminate the "Mexico City Policy" (so named because it was announced at the 1984 United Nations International Conference on Population held in Mexico City), which prohibits private organizations from using Federal government money to promote abortion outside the US. The Mexico City funding ban was lifted by executive order during the Clinton Administration, and then reinstated in an executive order by George W. Bush. (You'll notice that W.'s executive order was "controversial," but Obama's isn't. Bias? Nah -- move along, nothing to see here.)

And the Freedom of Choice Act is on the table once again. President Obama, our first "all abortion, all the time" Chief Executive, has promised to unhesitatingly sign the bill into law if it passes Congress.

The primary purpose of the Freedom of Choice Act is to make abortion a fundamental right guaranteed to every female citizen of the United States; in essence it would elevate abortion to the status of the civil rights enshrined in the Constitution. The law would ensure that "every woman has the fundamental right to choose to bear a child, to terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability, or to terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect the life or health of the woman." And if you are a male (i.e. a father) and you oppose the mother's decision to kill your baby? Well, apparently you're SOL.

As originally introduced in Congress, FOCA would require all hospitals and medical treatment facilities receiving Federal funds to offer abortion services -- including religiously-affiliated hospitals. Catholic bishops are strongly opposed to FOCA; they say that if faced with the choice between performing abortions or closing Catholic charity hospitals (many of which are the sole medical care providers for poor neighborhoods), they would tearfully close their hospitals. FOCA would also force medical professionals and social workers to give abortion referrals to pregnant clients. Those who refuse to do so could be criminally prosecuted.

Is this the kind of "Hope and Change" that most Americans want? I don't think so.

Yesterday I noticed a full-page ad in the Oklahoma Gazette by the Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights, essentially saying "thank (insert politically correct new age Supreme Being euphemism of your choice) for abortion." The ad also listed a large number of the organization's benefactors, and I couldn't help but notice that the Peace House was one of them.

For the life of me, I'll never understand how an organization that promotes peace and non-violence can support a medical procedure that involves a human fetus being torn asunder and sucked out of the womb with a vacuum nozzle.

For that matter, I still don't understand how an organization that proudly announced its plans to disobey Oklahoma immigration law because they found it unconscionable can ally itself with interests that support the Freedom of Choice Act with its draconian restrictions on freedom of conscience. I know, I know -- I'm just not enlightened enough.

If you are passionate about the issue of abortion -- regardless of your position -- then today is an important one for you. Those of us who oppose abortion, except in rare situations where it is deemed medically necessary, seem to have a lot of work cut out for us during the next four years.


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Comments (17)

Have you been to the "Peace... (Below threshold)
Twilson:

Have you been to the "Peace House" website? Look at their information there and it is obvious that they would advance anything liberal. According to these nuts the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine" was the root of all of our current problems.

If you call yourself a Chri... (Below threshold)
MPR:

If you call yourself a Christian you should be ashamed of yourself if you voted for Obamalala. There is no justification for supporting a man who told us what he would do if elected. I wonder how Pastor Warren feels today?

Karma has a way of biting y... (Below threshold)
le combat:

Karma has a way of biting you back. The way Obama won (illegal contributions overseas), the way Bush was treated at the inauguration, his selection of questionable individuals (Geithner who doesn't pay his taxes). His was a pyrrhic victory, victory that is won at all cost that eventually ends in defeat. Just wait and see.

For example, after Reagan left office, the Berlin Wall fell, after Clinton left office, he left in disgrace due to Monica Lewinsky.

Hey combat, are you serious... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Hey combat, are you seriously claiming that if Bill Clinton had been eligible to run for a third term in 2000, he wouldn't have TROUNCED Bush? Do you know what Clinton's approval rating was when he left office? Something like 65%!!!!!
It would have been no contest, and everyone knows it.

Brucy, Brucy, "everyrone kn... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Brucy, Brucy, "everyrone knows it"? Everyone knows if he was to run the past would be brought up again full time. Putz. ww

You calling someone a putz ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

You calling someone a putz is like Michael Jackson calling someone creepy, WildWanker. Clinton had incredibly high approval ratings for a POTUS at the end of a second term.

The fact that the 2000 election was even close is testament to how awful Gore's campaign was. He should have been able to ride Clinton's semen stained coattails all the way to the White House.

Some commenters here know a lot about the world; some know a lot about history; some know a lot about political theory; some are funny; some provide insightful anecdotes, often based on their own particular locale (state, city, whatever); some provide antagonistic foil for conservative commenters interested in having a debate/argument/insult contest. And then there's you. What exactly do you bring to the table, WiddleWanker? Apart from over-the-top xenophobia and homophobia, that is.

If you're a man and the wom... (Below threshold)

If you're a man and the woman you're having consensual sex with get herself pregnant -- and it's her responsibility to guard against such an event -- AND she decides to keep the baby -- a decision you have no influence over -- the state says YOU are responsible for paying for the kid's care for 18 years.

I would like to see some pro-life legislators, some father's rights groups, men's right's groups, conservative law associations, ANYBODY, wage a campaign to get fathers off the hook for the kids women bring into the world.

Until a father's right to his unborn child is restored, no man who provided the sperm that empregnated any woman should have any responsibility for the product of that insemination, unless both the woman AND the man agree to the child's birth.

Michael, don't you think th... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Michael, don't you think that's a pretty measly bone Reagan threw to the social conservatives? A day on a calendar (that doesn't even appear on printed calendars)? That's supposed to make people feel better about the ongoing murder of unborn children? Weak sauce.

If I were a social conservative, I'd be pretty mad at the GOP for taking my vote for granted and not working towards any real progress on socially conservative policy. I'd resent them for thinking I'm stupid enough to confuse such half-assed placation with a real effort towards advancing a moral agenda.

Thought some readers here might get a lollll out of this.

Yes, Wee One, "everyone kno... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Yes, Wee One, "everyone knows it." Everyone that's able to spell "everyone," that is.
And also, what hyper said.

I like "the gipper", as wel... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

I like "the gipper", as well. But we should admit that Reagan signed permissive abortion bills as governor of California long before the Roe vs Wade decision overturned state sovereignty on the issue. Reagan was objectively "pro-choice" his entire career, sops to his evangelical base aside. Reagan's conservative credentials essentially rest on his answer to campus unrest in 1966 in the person of S.I. Hayakawa, and in following the exceptionally ill-starred presidency of Jimmy Carter.
Compared to campus hippies, dippies, and yippies in the 60s, and Bianca Jagger, The Village People, and Mayor Lindsay in the 70s, Reagan looked far more conservative than he actually was.
His cool, retro hairstyle should not underestimated, either.

Brucy and Hyper confuse pus... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Brucy and Hyper confuse push driven polls and equal it to a hands down win if Billy was to run. It is your immaturity and naivete that makes you assume that. GW Bush had 30% approval of the job he was doing, but 74% approval of being an honest, forthright man. You lefties love to live your life by the polls. How do you dress? See what the popular fashion is?

Oh yeah! You can all me all the names you want if it makes you feel better. Makes absolutely no difference to me. You are what you are. ww

I know that I am what I am:... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

I know that I am what I am: much smarter than you.

If your sole satisfaction in life is looking stupid on the internet, you might be the happiest person in the world.

Something doesn't add up. ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Something doesn't add up. Why after eight years of a president who is supposedly opposed to abortion and a Republican-controlled Congress is abortion even still legal? Anyone introduce a bill to that effect? What happened to it?

Perhaps because *some people* like keeping this issue alive more than they care about keeping the blastocysts alive.

"Of course January 22 is al... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"Of course January 22 is also the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that essentially legalized abortion in the United States. Gotta love the Gipper. No wonder liberals hated him so much." -- Michael

Not with regards to induced abortion we don't. Your "St. Ronnie" as governor signed into California law a bill legalizing abortion there. What he did as President was even more important -- putting O'Connor and Kennedy on the Supreme Court, both of them upholding Roe in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. He could have come up with another Scalia (whose confirmation easily sailed through the Senate), but he chose not to, thereby saving the day for us pro-abortion folks.

Our society has become unhi... (Below threshold)

Our society has become unhinged. Right is wrong and wrong is right. For a society that minimizes the value of human life, how can the future be anything but grim?
http://www.rightklik.net/

Why even debate abortion? I... (Below threshold)
A Thoughtful Moderate:

Why even debate abortion? It has been legal since 1973 and no one will ever make it illegal. Think about it. From January 2001 to January 2007, we had a conservative President, House, Senate and Supreme Court and it is still legal as of January 2009. It really doesn't matter if one is pro-choice or anti-choice. The Republicans have used abortion as an election tool to energize their conservative base since the mid 1970s.

To minimize or eliminate abortion, our culture needs to seek other alternatives such as abstenance, birth control and sexual education to teens.

No one supports abortion - ... (Below threshold)
Michelle:

No one supports abortion - that's a ridiculous assertion that simply isn't true. Abortion is horrific and it's a horrible thing for any woman to feel that she has to do. The difference is that many people, including President Obama, while they personally do not support abortion or believe that it is right, they feel strongly that individuals have the right to make up their own minds and that the government has no right interfering. Instead of arguing and bickering over this issue endlessly, realize that the abortion issue is a political bone that Republicans throw to get the conservatives to the polls. But if it were such a huge moral issue, Roe v. Wade coulve have been overturned by Reagan or Bush or G.W. Bush. It wasn't. Let's work together on making sure that women make good choices and that young women are given good information on contraception and abortion alternatives so that we make the need or desire for abortions a thing of the past.




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