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Pro-Life Senator Tom Coburn, Under Fire for Delivering Babies For Free
Life News ^ | 8/7/08 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 08/07/2008 4:57:05 PM PDT by wagglebee

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Members of the U.S. Senate don't typically earn money from another job after they're elected to the august body because of concerns that they will be unduly influenced by customers or colleagues. Oklahoma pro-life Sen. Tom Coburn is an OBGYN and is coming under fire for helping his patients.

When he is not in Washington, Coburn works at the Muskogee Regional Medical Center.

The hospital changed from a public one to private ownership in April and, following that decision, Coburn has come under fire for working there. However, Coburn changed his practice and now delivers babies at no cost.

But that hasn't allayed the concerns of the Senate ethics committee, which is controlled by pro-abortion Democrats who have threatened Coburn with censure for delivering babies at the medical center.

Coburn spokesman John Hart recently told The Hill newspaper that he thinks the charges are politically motivated by abortion politics.

“The committee has shown us zero empirical evidence to back up its flimsy claim," he said.

He cited other work other senators have done that was for commercial or private companies like pro-abortion Senator Pat Leahy, who recently appeared in a popular movie.

“If Sen. Coburn can only deliver babies for free at a public hospital, shouldn't Sen. Leahy only be allowed to donate his notable thespian skills to a public entity like PBS?" he asked.

“The parents of babies Dr. Coburn delivers don't choose him hoping to sway his vote, and they never have," he told The Hill.

'In the 10 years Dr. Coburn has provided free healthcare to his neighbors while serving in Congress, the Ethics Committee has never pointed to a single conflict of interest. No lobbyist or any individual has ever attempted to infiltrate his medical office under the guise of an invasive medical exam to discuss Senate business," he concluded.

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council said there is some hypocrisy involved. He said the pro-abortion senators targeting Coburn wouldn't have any concerns if he worked for Planned Parenthood doing abortions for free.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: 110th; leahy; moralabsolutes; prolife; tomcoburn
Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council said there is some hypocrisy involved. He said the pro-abortion senators targeting Coburn wouldn't have any concerns if he worked for Planned Parenthood doing abortions for free.

Exactly!

1 posted on 08/07/2008 4:57:06 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 08/07/2008 4:57:40 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 08/07/2008 4:58:31 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Obama income soared in 2007

The Democratic candidate and his wife earned $4.2 million last year – four times as much as they had in 2006 – mainly from his book sales.

April 17, 2008 in print edition A-16

Campaigning for president has been very good for Sen. Barack Obama’s pocketbook, with his household income jumping from $991,296 in 2006 to $4.2 million in 2007, tax records show.

The Illinois Democrat had a net profit from book sales of $3.9 million, according to a copy of a 2007 tax return released Wednesday by Obama and his wife, Michelle. That total includes $169,706 in foreign income from overseas sales of his two best-selling books.


4 posted on 08/07/2008 5:01:22 PM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: wagglebee

Bingo! In fact, IMHO, it should be required that Congressmen have a “real” job. Washington comes up with stupid and insane laws precisely because the lawmakers are so disconnected from the reality of the everyday working citizen. And if he’s doing it for free, that means he’s helping people who can’t afford health care. Sounds win-win to me.


5 posted on 08/07/2008 5:03:10 PM PDT by Clock King (Under revision...)
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To: Always Right

I don’t see how what Senator Coburn is doing is any different from a member of Congress volunteering at a homeless shelter or Habitat for Humanity.


6 posted on 08/07/2008 5:03:32 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Always Right
The financial disclosure forms of the members of most of the House and Senate make very interesting reading.

Note to the Senate: I really don't think y'all wanna go there...

7 posted on 08/07/2008 5:04:07 PM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: wagglebee

wagglebee: “Exactly!”

That’s certainly true. Can you imagine how much praise he’d get from the left if he was an abortionist?


8 posted on 08/07/2008 5:05:06 PM PDT by CitizenUSA
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To: wagglebee
I don’t see how what Senator Coburn is doing is any different from a member of Congress volunteering at a homeless shelter

At a homeless shelter, he would be keeping probable democrat voters alive. By delivering babies for free, he is interfering with a woman's sacred right to kill her baby.

9 posted on 08/07/2008 5:09:33 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: wagglebee

Insane. I’m no political fan of Coburn, seeing as how I’m 100% pro-choice. But ANYBODY who provides ANY kind of medical services free of charge deserves praise and thanks, not criticism and harassment. God knows the Senate Ethics Committee has got plenty of urgent business languishing on its to-do list. It’s obscene that they’re wasting time and energy harassing Coburn. We have a critical shortage of obstetricians willing to deliver babies in this country, thanks to abuse of the legal system by unethical lawyers like John Edwards.


10 posted on 08/07/2008 5:26:41 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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God bless the Good Doc.

I watched him during the Senate confirmation hearings of Justices Roberts and Alito. He was on the committee and asked questions regarding abortion. The way he spoke on the sanctity of life was inspirational. One of our very best in the Senate.

11 posted on 08/07/2008 5:30:14 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
We have a critical shortage of obstetricians willing to deliver babies in this country, thanks to abuse of the legal system by unethical lawyers like John Edwards.

Precisely, a lot of OB/GYNs are no longer willing to deliver babies because of the cost of malpractice insurance.

12 posted on 08/07/2008 5:30:25 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
And what about all these anti-American left wing “Royals” that have used the MDs in the Royal 100 club for free on a daily basis?
13 posted on 08/07/2008 5:30:41 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the Royal 100 Club)
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To: wagglebee

He should demand a public hearing.


14 posted on 08/07/2008 5:41:32 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: wagglebee

My God! Just when I thought I couldn’t hate democrats enough out comes a story like this and Zap, I hate them even more.


15 posted on 08/07/2008 5:49:16 PM PDT by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard)
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To: cpforlife.org

“But that hasn’t allayed the concerns of the Senate ethics committee, which is controlled by pro-abortion Democrats who have threatened Coburn ...”

A democrat ethics committee. Figures.


16 posted on 08/07/2008 5:57:03 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Hang in there, Obama! We don't want you to lose until after the convention.)
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To: wagglebee
Pro-Life Senator Tom Coburn, Under Fire for Delivering Babies For Free

That Pro-Abortion senators should make such specious accusations without the slightest blush shows how absurd our society(they?) has truly become.

17 posted on 08/07/2008 6:00:57 PM PDT by E. Cartman (Would you want your surgeon graduating at the bottom 1% of his class?)
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To: wagglebee

Thank you!


18 posted on 08/07/2008 6:27:12 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: wagglebee

God Bless him. Pregnancy Care Service centers all over the U.S. have been praying that a man like this would come through.


19 posted on 08/07/2008 6:57:52 PM PDT by A kid with a brain (We're off, We're off to see the gizzard, the wonderful gizzard of Was.)
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To: E. Cartman

If I were Coburn I would just ignore it all. Letting the Dems make a huge issue out of this will only hurt them in the real world most of us live in


20 posted on 08/07/2008 7:19:53 PM PDT by mriguy67
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To: wagglebee

Consider: Nancy Pelosi can write a book (which isn’t selling well) and receive royalties and possibly additional payment from the publisher but the DemonRATS get upset at a Senator who is a doctor delivering babies free of charge. Liberal Deomcrats are demented, period.


22 posted on 08/07/2008 7:48:31 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: wagglebee

God bless this citizen-public servant.


23 posted on 08/07/2008 8:15:49 PM PDT by victim soul
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To: wagglebee

He is highlighting the chasm that separates the Culture of Life from the Culture of Death. That’s deserving of criticism from devotees of the latter.


24 posted on 08/07/2008 8:32:35 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: mewzilla

“Note to the Senate: I really don’t think y’all wanna go there... “

WELL SAID!


25 posted on 08/08/2008 3:47:15 AM PDT by blueyon (Loose lips sink ships.)
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To: wagglebee
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26 posted on 08/08/2008 4:31:21 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: wagglebee
Muskogee Regional Medical Center is the ONLY Hospital (except for the VA) in Muskogee and almost went Bankrupt. Going private was the only way to save it. If it had failed people would have to drive 50 miles to Tulsa for a Hospital.

You have to remember Muskogee is in the Democratic part of Oklahoma, and has the ONLY Dem (Dan Boren) from the state in DC.

27 posted on 08/08/2008 5:13:53 AM PDT by amigatec (Once you go Mac, you never go back!!!)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
A democrat ethics committee.
Now there is a contradiction!
28 posted on 08/08/2008 9:28:54 PM PDT by wjcsux (Islam: The religion of choice for those who are too stupid for Scientology)
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“A democrat ethics committee. Now there is a contradiction!”

This is like a one-liner: “What do you get when you put democrats in control of an ethics committee? / A group that condemns doctors who deliver babies for free.”


29 posted on 08/09/2008 2:09:37 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March ("The internet needs a gatekeeper." -- Hillary Rodham [Clinton])
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To: TigersEye
An oldie: 8/7/08 But in light of the Stupak rant, it seems fitting.

"However, Coburn changed his practice and now delivers babies at no cost. But that hasn't allayed the concerns of the Senate ethics committee, which is controlled by pro-abortion Democrats who have threatened Coburn with censure for delivering babies at the medical center."

[Leftist loons.]

30 posted on 03/13/2010 1:06:43 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Weakening McCain strengthens our borders, weakens guest worker aka amnesty)
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To: wagglebee

One more piece of proof that we’re truly in a time when right is considered wrong, and wrong right.

Condemning a doctor for delivering babies for free...


31 posted on 04/27/2010 2:36:45 PM PDT by FourPeas (God Bless America)
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