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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- President Barack Obama and his Congressional allies haven't yet announced a universal health care plan, but warnings are already beginning that it will likely include health care rationing. That's a concern for the pro-life movement because it can lead to euthanasia and assisted suicide.
In a powerful column written in the Washington Post, noted author Charles Krauthammer notes "the math doesn't add up" on covering Americans without cutting back on medical care.
"His universal health-care proposal would increase costs by perhaps $1 trillion," Krauthammer says.
"The hard part is Medicare and Medicaid. In an aging population, how do you keep them from blowing up the budget? There is only one answer: rationing," he explains. Krauthammer points out that the stimulus package pours $1.1 billion into medical "comparative effectiveness research," which he calls the "perfect setup for rationing."
"Once you establish what is 'best practice' for expensive operations, medical tests and aggressive therapies, you've laid the premise for funding some and denying others," he says. . .
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NOTRE DAME, Indiana, April 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Two more archbishops have expressed disapproval of the University of Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to offer the commencement address and receive an honorary law degree May 17.
In his column in The Leaven, the Kansas City diocesan newspaper, Archbishop Joseph Naumann said he was "dismayed" to learn of the honor, saying he does "not fault the president for accepting this invitation, but the university for offering it."
"Notre Dame's action is inconsistent with its Catholic identity and harmful to the efforts of the church to advocate for the protection of innocent, preborn human life," wrote Naumann. The archbishop cited the 2004 directive by the U.S. Bishops Conference (USCCB) forbidding Catholic institutions from honoring pro-abortion politicians.
"Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama reveals that the leadership of the university is either incredibly naïve or just does not care about the impact of its actions on the church's efforts to protect the lives of innocent, vulnerable unborn children," he said. . .
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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The president of the national conference of Catholic bishops recently elaborated further on the meeting he had in March with President Barack Obama. Cardinal George told a recent gathering of Catholic priests that Obama says he is not pro-abortion and will eventually work to reduce abortions.
For most pro-life advocates, Obama's extensive pro-abortion record of executive orders and key political appointments proves otherwise.
According to a Catholic News Service report, Cardinal Francis George discussed the conversation he had with Obama at a March 18 meeting at the White House.
"I think on the life issue he's on the wrong side of history," the cardinal said, but he added that Obama wants to make pro-life advocates appear as if he is on their side.
"It's hard to disagree with him because he'll always tell you he agrees with you," he said, according to CNS. "Maybe that's political. I think he sincerely wants to agree with you. You have to say, again and again, 'No, Mr. President, we don't agree (on abortion).'"
The Catholic News Service indicates Cardinal George said he told Obama he is concerned with the president's decision to overturn the Mexico City Policy and opening the door to funding groups that promote and perform abortions in other nations.
"He said we weren't exporting abortion," the cardinal recounted. "I said, 'Yes we are.' He would say, 'I know I have to do certain things here. ... But be patient and you'll see the pattern will change.' I said, 'Mr. President, you've given us nothing but the wrong signals on this issue.' So, we'll see, but I'm not as hopeful now as I was when he was first elected."
"I think he has his political debts to pay, and so he's paying them," Cardinal George said of the impression he was left with after the Obama meeting.
Ultimately, the Catholic pro-life leader cast a pessimistic view of the situation under Obama and the long-term outlook.
"I think we're up against something a little bit like slavery," he said, adding that Obama and abortion advocates are unwilling to change the law to protect human life before birth.
"It's a society-dividing issue, and on this issue, we're with Abraham Lincoln and he's with Stephen Douglas, and he doesn't like to hear that, but that's where he is," George said, according to CNS.
"For 80 years we were a slave republic, and it took a terrible war to end that. And now for 40 years we're in an abortion regime, and I'm not sure how that's going to end," he added.
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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 28, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Philadelphia's Cardinal Justin Rigali, Chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, weighed in on the Notre Dame scandal in an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews.com today. Rigali called the school's decision to honor President Obama a "most unfortunate" decision that "must not happen again," and criticized the school's defense of the decision as one that "evades common sense."
President Obama is due to give the commencement address and receive an honorary law degree at Notre Dame May 17.
"My reaction is that it is most unfortunate," said Rigali. "It's most unfortunate because of the confusion it causes; it's most unfortunate because of the message that it gives with regard to the importance of human life; it's most unfortunate in regard to the confusion that it causes also in the ordinary people - the students, the graduates, the families ... but above all, it is most unfortunate because the value that is attributed to life through the recognition of an honorary degree in this regard is just not acceptable."
Asked to give his opinion on the unprecedented backlash from U.S. bishops and thousands of Catholic laity over Notre Dame's decision, Rigali said he believes that "something very positive is going on in our country along with all the negative things - that there is a greater and evolving understanding of the value of human life in many, many people."
"The backlash is due to a great extent the reaction of people who through their intuition, through their common sense, they know that this is just not an acceptable way to take a position on something that is so important," he said. . .
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The 65-31 vote came after Democrats urged quick action so that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius could get to work leading the federal response to the flu outbreak. . .
"We will not be silent.
We are your bad conscience.
The White Rose will give you no rest."
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Here is an excerpt of an interesting piece from FOXNEWS about how previously "pro-choice" supermodel Kathy Ireland went from believing in abortion to speaking out against about it:
"My entire life I was pro-choice who was I to tell another woman what she could or couldnt do with her body? But when I was 18, I became a Christian and I dove into the medical books, I dove into science."
"What I read was astounding and I learned that at the moment of conception a new life comes into being. The complete genetic blueprint is there, the DNA is determined, the blood type is determined, the sex is determined, the unique set of fingerprints that nobody has had or ever will have is already there."
However Ireland admitted that she did everything she could to avoid becoming a believer in pro-life.
"I called Planned Parenthood and begged them to give me their best argument and all they could come up with that it is really just a clump of cells and if you get it early enough it doesnt even look like a baby. Well, were all clumps of cells and the unborn does not look like a baby the same way the baby does not look like a teenager, a teenager does not look like a senior citizen. That unborn baby looks exactly the way human beings are supposed to look at that stage of development. It doesnt suddenly become a human being at a certain point in time," Ireland argued. "Ive also asked leading scientists across our country to please show me some shred of evidence that the unborn is not a human being. I didnt want to be pro-life, but this is not a womans rights issue but a human rights issue."
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On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama began his death march as the most anti-life president in U.S. history.
Today marks Obama's 100th day in office. This list substantiates Obama's personnel and policies to that end. He actually started way before Day 1:
Day -75: Names pro-abortion Rahm Emmanuel as chief of staff, who earned a 100 percent approval rating from NARAL while congressman.
Day -59: Appoints executive director of EMILY's List, Ellen Moran, as White House communications director.
Day -56: Names Melody Barnes, who previously served on the boards of EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.
Day -51: Nominates pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
Day -51: Nominates pro-abortion Susan Rice as ambassador to the United Nations; Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards commends her in press release.
Day -51: Nominates pro-abortion Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security, who vetoed her state's partial birth abortion ban.
Day -41: Nominates pro-abortion and pro-universal health (abortion) care Sen. Tom Daschle as secretary of health and human services.
Day -41: Appoints pro-abortion Jeanne Lambrew as deputy director of newly created Office of Health Care Reform under Daschle, which Planned Parenthood heralded as "exciting" in a statement.
Day -41: White House transition team publishes 55-page list of demands from pro-abortion groups.
Day -31: Nominates embryonic stem cell research and human cloning advocates Harold Varmus and Jonathan Moreno to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Day -16: Chooses pro-abortion Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as Democratic Party chairman.
Day -16: Nominates pro-abortion, pro-porn David Ogden as deputy attorney general.
Day -16: Nominates "pregnancy is slavery" and former ACLU and NARAL counsel Dawn Johnsen as assistant attorney general. . .
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MANASSAS, VA, April 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - This morning the first 300,000 names of individuals who signed the petition at NotreDameScandal.com - opposing the University of Notre Dame's decision to honor President Barack Obama at this year's commencement - began to be delivered to Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the Board of Trustees and the Board of Fellows as they prepare for scheduled meetings on Friday, May 1, at Notre Dame.
As of this morning, more than 344,000 people have signed the petition, but because of the overwhelming number of signers The Cardinal Newman Society says it took them more than 24 hours to prepare the data and print more than 64,000 sheets of paper, double-sided, which were then bound in notebooks and rushed to Father Jenkins and individual members of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees and Board of Fellows.
Copies of the petitions are also being rushed by The Cardinal Newman Society, which sponsored the petition, to Archbishop Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education; Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio (Vatican ambassador) to the United States; Francis Cardinal George, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); Bishop John D'Arcy, of Fort Wayne-South Bend, who presides over Notre Dame; and Bishop Robert McManus, Chairman of the USCCB Education Committee. . .
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Santa Ana, CA (LifeNews.com) -- The Orange County Board of Supervisors in southern California has restored the $300,000 grant it initially revoked from the Planned Parenthood abortion business in March. The board initially voted to suspend the grant for family planning services because Planned Parenthood does abortions.
After hearing from county attorneys, supervisors restored the grant on Tuesday, but they also approved a policy that would make future grants to the abortion business more difficult to obtain.
Supervisor John Moorlach, who first proposed cutting the Planned Parenthood grant, and Supervisor Bill Campbell voted against restoring the funding.
Supervisors voted to create a new policy that, among other provisions, makes it so the family planning services can't be provided in the same location as abortions. That would require Planned Parenthood to establish a new facility that solely provided the contraception the grant funds.
The new policy also restricts funds to direct health services, rather than health education -- such as the propaganda Planned Parenthood will provide area teenagers with the $300,000. . .
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So depressing!! Where is the backbone?
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I dont know how much that hip replacement cost, Mr. Obama said in the interview with David Leonhardt of The Times. I would have paid out of pocket for that hip replacement, just because shes my grandmother. Whether, sort of in the aggregate, society making those decisions to give my grandmother, or everybody elses aging grandparents or parents, a hip replacement when theyre terminally ill is a sustainable model is a very difficult question.
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Yeah, I know. Said some similar things about Bush in 2000. But at least he was pro-life, pro-family, etc, and thank God we supported him over the idiot All Green Gore.
Said similar things about McCain in 2008. But when asked the question "when does human life begin?," and he unabashedly stated, "At conception, of course," I had to take notice. Then when he announced Sarah Palin as his running mate, I decided to support her. I voted for Sarah (and the white haired old geezer that came along with the package).
But Romney is a NO go. And I don't care who this socialist, abortionist, homosexualist, constitution trampling bastard picks for running mate. If Romney's in I'm out!
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SOUTH BEND, Indiana, April 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Three more bishops have spoken out against the University of Notre Dame's decision to honor President Obama by asking him to deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at the school's graduation ceremony May 17.
"In my first year as bishop no issue has generated more mail expressing dismay and sadness as the recent decision by the leadership of the University of Notre Dame to honor Pres. Barack Obama at this year's commencement," wrote Bishop James V. Johnston of the diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO in his weekly column dated May 1.
"Regardless of whether it is deserved or not, Notre Dame holds a special place in the hearts of a vast number of Catholics who see it as a proud symbol of the Catholic Church's place in American life."
Considering President Obama's extreme pro-abortion agenda, said the bishop, "it is saddening and bewildering that Notre Dame would act in this manner."
"This honor will cause confusion and scandal among many."
Bishop Johnston expressed solidarity with Notre Dame's Bishop D'Arcy and his decision to boycott the ceremony, and said he joins those calling for Notre Dame to "reconsider this decision."
"Even at this late date, such a reversal would be a credit to Notre Dame's leadership, and would restore the near-universal goodwill that Notre Dame is now almost assured of losing," said the bishop. . .
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Montpelier, VT (LifeNews.com) -- Vermont pro-life advocates are gearing up once again for a battle against legislation that would add the state to the list of those that have legalized assisted suicide. Led by Vermont Right to Life, state residents will participate in a rally in the state capital tomorrow.
The pro-life organization tells LifeNews.com the Healthcare is a Human Right rally is an event to remind state lawmakers that abortion and physician-assisted suicide are not health care and should not be included in any state health care proposal.
Just prior to the scheduled rally, lawmakers introduced legislation to legalize assisted suicide in both the state House and Senate.
The measures, S. 144 and H. 455, are causing pro-life groups, medical organizations and disability rights groups to be concerned about the specter of a government-run system that relies on rationing of health care along with legalized assisted suicide.
It is no accident that the push to legalize physician-assisted suicide is rearing its ugly head at the same time that pressure is being put on lawmakers to change the health care system and reduce health care costs, Vermont Right to Life director Mary Hahn Beerworth told LifeNews.com.
Beerworth said states such as Oregon, the first to legalize assisted suicide, have seen abuses. There, a patient can be denied lifesaving health care but the state government will cover the cost of a lethal dose of a deadly drug. . .
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Well, how is it they can pardon convicts and that's okay????
Had JEB not been derelict in his duty, the faux action in DC would not have been necessary. It was staged to protect Jeb's big brother. GOP and dems wanted Terri to be the first public victim of the culture of death.
Jeb's running around now trying to save the GOP. Sorry, Mr. Party above Oath Jeb.
You aren't worth saving but Terri certainly was. GOP roll Jeb out at your own risk!
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