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Obama Admin Blocks Texas’ De-Funding of Planned Parenthood
LifeNews.com ^ | December 12, 2011 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 12/12/2011 8:12:59 PM PST by hocndoc

The Obama administration has turned down a request from Texas to run its Title X family planning program, funded with federal taxpayer dollars, without funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

The adminsitration sent a letter to inform the Texas Health and Human Services Commission of its intent to deny a request to extend the Medicaid Women’s Health Program if Texas complies with its law banning contractors “that perform or promote elective abortions or affiliate with entities that perform or promote elective abortions.”

Earlier this year, Texas yanked about $64 million in funding from Planned Parenthood and directed the funds to agencies that do not do abortions. In conjunction with that, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission submitted a request to the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services to continue its family planning program without funding Planned Parenthood or other abortion agencies.

As it has in Indiana and New Hampshire, the Obama administration denied the request and, according to the Texas Tribune, Cindy Mann, director of the federal agency, wrote a letter to Texas officials today saying its request is a violation of the federal Social Security Act.

“We want to be very clear [that] Medicaid does not pay for abortions and will not pay for abortions,” Mann told the Tribune. “We indicated to the state today [that] their proposal violates the longstanding law.”

Mann told the newspaper the Obama administration would allow Texas to continue de-funding Planned Parenthood until March, by which the state would have to work with federal officials to determine how to move forward.

“We’re very much interested in continuing discussions with them on having a longstanding renewal of the family planning demonstration program,” Mann said. “…The issue here is not whether Medicaid funding is involved but whether the state can restrict access to a qualified health provider simply because they provide other services Medicaid doesn’t pay for.”

Gov. Rick Perry told the newspaper he was uspet by the Obama administration’s decision, “I am concerned the Obama Administration is playing politics by holding women’s health care hostage because of Texas’ pro-life policies,” saying Obama is “sacrificing the health of millions of Texas women in the name of their pro-abortion agenda.”

Joe Pojman, the director of Texas Alliance for Life also condemned the decision in comments to LifeNews.

“We believe the State of Texas has every right to deny millions of tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, which is what the Texas Legislature and Governor Perry has chosen to do,” he said. “Senate Bill 7, passed last summer during a special legislative session, prohibits Medicaid tax dollars under the Women’s Health Program from going to abortion providers and their affiliated organizations.”

“This bill excludes several dozen Planned Parenthood sites from the Women’s Health Program, but it does not exclude any other hundreds of Women’s Health Program providers in Texas. Many of the other providers offer comprehensive primary and preventative care to low- income women in addition to family planning, which Planned Parenthood is unable or unwilling to provide,” he continued. “By threatening to cancel the Women’s Health Program in Texas, the Obama Administration is showing it would sooner deny tens of millions of dollars of medical services to low-income women rather than allow the State of Texas to cut off tax funding to Planned Parenthood.”

On February 17, 2011, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued an opinion affirming that the state may exclude providers that perform abortions or are affiliates of abortion providers from a Medicaid program.

The Texas de-funding has already resulted in the closing of 12 Planned Parenthood centers.

“A new confirmed total of 12 Planned Parenthood facilities have been shut down in Texas since the end of the 82ndlegislative special session, which dealt the abortion industry a $64.2 million blow. Without government funding, Planned Parenthood facilities are withering on the vine. New funding priorities set by the legislature detail that any facility associated with the abortion industry is given the lowest priority for family planning funds. As a result, three Planned Parenthood affiliates have been forced to close several of their facilities in order to reduce operating costs,” said Elizbaeth Graham of Texas Right to Life.

In September, the Obama administration made a decision to force New Hampshire taxpayers to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business after the state’s Executive Council voted to revoke a $1.8 million contract. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will provide the contract for family planning with Planned Parenthood directly from the federal government to the abortion business rather than routing the money through the state and letting New Hampshire officials determine who should receive the Title X grants. The council voted against funding because Planned Parenthood does abortions and its top officials earn big six-figure salaries.

The decision came after the Obama administration sent the state a strongly-worded letter to complain. The Health and Human Services Department is claiming the state broke federal rules in denying the Planned Parenthood contract and it alleges the state must provide family planning services to low-income women and that de-funding Planned Parenthood puts it at risk of losing federal funding by supposedly denying women access to family planning — even though other alternatives are available from other agencies.

After Indiana’s decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood, the top Medicaid official in the Obama administration denied Indiana’s use of its new state law that would cut off anywhere from $2 million to $3 million the Planned Parenthood abortion business receives in federal funds via the Indiana government through Medicaid. The Obama administration told the state it can’t implement the new law, with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick denying a request to deny funds saying the federal Medicaid law stipulates that states can’t exclude providers based on the services they provide.

Indiana refused to comply and is standing its ground against a lawsuit Planned Parenthood filed and is appealing the Obama administration’s ruling that it can’t determine who receives the Medicaid tax dollars the state is given to dole out. But Marcus Barlow, a spokesman for Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration, told National Journal, “The way the law was written, it went into effect the moment the governor signed it. We were just advised by our lawyers that we should continue to enforce Indiana law.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionismurder; bhofascism; corruption; democrats; dontmesswithtexas; govtabuse; liberalfascism; obama; plannedmurderhood; plannedparenthood; prolife; statesrights; tyranny
There are links to several documents and agencies at the LifeNews.com link above.
1 posted on 12/12/2011 8:13:15 PM PST by hocndoc
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To: hocndoc

When you take money from a Chicago street thug, you have to play by the Chicago street thug’s rules.


2 posted on 12/12/2011 8:15:29 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: hocndoc; smoothsailing; julieee; wagglebee; All

We didn’t target or name PP in our law this year. We prioritized where the money for Family Planning and screening for breast and cervical cancer should go: to County Health, other clinics and hospitals that offer continuing comprehensive care.

We’ve had the law for years requiring recipients to not refer or perform abortions, but the enforcement about those referrals and business arrangements got stricter and we have new law that prohibits county and city health from receiving Texas Taxpayer money if they perform abortions otherwise, using other funds. (Austin/Travis County performed nearly 400 abortions a year, using tax money, but changed their policy in response to the new law — that doesn’t have the “rape and incest” exception.)


3 posted on 12/12/2011 8:23:15 PM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: hocndoc

He protects that agenda over and over


4 posted on 12/12/2011 8:25:28 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I’m hoping that the fact that we didn’t name any specific abortionists, and only said which agencies *could* receive Medicaid funds will work to make our State the one that gets to defund PP.


5 posted on 12/12/2011 8:26:07 PM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: hocndoc

He protects that agenda over and over


6 posted on 12/12/2011 8:26:35 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: hocndoc

Tenth amendment baby


7 posted on 12/12/2011 8:27:48 PM PST by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: hocndoc

Zero needs to re-establish his boundaries ... this one is outside of his ... just like Obamacare and his distaste for Arizona ... this one is another that will take a chunk out o his azz

This clown can’t be gone soon enough

TT


8 posted on 12/12/2011 8:29:01 PM PST by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is real islam. Moderate islam is the trojan horse.)
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To: F15Eagle

It’s so frustrating that we chip away, try new ways, and the abortionists sue, get stays and delays, and now, we have an administration that refuses any of our money if we insist on where the money is to go.

Medicaid comes from Texas taxpayers’ who actually pay their taxes. It’s time to stop sending our money to blackmailers who use it against us.


9 posted on 12/12/2011 8:29:05 PM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: hocndoc

Too bad Hussein’s parents didn’t “plan” their parenthood a little better.


10 posted on 12/12/2011 8:50:53 PM PST by boknows
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To: hocndoc

Daniel 12 paraphrased: “Go thy way .. the wise shall understand but the wicked (unbelievers) shall never understand”


11 posted on 12/12/2011 8:53:55 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: hocndoc

It would be an answer to prayer if states would more often reject the interference by the Obama network.

The problem with the US is the compliant nature of her people. There is very little real push back, and the continuing compliance of states and taxpayers encourages more interference, more regulation and more usurpement. November, 2012 can not come soon enough.


12 posted on 12/12/2011 8:55:36 PM PST by RitaOK (wRasmussen- the polling standard for accuracy.)
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To: hocndoc

Texas should simply decline all the funds and tell the feds to make sure to send a man to every gas pump to collect their federal gas tax too


13 posted on 12/12/2011 9:04:00 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: hocndoc
Texas either takes the money and plays by the federal rules, or they leave the money on the table and go their own way.

This is simple.

It makes me wonder what the point of the article could possibly be

14 posted on 12/12/2011 9:12:02 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: hocndoc

this guy really thinks he is a god doesn’t he.......


15 posted on 12/12/2011 9:14:01 PM PST by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: hocndoc

Oddly enough, Obama could be providing a way for Perry to get back into competition. While I really find it difficult to support Governor Perry, if he handles this well, I would certainly vote for him over Newt or Mitt. This is also assuming the other low enders that might be better are gone by the time my state votes.


16 posted on 12/12/2011 9:32:11 PM PST by Ingtar (Newt (four more for Obama) & Mitt (Obamacare) - what wonderful choices!)
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To: hocndoc

Oddly enough, Obama could be providing a way for Perry to get back into competition. While I really find it difficult to support Governor Perry, if he handles this well, I would certainly vote for him over Newt or Mitt. This is also assuming the other low enders that might be better are gone by the time my state votes.


17 posted on 12/12/2011 9:35:31 PM PST by Ingtar (Newt (four more for Obama) & Mitt (Obamacare) - what wonderful choices!)
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To: Ingtar

Same here. I voted with my feet in favor, and Perry has my full support in defunding planned parenthood.

I will not and will never support public funding of any abortions.


18 posted on 12/12/2011 10:00:00 PM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: hocndoc

Who are we to keep family planning services from low-income women that worship at the shrine of Oprah? s/


19 posted on 12/12/2011 10:19:47 PM PST by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: hocndoc

I’m all for taxpayer funded abortion ONLY if it can be mandatory for left wing a$$holes. And hopefully retroactive.


20 posted on 12/12/2011 10:27:41 PM PST by Fledermaus (I'll vote for Mitt Romney when Hell freezes over. He's as bad or worse than Zero.)
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To: Mariner

Exactly. And if Gov. Perry was serious about winning the WH he’d know this and be way out in front of the issue.


21 posted on 12/12/2011 10:29:11 PM PST by Fledermaus (I'll vote for Mitt Romney when Hell freezes over. He's as bad or worse than Zero.)
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To: Mariner
Texas either takes the money and plays by the federal rules, or they leave the money on the table and go their own way.

For every dollar TX pays in taxes to the Feds, the state gets about ninety cents back from the feds. So, are you saying that TX should voluntarily say to the feds, Keep all the tax money you get from TX..we don't want any of our own money?

Or are you saying that TX and Texans should quit paying all federal Taxes? Explain, please, as I didn't really understand what you meant.

22 posted on 12/12/2011 10:45:20 PM PST by sockmonkey
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To: All

By the way, a copy of the letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is here,

http://www.texasallianceforlife.org/issues/whp/TX%20Letter%20to%20Millwee%2012.12.11.pdf

And includes the name and phone number of the person to contact:
“Please feel free to contact me at 202-205-5682 if you have any questions or wish to discuss this issue further.
“Sincerely,
“Cindy Mann
“Director”


23 posted on 12/12/2011 10:45:59 PM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: hocndoc
As more and more states follow the same direction, the Obama Administration's support of tax payer funded death squads will be stretched so thin they will have to give up fighting them. As it stands right now, Obama can claim that certain states, run by Republicans, are “hurting” poor women. When there are a majority of states refusing to give tax money to Planned Parenthood precisely because abortion is their main business, then it will stop being a campaign positive for Obama and will start looking like what it really is - forcing taxpayers opposed to abortion on demand to pay for it anyway. We need to blow his cover on this and support every state that refuses to fund PP.
24 posted on 12/12/2011 10:47:14 PM PST by boatbums (Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us. Titus 3:5)
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To: GeronL

Good plan.


25 posted on 12/13/2011 12:08:29 AM PST by DNA.2012
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To: F15Eagle
Texas yanked about $64 million in funding from Planned Parenthood and directed the funds to agencies that do not do abortions. In conjunction with that, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission submitted a request to the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services to continue its family planning program without funding Planned Parenthood or other abortion agencies.

Clearly Obama can't have this! His death squads must be able to perform his service of taking the life of babies....remember to him they are "punishment".

26 posted on 12/13/2011 12:13:52 AM PST by caww
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To: hocndoc

No doubt, next the DOJ-Eric Holder will block Texas’ new Photo Vote ID Bill that’s sitting on his desk for “review” due to the 1965 Civil Rights Law that still controls election results and legislative redistricting of some states.


27 posted on 12/13/2011 12:36:04 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: hocndoc
The Texas de-funding has already resulted in the closing of 12 Planned Parenthood centers.

???
That can't be. According to the Ubama regime's Cindy Mann:

“We want to be very clear [that] Medicaid does not pay for abortions and will not pay for abortions,” Mann told the Tribune."

So, if Medicaid does not pay for abortions, how could those 12 abortion factories have been effected by anything Texas does? I mean, there's no connection. Cindy Mann said so. Cindy Mann isn't a lying piece of sh!+, right? Who would ever think such a thing about Cindy Mann? That she's a lying piece of sh!+, I mean?

28 posted on 12/13/2011 12:52:31 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Those are not all centers that performed abortions.


29 posted on 12/13/2011 1:00:32 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: hocndoc

More at the Houston Chronicle.
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Texas-abortion-provider-exclusion-blocked-2398645.php

This looks like it goes farther than simply disapproving of the way that we allocated our well woman and family planning funds - it appears that Obama has decided that we can’t continue to make recipients of Texas funds sign a contract to not perform or refer for abortions.


30 posted on 12/13/2011 1:32:08 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: hocndoc; All

I have to wonder what that big, fat, new PP facility on the Gulf Freeway right by U of Houston does these days...

I have to drive by it, both ways, to and from work every single day...

At first they had a few pro-life protestors picketing outside the armored gates and walls...But that effort has since died...

And the Harris County DEMOCRAT party womens organizatrion is having their Winter Holiday party inside that very facility...

So the irony of having a party celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ inside a facility that promotes abortions is rather interesting to say the least...

You have to RSVP the organizers for “security purposes” to get in...And even then, who knows...


31 posted on 12/13/2011 4:25:19 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: hocndoc

Just when you think you couldn’t possibly hate them more than you already do...


32 posted on 12/13/2011 4:35:01 AM PST by jersey117 (.)
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To: stevie_d_64

The only reason I can think of for anyone to be a Democrat these days is if thye want to kill the unborn and/or they want to take from the producers. One of the reasons I can’t bear the Libertarian party anymore is the acceptance of the pro-abort in that party.


33 posted on 12/13/2011 6:52:57 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: jersey117

Jan 20, 2013: the day we take the USA back from the spoilers and abortionists.


34 posted on 12/13/2011 6:54:43 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

This is true, which is why I would like to see every state cut off. But as it is denying Texas her share of the money is only forcing the Tax payers of Texas to send money to every other State.

Leftist like to make the argument that if you don’t want goverment hands outs you shouldn’t take em, otherwise your a hypocrite. But in fact it is the other way around. As the Goverment will tax you for them handouts whether you take them or not. Taking them not will only further enrich and reward those who do support them for their support.

Making their vote in toleration of the resulting Taxes all the more rewarding to them while also all the more detrimental to you.


35 posted on 12/18/2011 3:52:40 AM PST by Monorprise
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To: hocndoc

Does not federal law prohibit federal money being spent on Abortion? IS not Obama implicitly demanding Texas violate the law for federal money and thus also violating the law himself?


36 posted on 12/18/2011 3:55:43 AM PST by Monorprise
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To: hocndoc
One of the reasons I can’t bear the Libertarian party anymore is the acceptance of the pro-abort in that party

The Libertarian Party simply states that it is a state issue. You have a problem with the Tenth Amendment?

37 posted on 12/18/2011 4:03:38 AM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: Teacher317

The definition and punishment for the various forms of homicide is most certainly a State’s right, but whether or not abortion is homicide is not. The 10th does not justify or permit Parties’ ‘acceptance of the pro-abort.’


38 posted on 12/18/2011 11:52:58 PM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: Monorprise

Compartmentalization is a tenet of utilitarianism. The Dems say Fed funds don’t pay for abortion, ignoring the fact that subsidy of the ‘provider’ keeps them in business.


39 posted on 12/19/2011 12:00:23 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: Monorprise

Exactly.


40 posted on 12/19/2011 12:04:57 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: hocndoc

“The definition and punishment for the various forms of homicide is most certainly a State’s right, but whether or not abortion is homicide is not. The 10th does not justify or permit Parties’ ‘acceptance of the pro-abort.’”

On the contrary if killing is not murder it is simply killing. By defining murder the State implicitly must define what killing is murder.

The Federal Goverment no where in the Federal Constitution is authorized to define when life begins for the States.

This question in its most pure form is a religious question. The Catholics have long maintained that life begins at conception. Other religions both in and out of Christianity hold different positions.

But for the propose of the Protection of the laws of the State. the Question of where human life begins and thus when killing becomes murder is invariably that of the State.

To give you a little perspective, the Roman Empire did not regard it as murder until you became the family paternal.(oldest male) That the rest of the family was effectively the Paterfamilies property. Thus the killing of any family member by anyone else was a bit like a property crime against the Paterfamilies.

None of us have any right to object to any state of theses united States from adopting the same stance in the extreme. Likewise any State can recognize the individual(independent of family) as becoming subject to direct state protection and subornation by defining such a beginning at conception.


41 posted on 12/20/2011 6:24:08 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: Monorprise

To discriminate as to which human beings are *human enough* to deserve protection from killing ignores science, which gives us more information about embryology and human development than the Romans had.

Nevertheless, this is not the Roman Empire. This is the United States of America, where the law is not based on a right not to be killed that is given and taken away by the State. It is endowed on all human individuals, independent of the opinion or decisions made by other individuals, including the States.

The States may have different levels of punishment and criteria for self defense, neglect or non-intentional homicide, but all of those laws are based on the right to life.


42 posted on 12/20/2011 9:06:51 PM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org: Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: hocndoc

“To discriminate as to which human beings are *human enough* to deserve protection from killing ignores science, which gives us more information about embryology and human development than the Romans had.”

Who is and is not *human enough* is as I said is a religious question of morality not that of scientific hypothesis.

It is no different then for you to say this is mine and that is yours. Nature (science) cares not to whom we humans judge an object belongs but only that the object exist. We humans on the other hand make that judgement based upon our cultural(religious) values & understandings of property rights.

I know this because there exist species & cultures that do not understand property rights.

My friend hocndoc, you confuse 2 different aspects, one of moral in judgement & qualification, the other physical.

It is akin to trying to mix the dictionary’s of two different languages.
The definition of life in the agreed language of scientist is not necessarily the same same as the definition of human or (Insert citizenship) life in the opinion of the State.

Nor is either necessarily the same as the definition of human life in religion.

Our books were not written by the same people looking for the same things & agreeing upon the same values.



The States may have different levels of punishment and criteria for self defense, neglect or non-intentional homicide, but all of those laws are based on the right to life.”

You know had the Federal cot left row vs. wade well enough alone we wouldn’t have to bother with this. But no they had to insert themselves into a clearly state affair. Question whether or not the State of Texas regarded the unborn as living humans, and decide on that basis whether or not it could protect them as one of its citizens.

But instead we are forced by Federal injustice system into splitting the hairs between the moral qualification of human life and the scientific qualification.

I and (I beleive) my State naturally is in agreement with your position on the definition of life. New York, New & Old England, China, and Vermont are not.


43 posted on 12/20/2011 10:26:21 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: Monorprise

It is not a matter of personal opinion that embryonic humans are humans. It’s a matter of taxonomy, and scientifically documented that the offspring of a given species are members of that species.

It’s you who are confusing morality and science.

Break the egg of a bird, turtle, or lizard on the Endangered species list and it won’t matter that the animal couldn’t survive or was an embryo or fetus. The Feds know that an embryonic pelican is a pelican.

We don’t have the same protection for our own children of tomorrow that we give lesser species, although we are the only species having the conversation in the first place.

Discrimination between members of a species is much more a “religious” or moral decision than whether or not a given individual is a member of that species.


44 posted on 12/21/2011 1:46:29 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org: Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: hocndoc

It is interesting that you should expose federal hypocrisy in this matter.

Even thou as in the case human life the protection of animal life is also not legitimately subject to the jurisdiction of Washington D.C.

Nor is their a completion to protect all animal life only that select animal life which the goverment selects. Indeed your example of the endangered species list provides an excellent example of the discrimination of goverment in the domain & extent of its active protection of even matters such as life.


45 posted on 12/21/2011 3:56:30 AM PST by Monorprise
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