The current legislation being considered by Congress is of grave concern for pro-life folks. In a nutshell, there are provisions in the legislation that would require federal funds (your tax dollars) to be used fund abortions. It can also be used to force medical professionals to perform abortions even if they morally object to abortion, thus circumventing the conscience clauses currently in effect to protect them.
Another end result of this legislation is the requirement for equal access to abortions for everyone. That could mean, for example, that even if a community doesn’t want an abortion clinic in its neighborhood, they may be forced to accept one because per this legislation everyone is entitled to have access to an abortion if they so choose; and that right to access could trump the rights, and override the objections of, the people living in the neighborhood.
Let’s not forget about the other life issues impacted by the type of health care reform currently being proposed. A rating system is being considered to determine who should be eligible for certain medical treatments. This would create a so-called “quality of life” index – – if you don’t rate high enough, you won’t get the treatment you need. This is already happening in other countries with nationalized health care systems – it’s called “rationing.” Is this what you want for your future?
Here are some links to help illumine the facts. When you’re done reading these sites, go to the National Right to Life link at the end to send a message to your congressional representatives urging them to oppose the health care reform legislation. You can also participate in a webcast on Thursday evening, July 23 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time with several pro-life leaders (Father Frank Pavone, Dr. James Dobson, Congressman Chris Smith, Congressman Joe Pitts, and many others) by clicking here to register.
Click here for a collection of National Right to Life press releases and articles.
Click here for the Heritage Foundation’s analysis of the health care reform legislation.
Click here for the Family Research Council’s analysis about what is included in the legislation.
Click here for an op-ed piece from the Wall Street Journal about President Obama’s plans for health care reform. This article is from December 20, 2008 and was a harbinger of what is being discussed now and what will be coming down the road soon.
And since we should look at the other side once in a while, click here for an article by Peter Singer calling for rationed health care which appeared on-line on July 15, 2009 and was published in the July 19, 2009 issue of the New York Time Magazine. By the way, Peter Singer is a professor at Princeton University who supports and promotes abortion-on-demand, infanticide, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.
Click here for the National Right to Life page to send message to your congressional representatives (scroll to the bottom).
Click here to register for a webcast by pro-life leaders discussing aspects of the current health care reform legislation we should be concerned with.