What is the Prevention First Act?

Taxpayer funded contraception with the exclusion of abstinence only sex eduction programs.

—Hattip to Secular Heretic :-)

Freedom of Conscience Under Assault

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President Obama is moving toward rescinding the ability to enforce our nation’s conscience laws. These laws provide legal protections against discrimination and intimidation for those in the health care industry who refuse to participate in procedures or activities that go against their moral belief. These laws include:

  • the 1973 “Church Amendments” which protect doctors and other healthcare professionals from discrimination due to religious belief or moral conviction;
  • the 1996 “Public Health Service Act Amendment” which prohibits government from discriminating against individual and institutional healthcare providers who choose not to provide abortion services or receive abortion training; and
  • the 2004 “Hyde-Weldon Amendment” which prohibits certain federal funds going to federal and state agencies and programs that discriminate against healthcare providers who decline to offer or refer abortion services.

Taking the enforcement of these legal protections away leaves citizens vulnerable.  The protective laws are still on the books, but not enforced— if they’re not enforced, what good are they?

In an article at NewsMax, Newt Gingrich wrote a detailed piece about the current threats to freedom of conscience in the United States.  He says of Obama’s actions this week:

“Without enforcement, healthcare personnel will have scant legal recourse for intimidation and bigotry rendering the laws intended to protect them meaningless.”

He goes on to name the consistently aggressive efforts being made nationally since Obama came to power, which demonstrate intolerance for not only policies, but people who support a culture of life:

  • In the first month of his presidency, Obama reversed the established Mexico City policy that kept taxpayer money from being used by international organizations for abortions as a method of family planning protecting millions of American from paying for a procedure that they find morally objectionable.
  • Last week, the President unilaterally lifted embryonic-stem-cell research restrictions.
  • In the President’s recent healthcare summit, groups that support abortion were invited but pro-life groups with a stake in healthcare were excluded.
  • With the President’s support, Congress recently approved $50 million in funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA is complicit in China’s unspeakably cruel one-child enforcement policy, which employs forced abortion and sterilization.
  • In February, the Administration decided that it would no longer extend hiring protections to faith-based organizations but would instead review on a “case-by-case basis.

These moves are being made unilaterally, often without considering the voice of the people or even our representatives in the congress.  Where is the freedom guaranteed by the constitution?  Who gave the president a mandate to  “change”  the founding principles of this nation?

Newt goes on to say:

“Yet, the most hostile assault against the civil liberties in the medical profession may be yet to come.

In 2007, Obama promised a Planned Parenthood gathering on the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade that, as president, he would sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).

If enacted, FOCA would repeal all federal and state restrictions on abortion including the ban on partial-birth abortion. FOCA would force all public hospitals and health programs offering maternity services to provide abortions. Moreover, provisions in state constitutions that protect speech and the free exercise of religion of those whose conscience is opposed to abortion could be invalidated. Having no reason to believe that President Obama will not fulfill this radical campaign pledge, some Catholic bishops are talking openly about engaging in civil disobedience to protect Catholic hospitals and their doctors from being forced to perform abortions.

The chilling effect of the Obama administration forcing doctors and nurses to choose between their losing their careers and being compelled to participate in abortions against their moral and religious belief is incalculable. Not only will pro-life doctors and nurses be driven from the professions, but patients will lose the ability to choose doctors who reflect their own religious and moral convictions, doctors who now help them to make healthcare choices based upon them. The fact is, there are doctors and nurses who have no moral objection to abortion. Why then, should some medical professionals be compelled to do something that compromises their conscience? It is one thing to hold fast to the pro-abortion position as a matter of a personal opinion, it is quite another to force someone else to compromise their moral integrity. ”  (entire article here: NewsMax)

People have the freedom and the right to choose how they will believe, and how they will act.  Are we so secularized as a nation that we cannot make room for those of religious belief to practice as they choose?

We should be free to be a doctor or nurse without being forced to check morality at the door.   No one should be forced to take life against their will.  This is after all, America—land of the free!  Not slave to the secular.

—Beetle Blogger

WhiteHouse.gov Bleeding With “Change”

Painting the Roses Red

Obama’s Change Begins by Force–

Painting the Roses Red

Updated just minutes after the inauguration, the new Obama White House website declares “We need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), instantly jeopardizing the marriage laws of 45 states, including constitutional amendments in 30 states where voters have recently acted to give marriage the greatest protection possible at the state level. Instead of protecting the will of voters all across the country, President Obama’s policy would allow a handful of judges in Massachusetts and Connecticut to force same-sex marriage on the entire nation.

Obama’s support of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), threatens to nullify every state protection and limitation on abortion, because he personally believes there should be no limitations, not for underage girls, not even for late term pregnancies.  “Freedom of choice” is above all, as long as it’s a choice Obama believes in.  All other choices must be painted over to match his like the dripping red roses of the Queen of Hearts’ garden.

There are divisions on issues in this country for a reason.  We are not all of one mind on these hotbed issues. We all have separate voices that ought to be heard.   What leader of the people fights to overturn their votes, their laws, their state’s rights?  Why must all our differences be painted over in the same shade of federal red?

The way to unity is not by brute force.

The cry from the grass roots is all that stands in the way of Obama’s radical change unveiled, so cry!  Make your voice heard!  This brand of “change” is a moral bloodletting that our country cannot stand.

—Beetle Blogger

Obama Reveals the ‘Change’ He Will Bring

by Jennifer Mesko, editor CitizenLink

‘ This is the most bold and comprehensive pro-homosexual, abortion-friendly administration agenda we’ve ever seen.’

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“President Obama is no friend of family values, and that is made perfectly clear on the White House Web site,” said Ashley Horne, federal policy analyst at Focus on the Family Action. “This is the most bold and comprehensive pro-homosexual, abortion-friendly administration agenda we’ve ever seen.  And this is no time for Christians to remain silent.”

On marriage

WhiteHouse.gov: “President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.” (The Defense of Marriage Act is the federal government’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.)

Focus on the Family: Four key points.

On abortion

WhiteHouse.gov: “He has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his Administration.”

Focus on the Family: Every human life has inherent value and should be protected, from fertilization to natural death.

On destructive embryonic stem-cell research

WhiteHouse.gov: “Obama is a co-sponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which will allow research of human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos.”

Focus on the Family: Supports and encourages stem-cell research using non-embryonic sources of stem cells, including umbilical cord blood, placenta, bone marrow and various adult tissues. No human lives are destroyed in harvesting stem cells from these sources. Tax dollars should not be used to encourage the destruction of living human embryos for research .

On special rights for homosexual employees

WhiteHouse.gov: “President Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Focus on the Family: The government should not tell employers whom they can hire based on a category of protection that is not based on an immutable characteristic, but on a changeable sexual attraction, behavior or identity. The goal of laws like this is to silence religious free speech.

On a new class of crimes based on the victim’s sexual orientation

WhiteHouse.gov: “President Obama and Vice President Biden will strengthen federal hate crimes legislation (and) expand hate crimes protection.”

Focus on the Family: Everyone should receive equal protection under the law.   Hate-crime laws threaten the free-speech rights of people of faith who speak out on the issue of homosexuality. These laws also make it possible that pastors could be prosecuted for preaching against homosexuality, as they have been in other countries.

On same-sex adoption

WhiteHouse.gov: “President Obama believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Focus on the Family: Children deserve the best chance to have both a mother and a father. Same-sex adoption increases the likelihood that a child will be denied a mom or a dad.

On homosexuals in the military

WhiteHouse.gov: “President Obama agrees we need to repeal the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy.”

Focus on the Family: Federal law states that homosexuality is incompatible with military service. Meanwhile, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a practice put in place during the Clinton administration prohibiting the military from asking about sexual orientation. The Department of Defense must be allowed to set its own requirements for military service.

Cry Against the Change!  Start With the Save DOMA Petition

Sign Here

The Value of Potential

Every human deserves the right to live, even in an imperfect world.

CatholicVote has some serious talent. I loved their election video and I love this new “life” video, using  Obama as an example of the good that can come of life….the very man who would sign FOCA, into legislation is, himself, a wonder of potential fulfilled.

Thanks Pearl Diver, for sending this to me.

—Beetle Blogger


FOCA in Focus for Families

Obama’s Promise of Disaster

Obama has promised to sign the “Freedom of Choice Act” as president.  This legislation would be a disaster for state’s rights, parental rights and most importantly, children’s rights.

“The first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing I’d do.”

With that one pen stroke, he has promised to remove all barriers to abortion on the state and federal levels by mandate.  No more parental consent, or information given to girls looking into abortions, no controls whatsoever on this incredibly destructive practice.

I completely oppose this unilateral legislation. Abortion should always be the rare exception, never the rule.

See FightFOCA.com for more information and to join the fight against Planned Parenthood and this legislation.   —Beetle Blogger

Sign the Fight FOCA Petition

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would eliminate every restriction on abortion nationwide.

  • FOCA will do away with state laws on parental involvement, on partial birth abortion, and on all other protections.
  • FOCA will compel taxpayer funding of abortions.
  • FOCA will force faith-based hospitals and healthcare facilities to perform abortions.
  • Barack Obama believes this legislation will “end the culture wars.”

To him, “ending the culture wars” means eradicating every state and federal law on abortion — laws that the majority of Americans support.

The FightFOCA petition will be sent to key Members of Congress upon the re-introduction of the Freedom of Choice Act in the 111th Congress, and to President-Elect Obama.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN

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