is simply appalling to (1) consider
reproductive care (read: abortion)
to be essential and basic care,
and (2) to have Int'l Planned
Parenthood Federation to be
an essential part of such health
care system. IPPF is the biggest
abortion organization in the
world, and has spent hundreds
of millions of dollars to promote
the cause of reproductive health,
including and centered on the
right to abortion.
can any Catholic ever be for
IPPF? How can any Catholic ever
be openly for intrinsic evil?
how can any Catholic vote for
an openly pro-abortion candidate
when there is a pro-life candidate
as an alternative?
Family Research Council)
Care Plans: Abortion Coverage
Opposed by Majority
in the second of three presidential
debates, both candidates are
likely to trade barbs on one
of the key issues of this election-health
care reform. On one hand, Sen.
John McCain bases his plan on
a tax credit system that would
help Americans pay for their
coverage by untethering health
care from employment. Sen. Barack
Obama would mandate employer-sponsored
health care and use targeted
taxes to socialize medicine
for low-income families.
most of his proposal is straightforward,
one element of Obama's plan
is still confusing voters. Does
it or doesn't it include universal
coverage for abortion? As the
Weekly Standard's John McCormack
points out, the Illinois Senator
is in no rush to clarify his
position. McCormack, who left
several messages for the campaign,
has yet to receive a call back.
In a phone conference yesterday
devoted exclusively to Obama's
health care plan, McCormack
asked pointedly if it would
mandate coverage for all legal
abortion. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius
(D-Kans.), who responded on
the campaign's behalf, said,
"I really don't know the
specifics of that." "An
Obama-Biden spokesman told me
via email that he'd find an
answer to my question,"
McCormack blogged. Twenty-four
hours have passed. Still nothing.
little research into Obama's
past speeches does provide some
clues about the senator's intent.
a Planned Parenthood function
in 2007, Obama pledged, "In
my mind reproductive care is
essential care. It is basic
care, and so it is at the center-the
heart-of the plan that I propose...[U]nder
a universal health care [plan]...
I still believe that it is important
for organizations like Planned
Parenthood to be part of that
abortion coverage is an element
of Obama's plan, a poll commissioned
by FRC earlier this year shows
that it would be to his detriment.
A majority of voters (56%) said
they would be "less likely"
to vote for a presidential candidate
proposing universal abortion
coverage compared to 31% who
would be "more likely"
to support such a candidate.
to me life is Christ, and death
is gain." (Phil 1:21)