You and I want the best medical care available for all.We know that Medicare is running out of money.If there is no money, no one gets care.There must be an alternative which will provide the best care.It is very important for each of us to know the facts about Obamacare and about the plan put forth by U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI).These are three highly informative videos which you will want to watch.
As time gets short and the debate heats up, we must each understand this information well enough to share with others!Please watch carefully.Thank you, Anne
This afternoon, the House banned federal funds from being used to train doctors on how to perform abortions!The vote was 234-182.Yes, that is 172 plus the entire MA House delegation.This is part of the plan to dismantle Obamacare.I think you'll like the article from the Associated Press which explains more fully.
When it comes time to call our senators on this, I'll let you know.Thanks for your commitment!Anne
House bans funds for teaching abortion techniques
Published: Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 4:04 PM ET
WASHINGTON - The House voted Wednesday to ban teaching health centers from using federal money to train doctors on how to perform abortions, the latest in a series of anti-abortion measures pushed by the Republican majority.
The author of the measure, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said she wanted to make it "crystal clear that taxpayer money is not being used to train health care providers to perform abortion procedures."
The proposal was presented as an amendment to the latest of several GOP bills to restrict funding for the health care act that was enacted last year. This bill gives Congress control over spending for a program to encourage health centers to provide training to medical residents. The amendment applies to funding in that grant program.
The Foxx amendment passed 234-182 despite the objections of some Democrats that it would prevent health centers from teaching a basic medical technique that can be critical to saving a woman's life during emergencies.
"This amendment would jeopardize both education and women's health care by obliterating funding for a necessary full range of medical training by health care professionals," said Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.
The Foxx amendment and the overall bill to restrict the health care act both are likely to die in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Since coming to power in January, the Republican majority in the House has acted to write permanently into law the ban on federal funds to perform abortions, to make it easier for hospitals to refuse abortion cases and to make it more expensive for small businesses to choose insurance plans under the health care act that provide abortion coverage. The House unsuccessfully tried to cut off federal money for Planned Parenthood as part of the battle over this year's budget.
"If organizations want to provide elective abortions or train abortion doctors they need to find someone other than taxpayers to write the checks," Foxx said.
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said Foxx's amendment was an unprecedented restriction on medical training. "Regardless of how one feels about legal abortion, reasonable lawmakers can agree that doctors should be as well-trained as possible to deal with any medical situation that may arise," she said.
The amendment also states that no funds available under the grant program can be used to perform abortions and that teaching health centers will not be eligible for funds if they discriminate against providers that deny abortion services.
Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the anti-abortion group National Right to Life, said the anti-discrimination provision was important because "the Obama administration has severely weakened enforcement of existing laws."
He said conscience protections get a better reception in the Senate and that, even if the Senate does not act, it was important for the House to push its anti-abortion agenda. "It usually takes more than one Congress to accomplish worthwhile legislative goals," Johnson said. "It is necessary often to build up momentum over several Congresses."
I never just send out articles, but this is an exception.Many people have been sending around articles about Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and his conversion to pro-life after making his girl friend/ward have an abortion.Definitely a good story.
Personally, I am very grateful to be on the right side!Anne
In the back-to-business department, you may have seen reports on polls in the last few days with headlines that said more people now identify as "pro-choice" and that abortion numbers are way up for poor women.
After coming from nowhere, a slight majority of people have been identifying themselves as "pro-lie".This year we have slipped a tad to those who identify as "pro-choice".The important thing is the steady increase in people who think abortion is morally wrong, should be outlawed in all or most cases, etc.As you will see, "pro-life" is advancing steadily by the day.
National Right to Life responds to the Guttmacher Institute claim that abortions are down for non-poor women but way up for poor women because of restrictions on abortions (note the numbers in states that fund abortion - we in Mass. fund under court order)
NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE RESPONDS TO LATEST GUTTMACHER REPORT
'When tax dollars pay for abortion, you get more abortion'
WASHINGTON - Today, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates, disputed claims that restrictions on abortion "disproportionately affect" poor women. The assertion was made in, "Changes in Abortion Rates Between 2000 and 2008 and Lifetime Incidence of Abortion, published online yesterday in the June 2011 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology by researchers from the Guttmacher Institute (originally founded as a special research affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America).
"Data showing an eight percent drop in abortion rates across the board from 2000 to 2008 are encouraging," said Randall K. O'Bannon, Ph.D., National Right to Life director of education and research.
"Guttmacher suggests that higher abortion rates among poorer woman and abortion restrictions are somehow connected, yet it's a thesis that goes undefended," O'Bannon further noted."How common sense regulations like right-to-know laws, which tell women about abortion's risks and alternatives which are better for both them and their unborn children, and similar protective measures, are supposed to hurt poor women is hard to fathom."
The overall downward trend seems to indicate that such laws, along with the assistance provided by pregnancy care centers, which provide lifesaving alternatives to abortion, are enabling more women to choose life for their unborn child. However, several states - California, New York and at least a dozen others - publicly fund abortion for poor women. "While the abortion industry saw declines among most demographic groups, it just happened to see growth among women for whom states were covering abortion costs," observed O'Bannon.
The fact is, when tax dollars pay for abortion, you get more abortion," O'Bannon observed.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), according to their own 2008-2009 annual report, showed over $1 billion in revenues, including $363.3 million in "Government Grants & Contracts" (an increase from $165 million in 1998). At a time when the overall number of abortions has decreased, PPFA reports performing 332,278 abortions for the period covered in the 2009 report - accounting for more than 27% of all abortions performed annually in the United States.
O'Bannon noted: "The abortion industry likes to argue that high abortion rates are due to insufficient government funding for 'family planning,' but the record seems at odds with that assertion. As abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood has received hundreds of millions of tax dollars each year, abortions at their facilities have steadily increased at rates that very nearly match their increases in government funding."
"Ultimately, the report says less about pro-life laws and more about the aggressiveness of the abortion industry that, funded by tax dollars in many states, exploited poorer women during the recession and profited from their misery. If more women choose life for their unborn children as a result of pro-life legislative initiatives, the abortion industry knows that it will adversely impact their financial bottom line," O'Bannon concluded.
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life organizations and more than 3,000 local chapters nationwide, is the nation's largest pro-life group. National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.
All the beautiful babies on our web site and in our mailings have been babies who participated in past Walks to Aid Mothers and Children.Some have actually been Walk Babies.They are all so adorable! We hope you will enter your favorite baby!
Any baby aged 6 months to 2 years is eligible. The winner's picture will be used in all promotional material for the 28th Annual Respect Life Walk to Aid Mothers and Children on October 2.
The Walk gives so many helping groups the opportunity to gather support.Your baby could be the one who helps these groups!
This year we are accepting pictures by email, so click "respond" right now or mail to
Massachusetts Citizens for Life
The Schrafft Center
529 Main Street
Charlestown MA 02129
This is such fun - we all love seeing the babies!Please send along your picture.Anne
PS.This year we are going to bring all the pictures to the Annual Meeting of the Members at BC so that everyone can vote.It will be a highlight of the evening.So please have your pictures in by Friday, June 10th!