The Senate Postmortem

December 30, 2009

From the Wall Street Journal Reveiw & Outlook December 26, 2009.

Every Democrat cast the deciding health-care vote..

In the post-dawn hours on Thursday the Senate passed ObamaCare 60 to 39, in the first vote on Christmas Eve since 1895 and after the longest consecutive session in Congress since World War I. We are thus heading toward the first U.S. entitlement program dragged across the finish line on a straight partisan majority, a bill that even its most fervent supporters admit is “flawed” but better than nothing.

It is far worse than nothing. The bill itself is an unprecedented arrogation of federal power over one-seventh of the economy, and even its closest antecedents, Medicare and Medicaid, passed in 1965 with the support of both parties. Reflecting the political consensus that has always inspired durable social reform in America, those entitlements cleared the Senate with more than half of the GOP caucus voting in favor.

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Catholic Bishops oppose Senate bill

December 21, 2009

Catholic Bishops Oppose New Abortion Restrictions in Senate Health Bill

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of the most important anti-abortion voices in the country, continues to oppose the Senate health care bill despite additional restrictions included to segregate taxpayer money from abortion coverage.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of the most important anti-abortion voices in the country, announced its opposition to the Senate health care bill despite additional restrictions included to segregate taxpayer money from abortion services coverage.

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The Hill on the Senate bill

December 21, 2009

Coburn: Nelson agreement with leaders ‘threw unborn babies under the bus’

By Kevin Bogardus
12/19/09 01:41 PM ET
A number of Republican senators attacked an agreement reached between Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Senate Democratic leaders Saturday, saying it would lead to the eventual reversal of more than 30 years of federal law banning abortion funding.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oka.) said it is “absolutely fictitious” that there is an anti-abortion provision in the Senate Democrats’ reworked healthcare reform bill.

“The negotiations, whoever did them, threw unborn babies under the bus,” Coburn said.

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from FRC to US Senators

December 21, 2009

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2009

CONTACT: J.P. Duffy, (202) 679-6800

FRC Asks: ‘Is There No Democratic Senator Who Cares About Life?’

Washington, D.C. – Early this morning, the U.S. Senate voted for cloture on the manager’s amendment which includes abortion language that would force the federal government to pay premiums for private health plans that will cover any or all abortions while doing nothing to protect individual conscience rights. Beyond the issue of abortion, the legislation has a myriad of other problems including increasing taxes on families while singling out and penalizing married couples through an increase in the payroll tax. Cuts to Medicare and the expansion of the federal role in personal health care decisions will inevitably lead to rationing of care for patients.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins had this to say about the legislation:

“While true health care reform is needed, this legislation does nothing to alleviate the problems facing American families. Under this bill, families face an increasing tax burden that will be used to further devalue human life. A federal government run health care system will create a nationwide abortion network funded by government dollars resulting in the greatest abortion expansion since Roe v. Wade.

“The Senate’s cloture vote reflects the whole process leading up to it – ugly, partisan and dangerous. This legislation was drafted by a handful of people, supported by only one political party and will negatively affect every single American citizen.

“What is most disappointing is that while some Democrats in the House of Representatives put the sanctity of human life first and foremost, not one Senator from the Democratic Party could be bothered to stand up for mothers and their unborn children.

“Senators Ben Nelson (D-Nebr.) and Robert Casey (D-Penn.) gave mere lip service to protect the most innocent among us by placing their stamp of approval on government funding for abortion coverage in direct conflict with longstanding policy. I ask them to reverse course in any future votes to move this deadly bill forward.”

from the FRC website–is-there-no-democratic-senator-who-cares-about-life

A religious argument for action

December 18, 2009

This is interesting and well written.  From a Christian and Catholic perspective the purpose of social activism is to reform the society to better reflect the Truth of how God made us.  Even without accepting this premise the content of this essay is enlightening and wise.

All the problems that we see today in society and in our church can be traced to these three fundamental strategies. It is the basis of the politically correct movement and of the heresy of individualism. These strategies are the fuel that powers feminism, the engine that drives liberalism, and the vehicle of the post-modern worldview that dominates our world today and that contaminates the Church.

These three secret strategies are:

  • All opinions are equal
  • Never judge anyone
  • Never step on toes
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    Stop the Abortion Mandate audiocast

    December 15, 2009

    Stop The Abortion Mandate

    Dear Friend,

    We desperately need your help as the U.S. Senate moves on pro-abortion health care legislation, so please join us for a Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition live audiocast roundtable – Tuesday, December 15th at 9 p.m. ET – to find out what you can do to take action on this urgent issue.


    WHAT: Stop the Abortion Mandate Urgent Audiocast

    DATE: Tuesday, December 15th

    TIME: 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific

    Register now at:

    Expert presenters include:

    • CHARMAINE YOEST, Americans United for Life
    • MARJORIE DANNENFELSER, Susan B. Anthony List
    • TONY PERKINS, Family Research Council
    • KRISTAN HAWKINS, Students for Life of America
    • DOUGLAS JOHNSON, National Right to Life Committee
    • KRISTEN DAY, Democrats for Life
    • WENDY WRIGHT, Concerned Women for America
    • DAVID BEREIT, 40 Days for Life


    • The LATEST UPDATES on abortion and its inclusion in the Senate health care legislation…
    • What’s at stake if the abortion industry successfully pushes their agenda through passage of this pro-abortion bill…
    • What you can do SPECIFICALLY to help us BLOCK this NOW.

    We hope you can join us.  Thank you for helping defend life!

    For Life,

    Charmaine Yoest Charmaine
    Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.
    President & CEO

    P.S. Even if you can’t participate in this live audiocast, you can contact Congress today by clicking here and call your Senator at (202) 224-3121.

    P.S.S. Please forward this email to at least one friend.

    Contact the Senate

    December 7, 2009

    Call your Senators NOW at 202-224-3121 and ask them to vote for the ‘Nelson Amendment’ on abortion funding

     URGENT: Vote on Abortion Amendments to Health Care

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    Dear Matt,
    The Senate is voting as early as today on an amendment to the health care bill being offered by Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) which will ensure that abortion is not funded by government dollars.
    Please call the U.S. Capitol switchboard NOW at 202-224-3121 and ask your state’s two U.S. Senators to vote for the Nelson Amendment on abortion funding.

    Tony Perkins