|Volume 39, Number 2 www.nrlc.org Spring 2012|
Opposition Continues to Grow against Obama’s
By Dave Andrusko
When the Senate narrowly defeated the Blunt Amendment, the rights of conscience unquestionably took a hit. The 51–48 vote temporarily stymied the effort to amend the Obama health care law (“ObamaCare”) to prevent the use of that law to issue regulatory mandates that violate the religious or moral convictions of those who purchase or provide health insurance.
However, the March 1 vote, while regrettable, is only one skirmish in a battle that will continue the courts, in Congress, and at the ballot box.
The arithmetic of the vote was straightforward. Democrats control the Senate; all voting Republicans but one voted for the amendment, while all but three Democrats voted against it. The Obama Administration called the Blunt Amendment “dangerous and wrong.”
That assessment may fly with a body controlled by his fellow Democrats, who have called these determined efforts to respect religious freedom part of a “war on women,” but it will crash and burn with the electorate. It cannot be said often enough that the Blunt Amendment would have merely restored traditional conscience protections, does not affect any federal law other than ObamaCare, and does not apply to state laws.
House Cosponsor List Hits 154
WASHINGTON (March 22, 2012)—Pro-abortion groups have sounded the alarm about a new pro-life bill introduced recently in Congress at the instigation of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), declaring that its defeat is a priority for the pro-abortion movement because it poses a grave threat to the entire legal structure that maintains legal abortion on demand.
The statements were made by Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting delegate who represents the District of Columbia in the U.S. House of Representatives. Norton sponsored a Capitol Hill press conference on February 21 in collaboration with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), NARAL, and the National Abortion Federation, solely to attack the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
The legislation was introduced in the House on January 23, 2012, by Congressman Trent Franks (R-Az.), as H.R. 3803, and as of March 22 had 154 House cosponsors. (218 constitutes an absolute majority in the 435-member House.) It was introduced in the Senate on February 13 by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), as S. 2103, and as of March 22 had six Senate cosponsors.
From the President
The Real “War on Women”
According to the “mainstream” media and prominent Democrat leaders like President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, there is a cultural “war on women” taking place in America. It’s a great slogan ginned up to motivate the President’s liberal supporters. Women are being victimized, but not in the way the media is portraying it. Let’s take a look at three areas important in this so-called “war.”
Many people don’t like the fact that tax dollars are given to an organization that kills unborn babies. About this time last year, several states and the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to cut off, or reduce, tax dollars that go to abortion-promoting organizations like PPFA. This quickly became known as the “war on women.” Why? Because PPFA affiliates perform abortions (which are only done on women) and they advertise breast cancer screenings (again—women only), but PPFA doesn’t do mammograms; it refers women to someplace else for the procedure.
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