|Volume 37, Number 10 www.nrlc.org October 2010|
What You Can Do to Make a Vitally Important Difference on November 2
By Dave Andrusko
As this edition of National Right to Life News goes to press, we are just weeks away from the pivotal November 2 off-year elections. Like sailors clinging to a capsized vessel, pro-abortion Democrats are frantically attempting to avoid drowning under a tidal wave of voter backlash. While most media talk is about the powerful impact of a weakened economy, the Democrats’ plunge actually began with the public’s deep resentment at having ObamaCare shoved down its collective throat.
How best to understand the stakes? Consider the price the unborn have paid because the Presidency in the hands of a man joined at the hip to the Abortion Establishment, aided and abetted by two uber-partisan pro-abortion Democratic leaders--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Obama’s forays into abortion advocacy are many and varied, but we rightly focus on the laughably misnamed “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010”–ObamaCare. We know the truth, but even now much of the “mainstream media” insists on recycling the same half-truths and mis-truths all (ironically) under the guise of clearing up “misunderstandings.”
For example, driving into work yesterday I heard a radio reporter impatiently state (as if there can be no possible disagreement) that ObamaCare does not subsidize abortion and does not prevent access to lifesaving medical treatment. In fact, it does both, meaning ObamaCare indiscriminately attacks vulnerable life at both ends of the age continuum.
Post-election "lame duck" session looms
WASHINGTON (September 29, 2010)–With Congress entering a month-long recess to allow full-time campaigning during the final weeks before the November 2 general election, NRLC legislative staff has analyzed the damage done by nearly two years of collaboration between pro-abortion President Barack Obama and the large majorities of mostly like-minded Democrats who currently control both houses of Congress.
Following the election, the same lawmakers–including those who have been defeated–will again convene in a "lame duck session" that will begin in November and run into December. The new 112th Congress–which will include all of the candidates who are victorious in the general election–will convene in January.
"Since April, our side has been pretty successful at blocking bad legislation–but we're not out of the woods, because we will still face some serious threats during the lame duck session," explained NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson. "During the lame duck session, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid will still be in control–and pro-abortion lawmakers who have been defeated on November 2 will still be allowed to vote. So for a few weeks, we may face 'The Attack of the Living Dead Incumbents.' NRLC will be braced to strenuously resist any attempts by the Democratic congressional leadership to ram through pro-abortion legislation, using the votes of lawmakers who have already been 'fired' by their constituents."
From the President
PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS A PLAN FOR YOU: RATIONED HEALTH CARE
By Wanda Franz, Ph.D.
Princeton Professor Peter Singer, an open advocate of rationing of health care, invoked the above comment by President Obama in order to make his own point that politicians shouldn't be afraid to argue for health care rationing. It was clear to Singer that the Obama administration intended to build rationing into the Health Care Reform Law--it just wasn't going to be open about it.
To advocate for rationing, as Singer does, is to propose a radical change in the fundamental values that undergird America's health care system. Traditionally, we have assumed that our health care will further the values expressed in America's founding documents. The Declaration of Independence says "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
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