Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Planned Parenthood & Post-Birth Abortions 

Last week legislators in the Sunshine State succeeded in exposing the ugly reality of Planned Parenthood -- it is in the business of destroying children. 

The Florida House Civil Justice Committee debated a bill requiring medical attention for babies who survived failed abortions. Alisa LaPolt Snow, representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, testified against the legislation. Her comments were shocking to those who are still in the dark about how extreme Planned Parenthood is. Please read this exchange: 

Rep. Jim Boyd: "So, um, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I'm almost in disbelief. If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?" 

Ms. Snow: "We believe that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician."

Rep. Jose Oliva: "You stated that a baby born alive on a table as a result of a botched abortion that that decision should be left to the doctor and the family. Is that what you're saying?" 

Ms. Snow: "That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider." 

Rep. Jose Oliva: "I think that at that point the 'patient' would be the child struggling on the table, wouldn't you agree?" (Here Mrs. Snow realizes that she is walking into a trap. She "punts.") 

Ms. Snow: "That's a very good question. I really don't know how to answer that."

Even after a baby is born, Planned Parenthood's representative still cannot see the humanity of that child struggling on the table. As shocking as her response was, she was merely echoing President Obama's position. 

As an Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama repeatedly opposed similar legislation. During a 2008 debate at Saddleback Church, Obama could not tell Pastor Rick Warren when babies had the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Even for a supporter of abortion, "at birth" would seem like an obvious answer. But for pro-abortion extremists, the choice to terminate a life extends beyond birth into the realm civilization calls infanticide. 

Dr. Carson Fights Back 

Dr. Ben Carson went on Mark Levin's radio show last night and fought back against the left-wing smear machine that is desperately trying to tear him apart. Responding to the attacks, Carson said: 

"They want to shut us up completely, and that's why the attacks against me have been so vicious. I represent an existential threat to them. They need to shut me up, they need to get rid of me, they can't find anything else to delegitimize me, so they take my words, misinterpret them, and try to make it seem that I'm a bigot."

Responding to a question from Mark Levin about being a black conservative, Dr. Carson turned the tables on his left-wing critics and accused them of racism, saying, "They're the most racist people there are because they put you in a little category, a box. 'How could you dare come off the plantation?'" 

Good for him! That is how conservatives should respond to leftist bullies! 

Obamacare Killing Jobs & Raising Prices 

For the past three years critics of Obamacare have said that it is bad medicine for a weak economy -- job-killing legislation that would also raise prices on struggling consumers. The latest evidence comes from a prospectus from a restaurant chain seeking additional investment funding. 

When businesses seek investment funds, they are legally required to provide a prospectus -- a document outlining the potential rewards and risks to investors. This is a financial statement, not a political statement. In this case, Obamacare is identified as a clear risk to the company's bottom line. Consider these excerpts: 

"Although [XXX] already offers health care, there is expected to be an increase in costs associated with the Affordable Health Care Act ('ACA,' see 'Risks' section). To mitigate this cost, employees that were working more than 30 hours per week ... have moved down to 29 hours per week, reducing the 'full time' pool requiring health insurance from 1,100 to 835 employees. ... 

"According to an NFP study of the Company's health insurance and potential impact of the ACA, the total cost increase to the Company in 2014 is estimated to be $400,000 (or a 33% cost increase)... We believe this cost will continue to increase as the ACA is modified over the next several years but that most of the impact can be managed through cost reducing the plan or of set through menu price increases."

Salmon's Stand For Marriage 

Kudos to Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ). He was interviewed over the weekend by an Arizona TV station and asked about his view on same-sex marriage. Salmon's son, also named Matt, has been openly gay for years and active in the Log Cabin Republicans. 

But, unlike Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Congressman Salmon still believes marriage should remain the union of one man and one woman. Here is how he handled the issue: 

"I don't support the gay marriage. My son is by far one of the most important people in my life. I love him more than I can say. I'm just not there as far as believing in my heart that we should change 2,000 years of social policy."

That is how the issue should be handled -- with love for the child and respect for the institution of marriage. 

The congressman's son was equally loving toward his father, telling the Washington Post, "We respect each others' opinions and we just know that on certain issues we have to agree to disagree." He also condemned the intolerant "hate speech" that homosexual rights activists have posted on his father's Facebook page since this interview. 

Please take a moment to encourage Rep. Salmon. Thank him for not abandoning normal marriage. It would be politically convenient for him to reverse his position under these circumstances, and I have no doubt that the gay rights movement will continue to target him and his family for harassment and intimidation.