By now you have probably heard that Rep. Bart Stupak has gone yes on Obama care in turn for an Executive Order from the same man who wrote an Executive Order rescinding the Mexico City Policy and as a State Senator manage to repeatedly vote yes on infanticide.
Can’t say that I am surprised. I am pretty much a pessimistic-optimist. I never got on the pro-Stupak bandwagon because I figured I would wait to see his actual vote. I certainly did pray for him – especially considering the massive pressure he was under. If he had held to his guns I would have been pleasantly surprised – as it is I am just disappointed, but not surprised.
It would have been nice to believe in a Catholic pro-life Democrat. But as my atheist friends would say “Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence” and that is also true towards the existence of pro-life Democrats. Not that I think Republicans are thoroughly pro-life, but at least you can actually point to some existing. Though charitably I should believe that Rep. Stupak is a pro-life Democrat that just got duped and since I am too cynical I think I will work on believing this.
There was a story yesterday of 50 Democrats who would oppose the bill if any Stupak language made its way into it. Funny how the signed Executive Order has not freaked out anybody on the pro-abortion side. We are suppose to believe there was such a fight in the Senate and then the congress up to now to reject any such language and yet – ho hum – on the Executive Order.
American Papist pointed out the USCCB analysis on the Executive Order.
“One proposal to address the serious problem in the Senate health care bill on abortion funding, specifically the direct appropriating of new funds that bypass the Hyde amendment, is to have the President issue an executive order against using these funds for abortion. Unfortunately, this proposal does not begin to address the problem, which arises from decades of federal appellate rulings that apply the principles of Roe v. Wade to federal health legislation. According to these rulings, such health legislation creates a statutory requirement for abortion funding, unless Congress clearly forbids such funding. That is why the Hyde amendment was needed in 1976, to stop Medicaid from funding 300,000 abortions a year. The statutory mandate construed by the courts would override any executive order or regulation. This is the unamimous view of our legal advisors and of the experts we have consulted on abortion jurisprudence. Only a change in the law enacted by Congress, not an executive order, can begin to address this very serious problem in the legislation.”
Of course the naysayers about abortion language say the Senate Bill never supported abortion in any way. Strange how groups never very pro-life assure is it does not support funding of abortion, but every credible pro-life group says it does. Funny that Progressive Catholics who never seem to be all that bothered about the slaughter of the innocents think the Senate Bill was just fine and dandy.
One thing people seem to forget that it always goes to more than just the wording in the bill. For example Medicaid said absolutely nothing about funding of abortion. Yet a judge deemed that it did and it is only the annually reinstatement of the Hyde Amendment that prevents Medicaid funding of abortion. The language has to be explicit or some Culture of Death judge out there will override it. The truth is most Democrats believe that abortion coverage is indeed healthcare and so any bill that moves to provide for healthcare must necessarily advance towards paying for abortion. So we will be paying for abortion, contraception, serializations and everything else that cries out to God. Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, unfortunately Caesar wants to take what belongs to God by snuffing out the life of the innocents.
When the framers of the Constitution wrote about privacy they had no intent that this would mean that a women could choose to murder the innocent child in her womb. The Presidents Executive Order (which could be cancelled at anytime) does not have the force of law to keep some judge from declaring that we must fund abortions.
Now the reason President Obama is trying to appease Bart Stupak is that he thought the Congressman wanted a Execution Order for the Unborn. Oops.