Posts Tagged ‘abortion’
An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for such month.
At least 24 hours before the performance of an abortion, a qualified medical professional trained in sonography and working under the supervision of a physician licensed in the Commonwealth shall perform fetal transabdominal ultrasound imaging on the patient undergoing the abortion for the purpose of determining gestational age.
Two mandates; one from a piece of legislation championed by Democrats, one from legislation championed from Republicans. The first is the individual healthcare mandate from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the second is the ultrasound mandate from HB 462, recently signed into law by Gov. McDonnell.
Both are examples of an overreach in the government’s authority to compel behavior.
Comments on everything I would have written about over the past week, if I wasn’t up to my eyeballs in Tea Party stuff:
1. There’s no way you can convince me that veterans should have to pay for their healthcare (outside of elective procedures). Stupidest idea I’ve ever heard, and it’s made more so by another veteran (VA Secretary GEN Eric Shinseki) suggesting it. If this were Pres. Obama’s idea, it would be a teaching point for him…but a general officer? Nope, no excuse. Just because you have a triple digit salary and can pay for yours, doesn’t mean that everyone has those means.
2. Michael Steele’s right: abortion is a choice. In that you have to make a decision to have one or not. Whether it’s a choice you agree with-and I don’t-is a matter of opinion, but at it’s most basic, that’s what it is.
3. Couple weeks ago on JJP, I commented on defense programs that I thought would get cut/rolled back under the Obama Administration (the ones I mentioned were the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship, the Army’s Future Combat Systems program, the Air Force’s F-22, and the Joint Stirke Fighter Program). And then….there was this in the Boston Globe. Proof that I’m-occasionally-not just shooting off at the mouth. For the record, as uncomfortable and expensive as it is, cutting defense spending in the middle of a recession-and the jobs that come along with that-is not smart.
That was a lot more than 30 seconds. Oh, well…
From the Washington Times:
Indiana residents in need of a quick stocking stuffer this holiday season have an unusual option: Planned Parenthood gift certificates.
The group’s Hoosier State chapter on Wednesday began selling gift certificates redeemable at any of its 35 facilities for any service provided — from basic health screenings to birth control to abortions.
Betty Cockrum, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, said the program was initiated in response to the state’s ailing economy.
“Our patients are principally low-income women, and so, needless to say, those patients are more challenged now than ever,” Ms. Cockrum said. “We find that when women are [financially] strapped, they’re more worried about putting food on the table and gas in their car, and their health care is often put by the wayside.”
Ms. Cockrum said that while the certificates may be redeemed for abortions, “I can’t imagine that could happen.”
“An abortion is a tragic and urgent situation in a women’s life, and gift certificates don’t lend themselves to that,” she said.
Um…don’t those two statements-the one about Planned Parenthood’s clientele being low income women and the one about the certificates not being used for abortions-contradict each other? If I needed an abortion and didn’t have the money, BUT I had (or knew someone who had) a gift certificate to Planned Parenthood, well…problem (almost) solved.
Personally, I’m against abortion, though at times I can see having one being more beneficial than not having one (been in one of those situations myself). And I’m more interested in addressing some of the societial issues that lead women to want to get an abortion, because I believe that’s the best way to solve the problem. Make abortion unattractive, and it will go away.
But, as my friend Jonn said above, does the best way to celebrate Christmas-you know, the holiday that celebrates birth-include giving someone a gift that promotes, well, death?