Thank you, Mr. Hanna -- H.R. 3 passes

H.R. 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" passed with the support of Richard Hanna, R-NY-24.  At syracuse.com:

Washington -- A bill championed by U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle that bans all federal funding for abortions – and ends tax breaks for insurance plans that cover abortion -- passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday in a party-line vote.

Buerkle and Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, voted for the bill, which passed 251 to 175... 

A total of 16 Democrats joined 235 Republicans in support of the bill. No Republicans voted against the measure.

If the bill passes the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate and is signed into law by President Barack Obama – both unlikely possibilities – women and small businesses would no longer be able to claim federal tax credits for health insurance plans that include abortion coverage.

Likewise, any federal subsidies for private health insurance plans that include abortion coverage would be eliminated.

[....] Hanna, who unlike Buerkle supports abortion rights, said he voted for the legislation Wednesday because he believes most people do not want their taxes spent on abortion, or to subsidize insurance plans that cover abortion.

“While I personally oppose abortion, individuals should be free to make that very difficult and personal decision without government involvement,” Hanna said in a statement. But he added, “It is clear the majority of taxpayers do not want tax dollars spent on abortion.”

Betty DeFazio, director of community affairs and public policy for Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region, said federal funding for abortion is already banned under the Hyde Amendment....

Sorry, dear, you must not have read yesterday's post. That particular argument is horse manure and many of us now know it.  You'll have to find a new lie to tell.  

I'll bet Louise Slaughter, that living embodiment of Godwin's Law, wasn't pleased.

On to the Senate.

Urge Hanna to vote yes on HR 3...

...the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has announced a vote on this bill on or around Wednesday, May 4. 

From Library of Congress/Thomas:

5/2/2011 Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 237 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. The amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the report of the Committee on Rules 112-71 shall be considered as adopted. All points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. 

This major piece of legislation would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition of federal funding for abortions. Despite what some politicians and the media have reported, there is no permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal funding of abortion. The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of most abortions, is an annual appropriation fight since the amendment expires at the end of every fiscal year. 

Unlike the recent Planned Parenthood debate, there is no "women's health" excuse to hide behind. This is about taxpayers and direct abortion funding—nothing else.

Congressman Hanna's contact information:

DC office: Phone: 202-225-3665, Fax: 202-225-1891
Cortland office: Phone: 607-756-2470, Fax: 607-756-2472
Auburn office: Phone: 315-252-6700, Fax: 315-252-6709
Utica office: Phone: 315-724-9740, Fax: 315-724-9746

Related: Suspects accused of causing a fetus to die or injuring it inside the womb at any stage of development would face separate criminal charges under a law North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has signed.

But, as Sister Toldjah writes,

...it’s kinda interesting that – once again – we have a law on the books here in the states that essentially says that if the baby is unwanted and the mother goes to an abortion clinic to terminate “the problem”, then it’s not a crime. But if the baby IS wanted and is harmed by a violent offender, it is considered a crime.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad the law will go onto the books later this year. But it’s worth pointing out that “is it a baby or not” is in the eye of the beholder, depending on whether or not the unborn baby is wanted...

Just sayin'.

Help wanted at Big Abortion





At Creative Minority Report (via Weasel Zippers):

This contrasts perfectly with 40 Days for Life which has thousands and thousands of people across the country praying in front of abortion clinics. And they do it because they are passionate. The pro-aborts cannot match that kind of passion. But they can manufacture passion with money but it's a fraud. I've really got to wonder if taxpayer money is going towards hiring these "activists."


By the way, the motto of Creative Minority Report is "We laugh because we believe."

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

From Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic’s Politics Power Sex blog:

The majority of health services we provide are preventive. But it seems to me that what is truly life-changing is having an abortion, precisely because, for so many women, having an abortion means your life does not change. You do not become a mother. Or, you already are a mother but you won’t lose your job when you begin to show. Or, you can finish school – high school or college or any kind of school – without worrying that child birth and parenting will interfere with midterms, or finals, or graduation. You simply continue your life without being pregnant, and without having to face the decision to parent or place your child for adoption.

Abortion has value. It is not just the lesser of two evils, but abortion can be a good, moral decision, in and of itself. And I am not talking about cases of rape or life endangerment. I’m talking about everyday women – you, maybe, or your mom, friend, sister, wife, girlfriend, roommate – who simply know that they do not want to be pregnant, and do not want to parent this child, at this time.

From Sister Toldjah:

...Usually when abortion becomes part of our national discussion (as it often does), the focus of pro-aborts is on the emotional arguments surrounding the “health of the mother/baby” “rape/incest” rationales in attempts to imply that the vast majority of abortions are done in this country because the mother could have died if she’d attempted to give birth, that the baby had a life-threatening defect, or the woman was pregnant as a result of incest or rape. These radical pro-aborts know from one of their very own major sources of abortion information that the vast majority of abortions are performed for convenience purposes – like the ones the author mentioned above....

[....] So abortions on the basis of sex or race must continue (Margaret Sanger would be proud), and violence against pregnant women should be considered a crime against the woman only, 2nd trimester babies who are about to be aborted must continue to feel pain, the heartbeats of the soon-to-be-aborted should still be stopped, the body parts of the unborn must still be allowed to be sucked out of a woman’s body,  all primarily because her mother simply doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of having to juggle college and/or a job  and/or existing motherhood with a (another?) baby.  Life, interrupted? Not an option for pro-aborts – at least not in terms of the mother, anyway.  The life of the baby, well – that’s another story altogether.   They don’t get a say.

Which is why it’s imperative we speak for them.  Because if we don’t, who will?

I tell you, the very stones will cry out.

There's much more. For the love of God, READ THE WHOLE FRICKIN' THING.

Day of the unborn child

Growing up in St. Gabriel parish and the parish school, I remember March 24th, the archangel's traditional feast day, as being a big deal. And it was no accident that his feast day was observed on the day before the feast of the Annunciation, March 25th, which celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), his announcement that the Blessed Virgin had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord, and Mary's fiat—her willing acceptance of God's holy plan. And how did folks back in the seventh century arrive at March 25th as the date to mark the Annunciation? Well, it's nine months before the feast of Christmas.

Some of this stuff has fallen by the cultural wayside even within the Catholic Church.  For instance, St. Gabe, as we always referred to him at our school, no longer has his own feast day, but is instead lumped together with his brother archangels Michael and Raphael for a joint feast day on September 29th. And I'm not aware of much emphasis any more on the Annunciation as a solemnity, i.e., a principal holy day in the Catholic liturgical calendar.

But in some places at least, March 25th is celebrated—as the Day of the Unborn Child.



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