Stupak and his group caved in. Read the Orlando Sentinel article which summarizes how I feel.
Life is the answer. Health care in essence should be for life. Doctor's or Hippocratic oath includes duties and promises that promote life. In fact, in this ancient oath and in a "pagan," non Christian Grecian society, Hippocrates recognized that abortions were not to be performed. It wasn't until the Holocaust that we saw doctors openly perverting their oath, and using humans for experimentation, self advancement, and for supposed medical research at the unethical expense of other human beings.
Abortion today is and always has been a controversial lucrative business under the guise of a medical service, where children are killed and women are wounded way beyond the painful mistaken "solution." Many objective and unslanted surveys indicate that the majority of Americans do not want to fund abortions. They wouldn't fund it for someone they know and care about because they know that not only is a child's life snuffed out, the mother bears a deep emotional wound for the rest of her life. So why impose such a clause in a federal legislation?
Our senators and congressmen and women are considering a Health Care Bill. A health care bill that promotes using tax payer funds to pay for abortions whether we believe in the taking of unborn human life or not. Abortions shouldn't be seen as the solution to every unwanted pregnancy. I knew of a new bride who got pregnant early in her marriage and her husband didn't want a baby right away. He suggested that she have an abortion. It was their first baby. How often does this happen? An inconvenient pregnancy. It cost this woman many tears and almost her marriage, but she did not abort her baby. That child is now a beautiful intelligent young woman who is a delight to all her family. I don't want to imagine if that person were not part of my life. Then I knew another single woman. She got pregnant like so many other young women, an unexpected pregnancy. The family was in an uproar. It was many years ago when this sort of thing hardly ever happened. There was a struggle, an angry father, and believe me abortion was an option. You don't know the incredible person this child has grown up to be. These two mothers chose life and responsibility, not an easy solution for either of them. In both cases, the fathers were hesitant to face their responsibility, but finally did. It wasn't easy, but these two babies grew up to be loved and have given so much love in return, it's incalculable.
Before any one gets started, this bill has nothing to do with a woman's "right" to choose to have an abortion. What is at stake here, is who is going to pay for it? Including abortion in a health care plan is wrong on many different levels, and to force hard working Americans to give their money for abortions which they totally deplore, is outrageous, disingenuous, and simply wrong. We understand our health care system needs to be redesigned and re-envisioned but not at the expense of our values and convictions.
I want to thank Congressman Bart Stupak from Michigan, for his conviction and his determination to do the right thing. I was reminded about his efforts ironically through a disparaging news article that is being highlighted on Yahoo News. The article suggests that he might be the reason this healthcare bill might be derailed. Then the article goes on to smear the congressman by innuendo by saying he might belong to a fringe group in Washington. It is obvious the writer is finding a way to discredit him. How can that journalist see him or herself as an unbiased reporter? Doesn't he realize that readers can see right through his bias.
Thank God, the Congressman is not alone and there are others standing with him. He is in my prayers and I am sure in those of many others.