For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ---Ephesians 6:12

"The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead must be Catholics by CONVICTION." ---Fr. Terrence Henry TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bush Administration Abortion Conscience Clause Ruling Causes 'Torrent of Objections'

Conscience clause, hello and goodbye.

According to the International Herald Tribune,

A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job-discrimination laws.

The proposed rule would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their "religious beliefs or moral convictions."

It would also prevent hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices and drugstores from requiring employees with religious or moral objections to "assist in the performance of any part of a health service program or research activity" financed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The policy invoked objections from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's two, yes, Democrats, who in an Orwellian turn of phrase "said the proposal would overturn 40 years of civil rights law prohibiting job discrimination based on religion."

President-Elect Abort Orama can't wait to overturn the ruling. Obama has said the proposal will raise new hurdles to women seeking reproductive health services, like abortion and some contraceptives. Right to choose is a one-way street for health care workers and religious hospitals opposed to bloodying their hands with the grisly business of killing babies, who are in for a short reprieve until the Obamessiah of Unity takes office.

Calls for a response to Probama groups were deferred, as the spokesmen for Prolifers for Obama, Roman Catholics for Obama, and Catholics United still in bed with Planned Parenthood and the DNC since the election were sleeping in and did not wish to be disturbed with trifling inconveniences.

Hat tip: Drudge Report


Anonymous said...

The absolute best thing about your side is how totally mature and grown-up and Christian you are in your discourse.

Matt said...

Yes, we certainly have a problem with slamming old ladies on the head with garbage can lids like the Prop 8'ers, or going into gay neighborhoods into their gay bars and being disruptive or causing riots, like your side does in our churches. We do have at least some decorum.

We also don't believe in regulating your freedom of speech, though we might choose to boycott a product you may be pitching (that's OUR freedom of speech!).

But as far as our site goes, we aren't afraid to tell it like we see it AND USE OUR REAL NAMES when we do it. That shows both credibility and courage. When you acquire those traits, by all means come back and share some more of those "mature" thoughts. But spare us the passive-aggression. It makes me yawn.

Paul said...

I am currently taking a drug for blood pressure that causes me to expel numerous excess bodily liquids, and I'd like to assure "Anonymous" that I'm saving them all up for her/him, and her/his courageous "side."

This offer won't last forever, though, "Anonymous," so step forward and claim your prize.

Kevin Gleeson said...

I read in Anonymous' comment a vein of irony, wherein the writer at face value states the opposite of the meaning he intends to convey. Let me respond to the points thusly:

I'm not totally mature and grown-up:
Guilty as charged. Ask my wife.

I'm not Christian

I interpret this not as an assault as my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but rather in my apparently "unChristian" handling of the opposing side.

To that I would respond that that all depends on the arena. If I were counseling a lady, pregnant out of wedlock, scared, alone, confused, and anxious, I would extend full compassion, tenderness, and understanding.

But when it comes to politicians - cold, sterile, calculated, and fully conscious of their denial of the right to life of small human beings, or their religious enablers (particularly Catholics, whom I hold to the highest of standards) who know better, I call them on it, which is a very Christian thing to do. Against them, I wield the full force of bareknuckled rhetoric, wit, and satire. For all I offer my prayers every night, and I hope you would do the same for me. I certainly need them.