Archive for the ‘family planning’ Category

Gallup Poll: Obama Good on Gitmo, Bad on Abortion

February 3, 2009

The public is most supportive of his decisions to name special envoys to oversee the administration’s efforts in the Middle East, and Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to tighten rules on people working as lobbyists either before or after serving in his administration. Both of these moves are favored by 76% of Americans.

Americans are nearly as supportive of Obama’s actions to limit the interrogation methods that can be used on military prisoners — actions designed to ensure the United States does not resort to torture to find out information from prisoners. Seventy-four percent of Americans favor that decision, the same percentage who favor his executive order to institute higher fuel efficiency standards.

Two in three Americans approve of his signing a bill to make it easier for workers to sue for pay discrimination, the first legislation he has signed into law as president.

The public does not agree with everything Obama has done, however. For example, more Americans say they disapprove (50%) than approve (44%) of his decision to order the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist suspects in Cuba within a year.

Further, Obama’s decision to reverse the prohibition on funding for overseas family-planning providers may be the least popular thing he has done so far. This was an executive order that forbade federal government money from going to overseas family-planning groups that provide abortions or offer abortion counseling. Fifty-eight percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s decision to lift this ban, while only 35% approve of it. The ban on federal funds to these groups was put in place by Ronald Reagan, but lifted by Bill Clinton. George W. Bush re-instituted the ban after taking office in 2001, but Obama has once again lifted it.

Read the rest on the Gallup Poll:
http://www.gallup.com/poll/114091/Ame
ricans-Approve-Obama-Actions-Date.aspx

Ridiculous items in stimulus plan

February 2, 2009

So much for the new bipartisanship.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed President Obama’s $819 billion economic stimulus bill pretty much along party lines, with the exception of 11 Democrats who voted against the plan.

The House Bill:
Stimulus: Some Loony Spending Requests in Obama Plan

By Ruben Navarrette
For CNN

After the vote, Obama said he hoped to “continue to strengthen” the bill as it made its way through the Senate.

I’d settle for removing more of the ridiculous items that House Democrats slipped into the legislation to advance their sociopolitical agenda. Like $350 million for child care on military bases. Or $335 million to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

In normal economic times, there might not be anything wrong with this. But these aren’t normal times. And these politically motivated giveaways do nothing to fight the recession.

Another such item, which was removed from the bill, was a plan to spend more than $200 million on birth control funding as a way of stimulating the economy.

Who could possibly defend such a thing? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi concocted an argument that was ridiculous and offensive. In fact, the argument was so bad that it might have single-handedly led to the demise of the funding, which some conservatives considered a giveaway to Planned Parenthood.

Read the rest:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/0
2/02/navarrette.stimulus/index.html

Stimulus Funds Sexual Disease Prevention? Weren’t We Creating Jobs?

January 28, 2009

Democrats may have eliminated provisions on birth control and sod for the National Mall in the “job stimulus” — but buried on page 147 of the bill is stimulation for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

From The Drudge Report

The House Democrats’ bill includes $335 million for sexually transmitted disease education and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

In the past, the CDC has used STD education funding for programs that many Members of Congress find objectionable and arguably unrelated to a mission of economic stimulus [such as funding events called ‘Booty Call’ and ‘Great Sex’ put on by an organization that received $698,000 in government funds.]

“Whether this funding has merit is not the question; the point is it has no business in an economic plan supposedly focused on job creation,” says a stimulated Hill source.

Drudge:
http://www.drudgereport.com/


All rolled up.  President Obama and the Democrats will probably get their economic stimulus package; but anything done this quickly and with so little debate in Congress is often filled with “pork,” waste and other bad deals.  Like fast sex, this legislation might feel good in the short term but….

New Congress, President But Abortion Issue Lives On

January 27, 2009

As the new Congress and President Obamna settled into the start of their second week in office, a lively debate on abortion again threated peace in Washington DC.

After House Republican leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, asked the exact nature of “family planning” money in the stimulus bill, and how that might stimulate the economy, President Obama apparently asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove that funding from the bill.

Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House Republican whip, had called Obama’s initial support of Pelosi’s family planning issue “divisive.”

On ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos   House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was challenged by the host on the issue and she said she had “no apologies.”
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Pelosi, who has said in the past she is a Roman Catholic, has also been attacked in the past on her pontificating on the subject of abortion.

And now abortion is center stage as Rep. Lance Kinzer, an Kansas Republican, introduced legislation Monday requiring that 30 minutes before performing an abortion, the doctor give the woman a chance to see a sonogram and get a copy of the image. If fetal heart monitoring is done, the woman would have a right to listen.

The Roman Catholic Church has already criticized President Obama on his decision to release funding to agencies that support abortions.  In the statement from the Vatican, Archbishop Rino Fisichella criticized “the arrogance of someone who believes they are right, in signing a decree which will open the door to abortion and thus to the destruction of human life.”

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Associated Press
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The House Judiciary Committee’s chairman has opened the Legislature’s annual debate on abortion with what he calls a “woman’s right to know and see” bill.

Rep. Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican, introduced legislation Monday requiring that 30 minutes before performing an abortion, the doctor give the woman a chance to see a sonogram and get a copy of the image. If fetal heart monitoring is done, the woman would have a right to listen.

“There is no better way to know the physiological development than to see,” Kinzer said. “This bill is a sincere attempt by those of us on the pro-life side to find an area where we can have some consensus.”

Read the rest:
http://www.thekansan.com/news/x1278519542
/Anti-abortion-measure-introduced-in-House

Related:
Critics of Obama “Arrogance” on Life and Death Issues
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Birth Control is Part of Economic ‘Stimulus,’ Where Is My Viagra?

USA ‘Family Planning’ and ‘Choice,’ Japan Encourages More Children, China: Forced Abortions

January 26, 2009

In the U.S. we accept and even encourage abortions; but when it seems to tricky to say so we call abortion “choice or “family planning.”  Nancy Pelosi even says ‘family palling” money will be in the economic stimulus bill.

China has a “One Child” rule per family.  If you don’t get an abortion after the first one, forced abortions can be available.

In Japan, some companies are encouraging couples to have more sex and more children.

So we different cultures deal with sex and life and death….

Related:

Japan Wants More Children:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiap
cf/01/26/canon.babies/index.html

Birth Control is Part of Economic ‘Stimulus,’ Where Is My Viagra?