Our Lady of Soccorso
STATE OF THINGS FOR JULY 20, 2008
July 20th 2008 @ 8:58 am

1. Legislation.
2. Birth Control pill=abortion
3. Universal Health Care, a commentary
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Dear Friends: There are many items of good news (and bad) on the web regarding the life and family issues. They are all worthy of noting but impossible for this alert to comment on due to the breadth and scope of the issues. I do hope that you take the opportunity to check out as many of the pro life sites as you possibly can.

I will report on news items when they impinge on legislation or when I notice an obvious bias on some issues.

The California legislature is nearing the close of session. Several bills were pushed very quickly through the legislature blindsiding the pro life community. Other bills important to the Democrats are being held in committee awaiting the budget outcome.

Once again, the California Catholic Conference failed to use its influence with legislators to stop some of these offensive-to-life bills. There is as much a need to lobby one’s Catholic Bishop urging that they pay attention to what their public policy department is doing in Sacramento, as there is a need to lobby the legislators themselves.

I am aware that many of you pass along these alerts to friends and groups and I thank you for that. It is so important to contact elected and church officials especially in writing. Emails are the best way to reach legislators, but phone and fax are also solid means of communication. A Chief of Staff for a Congressman told me recently that letters are still going through close examination in the mailrooms and arrive in legislators’ offices sometimes weeks after they are received or they are so damaged by inspections in the mailroom that they are almost unreadable.

Some positive things have also occurred as you will see by reading to the end.
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1. LEGISLATION

ABORTION BILLS.

AB2010, Mark DeSaulnier.(D-Concord) Affiliate Clinics: Provisional Licenses. SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

Rushed through as an Urgency status, this bill authorizes satellite clinics to be opened without inspections. Satellite clinics are those future clinics attached to already approved clinics. We refer to them as legalized back alley abortion clinics.

This is strictly a Planned Parenthood and associates sponsored bill. The reason used for urgency was that clinics were having to wait up to a year for state Health Department inspections before they could open. In truth, there is no waiting according to Health Department spokespersons, and this is a monopolistic move on the part of Planned Parenthood to corner the abortion/b.c. market (PP was once charged in court with interfering with free trade by abortionist Dr. Kenneth Allred).

The Catholic Conference sent out an email urging people to ignore our alert.

SB 1770, Alex Padilla (D-Van Nuys). Anti-Reproductive-Rights Crime. ENROLLED.

ACTION REQUESTED: Call the Governor - 1-916-445-2841. Urge a “NO” Vote.

Previously a bill was passed mandating that the Attorney General’s office keep a list of so-called crimes committed by pro lifers against pro aborts. This bill will expand that mandate to require that the AG’s office make a yearly report to the legislature and put the information on its internet web site.

This bill has its pros and cons. As it turns out, in the last three years there have been only 3 instances of any so-called criminal acts by individuals identifying themselves as pro lifers, directed at pro aborts. Since the instances are so minimal and inconsequential no one knows why they would want this published. It only makes them look paranoid. However there has been some discussion back and forth about opposing this. Those who say just ignore the bill for the silliness that it is have their point. However some of us believe that PP, one of the sponsors, acts just like a whiney brat who runs to its mother every time someone looks cross-eyed it. PP wants the government to be the parent administering punishment for any slight offense to the delicate sensitivities of the pro aborts. Its too late for a compromise position of, okay, print any supposed pro life slights, but also print the pro abort challenges and threats to the pro lifers at sidewalk rescues, etc. The bill goes either up or down with the Governor’s pen. Let’s hope it goes down.

There are hundreds of online reports by Lime Five or by Human Life International regarding the crimes committed by pro aborts either against each other or against pro lifers, arsons, murders, kidnapping, income tax evasion, sloppy medical practices, etc. In 2001 CRLC published a report on California crimes committed by pro aborts against pro life and pregnancy counseling offices as well as the usual list of criminal activities.

FEDERAL ANTI-LIFE BILLS

US 1173, Barbara Boxer, (D-Ca.) Women’s Freedom to Choose; and, HR 1964 Jerry Nadler, (D-N.Y.) Women’s Freedom of Choice.

Both bills protect[s], consistent with Roe v. Wade, a woman’s freedom to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for other purposes.

This is the basic goal of these bills:

Section 2, paragraphs..

    (10) Legal and practical barriers to the full range of reproductive services endanger women’s health and lives. Incremental restrictions on the right to choose imposed by Congress and State legislatures have made access to abortion care extremely difficult, if not impossible, for many women across the country. Currently, 87 percent of the counties in the United States have no abortion provider.

    (11) While abortion should remain safe and legal, women should also have more meaningful access to family planning services that prevent unintended pregnancies, thereby reducing the need for abortion.

    (12) To guarantee the protections of Roe v. Wade, Federal legislation is necessary.

Both bills were introduced in April of 2007. The Nadler bill sits in the House Judiciary Committee. You may recall that Nadler is the homosexual who allowed a call-boy business to operate out of his office.

The Boxer bill sits in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Pat Leahy,(D) Chairman. Dirksen Bldg, Washington, D.C. 20510-6275. Phone: 202/224-5225. Nadler’s bill is in the House Judiciary, John Conyers,(D) Chairman. C/O Rayburn Bldg, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202/225-3951

ACTION: CONTACT these Chairmen, urge them to keep this bill in committee. that’s all you have to say. The Congress has never voted on abortion or abortion funding. It has been all on the shoulders of the US Supreme Court. If the Congress should ever pass a bill then the pro aborts will be able to say, “see, the people have spoken and abortion is just another reproductive health choice,”

END-OF-LIFE BILLS

AB 2565, Mike Eng, (D-Monterey Park). Hospitals: Brain Death. Passed house or origin, was amended on 7/2/08 and returned to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Requires hospitals to establish a rigid, centralized end-of-life plan for patients determined to be in an irreversible life threatening condition.

Anecdote: an acquaintance was recounting her recent knee replacement surgery experience. According to her, she had been given what amounted to an overdose of painkiller pills in the hospital and flat lined twice. Under this bill she might not be resuscitated. This end-of-life plan could have the capability of overriding personal medical directives.

ACTION REQUEST: Write your senator. Urge a “NO” vote. Suggest that he/she support your right to live or you won’t support his/her re-election.

AB 2747, Patty Berg, (D-Napa). End-Of-Life Care. It has passed every committee in both houses and is now n the Senate floor waiting for it’s final vote.

ACTION REQUESTED: Email or fax your state senator urging a “NO” vote.

AB 3000, Lois Wolk, (D-Vacaville). Health Care Decisions: Life Sustaining Treatment.

ENROLLED. This means that it is waiting for the Governor’s signature.

ACTION REQUESTED: URGENT. This went to the Governor on July 2. Phone the Governor’s message line and urge a veto. 1-916-445-2841.

These three bills, taken together, will initiative assisted suicide without a direct vote on assisted suicide most likely through court challenge. These bills are so generalized and have confusing directions that only a court will be able to untangle it all.

NOW, for some good news.

FEDERAL PROPOSAL RECOGNIZES ABORTION TO INCLUDE BIRTH CONTROL PILL

Washington, DC (17 July 2008) – The Department of Health and Human Services is considering a rule that defines abortion to include birth control that prevents implantation, according to the New York Times. The federal proposal also reportedly expresses concern about state laws that require hospitals to provide emergency contraception to victims of rape.

The proposal protects pro-life medical workers from discrimination and ensures their freedom of conscience to refuse to participate in any activity that could result in an abortion.

It would guarantee that healthcare facilities receiving federal government aid will not refuse to hire employees who object to abortion and birth control.

The document goes on to identify abortifacient birth control as the following.
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Any of the various procedures — including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action — that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.

Judie Brown commenting on this said that: “the proposed regulations could set standards for acknowledging that preborn babies are dying before implantation. It is an admission that could have set the standard for everything the Bush administration has been doing for the past eight years. We hope this sets a precedent for further protection of preborn persons.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Life Site News: Planned Parenthood in Hysterics (16 July 2008)
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jul/08071604.html

Medical News Today: Legislators, Advocates Respond to Potential Federal Rule That Could
Limit Birth Control Access (17 July 2008)
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/115319.php

Associated Press: Health Proposal Rankles Democrats (16 July 2008)
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jJ83TQdFoKZ_hSK8JAsImgooHrYQD91V97F80

Sen. Kuehl tries again for universal health care system in California
By Aurelio Rojas, Sacramento Bee, 7/17/08

    Six years after launching her effort, state Sen. Sheila Kuehl made a final pitch (emphasis added) Wednesday to a legislative committee for a government-run universal health care system.

    Senate Bill 840 would establish a single-payer system in which the state would assume the role that private insurance companies now play.

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a earlier version of the legislation in 2006, calling it "socialized medicine," and has vowed to do so again.

    That did not stop Kuehl, now in her last year as legislator because of term limits, or the Democrats who control the Assembly Appropriations Committee from praising a single-payer system during the overflow hearing.

    "This plan would cover every California resident with comprehensive, affordable health benefits," Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, told the committee. "Once put into place, it would seriously contain the growth in health care spending and improve the quality of care that’s provided."

    Earlier this year, the Senate Health Committee that Kuehl heads rejected a health-care expansion plan negotiated by Schwarzenegger and then-Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez. SB 840 then became the only option left in the Legislature.

    Donna Gerber of the California Nurses Association, a sponsor of the bill, testified Wednesday that a single-payer system is "the only effective approach to reining in (the) insurance industry and solving the state and national health care crisis." (Note: Donna Gerber was once a Contra Costa County Supervisor)

    Marti Fisher of the California Chamber of Commerce testified that SB 840 would create "a huge, new under funded bureaucracy while imposing new taxes and not addressing escalating medical costs."

    The measure’s supporters cited studies predicting that the legislation would drive down health care costs.

    Opponents pointed to other studies concluding that costs would escalate.

    While all the Democrats on the Assembly panel have signed on as co-author, no vote was taken because of the state’s $15.2 billion budget deficit.

    The bill, which cleared the Senate last year, could still be resurrected before the end of the current session and sent to the governor, depending on the outcome of internal discussions among Assembly Democrats.

    But Assemblyman Mark Leno, the San Francisco Democrat who heads the Appropriations Committee, predicted "this will ultimately be decided at the ballot in some coming year."

    California voters defeated a single-payer proposal in 1994, 73 percent to 27 percent. But supporters cite polls showing that backing for the concept has increased dramatically as health care costs have escalated. After Wednesday’s hearing, Kuehl said she hopes the Assembly will send her bill to the governor.

    The senator, who estimated she probably made 30 presentations in the Legislature on behalf of her proposal, said support has grown in the past six years.

    Kuehl cited 700 organizations, including most of the state’s unions, that now support the idea, which she said will live on after she leaves the Legislature.

    "There will be a new author," she said. "It will be re-introduced in January, (and) this is going to keep going until we get it."
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During this last month it was learned that Assemblyman DeSaulnier (see first bill listed) was to make a town hall type appearance at a nearby Catholic Church, speaking about health care. Parishioners joined forces, contacted the pastor and got the former bar and grill owner/operator cum legislator cancelled from the Catholic Church. Later it was learned that the meeting had been moved to a nearby Lutheran church. I have been able to get a video of that meeting and will repot on events soon.

-Camille
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Take away God, all respect for civil laws, all regard for even the most necessary institutions disappears; justice is scouted; the very liberty that belongs to the law of nature is trodden underfoot; and men go so far as to destroy the very structure of the family, which is the first and firmest foundation of the social structure.
- St. Pius X, Jucunda Sane, March 12, 1904