Our Lady of Soccorso
STATE OF THINGS FOR DECEMBER 15, 2006
December 14th 2006 @ 10:05 pm

1.  New Legislative Term
          A) State legislation
          B) Federal level legislation

2.  STOPP Report Excerpts

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1.  New Legislative term.

            The deluge of new legislation began during the first week of December. It is now, as of today, up to 155 bills entered.  I have skimmed through all these bills and have selected upwards of 30 for closer scrutiny.  Many of these bills affect  education, families and health.

The Governor has given a strong indication of his desire to see some form of single payer/government controlled health care/physical fitness plan for all California citizens. So, the legislators both the more seasoned as well as the newcomer legislators are acting like little kids in a classroom. Each is striving to be the one, through legislation, that gets the Governor’s attention.  Most of these bills are what are referred to as “Spot” bills. That means that they are submitted, holding a spot on the legislative file, but not saying much, yet.  There are three that are heavily loaded with detail and code changes. These need close scrutiny. Several bills, including a very important one, AB 16, that will require an HIV prevention shot for all female students by the age of 9 years.,deal with universal coverage for all children with little to no mention of parental involvement or authority.  There will also be a major attempt on the part of the right to die groups to reintroduce euthanasia/Assisted suicide legislation this year.  Both sides are already meeting to design their offense/defense.

AID IN DYING A KINDER IMAGE THAN SUICIDE http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/16120873.htm

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            As I may have indicated before, the subject of abortion, pro or con, seldom comes up in legislation anymore. It is the saddest of realities that abortion access is a forgone conclusion in the state legislature.  The battle is over how to expand access to it without calling attention to it.  The most popular and publicly accepted route is through health care. All this so-called public demand for expanded health care carries with it an automatic expansion of access by the pro abort community to our youth and to the naive alien immigrant community to promote sexual freedom, birth control and abortion all of which results, down the line, in a depressed population.

            All the media hype and righteous letters to the editor about population explosions carrying with it environmental pollution is little more than population control interest groups spewing out false representations of an overflowing and burdensome number of people in the world.  The populations of some countries such as the US may be expanding, but that expansion is through immigration for the most part. For every émigré entering a country there is an immigrant leaving a country.

            Health care and global warming will be two areas of legislation receiving the most robust attention that will affect the right to life.

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STATE LEGISLATION

AB 1,

 Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton), Ca. Healthy Children Insurance Program.  A universal enrollment joining several state health care programs.

AB 2.

 Mervyn Dymally, (d-Compton), Health Care Coverage.  Creates a state mandated local program to deliver and supervise the universal health care programs and deposit certain amounts of this money into the Cigarette Products Surtax Fund. This would channel money into Rob Reiner’s precious program - First Five - which aims to move every baby into government controlled day care.

AB 53,

 Mervyn Dymally, Health Care Coverage. This addresses the provision of universal health care coverage for everyone regardless of age, income, employment, or health status.

AB 68

, Mervyn Dymally, Schools, REquires school districts to employ a certain number of school librarians, full-time certified nurses and full-time counselors.

AB 74,

Mervyn Dymally, Would establish at the Charles Drew Hospital, a research and experimental program on the subject of controlling obesity and diabetes.  This latter mention is supposed to gain the Governor’s attention, but, in reality it is yet another program to funnel money to his favorite charity.

Dymally has several more bills, at least two of which, direct state and federal funds into his favorite charity, the Charles R. Drew Medical School located in the Watts area of Los Angeles.  This University dedicated to providing a medical training to low income, foreign and African American students, had been partnering with an adjacent black owned and operated hospital - Martin Luther King, jr. This hospital has lost it’s  accreditation through sloppy management and too high a loss of patients through carelessness. Dymally over the years, has directed any number of state programs and funds to this hospital.

AB 13,

 John Laird, (D-Santa Cruz, Health Care Coverage. Focuses on children’s health care referring to our children as the “state’s resources.”

AB 16,

 Sally Lieber, Pupil Immunization: Human Papillomavirus.  Prohibits any female pupil from entering the public or private school 6th grade until they have received the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

This vaccine is delivered in three painful shots costing $360. The parents or their health insurance coverage will be required to pay the cost. Welfare and alien client recipients will get the state tax payer to cover the cost.

This bill already receiving heavy opposition from conservative and pro life groups. This presumes that every female child will be sexually active and or marry someone who is already infected.  This vaccine, called Gardasil, provides questionable protection against only one kind of cancer. There are numerous cancers that a sexually active person can be exposed to.

Parents may sign “Opt-Out” forms, but these are less desirable than requiring “OPT-IN” forms which prohibit any treatments being given to children unless a form is signed.

The biggest problem with this bill is not only the invasive nature of its interference in the family with the state controlling actions, but the ability of the state to then track every child, maybe not by name, but by activity. This is seen more as a source of future program and services development for community agencies and eventual complete state/local community agency take over of the child’s health care.

Republican legislators for the most part are prepared to fight this one. One exception is Assemblyman Emmerson of Napa who has expressed public support for this based on support coming from a texas based Medical Institute for Sexual Health. This group carries some pro life and conservative type names on its advisory board, but exhibits a strange mix of liberal and conservative moral values.

Assemblyman Emmerson needs to hear from his constituents.

AB 81,

Alberto Torrico, (D-Fremont) Child Protection: Safe Surrender. Increases the surrender time from 72 hours following birth to 30 days. Designates safe surrender sites and several other enticements to community agencies to market themselves as surrender sites encouraging young mothers to give up their babies. Opposed by most Republican legislators in the last term, especially by Senator Dutton who was the author of the successful extension of the original Safe Surrender law.

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FEDERAL LEGISLATION

S. 51, Sam Brownback, Abortion.  Failed Passage. This bill entitled the Child Pain Awareness Act would have required the abortionist inform the mother that a shot was available to be given to the baby in utero prior to an abortion to dull the pain if it’s violent death.

This was one of those morally unsettling bills that created problems for some in supporting it. American Life League came out strongly against it while other pro life groups, local and national, encouraged it’s support.  It’s sort of life testing the chairs for comfort on the Titanic while it is sinking.

This is not to detract from Senator Brownback’s continuing attempts to move the Congress to a more open and sympathetic attitude toward respecting human life, but it, in the end, does nothing to stop abortion or it’s tax funding.  The only thing a bill like this does (and it became a hot issue at election time) is allow any number of normally pro abort legislators to get on board in support and, then, be acclaimed as pro life and worthy of support at election time.

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLOSING CLINICS

This is an excerpt from a STOPP Report prepared by Jim Sedlak.

This article reports that since 1987 the number of abortion clinics owned and operated by Planned Parenthood has been dropping due, STOPP claims, to a lack of support. We would like to believe this, but this writer is afraid that PP has become a part of the establishment and may not need it’s own facilities.  We do thank Jim Sedlak and American Life League for their continuous pressure upon PP to adhere to some sense of moral obligation to their clients.

STOPP lists the clinics by type of service.

Types of Planned Parenthood facilities: Planned Parenthood operates a number of different types of facilities across the country. The following types are of special interest to American Life League and we report specifically on them:

            •           “Health” clinics that commit chemical abortions by selling birth control products that work some of the time by preventing implantation of an already created human being.
            •           “Health” clinics that commit medical abortions (using products like RU-486 to kill babies after implantation) as well as chemical, but not surgical abortions.
            •           “Health” clinics that commit chemical, medical and surgical abortions.
            •           Express clinics that provide limited expedited services. Planned Parenthood says, "At an express health center, clients who are short on time and do not require a table examination can quickly pick up their birth control medication or get contraceptive advice." It appears this is an effort by PP to increase its number of clients without significantly increasing expenses.

            •           Contracted services are used by Planned Parenthood of Utah. It contracts with doctors and other health care providers to service PP clients. This appears to be an effort to increase its client count without incurring overhead expenses. Although we track these providers, they are not included in the overall Planned Parenthood clinic numbers.

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CRLC thanks all those who have contributed over the year to the support of our research and for forwarding and distributing our information to others. I am pleased to report that I have been appointed for a year’s term, (volunteer basis) as Family Issues Legislative Analyst for the California Federation of Republican Women.  I am in good company with other concerned and knowledgeable women who will be working through the year to encourage greater contact of Republican women with legislators.

CRLC is ending the year with all bills paid and about $300.00 in the bank. The first of the year will see a few bills needing to be paid for postal permits, blog expenses. Please keep us in your prayers and in your charitable giving activities. $24.99 once a year is all we ask.

Have a Blessed Christmas, a safe new year and extended family surrounding you.

Camille Giglio
2977 Ygnacio Valley Rd, #243
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
callifeadvocates@sbcglobal.net
http://www.callifeadvocates.org/blog

-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