Saturday, February 26, 2022

In Context: Implications of H.R. 3755

Last week, we looked at the contrast between America's founding heritage and the subsequent vote on H.R. 3755 in this coming Monday's Senate schedule.

This week, we take a closer look at the implications of what that abortion bill would mean for pro-life policy in America.

The Virginia Society for Human Life notes, H.R. 3755 would establish abortion-on-demand in all 50 states, regardless of the status of Roe v. Wade.

Among the protective laws this legislation would nullify:
  • Nearly all federal limits on taxpayer funding of abortion;
  • Conscience protection laws allowing medical professionals to opt-out of providing abortions;
  • Requirements to provide women seeking abortion with specific information on their unborn child;
  • Laws providing reflection periods (waiting periods);
  • Laws requiring parental consent or notification for minors seeking an abortion;
  • Laws limiting the performance of abortions to licensed physicians;
  • Bans on elective abortion after 20 weeks when an unborn child is capable of feeling pain;
  • Requirements to provide women with information on alternatives to abortion;
  • Bans on the use of abortion as a method of sex selection, and abortions done based on a diagnosis of a disability, including Down Syndrome.

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

In Context: Excluding the Indispensable Supports

Senate Majority Leader Schumer has scheduled two items for Monday, 2/28, after its recess for President's Day and Washington's birthday next week.

The first item is the reading of President George Washington's Farewell Address which has been an annual tradition in the Senate since 1896, this year to be read by Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

Among Washington's words were these:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.

Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?

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Friday, February 11, 2022

In Context: Things that should be neither bipartisan nor partisan

Three weeks after forcing the Senate to take a vote on a partisan effort to disfigure the Body into an institution of an entirely different character, Senate Majority Leader Schumer was back to singing the praises of bipartisanship and of the most significant laws Congress has passed since the 1990s.

His last item was an appeal for bipartisanship—on cannabis. What's so odd is how contrary this is to one of the most significant legal settlements in the 1990s with the tobacco industry.

What has changed?

Saturday, February 5, 2022

In Context: Dual Tracks of Free Speech

One of the most fundamental God-given rights is the right to speak freely. Throughout history, if God tells us to speak, we have a right to speak, and any government should protect that broad right, even if that speech is about the government itself.

This week, Senate Majority Leader Schumer said, “We don't need to look that far into history to see what happens when we go down the dangerous road of censorship and suppression. When free expression is weakened, the mob is empowered. The groundwork is laid for further discrimination, intimidation, and, God forbid, increased violence.”

If he had been talking about the practice of medicine, and how medical professionals should have the freedom to speak about early treatment of the coronavirus, his comments would have been timely and helpful. No, that speech is being suppressed as misinformation. Track #1.

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