Saturday, June 30, 2012

ObamaTax and Vaccines

Some thoughts from The Refusers:

The Supreme Court’s approval of Obamacare provides a blank check to the vaccine consortium. Buried in the Byzantine details of the legislation is a requirement for insurance companies to subsidize vaccinations. Since individuals and companies are required to have health insurance (or pay a fine), Americans will be bombarded with an onslaught of vaccine promotion from their health insurance providers and primary care physicians. Vaccines are considered prevention, which is the key focus of Obamacare. Vaccine manufacturers must be licking their chops.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Roe Part II

Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. The Obama Tax will provide free contraceptives.... or so says Michelle Obama, and I guess she would know.

She says, "insurance companies will have to cover preventative care, things like contraception,..." 

Read the whole thing over at the Washington Examiner, First Lady: Because of SCOTUS ruling, contraception is free.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

St. Louis Tea Party tonight

If you live in St. Louis

Pack clothes, flags, and signs for an Obamacare Tea Party at Forest Park on Art Hill this week.  
The rally will begin at 7:00 PM on the day the Supreme Court rules.
Directions at Hennessysview

Hat tip: Instapundit

The Roberts Long Game -UPDATED

Erick Erickson makes the case for not being down on Roberts and notes this interesting point:

Roberts has curtailed the commerce clause as an avenue for Congressional overreach. In so doing, he has affirmed the Democrats are massive taxers. In fact, I would argue that this may prevent future mandates in that no one is going to go around campaigning on new massive tax increases. On the upside, I guess we can tax the hell out of abortion now.

Thomas Crown with a differing opinion

It’s to say that the Chief, who made the protection of the Court’s institutional image and entirely persuasive power his foremost goal, has gutted the limitation on enumerated powers to achieve that goal.
The result is awful. The process is worse.

Read the decision for yourself:

The Anchoress ponders whether "Roberts just gave Obama the Bird?" Lots of links.

Fair call or is Roberts the Souter?

Fair call? Roberts the new Souter? This is all very tiring.
Moving along.... here is Ann Althouse on what the New Health Tax means:

I have said repeatedly that Obama would be worse off if Obamacare were upheld, but what I'm really seeing is how bad it is for him with the mandate declared a tax. 

Remember the Democrats got the statute passed by insisting it was not a tax. Now, we learn it is only constitutional because it is a tax. That's got to hurt politically.

ADDED: Romney has at least 3 big arguments:

1. Obama imposed a huge new tax on working people.

2. Obama deceived the American people by saying it was not a tax, when it was.

3. The law made it look like money would go to insurance companies — in the form of new premiums — that would keep premiums low as the companies were required to take on people with pre-existing conditions, but now we find out that the money is really going to go to the federal government.

Thursday, June 28th

Here is the Scotusblog schedule if you want to follow along with them.
 All times EDT.  
8:45a – liveblog begins with introductory explanation.  
9a-10a – answers to your questions.  
10a-1045a (appx) – decision announcements.  We expect the health care decision to be announced at roughly 10:15a.  1045a-1p – live coverage and analysis.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Their lives are not "nothing"

"Those who kill the aborted are generally not called to judgment in the courts of this world. But the world is created in ultimate justice. The aborted exist for eternal life, but also to identify who killed them. The aborted remain members of the human race with all the dead. Without being asked, they are killed. Their lives are not “nothing.”"

Read the whole thing over at The Catholic Thing.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

IVF-Breast Cancer Link

IVF treatment early in adulthood dramatically increases a woman's chance of developing breast cancer, research suggests.
Women who started taking fertility drugs and went through IVF around their 24th birthday were found to have a 56 per cent greater chance of developing breast cancer than those in the same age group who went through treatments without IVF.

Read the whole thing here.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Verdict is...

Supreme Court announcements begin at 10 am ET, today.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Opening Mass for the Fortnight for Freedom

Watch the opening Mass live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption in Baltimore at 7 pm ET on EWTN.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bishops Talking Freedom

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley will host a live interactive town hall meeting with a discussion panel on CatholicTV, and WQOM radio 1060AM at 8 p.m. June 25.
Read more:

Cardinal Timothy Dolan's new book, True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty, is now available on Kindle.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Soros to Battle Bishops

News that a George Soros funded group is going to fight the US Bishops during Fortnight for Freedom:

John Gehring is an official at Faith in Public Life, and it is his organization that lives off the bounty of the left-wing atheist billionaire, Mr. Soros. On June 7, Gehring sent a memo to his buddies in the media (a copy of which was generously leaked to me—click here) instructing them on how to handle the bishops. They should begin by questioning the prelates why the Obama “accommodation” wasn’t good enough. “You have to ask why the bishops can’t take yes for an answer,” he wrote.

Whole thing over at Catholic League.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Better late than never....

Or a change of heart? After all, yesterday was the Feast of the Sacred Heart and today, the Immaculate Heart. Anyway, the Catholic Health Association has come to see the light. More at the WaPo:
The Catholic Health Association was a key ally in Obama’s health care overhaul, defying opposition from church bishops to help the president win approval in Congress. But the group said Friday it does not believe church-affiliated employers should have to provide birth control as a free preventive service, as the law now requires.

Friday, June 15, 2012

What else has the Pill Killed?

What else has the Pill Killed in our society since it's introduction?
Fatherhood and men who are responsible for their children.

The Daily Mail reports:

Three men in Tennessee have notched up a staggering 78 children by 46 different women between them - and are doing their best to squirm out of paying for a single one.
Terry Turnage has 23 children with 17 different women, while Richard M. Colbert has 25 children with 18 women. But Desmond Hatchett takes the record with 30 children with 11 women.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

One Child Policy

Or death to the second ...third....fourth...child policy.
Pat Archbold reexamines China's One Child Policy and Joe Biden, who doesn't second guess it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom Activities

Check out what's going on in your neck of the woods at the USCCB site for diocesan activities.

While we are still on the subject

of Big Pharma and Pills that Kill (see here, here and here) this new development is interesting...

“I am referring to the harmful effects of the antimalarial drug mefloquine, also known as Lariam, which was first developed over 40 years ago by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

“Mefloquine causes a severe intoxication syndrome, characterized by vivid nightmares, profound anxiety, aggression, delusional paranoia, dissociative psychosis, and severe memory loss. Experience has shown that this syndrome, even if rare, can have tragic consequences, both on the battlefield, and on the home front.”
Read the whole thing.

Not putting down science and technology at all but one has to say that we've created some monstrous things (and culture) in the process.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Speaking of Big Pharma

Continuing our conversation, this just released today, Depo Provera increases risk of breast cancer:

A new study of women using the depo provera birth control drug finds the risk of breast cancer is increased, according to information released today from the on Abortion/Breast Cancer.
The group notes a study of 1,028 women ages 20-44 in the April 15, 2012 issue of Cancer Research found that recent users of depo provera (DMPA)  for 12 months or more had a statistically significant 2.2-fold increased risk of developing invasive breast cancer.
More here.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Big Pharma

Some things to read, watch and think about regarding Big Pharma and our Brave New Pill Culture.

The Pill Kills 2012 National Symposium filmed at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in DC on June 2nd.
Event sponsored by the America Life League.

Post-Pill Paradise. Really? Here's an article in Slate titled Unexpected Pregnancy: Should a man be responsible for supporting a baby he didn't want. Snippet:
In a certain sense, all of this was simpler in the days when a baby was simply an accepted risk of sex—if everyone knew and understood and agreed that if you fell into bed with someone there might be a baby (or, if it was 1890, that you might die in childbirth). But now, after Roev. Wade, and in what Updike once called our “post-pill paradise,” most liberal youngish people don’t accept that idea, and operate under the general assumption, after a couple of glasses of wine, that you can go home with someone and not end up with 18 years of bills for diapers and babysitters and Lego ninjas.
Related: We like the work that these guys are doing in keeping tabs on what Big Pharma is doing in the field of vaccines.

Friday, June 8, 2012

High Noon

Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally
Be there

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Pill Kills

Missed the Pill Kills 2012 National Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in DC? Here's a link. And here's a snippet:

How does the pill kill women?
A: The birth control pill and other birth control products have a long list of dangerous side effects. The pill can cause a woman to develop deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot that forms in a vein. The blood clot can block the blood supply to the heart or brain, which could result in heart attack, stroke, or death. The clot could also travel to the lungs, which then could result in pulmonary embolism or death. Women have died as a direct result of taking the pill.
Q: What other ways does the pill kill women?
A: In 2005, the combined oral contraceptive was classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Group 1 means it definitely causes cancer in humans. Although it is true that the pill helps reduce the risk of some kinds of cancer, WHO said that it increases the risk of breast, cervical, and liver cancer. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

About that Plan-B

Jill Stanek uncovering a hidden piece of information from that recent New York Times piece on the Morning After Pill:
Wow. Plan B doesn’t work half the time, and Ella doesn’t work one-third of the time.
The pregnancy prevention rates are probably lower than scientists and pill makers originally thought, he said – in some studies as low as 52 percent for Plan B and 62 percent for Ella.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Born Alive Infants Protection Act Enforcer

Guess who is a top Romney advisor? Michael Leavitt, former Utah governor and former HHS Secretary under President Bush. He's the guy who "issued a memo ordering that the Born Alive Infants Protection Act be 'aggressively enforced.'"

H/T: Jill Stanek

Friday, June 1, 2012

Elsewhere and everywhere

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says abortion is murder. Equates abortion to the airstrike that killed Kurdish Turks in Uludere.

Catholics in Inner Mongolia appeal for prayers amid repression.

Stand up for Life and Religious Freedom everywhere.