Obamacare, the Supreme Court and the March for Life

It has been rightly said that Obamacare is the largest expansion of abortion in the United States since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. One aspect of that abortion expansion is what is now infamously called the “HHS Mandate,” forcing all companies to carry the full range of FDA-approved contraceptives, including a number of drugs and devices that can destroy life in its early stages.  

Tomorrow our Supreme Court will hear historic arguments on this unjust mandate forcing business owners to defy their deeply held conscience and religious convictions. Conestoga Wood and Hobby Lobby will fight for the religious and conscience freedoms which until now have always been protected in our country.  

This is a defining moment in our culture! The March for Life will be speaking on behalf of pro-life America during a press conference at the Supreme Court. Please consider attending or participating remotely through social media and prayer.

Here are the details:

EVENT: Vigil and Rally at the Supreme Court

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

WHERE: U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First St NE, Washington D.C.

We’ll be meeting on First Street, right in front of the court steps. You can get a map and more details here: http://standuprally.com/2014/march25

Please make every effort to make it out to the steps of the Supreme Court. The prayer vigil starts at 9:30 a.m., but many supporters of life and religious freedom will be showing up at 8 a.m. to counter-protest a big rally by Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates.

If you can’t be there yourself, please help spread the word about this hugely important public display of support for life and religious freedom! Get Facebook graphics, sample tweets and other ways to help right here: http://standuprally.com/2014/march25

When it comes to President Obama’s 2015 budget and life, it shows where his priorities remain

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” – Vice President Joe Biden

The good news in President Obama’s budget is that Title X funds (p. 434) that generally give money to entities like Planned Parenthood, have gone down from $297,400,000 to $286,479,000. (That is still higher than the figure in 2007 -$283,146,000.)  Also, it appears that $5,000,000 is set aside for true abstinence education (p. 490) while almost six times that amount is reserved for “comprehensive” abstinence education that does everything from encouraging young kids to shower together to helping fund online “How to BDSM” videos for teens.

The bad news is that the Obamacare slush funds make it impossible to fathom where some of the money will be going.  In one instance the budget gives “ approximately $14.6 billion over 10 years to implement innovative policies to train new health care providers and ensure that the future health care workforce is prepared to deliver high-quality and efficient health care services. And, to encourage and enhance training of primary care practitioners, and other physicians in high-need specialties.”

While this provision is probably to counter the rapid loss of doctors the country is facing over Obamacare regulations, I cannot remember if protections to ensure that money doesn’t go to training of future abortionists were including during the legislative fight against Obamacare back in 2009 and 2010.  Regardless, considering this Administration’s flagrant and willful ignorance of the law, there is little guarantee.

The $350 million slush fund known as “Community Services Block Grants” still exists as well, to be distributed at the whim of the Secretary.

Lastly President Obama’s budget “includes $10 million for an HHS initiative to prevent and address domestic human trafficking in addition to anti-trafficking efforts by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. This initiative will provide direct services to domestic victims of trafficking, train service providers, and invest in data collection, research, and evaluation.”

Traditionally, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security are very territorial over anti-trafficking funds; however, HHS for years has given grants to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which is one of the largest anti-trafficking relief organizations in the world. A few years ago, the Obama Administration cut off funding for the USCCB because of the Catholic Church’s pro-life views.  Friends within the program at HHS confirmed that the outside relief organizations who took over the grants from HHS have done a horrible job in keeping up with the demand of those suffering from trafficking.  It is unknown if HHS is now deciding to do some of it in house, which doesn’t bode well for those victims.

Ending as we began, with good news, the President’s budget, while highlighting his pro-abortion priorities, usually is dead on arrival when it reaches Capitol Hill.  In the last few years it has been introduced in the Senate, NO ONE, including Democrats from his own party, voted for his budget.  In fact Senate Democrats just last week decided they won’t even bother working on a budget this year, despite it being required by law for them to do so.