A song by Phil Keaggy asks, “Who will speak up for the little ones, helpless and half-abandoned?” It seems that no Democrat in America will any longer. When Bart Stupak caved in to pressure from the national Democratic Party earlier today, he sent the message loudly and clearly that abortion is at the heart of what it means to be a Democrat. Apparently, there is no place at the national level for pro-life Democrats.
I understand that I am not an expert on matters of legislation and executive orders, but I think I am alert enough to read such things. The executive order from President Obama is made to sound nice and pro-life, but it cannot–in my opinion–be taken seriously. If the healthcare bill does not fund abortion, then why is the executive order needed? If it does, then the executive order will do no good because an executive order cannot overturn legislation. Either way, the executive order is a meaningless show, which explains why the pro-abortion Obama could write it and why pro-abortion groups won’t raise even a whisper about it. If the bill passes, it will ensure that we all pay for abortions through our tax dollars, even though the practice violates our consciences before God.
In addition, this healthcare bill will fundamentally change the way we think of ourselves and our government. I am no longer free to determine whether I will receive a colonoscopy. Someone in some bureau somewhere will decide if I really need one and whether I will ever get one. We one time were accustomed to hearing folks say, “Keep the government out of our bedrooms.” Well, we shall now have them in places heretofore considered more private than our bedrooms.