The problem with ObamaCare isn't only that it's careening toward a financial train wreck. It's also a slush fund to pay off Obama's political activists to carry out a massive invasion of privacy that dwarfs the NSA's collection of personal data on American citizens.
The Obama Administration let the cat out of the bag when it admitted it will give $655,000 in federal funds to three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Iowa, Montana and New Hampshire, plus $375,000 to Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., to hire navigators whose job it is to assist citizens to report all their personal medical and financial information to the government. The navigators' project is so intrusive that we wonder why we ever worried about data collection by the NSA as exposed by Edward Snowden.
The navigators are expected to be hired from other pro-Obama organizations, such as Organizing for America and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and that will surely sweeten the budgets of those and other Democratic advocacy groups. Rep. Diane Black says that, since money is fungible, the Planned Parenthood grants amount to federal funding of abortion providers. more >>
Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon announced on Monday that the government is looking to propose changes to the country's abortion law by the end of October, moving away from a more liberal law introduced by the previous Socialist government in 2010.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party has declared that it stands by the Roman Catholic Church on moral and social issues, including abortion, and is looking to overturn a previous law that scrapped restrictions up to the 14th week of pregnancy, The Associated Press reported.
Rajoy will be hoping to reinstate some of the main principles behind a 1985 law which made abortion illegal except for cases of rape, if the fetus is deformed, or if there are serious health risks for the mother. more >>
A former Congresswoman and pro-life advocate believes that the closure of at least 54 abortion clinics since 2010, as reported by The Huffington Post, is due to stricter sanitary and health regulations more than anything else.
"They've (abortion facilities) been closed by health departments or they have closed by their own volition because they cannot meet safety standards," Marilyn Musgrave, former U.S. Congresswoman (R-Colo.) and vice president of Government Affairs for the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, told The Christian Post in a Thursday interview.
Stricter regulations for abortion clinics, passed in several states, have raised the requirements for facilities offering abortion service to women. more >>
In what one conservative author and columnist called "one of the creepiest prayers you're ever going to hear," Iowa Democrat gubernatorial candidates joined abortion activists in a prayer applauding doctors who perform abortion and asking for increased financial support during a rally held Wednesday.
"We give thanks, oh Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care," Des Moines activist Midge Slater can be heard praying in a video by the Iowa Republican.
Although some people in the video can be seen bowing and with eyes closed, it could be argued that the "prayer" was more like a list of things that abortion activists might be grateful for, as well as a wish list. The words "God," "Jesus," or "amen," seem to be absent from Slater's message in the video of that segment of the meeting. Her "prayer" ends with an applause. more >>
An "abortion video game" designed to show the obstacles Texan women face when pursuing the procedure has sparked controversy, with pro-life supporters claiming it completely fails to acknowledge the life at stake and offers no voice to the unborn baby.
"I am saddened by this game," Emily Horne, a lobbyist for Texas Right to Life and a Texas native, said in a recent interview with Polygon. "It reduces abortion to a dry, simplistic view and it completely ignores the voice of the unborn baby, who obviously has no voice or perspective in this at all."
The game, called "Choice: Texas, A Very Serious Game," is in its developmental stages and involves players embarking on a quest to navigate past Texas' abortion restrictions to achieve the ultimate goal of having an abortion. Players may pick from five characters representing women facing different geographical, financial, or healthcare-related obstacles that they must overcome to receive an abortion. For example, one character is presented as a 19-year-old bartender and rape victim, who wishes to terminate her pregnancy, while another character is an excited, expectant mother who faces medical complications with her pregnancy. more >>
California's Assembly and Senate have passed a bill that would enable non-physicians, including nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants to perform first trimester abortions. Under the bill, medical professionals could now be trained to perform "manual vacuum aspiration abortions" where a tube is inserted into a woman's uterus and the embryo is pumped out.
The bill has passed both the State Senate and Assembly, though its amendments must be passed by the Assembly before it will go before California Gov. Jerry Brown.
California's state legislature is currently dominated by Democrats, with supermajorities in both chambers. Brown is also a Democrat. more >>