What do TSA groping, NSA data-mining, and mercury-laced fluorescent light bulbs have to do with keeping your doctor? They are the products of seductively entitled but flawed laws. As Daniel Webster said, "good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority."
The Transportation Security Administration and the National Security Agency restrain our liberty under the auspices of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (PATRIOT Act). The Energy Independence and Security Act is phasing out incandescent bulbs.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA/ "ObamaCare") sounds as though our best interests were at the heart of the legislation. But so far, the 400,000-word law that nobody read has spawned some 12 million words in regulations. Now these regulations that even fewer people read are coming between you and that doctor you were promised you could keep. more >>
Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist said in a recent interview that God should bless President Barack Obama for his efforts with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Crist, who switched from Republican to Democrat in 2012, told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday that the president is doing the "right thing" for the American people by offering them healthcare, saying people getting healthcare is "like a civil right." Crist is currently running for the state's 2014 gubernatorial election as a Democrat, previously having served as the state's Republican governor from 2007 to 2011.
When asked by Crowley on "State of the Union" what he thinks of Obamacare and its effect on Florida residents, Crist replied: "I think it's been great. The roll-out was difficult. I'm sure the president feels that way, too." more >>
Secular humanists like to sneer at religious folk for our stubborn insistence upon seeing God's hand at work in the world. We call "providence" what the materialist sees as a random unfolding of events. We see a blessing where the nonbeliever sees nothing more than the mundane workings of physics or biology. This mentality has insinuated itself into virtually every facet of contemporary culture, and its impact on bioethics has been particularly tragic. Human life is no longer considered to be sacred, and human dignity is no longer viewed as something inherent and inalienable. According to today's materialist values, human life is only worthwhile and dignified when it meets a certain standard of vigor and utility. If you don't measure up, then your life doesn't really matter.
Unborn children with chromosomal defects like Down's syndrome are one of the unfortunate groups adversely impacted by this new ethic. Because so many people now view children as a "choice" rather than a blessing, a disabled child is often viewed as an unwanted and – thanks to ever advancing medical technology – avoidable burden. National Public Radio recently ran a story celebrating the advance of precise prenatal testing for birth defects like Down's syndrome. As reported by First Things, the tone of NPR's coverage was unequivocally celebratory. "The story quoted physicians who lamented that inaccurate tests can mislead a woman into 'terminating what would actually have been a normal pregnancy.' With prenatal certainty about trisomy 21, the doctors said, women won't accidentally abort normal children."
Well praise the Lord and pass the forceps! Thanks to science for liberating would-be parents from the burden of raising a disabled child. Everyone knows that parenting a normal child is difficult enough. Why would anyone choose to have a child that will require so much extra time, effort, and attention for so much less return on investment? After all, there are no world famous neurosurgeons with Down's syndrome. No professional athletes or CEOs or movie stars. Just disabled people with limited capacities that often require a lifetime of hands-on support. Better to simply discard the "damaged goods" and try again for perfection. more >>
Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill in the House banning abortions after a heartbeat has been detected. The bill, if it becomes law, would make it the strictest abortion law in the United States and critics are already decrying it.
The bill, HB 490, was passed in the House with a 73-29 vote. The measure severely punishes doctors who would go against the legislation by making it a class C felony for doctors who abort a baby with a heartbeat as defined by the bill and promises to revoke the licenses of doctors who go against it.
"This bill would make it unlawful for a physician to perform an abortion on a pregnant woman after a heartbeat has been detected from the unborn child in accordance with the applicable standards of medical care for determining heartbeats of unborn children," explains a synopsis of the bill HB 490. "This bill would further require a physician to check for a detectable heartbeat prior to performing an abortion." more >>
President Barack Obama continued to encourage volunteers of his political base to keep pushing Obamacare enrollment, telling the volunteers they are doing "God's work" through their efforts.
The president made his comments at a national Organizing for Action event in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night. Organizing for Action is a nonprofit organization of volunteers and officials who push the president's agenda. The organization originally helped with Obama's re-election in 2012, and now they have focused their efforts on enrolling as many Americans as possible with the Affordable Care Act before its March 31 deadline.
At Tuesday's event, Obama encouraged the OFA volunteers to keep pushing enrollment for the next month. "We're going to make a big push these last few weeks," the president said. "I can talk, my team can talk here in Washington, but it's not going to make as much of a difference as if you are out there making the case. The work you're doing is God's work. It is hard work." more >>
Perry Noble, senior and founding pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina, revealed Monday that he has been taking anti-depressants since 2012 after years of struggling with anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
Noble, who speaks to an average of 26,000 people at his multi-campus megachurch weekly, made the revelation in a post on his blog he titled, "Should Christians Take Medication for Mental Illness?"
He explained that his answer to that question used to be a very emphatic "NO!!!" and that he would advise Christian disciples under his care against medication. more >>