Our current President has made his position crystal clear and has demonstrated time and time again that he will always defend Planned Parenthood; he will always defend abortion-on-demand, without restriction; he will always promote the culture of death. He will even shred the constitutional rights of the Catholic Church and all people of faith.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - With the lovely backdrop of the red room at the White House behind him, President Obama made a video of encouragement to Planned Parenthood supporters in America, pledging his continued and unwavering support for the abortion giant.
A sitting President went out of his way to publicly vow to protect the interests of America's largest abortion provider and ensure their federal funding is not discontinued. He publicly declared his commitment to standing between PP and Congress, between PP and the American people, to preserve the hundreds of millions of tax dollars PP gets each year. He and Cecile Richards are so tight not a ray of sunlight can come between them.
Since Mr. Obama is so fond of clarity, let's be clear; let's be very clear, indeed. In fact, let's take it line by line.
He begins by saying, "For you and for most Americans, women's health is an issue that stands above politics. Yet over the past year you've had to stand up to politicians who want to deny millions of women the care they rely on and inject themselves into decisions that are best made between a woman and her doctor."
Let's clear up the euphemisms first: Abortion is not health care. It is the intentional killing of a helpless preborn child. That is really what we're talking about here. We're not talking about "decisions" regarding breast cancer or cervical or ovarian cancer, etc. We're talking about abortion. The President is talking about abortion.
He continues, "Let's be clear here; women are not an interest group."
Oh, I beg to differ. Women are most definitely his favorite interest group. He plays "women's interests" like a violin when he needs to rally support, the way he's done this year with his contrived, politically-motivated "war on women" over contraception.
"They're mothers and daughters, sisters, and wives. They're half of this country and they're perfectly capable of making their own choices about their health."
Again, let's be clear. The "choice" he's talking about is abortion. Not whether to get a Pap smear or a breast exam or a blood test. The "choice" is whether or not to kill the child in the womb. I wonder why Obama's so reluctant to be clear in his language?
"So we're grateful that through it all you never forget who you're fighting for. The woman with a new lease on life because a mammogram caught her cancer in time..."
Once more, for the record: No Planned Parenthood clinic in the country can provide a woman a mammogram. That is a manipulative deception that Cecile Richards and now Barack Obama love to perpetuate. Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms and they never have. They are merely a referral service to send women elsewhere for a mammogram.
Since that "new lease on life" is so important to you, Mr. Obama, may I suggest the many fine Catholic hospitals across America where women can actually receive comprehensive medical care that includes mammograms. If it's care for poor and uninsured women you're concerned about, you should be championing Catholic health care providers instead of attacking them.
From the Fiscal Times: "Compared to their competition, Catholic hospitals take a leading role in providing less-profitable services to patients. They lead the sector in breast cancer screenings, nutrition programs, trauma, geriatric services, and social work. In most of these areas, other non-profits come close, but hospitals run by state and local governments fall significantly off the pace. Where patients have trouble paying for care, Catholic hospitals cover more of the costs. For instance, Catholic Health Services in Florida provides free care to families below 200 percent of federal poverty line, accepting Medicaid reimbursements as payment in full, and caps costs at 20 percent of household income for families that fall between 200 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty line."
"... the woman who was able to choose when to start a family because she could afford contraception."
Ah yes, Mr. Obama, your concocted battle over contraception. To secure votes for yourself and further Planned Parenthood's agenda, you fabricated this ludicrous controversy over contraception as though it were hard to find, difficult to obtain, and financially out of reach to every women not earning six figures a year. It's the most dishonest and destructive political ploy ever foisted on the public by a sitting President, and you've used women to do it.
You've exploited your favorite interest group to effectively threaten the real providers of genuine health care to millions of people -- the Catholic Church -- in order to prop up the illusion that America's abortion giant is a benevolent rescuer of poor women whom no one else will serve. Catholic hospitals and clinics wait with open arms to welcome all women and meet their health care needs. But you would rather dictate that Catholics must violate their own sacred teaching; you'd rather assault Religious freedom and require Catholic institutions to bow at your altar or else. Whose interests are you serving here? Let's be clear.
Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood are targeting our kids. The ones they don't kill in the womb they'll rely on later to become new and repeat clients, and that means "educating" our children about sex, Planned Parenthood-style. Their see our kids as primarily "sexual beings" rather than human beings with a holy sexuality. Their vision of sexuality has no room for chastity, purity, abstinence, or respect for human life. At the heart of their "sex-education" agenda is promiscuity, contraception, and abortion.
NJ.com reports that while speaking to a Princeton audience recently, Cecile Richards said, "We know sex education works, the problem is we're not in enough classrooms. In the last couple of years, Planned Parenthood has become a living digital laboratory." Planned Parenthood uses Facebook, Twitter and text messaging to deliver sex education to young people without having to get it through the Legislature. "Technology has the power to connect people, to get our message out and drive social change," said Richards."
Planned Parenthood's message is that our children are "sexual beings" who must be taught to explore their sexuality and enjoy unrestricted sex whenever, with whomever they choose, armed with only some latex and pills to "protect" them, and abortion to safeguard their "freedom."
Obama goes on to say, "When some professional politicians casually say that they'll get rid of Planned Parenthood, don't forget what they're really talking about. Eliminating the funding that millions of women rely on and leaving them to fend for themselves."
Yes, let's do remember what we're really talking about here. We're talking about hundreds of millions of dollars every year being given to an industry that exists to kill the child in the womb. Let's stop pretending that those tax dollars are not subsidizing abortion. Let's be clear: if PP could not abort babies they would close their doors tomorrow. It is the abortion peddlers who should be made to fend for themselves. Those Catholic hospitals you're threatening with your mandates, Mr. Obama -- the ones leading in breast cancer screenings, for instance -- would gladly care for women and their babies.
He concludes with this promise: "I know Planned Parenthood will never stop fighting to protect the health care and choices America's women deserve. As long as I have the privilege of being your President, neither will I."
One last time: abortion is not health care. Fertility is not a disease. Pregnancy is not an illness. Contraception is not an entitlement others must be forced to pay for. The natural ability of a woman's body is not a defect that needs to be fixed. What women deserve is to not have their bodies "treated" with artificial hormones and chemicals. What women deserve is for the amazing gift of life-giving to be respected and honored, both by their doctors and by the men in their lives. Women deserve far, far better than abortion. The women still growing in the womb deserve to be protected and born, not exterminated.
Our current President has made his position crystal clear and has demonstrated time and time again that he will always defend Planned Parenthood; he will always defend abortion-on-demand, without restriction; he will always promote the culture of death. He will even go to such anti-American lengths as to shred the constitutional rights of the Catholic Church and all people of faith. There's no "war on women." There's no battle over the availability of contraception. There's a genuine war on Religious freedom, and a genuine battle for liberty, both being waged by Obama.
There's no ambiguity here. No wiggle-room at all for anyone to be uncertain as to Obama's intentions and priorities.
There is only one question: Will we re-elect a man who walks in lock-step with the anti-life agenda of Planned Parenthood and allow our constitutional right to Religious freedom to be eradicated?
Jennifer Hartline is a grateful Catholic, a proud Army wife and homeschooling mother of three children. She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online. Visit her online at Wake Up, Deborah! and MCH.
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