Friday, March 23, 2012

$4 gas, $1 Abortions

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Those words are beautiful, inspired words, written and agreed upon by men who understood that we could not leave them until last, that they must appear first, the premise upon which all other words in their sacred document must follow.

I don't know about you, but I hardly recognize America any longer.  

Forget that "Affordable Care" law is two years old today, and we STILL don't know all that is in it.

Forget about the fact that the CBO underestimated by HALF the cost of this megatron, it's TWICE as expensive as originally estimated, therefore guaranteeing our bankruptcy even more quickly if implemented.

Forget about the fact that twenty-seven states have appealed their case on the unconstitutionality of this issue to the Supreme Court of the United States.  (Why there aren't fifty involved is disturbing!) 

Forget about the fact that SEVENTY PERCENT of Americans want it completely repealed.

There's more.  And you may not realize it, but there's something insidious in that law that makes my blood run cold.

In addition to mandated "free birth control", I saw a news story last week that told of $1 abortions that must be available to every woman in the new so-called "affordable care act", I was absolutely appalled.  

Not that the price of the abortion is the important thing; of course it isn't.  What's paramount is the fact that it happens at all.  That is still the most awful destruction ever there was.

However, to cheapen an abortion to the point where it costs less to destroy a life on an innocent human than it does to buy a gallon of gas...incredible.

That we've even arrived at this point shows how very small the value life is to this administration.  Are we then supposed to feel safe and trust that their plan for our health care is any more well-intentioned toward us?!   

This hardly received any coverage in the news, and I can't really question the motives for avoiding this, to tell the truth, there is so much bad news and perverted legislation happening, and so fast, one can barely keep up with all that's coming out of Washington, D.C.  

I fear for my children and grandchildren.  

This particular dictate in the "affordable care act" is because if this is how low we can go toward the life of an innocent, what value will a human have who is already born, yet is unable to care for him or herself, ever?  

What value will an elderly person who is sick have under this plan?  I think we all know the answer.

This all came out as a result of the discovery that religious organizations (well, most of them anyway, as with everything Obama decrees, there ARE exceptions, thus removing the idea that there will be equal treatment under the law!) would be forced to participate in the mandated birth control and abortion drugs.

All of this is dribbling out in bits and pieces. A few days ago, another story was dribbled out and this left me breathless:  free sterilizations for college girls!  WHY?!  What college girl has the insight to make such a decision as this at that age?!  

Why is this so important to "affordable health care"!?!  

There is, as we can clearly see if we take the time to look: a culture of hatred toward new life.  How can any country expect to be blessed when this is our outlook on something as sacred as LIFE?

Why does it feel like the forces of evil are running our country from Washington, D.C.?

The war on Christianity, and our founding documents and everything that is truth and good is surely here and it's here now! 


Down On The Farm said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Our country is in such a shambles, and I think most of the people don't even realize it. I too worry about my kids, and what shape this world will be in when I have grandchildren. I am so thankful to know my Savior, and cast all my cares on Him. I know He holds my future, and yours too. Blessings to you my friend!

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

I totally agree! We live in a culture of death, where responsibility for our actions is now called "birth control" and where the lives of the preborn and elderly are deemed useless. TV bombards us with such 'trash' and bad language. God have mercy on us all.

Echoes From the Hill said...

All I can say is AMEN!

Deanna said...

Dear One,
Your post has opened my eyes. I'm thankful I stopped by to visit.

I'll not remain silent.

The news sickens me and causes alarm,

Carol............. said...

Most everyone I know would be in total agreement with your post..including it seems so strange that no one seems to be able to do anything about the dark curtain that seems to be draping over our country.

Aimee said...

Agreed! Found this today..."To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sunful and tyrannical." (Thomas Jefferson). And yet this is what they will require us to do.
Keep up the good work Joni!
Blessings, Aimee

Mama Hen said...

It is true that the majority of Americans, when asked, oppose the new health care laws. The funny thing is that when you ask them if they want coverage for pre-existing conditions, the ability to have an entire family on one plan (even if they work or are students in different places), the option to have plans without abortion coverage, and cover preventive services, they all say yes; and these are all provisions of the new law.

The problem is in what you said in the beginning of your post: that "we still don't know what's in" the healthcare law.
Well, those who haven't read it might not, but those who have read it do. And concerning the $1 abortions you mention, here's the deal:

1. The ruling refers to the health care exchanges that will be set up in 2014.
2. States may opt out, and ban all abortion coverage entirely for any plan in that state's exchange
3. Every state must offer at least one plan that does not cover abortion
4. No private insurer will be forced to cover abortion
5. Unless a state opts out, insurers may, but are not required, to offer policies which cover abortions
6. There are procedures in place to differentiate between money spent for abortion coverage and money spent for anything else, and the monies are to be kept in completely separate accounts
7. All federal money is to deposited into the non-abortion account
8. A small amount of the individual premiums for only policies which cover abortions will be placed into the abortion account.
9. The amount placed into the abortion account may not be less than $1 of each insured's premium (it may be more)
10. This only applies to those who voluntarily choose policies in exchanges that cover abortion
11. There is no set fee for abortions or any other service; the figure of $1 is the minimum amount to be paid per insured person into a separate account to fund potential future abortions
12. Therefore, the claim that the Obama administration has issued rules for "$1 abortions in ObamaCare" is FALSE. It is being perpetuated by people who read something on the internet, and take it for gospel. I think we all know: that's not where gospel comes from.

So, if we all calm down and do some research before flying off the handle with outrage over something that isn't even true, we might be able to have some rational discussions about what is/is not wrong or should be changed in the actual, real law.
That's what's really needed.

Sorry for the long rant, but I'm kind of a stickler for truth.

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Mama Hen: Please cite YOUR SOURCES. Where is your information coming from? It is time to prove me wrong. I am not telling lies, you are misrepresenting what I am saying. THE HEALTH CUSTOMER will only pay a $1 deductible for an abortion. (OUR MONEY WILL PAY THE TRUE COST!)

mary from michigan said...

@ Mama Hen; you maintain that what Joni has said here isn't true. Then you basically write a novel to explain why her one statement isn't so. If you're right, why does it take twelve tortuous DNC talking points to explain? Futhermore, you say you've read the bill, so you know what's in it. I'm curious as to why you have such vast knowledge of the healthcare law; did you help to craft it? And, being a stickler for truth as you claim, doesn't it bother you in the least that Obama promised Congressman Bart Stupak that tax-payer funded abortions would not be included in the law in return for his pivotal vote? This was obviously a bald-faced lie. Perhaps as a 'truth warrior' you should call Obama out for being such a blatant liar. Joni is right. You should site proof to back up your claims, rather than using this administrations talking points. Or is it your contention that the co-pay for taxpayer funded abortions isn't $1.00 just as the price of gas is only $1.79 per gallon as it was when Obama took office?

judemiller1 said...

Our whole society just scares me--the man in the White House terrifies me! The day our Lord comes back cannot come soon enough.

E said...

I swear you must have overheard me ranting when you were down this way a couple weeks ago. Call me silly, but I’ve been in health care over 40 years, and don’t agree that an abortion is a part of “women’s health care”. Pregnancy is, complications of pregnancy are, an elective abortion is another issue. I look forward to references from the earlier post, I work with a boat load of MD, PhD’s who tell me they are confused about details of the proposed healthcare law, and are unable to articulate the details.

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

"E"--there's a reason people are confused! This is CONFUSING! I don't even know if the folks implementing it are sure of what they're doing!

Now take the commenter who calls herself Mama Hen up there, calling me a liar...her points are quite murky and extremely confusing, she has no sources whatsoever, and actually many of her list seem to contradict each other.

THIS sort of confusion will be our health care system if we are failed by the Supreme Court of the United States.

God help us all.

lil red hen said...

Thank you for your posts on issues such as these. We need more people who can speak out for us. I totally agree with judemiller1 too!

Anonymous said...

I thought everything that obama did was for the "children" , I guess he values life cheap $1.00 abortion,thank you joni for letting us know. Espy

Anonymous said...

Mama Hen and people like her are the reason obama is sitting in our white house. How anyone can defend this wicked one is beyond me. They cannot care about their own loved ones futures. I have to constantly refer to II Chronicles 7:14 "If my peope, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Mama Hen said...

Oh, dear. I did not mean to imply that you are liar and am truly sorry to have given that impression. I certainly do not think that you are a liar, or that you intentionally lied; merely that some information you have been told is incorrect. (It's not $1 for an abortion, or even $1 co-pay for an abortion, it's $1 collected from premiums which pool together to pay the insurance company's share of the cost of the procedure.)

Here's the main document on the health care reform: ppacacon.pdf (application/pdf Object)
And here's the document on this rule:

But it's so long and cumbersome, there is a website dedicated to explaining and answering questions that you may wish to check: And of course there are many other sites you can check as well. I did not have anything to do with drafting it, I just read. A lot. People can read things they didn't draft, after all. The main thing is to listen/read many sources from different perspectives, to be better able to spot the exaggerations/lies/omissions.

It seems that we should learn to spot discrepancies in articles, etc. so that we can contain our focus to things that are real and can make a difference, such as the issue e raises: should abortion even be considered "health care?" Why or why not? And why are there so many abortions, and how can we best address those issues? I wish there would not be another abortion, ever. But I think the best way to get there is to debunk things that are not true so that we can debate the things that are and matter.

Having said all that, I am very well aware that, the same way that gospel does not come from internet articles, neither does it come from me. Perhaps I misread what was posted above. And/or perhaps I do not fully understand all I have researched regarding this issue. I am a stickler for truth, but that doesn't mean I can't make a mistake. (Neither, of course, does it mean that someone else hasn't made a mistake.) So if you all want to cite your sources, I'll take a look at them. But please, let's do it calmly and rationally like mature adults.

Also, I am not a fan of the President, and know that people on both sides of the aisle and everywhere in between can and do stretch the truth or even tell outright lies. This post was about "$1 abortions," so that was what I commented on.

BTW, have you heard of the movie October Baby?
It is in limited release, but with 1000 signatures you can bring it to your local theater. It's showing in my small town...hope to see it this weekend.

Now I will say something that will make you all very happy: I will not comment on this post again. So have at it.

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Either way it's taxpayer funding of abortion! That's the whole point--paying for it against our beliefs in spite of he fact it was represented to us as having no taxpayer funding of abortion. Providing almost free abortions is abominable!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

This post moved me to tears. Do you know when I found out I was pregnant at 40 that people acted like I said I had cancer. They would have been nicer if I had. Not everyone but a lot of people would say things like I can't imagine having a baby at this age and that they were glad it was me and not them. I would tell them I was glad it was me too. Our society does not embrace life any longer and look at children as a burden not a blessing. When that little kid gives me the hugs and cuddles when she stumbles out of bed in the morning it is the best part of my day. Why would I turn my back on that. So unless you are at the perfect age and in the perfect situation, I guess a baby is not a blessing but a burden. I disagree. I am a better mother now and savor the good and the bad. I am blessed by her beyond measure.

Denise said...

I so agree with Judemiller1. His Mercies are so needed now.

Denise said...

I so agree with Judemiller1. His Mercies are so needed now.

Madge Bloom said...

Such a sad commentary on our country that used to value life and liberty... for all no matter how fragile and powerless.

Farm Road Ramblings said...

Amen Joni.