Monday, March 22, 2010

The solution of Obamacare

While here in the Philippines, Pro-life groups continue to battle the inroads made by contraceptives, in the U.S., the battle has reached an advanced stage - battling inroads made by abortions. The U.S. Congress has now passed President Obama's pet health care plan, in a bill that is strongly opposed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on the grounds that its provisions "expand federal participation in abortion, require people to pay for other people's abortions, and refuse to incorporate essential conscience protections".

As the health care bill is poised to become law, it steps up as the next historic landmark in abortion since Roe vs Wade. That 1973 landmark abortion law by the U.S. Supreme Court was of course the subsequent historic step for abortion after years of liberalizing and promoting contraceptives. In the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in another landmark case to liberalize contraceptives.

It all adds up.

While pro-contraceptives deny the link between contraceptives and abortion (claiming that contraceptives are the solution to abortion), the writing has long been on the wall. On this, it is worthwhile to track back Professor Janet Smith's 1993 article "The Connection between Contraception and Abortion".

Here are some excerpts from that article:

We need to realize that a society in which contraceptives are widely used is going to have a very difficult time keeping free of abortions since the lifestyles and attitudes that contraception fosters create an alleged "need" for abortion.

Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the recent (1992-ed.) Supreme Court decision that confirmed Roe v. Wade, stated, "in some critical respects abortion is of the same character as the decision to use contraception . . . . for two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail."

The Supreme Court decision has made completely unnecessary any efforts to "expose" what is really behind the attachment of the modern age to abortion. As the Supreme Court candidly states, we need abortion so that we can continue our contraceptive lifestyles. It is not because contraceptives are ineffective that a million and half women a year seek abortions as back-ups to failed contraceptives. The "intimate relationships" facilitated by contraceptives are what make abortions "necessary". "Intimate" here is a euphemism and a misleading one at that. Here the word "intimate" means "sexual"; it does not mean "loving and close." Abortion is most often the result of sexual relationships in which there is little true intimacy and love, in which there is no room for a baby, the natural consequence of sexual intercourse. Contraception enables those who are not prepared to care for babies, to engage in sexual intercourse; when they become pregnant, they resent the unborn child for intruding itself upon their lives and they turn to the solution of abortion.

And now, the solution of ObamaCare to the solution of abortion.

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