For years, prolife activists and leaders have worked to advance their agenda in both the Republican and the Democrat party. Obviously we've had more success with the GOP, but that doesn't negate the importance of having your voice heard in both of the major American political parties.
The "life" issue is (and should be) above partisanship.
And for that reason, the pro-life community has nurtured pro life candidates and politicians in the Democrat party. You know, because at some point in time their votes can help advance (or stop) anti-life legislation. And when their party is in the majority, (like now), this can become even more important.
But along came ObamaCare. Specifically, the just passed Senate version with enough loopholes and even direct language that will lead to the largest expansion of abortion since Roe vs. Wade became the law of the land in the early '70's.
And where were the long nurtured prolife Democrats when it mattered? Well, some where there. But many of them weren't. Specifically, some pretty high profile ones like Bart Stupak, who essentially held himself out as the House leader of prolife Democrats. He demonstrated just how deep his prolife principles really were when he was put on the spot by Obama and Pelosi. When he was faced with the fact that his (and a few similar Democrat) votes meant victory or defeat for the long hoped for government healthcare grab, they caved and tried to hide behind the flimsy fig leaf of an executive order as a rationalization for their treason. read more »
History in the making, indeed. The 40,000 constituents who signed the Senate Conservatives Fund’s Repeal ObamaCare Pledge in the first 24 hours since the House passed Obamacare suggest that historic efforts are about to be made to kill this bill before it can inflict its intended and unintended damage.
Here’s a roadmap of priorities for Obamacare opponents in and out of Washington, to get us from this dispiriting week to January 2013:
1. Challenge the constitutionality of H.R. 3962. Work to invalidate its requirement that all individuals purchase a good or service—in this case, health care—as a condition of being alive, something the federal government has never forced its citizens to do. Contest the federal government’s ability to unload an unfunded mandate onto states, many of which are experiencing budgetary crises and couldn’t afford a new permanent entitlement even if they wanted one.
2. Encourage states to file lawsuits against the bill. Twelve states have already pledged to do so, including Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Alabama, North Dakota, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. H.R. 3962, unlike many other comprehensive bills passed before by Congress, fortunately contains no severability clause that leaves the remainder of the bill intact if one part is struck down in court. Thus, getting a court to nullify just one part of this bill would overturn the entire thing. Take these court challenges all the way to the Supreme Court. read more »