“There is no cause more noble than the defense of human life”

John Boehner cares deeply about human life

That’s a quote from the incoming Speaker of the House, John Boehner. From The New York Times:

In a speech to the Right to Life Committee in June, Mr. Boehner explained the roots of his beliefs.

“I grew up in a small house in Cincinnati with a big family, 11 brothers and sisters,” Mr. Boehner said. “My parents sent all 12 of us to Catholic schools.” At those schools, he said, “we learned about deeper values, and respect for life was at the top of that list.”

Except as far as I can tell, the only form of life that Boeher holds sacred is fetuses. He seemingly has no objection to lives being lost during pointless wars, he voted against stem cell research which would help people with deadly diseases, and I would be very surprised if he doesn’t support capital punishment. Boehner apparently doesn’t value women’s lives very much, since he voted against equal pay for women.

Because of his deep “respect for life,” Boehner strongly supports the goals of the new chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), whose committee “has jurisdiction over private health insurance, Medicaid and much of Medicare, as well as the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health,”

Pitts primary goal is to repeal Obama’s health care reform law.

Short of that goal, Mr. Pitts said he was determined to ban federal subsidy payments to any health insurance plans that include coverage of abortion — a benefit now offered by many private health plans.

Under the new law, the federal government is expected to spend more than $450 billion in subsidies to help low- and middle-income people buy insurance from 2014 to 2019.

When Congress was writing the law, Representative Bart Stupak, Democrat of Michigan, led efforts to restrict the use of federal money for insurance plans covering abortion. Mr. Pitts, though less well known, was the chief Republican co-author of the “Stupak amendment.”

Joe Pitts, another lover of human life

From his powerful new perch, Mr. Pitts said he would try again to impose those restrictions.

“The new health care law is riddled with loopholes that allow taxpayer subsidies for coverage that includes abortion,” Mr. Pitts said.

In its current form, the Obama health care law allows health plans to cover abortions, but no federal money can be used to pay for them. To make sure not a single cent of taxpayer money gets used in that way, patients must write two separate checks–one for health coverage and one completely out-of-pocket for abortion coverage. Furthermore, insurance companies have to keep the money in separate back accounts! In addition President Obama, the great progressive, issued an executive order to make it absolutely clear that no federal funds can be used to pay for abortions.

But none of that was good enough for Joe Pitts. He wants to make sure that no plan that makes abortion coverage available can receive subsidies under the new law. In effect this would ban abortion, since the few doctors who still perform the procedure aren’t likely to keep doing so if they aren’t covered by insurance. Frankly, I think the current rules will probably lead to this result, but Joe Pitts and John Boehner want to make absolutely sure. Because they care so very deeply about human life.

God, I’m so sick of Republicans. If only we could have gotten a Democrat into the White House in 2008, maybe Democrats would still control Congress.

29 Comments on ““There is no cause more noble than the defense of human life””

  1. janicen says:

    “If only we could have gotten a Democrat into the White House in 2008.”

    Sing it loud.

  2. mablue2 says:

    The trap we’re in is perfectly summarized by this quote from Tata via Brilliant at Breakfast:

    If you voted Republican, you voted for the vile soulless monsters who will make this happen, and if you voted Democratic, you voted for the spineless tools who will do nothing to stop it.

    We are so f’ed.

  3. SHV says:

    “In effect this would ban abortion, since the few doctors who still perform the procedure aren’t likely to keep doing so if they aren’t covered by insurance.”
    I have not seen any data but I suspect that the few clinics remaining accept only cash or credit card, up front.

    • bostonboomer says:

      It doesn’t really matter. Abortions are virtually unavailable in many states already. I suspect it will get a lot worse as this bill kicks in.

      Meanwhile women will die, and men like Pitts and Boehner will continue to tell themselves that they value “human life.”

      • dakinikat says:

        These people are fanatics. They will never stop until they inflict their religious views on every one.

        • Pilgrim says:

          heading for the society described in Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”

          It can’t happen here? Oh, yes, it can.

      • dakinikat says:

        There’s a review in this week’s The Economist of a book called “Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America”. There’s a picture of a very proto-human fetus on the page and the heading is “Perhaps safer in than out”. Wow, is that an understatement

        The central thesis of “Ourselves Unborn” is that, since the late 19th century, the meanings ascribed to the fetus have had more to do with social values and political circumstances than with science or religion. Clearly both biology and theology inform the debate, and our understanding of the biology has evolved over time. But social and political context matters a lot. A doctor could easily write in 1985 that women who resist recommendations for caesarean deliveries secretly wanted to lose their child or were suffering from some mental disorder. Or a corporation could legally deny women access to high-paying jobs where there was a risk of chemical exposure in the name of “fetal protection”, while women in similarly dangerous but low-paying jobs were ignored.

        • dakinikat says:

          All these measures they put forward never are backed by conclusive scientific proof, they just want to control us.

          • Sima says:

            Exactly. It’s all about control, the ultimate control. It meant nothing (abortion) before late Victorian times, when men started to lose control over women. It’s all control.

      • SHV says:

        About six months ago, I was called by an acquaintance, mid-thirties professional, who (I never thought this would happen to me) was pregnant. Her OB/Gyn had retired and the few calls that she had made to find a new doctor went nowhere. Doing some research, there was a PP clinic and one private clinic in the state, that was it. It all worked out for her but confronting the reality of the situation was an eye-opener for me.

        • dakinikat says:

          Yup, it’s really bad. If you can’t handle it with an overdose of birthcontrol pills you have to head to a major city. Even then, they have waiting periods, lectures, and all kinds of disheartening procedures you have to go through .. then there’s the nutsy nuts surrounding the parking lot. It’s awful.

          • SHV says:

            I went with her to the clinic for her visits. Clinic is in a nice residential office park with protesters on the side walk at 6:30 AM. Nice clinic with bullet proof glass, armed guard and walk-through metal detectors. The staff and physicians were very nice and it was $ 650 cash up front. That was an all inclusive price. At those rates, with their over-head, those doctors aren’t in it for the money.

          • dakinikat says:

            Not at all in it for the money. I knew Dr. Gunn. The man was a saint. Every one I’ve know that is an abortion provider completely does it for the love of humanity. They know what it would be like if no one offered these services.

          • Seriously says:

            I love the YouTube of the guy who confronts the protestors outside the clinic. I believe his wife suffered a miscarriage or something, and the protestors harassed them on the way in, then he takes a camera and heads outside to talk to them. It’s so funny because they’re obviously so uncomfortable and feel so harassed, I think they even threaten to call the police. It’s like, gosh, how do you think people trying to access medical services feel?

          • dakinikat says:

            Gosh, I haven’t seen that one. I used to volunteer at a clinic doing escort service. That came with karmic hazard pay. There are some really really insane and angry people that protest at those clinics.

            The doctor once told me that one of the worst of them brought her daughter to him to perform an abortion in the middle of the night and was back out there on the protest lines the next day. She specifically wanted him to do it when the clinic was actually closed!!! What a hypocrite! Of course, I never knew WHO it was but he said that I’d know her for sure because she was really a movement spokesmodel.

          • dakinikat says:

            oh, and the worse thing was they wouldn’t harass the black patients or the hispanic patients … they seemed obsessed with the white girls. That always blew me away!

          • SHV says:

            The “funny” thing is that when I was doing abortions pre-and immediately post Roe, it was no big deal. The Roman Catholic hospital employees wouldn’t be involved but that was it. It when the bat shit crazy fundie Protestants got involved and took over the rethug party, then problems started.

          • dakinikat says:

            Nebraska for me.

          • Seriously says:

            I see them outside the hospital, and obviously harassing patients isn’t an effective strategy there, so they have doctors’ names and addresses. That $&@) is chilling.

          • NW Luna says:

            Emergency contraception (info from my handy lab-coat Tarascon drug ref):

            Within 72 hrs of unprotected sex, take first dose ASAP, then identical dose 12 hrs later.

            Plan B kit contains 2 tabs (pills) of levonorgestrel 0.75mg. If you don’t have access to Plan B (’cause the pharmacist is a jerk), then the following will work:

            2 pills of Ovral or Ogestrel OR
            4 pills of Cryselle, Levlen, Levora, Lo/Ovral, Nordette, Tri-Levlen, Triphasil, Trivora, or Low Ogestrel OR
            5 pills of Alesse, Aviane, Lessine, or Levlite.

            Remember to take next, identical dose 12 hrs later.

            If vomiting occurs within 1 hr of taking either dose, better repeat that dose but take an antiemetic (anti-nausea) med 1 hr beforehand.

            More info at: www. not-2-late.com

            Spread the word to all sisters.

        • Minkoff Minx says:

          Wow, This is an eye-opener for me too…What state if I may ask?

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    Great post BB, this “God, I’m so sick of Republicans. If only we could have gotten a Democrat into the White House in 2008…” I want this on a bumper sticker.

    From the article:

    In urging Republican leaders to choose Mr. Pitts, the National Right to Life Committee said he had “made the protection of the sanctity of innocent human life the cornerstone of his service in the House.”

    Just another man making the choice for a woman. I thought it was about time for the abortion issue to raise its ugly head. So Republicans have our Prez nuts in a vice grip, and as Obama says…holding the Dems hostage. Well, here we go with these GOP “basturds” holding women hostage. I am always so amazed that these men are the ones who hold themselves so above the bar…and none of them will support programs to assist these women and their innocent children. They are hypocrites all of them.

  5. dakinikat says:

    Speaking of bat shit crazy fundies, those Westboro folks did picket Elizabeth Edward’s funeral. However, it seems that a group of people surrounded them as a barricade to stop them from disturbing things. Here’s a link to the story at the CSM. There’s also pictures.

    Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, N.C. Saturday. But they were vastly outnumbered by a “human buffer” of people who quietly stood in the rain singing Christmas carols and carrying signs reading “God loves Elizabeth Edwards” or simply “Grace” and “Hope.”

  6. paper doll says:

    Thanks for this post and everyone’s comments on the ground experiences and info