November 27, 2008
Obama's Pro-Abortion Fanaticism Could Close One Third of Hospitals
Posted by Dave Blount at November 27, 2008 11:02 AM
Despite its sneering contempt for those who respect the sanctity of human life, even Slate is a little concerned that Obama's pro-abortion fanaticism could lead to the closure of one third of American hospitals:
If the Freedom of Choice Act passes Congress … Obama has promised to sign it the second it hits his desk. (Here he is at a Planned Parenthood Action Fund event in 2007, vowing, "The first thing I'd do as president is, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing I'd do.") Though it's often referred to as a mere codification of Roe, FOCA, as currently drafted, actually goes well beyond that: According to the Senate sponsor of the bill, Barbara Boxer, in a statement on her Web site, FOCA would nullify all existing laws and regulations that limit abortion in any way, up to the time of fetal viability. Laws requiring parental notification and informed consent would be tossed out. While there is strenuous debate among legal experts on the matter, many believe the act would invalidate the freedom-of-conscience laws on the books in 46 states. These are the laws that allow Catholic hospitals and health providers that receive public funds through Medicaid and Medicare to opt out of performing abortions. Without public funds, these health centers couldn't stay open; if forced to do abortions, they would sooner close their doors. Even the prospect of selling the institutions to other providers wouldn't be an option, the bishops have said, because that would constitute "material cooperation with an intrinsic evil."
You can't blame Obama for itching to sign the bizarrely misnamed Freedom of Choice Act; for radical leftists, it creates a win-win situation.
Controlling access to healthcare is key to controlling the population — thus the Democrats' avid interest in socializing medicine. Christianity is hated by liberals because it provides a moral basis for resistance. Driving Christians out of healthcare would obviously advance the liberal agenda. If the closures cause a crisis, so much the better. As the economy has been proving so graphically lately, every crisis is an opportunity for statists to push us closer to socialism.
It might be better still for liberals if Catholic hospitals don't close, but dutifully obey government orders to extinguish innocent human life, like guards shoving Jews toward the ovens at Auschwitz. This would help reduce Catholicism to a hollow, hypocritical shell — the meaningless pseudo-religion practiced by reprobates like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden. Once Christianity loses the will to defend good from evil, it will cease to serve as a bulwark against the moral insanity of the Left.
Hat tip: The Corner. On a tip from Moonbat Smasher.