Obama and the Bush Conscience Regulations

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Most are aware that the Obama administration has taken aim at conscience regulations passed in the waning days of the Bush administration protecting health care workers from participating in abortions and sterilizations.  Some however might be confused as to the precise nature of the new administration’s initiative.  I want to clarify the salient points of that initiative and invite everyone who reads this brief to contact the White House and urge it to defend and not weaken conscience laws in the U.S.

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OF PRESIDENTS AND CULTURE WARS: FOCA AND AMERICA’S “NEW DAY”

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“THERE ARE MANY OF GOOD WILL WHO DO NOT SHARE MY VIEW ON THE ISSUE OF CHOICE.  ON THIS FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE, I WILL NOT YIELD AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD WILL NOT YIELD…  WHEN THE REAL WAR IS BEING FOUGHT ABROAD, THEY WOULD HAVE US FIGHT ‘CULTURE WARS’ HERE AT HOME.  BUT I AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT CULTURE WARS ARE JUST SO 90S.  THEIR DAYS ARE GROWING DARK.  IT IS TIME TO TURN THE PAGE. WE WANT A NEW DAY HERE IN AMERICA.  WE’RE TIRED ABOUT ARGUING ABOUT THE SAME OLD STUFF… THE FIRST THING I’D DO AS PRESIDENT IS SIGN THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE ACT.” 

 

(BARACK OBAMA, ADDRESS TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD, JULY 2007)

When the term “culture” is brought up people’s eyes glaze over.  The term is abstract and often provides a screen for pontificating on a subject of one’s private interest.  But there are few realities more universally relevant to human beings and more central to shaping people’s well-being than culture. Read

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On the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Are We Truly Seeking to Prote

On December 10, 1948, in the immediate aftermath of the horror and carnage of World War II, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a document affirming the dignity and rights of all human beings.  What has been described by some as a “Magna Carta for all humanity” has been translated into more than 200 languages and remains one of the best known and most often cited human rights documents in the world. Read

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