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Justice for the unborn: HHS defines life as ‘beginning at conception’

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Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) changed its strategic plan for 2018-2022 in order to protect the unborn.

Background

Previously, the plan stated in its introduction that “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Americans at every stage of life.” The new plan adds after “every stage of life,” the words, “beginning at conception.” It also adds the words after “serving,” “and protecting.”

We’ve stated the obvious for decades. Science has confirmed it many times. However, for some reason, the pro-life position is still “controversial.”

For example, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards was unable to give a direct answer to a question about when a baby’s life becomes worth protecting.

It is astonishing that this question needs to be asked at all, but even more astonishing was Richards’ answer.

Answering the question presented by Doug Wagner of WHO Newsradio in Iowa, Richards was flummoxed, stating, “Well, I don’t really, actually—I don’t know that there’s an exact answer for that… [b]ecause what the point is (inaudible) that women have and there are, as you know, restrictions on women’s ability to terminate a pregnancy—and when they can, but until a pregnancy is viable they have the right to make that decision.”

Planned Parenthood CEO: ‘I don’t know’ when preborn humans get rights; that’s not ‘the point’ | The Pulse | LifeSite

https://www.lifesitenews.com/pulse/planned-parenthood-ceo-when-preborn-humans-get-rights-is-not-the-pointThe unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights. Now, that doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support. It doesn’t mean that, you know, don’t do everything possible to try to fulfill your obligations.

Analysis

Her answer is quite interesting, since Richards’ employees have been caught on camera laughing about harvesting fetal organs from viable unborn babies, and, to my knowledge, she hasn’t condemned it.

But assuming Richards finds out what anyone who isn’t a radical abortionist knows, that a baby is fully formed in the womb at around eight weeks, would she close down her organization? Of course not. Because it’s not just about abortion, it is about a godless worldview on the Left. The Left is largely secular and does what it can to banish God and religion from the public. As such, they become gods, and, as gods, they can decide what is life and what is not.

As one of my favorite commentators, Steve Deace, pointed out in a tweet on Sunday in response to Richards outrageous statement, that “actually it’s the only point you unrepentant murderess.”

Deace’s response may sound harsh to some, but it’s true nonetheless.

The Takeaway

I don’t believe that everyone who is pro-choice is necessarily a murderer, but there is a difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion, the latter describing Richards, and most of the Left. As such, it is truly telling that Richards tolerates, and even seems to support, the frivolous behavior of her employees selling dead fetal organs and shilling for abortion-on-demand, among many other evil acts showing the disregard they hold for human life.

Planned Parenthood, and the radical abortion movement as a whole, is the face of true evil. And for that, I fully agree with Deace.

And I applaud HHS, and President Trump’s, decision to change its strategic plan. It may only be mere five-word addition, but it truly makes a difference in the attitude towards life of President Trump and his administration. For someone who stated a mere fifteen years ago on TV that he was “very pro-choice,” Trump’s move is truly courageous. And even if it’s a small step to address the travesty of abortion, and even if one doesn’t like the president for other reasons, we on the pro-life side should applaud him for his growth and change of heart here.

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Democrats’ road to victory is paved with the broken promises of the GOP

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Democrats road to victory is paved with the broken promises of the GOP

In the push leading up to the November mid-term election, Republicans and faux conservatives have completely abandoned any semblance of integrity concerning the promises they made when America gave them full control of Washington two years ago.

One area where their betrayal has been most obvious is their promise to repeal Obamacare, a promise they made in 2012, 2014, and 2016, and again a few months ago if voters let them keep their majority.

Despite their repetitious “repeal Obamacare” mantra, Trump and the GOP recently passed an $854 billion spending bill that included a boatload of betrayals, including funding for Obamacare.

While they attempted to hide the fact that the spending bill provided a big boost to Obamacare and government-run, single-payer healthcare, Trump and the GOP aren’t even trying to hide their betrayal any longer as they have begun to support the “good” parts of Obamacare, such as pre-existing conditions.

This healthcare slight-of-hand is clearly nothing but a lame attempt to buy a few votes in November for Republicans, but it appears to be having the opposite effect. GOP betrayals have created votes for Democrats, giving the party of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi fresh wind in their sails.

With no Republican resistance and momentum on their side, Democrat candidates for governor in red and purple states are openly pushing to expand Medicaid while “Medicare for all” — the politically correct way of saying single-payer healthcare — has been adopted on the national level as a 2020 campaign issue.

It appears that Democrats can and will win on this issue.

In Pennsylvania — a state Trump narrowly won in 2016 — Democrats are surging in popularity thanks to the GOP’s broken healthcare promises. Besides a likely victory for Pennsylvania’s incumbent Democrat senator and governor, the blue party could pick up six Congressional seats, 25% of the seats they need to retake the House.

Trump’s Medicare policies along with his long history of supporting socialized medicine and single-payer has already put America on the path to Obamacare’s ultimate goal of government-run healthcare, but now we’re hearing about Trump making overtures to Democrats ahead of their likely takeover in November in an effort to secure a few policy “wins” for himself ahead of 2020.

Which begs the question: If Trump’s willing to sell out to the Democrats with Republicans in charge, what do you think will happen to healthcare if his buddies Chuck and Nancy are running Congress?

I think we already know the answer to that question.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Infographic: Opioid overdose deaths in the United States

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Infographic Opioid overdose deaths in the United States

The use of opioids in the United States has dramatically risen in recent years, prompting calls for action from both sides of the political aisle. It’s not like the old drug wars on the streets of New York or the suburbs of Dallas. This drug epidemic is affecting all races, economic conditions, and ages.

In this infographic from Visual Capitalist, they examine the death rates county by county. Of note is West Virginia, where in some areas the opioid death rate is approaching the cancer death rates.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

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Trump’s Medicare policy the next step in his march toward socialized healthcare

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Conservative media outlet praises Trumps attack on the Constitution

After squeezing all the political life he could out of the Kavanaugh confirmation circus, Trump went to work this week on other ways to fire up his uninspired base ahead of next month’s election.

On Tuesday, Trump made an appearance at an Iowa worship service disguised as a campaign rally, where the man who once bragged that he was capable of changing into anything he wants when it comes to his ever-changing policies, reached out to corn farmers being hurt from his “good and easy to wintrade war.

In an obvious attempt to buy votes in November and lay the groundwork for the 2020 Iowa caucuses, Trump announced that he would be expanding the use of ethanol; free market and the environment be damned.

Yesterday, Trump allegedly wrote an op-ed for USA Today — I say “allegedly” because Microsoft Word graded it at college level, and Trump speaks at a seventh-grade level or lower — decrying the Democrat Party’s call for “Medicare for all.” For the uninitiated, Medicare-for-all is the politically correct way of saying single-payer.

Trump’s fake op-ed is nothing more than the latest round of the politics of distraction where the GOP attempts to shift voter attention away from the past two years of lies and broken promises. In Trump’s case, however, the op-ed is also hypocritical because he supports single-payer healthcare, and his policies pretty much guarantee that socialized medicine will be here sooner rather than later.

Throughout his political career, Trump often sang the praises of socialized medicine and single-payer healthcare, and he reinforced his support during the 2016 campaign when he promised to have the government pay for universal healthcare for everyone.

During his campaign, Trump also made the promise repeatedly broken by the GOP to repeal Obamacare, which Republicans love and was given a big boost when Trump and the GOP completely funded it with the #MiniBusBetrayal he signed into law in September.

Many, including myself, pointed to this broken promise as evidence of Trump’s lack of integrity, but now I think it makes sense when you consider that Obamacare was created to be the catalyst for single-payer healthcare.

In his op-ed, Trump also renewed his commitment to save Medicare from being used as the mechanism for delivering single-payer healthcare. It’s a politically convenient move, but in reality, Medicare is already the largest socialized healthcare program in the world, so his Medicare policies are guaranteeing socialized medicine, not preventing it.

When you look at the complete package — lifetime support of socialized medicine, not repealing Obamacare, and letting Medicare grow out of control — Trump is accomplishing everything Barack Obama and the Democrats wanted concerning socialized medicine.

I guess I see now why we had to keep Hillary from winning and advancing Obama’s agenda . . . Trump wanted to be the one to do that.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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