Health

Shawn Boonstra on Elective Abortions

Planned Parenthood | VOP Blog http://vopblog.com/2015/07/28/planned-parenthood/ Excerpt:  The abortion debate really boils down to one question: does a fetus possess personhood?  We know the fetus is alive, but is it truly human? If the fetus is merely tissue, then the termination of a pregnancy is not fraught with nearly as many ethical and moral questions. But if the fetus does have personhood–if it can be […]

 
 

California Eliminates Religious Exemption to Mandatory Vaccination

California Eliminates Religious Exemption to Mandatory Vaccination

In passing SB 277, the legislature appears to presume either that the religious exemption requests were pretextual and therefore should not be taken seriously, or that religious beliefs are subordinate to uniformity of adherence to health and safety codes.

 
 

Assisted Suicide Legislation Would Leave Elderly, Disabled, and Depressed Vulnerable

Assisted Suicide Legislation Would Leave Elderly, Disabled, and Depressed Vulnerable

California's proposed assisted-suicide bill does not require psychiatric evaluations which would rule-out depression, fear or anxiety as a primary motive for requesting assisted suicide, and does not provide adequate checks and balances to ensure that the disabled and elderly are protected. It could also lead to an increase in non-therapeutic suicides as it becomes socially acceptable. It costs only $35-50 for life-ending "medication" as opposed to hundreds of thousands of dollars for terminal healthcare, thus the cost-saving incentive is significant.

 
 

Adventist Pro-Life Advocates Complete Filming 13-Part Series on Abortion

Adventist Pro-Life Advocates Complete Filming 13-Part Series on Abortion

Steve Wohlberg, director and speaker of White Horse Media, has announced the completion of a 13-part series entitled, The Abortion Controversy, featuring Dianne Wagner and Antoinette Duck of Mafgia ministry.

 
 

Federal Health Care Conscience Rights Act Introduced

Federal Health Care Conscience Rights Act Introduced

Introduced on February 12, 2015, H.R. 940 would add a conscience clause to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which would prohibit states that receive federal funding from discriminating against those who decline to participate in abortion or abortion coverage.

 
 

Unintended Consequences? California Bill Would Eliminate Religious Belief Exemption to Vaccines

Unintended Consequences? California Bill Would Eliminate Religious Belief Exemption to Vaccines

Today, California lawmakers introduced legislation (SB 277) that would eliminate the "personal belief" exemption for parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.

 
 

South Dakota to U.S. Supreme Court: Overturn Roe v. Wade

South Dakota to U.S. Supreme Court: Overturn Roe v. Wade

"The right and duty to preserve life cannot co-exist with a right or duty to destroy it. The right and duty to preserve and protect the cherished relationship between mother and child cannot co-exist with a right and duty to destroy it."
– South Dakota House Concurrent Resolution, HCR 1004, passed 2/5/15

 
 

Unsettled and Inconsistent Law: Fetal Rights and Personhood

Unsettled and Inconsistent Law: Fetal Rights and Personhood

The legal status of the unborn child is not as clear as most people think. There are glaring inconsistencies in the way that the law is practiced, even in states with liberal abortion policies. For instance, if a person kills a fetus in California without the consent of the pregnant woman or for medical necessity it is considered murder under Penal Code section 187. This is why Scott Peterson was convicted for double-homicide when he killed his pregnant wife, Laci, in 2002. This January in Florida, John Andrew Weldon was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison when he tricked his pregnant girlfriend into taking abortion-causing drugs, leading to the miscarriage of her 6-week-old fetus.

 
 

Seven California churches sue to keep from funding abortion

A campaign against the state of California mandating abortion coverage in insurance plans is intensifying. Several complaints have been filed with the federal government to keep it from violating what Christian legal groups consider American's fundamental rights and go against their religiously held beliefs and conscience.

 
 

Opinion: Will the Quest for Cost Containment Under the Affordable Care Act Lead to Death Panels?

Opinion: Will the Quest for Cost Containment Under the Affordable Care Act Lead to Death Panels?

It's not enough that only 35% of the people think favorably about The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). (Statistic from the 9/11/14 Investor's Business Daily, citing a Kaiser Family Foundation poll.) Or that premiums will be going up significantly higher for those still paying for their own insurance. (Mine has already gone up $400. per month.) Once the government stops subsidizing the insurance industry (which, of course, will not happen before the midterm elections) those paying for their own insurance are likely to see a further price increase. In the meantime, many insurers are limiting the size of their networks for covered hospitals and doctors in order to keep their costs down.