ADF: Health care bill and Kentucky abortion bill

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund posted these two stories recently:

– Senate Democrats appear to be shying away from the idea of using the procedural method of reconciliation as a means to pass a health care reform bill.

– A bill pending in the Kentucky state senate would require doctors to, among other things, show women seeking an abortion an ultrasound should they request to view one. The bill would also require women to meet with their doctor 24 hours prior to having an abortion.

ACLJ: Delay in seating Brown “outrageous”

by D. Bennett

Jay Sekulow, via his blog on the American Center for Law and Justice’s website, posts that the fact that Scott Brown (R-MA) has yet to be seated by the U.S. Senate represents an “unacceptable delay tactic on the part of the Senate leadership.”

“There’s absolutely no reason to wait to seat Senator-elect Brown and with each passing day he is prevented from participating in the legislative process,” Sekulow writes. ” This delay tactic…show that it’s business as usual in Washington – ignoring the will of Massachusetts voters and moving forward with a disturbing health care plan that America simply does not want.”

Despite the fact that the election results have not yet been officially certified, Sekulow argues that there is precedent which would allow Brown to be seated immediately.

ACLJ: Notes on the Mass. election and a comment on Erroll Southers

by D. Bennett

The American Center for Law and Justice posted several comments on the Massachusetts special election for U.S. Senator, including:

– Is the election of Scott Brown (R-MA) a referendum on President Obama’s ambitious health care agenda?

– The outcome of the election “commands national attention.”

– The Democrat-controlled Senate should move to seat Scott Brown as soon as possible, while avoiding any vote on health care reform until Brown is seated as a U.S. senator.

The ACLJ also noted that Erroll Southers, the nominee for the head of the Transportation Security Administration, has withdrawn his name from consideration due to controversy surrounding his nomination. The ACLJ called his withdrawal a “critical victory.”

Liberty Counsel: “Abortion Healthcare Bill is Unacceptable and Unconstitutional”

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel blasted the Senate’s healthcare reform bill and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, saying that the Sen. Reid “is holding every Senator hostage in order to pressure them into submission so that  every American will be forced to fund abortion.”

The Counsel specifically lamented Sen. Reid’s so-called “Manager’s Amendment,” which, according to the Counsel, “requires the federal government to violate the principles of the Hyde Amendment by funding abortion.”

Furthermore, the Counsel is prepared to challenge the constitutionality of the bill should it become law.

“Congress has no authority to require every person to obtain insurance coverage,” the Counsel writes, “and has no authority to fine employers who do not provide the coverage standards that are required in the bill.”

The Counsel also made a bold comparison between the healthcare debate and a character familiar to the Christmas season, writing, “The spirit of the Roman Emperor Herod who killed every baby boy two years old and under in order to preserve his political dynasty still lives in the halls of Congress.”

Of course, Herod was actually not a Roman emperor but rather the provincial King of Israel appointed by Emperor Octavian. Still, the comparison is duly noted.

ADF: Democrats pressuring Sen. Nelson in health care fight

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund picked up on a story filed by The Fox Nation, citing a Senate aide saying that the White House has threatened Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) over his opposition to any funding for abortions in the health care fight.

The aide reports that the White House has threatened to close a military base in Nelson’s state of Nebraska should the moderate Democrat fail to “fall in line” with the rest of his Democratic senators.

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC talked about more uses for adult stem cells, noted that one plant scholar is saying there are more carnivorous plants than we think (the post links to the trailer for Attack of the Killer Tomatoes), interpreted results from a recent GSS survey to say that “adults in always-intact marriages who attend religious services at least weekly are the most likely to believe in the importance of having their own children,” argued that private sector research on cancer will  decrease if the Democrats’ health care plan passes and discussed potential uses for adult stem cells to fight HIV.

An email from the FRC urged subscribers to tell their senators to vote for the Nelson-Hatch amendment to health care reform.

A Washington Update email from the group discussed funding for abortion in health care reform and the Nelson-Hatch amendment, efforts in New Jersey to legalize gay marriage and in Virginia to give benefits to the partners of state employees, and the potential effect of current health care reform legislation on the Medicare Advantage program.

A second Washington Update email from the FRC criticized Sen. Reid for his comments about health care reform and slavery on the Senate floor, commented on the cost of health care reform, and criticized the “shocking record” of EEOC nominee Chai Feldblum.

A third Washington Update talked about the failure of the Nelson-Hatch amendment and the funding for abortion in health care reform, commented on the 2010 Omnibus bill, and argued that Sen. Reid is trying to cover up the fact that the current health care reform bill would fund abortion.

An email asking for donations said that “Two deeply committed supporters have offered a $300,000 Matching Grant that will double your gift and give it twice the impact in the fight to defend and advance faith, family, and freedom!”

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

This week, the ERLC noted that the Senate was soon to vote on the Nelson-Hatch amendment that would restrict federal funding for abortion in health care reform, and urged readers to contact their senators to tell them to vote for the amendment.  The same message is contained in an Action Alert email from the group.

The group also discussed approval of the first embryonic stem cells for use in federally funded experiments, and the possibility of a mandate in health care reform to provide coverage of abortion.

In the latest Life Digest post, the ERLC commented on the Baltimore law requiring pregnancy centers to post signs listing services they do not offer, discussed the use of adult stem cells to help heart attack patients, reported on the third death of a woman who had a legal abortion in India, and the failure of a bill in France that would have legalized euthanasia.

The ERLC also argued that the “opt out” and “trigger” options being considered for health care reform are just a stealthy way for liberals to achieve government-run health care, and linked to an interview with Cal Besiner on “Climategate.”