Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- President Barack Obama's job approval rating fell to 58% in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from June 16-18 -- a new low for Obama in the polling firm's survey. He had previously received 59 percent on four different occasions. Thirty-three percent of Americans now disapprove of the job Obama is doing as
Charlotte, NC (LifeNews.com) -- At its annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, the National Right to Life Committee re-released its plan for a reform of the health care system that will not result in rationing. One of the main concerns pro-life advocates have concerning the health care reform debate, apart from worries that any plan will be used to require taxpayer-financed abortions or require insurance companies to cover abortions, is that the plan will lead the rationing of health care. As Congress moves into high gear in its consideration of health care reform legislation, National Right to Life shared its proposal of how affordably to finance subsidized expansion of insurance to the uninsured without the need for rationing lifesaving medical treatment. We cannot afford to accept rationing in the name of reform, said Burke J. Balch, J.D., director of the National Right to Life Powell Center for Medical Ethics. It is a false assumption that we must sacrifice life-saving medical treatment to provide health care coverage to the uninsured and under-insured. Denial of lifesaving medical treatment to patients against their will, including through government rationing, is a form of involuntary euthanasia, Balch added. During his discussion of the alternative plan, Balch talked about the dangers of rationing, as seen in Canada and Europe, and of how some forms of comparative effectiveness research can result in rationing that discriminates on the basis of disability. He also explained how , on the other hand, sustainable long-term financing could be obtained to allow health care reform without rationing. In Washington, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee continues another day of debating amendments to one massive health reform bill, while the Senate Finance Committee is expected to release an alternative proposal it plans to consider. A third bill to be heard by the three U.S. House committees with jurisdiction will be made public shortly.
Senate Cant Find Sponsors for Resolution Praising Abortion Practitioner Tiller
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- After the House of Representatives approved a resolution praising late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller and condemning the violence that led to his death, the Senate tried this week to approve a similar measure. Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, talked about the developments. Rather than praise Tiller's legacy of death, House members decided to pass a resolution condemning all violence. That didn't satisfy the most militantly pro-abortion Senators, who tried--without success--to find enough sponsors to introduce a resolution paying tribute to all abortion providers and the services they provide, he explained. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, was behind the pro-Tiller, pro-abortion resolution and she spoke on the Senate floor late this week lamenting the fact that her colleagues would not support the idea. "I know that there are many heartfelt feelings on both sides of this issue and on both sides of the aisle," she said. "However, I was hopeful that regardless of our differences of opinion... the Senate could come together and pass a resolution that rejects the use of violence against reproductive care providers." However, pro-life lawmakers asked her to remove language from the resolution praising abortion and told her they would support it should it only condemn abortion-related violence. She refused and the measure failed. Perkins responded, What an encouragement to the pro-life community that while some Senators may vote in favor of abortion, they stand strongly against any effort to glorify it. Like us, they realize that just as violence cannot be tolerated, neither can any effort to exalt those who practice it against the unborn. Senators Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, and Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrats, were also behind the pro-abortion resolution.
Oregon Senate Fails to Get Democrats to Allow Debate on Unborn Victims Bill
Oakland, CA (LifeNews.com) -- After pro-life Berkeley pastor Walter Hoye was sent to jail following his conviction on a local ordinance that targets the free speech rights of pro-life advocates, he has returned to the abortion center where his offer of help to pregnant women led him to prison. Hoye has been ordered by a local judge to stay 100 yards away from the abortion center, but he says he plans to provide abortion alternatives information to women anyway. In response, an Alameda County prosecutor went back to court Friday hoping to convince the judge to order an injunction using the new Oakland law, implemented specifically to target Hoye, which puts a bubble zone in place within eight feet of women entering any local abortion business. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stuart Hing delayed a ruling until next month but answered attorneys for Hoye by saying he believes he has jurisdiction in the case and broad authority to issue an order against Hoye preventing him from helping pregnant women considering an abortion. Hoye said it is clear that abortion advocates, who have control of Oaklands city council, are using the law to target people with whom they disagree. "We're at a point here in American history when the system is being manipulated to impose particular viewpoints on another viewpoint," he said. Attorneys with the Life Legal Defense Fund, a pro-life legal group defending Hoye, have filed a lawsuit challenging the Oakland ordinance in federal court saying it violates the First Amendment free speech rights and a hearing on it is slated for this coming week. Hoye chose 18 days in jail over volunteer work and a probation order to stay away from the Family Planning Specialists Medical Group on Webster Street.in Oakland but Hoyes attorneys and prosecutors say the order will likely be overturned on appeal. Hoye says he has returned to the abortion center twice since then to offer women better solutions to abortion. During the Friday hearing, Deputy District Attorney Mas Morimoto asked Judge Hing to keep Hoye 100 yards from the abortion center for a period of three years with an injunction for people who have been convicted under the bubble law.
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) -- A Missouri judge has dismissed a lawsuit a state pro-life group has filed accusing three state officials of improperly blocking its efforts for a ballot proposal that would ban taxpayer funds from paying for abortion and human cloning. The Missouri Roundtable for Life proposed a state constitutional amendment earlier this year, but the Secretary of State, pro-abortion Robin Carnahan, drafted ballot summary languages that would appear before voters that was essentially an argument against the measure. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Joyce dismissed the challenges Thursday and rejected Missouri Roundtable for Lifes claim that the office worked with abortion advocacy groups to put together the negative summary. The allegations are without merit, and rise to the level of being frivolous, Joyce ruled, and upheld the ballot summary language. Attorney General Chris Koster and State Auditor Susan Montee were also named in the Roundtable suit.
New York Widow of Slain Abortion Practitioner Slepian Wants New Legislation
Albany, NY (LifeNews.com) -- The widow of Barnett Slepian, a New York abortion practitioner who was killed in his Buffalo-area home in 1998, wants new legislation that would put more punishments in place for anyone who harasses or assaults abortion practitioners. Lynne Slepians call for a new bill follows the shooting death of Kansas-based late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller. Assemblyman Sam Hoyt has agreed to sponsor legislation calling for enhanced penalties, or a hate crime statute, for anyone who tries to interfere with an abortion or commits any acts of violence against abortion practitioners or abortion facility staff. It would move the penalties up form a misdemeanor crime to a felony. "New York state would be the first in the nation to recognize the serious nature of these crimes by passing a law that creates enhanced penalties," Hoyt said. Slepian added, "In order to bring an end to tragedies such as my husband's and Tiller's murders, we as citizens of New York state need to take action. Pro-life advocates called Slepians request an attempt to profit politically from a person who has no affiliation with the pro-life movement killing Tiller and using it as a means of targeting pro-life advocates. Derby attorney Stasia Vogel said Hoyt should be ashamed for using the recent murder of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller for publicity. She issued a statement that read, in part, "Hoyt seeks to misuse a crime in another state to show-boat and tar tens of millions of decent Americans who have given their lives to defend the defenseless child awaiting birth in the womb by unneeded alarmist proposals to unfairly defame the pro-life cause." Slepian claims the bill would not target peaceful protesters or those who provide alternatives and help to pregnant women considering abortion, but Vogel says shes concerned it will.