WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A group of Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced legislation Sept. 14 that they say will reduce the number of abortions in the country, but the bill's emphasis on expanded contraception access has already drawn objections from the U.S. bishops' pro-life spokeswoman.
The proposed Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act was announced during a news conference in the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., a member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, are the lead sponsors of the bill aiming to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and assist new parents.
Deirdre McQuade, director of planning and information for the bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, told Catholic News Service Sept. 15 she objects to the legislation's emphasis on contraception.
She said it is "basically forcing taxpayers to pay for contraception" and said she was also concerned the legislation could "put more pressure on health care providers" to offer contraceptive measures...
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I suppose this is all part of the greater "bring back the Christian vote" campaign by the DNC. So as a solution to the abortion crisis in our nation, the Democrats have offered their own plan, which doesn't outlaw or even restrict abortion in this nation. Instead, the Democrats have offered to flood our public schools with condoms, and try to get every girl in the nation on the pill before she's thirteen -- all at the taxpayer's expense of course.
One good idea the Democrats offered was tax credits for adoptions. Now that's something I can agree with them on! Another good idea is state assistance aimed at helping unexpected parents in having their children without aborting them. Now I realize this would increase the tax burden some, but it would be a tax I would be willing to pay. If the government were to take the position of always leaning toward preserving unborn human life, than the government would inevitably have to pick up the bill for it. That in turn could provide a tremendous incentive for government to do everything within its power to reduce the episodes of unexpected pregnancies among unprepared parents. The problem is in the way the Democrats propose to do this.
The bill would promote a tool many people find unethical (artificial contraception), and most people understand that when you give a kid a condom, you've effectively told him to go out and use it. The bill fails to address the real sources of the problem, which are an over-emphasis on youth sexual activity in our nation, as well as a general cultural trend leading toward the devaluation of human life. In other words; our culture teaches kids to breed like a bunch of little minx, and then 'flush' whatever human life results from that activity. In effect, our national culture encourages a complete mental disconnect between the activity of sex, and the purpose of sex. It's a culture that values sex as an end to a means, rather than a means to an end. It's a culture where children are viewed more as a burden than a blessing.
The solution to the national abortion crisis is to codify the value of unborn human life into law, so that people will be forced to reckon with the fact that unborn babies are not disposable commodities. The solution is to teach young people that the ultimate purpose of sex is to propagate the species, and repeated engagement in this activity WILL result in that eventuality -- no matter what 'precautions' one takes to prevent it from happening. Mother Nature can find her way around ANY artificial birth control when she wants to. All she needs is enough opportunities to figure it out. Finally, young people need to be taught that unborn babies are real people, who deserve to have a real home, with real parents (a mother and a father) who can care for them and love them. If you can't provide that, then you're not fit to be parents. If you're not fit to be parents, than why are you having sex!?! Now a bill that offered sex-education like that would be a good place to start.