Archive for the ‘Pro Life’ Category
By Jonathan Darnel
If you want to see the American culture war up close and personal, in all its gritty reality, just go to a rock festival and promote pro-life values. That’s what CBR and Delaware Right to Life did June 20-21 at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware.
During its four day run, Firefly draws a crowd of more than 100,000 people, almost all between the ages of 16 and 30, many of whom camp out at the festival grounds for the duration. With alcohol flowing freely and illicit substances only a little less freely, many attendees in various stages of undress, and a Trojan condom advertisement streaming behind an airplane overhead, it was obvious that this crowd would be a challenge.
Into this morass descended CBR Maryland and Delaware Right to Life with our graphic victim images, portable loudspeaker, and literature asking the question “When is it right kill?” For more than four hours each day, these heroic men and women challenged the death-culture at its stronghold … attracting attention, sparking conversations, and yes, inviting persecution. Meanwhile, CBR’s 33-foot Truth Truck, blazoned with enormous photos of abortion carnage, circulated up and down the busiest street in Dover, just outside the festival grounds.
Pro-abortion sympathizers were noticeably more vocal at Firefly than many of the other venues CBR has visited. Verbal harassment was constant and physical harassment took place upon several occasions, resulting in at least three arrests. While this atmosphere might have been too much for ordinary pro-life advocates, our volunteers had previously participated in the Pro-Life Training Academy (PLTA) and were thus better prepared to both endure persecution and to answer the constant barrage of pro-abortion arguments. Surprisingly, a large number of concert attendees were quietly supportive and thanked us for being there. Post-abortive girls spilled their hearts in front of us and were, of course, ministered to.
The Firefly project took a lot of work. We spent months preparing literature and equipment, promoting the event, and coordinating with local police. To get to the display location, volunteers had to push/carry several hundred pounds of equipment over half a mile, and move everything back when finished. Yet it was well worth it.
We showed the grim reality of abortion to thousands, and every volunteer had multiple opportunities to explain the pro-life viewpoint to curious onlookers. Since living conditions at the Firefly campsite promote behavior that often leads to abortion, we believe that our unexpected presence at the festival is already bearing fruit, as new parents who might have chosen abortion cannot do so, our images and words being yet fresh in their memories.
Our volunteers were glowing about the experience:
At the very end a young man came past, yelling at us and very pro-abortion. We had a long talk and ran the gamut of the arguments. At the end he thanked us for being there and said we’d given him a lot to think about. (Bobbi, Delaware Right to Life)
On one occasion, I heard a group of young people admit that we were hitting our target demographic. Later, when one young man was berated by his friends for taking our literature, I heard him defend us and point out that he himself had been adopted. (Moira, Delaware Right to Life)
I specifically targeted couples who looked in love and who might face a crisis pregnancy later. Several were pro-choice and we talked a very long time. One couple in particular took our literature and said they would pass it out in the dormitories! They admitted that they really needed a new perspective on abortion, and thanked me for giving it to them!” (Eva, Delaware Right to Life)
Jonathan Darnel is a Project Director for CBR Maryland Operations.
by Gregg Cunningham
CBR has produced and posted on YouTube an abortion video which exposes the commercial fraud perpetrated by abortion clinic worker Emily Letts and her employer, the Cherry Hill Women’s Center. These scammers have been all over the press in recent weeks with headlines such as “Woman films her own abortion to show the world how ‘cool’ it is.”
The problem is that Ms. Letts and the Cherry Hill Women’s Center didn’t “film her own abortion,” they filmed only her own face during what she somewhat dubiously claimed was her abortion. The camera never reveals what is going on below her waist. If we assume, for the sake of argument, that she actually did have an abortion, she and her abortion clinic employer obviously didn’t want viewers to see the incontrovertible evidence that abortion is an act of violence which savagely kills a real baby, even early in pregnancy.
Ms. Letts and her abortion clinic employer created their YouTube video as a disingenuous sales pitch and our rebuttal video is a consumer protection device intended to ensure women are not deceived regarding the humanity of their baby or the inhumanity of the abortion which Cherry Hill Women’s Center is trying to sell them.
CBR unmasks the horror of abortion with a video which splices abortion footage into Ms. Letts’ claims that she “… has no guilt” and “recalls the procedure with fondness.” Those absurd assertions would only seem credible to viewers who have never seen an abortion. CBR’s parody video will help reduce the number of Americans for whom abortion is a comforting abstraction, always kept carefully out of sight.
Elizabeth Barnes, Executive Director of the Cherry Hill Women’s Center and the Philadelphia Women’s Center, is Ms. Letts’ co-conspirator in this abortion industry infomercial. She is also on YouTube proclaiming that “… we need to see more images in the media of women who choose abortion and it provides them a pathway to a new and better life.” CBR replies that what we actually need are more images in the media of dismembered babies for whom abortion provided a barbaric end to life. And if Ms. Barnes considers suing us for violating the copyright on her sales video, we say “Bring it on”–but we suggest she first read the federal judge’s opinion in Northland Family Planning Centers v. Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.
Gregg Cunningham is the Executive Director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) and a frequent contributor to FAB.
Excellent debate between Ann Furedi, CEO of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the UK’s largest private abortion provider, and Gregg Cunningham, Executive Director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR).
They debated the question of whether it is morally wrong to display graphic abortion images outside UK abortion clinics. Furedi argued that it is immoral for CBR to show her prospective customers what she intends to do to their babies. Cunningham argued it is immoral to hide the horror from them.
CBR-UK and Christian Concern, an association of Christian attorneys, co-sponsored this debate, and a capacity crowd filled the Emmanuel Center in Westminster, London.
- Story by Christian Concern: Debate on use of graphic abortion pictures
- Story in CBR Communique: Historic Debate: CBR graciously demolishes UK’s largest abortion provider
By Mick Hunt
Written and performed by Shawn Welcome
1861. Musket, rifles with miniball bullets blast across the Mason-Dixon line, from both sides. Bayonets in my neighbor’s neck if they’re close enough, gun-smoke and tensions in the air, this won’t end for another four years. The American Civil War, a bloody conflict within the same nation. On the backs of Blacks was built the wealthiest. Lincoln had no use for these slave trades. He had more honorable ways of being successful. The Confederate South couldn’t stand it and a house divided against itself, can’t anyway.
Firearms changed everything.
Slave ships were packed and hearts were hardened, never asked to be here, how unfair that we’re the problem. Never asked to be here, how unfair that they’re the problem.
All in the name of freedom.
Party like a rock-star while little ones are dying. Silent screams from injected saline and dreams you will never hear because little lungs were punctured before they could fully function. Who will be a voice for the voiceless?
How many freight trains of injustice will roll by behind church buildings while service inside sings louder? Hands in the air, pump up the volume, bass, kick, snare, drowning out the rumblings of oppression. No formal funerals, nor miniature caskets, only the likes of medical waste to management tell me “how many pounds of flesh do you pick up for profit?”
And when will that wait begin to weigh down on your conscience?
Jim Jones, no thanks. You can keep your kool-aid.
This sugar coated genocide is sponsored by media, abortion pills, birth control, control the growth, convince them to commit cultural suicide. Not televised, and the Hill’s killer number one among African-Americans is done by a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Music soft, white coats. Put them on, take them off. How much does it cost to ignore the exotic white tiger in the bathroom? Or, are we too hung over to pick up the phone. “I know you don’t want to go through with this, but are these counselors counseling, or selling a service?”
Tell me, who’s going to sue an abortionist for malpractice if the purpose is to keep it under hush. If they don’t care about your baby, they don’t care about your body. This is called “making it rain under the umbrella of womens’ health.”
Fifty dollar bills are filled with the faces of Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union army into victory. Cash wins again and still rules everything around me. Methods of man are like Hulk, busting from the seams with all green. And if they could put a tax on crack, you will find it at your local Walgreens.
We take less than 2% of the cases, rape, incest and life on the line to justify the 99. Reckless, who occupy all streets.
Listen, men and women need higher standards and better judgement. On my wish list. But hurt people, hurt people. This all boils down to forgiveness. Where’s the humility? Daddies running away like slaves from the so-called shackles and chains of responsibility
Meanwhile, Mommy wants to secede from this union, and it only ends in bloodshed. History repeats itself. The new civil war where African Americans are still on the front lines. No jury. Dying for the same reasons. They’re not human, fully. Slavery wouldn’t have ended if it depended on quiet. Folks willing to take a bullet to the head and some riots, and I’m all for non-violence because words can change trends, but worse than words from my enemies is the silence from my friends.
- I transcribed the words from the video, so it’s not arranged on the page like Mr. Welcome would. If you want to see brief commentary on the poem by Dr. Alveda King, go here. The video is a promotional for Stand4Life.
- This is another, different performance of the poem.
- Please visit Shawn Welcome’s website, where you can find recordings of other of his poems. Mr. Welcome is available to speak to groups.
Mick Hunt (Meredith Eugene Hunt) is a FAB contributor. He has helped organize more than 50 Genocide Awareness Projects (GAPs) all over the southeast and elsewhere.
By Mick Hunt
In mid-July the Republican governor of North Carolina dropped a bombshell, or so you’d think if you read any quotes from his natural opponents, the Lions of the Literary Left.
The Democrats of our state are still roaring because of the demise in 2012 of their 140 year dynasty, during which they controlled one or more of the two legislative bodies and/or the office of Governor. Since then we’ve been barraged by “Moral Monday” marches and rallies and other truly meaningless events across the state that captivate the attention of a discriminating media, discriminating against what’s really important.
“Vitiello concludes by pronouncing Valerie Macon “Pat McCrory’s middle finger, pointed at North Carolina’s literary tradition.”…However, something about Vitiello’s brutal response doesn’t sit well. I can understand his frustration, and his sense of the stakes, but public dismemberment is never fun to witness, particularly of someone who means no harm.”
The Governor so allegedly insulted the dignity of the Office of Poet Laureate, that four past Poet Laureates wrote him a joint letter of protest . When I first read the news stories about this, the name of their chief spokesman, Kathryn Stripling Byer, seemed familiar. I haven’t been able to find it yet, but I’m almost certain Byer wrote me a letter back in 1994 objecting to the newspaper advertisements I took out about a pro-abortion female candidate for Congress. A little internet research however found these sample comments from her left on our then Democratic congressman Heath Shuler’s website in February of 2011:
Kathryn Stripling Byer
Yes, Mr. Shuler, how can you have voted against the women of WNC? You make me ashamed to say you represent our district.
February 18, 2011 at 6:26pm
Kathryn Stripling Byer
Stand with Planned Parenthood–go to this link:http://www.ppaction.org/IStandWithPP
February 18, 2011 at 6:44pm
Her issue was the rather innocuous HR 358 of 2011, called the Protect Life Act, which was intended to keep abortion out of the equation of the Affordable Care Act, (ObamaCare.)
So, even though I would agree that McCrory’s process overlooked many highly qualified, gifted, hard working poets, I’m guessing the opposition to the governor’s appointment of Valerie Macon was more about harming him politically than it was about poetry. The Poets Laureate said nothing about the quality of her poetry. And Macon might very well have been an outstanding Poet Laureate, making poetry an art of the people rather than, as one commentator suggested, of the realm of the MFA baristas. To her credit, and hinting at the cruelty of her opposition, Valerie Macon resigned after less than a week.
The whole situation offered rich entertainment value, tinged with pathos in witnessing the crushing of one enthusiastic voice. If anything, during her brief days in the office she helped poetry more than all the past NC Poets Laureates together did with all their hundreds of publications, honors, and awards. Because, I and many others didn’t even know we had a Poet Laureate until the protests about her appointment began.
The situation also taught me that poetry is political. I wonder now how much poetry is suffused with the abortion culture, how much undercurrent, how much subtext. It also helped me realize that poetry can work the other way, that we should infuse life into words and craft them into weapons for truth.
Let’s fight poetry with the fire of poetry.
Mick Hunt (Meredith Eugene Hunt) is a FAB contributor. He has helped organize more than 50 Genocide Awareness Projects (GAPs) all over the southeast and elsewhere.
by Mick Hunt
If you’re quiet and listen, you might hear their voices.
When I looked across the arena at the Roman Coliseum during a torrid August afternoon in 2009, I tried to imagine the scenes of death from so many centuries ago. I tried to hear the echoes of blades on shields and the mobs cheering as blood flowed into the sand.
I imagine people feel the same somber wonder and horror when they visit other certain historical sites around the world, death camp sites such as Dachau, Auschwitz, and Mauthausen, and the transport camp, Terezin.
At least two such tragic historical sites are located within Asheville, and the city is about to add another to its recommended tours.
One: The corner of 900 Hendersonville Road is now only a parking lot for a spiffy office building, but during the ‘80’s and into the early ‘90s, they aborted pre-natal children there in a low, squat building. Thousands of pre-natal children died in this sleazy, sordid place. The state of North Carolina tore it down to widen the road, and the business moved to the edge of Biltmore Village.
“Birds sang, the sun shone, flowers grew, and prayers rose up, but the laws of nature were not violated.”
Two: Train tracks surrounded the new building that was located in an industrial zoned area. It featured a narrow waiting room on steel girders spanning a dirty, limpid creek. Weeds grew up the walls of the building, and on one side, old roofing material made the siding. Steel bars guarded broken window. The abortionists drove in from Tennessee and South Carolina. It was a back alley abortion mill with a sign hanging in the front alley.
On a Saturday afternoon in November, 1998, I showed up as usual with my “Let Your Baby Live. We Will Help!” sign, but no one else came. No other pro-life people, no abortion workers, and no victims. I was alone. A sheet of white paper had been taped to the front window. For the first time ever, I walked onto the property and to the front porch. The note said the place had closed permanently.
I remember months later seeing a monster garbage truck parked in front, rocking back and forth. An industrial shredder on wheels. A few years later another business moved into the building, a non-profit called Save the Children. That’s right. I stopped once just to look around inside, and I asked the people there a few questions. I wanted to, but didn’t ask if they ever heard the echoes of screaming children. Sometime later, the owner tore the building down, leaving rubble, and piles of weed-covered earth, now in view of nearby spiffy office buildings.
Three: Apparently, the abortion center on Asheville’s Orange Street is closing now. A volunteer escort recently said so in an article titled “The Last Shift” that appeared June 15 in an online publication called The Asheville Blade. So, by the end of this month we’ll have another historical site of sorrow and death to add to the itinerary. Maybe “Save the Children” will buy the building and move in. Maybe someday this terrible place will end up like all the others, in rubble and fading memories.
My late acquaintance, Kentucky poet laureate James Still and I once ate lunch together nearly every day. I could never find his source, and I may not have the quote down perfectly, but he one day he said, “Birds sang, the sun shone, flowers grew, and prayers rose up, but the laws of nature were not violated.” He was talking about Dachau, which I know he visited. Maybe the quote was his own, a fragment of an incomplete poem.
My friends and I spent many, many hours on the sidewalk in front of Femcare–when thousands of people ignored, dismissed, ridiculed, or cursed our offers of help and appeals to moms and dads to let their babies live. Thousands of mothers carried their children passed us into the doors to be killed.
An independent observer watching the passers-by might suppose the middle finger to be an international sign for “choice.” But many people expressed support, too, as they walked or drove by. Our presence was always, usually, more a quiet vigil than a protest. I’ve watched and listened to starlings, crows, doves, pigeons, and hawks. Last Saturday, a noisy mocking bird entertained and annoyed us with his crazy song list, more of cacophony than symphony.
Prayers rose up. But not enough prayer and not enough people praying. On occasion a mother changed her mind and left with her baby alive.
Femcare is closing. A better name for it is Femkill. Though, what you call it is irrelevant now because it’s closing. What’s important is the killing probably is moving to another place—to a building on McDowell Street owned and operated by Planned Parenthood.
North Carolina law says it’s a felony to “destroy” “unborn children” unless the act is done by a licensed physician “in a hospital or clinic certified by the Department of Health and Human Services to be a suitable facility for the performance of abortions.” We often bring posters to the sidewalk depicting a 10 week child who was destroyed by abortion. This is what Planned Parenthood intends to do in its new building. It’s bloody, violent, and evil. There is no suitable facility for this.
So, are we nostalgic about our upcoming last shift at Femcare? Are we jubilant? No. Just feeling sadness and resignation. We’ll be shifting to McDowell Street, if necessary. Unique human beings, persons in embryonic or fetal form, will be destroyed in that place. And someday even it will be a ruined historical site where, if you’re quiet and listen, you might hear their voices.
Echoing in your conscience.
Mick Hunt is an FAB contributor. He has helped organize more than 50 Genocide Awareness Projects (GAPs) all over the southeast and elsewhere. This article is a response to “The Last Shift,” which was written by an abortion escort. Read the story here.
Sometimes we focus so much on the antics of those who oppose us, we forget to report on the many pro-life students who support our presence on campus. They are so thankful that they are not alone.
“Thank you! I am glad you are here!”
“I’m glad those other students [finally] have something to be upset about.”
“If you support this, why don’t you want the advertisement?”
“Why are these people saying you should leave campus? It is just [the truth]!”
“These are just pictures. If you are upset, that’s good.”
“This is stirring up conversation; this is good.” (Christian dining hall employee)
Young Christians believe the truth (at some level), but they don’t know how to answer the full-frontal assault that is the atheistic campus culture. The modern church has never taught them how to articulate and defend the Christian Faith with logic and reason, so they fear the Faith is illogical and unreasonable. What a tragedy.
The most effective evangelical organization on campus is often the College Republicans, because those kids know how to articulate the truth without fear.
The two biggest threats to our children … your children … are Dawinism and abortion. Darwinism is an assault on the intellect; abortion is an assault on the flesh. Yet the typical evangelical church (e.g., your church) does almost nothing to address these threats.
For example, have the youth at your church seen the movie, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed?” No? That’s a scandal. And if you have never watched it yourself, that’s a scandal, too.
Anyway, the intellectual needs of young Christians has been ignored by the modern church, but when we show up with GAP, they don’t feel so alone.
Until now, we in Tennessee have always believed that the best two things ever to come out of Alabama were (1) Dreamland Ribs and (2) I-59.* But now you can add a third item to that list: Bama Students for Life (BSFL).
BSFL was recently awarded the Students for Life of America (SFLA) Student Group of the Year. Perhaps their biggest project of the year was to host the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) last Spring. The privilege of working with such a committed, intelligent group of young people was truly a gift from God. BSFL’s media work was the best we have ever seen, and we learned quite a lot, just by watching them.
[We have noted that many of the student groups recognized by SFLA have hosted GAP or some other graphic image display. We wonder if there is any connection? But anyway …]
BSFL has created another firestorm on campus, this one making national news! They went up against the University of Alabama (UA) … and they won! Earlier this month, a UA official removed the BSFL’s pro-life display from a hallway display case after a few students claimed it was offensive.
What was offensive, you say? Abortion photos from CBR.
But now FAB has learned that UA has apologized for removing the display and will allow BSFL to set up their display once again. Praise the Lord for courageous young people!
Here is BSFL’s Claire Chretien on Fox News:
Here is Claire confronting the UA official who removed the display:
*NOTE: FAB has learned that another famous invention originated in Alabama. We’re not sure exactly when or where the toothbrush was invented, but it had to come from Alabama because if it were invented anywhere else, it would have been called a “teethbrush.”
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), Southeast Region Operations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ruby Nicdao as our newest Project Director in Virginia.
Ruby started pro-life activism as an engineering student at the University of Florida, when she was invited by a friend to pray near a local abortion mill. Soon, she was counseling women on the sidewalk. After graduating, Ruby continued sidewalk counseling on Saturdays while working full-time as an electronics engineer for the Department of Defense.
Ruby moved to Northern Virginia to study theology at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and worked as a systems engineer on missile defense systems. She told FAB
It’s ironic that while our country spends billions to protect our people from ballistic missile attacks, millions of children are unjustly killed in the womb, under the radar.
Beginning in 2009, Ruby led 40 Days for Life campaigns at NOVA Women’s Healthcare, the largest abortion mill in Virginia. The campaigners at this mill not only prayed to end abortion, they also exposed abortion using CBR “Choice” signs.
As a result of Ruby’s leadership, the number of abortions at NOVA dropped by 28 percent over four years. In 2013, this abortion mill close forever! Her most memorable pro-life experience came in 2014, when she held for the first time a baby she helped rescue from this death camp.
A resident of Fairfax, Ruby will work in close collaboration with Nicole Cooley of Churchville and Maggie Egger of Front Royal, CBR’s other Project Directors in Virginia.
If you’d like to support Ruby (or any of our staff members), it’s quick, easy, and secure to support CBR online. Whatever you can do will make a huge difference. To support Ruby’s work in Virginia, designate your gift for “Virginia Projects (SE-RMN).”
Somebody sent me this. Wish I had written it.
Why Carry a Gun?
I don’t carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don’t carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil.
I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry.
I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don’t carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
Police protection is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect themselves.
Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.
Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take a whoopin’
— Author unknown, but obviously brilliant
We know that Planned Parenthood and Big Abortion routinely help child rapists get away with their crimes, in such a way that the abuse can continue undetected. We first became aware of this when Life Dynamics reported on the scandal about 10 years ago.
More recently, Live Action has reported video evidence that Planned Parenthood is still more than willing to help child sexual abusers and even sex traffickers commit and continue their crimes.
Big Abortion’s criminal cover-up continues. Just two recent examples:
In the video report below, produced earlier this year by Life Dynamics, the following statements jumped out:
… girls between 10 and 15 years old are now more likely to be impregnated by adult males than they are by boys near their own ages.
Life Dynamics has documented that virtually no mandatory reporting is being done by the clinics that provide these services. In fact, not only are the people at these facilities almost universally ignoring their states mandatory reporting laws, they often take an active role in circumventing them.
You wonder how this can happen? It’s not just the profit motive. And it’s not just your basic extremist ideological commitment to a woman’s “right” to a safe, legal, and rare abortion. No, it’s even more sinister than that (if that’s even possible). Some … not all, but some … of the people who populate Planned Parenthood and Big Abortion are wholly committed to the notion that any limitation on sexual behavior is unjust, so long as the act is consented to by both … check that … all parties. Even pre-teen children should have unlimited discretion to have sex with whomever they choose, including dirty old men. In their view, anything short of forcible rape is not abuse.
Pro-life singer Tori Harris is making her mark in Nashville. I met Tori in Nashville a few weeks back. After overhearing my conversation with a CBR supporter at a Panera Bread (my office on the road), she came over and let me know of her heart for the preborn. In fact, she had recently returned from the March for Life in DC!
Pray that God will give Tori songs to help end the abortion holocaust. Here she is, in a video also featuring up-and-comer Brian Campbell.
One of my nieces asked me a few weeks back how ObamaCare would be different from the status quo of health care in America. Good question. Certainly the status quo isn’t optimal. But it’s still the best health care system on the planet. And ObamaCare will make it much worse. Here’s a partial answer to her question.
The status quo is this:
- If somebody needs medical attention, they can show up at the emergency room, the hospital is legally required to render assistance, and the cost is borne by the paying customers, and
- Low-income people can apply for and receive needs-based assistance from Medicaid or one of its state substitutes, e.g., TennCare.
I have some second-hand experience with health-care delivery to a low-income person. A friend of mine did not have insurance to cover needed cancer treatments. He received the treatments anyway, as needed, and now he pays a little bit each month toward his bills. He will never completely pay off those bills, but he will do what he can. He is thankful for the life-saving medical care he received. He has since qualified for Medicare.
I’m not arguing for the status quo. I believe that for most Americans, the dominance of the third-party payers (either the Government for those on Medicare or insurance companies for everybody else) has driven the cost of health care much higher (in fact, many times higher) than it should be. There are two big reasons for this.
- First, there is zero cost competitiveness in the health-care delivery system. If I wanted to look for a low-cost provider, I couldn’t do it. The system wouldn’t let me. When our son was one year old, we were told (falsely, it turns out) that he needed a test to confirm reflux disease, but they wouldn’t tell me what it would cost. I needed to know, because insurance coverage for his condition was limited under a preexisting condition clause. But they still wouldn’t tell me. Is there anything else we buy where the supplier steadfastly refuses to tell us the cost before we buy it? They get away with it because too few people have the slightest motivation to even ask, “What will it cost?”
- Second, the nearly universal customer disinterest in the cost of medical care means that most of us will buy as much of it as is offered. I have myself purchased several unnecessary and overly expensive tests because (a) the tests were offered and (b) I had no incentive to pass them up. I guarantee that I would not have had those tests had I been required to put down a 20% co-pay. We must find a way to reinstate cost incentives/competition back into medical care, but still provide health care to people who truly cannot afford to pay. By health care, I mean health care, not wealth insurance for people who choose to forego health insurance premiums in order to purchase beer, cigarettes, cable TV, cell phones, etc.
Now, back to your question. Here are just a few of the ways that ObamaCare will be different from the status quo:
First, it will hasten our decline into financial insolvency. We don’t have the money in the Federal treasury to pay for it. We know it will cost hundreds of billions of additional dollars to implement, and it does nothing to reinstate cost incentives back into the system. Let’s step away from health care and look at the big picture. Every election cycle, one political party makes it a point to claim that an ever-growing number of Americans are entitled — entitled, mind you — to a laundry list of free stuff. Each election year, the number of “entitled” people grows larger and the list of free stuff gets longer. And who is going to pay for all that “free” stuff? It is to be paid for by an ever-smaller, ever more despised — despised, mind you — group of producers. Can this continue? Consult your own common sense. If you need an example, see what’s been happening to Greece.
The ever-smaller group of producers couldn’t keep up with all of the Government spending even during the good economic times. In the early to mid 2000s, the Government revenues were setting record levels, and we still had deficits. During the more normal times, we have no hope of keeping up with spending. And even less hope during the inevitable recessions that cycle around. The cost of ObamaCare will only grow our debt even more, making our next recession even deeper and more painful.
As much as we would like to wipe away every human need in this country, there is simply not enough money to do it. In the 1960s, it was estimated that if we “invested” 60 billion dollars into poverty programs, that poverty could be wiped out. Trillions of dollars later, I could argue that the problem is worse now than then. In fact, the Government instituted expensive programs that actually made poverty worse. I have no reason to believe that ObamaCare won’t make health care worse than it is now.
Second, the implementation of ObamaCare will reinforce the belief that some people are “entitled” to the wealth created by others. Without any incentives to limit their medical “needs,” they will demand more and more “free” services … “free” to them but not to those of us who will be paying the bill. What is President Obama’s plan to deal with all the new demand for limitless health care? Hire new doctors? No. His plan is to hire 10,000 new IRS agents. (The CBO has said that the IRS would spend $0.5 billion to $1.0 billion to enforce the ObamaCare law.)
Third, it will create a new bureaucracy to administer all the rules. The law itself was 1,000 – 2,400 pages (depending on who’s counting and what’s counted) of stuff that few, if any, members of Congress even bothered to read. The final regulations will be tens of thousands of pages. In fact, bureaucrats had generated 13,000 pages of new regulations as of July 2012, and they’re not done yet. Who will be tasked with making sure all those regulations are complied with? Just to simply stay out of jail, medical providers will be forced to hire additional compliance staff. (Medical providers are already being forced to hire new staff to meet the ObamaCare electronic medical record requirements.) Of course, the Government will have to hire their own army of enforcement officers. After all, what good are regulations if they are not enforced? And guess who will pay for all of that!
Fourth, you mentioned that you have yourself benefitted from the ObamaCare law, because it forced your parents to pay for the cost of your insurance for more years than would otherwise have been the case. There was no net benefit here; there was only a shift in the costs from one person to another. Plus, it only reinforced the idea that Government action could create “free” stuff for your benefit. If you are getting “free” stuff, then others will line up to receive it as well. I’m not criticizing you for taking advantage of the free stuff that you will eventually have to pay for — with interest payments and bureaucrat labor costs added on, you and perhaps your children will be forced to pay for it many times over — but I’m merely pointing out that “free” benefits aren’t really free at all. You will pay dearly.
Fifth, ObamaCare drives up costs by mandating that all insurance coverage includes everything imaginable, even free contraceptives. (The very idea that the guy down the street should be forced to pay for my contraceptives is foreign to me.) The Government is deciding that you should have an unlimited list of free services, and they make it palatable for you by pretending that somebody else will actually pay for it. Apply the same kind of thinking to your auto insurance policy. Imagine that you could buy car insurance that paid for every imaginable automotive expense, including oil changes, new tires, minor repairs, major repairs, etc. Would you buy it? No way! You would never buy that policy because it would be prohibitively expensive. It would be great for the automotive repair shops, because you and all your friends would be lined up around the corner, demanding that the scratch on your door and the little rust spot on your fender be fixed, but this would drive up the cost of insurance so high, you would not buy it (unless you were forced to do so by law). A free person acting in a free market would almost always choose a reasonably-priced automobile insurance policy to cover only the catastrophic losses, and accept personal responsibility to pay for everything else. Most people would agree to pay for such nonsense only if they were forced to do so under threat of incarceration. It is just as true for health insurance; the only way they can force this system upon us is to (a) lie to us by saying that “somebody else” is actually paying for it, and (b) force us to pay for it under threat of incarceration. That’s what all those new IRS agents are all about.
Sixth, ObamaCare forces people — employees are people, too — to purchase abortions and contraceptives, a clear violation of conscience for many Americans. People shouldn’t have to choose between closing their businesses (i.e., firing their employees) and violating their consciences.
Seventh, when this is all over, it will create a gigantic transfer of wealth to the abortion industry. At $450 per abortion, the industry generates revenues of roughly $550 million (not including premiums for late-term abortions). I’m convinced that ObamaCare will be manipulated to force that number up to more than $7 billion. (Link here for an explanation.) Keep in mind that the abortion industry sells abortions at $450 apiece, not $5,472 apiece (the cost of a similar non-abortive procedure), because abortions, unlike every other medical procedure, are paid for directly by the consumer and thus are subject to the normal pressures of consumer economics. When cost competition in the abortion market is gone, prices will rise accordingly.
Eighth, the cost burden to employers will incentivize them to hire fewer people, thus increasing the unemployment rate. Who pays for that? The greatest burden will fall on minorities and young people, because they suffer the greatest rates of unemployment. But we will all pay a price, because the fewer people working, the more the rest of us have to pay to keep the ship of state afloat. Worse than the financial cost of unemployment is the human cost: unrealized personal growth and development. People who are not working lose the opportunity to learn, grow, and increase their value to some future employer. They are stuck.
Ninth, by decoupling bad behavior from its costs, you only incentivize more bad behavior. There will never be any shortage of human needs around us. Some are due to circumstances beyond people’s control, but most are the result of bad behavior. In this case, bad behavior can include laziness … simply deciding not to work and letting somebody else pay the freight. When you make it easier for people to leave the ranks of the producers and join the ranks of the “entitled,” you can be sure that more of them will do it. We all pay for that. We all lose. Such people lose their self-respect. Their children learn dependency instead of self-sufficiency. We lose their participation in the economy. Our culture degrades. We see the victims of degraded culture all around us.
Bad behavior also includes health-destroying activities like drug abuse, overeating, drinking, smoking, etc. If we really wanted to improve the health of American citizens, perhaps we should spend the extra money (the trillions of dollars of money we don’t have) on programs designed to improve moral fitness.
Anyway, that’s all I have for now, just off the top of my head. I suspect I have just scratched the surface.
Your loving but fearful uncle,
The video below captures Carhart explaining to a patient on how he will kill her “baby” (his term).
Patient: I feel it moving now.
Carhart: After 20 weeks, it should be. … Within an hour of the injection [into the baby’s heart], you shouldn’t feel it moving anymore.
Patient: What do you use to break [the baby] up [into pieces]?
Carhart: A pickaxe, a drill bit … (laughter).
Abortion doctor Cesare Santangelo claims that his standard procedure is to kill the baby by severing the umbilical cord first and then waiting on the baby to die.
Hopefully we’ll get the pregnancy out intact … I cut the umbilical cord first, wait for the baby to expire, and then we do it that way.
Despite Federal law which that requires doctors to provide life-saving medical care to any born baby that survives a failed abortion attempt, Santangelo admits on tape that he will do nothing and that the baby “will expire shortly after birth.” If born alive:
We would not help it [survive].
Santangelo works at the Washington Surgi-Clinic in Washington, DC. See it for yourself: