As we are about to celebrate Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, I think the following is very timely….
On May 3, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made remarks to announce the creation of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), an organization dedicated to harnessing
the power of mobile technology to deliver vital health information to mothers across the globe. Women in developing countries, some of the women most at risk for pregnancy-related problems, will be able to use their cell phones to get health information via text messages or voicemails, and the information can even be customized for the stage of pregnancy or the age of their children. Over the next three years, this $10 million partnership will be piloted in three countries – Bangladesh, South Africa, and India – and if it is successful, as we expect it to be, we will expand it. We have the ability, therefore, to help more women live healthy lives and more babies to get off to a healthy start; and that’s why we have to keep asking ourselves what works and let’s take it to scale, and if it doesn’t work, let’s quit doing it and find something more innovative and effective.
Note especially the wonderful goal of getting more babies “off to a healthy start.”
Who was among the attendees whom Sec. Clinton praised by name? In her words:
I’d also like to welcome Representatives Betty McCollum and Lynn Woolsey, both of whom are relentless champions for the health of newborns and mothers, and they’ve made safety and survival of women and girls their global health priorities.
Yes. Lynn Woolsey, champion “for the health of newborns and mothers.” All the more power to our congresswoman on that score. The lives of every human being are an unfathomable gift and Rep. Woolsey’s work on behalf of babies and their mothers is deeply esteemable.
However, somehow Lynn Woolsey’s respect for life and securing its furtherance does not extend fully to life in the womb. And she (along with many of her fellow House Democrats) gave proof of that dichotomy of thought on May 4, 2011 (just one day after the MAMA kick-off) when she voted against H.R. 3 — No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (Engrossed in House [Passed House] – EH). The vote for passage was 251-175, with 16 Democrats voting along with all Republicans for a policy of life. As reported by the Los Angeles Times:
The House bill permanently would place into law current policies prohibiting federal money from paying for abortions through Medicaid and some other federal programs. The policies, primarily outlined in the decades-old measure known as the Hyde Amendment, expire if not renewed periodically.
The new bill goes further, eliminating what supporters say are indirect federal subsidies for abortion providers.
Under the measure, businesses that offer health insurance policies covering abortion could not recoup tax credits under the new health care law.
In addition, individuals could not deduct the cost of an abortion when itemizing health expenses on their taxes, nor could they use a tax-exempt savings account to pay for an abortion.
The bill includes exceptions for pregnancies that threaten the life of the mother or result from rape or incest.
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) stated firmly, “Abortion is not health care.”
And the bill’s sponsor Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said, “There is no doubt whatsoever that ending all public funding for abortion saves lives.”
Lynn Woolsey, on the other hand was quoted in an AP article : “I thought my Republican friends hated taxes, but apparently they hate reproductive freedom and womens’ rights even more.” It really is time for you to retire, Representative. You don’t even realize how absurd it is to “champion” mothers and babies on one day, and the next stubbornly support the killing of unborn HUMAN children! Your “friends” in the House aren’t crusading against women’s rights. They are crusading for children’s rights when those “seem” to come in conflict with said womens’ rights. After all an unborn baby, although within the mother’s body, is NOT her body but its own:
As Mother’s Day arrives this coming Sunday, and we give thanks to our own mothers for having nurtured us before birth as well as after, let’s remember that being champions of mothers and babies extends to the before-birth period as well. Thank God for mothers, fathers, and societies that value life at all stages. America must be one of those societies too.