A furtive political calculation: Playing both sides to the middle…
Several days back, The Motley Monk posted on his website concerning MaterniT21 and the Obamacare regulations recommended by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, scheduled to take effect next year. They mandate the federal government (i.e., taxpayers) to pay for the MaterniT21 test.
Predictably, those who are pro-life expressed outrage…and rightly so. MaterniT21 increases the likelihood that mothers who are 10 weeks pregnant—that’s when the test becomes 99% accurate—will elect to have their Down syndrome child aborted.
According to an Associated Press report, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius overruled the Federal Drug Administration and decided to stop the Plan B morning-after pill (RU 386/486 ) from moving onto drugstore shelves, right next to condoms. The FDA determination would have made the pill available to people of any age without a prescription. Sebelius said that she was worried about whether 11-year-old girls would know how to use the pill properly.
Predictably, pro-choice advocates were outraged.
Dr. Robert Block of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called Secretary Sebelius ruling “medically inexplicable.” Block contends that over-the-counter access to emergency contraception would lower the high number of unplanned pregnancies.
A professor of pediatric and adolescent medicine at the University of Washington and AAP member, Dr. Cora Breuner, said: “I don’t think 11-year-olds go into Rite Aid and buy anything, much less a single pill that costs about $50.”
In his Esquire blog, Charles R. Pierce was besides himself:
This is all on Sebelius—and on the president for whom she works—because she overruled her own panel of experts, which those of us who know a little of the history of Holy Mother Church in this area know is never a good idea. In 1968, Pope Paul VI was handed a report from his Pontifical Commission on Birth Control that explained, in detail, why HMC should change its position on artificial birth control. The pope threw out his commission’s recommendations and issued Humanae Vitae, an encyclical that banned all artificial birth control and, as an added bonus, pretty much guaranteed that millions of American Catholics would never listen seriously to what any pope said about anything, but especially about what they did during sexy time. The subsequent revelation that HMC had been functioning as an international conspiracy to obstruct justice in regards to what its clergy were doing during sexy-time also did not help.
Stupid, Kathleen. And pointless. They’re going to hate you anyway.
Yes, indeed. The Obama administration and its agents—in this case, a Catholic—fully intend to decrease the frequency of abortion in the United States, as President Barack Obama promised Pope Benedict on July 10, 2009.
How might this lack of consistency be explained?
It’s simple: President Barack Obama is running for re-election.
The President has now successfully positioned himself to tout his “pro-life” and “pro-choice” credentials. It’s all part of a “grand narrative” that can be portrayed in television commercials: When it comes to the issues of life, Mr. Obama isn’t the extreme leftist that those on the political right would portray him as being not is he the moderate that those on the political left would portray him as being.
No, the President is “independently minded,” just like that large chunk of the electorate he is trying to sway to his camp.
Let the discussion begin…
To read The Motley Monk’s post concerning MaterniT21, click on the following link:
To read the Associated Press report, click on the following link:
To read Charles R. Pierce’s blog, click on the following link: