The president’s health-care proposals target the right to privacy — as Sen. Arlen Specter very well knows.
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As long as that question can be answered with any response that implies breathing by a born human, it is very clear that Roe, citing the 14th and 9th Amendments, protects not just the health of a woman but the health of us all. It gives every American with a beating heart a “right to privacy” to make exactly the medical choices they wish to make with their own bodies. Or, in the blunt words of a feminist blogger (the bloggers stylistic phrasing and caps included) over at one very typical liberal site called progressivesonline.com:
Keep Your Hands Off My Body!
I’ll make it simple for everyone.
MY BODY belongs to ME
I make decisions alone (or with the help of my family, my doctor, my God) for MY BODY
KEEP YOUR GOVERNMENT HANDS OFF MY BODY!
OK, then! Are we clear?
Well, apparently the President is not.
When it comes to the Roe v. Wade principle that the progressivesonline blogger has stated — “I make decisions alone (or with the help of my family, my doctor, my God) for MY BODY. KEEP YOUR GOVERNMENT HANDS OFF MY BODY!” — the President tells Charlie Gibson “that there is a whole bunch of care that’s being provided that every study, every bit of evidence that we have indicates may not be making us healthier.”
In discussing care for seniors, the president is even more explicit: He says that people not of your choosing (Government bureaucrats) “one way or another” are going to be making decisions about your body.
Meaning, contrary to the constitutional language of Roe and the more colorful lingo over at progressivesonline, Obama feels third party “evidence” from “every study” is more important in deciding what goes on with your body than the rights liberals insist have been granted by Roe. This “evidence” in turn is what Obama is using to justify the presence of a Third Party empowered to step between you and your doctor. A Third Party of government bureaucrats authorized to put their medical hands on your body or, notably, to refuse to do so because they — not your doctor — have judged you to be too old, too sick or too something else that is not convenient to their system. Not to mention a third party that gets to decide when and at what cost to do or not do. The State of Texas lives, this time as the Obama Administration.
The progressive feminist blogger and her pro-choice friends are being informed by Barack Obama that when it comes to Roe v. Wade versus Obama’s desire to have government bureaucrats deciding who puts whose hands on whose bodies, well, Roe loses. “A woman’s right to choose” is now made legally vulnerable by the demand of the Obama Administration that, in fact, one does not have any right at all to choose whose hands are going on one’s body or what those hands will do once there. In the President’s words, (bolded emphasis mine):
“But what we can do is make sure that at least some of the waste that exists in the system that’s not making anybody’s mom better, that is loading up on additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care, that at least we can let doctors know and your mom know that, you know what? Maybe this isn’t going to help. Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.”
Again, let’s parse. Let’s translate.
• “We” means a third party — the federal government in this case. The State of Texas in the original Roe case.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?