Somewhere Margaret Sanger is smiling upon Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi“Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those – one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.” – Madame Speaker Nancy Pelosi

And Stephanopolous even gave her an out by asking ‘No apologies’ and she said ‘No apologies’.

Nancy is beginning to sound a lot like Margaret Sanger (the founder of the agency that is now Planned Parenthood). Margaret Sanger was a racist who believed that birth control should be provided to African Americans to stop them from procreating. Margaret Sanger is also quoted as saying:

“. . .we prefer the policy of immediate sterilizarion, of making sure that parenthood is ‘ absolutely prohibited ‘ to the feeble-minded.”

and

“Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.”

In reading Ms. Pelosi’s statement, it appears that she’s pretty close to Ms. Sanger in her beliefs stating that ‘family planning services reduce cost’.

Aside from Ms. Pelosi claiming to be Catholic and publicly making statements against the teachings of the Catholic Church, she couldn’t be more wrong when it comes to the idea that an increase in contraception reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies. Data available at the Centre for Disease Control website has shown that the rate of unwanted pregnancies are highest in areas where birth control is readily available and often available at no cost. The problem is – its not being used. So, the idea of making contraception more widely available isn’t the answer.

Ms. Pelosi also states here:

“Some argue that this rule is about abortion, but it is not. The fact is that no U.S. funds can or have been used to perform or promote abortion services since 1973. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 500,000 women in developing countries die each year from pregnancy-related complications. Todays action by President Obama will help save lives and empower the poorest women and families to improve their quality of life and their future.

This statement makes no sense… if no US funds had been used to promote abortion services since 1973 – then why would we have had the need for the Mexico City Act? The Executive Order that President Obama signed overturned the Act that placed restrictions on promoting abortion for those who receive funds. If there hadn’t been money spent, then there would have been no need for the Mexico City Act nor its overturning. Once again Ms. Pelosi seems confused.

Consider that Ms. Pelosi is the Speaker of the House for the Democratic Party which welcomes the ‘Freedom of Choice Act’ in which abortions would be available at any point during a pregnancy and refers to the choice to have children as a ‘cost’. She is the Speaker of the House under the first African American President who, through FOCA, would encourage abortion people of African American descent.

On the other hand we have the often vilified and ‘restrictive’ Catholic Church which is – in spite of what Ms. Pelosi and Vice President Biden mistakenly convey – vehemently grounded in its pro-life beliefs. An offshoot of the Catholic Church is a beautiful organization called ‘Priests For Life’ . It would surprise many to learn that one of the fantastic members of that organization is the niece of Martin Luther King Jr, Alveda King. She serves as the Pastoral Associate, and Director, African American Outreach and has dedicated her life to the pro-life movement.

When you consider that Ms. Pelosi would we contracept ourselves into either a state of economic prosperity (or oblivion? Russia currently has declining population growth due to the high number of abortions – 2 abortions for every pregnancy) and that President Obama wants to ensure that every woman has the right to have a partial birth abortion performed on their baby as a ‘fundamental right’, and that on the other hand you have a Church that believes that every life is sacred and a gift from God and organizations like ‘Priests for Life’ who are working hard to save the lives of the unborn – who do you really think is looking out for your best interest?

As a footnote… Tom Brokaw made a comment on the day of the inauguration:

“Having been in the South in the ’60s and Los Angeles, in Watts and northern urban areas, when we were evolving as a country, I’m thinking of all the bigots and rednecks and people I met along the way. I’m saying to them, “Take this.” You know? ”

Does this apply to Nancy Pelosi?

Happy New Year.

I looked back and realized my last post was on December 3 – and it was about a run. I woke up about 2:30 this morning and have been up ever since. I laid in bed for some time and prayed. Then I said a rosary in the hopes of getting my head clear enough to get back to sleep. But nothing worked. Finally, at about 3:30 I got out of bed and got up to work on some projects I’ve been wanting to finish for some time. I did some work but have had some thoughts running through my head that I wanted to work through – so here I am (though I’m so tired now I feel sick to my stomach but am afraid to go back to sleep!). 2008 started off as a great year. I really enjoyed my women’s group and the beautiful friendships I made through that experience. We are still very close and meet regularly. I also really enjoyed the spiritual growth it permitted me. It put me in a more secure place where my spiritually is concerned and led me to want to learn more.¬†We had a great summer up in Canada and the kids have been doing very well in school.

Then things started to go downhill. The election got heated. I’m not sure whether the election was more divisive or whether my beliefs and convictions became stronger making me more frustrated at what was happening. Around that time I was kicked out of my running group for reasons that are still a little sketchy and unclear to many – but the ‘reason’ stated was that my beliefs were too radical and extremist. But I’ll get to that later as it was on my mind this morning. The economy started tanking and the rosy place I had been floating around on for some time became a lot less rosy. Over the Christmas holidays, my daughter and husband both ended up with bad stomach bugs (my daughter still fights hers two weeks later!) which had us fairly low key and housebound for the two weeks the kids were off school. This was challenging for ‘E’ as he has a tremendous amount of energy and doesn’t do so well with being confined to one place for too long. As a result, he acted out and things just weren’t as pleasant as they could be. On New Year’s Eve, everyone was feeling icky, so we had smoothies and plain pasta for dinner, watched a movie and I went to bed early.

I wanted desperately to be out of 2008 as if, somehow, the change in the year would put a change in my mood. I woke up on New Year’s Day feeling as icky and unpleasant as I did the day before and worried about starting a new year with such a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach – both physically and emotionally. But, then we went to Mass. New Year’s Day was the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a holy day of obligation. The kids weren’t too happy with having to go to mass, but did pretty well considering. I wasn’t feeling to ‘connected’ spiritually when we arrived, but was so happy to have gone as it was exactly what I needed to hear. Fr. Jim talked a number of things, but what most struck me was his reminder to us to trust in God. Its something that I admit I have struggled with lately as I look at the world around us and consider all that is taking place and wonder how we got here (actually, its pretty darn clear how we got here). I consider that we voted in a President who is the most pro-abortion President in the history of the United States and has indicated that he will sign into law (that is, if it ever passes the judiciary committee) the Freedom of Choice Act which will remove any and all restrictions around abortion. Its a scary law for both sides as it will essentially trample and crush the religious freedoms of doctors and Catholic hospitals (1 in 9 hospitals in the US is a Catholic hospital that provides free care to the needy) FORCING them to perform abortions.

On the pro-choice side, it will actually make abortion less safe as it will remove the requirement that someone performing an abortion be a physician. I watched as a country voted in an ‘idea’ without considering the merits behind the individual. People wanted change and hope.

Even with an abysmal 25% approval rating for Democratic majority in Congress (the lowest ever!), they allowed those who are contributing to that rating to continue to represent them. It would be almost comical if it wasn’t so scary.¬†Israel and Iran threaten each other with talk of nuclear attacks while Israel and Hamas fight each other over Gaza. Those who made poor choices resulting in the failure of large companies are being given massive bail-outs and those who took out mortgages they couldn’t afford because they were sold the idea of the ‘American Dream’ are also being given bailouts. There are, however, thousands of companies and millions of individuals who continue to struggle every day and will face the prospect of losing much of what they have – but aren’t rewarded for their hard work. Unfortunately, we are sending a message that bad decisions are to be rewarded with bailouts and good decisions are to be penalized by paying higher taxes to bail out those who made the bad decisions.

How did we get here? We lost our sense of personal responsiblity and accountability. We have decided that we know what is best for us and have forgotten to follow any sort of moral code. Human nature has fundamental flaws – not the least of which are greed and selfishness. We have in innate desire to have everything we want without considering the impact on others. We think that because ‘we want it’ it is absolutely a-okay and we should have the freedom to do whatever we want to get it.

The actions taken by the individual who expelled me from my running group is the perfect example of this. Do you think for one second that he thought about my feelings in his decision? Nope. Selfishness prevailed and it was all about what he wanted. And he felt that he had the freedom to do it. In this country that promotes and encourages freedom, he did have that right. But it displayed a lack of judgement and character that is pervasive in this country and the world today. We have lost a sense of what it means to treat each other with respect and dignity. I look back to the conversations and general mood of the discussions on those runs and realize that they were generally critical and judgmental of just about anyone and anything that didn’t fit into their way of thinking. There was no trying to understand the other side, no trying to consider why – just a general thread of negativity and unpleasantness. Someone pointed it out to me and hit the nail on the head ‘they are haters and don’t even know it’. I’ve been thinking about this statement and thinking about my own life and where I’m at. I touched on this before, but I have resolved to think about the positive and productive and what I can do to promote and encourage positive thinking, ideas and actions.

I heard a great suggestion – which made perfect sense – on the radio the other day. There are a great number of Americans who voted who are pretty unhappy with the choice for President (about 48% of them in fact!). Many of them want to see him fail and that’s unfortunate. I don’t want to see him re-elected – but failure for him would mean failure for our country and I don’t want to see that happen. Rather than wish him ill, they suggested focusing on praying for Obama. Pray for conversion. Not conversion to a specific religion, but a conversion of his heart to consider ALL Americans and even those around the world when making choices and decisions as a leader. So… this is what I am going to do. I’m going to make prayer a more important part of my life. Its a part that slipped away for awhile. I’m going to pray for all of our leaders that they be mindful and considerate of the choices and decisions they make. I’m going to pray for those who love me and those who don’t. I’m going to pray for a lot of things and a lot of people. And – by the grace of God – those prayers just might be answered.