“When Jesus tells us to take care of the “least of these” (Matthew 25), he includes taking care of those who are sick. Eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood is a direct attack on the basic health care of women who can least afford it, and thus a rejection of one of Jesus’ core teachings. Instead, it is a direct attack on the most vulnerable in our society.”
Excerpt from ‘The right’s war on poor women’:
“Over the years, therefore, I have come to believe that the real end game of the political and religious right is not to prevent abortion, but to control women’s capacity to reproduce. These most recent decisions bring us ever closer to losing access to contraception, the only thing that has ever actually helped prevent abortion.”
“The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with a variety of health care services for women. The Virginia General Assembly last week approved legislation that requires abortion clinics to be regulated as hospitals, and providers say the stricter regulations will force many of them out of business. Both measures were pushed by anti-abortion activists. Should personal and religious views be allowed to prevent women from having access to a legal medical procedure?”
“In 1989, the Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law that restricted abortion and declared that “the life of each human being begins at conception.” At the time, Americans United pointed out that the law was drafted by the Missouri Catholic Conference. In a friend-of-the-court brief, we insisted that this is a theological view that has no business being written into secular law. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens agreed with us. He noted “the absence of any secular purpose for the legislative declarations that life begins at conception and that conception occurs at fertilization” and called the Missouri law “an unequivocal endorsement of a religious tenet of some but by no means all Christian faiths.” Unfortunately, Stevens’ colleagues did not subscribe to this view.”
“Some politicians argue that religious values should be reflected in the public square. Should this faith-based view of politics be applied to the economy? Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Creationists Try to Claim Scopes
Our Founding Fathers, acquainted with the bloody religious wars in Europe, had written into the Constitution the right of religious freedom and had further provided, by means of the doctrine of the separation of church and state, that no religious ...
March 1, 2011 by Ed Brayton
We’ve got a very interesting article at the Florida Independent about an abstinence-only sex ed program that has received millions of dollars in federal funding and has close ties to maniacally anti-gay pastor Martin Ssempa, one of the advocates of the Ugandan “kill the gays” bill.