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Monday, January 4, 2010
The Health Care Bill - A Rotton Tree by Jennifer Hartline
It is now 2010. Many of you, including myself, have made resolutions for change during this new year. I hope we all include in our list the resolution to end the sin of abortion. We must not relent in this cause. God is on our side - how can we fail.
On January 2nd, Jennifer Hartline posted an important article concerning the so called "Health Care" bill. If the bill is a bad bill, providing federal funding for abortion (killing children), how can we expect it to grow into a better bill?
Abortion and Health Care: The Rotten Tree
By Jennifer Hartline
CHESAPEAKE, Va. - I guess I'm a simpleton. I listen to all this intellectual bickering about the health care legislation and public funding of abortion and I feel like one of those cartoon drawings with steam coming out my ears. People who are supposed to be pro-life, who claim to be Catholic, are trying to make the argument that it's actually anti-life and anti-Catholic to oppose this Senate bill – even though it mandates public funding of abortion – because defeating this health care reform will mean denying health care services to millions of people who don't have health care and the Church is clearly in favor of making sure everyone has access to medical care so Catholics must support this health care reform. What?!?
It seems the root of their reasoning is that in this instance, the ends justify the means. “Yeah, it's a flawed bill, and we'd really prefer it didn't fund abortion, but other than that, it's a good thing and it will help a lot of people so the needs of the many outweigh the rights of those little ones who can't vote and don't pay taxes anyway. The true pro-life position here is to pass the bill so multitudes of people will finally have the health care they deserve. Later on we can worry about dealing with the abortion issue.”
That just doesn't compute for me. My simple little brain says, “Wait a minute. We're planting a rotten tree, and we seriously expect it to yield good fruit? We're starting with something that is fundamentally corrupt from the outset, and we think that over time it will get better or we'll be able to diminish the effects of the corruption?” How can something that is against life be good for life?
It's not complex. It's simple – we cannot destroy innocent human life. It's wrong – period. Human life begins at conception – period. Abortion is always immoral and gravely evil. It isn't justifiable or acceptable – it is most definitely not a choice or a right. And it certainly is not healthcare.
We should at least be able to agree on that! Yet clearly we don't, since many “Catholic” groups are doing their darnedest to make plausible-sounding arguments in favor of passing a new federal law that will mandate public funding of a grave evil. Suddenly instead of insisting that evil is evil and we cannot make deals with it, they're “overlooking” evil in order to advance the “greater good.” That makes no sense spiritually or logically.
The whole tree is spoiled at the root. The fruit may look shiny and ripe and appetizing, but it is rotten. It simply can't be otherwise. You cannot plant a rotten tree and yield good fruit.
Read the rest of the article HERE
Jennifer Hartline is a Catholic Army wife and stay-at-home mother of three precious kids who writes frequently on topics of Catholic faith and daily living. She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online.
* image of the unborn from Catholic Online