Idaho Chooses Life
Much appropriate attention was given to the great solons of Indiana when they stepped-up to block taxpayer funding of America’s largest abortion business under the guise of providing “health care” to women. The new legislation, signed into law by Governor Daniels, would go beyond the Hyde Amendment. Indiana would ban any Medicaid funds from going to Planned Parenthood in the great State of Indiana.
A huge victory for the nation’s pro-Life movement.
However, on June 1, the hardcore abortion champion leading Obama’s Department of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, issued an order explaining to Indiana that such a move would not be allowed by the federal government.
If Indiana does not change its law, it faces penalties from the feds. Ultimately, Sebelius may force legislators in the Hoosier State to choose between principle and watching its share of federal monies under Medicaid held hostage.
Planned Parenthood operates 28 “clinics” in the state, four of them perform surgical abortions – though we don’t have information on how many others commit chemical abortions.
Several members of Congress from Indiana, including Mike Pence, had written a prior letter to Sebelius, arguing that Indiana had the right under existing law to target Planned Parenthood. The ideologues running our federal regime ignored their views.
Is this how our system of government was designed to operate?
The real problem here, of course, is that for many decades state powers have been practically undermined by the “largesse” of federal funds. All those “free” goodies come with a huge price, as the present situation well illustrates.
We pray that Governor Daniels and legislative leadership in Indiana have the guts to fight this thing for as long as they are able. The protection of Indiana’s prerogatives will ultimately depend on the outcome of next year’s elections. We need a transformation in the way Washington operates in order to begin a restoration of constitutional government.
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