The new year is only a few days old, and already we have seen some exciting things happen.
President-Elect Trump (that has a wonderful ring to it) has managed to persuade two major businesses to stay in the United States and has not even taken office yet. The latest was Ford’s big announcement that it has canceled plans for a new plant in Mexico and will instead invest $700 million in Michigan’s plant expansion. All because of Trump!
And behind the scenes, I am hearing the possible reality that a wall actually being constructed along the US/Mexico border is going to happen.
Like him or not, there is no way to argue against keeping jobs in the USA. And those things sadly did not happen during the last eight years. Things got worse. In fact, the uranium enrichment plant where my wife worked for more than 25 years is shutting down as a direct result of Obama and his love affair with Iran. This has affected many jobs and families in Southern Ohio.
But there has also been some exciting and positive news quietly going on in the pro-life world. This news doesn’t have anything to do with Trump’s election – or does it?
I blogged recently that Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law House Bill 470 which makes assisted suicide a third-degree felony, and anyone convicted can face up to five years in prison. I was amazed how many people that blog reached, and it was retweeted by so many people all over the world. And what was even more amazing was the fact many people agreed with me. I took some heat, but it was minimal compared to the compliments from those who shared my same values.
So here is more positive news going on lately. Let’s stay in Ohio for the next one.
- The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
A few days ago, Kasich signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Sub. Senate Bill 127) which is landmark legislation that may actually challenge Roe v. Wade. He signed that legislation at the same time he vetoed the Heartbeat Bill – something I will not get into since I already stated my opinion on that a few blogs back.
However, Kasich did approve a ban on abortions after the 20th week of a woman’s pregnancy. This ban, according to Ohio Right to Life, was designed to be a pathway to eventually end abortions throughout the United States. It challenges the current standards of abortion and “moves the legal needle” from viability to the baby’s ability to feel pain. Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis stated this legislation can be successful if challenged at the Supreme Court level while saving countless babies waiting to be born at the same time.
This is truly a landmark legislation that will test the compassion of those who are pro-death. After all, even those who are in favor of abortion don’t want the baby to suffer, do they? Honestly, I don’t know how pro-abortionists would answer that question, come to think of it. They just might. I can’t think the way they think. But, the same groups will fight to the death to save a lost and dying puppy – as will I. But I will also stand up for those children who cannot speak for themselves−those who are waiting to be born and are not allowed to be.
I blogged earlier about a related topic and quoted President Ronald Reagan’s famous pro-life quote. It’s worth repeating because it’s my favorite quote of all time – aside from a couple of Clint Eastwood one-liners. Reagan said: “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” There’s not really a good comeback to that one.
Bravo Ohio! Way to keep fighting the good fight and making all of us pro-life Buckeyes happy because our football team sort of let us down – but they gave it a good shot. Now let’s go further south.
- Alabama makes the news
The Alabama Supreme Court just ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit, leveled by a woman who claims her doctor caused her to have a miscarriage, can proceed to the next level. This is an amazing happening and should be monitored.
According to a report from ChristianHeadlines.com, a doctor, who filling in for a pregnant woman’s regular doctor, administered methotrexate to her because the doctor believed the patient had an ectopic pregnancy – a rare pregnancy where the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus. The drug usually causes an end to the pregnancy. It was later determined that the mother-to-be did not have an ectopic pregnancy after all.
A few weeks later, the report states, the expectant mother suffered a miscarriage – quite possibly as a result of the methotrexate.
The mother filed suit, and the court’s decision to proceed has huge implications for the pro-life movement since the decision was founded on the belief the doctor who administered the unneeded medicine contributed to a homicide of the patient’s unborn child. The court could be saying the woman’s unborn baby was in fact a person, and not just a fetus.
“Keep thee far from a false matter: and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.” Exodus 23:7 KJV.
Now, I don’t know the entire story here. Maybe the doctor thought she was actually helping the patient. But from what I have read, it was not her decision to do so. Also, why did the mother agree to take the drug? That question was not answered either. All I know from reading the article is that a perfectly healthy child was not allowed to be born and live. Someone has to speak for that child. If you could ask the unborn baby if it wanted to live, what do you suppose he/she would have said? Sadly, that child’s answer will not be heard.
This decision will no doubt send massive waves across the pro-death movement – one it will not be able to withstand. Let’s pray for a tidal wave.
Now let’s go to a national story.
- Cutting funding for planned parenthood?
According to the Washington Post, a House panel formed by Republicans to look into the procurement of human fetal tissue for medical research, has recommended stripping federal funds (yours and my tax dollars) from Planned Parenthood.
This is amazing and exciting news. I have been so sick of my tax dollars being used by such a horrible organization. The Select Investigative Panel made up from the GOP majority announced the recommendation this week.
Remember all of those undercover videos made by pro-lifers interviewing planned Parenthood officials, who revealed how they were using all of the money? New cars and fancy clothes? They were caught red-handed. I’m not sure if they believe in abortion as much as they might love the money it brings them.
According to the Post, other recommendations made by investigators include having Congress “take appropriate measures” to make sure that the Justice Department prosecutes violations of the federal ban for profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. About 40 percent of Planned Parenthood’s funding could be at risk with a Republican Congress and soon-to-be president willing to pass legislation defunding the organization.
So, how does Trump play into all of this? He will be able to appoint conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court – and that will be of significant importance over the next few years. Keeping jobs in the country is wonderful, and building a wall is important – but selecting the right people to sit on the Supreme Court bench will have a lasting impact on the future of this country for decades to come.
Everything that has happened over the past few weeks is truly an answer to prayers. This is why every Christian should vote in every election! It’s that important!
“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127:3.
I don’t know about you – as my friend Ted says often – but I would not want to rob God of any reward. I want my reward from Him when I get to Heaven, and I want to say I did all I could do.