NY City School Girls – Can I Have a Large Soda?; City – No, But Here’s Some Morning After Pills

September 25, 2012 at 9:00 am (Contraception, Morning After Pill, New York, New York City, New York City Schools, Parents, Pregnancy, School Girls)

Schoolgirls as young as 14 will be given access to taxpayer-funded morning after pills in the same city that won’t allow them to purchase a large Coke with their own money.

The New York City Department of Education is making the morning-after-pill available to high school girls at 13 public schools.

The DOE says girls as young as 14 will be able to get the Plan B emergency contraception without parental consent.

Parents have been notified about the CATCH pilot program and how their daughters can opt out of it.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she supports the program because high school students are sexually active and getting pregnant.

How did this become the responsibility of the school system?  Surely families that need this type of contraception will be able to get it from Sandra Flu … er … Obamacare.

And shouldn’t parents be given the choice of ‘opting-in’ as opposed to having to actively ‘opt-out’ of the program?

Biggest issue with this is, if the parents don’t properly submit the form to opt-out, or as is way too often in schools these days, they aren’t properly notified of the procedure, the schools can dispense the emergency contraception to their children without ever notifying anyone.


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Ad Rips Gillibrand’s Attack on Religious Freedom

August 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm (Catholic, Contraception, Kirsten Gillibrand, National Horizon, New York, Super PAC, Wendy Long, Women)

Earlier this week National Horizon, an Arizona-based Super PAC, announced it would be running ads in New York supporting GOP Sen. candidate Wendy Long.  The ad can be seen below.

The new video attacks liberal Kirsten Gillibrand’s unwavering support of President Obama in his battle with the Catholic church and their leaders.  The battle stems from Obama’s attack on religious freedom, specifically regarding the healthcare overhaul’s inclusion of a contraception mandate.

The line has been drawn.  Wendy Long supports religious freedom.  Kirsten Gillibrand supports government controls that force the Catholic church to go against it’s teachings.

Where do you stand?

Here is the transcript of the ad:

“Obamacare demands people of faith compromise on core beliefs. The issue isn’t abortion, it’s religious freedom – what Cardinal Dolan calls a radical intrusion into a church’s ability to teach, serve and sanctify its own.”

“Sadly, Kirsten Gillibrand stands with Barack Obama against over 400 Catholic leaders who oppose this attack on religious freedom. It’s time for a senator who shares your values: Wendy Long.”

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NY GOP: Kathy Hochul No Profile in Courage

August 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm (Balanced Budget, Chris Collins, Constitution, Contraception, Kathy Hochul, Kirsten Gillibrand, Medicare, Nancy Pelosi, New York, NY GOP, NY-26, Obamacare, President Obama, Tax Code, Tough Choices)

Kathy Hochul (D-NY) is running for reelection in New York’s 26th congressional district.  In her first ad this season called “Tough Choices”, Hochul claims that Washington is broken because, unlike her, they aren’t willing to make those tough choices.

“Washington extremists, Super PACs, and specials interest groups are already planning their own negative television commercials to distort my record, and we need to have the resources to fight back,” Hochul said in an email appeal for donations that accompanies a clip of the ad, which began airing in the WNY where she faces a neck-and-neck race with Republican Chris Collins — and a reported onslaught of NRCC cash to bolster his challenge.

The NY GOP however, is out with a statement questioning exactly how tough is it to be a rubber stamp for the Obama/Pelosi agenda. 

Kathy Hochul’s claims of bipartisanship and ‘bucking her own party’ would be admirable, if they didn’t require the willing suspension of disbelief. 

Congresswoman Hochul’s new ad touting her “tough choices,” by voting for the balanced budget amendment and for cutting foreign aid to Pakistan are nothing more than window dressing.  

If she was serious about addressing these issues in a bipartisan manner, Congresswoman Hochul would be calling on Senator Gillibrand and her colleagues in the Democrat controlled Senate to pass the balanced budget amendment, reign in out-of-control Government spending, and reduced the tax and regulatory burdens facing our job creators and small business owners.

Like we said, it would require the willing suspension of disbelief. 

Since going to Washington in 2011, Kathy Hochul has been a consistent rubberstamp for the Obama-Pelosi agenda, voting six times against a repeal of Obamacare, which continues to raise taxes on the middle class, raids $741 Billion from Medicare – leaving our seniors at risk – and has led to trillion dollar budget deficits. 

New Yorkers deserve better, and come November, voters in the 27th Congressional District will elect Chris Collins, a proven job creator and government reformer who will balance our budget, grow our economy, and reform our tax code.

Hochul is most famous on this blog because of a very telling moment at a townhall meeting in February. Hochul, in the following video, explained that she wasn’t concerned about the constitutionality of the HHS contraception mandate because “we’re not looking at the Constitution”.

Would it be too much to ask if we started making the “tough choice” to actually start looking at the Constitution?

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Media Not Covering Catholics Historic Response to Obama’s War on Religion

May 25, 2012 at 11:00 am (ABC, Catholic, CBS, Contraception, Lawsuit, NBC, Obamacare, Tim Graham)

An unprecedented number of Catholic organizations have launched lawsuits at the Obama administration for his healthcare plan’s mandated contraception provision – return fire in the President’s War on Religion.  You wouldn’t know that these legal actions are historic in nature, based on the media blackout regarding the matter.

As LifeNews reports, there are 60 million Catholics in the U.S. who will comprise a major faction of the swing vote this coming election.  So their response to the mandated contraception provision is indeed newsworthy.  This is how the media has chosen to cover it however:

– ABC World News – ZERO seconds of coverage. But, last night there was time for a full report on sleep apnea and Katie Couric discussing how she met Queen Elizabeth; how she wore a peach coat and “a lovely peach hat.”

– NBC Nightly News – ZERO seconds of coverage. But last night there was time to squeeze in a story on a new computer app that shows America’s eating habits, “graphic evidence” of how we eat badly late at night.

– CBS Evening News – a brief 19 seconds of coverage on the evening the lawsuit became public. ZERO coverage last night. But there was time in the broadcast for a Cincinnati Reds baseball fan lucky enough to catch two home runs in left field.

“The intentional, deafening silence continues,” stated Brent Bozell, MRC President, “and we are not the only ones concerned. This deliberate censorship must come to an end.”

Tim Graham of the Media Research Center appeared on Your World With Neil Cavuto yesterday and explained quite succinctly why the media has remained silent.

Well, the old story is they don’t need to have a conspiracy, just a consensus. This is a group of people who all want Obama to be reelected, and they’re going to simply say ‘Look, this whole Catholic lawsuit just seems like a Republican publicity stunt to us, and we’re not gonna touch it.’ And look, this is – these are people who represent 60 million American Catholics. That’s a substantial voting bloc. They deserve more respect than the complete diss these networks have given the American Catholic church.

Will the Old Media stop shielding the Obama administration?  Ever?


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Catholic Organizations Fighting Back Against Obama’s War On Religion

May 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm (Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Wuerl, Catholic, Contraception, Healthcare, Mandate, New York, Notre Dame, Obamacare, War on Religion)

It started this morning with a lawsuit announced by the University of Notre Dame…

Via the AP through Weasel Zippers:

The University of Notre Dame is suing Obama administration officials over the mandate requiring most employers to cover birth control.

The school said Monday that the mandate violates religious freedom by requiring many religiously affiliated hospitals, schools and charities to comply. President Barack Obama offered to soften the mandate to accommodate religious groups, but U.S. Roman Catholic bishops say the change doesn’t go far enough.

Other religious colleges are already suing the Health and Human Service agency and administration officials over the mandate. Still, observers had been closely watching for Notre Dame’s next step.

The university is the most prominent Roman Catholic school in the country. Notre Dame came under then unprecedented criticism from U.S. bishops and others in 2009 for inviting Obama as commencement speaker. Obama supports abortion rights.

Then we learned that dozens of other Catholic organizations were joining the fight.  There was an announcement that Cardinal Dolan of New York, and Cardinal Wuerl of D.C., had joined 40 other dioceses in a lawsuit against the Obama administration.

Via CNS News:

The Archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., headed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the University of Notre Dame, and 40 other Catholic dioceses and organizations around the country announced on Monday that they are suing the Obama administration for violating their freedom of religion, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

The dioceses and organizations, in different combinations, are filing 12 different lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country.

The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has established a special website–preservereligiousfreedom.org–to explain its lawsuit and present news and developments concerning it.

“This lawsuit is about an unprecedented attack by the federal government on one of America’s most cherished freedoms: the freedom to practice one’s religion without government interference,” the archdiocese says on the website. “It is not about whether people have access to certain services; it is about whether the government may force religious institutions and individuals to facilitate and fund services which violate their religious beliefs.”

The suits filed by the Catholic organizations focus on the regulation that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last August and finalized in January that requires virtually all health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.

Mitt Romney has to be thrilled that President Obama is helping to galvanize Catholic voters behind the Republican.

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Catholic University Drops Healthcare Coverage For Students Because of Obamacare

May 16, 2012 at 11:35 am (Contraception, Cost, Franciscan University, Healthcare, Obamacare, Ohio)

But, but, if you like your insurance you can keep it!  Wait, no?

Via Fox News:

A Catholic university in Ohio said Tuesday it is being forced to end a student health insurance program over the Obama administration’s contraception mandate and costs associated with other provisions of the health care overhaul.

Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, said it has so far excluded contraceptive services and products from its health insurance policy for students and will not participate in a plan that “requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.”

In its decision to drop coverage, the school cited the contraception mandate, but also a requirement that the maximum coverage amount be increased to $100,000 for policyholders — claiming that would have made premiums skyrocket. A university official told Fox News Radio the students’ basic $600 policy was going to double in cost in the fall and triple next year and that the school’s insurance provider said the increases were the result of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Say, isn’t the word ‘affordable’ in the name of the bill?  We had to pass it to find out what was in it, and it turns out the title wasn’t even accurate?

Todd Starnes has the following quotes from a university representative:

“This is putting people in a position where they are having to choose between their faith and their morality — and now an unjust cost,” said Mike Hernon, vice president of advancement.

“These sorts of regulations from the government are forcing our hand in a way that’s really wrong.” Hernon said students must have insurance – either through their parent’s policy or through the university’s basic plan. The plan currently costs approximately $600 per year. However, Hernon said their health care provider informed them that under Obamacare, the policy would double in price to $1,200 and the following year it would triple.

“We couldn’t believe the price (increase),” he told Fox News. “We had them go back and reconfirm it. They said it was dictated by coverage limits that were released by the Obama administration.”

“At the end of the day, it’s the students who are hurt by this,” he said.

Now the argument becomes literal – repeal Obamacare, do it for the children.

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Democrats Really, Really Want You to Believe Republicans Hate Women

March 15, 2012 at 7:46 am (Abortion, Contraception, Democrats, Republicans, Sandra Fluke, War on Children, War on Women, Women)

In a brief, 250-word fundraising e-mail, Democrats used the phrase “Republican War on Women” four times.  My question is, since the focus of this ‘war on women’ seems to involve the right to have an abortion, or prevent a pregnancy, then why are Democrats so insistent on conducting a “War on Children”?

Via Beltway Confidential:

The Sandra Fluke episode hasn’t done much for Democrats in terms of public opinion — Obama has slipped a bit with women since it occurred — a little-appreciated truth about their social issue portfolio more broadly. But when it comes to fundraising, there’s no better way of opening liberals’ wallets for their campaigns.
The Dems clearly get this, and they’ve left no drop unmilked with the Fluke incident. I noted yesterday that I’ve received 23 fundraising emails on the topic from just the two Democratic congressional committees (the DCCC and the DSCC). You know that silly game Republicans play with flag-burning amendments? The Democrats’ version is the “war on women.”

And here’s a copy of that letter:

Republicans have a clear agenda for women: Defund Planned Parenthood, deny women access to health care and birth control, and even prohibit women the right to participate in the debate about women’s health care.

Grassroots Democrats around the country have united against the Republican War on Women to launch a Women’s Health Accountability Fund. Our goal is to expose the truth about Republicans’ war on women with an aggressive rapid response operation including ads, on-the-ground organizing and more.

It’s important that national Republicans and their allies like Rush Limbaugh are held accountable for their vile, outrageous, and unceasing attacks on women’s health care. We are only $19,433 away from our Women’s Health Accountability fund goal before tonight’s midnight deadline.

Please chip in $3 by midnight tonight so Democrats can launch an urgent rapid response campaign against the Republican War on Women.

Republicans in Congress thought they could silence us by refusing to let Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke testify on their all-male panel on birth control coverage.

They were wrong.

There are only hours to go before Democrats launch an urgent grassroots campaign to hold Republicans accountable for their War on Women.

Can you pitch in right now?


Rep. Diana DeGette

Co-Chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus

P.S. While Republicans double down on their radical agenda that would restrict women’s access to reproductive health care and the right to have a seat at the table to discuss women’s health care, we are making sure American people know the truth. Will you join us?

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Grumpy Old Man Responds to Sandra Fluke

March 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm (Condoms, Contraception, Rush Limbaugh, Sandra Fluke)

In his day, they didn’t have these thick latex condoms…  That’s the way it was and he liked it!

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Video: Dem Rep On Contraception Mandate, "We’re Not Looking at the Constitution"

February 28, 2012 at 8:28 am (Abortion, Catholic Church, Constitution, Contraception, Democrats, Freedom, HHS Mandate, Kathy Hochul, New York, NY-26, Religious Freedom, Sterilization)

Politicians hadn’t been looking at the Constitution for some time, until the Tea Party came along, and even then the Democrats have continued to willfully ignore it.

Via Hot Air (h/t Brian):

This moment in constitutional cluelessness comes to us from the same townhall meeting Rep. Kathy Hochul held with her NY-26 constituents that we featured on Saturday.  The local media missed this moment in their report, however, and it was even more telling than the chorus of boos that greeted Hochul when she attempted to defend the HHS mandate on contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients.  When challenged by a reader of Freedom’s Lighthouse on the constitutionality of the mandate, Hochul’s response was rather telling:

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White House Confession (VIDEO): ‘We Violated’ Catholic Religious Principles

February 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm (Birth Control, Catholics, Contraception, Freedom, Jack Lew, President Obama, Religion, White House)

This must have been a slip-up.  The White House isn’t exactly prone to admitting mistakes.  Frankly, I’m surprised they haven’t found a way to blame Bush yet.

From The Washington Examiner:
President Obama’s chief of staff said what religious organizations around the country have been thinking for weeks, as he seemed to acknowledge that the original contraception mandate “violated” their freedom of conscience.
“No institution that has — [no] non-profit institution — that has religious principles that we violated has to pay for or directly offer these services,” White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew said yesterday on Fox News Sunday. “But women have access to the kinds of care that they are entitled to.”

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