Opinion: When the right to choose is stripped away ….

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If you want to know where this is headed, if you want a glimpse of what the future may hold if things aren’t turned around politically, take a look at what is happening to pregnant, undocumented teenagers being held in government-funded refugee shelters down in Texas.

According to Politico, several of the pregnant girls have decided against bringing a child into the world under those circumstances and have requested early-term abortions. Private financing has been arranged to allow those abortions, meaning no tax money would be involved, and other legal hurdles have been cleared as well. However, Trump administration officials — acting largely out of their own personal beliefs — are forcing those girls to carry their pregnancies to term, against their will, even in cases of alleged rape or incest.

Furthermore, after requesting an abortion, the girls are instead being forced to undergo pro-life, religion-based “counseling.”  According to an email sent by Scott Lloyd, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, “Grantees should not be supporting abortion services pre- or post-release; only pregnancy services and life-affirming options counseling.” Lloyd has even intervened personally to head off requested abortions.

“While the child is in our custody, our goal is to provide food, shelter and care to her under federal statute,” an HHS spokesperson old Politico. “We are providing excellent care to the adolescent girl and her unborn child, who remain under our care until the mother’s release.”

Politico could find no evidence that the new ban was a result of a formal policy change. And Lloyd, appointed to the refugee position in March, has a long history of personal and professional activism in anti-abortion causes.

As an immigration newsletter described his background:

“While at Catholic University, Scott served as a research assistant in the school’s Law & Religion Program. In that capacity, Scott assisted in representing the Schiavo family during the famous case, Schindler v. Schiavo.

Prior to his appointment to ORR, Lloyd served on the Board of Directors of the Front Royal Pregnancy Center and is vice chairman and co-founder of the WitnessWorks Foundation for a Culture of Life. He was a contributing writer at (Human Life International America), as well as Veritas Splendor and the Center for Morality in Public Life’s Ethika Politka.”

Lloyd has every right, as a private citizen, to advocate for his pro-life beliefs in the political system, in the courts and in the court of public opinion.  He does not have the right —  not yet, anyway — to impose those personal beliefs on others who have been placed under his authority by the government.

He’s not a 16- or 17-year-old girl, frightened and alone and trapped in a refugee center, not knowing what the future may hold. He’s not the child who has concluded that raising another child might be too much to handle under those circumstances. But if given the power, he is more than willing to impose his own judgment on those who do find themselves in that situation.¹

And make no mistake: If given the same government power over American women in general that they claim to have over these young refugees, he and his colleagues would use that power the very same way. Just ask them.²

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¹The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit in federal court challenging the policy advanced by Lloyd.

² As Paul42 notes in the comments below, Scott Lloyd also advocates making contraceptives illegal. According to an abstract of a piece that Scott wrote for the National Catholic Bioethics Center, titled “Can We Be Pro-Life and Pro-Contraception?”:  “…widespread access to contraceptives actually leads to increases in the abortion rate. To oppose abortion, the pro-life movement should speak with a unified voice in opposition to contraception as well.”

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Peachs
Peachs

I seriously do not care which party wins as long as one party is not gaming the system. We need mandates so the people’s voice is a nput.

Peachs
Peachs

There is not enough Republicans to have a civil war. We need more parties. We need a strong incumbent’s write in. These people are abusing the power of the people!

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

AG Sessions in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee refused to comment about the investigation into the Russian uranium bribery scandal including Bill Clinton receiving $500,000 for a single speech in Russia.

For the challenged, that means the Justice Department investigation is open and on-going.

If you Progs do not hear of this on your favorite news outlets it will be because they continue to protect Hillary and Obama just as they did not vett Obama properly before he was elected. 

Brosephus
Brosephus

@JohnnyReb
LMAO!!!  CNN is broadcasting live, and according to conservalogic, CNN is Clinton News Network.  It must suck to have your own ideological rhetoric prove you wrong...

rimsky
rimsky

@JohnnyReb Now I got a question for you JR:

Why is our Green berets protecting Russian Uranium companies interest in Niger?


straker
straker

@JohnnyReb  "continue to protect Hillary and Obama"  So sad you and others actually believe that.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@JohnnyReb 

You did write:

"If you Progs do not hear of this on your favorite news outlets..."

Which is why I responded the way that I did.  Your entire premise to score some ideological win was blown out of the water before you even posted your comment.

You lost.  Get over it.

Brosephus
Brosephus

Ainsley Earhardt just blew Trump's whole argument about the president calling families out of the water.

"She said that the president was insensitive when he called to say, ‘I’m sorry your husband died fighting for our country,’ and she said he framed it wrong. He said that comment, she was really offended by it. My response to this was the president of the United States of America called to say, ‘Thank you for your service, I’m sorry for your sacrifice.’ That in and of itself is extremely special that the president of the United States picked up the phone to call these families."

...

“The president doesn't have, is not required to call all of the families, It’s just extra special and very nice when they do.”

So, there we have it from Fox News.  The president is not required to call all the families.  So, Trump telling lies about previous presidents was all for nothing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wf27x-LdX4

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Brosephus  The idiot had to be shamed into doing the right thing to communicate the sincere condolences of the country to these families for their sacrifice.  He could not do that basic task.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@KUTGF @Brosephus He didn't do it because it is now being revealed that Russia has Uranium interest in Niger.  What secret mission was those soldiers on when they were ambushed and killed?  That's the question that needs to be investigated and answered.  Him not calling is just another deflection, he knows that the media will chase the not calling story like a dog after a bone and not the real story.  But guess who knows better?  Mueller

Brosephus
Brosephus

@KUTGF 

Trump is what he is.  His mindset is best for boardrooms and offices where the lack of empathy is a plus.

The office of the president requires someone who can be cold when necessary but also have empathy when it is required.  He is not suited to be president of the US.  President of his company or another company, yes, but not the country.

Paul42
Paul42

@Brosephus General Kelly has an amazing sense of duty to country above all else, to continue serving a president who so blithely would use the death of his son as a throw-away line to attack Obama and take the focus off of his suspect behavior.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Brosephus

The MSM, aka DNC leadership made an issue of this trying to embarrass Trump that he had not contacted the four families in question.

Trump turned the tables on them by pointing out Obama did not always call, which if you don't believe that contact Chief of Staff Kelly who was not contacted by Obama when his son was killed in Afghanistan.

A senior general loses a son in the war and Obama does not call him.

Trump won this round, get over it.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@JohnnyReb 

Trump is a thin skinned kid trying to handle a grown man's job.  I was actually happy that he had not said anything at this point because of my fear that he would screw up and mispronounce the name of the country.

As to playing games, the GOP did the same s**t to Obama while he was in office.  You and Trump both need to grow up.  Trump needs to grow some thick skin and do the job that he campaigned for.  He is the president to all of America and not just the people who voted for him.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@JohnnyReb 

Both sides play these political games, and that's why I am tired of the "both sides" crap.  People need to grow up and quit acting childish.

Guess I'll have to wait another three years to see if we can elect a grown up to be president.  We failed on the last attempt.

Paul42
Paul42

@JohnnyRebYou make stuff up almost as easily as Donald does.

Donald set this up and I'm sure he's pleased with himself that he's been the focus of attention again.

"Over that weekend, as the identity of the fourth soldier was disclosed publicly and more details emerged about the incident, Trump was golfing and letting it rip on Twitter about Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the NFL, North Korea, Puerto Rico and, again, alleged media bias.

But a president who revels in providing color commentary on the news said nothing about what happened in Niger for 12 straight days - until Monday in the Rose Garden of the White House, where he was asked by a reporter to explain his uncharacteristic silence."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-obama-slain-soldiers-families-20171017-story.html

Get the story straight about Donald's remarks.  What he said was ""All I can do is ask my generals," Trump said. "Other presidents did not call, they would write letters, and some presidents didn't do anything."

You seriously believe his generals told him other president's did not make calls or didn't do anything?

Sucker.

KUTGF
KUTGF

Puerto Rico continues to grow as a disaster.  Bumbled Trump management.  A total screw up from the "business man" who we were promised could manage.  

rimsky
rimsky

@KUTGF Heard it on NPR today that the rain in PR is causing a huge mess.  The FEMA people do not have enough tarps to cover the roof tops.  Geez .  This Admin is worse embarrassment than 43.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@KUTGF

Puerto Rico is going to be screwed for a while.  The eastern half of the island got hit by two Cat 5 storms in a matter of weeks.

There was not a serious initial push of pertinent equipment and supplies to the island.  They have to get the basics up and running before they can rebuild.  Unlike Texas and Florida, they don't have a power grid they can tap into and speed their recovery.  Their grid and plants all have to be rebuilt before the rest of the island can begin to repair itself.

straker
straker

Is there some mental disorder that causes people to say inappropriate things? 

rimsky
rimsky

@straker Or it could be mental disorder to say appropriate things.  

It is relativity theory.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@straker


You talking about President F-----g Moron or some of the dirtbag t urdbuckets here?

straker
straker

@rimsky @straker  When you grow up, please do not consider stand up comedy to be your calling. Remember, the world always needs ditch diggers.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar



" “We are providing excellent care to the adolescent girl and her unborn child, who remain under our care until the mother’s release.”

So what happens after she leaves your custody? God these people are short sighted and practice Gestapo tactics....really abusing freedom!


Isn't abortion legal in the US, esp in the first trimester?

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Visual_Cortex 
He was crooked before he took the oath.  I saw nothing that would make him change his ways after 71 years...