Sharon Hughes
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By Sharon Hughes
March 21, 2010

Ronald Reagan warned: "One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can't afford it."

ROLL CALL reports Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) just announced that pro-life Democrats have reached a deal with the White House and Democratic leaders and will now support a health care reform overhaul.

I'm pleased to announce we have an agreement," Stupak said in a press conference, backed by other holdouts. The announcement came as the White House said President Barack Obama would issue an executive order ensuring no taxpayer funds are used to fund abortions.

"By Stupak's own estimate, Democrats are now "well past" the 216 votes they need for passage. The agreement also brings aboard Democratic Reps. Kathy Dahlkemper (Pa.), Steve Driehaus (Ohio), Alan Mollohan (W.Va.) and Nick Rahall (W.Va.).

Obama sign an executive order to cut funding for abortions? ah, we'll see. Besides, EOs Can be Rescinded Tomorrow or overturned either by another EO or by legislation or by the next president.

SBA (Susan B. Anthony) explains:

1. An executive order can be rescinded any time. President Obama could reverse it next week, next month, or next year. Should another pro-abortion president be elected in the future, it could be rescinded on inauguration day.

2. An executive order will not prevent insurance companies that provide abortion from participating in the exchanges.

3. Abortion funding in the health care legislation can be only be removed using the legislative process. An executive order not only doesn't fix the problem, it isn't needed to fix the problem, and could not stand a legal challenge. If Democrats are serious about protecting taxpayers from funding abortion in the health care bill, they must use the legislative process to fix the problem.

Stupak earlier said the health fight has been a "living hell" — so why did he cave?

Lemmings. that's all I can say. lemmings. They may go over the edge, but everyone doesn't have to follow. Thank God there are Govenors, like Donald Carcieri of Rhode Island, and state Attorney Generals poised to take action the minute the bill is put into law.

2010 & 2012 will be more history in the making.

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Sharon Hughes is Founder and President of The Center for Changing Worldviews and the host of Changing Worldviews & WOMANTalk radio on KDIA in San Francisco, NPLR and online at Salem Web Network’s Oneplace.com. Her articles appear in many recognized news sites and publications, including FRONTPAGEMAG. She also blogs for NewsBusters.org, a division of The Media Research Center, and has appeared on FOX News and other national radio programs.

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