A huge hat tip to Deacon Greg Kandra here:
A $200 million provision for contraception programs is being dropped from the $825 billion stimulus package following criticism from pro-lifers and Republican congressmen.
President Barack Obama personally called House Democratic leaders to ask them to remove the provision, an Obama aide told CNN. One of his calls reportedly went to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and one of the most influential liberal members of Congress.
The president reportedly urged the provision’s removal because it was a hot button issue among Republicans and did not focus on creating jobs as quickly as possible.
Wow! Could this be a great sign at how collaborative the new President might be? Democrats from the past would almost never do anything to appease the Pro-life crowd.
This gives me an opportunity to again repeat my mantra. I'm all for changing the law that would make abortion illegal, but what if we all lived our lives in such a way that would allow women to not fear having their babies. What if we supported women who got pregnant--even stupidly--and made it a less fearful experience and turned it into a moment of joy?
Until then...the hot button issue will always remain despite the law--not because of it.