Pro-life Kansans cringe at seeing former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ smiling image, rejoicing at the new legislation signed Tuesday. They are not alone in fearing her interpretation– as HHS head– of new health mandates.
Someone with similar fears is Joni Eareckson Tada, possibly the most admired and respected Christian female activist today, and a quadriplegic for the past 43 years. Writing just prior to adoption of Obamacare, Tada warns about impending denied care for
“the infant who is developing inside its mother’s womb, and who at just a few weeks’ gestation already has more mobility than I do… and those whose disabilities keep them bedridden or unable to communicate.”
“If decisions are made by government-created Comparative Effectiveness Research boards, decisions on who gets treatment (and who doesn’t) could mean life or death for many …and could leave those who require specialized, long-term care — people like me — way down on the list of priorities.
“These issues recently led me to join other Christians in signing the Manhattan Declaration , which supports the sanctity of life and the rights of conscience and religious freedom. “Although the protection of the weak and vulnerable is the first obligation of government,” the document says, “the power of government is today often enlisted in the cause of promoting what Pope John Paul II called `the culture of death’ “.
“Let me be clear: there are some positive aspects about health care reform, such as prohibiting insurance companies’ discrimination against pre-existing conditions, and revamping the Medicaid program to offer community-based alternatives to institutionalization.
“But there are concerns — not just for disabled people like me, but for all who care about and uphold the value of human life. Health care reform cannot, and must not, be allowed to negatively affect the least among us.”