Human life begins at conception. Even some pro-choice advocates agree with that. Jodi Jacobson of Reproductive Health Reality Check says she believes life begins at conception but that a fertilized egg is not a person. “The development of a potential human life requires conception as a first step. But that is not the same as either pregnancy or personhood,” Jacobson says.
Peter Singer, professor of Bioethics at Princeton, says, “The fallacy in the anti-abortion argument lies in the shift from the scientifically accurate claim that the fetus is a living individual of the species Homo sapiens to the ethical claim that the fetus therefore has the same right to life as any other human being. Membership of the species Homo sapiens is not enough to confer a right to life.” To the liberal the issue is not whether life exists in the womb, but whether that life is worthy of the right to live outside the womb?
The more fundamental issue in the abortion debate is ownership: Who actually owns the unborn life in the womb? Pro-choicers believe it is the woman carrying the child. After all, it’s her body, she has a right to do with her body what she wants. If she wants to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, it’s her choice. Pro-lifers believe that only God, as the Creator, is the giver of life. Through creation, He owns His creatures and can therefore do with His creation and creatures as He sees fit. The abortion debate has been spawned from Darwinism. If God didn’t create, then He doesn’t have any right to ownership. Now to the Planned Parenthood controversy.
Planned Parenthood was started in the early twentieth century by Margaret Sanger to educate families on birth control. Since 1970, Planned Parenthood has received federal funding to provide contraception and family planning information to Americans. Through the years, the mission of the organization has changed. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the U.S. About one third of its funding comes from a combination of federal, state and local tax dollars. By law, the federal monies given to Planned Parenthood are not supposed to be used to provide abortions. Planned Parenthood has 85 offices with 27,000 staff and volunteers across the U.S., including five offices/clinics in Oklahoma. Recently, the group has come under fire when a secretly recorded video was released showing a Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, talking with actors posing as medical researcher about selling aborted fetus parts.
After the video was released, elected officials scrambled to lead the charge to defund Planned Parenthood. U.S. Sen. James Lankford, (R-OK), said in an emotional speech on the Senate floor: “I would tell you that child has value. And that every single adult that can hear me right now was once 20 weeks old in the womb, and we can look at each other and understand the difference between that child in the womb and any of us now is time. That's a human being we're talking about.” Senator Lankford led the charge to defund Planned Parenthood in the Senate. The measure failed to get the necessary 3/5 (60 votes) in the Senate, falling short 53-46. Both Senators Lankford and Inhofe voted yea. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R- KY) and Mark Kirk, (R-IL) voted with 44 Democrats to kill the bill. Senator Inhofe says defunding isn’t enough — Planned Parenthood needs to be investigated.
One issue that has been overlooked in the controversy is the fact Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization. They enjoy tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3). While they get tax dollars, they don’t pay taxes. Two years ago during testimony before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, a pro-life group from Iowa testified they were told by the IRS they would be required to sign a letter promising to not protest at Planned Parenthood facilities in order to get a 501(c)(3) status. No such restrictions are placed on Planned Parenthood. They operate with impunity, no matter which political party is in power. They promote their liberal agenda and their activism is celebrated. If a church takes a political position, they run the risk of jeopardizing their non-profit status.
Sen. Inhofe is right. Planned Parenthood should be investigated. It is very likely they are selling fetal tissue without consent. Their liberal agenda should be exposed for what it is and their tax exempt status revoked. Americans should be outraged their tax dollars are going to an organization intent on killing our next generation and selling their body parts.
Steve Fair is National Committeeman for the Oklahoma Republican Party.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Wednesday questioned Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey on the global security environment and the readiness of our military at the SASC hearing on the “Department of Defense’s authorization request for Fiscal Year 2016 and the Future Years Defense Program.”
During the hearing, Inhofe highlighted deficient readiness levels of the services, which as stated by Gen. Dempsey are “at the lower ragged edge of manageable risk in our ability to execute the defense strategy.” Sec. Carter agreed with Inhofe that our military is at increased risk due to the overall readiness of our force, occurring during a period of security challenges not experienced in our lifetime. Inhofe drove home the point that we cannot continue to cut the defense budget and put at further risk our nation’s military readiness.
INHOFE:Now you said something that I think is more significant. You said even with the fiscal year '16 budget, the Army, Navy and Marine Corps won't reach their readiness goals until 2020, and the Air Force until 2023. Is that accurate?
CARTER: What's going on there is digging ourselves out of a hole of sequester in the past, particularly the 2013 budget, the year in which the shutdown occurred, and so forth. And the thing about readiness is that it's easy to have it fall off, but that it takes time to build it back.And I think what the chiefs were saying, absolutely accurately, is we lost a lot of readiness through the turmoil of the last few years. Even if we're given the opportunity, as we hope with this budget, to start building back, it's just in the nature, it's in the nature of training, that it takes a while to get that readiness back. So I do agree with them, yes.
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, stood in support of Whitehouse Amendment #29 to legislation S.1, which read “climate change is real and is not a hoax.” Not only did he request to be a co-sponsor of the amendment, but he urged his party to vote for the amendment. The amendment passed 98-1.
“The climate is changing, as it always has been changing, and always will, there’s archeological evidence of that, there’s biblical evidence of that, there’s historic evidence of that, it will always change,”Inhofe said.
Inhofe went on to explain the term "climate change" and how modern climate change discussions focus on climate trends post-1900. In reality, climate change has occurred since the beginning of time. In the past 2000 years, there was the Medieval Warming Period followed immediately by the Little Ice Age. Both climate events are widely recognized in scientific literature, including National Academy of Science’s 2006 study. In 1975, Newsweek published an article titled “The Cooling World,” which argued that global temperatures were falling. We continue to see climate shifts, including a 17-year hiatus in global temperature increase (source: The Economist and Nature).
As the President seeks to address the far-left’s belief that man is driving the change in climate, Inhofe highlighted a NERA study that estimates the result of their efforts as it pertains to the proposed greenhouse gas regulation on new power plants. The study says the climate mandate would only reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations by less than 1/2 of a percent, reduce global average temperature by less than 2/100th of a degree, and reduce the rise of sea levels by 1/100th of an inch – or the thickness of three sheets of paper. In the mean time, this same report says that such efforts by the Obama Administration will cost Americans $479 billion in compliance cost and double-digit increase in electricity costs across the nation over the next decade.
As Inhofe asked in his State of the Union response, why the pain for no gain?
Here are what others are saying about the Senate’s vote acknowledging climate change is real
FOX News' Monica Crowley: “Nicely played, Jim Inhofe”
Red State' Erick Erickson: “I agree with the Senate. The climate does change!”
Radio pundit Jamie Dupree: “Inhofe outflanks Democrats on climate change on Senate floor and in committee. In the space of a few hours, the Republican that Democrats hate the most when it comes to climate change had both outfoxed them on the Senate floor and reminded the Obama Administration that a new Climate Sheriff was in town”
Michelle Malkin's Twitchy: “Senate Democrats reject logic in order to paint Inhofe as inconsistent on climate. Watch what the left does to the language. Conflating “climate change” with “man caused climate change” is the epitome of unscientific thinking—see also “stem cell research” vs “embryonic stem cell research” or “anti-immigration” vs anti-illegal immigration.” They treat objectively different concepts as if they were interchangeable. Scientifically speaking, there are only two possible reasons for this. They are either ignorant about the topics, or they are being intentionally deceptive. Either way, their credibility is lacking.”
The Blaze: "But Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) foiled the Democrats’ plot by openly declaring his support for the amendment, and even asking that he be made a cosponsor of the language. When he made that request, Democrats could be heard clapping and hooting in the Senate chamber. But the more important vote came soon after, when the Senate considered language from Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). His amendment says climate change is happening, and that it is “extremely likely that global increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and global temperatures are caused by human activities.
POLITICO: “Senate Republicans head-faked Democrats on climate change Wednesday, agreeing in a floor vote that the planet’s climate was changing, but blocking language that would have blamed human activity."
Washington Post: “Jim Inhofe flips the script on Democratic climate-change-is-a-hoax vote. When offered the chance to speak on the amendment, Inhofe -- did we detect a twinkle in his eye? -- explained his unexpected argument. The climate changes all the time, he said, citing both scientific and "Biblical evidence." There was a hoax: the idea that man was responsible. Such a position was "arrogant," in his formulation, the idea that people could affect the mechanisms that controlled the globe. With that distinction drawn -- the climate changes, and that change isn't a hoax, even if the role of humans is -- the vote was held.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today joined MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd to discuss the situation of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) being housed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. Inhofe highlighted President Obama’s deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program as the driving factor behind the significant influx of UAC that crossed the border illegally in the past two years.
Inhofe called on President Obama to issue a forward and direct warning to those in Central America that the United States will not grant amnesty to those coming into the country illegally or tolerate dangerous child-trafficking. Inhofe said, "Until the President reverses this decision and makes some sort of comment [like] 'you don’t want to take the risk of crossing all the way through Mexico, risking your lives to come to this country – and when you come here you’ve got to obey the law or we are not going to let you in..' That would stop it. That would stop it, Chuck.”
In 2012, President Obama announced the DACA program, which allows certain illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to request deferred prosecutorial action for a period of two years, which can be renewed. Those who qualify will be safe from deportation, eligible to obtain work authorization, and eligible to receive a social security number as well as a driver’s license in nearly every state. On Wednesday, Inhofe cosponsored legislation introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to expand President Obama’s DACA policy and from continuing to grant amnesty or process work permits for illegal immigrants.
"HHS says we're not going to send them back,” said Inhofe. "So long as they have that assurance, more are coming in."
Currently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is housing up to 3,600 illegal immigrants on three military installations, including 1,200 at Ft. Sill in Lawton, Okla. Last Friday,Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel quietly agreed to allow HHS to extend and expand their contract to house UAC on military installations past the agreed upon October deadline and to house an addition 5,000 children on the installations.
"They're now saying that we can't close them down in October, they're going to have to stay until at least January,” said Inhofe about HHS recent request for DOD to house more UAC. "Well, you know, that is very disruptive on the mission that we are trying to carry out in our military. Our military has problems enough right now without taking on this burden. I'm going to be there to try to help them."