'Herod Reid' Aims to Pass Legislation That Will Destroy God-given Lives – Just in Time for Christmas
In the days before Jesus Christ was born in a manger in Bethlehem, another bureaucrat, King Herod, was responsible for what would be called the Massacre of the Innocents, after he ordered all male infants to be killed to prevent the prophesied King of the Jews from replacing him on the throne.
Thank God, indeed, that abortion was not legal when the angels visited Mary to announce the immaculate conception of the Son of God, who would not only be born but would conquer death so that every human being could spend eternity in paradise.
Thank God, also, that Herod’s scheme did not succeed in killing the Man who was born to save all of mankind, including the generations yet to be born.
For those who deny that the health-care bill crafted by Sen. Harry Reid -– or Herod Reid as it seems fitting to call him –- does not allow for taxpayer dollars to be used to pay for an abortion, let me quote here from page 120 of the more than 2,000 page document that is available for review.
In Section 1303, entitled “Special Rules,” Section B (ii) the bill states the following: 'Abortions for which public funding is allowed. The services described in this clause are abortions for which the expenditure of Federal (sic) funds appropriated for the Department of Health and Human Services is permitted, based on the law as in effect as of the date that is 6 months before the beginning of the plan year involved.”
Some say that language following this section implies that money for abortions would be “segregated” from other funds, but I don’t think that argument would have comforted Mary and Joseph – or their heavenly Father – if Herod had the same powers that the Democrats in Congress are preparing to give Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, who will be transformed into the Herod henchman -- given the authority to allow the murder of children still in the womb.
On these days leading up to the birth of Christ, there seem to be some wise men who are seeking the truth in this dark time of Obamacare and the rest of the dark agenda the president's far-left advisers are determined to foist on the nation in what is hopefully the last three years of this administration.
And two of them are Democrats.
In the House, Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) was successful in getting his amendment to prohibit using federal funds for abortion into that body's health care bill.
In the Senate, Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is claiming that the star above the manger can still lead to a health care bill that honors the sanctity of life.
Over the weekend, after becoming the pivotal 60th vote needed to move the Senate bill forward, Nelson was quick to assure those who have been praying he could resist pressure from the anti-life forces that he did not abandon his beliefs.
In a statement posted on Saturday on his Web site, Nelson claims that the version of the bill he signed on to will not allow federal funds to be used for abortion, will mandate that every state provide an insurance plan option that does not cover abortion and -- a provision he says is stronger than what's in Stupak's amendment -- will allow states to pass laws to bar insurance coverage for abortion within state borders.
“My values and principles have required me to fight hard to prevent tax dollars from being used to subsidize abortions,” Nelson said as the night of the savior's birth approaches. “I believe we have accomplished that goal. I also fought hard to protect the right of states to regulate the kind of insurance that is offered, and to provide health insurance options in every state that do not provide coverage for abortion.
“I know these limits on abortion are hard for some people to accept, and I respect those who disagree, but I would not have voted for this bill without them.”
Stupak, meanwhile, also issued a statement on Saturday that says one wise man by the name of Nelson has lost his way and that the bill he endorsed will still allow some insurance plans to use federal funding for abortion -- and he vows to oppose it.
So as the Democrats continue the behind-closed-doors deliberations that are eerily reminiscent of what took place in the halls of power more than 2,000 years ago, we can only hope that some men -- and women -- will indeed be wise enough to make sure that any law passed by Congress will ensure that every child is allowed the right to life and that the child who lived to die for all of us will have mercy on those who believe Mary -- given her unplanned pregnancy -- should have had an abortion.
For the rest of us, Merry Christmas.