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In Texas, Tax Breaks for Employers Who Refuse to Provide Contraceptive Coverage

Lately, it seems that Texas lawmakers can’t pass up any opportunity to deny women health care. In 2011, they cut funding for birth control services by two-thirds, forcing 53 clinics that provided those services to close. Then, they turned down $30 million in federal money that would have provided contraception and cancer screening to low income women, rather than allow Planned Parenthood to participate in the program. And now, a representative in the Texas House has proposed a bill that would give a tax break to companies that refuse to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees. This is crazy. The Affordable Care Act requires all new health plans, including employer sponsored plans, to cover contraception with no-cost sharing. But some employers, including private for-profit companies, are refusing to provide that coverage, claiming that to do so would violate their religious freedom. In other words, these employers want to use their religion to discriminate and this Texas state representative wants to help them by allowing them to deduct any penalties they have to pay for not complying with the benefit from their state taxes. So, basically, this bill would provide a tax break so companies can discriminate. What will they think of next?

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Resolving the "Pro-Life" / "Pro-Choice" issue

Let's Solve Problems Rather Than Spout Rhetoric -Resolving the "Pro-Life" / "Pro-Choice" issue

I don't usually comment on such being 59 and without children myself through exercising my own responsibility, but there is a POLITICAL solution.

I'm going to start out by saying this is a POLITICAL solution and by all means NOT a MORAL or RELIGIOUS one. The purpose is to put a legal end to the endless debate on the subject of pro-life vs pro-choice and the energies and funds it wastes, freeing them to be devoted to issues that can more readily be solved like jobs and the economy (
http://signon.org/sign/lets-solve-problems-rather-1?source=c.fwd&r_by=52... and
 http://signon.org/sign/lets-solve-problems-rather?source=c.fwd.in&r_by=5254576).

 Enact "Sovereignty of the Womb" legislation that makes a woman of adult age the absolute sovereign of her womb, declaring that the laws of our nation do not apply to any unborn until a live birth occurs without the sovereign's consent.

Note that if this law is in place what happens inside the womb amounts to what happens in another country. Whether right or wrong in any other sense, it is left to the decision of the sovereign of that country, in this case the mother, as to handle matters inside that country. Only if live birth occurs, effectively a border crossing, would national laws apply.

Like I said, no moral or religious values apply here nor are they meant to, any more than they would apply to another nation. This is purely a political solution but a "Solomonistic" one that we should enact.

Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name: http://signon.org/sign/resolving-the-pro-lifepro?source=c.fwd&r_by=5254576

Now the most ideal way to avoid the abortion issue is to avoid unwanted pregnancies to begin with, and this is how I explain it.

Every time a man and a woman decide to get together it is a threesome:
1) There is what the man wants,
2) there is what the woman wants, and then
3) there is what the candidate unborn third party wants.
No one considers the third party's view, which I see as follows:
If you're going to bring me into the world, raise me on love as kind caring parents and give me a decent start in life then count me in. Otherwise take the pill, wear the rubber and Leave Me Out! Do not be irresponsible by  bringing me into a life where I will not be loved, cared for or guided!

Kindly review this petition, sign if wanting to, then forward as appropriate.http://signon.org/sign/resolving-the-pro-lifepro?source=c.fwd&r_by=5254576
 See also: http://rncox.newsvine.com/_news/2013/01/26/16714065-pro-choice-vs-pro-li...

Thanks!

Resolving the "Pro-Life" / "Pro-Choice" issue

Let's Solve Problems Rather Than Spout Rhetoric -Resolving the "Pro-Life" / "Pro-Choice" issue

I don't usually comment on such being 59 and without children myself through exercising my own responsibility, but there is a POLITICAL solution.

I'm going to start out by saying this is a POLITICAL solution and by all means NOT a MORAL or RELIGIOUS one. The purpose is to put a legal end to the endless debate on the subject of pro-life vs pro-choice and the energies and funds it wastes, freeing them to be devoted to issues that can more readily be solved like jobs and the economy (
http://signon.org/sign/lets-solve-problems-rather-1?source=c.fwd&r_by=52... and
 http://signon.org/sign/lets-solve-problems-rather?source=c.fwd.in&r_by=5254576).

 Enact "Sovereignty of the Womb" legislation that makes a woman of adult age the absolute sovereign of her womb, declaring that the laws of our nation do not apply to any unborn until a live birth occurs without the sovereign's consent.

Note that if this law is in place what happens inside the womb amounts to what happens in another country. Whether right or wrong in any other sense, it is left to the decision of the sovereign of that country, in this case the mother, as to handle matters inside that country. Only if live birth occurs, effectively a border crossing, would national laws apply.

Like I said, no moral or religious values apply here nor are they meant to, any more than they would apply to another nation. This is purely a political solution but a "Solomonistic" one that we should enact.

Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name: http://signon.org/sign/resolving-the-pro-lifepro?source=c.fwd&r_by=5254576

Now the most ideal way to avoid the abortion issue is to avoid unwanted pregnancies to begin with, and this is how I explain it.

Every time a man and a woman decide to get together it is a threesome:
1) There is what the man wants,
2) there is what the woman wants, and then
3) there is what the candidate unborn third party wants.
No one considers the third party's view, which I see as follows:
If you're going to bring me into the world, raise me on love as kind caring parents and give me a decent start in life then count me in. Otherwise take the pill, wear the rubber and Leave Me Out! Do not be irresponsible by  bringing me into a life where I will not be loved, cared for or guided!

Kindly review this petition, sign if wanting to, then forward as appropriate.http://signon.org/sign/resolving-the-pro-lifepro?source=c.fwd&r_by=5254576
 See also: http://rncox.newsvine.com/_news/2013/01/26/16714065-pro-choice-vs-pro-li...

Thanks!

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