Brian Sims: We Did Not ‘Swear To Uphold The Bible’

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Republican-controlled legislatures in several states have passed or introduced bills that would prohibit state-run health insurance exchanges from covering abortion in any of their plans. But Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) attempted to halt such a bill in his state on Tuesday with a scathing speech about freedom and personal responsibility.


"This legislation is about advancing an ideology of oppression and suppression, even if such a plan means ignoring the oath of office that each of us swore," Sims told his colleagues during a floor debate in the House of Representatives. "As a reminder, Mr. Speaker, I do believe this has been forgotten entirely by many of my colleagues today: Each of us put our hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. We did not place our hands on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."

Pennsylvania's state House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to pass House Bill 818, which bans state insurance plans set up under the Affordable Care Act from offering abortion coverage. The bill's Republican backers argued that it prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion.

Written By: Laura Bassett
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  1. HEY! How dare you use logic to show how frivolous and lop sided this legislation is! How dare you remind those who took an oath exactly what that oath actually said.

    How about this? (aimed mostly at Republicans) stop trying to posture that you are good people because you will blindly hate whomever is pointed out to you as different and start actually practicing the shit that you pretend to follow? It is like the only way to make your bones in the republican party is to pretend that your allegiance to you religion is all consuming and the most important thing in your life.

    We are on to you. Lying, cheating, hurting that’s all you seem to do. (Thanks again, Zeppelin)

  2. we did not place our hands on the constitution and swear to uphold the bible

    I see he’s a Rep. in Pennsylvania (6-5000♪); that good quote/speech can now fan across the u.s.

    damn but he’s cute!

  3. The anti-abortion people have got away with this by using language like “unborn child” to conjure up an image of a newborn while referring to a fertilised egg. It succeeds through deliberate confusion and lazy ignorance.

    Another one is “partial birth abortion” which conjures up a surgeon stabbing a infant half way out the vagina, in the heart with a long pointed stainless steel probe. It just means late term abortion.

    The goal is increasing the flock for various churches. But they pretend it is saving life. Contraception has nothing whatsoever to do with saving life.

    • In reply to #8 by tyga:

      I agree, abortion should not be funded by the tax payer. If you need an abortion, pay for it yourself.

      What a moronic thing to say! I am guessing you are a Tory or a Republican? What if someone can’t afford to have an abortion? Bring another child into poverty? How about victims of rape?

      • In reply to #9 by kbala:

        What a moronic thing to say!

        You are way too charitable. :-)

        Victims of rape, incest; mother’s life threatened; fetuses with fatal anomalies. To suggest that women in these circumstances should have to fund their own possibly life-saving treatment is beyond moronic… it’s wicked.

        Steve

    • In reply to #8 by tyga:

      I agree, abortion should not be funded by the tax payer. If you need an abortion, pay for it yourself.

      Yep, and people should also pay for their own medical care, street lighting, education, fire/crime protection, etc. How dare the government and insurance companies arrange necessary things like this collectively!

      • In reply to #11 by Sjoerd Westenborg:

        In reply to #8 by tyga:

        I agree, abortion should not be funded by the tax payer. If you need an abortion, pay for it yourself.

        Yep, and people should also pay for their own medical care, street lighting, education, fire/crime protection, etc. How dare the government and insurance companies arrange…

        Yes, people should pay for their own medical care and education.

        • In reply to #12 by tyga:

          Yes, people should pay for their own medical care and education.

          Sigh. They already do – via taxation. But that’s clearly not what you were getting at. Interesting that you advocate cutting people off when clearly not everyone can privately afford things that should be universal, but you will happily free-load off the knowledge of others when it suits you e.g:

          “Great, and there ought to be many other drugs made available over the counter as well. I ought to be able to choose which drugs I require and buy them as needed, without having to consult a medical doctor and lining his/her pockets for the privilege.”

          (http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/4/6/court-orders-fda-to-remove-all-restrictions-on-the-morning-after-pill#comment-box-16)

          With no free education or medical care left, I wonder what free resources you’ll have to let you decide which drugs to take? Or goodness forbid you might have to consult a doctor… Thank you, cash will do just nicely :)

  4. And churches should pay taxes. I am fucking tired of footing the bill while they get off for free.

    You want to stop subsidizing things?? You think your tax money is being diverted towards things that you disagree with ??? MINE TOO. Let’s start with elimination of tax free churches full of pedophiles playing wizards and attempting to control politics.

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