Description: Topic One – Health Care Reform: House Narrowly Passes Bill With Abortion Restrictions
The House on Saturday evening voted 220-215 to pass its health care reform bill after the chamber approved an amendment that would prohibit public AND private plans in new health insurance exchanges from covering abortion if they accept people who receive government subsidies. The amendment was introduced by Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and passed with 64 Democratic votes and 176 Republican votes. Under the amendment, women with subsidized insurance policies seeking abortion coverage would be forced to buy separate abortion-only "riders" for their policies with their own money. The pro-abortion lobby is furious. Does that mean we should be elated? Leonard Nelson has the analysis.
Topic Two – A Grief Like No Other
From mass tragedies like suicide bombings to sensationalized crimes that make the news only to be replaced by yet another victim, more families and friends are left with the aftermath of dealing with the violent death of a loved one. Violent death brings its own special brand of grieving: Victim's families can spend years dealing with the legal ramifications, guilt, and myriad other unique circumstances. Kathleen O'Hara knows both sides of this coin: As a therapist, she has counseled hundreds of people in dealing with grief; as a mother, she saw her worst fears realized when her college-age son was brutally murdered. In the aftermath of Aaron's death, O'Hara developed the seven-stage journey that is at the heart of A Grief Like No Other. O'Hara offers concrete, practical steps and stages for those who are left behind in the aftermath of violence, allowing family and friends safe passage through this harrowing journey.