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Hosted by Commissioner Brian Johnston, a weekly program examining the right to life, culture and the battle of ideas. With various guests and experts he examines the arts, the nature of the law, the practice of medicine, ethics, and even personal relationships.
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020: California Legislation (2017-2018 ) with Ashley McPartlin
2 days ago
Brian Johnston and Ashley McPartlin discuss legislation introduced for the two-year session of the California legislature 2017 2018 Brian gives background on the nature of legislation; it is simply being ideas that are enforced. There is a critical need for pro-life individuals to be aware of, and comfortable in the realm of ideas. If you are not from California, the discussion is pertinent to all states, as California like every other state, has a two-year, two-house (bicameral) legislature (except for Nebraska which is a unicameral legislature). The United States Congress on the federal level also elects in 2 year cycles. Every election year we, as citizens, elect those who will look at ideas and decide whether or not they should become law. We as citizens must also look at those ideas, as well as at the individuals we hire (elect) to make such decisions. Several dangerous ideas have been submitted to the California legislature. One is SB 562 which would entrust all health decisions and their financing to all California's citizens to the state of California itself. This is known as ‘single-payer’ healthcare. In every jurisdiction where it has been implemented it results in rationing and denial of treatment for those individuals that government bureaucrats have determined should not get any more healthcare. In addition, in California all abortion services would be funded without limit. This is a very bad bill. Brian and Ashley discuss the implications of collectivist medicine as it has been expressed in Canada, the UK, Russia and other collectivist systems. It always results in rationing and inferior medicine for the masses. Citizens in such countries have only gotten good treatment for serious illness when they engage in what is known as medical tourism. Buffalo, New York is one city that has enjoyed the financial benefit of Canadians seeking better healthcare and avoidance of the infamous medical “queue.” In Canada you must wait months to see specialists. Senate Bill 309 will establish a “Celebrate Choice” license plate that the state of California would distribute via the DMV. It also creates a fund that would give the money raised from these plates to abortion providers. This would be the first such "pro-choice plate" in the nation. Twenty-seven other states have “Celebrate Life” license plates. SB 320 would mandate that state colleges will distribute the abortifacient pill RU486 to s