Victories with pro-life, pro-family policies

Shortly before 10 last night, Virginia joined the growing number of states that have adopted restrictions against abortion coverage within its state health exchange (to be created pursuant to the new federal health-care law).  Via a 61-36 vote in the House and a 20-20 vote in the Senate (with the tie broken favorably by Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling), the Commonwealth joined Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Idaho in making use of a provision in the federal law that provides, “[A] state may elect to prohibit abortion coverage in qualified health plans offered through an Exchange in such State if such State enacts a law to provide for such a prohibition.”

By banning coverage (within Virginia’s exchange) of abortions that have long been ineligible for federal funding in major health programs such as Medicaid and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (that is, all abortions except for cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother), Governor McDonnell’s successfully adopted amendment now ensures that, as discussions on establishing a state exchange proceed, health plans seeking to be part of the exchange will be prohibited from covering abortion on demand.

Prohibiting abortion coverage within health exchanges (through which federal taxpayer money will be routed) has been a top priority of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, beginning during the debate on federal health care restructuring over a year ago and continuing after its passage in March of 2010.  The Virginia Catholic Conference is encouraged by the Commonwealth’s important contribution yesterday to the ongoing national effort to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that people will not be forced to pay for other people’s abortions. With the addition of Virginia, at least 10 states now restrict abortion coverage in health insurance policies generally and/or in policies traded on exchanges.

Also last night, the General Assembly added funding to the state budget for abstinence programs.  Governor McDonnell’s proposal to provide this money was the Conference’s other top priority (again in alliance with other groups) during yesterday’s one-day session and was approved by the House, 69-29, and by the Senate, 20-20 (with Bolling again casting the deciding vote to break the tie favorably).

The two 20-20 votes provide another example of how essential constituent input is.  Large numbers of people throughout Virginia contacted their legislators in support of these pro-life, pro-family amendments and made a very considerable difference in the outcomes.

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  1. I hope the digression below is inspirational as esoteric as it may seem. Note that I could be considered a rather strange physicist being that I also feel equally at home with a non-imperically provable human soul.

    I remember as a 4 year old boy, while I was living with my family in Arlington Virginia, asking my Mom where my Soul was located within my body, and what did the human soul like, to which my Mom, if my memory serves me correctly, said it is a form. At the time I first clearly recall asking her this question, I was playing with my toy “Colorforms” template by which one would take small rubber like material based, variously colored and shaped renditions of articles of clothing and place them over a black colored template whereby one could dress the template with the self-adhesively removable stickers. I think I may have actually had some idea at that very day, about the human soul, that is not too far removed from how it is commonly summarized in theology classes. I had thus sort of arrived at the notion; even then, that the soul did not have a geometric shape, but nonetheless, was some sort of ideal in the sense that my young but very limited mind could comprehend. I have not lost the sense of wonderment regarding the sublime nature of the human soul since then, and the personal sense of mystique about the topic has only deepened and grown over the years since my childhood.

    Now here is just a summary of my life long quest to understand the human soul. Instructing the young children you teach and if a parent, also raise, about the mysterious nature and mystique regarding the human soul can likely lead them to an appreciation for natural family planning, and the need to never procure an abortion and an acceptance of the Church’s Teaching on the subject of abortion and artifical contraception.

    Now, the Catholic Church holds that each Human Soul is unique and unrepeatable. Thus, each human soul has unique properties. However, we can see some initial conflict with this notion based on the possibility that our universe is infinite in extent where the size of the infinity is arbitrarily large or not yet properly and empirically defined.

    The reason for the latter statement is none-other than the possibility that in an infinitely large universe, the number of times the identical ordering of mass-energy-space-time states that can repeated is commensurately infinite, thereby resulting in an infinite duplicity of states that define our local light cone or our visible portion of the universe and even finite portions thereof of much greater extent.

    The paradox of the Many World’s Interpretation of quantum theory might simply be a proxy for the fact that identical orderings of our local light cone, or sub-universe portion beyond our light cone, are simply duplicities in the chance arrangements of mass-energy-space-time that have no relation to the notion of the production of a separate history by the process of quantum decoherence. For each change in our universe, the change would provide a differentiation characteristic that results in formerly identical portions of the cosmos there-afterward having different characteristics, not by the portions’ creation ex-nihilo, but rather through becoming differentiated by the process of relative changes.

    The same notions of duplicity can be contemplated with respect to repetitions of universes within a larger multiverse where such repetitions occur by chance and imply identical physical orderings of thermodynamic and statistical mechanical mass-energy-space-time states relative to our universe. In an infinite multiverse, provided that the subject infinity is large enough, the number of identical orderings should be infinite to an unknown extent. Each time a person in our universe performs an action, or an event occurs in our universe, the result would be a differentiation of our universe from the previously identical universes, not by casual mechanisms, but by shear relative evolutionary histories between our universe and the other universes within our multiverse.

    The same notions of duplicity can be contemplated with respect to repetitions of any local multiverse within a larger forest where such repetitions occur by chance and imply identical physical orderings of thermodynamic and statistical mechanical mass-energy-space-time states relative to our multiverse. In an infinite forest, provided that the subject infinity is large enough, the number of identical orderings should be infinite to an unknown commensurate extent. Each time a person in our multiverse, or an event occurs in our multiverse, the result would be a differentiation of our multiverse from the previously identical multiverses, not by casual mechanisms, but by shear relative evolutionary histories for our multiverse and many other previously identical multiverses within our forest.

    The same notions of duplicity can be contemplated with respect to repetitions of our forest within a larger biosphere where such repetitions occur by chance and imply identical physical orderings of thermodynamic and statistical mechanical mass-energy-space-time states relative to our forest. In an infinite biosphere, provided that the subject infinity is large enough, the number of identical orderings should be infinite to an unknown extent. Each time a person in our forest performs an action, or an event occurs in our forest, the result would be a differentiation of our forest from the previously identical forests, not by casual mechanisms, but by shear relative evolutionary histories for our forest and many other previously identical forests within our biosphere.

    The same notions of duplicity can be contemplated with respect to repetitions of our biosphere within a larger “solar system” where such repetitions occur by chance and imply identical physical orderings of thermodynamic and statistical mechanical mass-energy-space-time states relative to our biosphere. In an infinite “solar system”, provided that the subject infinity is large enough, the number of identical orderings should be infinite to an unknown extent. Each time a person in our biosphere makes a free choice, or an event occurs in our biosphere, the result would be a differentiation of our biosphere from the previously identical biospheres, not by casual mechanisms, but by shear relative evolutionary histories between our biosphere and the other biospheres within our “solar system”.

    And the number of hierarchies might simply progress eternally, where eternally is used to qualify the eternity defines the continuum of the perhaps utterly infinite numbers of hierarchies.

    Note that the terms multiverse, forest, biosphere, and solar system are borrowed from the Theory Of Chaotic Inflation or the Theory Of The Fractal-Verse.

    Now could there exist more than one eternity or eternities that are identical, non-identical, of the same species, not of the same species, of the same class, not of the same class, of the same category, not of the same category and so-on ad infinitum where said similarities and differences are qualitative and/or quantitative, in existential, accidental, ontological, or substantial in nature? Do to GOD’s all powerful capacity to create, we simply should never answer the above question negatively.

    Since the cosmos might be ever superabundantly growing in size, there may be all the more regions within our universe, universes, multiverses, forests biosphere, solar systems and so on and so on, ad infinitum, coming into being by GOD’s creative providence.

    Thus, the opportunities for souls to be created and united to bodies that are embryonic and which are identical to our bodily state upon our conception presents the possibility of utterly unfathomable infinite numbers of souls united to identical embryos. The possibility of utterly infinite numbers of souls remaining united to utterly infinite numbers of bodies whereby said bodies will by chance live out infinite numbers of identical local world lines cannot be dismissed.

    Now, if we can take the Catholic Church’s opinions and statements that the Human Soul is unique and unrepeatable, meaning that GOD only produces unique human souls, then even given the utterly unlimited numbers of human souls that can be created and the possibility that Human Souls might be united to a human body that lives out its world line in an exact spatial temporal mass-energy state and pattern that is case specific and duplicated over and over again, each human soul would necessarily have distinct qualities and characteristics. This remains the case even though identical human body states to which human souls are united would be forever repeated in ever more infinite numbers.

    In my humble opinion, a distinguishing feature of each such soul, considering that each soul is the substantial form of the body to which it is united, is the self-personality or self-feel of each human soul. By this I mean the “what it is like for a soul to be itself to the soul” and even the mere “what it is like to be the soul that a soul is”. Another way of approaching the general aspect of distinction is to consider the “what it is like for the soul to have its identity” or the “what it is like for the soul to have its identity to itself”.

    If you are like me, you may have noticed at times an extremely attractive member of the opposite sex where you and this attractive person would seem to connect at first glance, perhaps by mutual attraction in the mystique of the feeling that you would make good soul mates even though you are complete strangers and most likely would never meet again in this life. This has happened to me rather frequently over the past 37 years since I had entered puberty and continues to happen to this very day even though I have long since decided that I will remain single. When it does happen, I could almost swear that I can feel the personality and psyche of the beautiful woman that I seem to connect with.

    This may simply be a normal psychological and sexual attraction, but perhaps one that might involve subtle clairvoyant phenomenon that cannot be measured or analyzed by current scientific methods.

    Many of you might have had similar experiences, but either way, I bring all of this up for the purpose of the preceding argument for the unrepeatable uniqueness of every Human Soul.

    Perhaps I am in some way perceiving a given Human Soul as I behold the object of my attraction even if the method of perceiving is only hard wired natural 5 sense based interpretation of body language such as may be due to an inherent as a form of intelligence in all human persons that is part of our common genetic legacy built up over several to many thousands of years of human evolution.

    Regardless, we or at least I seem to feel the personalities of certain people I meet especially strongly, to much of my immediate delight and sense of mystery.

    The point of this digression on human intuition is that perhaps even souls that are united to human bodies that have identical world line histories and identical world line external environments from conception until natural death have a distinguishing feature in the form of primal levels of self-awareness, emotions, feelings, instincts, in short, of the aspects of their personalities that are a manifestation of the unrepeatable uniqueness of their souls. Even souls that have bodies that are always identical in this life and which live out identical world lines, might not only have their unique “what it is like to be the soul that they are” or “what it is like to be the soul that the given soul is” from the standpoint of ontological identity, but also in nature, feeling, experience, perception, and the like from a conscious, sub-conscious, and unconscious standpoint.

    Since the number of possible human souls is absolutely unboundedly infinite in an non-abstractly labelable or precise symbolic sense, this reality must also take into consideration the fact that in a given infinite universe, multiverse, forest, biosphere, solar system and so on ad infinitum, the number of times that a given human body mass-energy-space-time world line will be locally duplicated is an ever growing infinite number
    .
    This points to the awesome simplicity and super-continuity of each and every human soul in its substance, faculties, and accidental characteristics. An absolutely beautiful aspect of the human soul is that such unrepeatable natures can never be diminished in uniqueness. Since the number of human souls can grow utterly without limit, and since the number of identical human body world lines can grow without limit, such unlimited growth on both fronts seems to indicate that each human soul will grow in accidental if not also in facultative, and substantial nature for all eternity. Such growth would seem necessary in the DIVINE ECONOMY if each Human Soul is destined to have an un-repeatable nature amidst the ever growing set of duplicate body mass-energy-space-time world line states and identical mass-energy-space-time local environments.

    Thus, the above arguments might simply serve as a proxy that each human soul will grow ontologically, existentially, substantially, facultatively, and accidently for all eternity. It also indicates an utter infinitely super-continuous aspect of the substance and accidental properties of each human soul. Each human soul IMHO is absolutely awesome and beautiful to contemplate. Each human soul can be created by GOD during the conjugal act must be given a chance to without the interruptive aspects of artificial birth control. All young married couples should be open to having large families. I use the word young herein because middle aged newlyweds might not have many if any biological fertile years left due to menopausal or post-menopausal states. A couple can only crank out children so fast, and so older fertile couples will most likely find the ability to procreate large families greatly diminished even in cases where contraception and natural family planning methods are not utilized.

    Just a thought.

    GOD BLESS!

    Jim

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