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Alabama Black Politician ( Artur Davis) defects from Democrat Party criticized Obama’s birth control mandate, forced abortion payments in ObamaCare and gay marriage

Posted in Black Conservative, Black Dems with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by saynsumthn

A Southern Democrat defecting to the GOP is not news. A black Southern Democrat defecting to the GOP is pretty big news. A black Southern Democrat who is a member of Congress and a vocal supporter of President Barack Obama warrants a screaming headline.

Former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, an early Obama supporter who ran for governor in 2010, hinted on Tuesday that he may run for office in his new home state of Virginia. “If I were to run, it would be as a Republican,” he wrote. The former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis has announced he is leaving the Democratic Party, joining the Republican Party, and says he will likely vote for Mitt Romney in November.

“[F]aith institutions should not be compelled to violate their teachings because faith is a freedom, too,” he wrote on his blog, which he refers to as “free opposition research.”

He jabbed the administration for plunging “headfirst into a fight over contraception and Catholic hospitals” in February. He wrote of Obama, “something seems to have been drained out of this presidency. Since the start of 2012, it has been curiously devoid of an economic agenda, preoccupied with interest group politics, deliberately unwilling to assert much of a long term priority list. The administration has spent inordinate time on two causes, mandating Catholic institutions to cover birth control in their employee insurance plans—an issue few Americans had stressed over prior to this year—and challenging state voter ID laws, which 70 percent of the country support.Even if you deeply believe that on both issues, the administration is right and its critics are wrong-headed, it is impossible to argue that Obama gave much attention to either fight until recently. As a senator and presidential candidate, he offered no criticism of the Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling that Indiana’s voter ID law was a legitimate means to preclude voter fraud (a ruling written by a liberal icon, John Paul Stevens). Nor did the Obama of 08 question the long-time practice of Catholic workplaces leaving contraceptives out of their employee benefits. Right or wrong, each fixation seems more an election year bow to his political base than a response to a tide of public urgency.”

Davis is black, but even in Congress he didn’t toe the Black Caucus line. He was an opponent of what has become known as Obamacare, and left his U.S. seat to run for governor of Alabama.

In 2009, Davis and other Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying they don’t want any abortion funding or mandates in the health care bill under consideration by the U.S. House. Speaker Pelosi received a first letter signed by 20 pro-life Democrats several weeks ago. Among the five Democrats who signed the letter was Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.), a moderate Democrat who is running for governor of Alabama. Excerpt of the letter:

“…we believe that a common ground solution is to include language in the final legislation that makes clear that no insurance company will be required to pay for an abortion except in extraordinary circumstances — nor will they be prohibited from paying for an abortion, so long as health insurance plans offered in the exchange that choose to provide abortion coverage pay for those services with funds that are separate and distinct from any federal subsidies.

This solution maintains the current status quo in the private market – where insurance companies can choose whether to include this coverage in their plans and individuals can choose which plan (and what sort of coverage) fits their individual needs and values while ensuring that no federal funds are used to pay for abortions.

Lastly, we believe that health reform legislation should not preempt constitutionally permissible state laws that establish pre-requisites that a patient must satisfy before obtaining an abortion, such as parental consent and waiting period laws.
In addition to Rep. Davis, liberal Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) is another member of the Congressional Black Caucus who signed on to the letter.

Davis has a mixed record on abortion legislation ( Read here). Just this year, while opposing requiring Ultra Sounds before abortion, Davis made this observation, “The fact is that in a country turning left on most social issues, pro-life politics is stronger than it’s been in decades—Gallup says about half the country opposes the legality of abortions, and the number who favor making the practice rare and hard to get approaches a super majority. One undeniable reason is that technology is simultaneously exposing the violent details of abortion and the vitality of an unborn fetus. The science is making abortion on demand look more hard-hearted than ever to young, college educated women, whose opinions on the issue have shifted dramatically in the last decade.”

Davis is evolving and perhaps he will see the real dangers of a pro-choice stance in the black community on abortion especially since new information being released in a documentary Maafa21 is awakening African Americans to the real racist agenda of abortion.

I hope more will watch the documentary Maafa21 and see how abortion will affect the African American Community

Davis was also outspoken against OBAMA’s position on Same Sex Homosexual Marriage.