April 8, 1999
By Dept. of Medical Ethics
On March 16, 1999, a bipartisan majority of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, chaired by pro-life Senator John Breaux (D-La.), voted for a Medicare reform " premium support" proposal that, by permitting older Americans to add their own funds on top of diminishing government payments, would allow them to escape rationing.
By Carol Long Tobias, NRL PAC Director
Pro-life Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes, Inc. and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, has announced that he will seek the 2000 Republican nomination for president of the United States. This increases to 10 the number of Republicans seeking their party's nomination.
For the pro-life movement to be successful it must be a popular movement. Beyond strongly committed pro-lifers, it must attract enough support from the middle of the popular spectrum so that the legal protection of human life becomes national policy once again. To build as large a base of support as possible the movement must focus on the right to life as a single issue and be nonpartisan and ecumenical. (A diffuse, multi-issue "focus" invites disagreement and in-fighting, etc.) To make the movement effective, individual action and energy at the grassroots level must be coordinated and amplified with a national strategy. For the strategy to succeed in the face of determined and powerful opposition, it must include carefully designed intermediate steps that overcome and outflank the opposition on the way toward the ultimate goal. Adhering to these very principles has made NRLC successful in the service of the right to life cause.