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How We Will Combat the Obama Abortion Agenda in 2011

Jan 27, 2011 | 01-January 2011 NRL News

NRL News
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January 2011
Volume 38
Issue 1

How We Will Combat the Obama Abortion Agenda in 2011

By Dave Andrusko

“‘I believe the [1992 Casey v. Planned Parenthood] decision was like planting a bunch of seeds, and we’re just starting to see the shoots popping out of the ground,’ said Roger Evans, who is in charge of litigation for Planned Parenthood of America.”
— from “Tests of ‘Roe’ more frequent since justices upheld late-term abortion ban in ‘07,” a story in the December 27 Washington Post written by Robert Barnes

“You don’t kill unborn children capable of feeling pain.”
— Mary Spaulding Balch, NRLC’s state legislative director, explaining the simple but inexorable logic that underlies Nebraska’s historic “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

Markai explains how the abortion clinic “counselor” had advised her that the road to making yourself depressed is to think of “ten fingers and ten toes with a forehead.” Instead think of it as a “little ball of cells.” When her boyfriend James refers to the now dead baby as a “thing,” they get into a quarrel. Markai angrily tells him, “You just don’t get it. A ‘thing’ could turn out just like that”—pointing at their daughter, Za’karia. “A bunch of cells can be her.”
— from “At least not anyone with a heart,” a review of MTV’s No Easy Decisions on Today’s News & Views at

“The workshop is based on the principle that communication is 60% how you look—whether you’re smiling, your body language—30% how you say something—and only 10% the actual words you use.”

a spot-on summary of a longtime NRLC convention favorite, “When They Say … You Say …”

I sat down to compose these remarks just six hours after pro-life John Boehner was elected Speaker of the House by his fellow Republicans. Three thoughts competed for my attention as I listened enthralled to his gracious and kind acceptance speech: what a contrast in personal demeanor to his pro-abortion predecessor; his uplifting speech to the NRLC convention last June; and how remarkably inspiring it is to have “one of us” as Speaker.

Many of us veterans have been around the block many, many times. After decades you get a feel for who is authentically pro-life.

At the convention I was a judge at the pro-life oratory contest and was a few minutes late to the general session where NRLC presented Boehner with the National Right to Life Legislative Leadership Award for outstanding pro-life leadership in Congress.

I started to snap photos, but after a moment I knew it was far more important to listen. I could quote the entire speech, but let me offer just this one very illuminating excerpt.

“Americans love life, and we love freedom,” Boehner said. “They’re both intertwined, permanently, as part of the American character. America is a nation built on freedom. And without respect for life, freedom is in jeopardy. When human life takes a back seat to other priorities—personal comforts, economics—freedom is diminished. By contrast, when we affirm the dignity of life, we affirm our commitment to freedom.

“These are fundamentals in the American experience. And they have real implications for government and those who are entrusted with power. For elected leaders, it means we should always err on the side of life. It means we must always respect the dignity of life, at all stages—from conception and birth, to the end of life, and everything in between.

“It means we have a moral obligation to defend the defenseless. And there is nothing more defenseless, or more innocent, or more pure, than an unborn baby.”

Mr. Boehner is Speaker—and able to help realize that moral obligation—because Democrats were “shellacked” (to use pro-abortion President Obama’s admission) on November 2. We gained over 50 pro-life votes in the U.S. House (depending on the issue) and as many as six pro-life votes in the U.S. Senate (again depending on the issue).

There were also very significant pro-life gains in statehouses and legislatures across the country where much of the action is taking place. Literally hundreds of new pro-life members of state Houses and state Senates were added to our ranks a little over two months ago.

In addition, as you can see in the map on page 24, the governorship of 13 states turned over from pro-abortion to pro-life—a net gain of 11 pro-life governorships. Twenty-nine states now have pro-life governors.

What does that mean? Or “so what?” as a popular speaker in my neck of the woods asks.

It means by the time you read this jam-packed special Commemorative Issue House Republicans will have voted to repeal ObamaCare. Is it only a first step? Sure, but a hugely important step substantively and symbolically on the way to ultimately repealing the abortion-ridden, rationing-promoting ObamaCare and replacing it with genuine health care reform.

These gains also mean that when the Obama Administration tries to accomplish by bureaucratic stealth what it failed to accomplish legislatively, it may have to abruptly reverse course. As the story on page one explains, that is exactly what happened on a Medicare regulation which would pay doctors to discuss “advance directives” yearly with their Medicare patients—discussions that might include authorization to withhold lifesaving medical treatment, food, and fluids.

Your work also means that more states will be able to follow the legislative blueprint laid out at NRLC’s State Legislative Strategy Conference (see back cover), including more laws modeled on Nebraska’s first-of-a-kind measure and more initiatives in the legislative hopper to enact or beef up informed consent laws, such as ensuring that ultrasounds are available to women contemplating abortion.

At the State Legislative Strategy Conference, NRLC Director of State Legislation Mary Spaulding Balch briefed attendees on laws to prevent public funds from being used to subsidize health insurance that covers abortion as permitted by ObamaCare and (at the other end of the life spectrum) laws to fight the increasingly common practice by which so-called ethics committees in health care facilities authorize denial of lifesaving medical care—including food and fluids—against the will of the patient or his or her surrogates.

Please read this special edition from cover to cover. It’s all here. So what is the configuration of the new post-November 2 Congress? What are some of the battles we will wage in the new Congress? We talk about that.

Planned Parenthood, the anti-life mirror image of National Right to Life, is undertaking an unprecedented campaign of consolidation, expansion of “services” (including so-called “web-cam” abortions), and an insistence that all affiliates perform abortions.

The ultimate from-the-bottom-up organization, NRLC reflects the strength of its affiliates and 3,000 local chapters. Learn what they are doing to build a culture of life as they battle pro-abortionists—and how you can join.

Pro-abortionists always pick on the weakest and most vulnerable, which is why they are pouring more funds and energy into exporting the abortion plague to the developing world. Scott Fischbach outlines MCCL GO!’s pro-life outreach to Africa. It is an inspiring story!

The list goes on and on: pro-life youth camps, a beautiful feature about “Rose’s First Photo Album” (pro-life education at its finest), an interview with the executive director of Nebraska about the lessons learned in passing the historic “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” and much more.

When you finish this edition of the “pro-life newspaper of record,” share it with your friends, families, and colleagues. Encourage them to subscribe (see page 23), or provide them with a gift subscription.

Final thought. Take a look at the map on page 2. The states in red represent the over 53 million unborn lives that have been lost since 1973.

Look at it again and consider this from Rick Warren, who is justly famous for many things, probably most of all for authoring The Purpose Driven Life. I read his blog each day, and this appeared in early January:

“To make an impact with your life answer 3 questions: What needs to be done? Why not me? Why not now?”

We know what needs to be done—protect the unborn and the medically vulnerable elderly. We know who needs to do it—you and I.

And surely we agree unanimously there can be no better time than now.