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Abortion in America: 1973-1979

by | Jul 20, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

Carol Tobias, National Right to Life President

Yesterday I alerted you to “Pro-Life Perspective’s” opening segment of a ten-part series on “Abortion in America.” If you missed yesterday’s initial five-minute show, hosted by NRLC President Carol Tobias, just click on

(If you did not have a chance to read my preview, take a couple of minutes and go to

To whet your appetite, let me offer a few words about Part Two, which discusses important developments from 1973 [the year Roe v. Wade was handed down] through 1979 [when Bernard Nathanson published his now famous book, “Aborting America”].

Carol Tobias deftly outlines both the growing organization sophistication of the Right to Life Movement after Roe and a number of important funding cases that the Supreme Court heard in the 1970s.

State pro-life groups sprang up all over the country in the years immediately following Roe. “Mission Possible,” an outreach program of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, provided seed money (in the form of matching grants) and organizational expertise to pro-life groups in the southeastern states.

The Hyde Amendment was first added to the Health and Human Services Appropriation bill in 1976 and, with minor changes, has been effect ever since. And in 1977 the Supreme Court upheld two funding limitations in public assistance programs. (The Supreme Court upheld the Hyde Amendment in 1980.)

Newcomers will also learn that the first state-wide political battle following Roe took place in 1974. Freshman pro-life Senator Robert Dole defeated Kansas Rep. William Roy, an abortionist, to retain the Senate seat he held until 1996.

There’s much, much more. Go to Remember: an educated pro-lifer is an unborn baby’s best friend.

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