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Abortion in America: 1997-2000

by | Jul 28, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

Carol Tobias, National Right to Life President

We are now in the homestretch of National Right to Life’s ten part series, “Abortion in America.” Today, in Part Eight, National Right to Life President Carol Tobias paints a mural using many legislative, legal, and cultural colors. (If you have missed any of these five-minute broadcasts, go to

The story of the struggle to pass the ban on partial-birth abortions is the ultimate testimony to pro-life persistence–in the halls of Congress, in the courts, and in a non-stop campaign to root out media myths about partial-birth abortions. In today’s episode, Mrs. Tobias reminds us of how the House passed the ban (with a veto-proof) majority but the Senate fell three votes short of having enough votes to override the expected veto from pro-abortion President Bill Clinton, which came in October 1997.

Mrs. Tobias recalls the assault on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act—later named Laci and Conner’s Law—by many pro-abortion organizations. Introduced in 1999, it took until 2004 for this measure to pass, which recognizes unborn children as victims when they are injured or killed during the commission of federal or military crimes of violence.

Just prior to signing the bill into law, pro-life President George W. Bush said, “[A]nytime an expectant mother is a victim of violence, two lives are in the balance, each deserving protection, and each deserving justice.  If the crime is murder and the unborn child’s life ends, justice demands a full accounting under the law.”  The law has been the inspiration for state UVVAs.

Another priority in Part Eight is the final steps pro-abortionists took to grease the skids for the introduction of the abortifacient RU486 into the United States.

Be sure to listen to “Abortion in America” at

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