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What’s airing on Pro-Life Perspective Today? “Abortion in America Part 7: 1997-2000”

by | Jul 24, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC President Carol Tobias

A heads-up to anyone who may have missed any of the first six episodes of “Abortion in America.” You can listen to them at the same URL as you can hear today’s broadcast:

National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias continues her series which includes an overview of court decisions, administrative actions by pro- and anti-life Presidents, Supreme Court nominees, the (unfortunately) successful campaign to bring RU486 to America [indeed 1997-98 would be key years in the campaign by pro-abortionists to eventually have the FDA approve the use of RU486 in the United States], numerous bills—and many, many other topics, including the famous 1990 “Rally for Life” in Washington, DC.

Mrs. Tobias begins today’s broadcast with the passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act by a veto-proof margin in the House in March, but not by the necessary 2/3rds in the Senate in May. In October pro-abortion President Bill Clinton would, as promised, veto the bill. (Good news: the law was later passed and signed into law by pro-life President George W. Bush and upheld by the Supreme Court.)

In December of 1997 Fortune magazine declared National Right to Life the 10th “most powerful” public interest group in the country. The pro-abortion National Abortion and Reproduction Rights Action League was only No. 43 and Planned Parenthood ranked 65th.

The following year Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mi.) introduced the Child Custody Protection Act which would make it illegal to transport minors across state lines for an abortion if that action would circumvent the parental involvement law of a state.  The same bill was introduced in the U.S. House in April by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl.). That battle is still being waged 14 years later, illustrating yet again how pro-abortionists never cease to undermine parental rights.

In 1999, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act was introduced.  It would later be called “Laci and Connor’s law” after the young, pregnant California woman, Laci Peterson, who was found murdered. Opposition came from pro-abortion groups, although the law had nothing to do with abortion.

Mrs. Tobias ends Tuesday’s broadcast by observing

“The landscape for the pro-life movement would change for the better in 2000.  And that’s where we’ll pick up in part 9 of Abortion in America. Don’t forget you can listen to the entire series at”

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