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Texas Gov. Perry’s rousing speech gives NRLC 2013 an inspired beginning

by | Jun 27, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the National Right to Life Convention as NRLC President Carol Tobias looks on.

Pro-life Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the National Right to Life Convention as NRLC President Carol Tobias looks on.

Even for veteran NRLC convention goers, it would be difficult to imagine a better start, a better ‘take off’ for the 43rd annual National Right to Life Convention than what a huge audience heard this morning at the Opening General Session in Dallas, Texas.

No doubt the presence of pro-life Gov. Rick Perry explained the banks of cameras and loads of reporters. Since Tuesday, Texas has been in the news, first because of a raucous pro-abortion gallery which made passage of an ominous pro-life bill impossible in the state Senate, and second because an undeterred Perry told the crowd he was bringing legislators back “to finish their business”—and that he would put “pro-life measures at the top.”

Perry made clear that parliamentary maneuvers such as the filibuster which were used was one thing, “mob tactics” and the “hijacking of the democratic process” quite another.

Gov. Perry was one of a quartet of inspirational and motivational speakers at the Opening Session. Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life welcomed attendees who had come from around the nation. NRLC President Carol Tobias delivered a stirring call-to-arms speech while Notre Dame Professor of Law O. Carter Snead critiqued the “morally incoherent” legal and cultural perspective that gave us abortion on demand and attacks on embryonic human beings.

Mrs. Tobias laid out the challenges before us at the same time she reminded us of the strengths that power the greatest Movement for social justice of our time.

Early on she reminded her audience of the atrocities of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was recently convicted of three counts of murder. Mrs. Tobias asked THE question brought to the fore by Gosnell, who aborted hundreds of babies alive (according to the grand jury report) and then murdered these viable children by severing their spinal cords.

What is the difference, she asked, between this “and pulling the baby apart piece by piece, in the womb? Same baby, same deadly, painful result.”

Mrs. Tobias concluded by quoting from the late, great Bob Casey, governor of Pennsylvania, who once wrote that our “cultural unease with abortion, this refusal to drop the subject, is the most hopeful sign of health.”

To which Mrs. Tobias added,

“Other nations, sadly, have more or less learned to live with it; they don’t see it as anything to get worked up about. But not here. This thing—this horrible things, so contrary to our ideals, our inclusiveness, our kindness, our love for one another—has been grafted onto American society.

“But it is not a functioning organ. It won’t take. It won’t heal. The body rejects it.”

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