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Pro-lifers moving the needle politically, legislatively, and culturally

by | Feb 23, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. This editorial appeared on page two of the current digital edition of National Right to Life News. You can read the issue in its entirety at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsFeb2015.pdf

Photo Credit: March for Life

Photo Credit: March for Life

It’s hard to believe so much can happen between monthly issues of National Right to Life News, but it has. That’s, of course, why we have our Monday through Saturday National Right to Life News Today. So much legislatively, educationally, politically, and culturally.

But let’s start with the kids. On January 22, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers poured into Washington, DC to signal to the world we are strong, getting stronger, and that the flame burns as brightly as ever. The news from state rallies around the nation was equally encouraging.

But it wasn’t just the assembly of (mostly) young people marching up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court that sent an unmistakable message. It was a batch of polls that came out around the time of the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and since. Collectively, they spoke volumes in demonstrating how Americans are far closer to us than they are to pro-abortionists.

For instance (courtesy of a survey conducted for the Knights of Columbus), a total of 59% of Americans believe that abortion should be available only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of mother (32%); only to save the life of the mother (14%); or not permitted under any circumstances (13%). If you add only available during the first three months (25%), the total becomes 84%.

The morality of abortion? 60% think abortion is morally wrong, while only 38% think it is morally acceptable. And 64% believe there are too many abortions to only 7% who believe there are too few.

Perhaps most intriguing (and promising) of all, is that most people don’t believe in an either/or dilemma: 84% says laws can protect both the well-being of a woman and the life of her unborn child. Moreover, the KOC survey found, 59% are more likely to view abortion as doing more harm to women than they are to claim that it does women good (22%).

With that in mind it shouldn’t surprise us that last week we learned that the American people are not at all happy with the status of abortion laws in this country—and that twice as many of those who want a change (24%) want the laws to be stricter than less strict (12%)!

The same day an enormous crowd filled the nation’s capital for the annual March for Life, the House of Representatives passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7), one of National Right to Life’s top legislative priorities. The vote was 242-179.

H.R. 7 would codify the principles of the Hyde Amendment on a permanent, government-wide basis, with respect both to longstanding federal health programs and to the new programs created by the Obamacare law.

Debate helped to dig out a truth buried in rubble of pro-abortion distortion and misdirection. Obamacare authorized massive subsidies to assist millions of Americans to purchase private health plans that cover abortion on demand, President Obama’s assurances to the contrary notwithstanding.

As pro-life champion Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) remarked, “[A]n extensive audit released last September by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that 1,036 Affordable Care Act exchange plans had abortion secretly embedded in the plan. If the Hyde Amendment truly had been applied the number of plans with elective abortion coverage would be zero.”

Culturally, the battle rages. There is the idiot production Grandma that stars Lily Tomlin, a worthy successor (so to speak) to Obvious Child. Abortion as a sub-sophomoric joke becomes abortion as a bonding experience between a self-described misanthrope and her granddaughter.

These movies are part and parcel of an attempt to reframe abortion as so common, so free of ethical and moral overtones that it is really beyond good and evil. Abortion just is.

But would that logic work if the topic were domestic abuse? Should we not condemn spousal abuse just because it “is”? Of course not.

And there is the nonstop drives to have women “tell their abortion stories,” an obvious ploy to bury resistance under a pile of repetition. The irony is that while pro-abortionists assume the public will embrace abortion because they do not wish to condemn the women, they miss that the true horror of abortion is so awful, all attempts to paint it in muted colors is destined to fail. My guess is that “telling stories” cuts both ways, and in more cases than not works against the pro-abortion propaganda machine.

A few weeks ago we wrote about compelling story line (carried over from last year) at Grey’s Anatomy. Two characters, Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April (Sarah Drew), continuing to “butt heads on how to handle the situation with their little [unborn] baby who was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, better known as brittle bones disease.”

That debate—Jackson for the abortion if the baby is diagnosed with Type Two, the worst form of brittle bone disease–April passionately against regardless—was picked up in the season’s opening show.

There were no “simple” answers in the resolution. What you can say is that April’s faith is tested—the classic “why do bad things happen to good people?” Her husband, who is not a believer, calls on God to be there for his wife. And God does.

Take a few minutes out dial up the outcome on You Tube. But before you do, consider these lines from a riveting trailer, which I assume is from the last show of Season Ten. What a testimony from April:

April: We don’t know what will happen, we don’t even know if he is Type Two [fatal].

Jackson: Okay, but what if he is? Any amount of time he survives, any amount of time that he lives…

April: Will be with us. In our arms, knowing that he loved and wanted.

Compare that with Grandma and Obvious Child and all the other pro-abortion assurances that life can be made “right” if only that pesky, unwanted, unplanned child exits stage right.

The pro-life answer does not pretend doing the right thing is easy or even, when the baby’s prenatal diagnosis is grim, that there will be a “happy” ending. The pro-life response is to acknowledge and honor and care for our little ones, no matter how brief their time with us may be.

Last thought: I believe you will very much enjoy this edition of National Right to Life News. There is something—actually many somethings—for everyone.

Please read the issue cover to cover and share its contents through your social networks with your pro-life friends and family.

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