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Pro-lifers on the March

by | Apr 18, 2016

Editor’s note. This editorial appears on page 2 of the April digital edition of National Right to Life News. You can read all of the issue at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsApril2016.pdf. Please be sure to share stories with your pro-life family members and friends.

voteprolifevoiceIf you have not already signed up to attend the National Right to Life Convention which takes place July 7-9 in Herndon, Virginia, let me encourage you to go to page four where you read all the details. If you go to NRLConvention.com, you can actually register online. Please, don’t delay.

The April digital edition of National Right to Life News could easily be twice its length, so much as taken place in the past few weeks. As you read–and share the stories–let me offer a framework for the many stories we’ve posted.

On page one, our lead story brings you the latest on the presidential race. I’ve been following this quadrennial exercise in democracy since 1960 and I never seen a campaign so utterly confounding. Also on page one, NRL Political Director Karen Cross reminds us that we have majorities in the Senate and House to protect and, we trust, enlarge.

With only six and half-months to go, electoral politics are a vitally important subject for pro-lifers.

Pro-lifers put a premium on enacting (and defending) protective legislation. And because it cuts into the profits of the abortion industry–and contests the pro-abortion belief that not all lives matter–our opposite numbers fight these measures tooth and nail.

The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act is on the desk of the governor of Mississippi. [Gov. Phil Bryant subsequently signed the bill into law.] It is already the law in Kansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia. This vital legislation has been introduced in Pennsylvania, Minnesota , Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Utah.

In a dismemberment abortion, the abortionist uses sharp metal clamps and scissors to tear apart, piece by piece, a well-formed, living unborn child.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act–previously the law in 12– is now also the law in South Dakota. The measure to protect from abortion children capable of experiencing excruciating pain as their life is drained from them has also been introduced in Florida and working its way through the legislature in South Carolina.

There are many other pieces of legislation having to do with informed consent, defunding the abortion industry, and ensuring that abortion clinics meet something other than the barest minimal qualifications that you can read about at www.nationalrighttolifenews.org. All are intended to protect unborn children and their mothers.

We know our readers appreciate stories about courageous women who refuse to give into fatalism. There are several of their stories in the issue, where they chose life in the face of dire predictions.

Thousands of people responded to a post we wrote about a pregnant mother who survived the terrorist attacks in Brussels and went on to write a letter to her unborn child. I’ve reposted in on page 18.

Two other heads-up. We do our best to keep your knowledgeable about developments overseas and in Canada, both with respect to abortion and euthanasia/assisted suicide. The anti-life ethos long spilled over into an all-out assault on the medically vulnerable. They are pushing a pro-death agenda, we are pushing back with equal ferocity.

And, unfortunately, the FDA gift-wrapped a present to Planned Parenthood and its allies in the abortion industry. On March 30, it ratified after the fact changes the abortion industry unilaterally made in the way RU-486 abortions are performed. Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRL’s director of education, explains what transpired and raises many questions left unanswered by the FDA’s unfortunate decision.

This is a terrific edition of “the pro-life newspaper of record.” If you agree, and I hope you do, please forward selected stories, or the entire edition, to your pro-life contacts.

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