Pro-life House leaders hold press conference condemning Senate Dems for killing the Born-Alive Legislation

By Dave Andrusko

Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of federal legislation for National Right to Life, stressed the need for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act during a press conference on the Hill.

This morning, Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and five of her pro-life House colleagues held a press conference to condemn Senate Democrats for failing to Advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311), sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). The final vote was 53-44 with all but three Democrats voting to block the bill from receiving the 60 votes necessary to move S.311 forward (“invoke cloture”). The bill would extend federal legal protection to babies who are born alive during an abortion.

In the House, Democrats have erected a procedural hurtle which prevents a similar bill from being heard. Along with her colleagues, Wagner urged House members to sign onto a “discharge petition” to force the same legislation to a vote on the floor of the House.

A discharge petition is a procedural tactic to circumvent the Speaker of the House when the Speaker opposes a measure. It allows an absolute majority of the House (218 lawmakers) to force a floor vote on a bill, even if pro-abortion leaders oppose the measure.

Rep. Wagner was joined by Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tx.), and several prolife organizations who all made remarks. The message was united in expressing shock over the 44 members of the United States Senate who voted to protect what amounts to infanticide: willfully withholding life-saving care from a born-alive infant.

Center: Jennifer Popik, NRL director of federal legislation, flanked by pro-life Congresswomen Jacki Walorski (IN) and Ann Wagner (MO), lead sponsor of the Born-Alive legislation.

Action on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act comes on the heels of enormous controversy in New York and Virginia. In January, the New York legislature passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed, the so-called “Reproductive Health Act.” Among other provisions, the law repealed protections for infants born alive during an attempted abortion. Previously, New York law stipulated that a second physician be present to care for a child 20 weeks or older born alive during an abortion.

In Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) waded into the debate over a New York-style measure in the Commonwealth. In a radio interview during the Virginia legislature’s debate over the “repeal bill,” Northam said an infant born alive during an attempted abortion wouldn’t necessarily be entitled to immediate treatment other than being made “comfortable.” His comments touched off a torrent of criticism.

Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of Federal legislation for National Right to Life, told reporters,

You have to ask yourself, can we really trust the abortionist, who was seconds earlier, was attempting to end this life of this baby, to now provide treatment? We need clear standards of medical care for babies born-alive. That is why we need this enhanced version of the Born-Alive legislation.

We are appalled that pro-abortion Democratic senators would filibuster the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. They need to explain to tell their constituents why their allegiance to the abortion industry agenda should allow a practice that is tantamount to infanticide.

We call on all members of the House to sign the discharge petition and bring this bill to the floor for a vote. Let the American public see how much they truly care for the most vulnerable among us.

Documentation on the history of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 (1 U.S.C. §8) and related issues is available on the NRLC website at: www.nrlc.org/federal/bornaliveinfants.

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“Let’s reaffirm that when we say every life is created equal, we actually mean it”—Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

By Dave Andrusko

This is just one man’s opinion, but I think pro-life President Trump was not exaggerating in the slightest when he characterized the willingness of Senate Democrats to allow abortion survivors to die untreated as “One of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress.”

Pro-infanticide Democrats—and you are pro-infanticide if you refuse to treat a born-alive abortion survivor as you would any other preemie of a similar age—brazenly wrapped their unconscionable actions in the usual tripe. But what else should we have expected?

They believe unborn babies are property and remain at the whim of their mother and the abortionist, even if they are no longer within their mother’s body. Looked at another way, “bodily autonomy” has no borders, which is why the trip from abortion to infanticide is as uncontroversial to the Planned Parenthood as crossing state lines. Do you no longer have the right to drive once you leave Maryland and cruise into Virginia?

But pro-life Republican senators understand, just as does 77% of Americans survived in a recent poll who agree “a baby who survives a failed abortion” should “be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age.”

Here are excerpts from yesterday’s remark from four senators. Tomorrow we will repost excerpts from four more.

Sen. Mitch McConnell

In just a few hours the senate will vote on advancing a straight-forward piece of legislation to protect newborn babies. This legislation is simple. It would simply require that medical professionals give the same standard care and medical treatment to newborn babies who have survived an attempted abortion as any other newborn baby would receive in any other circumstance. It isn’t about new restrictions on abortion, it isn’t about changing the options available to women. It’s just about recognizing that a newborn baby is a newborn baby, period. This bill would make clear that in the United States of America in the year 2019, the medical professionals on hand when a baby is born alive need to maintain their basic ethical and professional responsibilities to that newborn. It would make sure our laws reflect the fact that the human rights of newborn boys and girls are innate. They don’t come and go based on the circumstances of birth. Whatever the circumstances, if that medical professional comes face-to-face wi
th a baby who’s been born alive, they are looking at a human being with human rights, period. To be frank, Mr. President, it makes me uneasy that such a basic statement seems to be generating actual disagreement. Can the extreme far-left politics surrounding abortion really have come this far? Are we really supposed to think that it’s normal that there are now two sides debating whether a newborn — whether newborn living babies deserve medical attention? … Apart from the entire abortion debate they seem to be suggesting that newborn baby’s right to life may be contingent on the circumstances surrounding their birth. …[M]y colleagues across the aisle need to decide where they’ll take their cues on these moral questions. On the one hand there are a few extreme voices who decided some newborn lives are more disposable than others. On the other side is the entire rest of the country. I would urge my colleagues, let’s listen to the voices of the American people. Let’s reaffirm that — let’s reaffirm that when we say every life is created equal, we actually mean it. Let’s vote to advance the born alive abortion survivor’s protection act later today. I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Sen. Deb Fischer

During my time in the Nebraska legislature, we passed the first statewide ban on abortion procedures after 20 weeks. Members from all points of the political spectrum, Republican, Democrat, pro-life, and pro-choice, came together to support that bill. Today we have the opportunity to come together, republicans and democrats, to stand up for the lives of newborn infants in the United States Senate. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act protects the life of children that survive an attempted abortion. Simply put, if a baby survives an abortion, he or she deserves the same medical care as any other child who is born prematurely. Without question, newborns deserve care, attention, and love. This should not be a divisive issue. This is an issue that is fundamental to what it means to be an American citizen and more so, what it means to be a human being. … Like most Nebraskans, I have been deeply disturbed by the actions in Virginia, New York, and the new extremes that have been pushed in the ensuing national debate that it is okay to deny newborn abortion survivors medical care. …These policies and lines of thought fly in the face of our core values, and they have to end. …In 2002, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act passed the House of Representatives by voice vote. It passed the Senate by unanimous consent, and it was signed into law by President Bush. We have the chance right now to build upon that 2002 consensus that those who survive an abortion are in fact people and clarify that they deserve medical care. Today we can come together to support this sound policy once more. We can clarify in light of the extremism that we’ve seen displayed recently that newborn abortion survivors deserve medical care.

Sen. Ben Sasse

I rise today for a simple purpose, Madam President. I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether or not we’re okay with infanticide. This language is blunt. I recognize that. It is too blunt for many people in this body. But frankly, that is what we’re talking about here today. Infanticide is what the abortion survivors born alive protection act is actually about. … The bill’s terms are simple. A child born alive during a botched abortion would be given the same level of care that would be provided to any other baby born at that same gestational stage. That’s it. This bill isn’t about abortion. … This bill is exclusively about protecting babies that have already been born and are outside the womb. Every baby deserves a fighting chance, whether that 24-week-old baby fighting for air and fighting for life have been just taken her first breaths is at an abortion clinic where she survived a botched abortion or whether or not she is in a delivery room at the local hospital. … This place feels like about a third of the people here are currently running for president, so I’d like to quote a few of them over the course of the last couple months. We ought to “build a country where no one is forgotten, and no one is left behind”. Amen to that. “The people in our society who are most often targeted by predators are often the voiceless and the vulnerable.” That’s true. Another said — offered a promise to, “fight for other people’s kids as hard as I fight for my own kids.” Just last week, our colleague from Vermont announced his campaign by saying, “The mark of a great nation is how it treats its most vulnerable people.” Bernie Sanders was right. Well, now is the chance tonight in this body to make good on that promise. Now is the chance to protect one of the most vulnerable populations imaginable, tiny, defenseless little babies who just started to breathe on that — on that hospital table. Having just taken their first breath. But was that all just claptrap for the campaign trail and the sound bites or do people mean what they say around here? …

Madam President, tonight what we’re going to vote on in the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is a chance to see whether we’re serious when people say around here they want to protect the innocent, they want to speak up for the voiceless, they want to defend the defenseless. Tonight, we’re going to have the opportunity to do exactly that. …But the prospect of what we’re voting on here is actually threatening to one of the most powerful interest groups in America. The abortion industry has taken to attacking this bill wildly over the course of the last two weeks, even though, as we have made clear repeatedly and as the text of this bill makes indisputably clear, this bill has nothing to do with abortion itself, nothing in this bill changes the slightest letter of Roe v. Wade. …, In other words, unlike this legislation, Planned Parenthood and others refuse to draw any line between abortion and infanticide. That’s what their lobbying the last week has shown. That should tell us something about what these groups are really about. … Deep down, each of us knows that every member of our human family ought to be protected and deserves to be cherished and loved, and the love we see every day in the eyes of moms and dads for their newborn babies is an inescapable reminder of that most fundamental truth — love is stronger than power.

Sen. Joni Ernst

Mr. President, here this evening as we debate this very important bill, I’m hearing two different strategies, two different discussions about what’s actually on the floor in front of us. You see, my colleagues across the aisle are debating a bill that is not in front of us. They are talking about health care for women, which is abortion. That’s what they are talking about. This bill does not address abortion. It doesn’t address the women’s health care issues. What this bill does is address the health care of a baby that is born alive after a botched abortion. We’re not talking about abortion, folks. We are talking about the life of a child that is born. … Mr. President, in recent weeks we have witnessed the ugly truth about the far-reaching grasp of the abortion industry and its ever increasingly radicalized political agenda. Some politicians have not only defended aborting a child while a woman is in labor but have gone so far as to support the termination of a child after its birth. This assault on human dignity cannot stand. … Although previous laws were passed recognizing infants born alive during abortion proceedings as legal persons, there still exists a critical loophole that prevents abortionists from being held accountable to failing to follow these very laws. This legislation closes the gap and ensures that there are concrete enforcement measures to protect children who survive abortion attempts. We can all agree that any child who is born alive, whether through a natural birth or whether through a botched abortion, is a living person, a person who is worthy of the utmost dignity, compassion, and respect. This legislation ensures just that by simply requiring health care practitioners to treat those babies who survive an abortion attempt with the same degree of care any other baby born at the same gestational age would receive. This legislation is not meant to punish women or mothers during and often heart-wrenching and difficult experience. And, in fact, this legislation specifically prohibits mothers from being prosecuted. Instead, this bill quite simply imposes penalties for the intentional killing of a baby who has been born alive. …We, as a nation, can do better. We must protect those babies who are born alive.

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As Senate Democrats foil legislation to treat abortion survivors, “Who weeps for the victim?”

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Outrage. That was the number-one emotion lighting up my Facebook page, as friend after friend expressed their deep and justified anger at the blockage of a U.S. Senate bill to stop infanticide by the nearly uniform opposition of Senate Democrats.

Although the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act received 53 votes, 60 votes were required to move the bill forward (in the jargon, “invoke cloture”). And I have to ask myself, “Why?”

Why is it that duly elected lawmakers would not want to ensure that a baby born alive from a botched abortion is guaranteed the same care any other preemie of a similar age would receive? Why would our government leaders fail in protecting the most vulnerable among us?

I suppose I could come up with a number of reasons—a lack of compassion, a blindness toward the essential needs of newborns, a callousness that comes from too many years in the political world serving the likes of Planned Parenthood and NARAL.

But I believe the fundamental rationale for Monday’s chilling vote dates back more than 40 years, to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade. That tragic court decision, which still holds fast today, brought about a shocking disregard for innocent human life.

For once a baby is aborted in a mother’s womb, what’s to prevent attacks on babies who have actually been born? The line of “acceptability” moves further and further until our nation’s leaders shrug at infanticide.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), alluded to the ideological smokescreen put up by the bill’s opponents: “I urge my colleagues to picture a baby that’s already been born, that’s outside the womb gasping for air. That’s the only thing that today’s vote is actually about. We’re talking about babies that have already been born. Nothing in this bill touches abortion access.”

Yet, to the vast majority of Senate Democrats, everything is about abortion. They are willing to stop at nothing to defend the brutal practice, in which a baby dies, and a mother is left to grieve her lost child. Pro-abortion politics taints whatever it touches, and now the Senate is forever stained by this tragic vote.

As my father used to say, “Who weeps for the victim?” Time and again, it is the pro-lifer who defends the innocent from the dawn of life to the twilight of life.

And what about those Democratic Presidential candidates in the Senate who sided with infanticide? Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren? Remember their names, especially as the campaign season intensifies over the coming year.

It is our responsibility to remind them why they are ultimately on the losing side, whether they recognize it or not. History will side with life, and generations hence will wonder at the utter intransigence of those who fail to defend the right to life.

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VICTORY in a major battle for LIFE IN MARYLAND!

In a stunning turn of events this past Saturday, February 23rd, Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch announced withdrawal of his bill, HB 1031, which threatened to enshrine unrestricted abortion on demand in the Maryland state constitution.

Laura Bogley Knickman, Maryland Right to Life Director of Legislation

This was the most extreme abortion legislation currently under consideration in America today.

Maryland’s success in getting the bill pulled was undoubtedly aided by the public furor that developed over the recent outrageous pro-abortion statement of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

Maryland Right to Life’s staff, chapter leaders, and many hundreds of dedicated volunteers played a significant role in this victory for the unborn.

Many thought Maryland was a bellwether state for abortion legislation and expected that Maryland’s fall would have given pro-abortion activists in other states new energy to pursue pro-abortion legislation in their state legislatures.

As a result, many thousands of lives, not just in Maryland but in other states as well, were saved by this reprieve.

Maryland Right to Life (MDRTL) utilized social media, letter writing and call campaigns, grassroots personal lobbying efforts throughout the state to contact key legislators. In addition, MDRTL’s new Director of Legislation, Laura Bogley Knickman, utilized innovative lobbying strategies in the General Assembly to optimize the effect of MDRTL’s army of pro-life advocates to send a powerful message:

WE WILL RESIST ABORTION ON DEMAND, FOR ANY REASON, THROUGHOUT PREGNANCY.

Maryland Right to Life still faces a threat from Physician-Assisted Suicide legislation which has been aided by the last election which provided some additional PAS support from newly elected legislators in both the House and Senate.

Maryland Right to Life was very pleased to have two freshman legislators introduce significant pro-life bills in this session. Delegate Robin Grammer of Baltimore introduced Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 975), and Delegate April Rose (Carroll County) introduced an informed consent bill, the Women’s Right to Know Act (HB 1075).

Hearings are still scheduled for several pro-life bills including Pain Capable and Women’s Right to Know on Friday, March 8th.

Delagate Robin Grammer (Baltimore)
Laura Bogley Knickman
Delegate April Rose (Carroll County)

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PPFA celebrates defeat of bill to treat abortion survivors

By Dave Andrusko

I mean this sincerely. Is there anything that could be done to an unborn baby in her mother’s womb that Planned Parenthood would say, “No, of course not. This goes too far, even for us.”

Answer? Of course not. Suck them out, dismember them, poison them—what difference does that make? The objective is to get those babies dead.

How this is accomplished is between the aborting women and her abortionist. If the baby were to suffer unimaginable pain, well such is the price of “bodily autonomy.”

I also mean this sincerely. What if a baby makes it through the abortion mill’s gauntlet and is born alive? Is there anything that could be done (besides, perhaps, wrapping her in a blanket) to save that baby that would be obligatory? That is, you must do because it is what is normally done to any premature baby born at the same age?

And the answer, of course, is no. Which is why Planned Parenthood celebrated the defeat of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Proponents had a majority but (thanks to nearly uniform Democrat opposition) not the 60 votes necessary to move forward (“invoke cloture”).

Here a couple of examples:

And from the President of PPFA

“Shame women”? “To require that medical professionals give the same standard care and medical treatment to newborn babies who have survived an attempted abortion as any other newborn baby would receive in any other circumstance,” as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday? Does even Dr. Wen believe this drivel?

“Stoke fear and division”? You mean among the 77% of Americans who agree that “a baby who survives a failed abortion would be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age”? I think it is Dr. Wen who is stoking division, wouldn’t you agree?

“Limit our access to health care and take way our rights”? Whose “health care” is being limited? The abortion survivor’s! Whose “rights” are being taken away? The child who no longer is insider her mother’s womb, that’s who.

What has taken place in states like New York and Virginia and Vermont and New Mexico and Illinois, to name just a few, someday will be seen as the bottoming out of the anti-life ethos. With a manufactured “crisis” about the overturning of Roe in the next 15 minutes, they are obliterating all limitations on abortion throughout all “40 weeks” (to quote the sponsor of the Virginia “Repeal Bill”) and declared open season on abortion survivors.

It is the natural progression (in a manner of speaking) of the anti-life ethos. There can never, ever be enough abortions. There can never, ever be requirements to treat abortion survivors as human beings with human rights.

They must be stopped.

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Senate Democrats voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children who survive abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Last night, shortly after Senate pro-abortion Democrats did what they are programmed to do—defending infanticide (“fourth trimester abortion”)—pro-life President Donald Trump blasted them in two tweets reproduced below. In just four sentences the President cut through all the anti-life rationalizations trotted out on the floor of the Senate why it is perfectly okay not to treat babies who survive the best efforts of Planned Parenthood abortionists to kill them.

As a poll conducted earlier this month conclusively demonstrated, the 44 Senators who voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act are completely out of step with the public. A survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associate of 1,000 likely general election voters found that 77% agree that “a baby who survives a failed abortion would be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age.”

But the consciences of pro-abortion Democrats are so deadened to normal human empathy that they believe we owe nothing to a little baby who miraculously beats the odds. Make the baby “comfortable,” was the counsel January 30 of embattled Va. Gov. Ralph Northam. Anything beyond that was up to the mother who had okayed the death of her child and the abortionist who has been foiled in his best attempts to snuff out the child’s life.

But that’s not how President Trump sees it. “One of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress,” the President said. To anyone not in the grip of the Planned Parenthood/NARAL/EMILY’s List, that is self-evidently true. To those who take their marching orders from this unholy trio, it’s just another opportunity to prove there is nothing—nothing—they will condemn if opposition can somehow be converted into support for “reproductive rights.”

I was in the office last night when the Senate voted 53-44 to proceed with a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). But on a near-straight party vote, pro-abortion Democrats blocked the bill from receiving the 60 votes necessary to move forward (“invoke cloture”).

Those Senate Democrats who have already signaled they are running for President in 2020 were there to thwart extending legal protection to babies who are born alive following an abortion: Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Bernie Sanders (VT), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Cory Booker (NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), and Kamala Harris (CA).

Remember those six names when they trot out their “sympathy” for every underdog but the most vulnerable, the most powerless, and the most defenseless of all: the unborn child. Remember as well House Democrats who are thwarting a vote on a House version by ruling that a request for unanimous consent to move forward is “out of order.”

We’re running excerpts from several of the pro-life statements made last night as well as an examination/critique of an Associated Press story so vile you almost want to avert your eyes.

Keep strong. Evil will not rule the day indefinitely.

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Federal Judge denies preliminary injunction, upholds Missouri’s Pro-Life Regulations

Planned Parenthood Fails at Third Attempt to Eliminate Safety Provisions Designed to Protect Women’s Health, Missouri at an All-Time Low for Number of Abortions

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt

Last week, the U.S. District court for the Western District of Missouri denied a motion for preliminary injunction filed by Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains (Planned Parenthood) in their lawsuit v. Dr. Randall Williams and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). As a result of this decision, the Columbia, Missouri, Planned Parenthood facility remains unable to perform abortions due to its inability to adequately care for women should complications arise following an abortion.

“This is a huge victory for protecting women’s health and the right to life,” said Governor Mike Parson. “It’s sad that Planned Parenthood continues to fight against ensuring that a woman’s abortion provider has privileges to a nearby hospital when complications arise. As a former member of the Missouri General Assembly, I was proud to cast votes in support of protecting life and women’s health that have now been upheld in the court of law.”

Gov. Parson added, “As other states in our nation, like New York and Virginia, venture further and further away from the American ideal to uphold the right to life, I’m honored to lead a state with so many people committed to standing up for those without a voice. Thanks to decades of conservative, pro-life leadership, Missouri recently hit an all-time low for the number of abortions.”

In October 2018, the same federal court declined to issue an injunction against state law requiring physicians performing abortions at the Columbia Planned Parenthood facility to have hospital privileges. As the court stated, this is because the Columbia abortion facility was not compliant with state sanitation regulations, after a routine safety inspection discovered apparent black mold and bodily fluid in equipment used to treat patients.

“We appreciate the District Court’s ruling that permits the same standards of care for women that is associated with other invasive surgical procedures,” said Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS Director. As stated in his attestation to the Court, “This is not a burden but a responsibility that physicians dedicated to caring for their patients exercise daily to ensure their patients’ safety by timely providing care at a time patients need it the most, during complications.”

“Missouri Right to Life and pro-life Missourians across the State of Missouri are relieved and thankful at the recent ruling of Judge Wimes,” said Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life. “The judge found that the requirement in Missouri statute from the passage of SB 5 to require hospital privileges within a 30-mile radius of the abortion facility does not present a ‘substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking an abortion.’

“In their filings last month, Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office argued that the complication rate from abortions in Missouri ‘is almost double the national complication rate of 2.1 percent predicted by Plaintiffs.’ Since 2009, over 60 ambulances have been called to the Planned Parenthood in St Louis. Schmitt’s office also argued that the Columbia Planned Parenthood facility has a long history of health and safety violations.

“Thankfully, the number of operating abortion facilities in Missouri will remain at one. Every day abortions are offered, women are put in harm’s way and unborn babies die.

“We thank Attorney General Eric Schmitt for fighting for these critical laws to protect women’s health and well-being.”

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Florida Right to Life Celebration of LIFE Day at the Capitol

On March 14, 2019, Florida Right to Life will be hosting “Celebration of Life Day at the Capitol.” We are hoping that as many individuals and groups as possible will come to be present for this important day. You will be able to speak with our legislators and their staffs, and meet and make friends with other pro-lifers throughout the state.

Speakers, hand-outs packets, coffee & donuts from 10 am-12 noon. You are welcome to continue with the group to have lunch at the Capitol Café, then lobbying our legislators during the afternoon.

Please plan now to come, and if you can, to carpool with your pro-life friends. We look forward to seeing you there. If you are coming and will let us know by email, that would be great, please click the RSVP button below.

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Rep. Reschenthaler Fights to Protect Abortion Survivors, Stop Infanticide

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) furthered Republican efforts to force a vote on H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which protects babies born alive after failed abortions. This marks the seventh time Democrats have said no to protecting these children and stopping infanticide.

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler

“This should not be a partisan issue. It is time for Democrats to show us whether they stand against infanticide or if they think leaving babies to die after being born is acceptable,” stated Reschenthaler.

H.R. 962, introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), ensures that a baby born alive after a failed or attempted abortion receives the same medical care as any other newborn. It would also penalize doctors who allow such infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn following a failed abortion. Reschenthaler is a cosponsor of this critical legislation.

Gianna Jessen shared her story of surviving an abortion with the House Judiciary Committee, of which Reschenthaler is a member:

“Instead of dying, after 18 hours of being burned in my mother’s womb, I was delivered alive in an abortion clinic in Los Angeles on April the 6th, 1977. My medical records state: ‘Born alive during saline abortion’ at 6 am. Thankfully, the abortionist was not at work yet. Had he been there, he would have ended my life with strangulation, suffocation, or leaving me there to die. Instead, a nurse called an ambulance, and I was rushed to a hospital. Doctors did not expect me to live. I did. I was later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, which was caused by a lack of oxygen to my brain while surviving the abortion. I was never supposed to hold my head up or walk. I do. If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine?”

A recent Marist poll found that for first time since 2009, as many or more Americans identify as pro-life as those who identify as pro-choice, with the number identifying as pro-choice dropping 8 percent over the last month. This demonstrates a dramatic shift in public opinion on abortion policy following public discussion on the new measures in New York and Virginia.

If the Democrats continue to block consideration of H.R. 962, after 30 legislative days, Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Wagner plan to file a motion to discharge the resolution from the Rules Committee.

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“Askew, Misaligned, and Twisted to One Side”: Roe’s Devastating Impact on American Culture

By Jean Garton

Editor’s note. The late Dr. Garton authored one of the enduring classics of pro-life literature: “Who Broke the Baby? What the Abortion Slogans Really Mean. ” For decades she was a frequent contributor to National Right to Life News and National Right to Life News Today. We periodically repost one of her fabulous essays. This appeared in 2013.

Jean Garton

Words have always intrigued me, so my ears perk up when I hear one that is new. That happened a few months ago when my garage door decided to have a hissy fit. It went up and down, down and up, merrily clanking and banging along the way. When the serviceman arrived to check it out he discovered the problem. “Yup,” he said. “It’s definitely whopperjawed.”

Whopperjawed!?! What kind of word is that? When I couldn’t find it in the dictionary, I turned to the current fount and source of all knowledge: Google. There it was: ”whopperjawed” meaning askew, misaligned, and twisted to one side. That obviously described my garage door but, more certainly, describes our country today.

Nothing has caused the United States to be more askew morally; more misaligned culturally; or more twisted legally than the Supreme Court’s 1973 opinion on abortion.

Every January, since that destructive action which has taken the lives of more than 55 million unborn babies [now more than 60 million] , Americans have gathered across the country to participate in the March for Life to mark the infamous date. This year, the 40th anniversary of that decision, there are again marches in communities, state capitals, and at the national Capitol in Washington.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said: There is nothing more powerful to dramatize a social evil than the tramp, tramp, tramp of marching feet. The thousands upon thousands of pro-life feet that will again march this year from one end of this country to the other serve to highlight the reality that there are two Americas—an America split over whether morality matters and whether truth matters.

The truth is that when life begins isn’t a matter of opinion any more. It is a matter of fact; of well-established science; and even of common knowledge. Anatomical studies have documented that the human body’s pain network is established by 20 weeks after fertilization, if not earlier. Neurologists report that unborn babies actually feel pain more intensely than do adults because the child’s pain-modifying system has barely begun to develop.

Given such medical evidence, is there any other conclusion we can draw except that abortion is inhumane and barbaric; a brutal action against the most defenseless of humans? The Right to Choose is simply a politically correct way to camouflage the torture and violence that abortion inflicts.

There is an adage that applies perfectly: people can have their own opinions, but they can’t have their own facts. And the fact is that today it is not enough to simply be human to enjoy the protection of the law. An unborn child must be a wanted human, a planned human, a human living outside the womb.

When it comes to abortion, the popular saying that “It’s Location, Location, Location,” takes on a life and death meaning. For all those helpless babies legally aborted since 1973, well, it’s just too bad. They were simply living in the wrong location.

So, here it is, 40 years later and males and females of all ages, colors, and political parties will gather to remember that day of injustice imposed by the Court in the name of choice. Some may wonder what good these events do anyway. I have wondered that myself as the years pass and the destruction continues. I participated in that first march in Washington and have joined a march in various states every year since 1973. What good does the tramp, tramp, tramp of feet do?

After the Court ruling I testified at hearings held by both the Senate and House on a Human Life Amendment. What good did those hearings do? I have given thousands of speeches, spoken numerous times in every state in the Union, and established the National Lutherans for Life organization. What good did any of those things do?

The answer is, to paraphrase Shakespeare, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Pro-Lifers, more things accomplished by your voices and values, your commitment and courage, than are found in your wildest dreams.”

Every step, every word, every meeting, every assembly of like-minded witnesses is like precious gold! First, those all give voice to the unborn children who can’t speak for themselves. Secondly, they give encouragement to the men and women in government who advocate for the unborn and their mothers. Third, they help cheer us on, causing us to realize that we’re not fighting the battle alone. And, fourth, these events are a reminder to the media, candidates, and political parties of why we are single-issue voters.

Not because we don’t care about the economy and unemployment; about the environment, immigration, education, terrorism, or a host of other current issues. We are single-issue voters because a candidate’s position about the sanctity of human life reveals the character and values of that candidate.

The late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus once put our responsibility this way: “So long as we have the gift of life we must protect the gift of life. So long as it is threatened, so long it must be defended. We have not yet seen the full fury of the storm that is upon us. But we have not the right to despair. Our entire struggle is premised not upon a victory to be achieved but a victory that has already been won.”

The Right to Choose has replaced what is right, and defending the right values and laws is seldom safe, easy, or popular. So it helps me to remember that ancient story when the giant, Goliath, came out against God’s people. The soldiers of Israel looked at that giant and thought: Ooh, he’s so big we can’t stop him.

But little David with his slingshot looked at that same giant and said: Ooh, he’s so big I can’t miss.

The mess surrounding the life issues–whopperjawed though it is–is sooo big, that we can’t miss either if we recognize the importance of our individual work and witness. As Charlton Heston, the late actor famous for his movie role as Moses, once said to the Arizona House of Representatives:

Political correctness is just tyranny with manners, so I wish for you to be un-popular. Popularity is just history’s pocket change. But courage … courage is history’s true currency.

The Psalmist said much the same: Be of good courage and the Lord will strengthen your heart. (Psalm 27:14)

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