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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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West Virginians for Life’s Annual Pro-Life Rally Day brings pro-life faithful to state Capitol

By Mary Anne Buchanan, West Virginians for Life Program Director

L to R: WV Teens for Life President Margaret Deely, 1st place senior division essay winner Ava Anderson, 1st place junior division winner Abigail Roberts, 3rd place senior division winner Summer Barker and 2nd place senior division winner Savannah Fout

Thankful that only non-threatening snowflakes flitted, and no rain fell, the crowd of roughly 200 braved what felt like 25° for West Virginians for Life’s Annual Pro-Life Rally Day at the West Virginia Capitol Building in Charleston on February 18. Though parts of the events took place inside, the 1.25-hour main event was outdoors due to reconstruction continuing in the rotunda area.

The pro-life faithful are always invited to meet with their legislators during the morning before the session starts to encourage support for pro-life legislation. This year’s SB 624 is an Options in Living Wills bill that will pave the way for the Non-Discrimination in Involuntary Denial of Treatment Act (SB 307), the bill for which the group was originally lobbying. SB 624 should be coming out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and onto the Senate floor before moving to the House, hopefully this week.

When the Rally Day began at 11 a.m., State Senator Patricia Rucker recognized all the pro-lifers who had traveled from around the state by asking them to stand.

The noon Rally included appearances at the microphone by the West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, a stand-in for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, State Senator Rollan Roberts, and State Delegates Tom Bibby, Tom Fast, Kayla Kessinger, John Mandt, Eric Porterfield, S. Marshall Wilson, Evan Worrell and former Delegate John Overington. Overington had a 100% pro-life voting record over 34 years.

Also warning the crowd about the consequences of election voting was National Right to Life Political Director Karen Cross. WVFL President Wanda Franz, Ph.D., brought folks up to speed on SB 624.

Mineral County’s Teresa Davy and Fayettelle Lucas await the start of the Rally

The first-place Teen Essay Contest winners in the senior and junior divisions read their winning entries.

Special music was provided by Jim Anderton and Frank Tettenburn.

Young and old alike were pleased to have made the trip and look forward to next year’s event already.

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Roe v. Wade: the triumph of packaging and managed hysteria

By Dave Andrusko

“A nineteenth-century German historian wrote that every moment of history is equally present to God. Every moment is also equally present to great evil. But there are moments in which great evil bestirs itself with intentions that are discernible to those who have eyes to see. Ours is such a moment. Evil, as is its wont, employs the language of the good to disguise its purposes. In this case it is the great good of choice that hides the greater wrong of what is chosen. It is a tempting shrewdly contrived for a free society that has forgotten that freedom depends upon devotion to more than freedom.” — Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, from his book, “American Against Itself.”

“Trying to plan for the future without knowing the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.” — Historian Daniel Boorstin

Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were carried in on a tsunami-like wave of lies, distortions, hypocrisies, and non-sequiturs. Switching metaphors, the core of what these horrid decisions held continues to stay aloft today because of NARAL hyperbole, Planned Parenthood’s well-heeled connections, and a superabundance of media hot air.

Few of our NRL News Today readers came of “of age” back in the late 60s and early 70s, so it’s almost impossible today to appreciate how cleverly abortion proponents took advantage of emerging “isms” and used prevailing conventional wisdoms as powerful battering rams against state abortion laws. They also exploited a genuine desire to help the poor to win an unfettered, unrestricted, and unlimited right to take the lives of unborn children.

Abortion was the Swiss Army knife of the 60s and 70s, a “tool” with so many features it could be appropriate in any setting. Child abuse? “Every child a wanted child,” and, presto, battered children would be a thing of the past. In fact, child abuse numbers have gone through the roof – – exactly as pro-lifers knew (and predicted) they would.

And if the poor had the same “right” to take the lives of their children as the “rich,” well, that not only represents democracy in action but establishes the route out of poverty. So abortion was turned from a “moral question into a pocketbook issue,” as one keen pro-life observer explained.

From the early 60s until today, pro-abortionists have never tired of working to find ways to have the government pay for the abortions of the poor. That is why the hate the Hyde Amendment with such passion. The poor, attitudinally, have always been among the segments of society most against abortion, which is why the Planned Parenthoods of this world have to work overtime to persuade them to go against their instincts.

Set this against a backdrop of a powerful Women’s Liberation Movement – – dyed-in-the-wool pro-abortionists – – and the near-hysteria over the “Population Bomb” – – which said worldwide starvation was imminent. What was the message? That the “solution” to very serious individual and global dilemmas conveniently dovetailed in unlimited access to abortion.

Roe represented the triumph of packaging and managed hysteria over reasoned discourse and a hundred-year-long history of largely protective state abortion laws.

Prof. George McKenna has observed that Roe can be seen as a kind of reverse 13th Amendment. Where one abolished slavery, the other turned the unborn child into a helpless “non-person” whose life could be taken at will.

Spurred by the inhumanity of abortion and its grotesque violation of core civil and religious principles, a great grassroots movement began to arise. From very humble beginnings, the pro-life Movement grows stronger every year, in spite of very humble resources, very few staff, and the intense hostility of most power brokers.

But if that Movement had not stuck it out through those very lean early years – – the decade of the 1970s in particular – – who would have been there to fight infanticide and euthanasia and assisted suicide and fetal tissue harvesting and stem cell research that would require scavenging human embryos and cloning and UN Commission-sponsored attempts to make abortion an internationally recognized “right”–and a host of other ugly assaults on the unborn and the medically dependent?

“Two Different Americas”

[The late] Robin Toner was a veteran New York Times reporter. After covering many pro-life and “pro-choice” rallies, she once wrote that they bring together “two different Americas, two different cultures.”

A dramatic illustration of this is the vocabulary each uses. “Pro-choice” rallies, Toner observes, are dominated by the language of “rights and laws,” while pro-lifers, being who they are, speak of “rights and wrongs.” That is very, very perceptive on Toner’s part.

Pro-lifers never say facing a crisis pregnancy is easy, or minimize the character it often requires to give that baby life. What we do say is that it is flat-out wrong to take that child’s life and that we will help you find the resources to carry the pregnancy to term.

There must be a buffer zone around that child that no one can trespass. That is essential not only for the child’s safety, but for all of us.

We’ve spent 30 years plus arguing the slippery slope. We would love to have been proven wrong, but, unhappily, we’ve been proven right over and over and over again.

And it’s not only that the logic unleashed in Roe has ensnared a wider and wider circle of victims – – from the unborn to the injured newborn to the medically dependent elderly. Impossible as it might seem, the unborn are the victims of a second round of vicious dehumanization.

The unborn child, worth nothing alive in the womb, is suddenly worth a gold mine dead. Harvest her brain tissue and cure Parkinson’s. Well, that never worked, as we explained patiently for 15 years in NRL News.

Well, then, scavenge her body for embryonic stem cells. Never mind that this hasn’t worked. Never mind that non-embryonic sources are already panning out. In fact, take the horror one step further: clone embryos whom you will kill for even “better” stem cells. This is the mentality you fight day in and day out.

I would like to end this special 30th anniversary of Roe commemorative edition editorial with a quote from pro-life Rabbi Marc Gellman. Rabbi Gellman wrote in the May 1996 edition of “First Things” about the “righteous gentiles” – – those men and women who put their lives on the line to hide Jews from the Nazis.

I understand, of course, that America in 2003 is not Nazi Germany; we are a great and noble nation with the human capacity to take a horrendously wrong turn, as we have on abortion. And I fully appreciate that while circumstances can be unpleasant for pro-lifers, we don’t risk life and limb to stand up for the unborn.

Nonetheless, what Rabbi Gellman wrote in reviewing a fascinating book captures the essence of why pro-lifers do what they do.

In “The Altruistic Personality,” their book about Christians who saved Jews during the Holocaust, Samuel and Pearl Oliner asked what distinguished the rescuers from the majority who did nothing, or were complicit. Their conclusion was that they were not distinguished by educational level or by political views or even by attitudes towards Jews. They were, however, different in two critical respects: they were strongly connected to communities that had straightforward and unsophisticated understandings of right and wrong, and they had a powerful sense of moral agency and shame.

They said over and over again in interviews that they could not have lived with themselves–and many said they could not have answered before God– if they had not done what they had done.

The righteous gentiles of the Holocaust came from communities and families that had prepared the way for their courage by teaching them how to feel shame and therefore virtue and courage.

You do what you do because you must. Because it’s right and because you know someday you will be called to give an account for what you did on behalf of “the least of these.”

And you will do so courageously, I am absolutely convinced, until the day the “all-clear” sign flashes for all the littlest Americans. Bravo! to you all.

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An historic moment: to have the survivor of a failed abortion in the West Wing of the White House

By Melissa Ohden

Editor’s note. Melissa Ohden joined a number of other pro-lifers at the White House on Thursday. As our NRL News Today readers know, Melissa survived a 1977 saline infusion abortion. She posted the following on Facebook.

Abortion survivor Melissa Ohden met with pro-life President Trump at the White House on Thursday

On behalf of the 269 survivors that I’ve connected with through my work, I just want to thank you for all you do for life.”

These are the words that I spoke to President Trump as I shook his hand in the Oval Office on February 14th, 2019, as seen in this photo.

Although our time with President Trump was limited, I had the great opportunity to share with him that I survived a late-term abortion, and then sit in on his phone call to pro-life and faith leaders from across the nation.

If you were part of that call, you know that President Trump voiced his ongoing commitment to life, condemned the legislation being passed across the nation that’s aggressively anti-life, and he also denounced Virginia Governor Northam’s comments on infanticide.

I can tell you that in our private time with him, he was warm, so very funny, genuine, and yes, fired up about a few things, including the protection of life.

It was a historical moment, to have the survivor of a failed abortion in the West Wing, and although I wish other survivors could have been there with me, I can honestly tell you I thought of them throughout my time there, and I have the utmost hope that this is just the first step in having survivors acknowledged, included, and supported by the Trump administration and maybe even our greater culture.

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West Virginia pro-life leaders Morrisey, Warner and Carmichael to address pro-life rally crowd

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

Supporters of West Virginians for Life (WVFL) will gather at the Capitol on Monday, February 18, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for annual Pro-Life Rally Day with the main event, a rally, at noon outdoors on the north steps (bell side) of the Capitol.

West Virginians for Life is pleased to announce that Senate President Mitch Carmichael will address the crowd as well as Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Secretary of State Mac Warner. National Right to Life Political Director Karen Cross will speak as well as WVFL President Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner

Pro-life legislators will be introduced and petitions presented during the rally. Additionally, the winners of the Teen Essay Contest will read their winning entries. Other highlights include special music from singers Jim Anderton and Frank Tettenburn, plus the annual Prayer Processional with walkers carrying crosses.

West Virginians for Life is working to pass SB 307/HB 2493, the Non-Discrimination in Involuntary Denial of Treatment Act. The lead sponsors are Senator Greg Boso and Delegate Ruth Rowan, respectively. This bill will prevent the denial of food and fluids due to discriminatory criteria, such as disability, medical condition, or age.

West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael

“The Non-Discrimination in Involuntary Denial of Treatment Act will ensure that treatment, nutrition and hydration that could preserve a patient’s life cannot be denied because of discriminatory beliefs, such as the ‘quality of life’ being too poor,” said Dr. Franz.

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Wisconsin Right to Life is Ready to Work with Legislators to Protect Life

“With the recent events surrounding the abortion issue in Virginia and New York, it has become clear what the endgame is for abortion advocates who support killing our unborn babies: Abortion through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason and, should the baby be born alive after a failed abortion, infanticide,” shared Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director, Heather Weininger.

Weininger noted that Wisconsin Right to Life has worked for years to protect the most vulnerable. “Wisconsin is only one election away from becoming New York, where the unborn, babies born alive after failed abortions, and their mothers literally have no protection,” she said.

“During the efforts to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Sonya’s Law, and many other protective, pro-life laws, Wisconsin Right to Life worked with both Wisconsin State Senate and Wisconsin State Assembly members to ensure unborn children and their mothers were protected. During that time, we had a pro-life governor who signed this legislation into law. We no longer have a governor who will protect the lives of the unborn. Our children are at risk.

“Wisconsin Right to Life will continue to work with our pro-life leaders in Wisconsin’s Senate and Assembly to ensure all innocent lives are protected in Wisconsin. We know that those who want to expand the abortion industry and, in turn, their profits will stop at nothing to get what they want.

“We must do all we can to stand for life at every age, from conception until natural death.”

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NRLC Honors Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson, the first African-American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, and NRLC President from 1975-1978

“I am at once a physician, a citizen, and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged, and the planned have the right to live.” — Dr. Mildred Jefferson

Dr. Mildred Jefferson
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February is Black History Month. In that spirit National Right to Life especially honors the African-American pioneers of the pro-life movement such Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson, the first African-American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, who served as NRLC president from 1975-1978.

Dr. Jefferson died October 15, 2010, at age 84. The video tribute linked to below was shown at the 41st Annual National Right to Life Convention June 23, 2011, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Please set aside a few minutes to watch this powerful presentation, brilliantly and lovingly put together by Derrick Jones, NRL’s Director of Communication. You have to hear Dr. Jefferson in her own voice to appreciate why she was a powerful orator and debater.

Here is the memorable final paragraph from the letter Dr. Jefferson wrote for the 1977 NRLC Convention book:

“We are speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves; defending those who cannot defend themselves and fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves. We will win the battle for life because we must. But when we win, that victory will not be for ourselves—but for America, the world, and all mankind.”

The video can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB3o-QazcNg

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Pro-life Virginians Make Their Voices Heard in Richmond at “Commonwealth Rally for Life”

By Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL)

Approximately 1,000 people made the long trip to Richmond, the state capital, to share their outrage today that Democratic leaders in the Commonwealth have shown their true intentions– to pass radical and extremist pro-abortion bills that would wipe out any and all protective pro-life laws from Virginia.

The “Commonwealth Rally for Life” was a resounding success.

The rally was triggered by the exposure of those goals, beginning when recorded testimony about Del. Kathy Tran’s bill in the House went viral. Tran acknowledged that her “Repeal Bill” would legalize abortion “all the way up to 40 weeks.” On a subsequent radio program, Gov. Ralph Northam calmly discussed killing a baby who had survived an abortion performed (as Del, Tran acknowledged) as late as when the mother is “dilating.”

Organizers used social media to connect to Virginians of every region and background, faith, and politics. The common thread was the rejection of the radical agenda of pro-abortion Democrats and the support of pro-life Republicans who stepped up to defeat all of the pro-abortion bills this session.

Speakers included leaders of various groups, such as the Virginia Society for Human Life, religious leaders, and members of both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates. VSHL President, Olivia Gans Turner, reminded the crowd that we are the people of Virginia and we are the voice of the voiceless unborn who must be protected under the law.

“The whole nation, and even the President, are talking about Virginia and New York,” she said. “The eyes of America are on us now. We must stand up and speak for those who are always forgotten in these debates–unborn children.

“The outcry we are hearing now points clearly to the disgust that most Virginians and Americans have toward these attempts to strip America of every hard-won pro-life protective law, and push forward a radical pro-abortion culture,” she added.

Gans Turner called on the members of the General Assembly to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and other bills to prevent abortions late in pregnancy.

Gans Turner was among several speakers who shared their own abortion experiences. They all spoke to the fact that abortion never solves the problems of a complex pregnancy situation. Others shared stories of life-affirming alternatives such as adoption and the pregnancy help that pro-lifers provided at a time of great need.

State Sen. William Stanley shared the poignant story of his own daughter Grace’s brief life. After a poor prenatal diagnosis, the Stanleys were told to abort their daughter.

They refused. Grace was born and was a fighter.

She lived for three days but was a blessing to her parents.

In light of the abortion-on-demand proposals coming from state Democrats, the future of the General Assembly and Executive Offices was a key focus. Virginia has critical elections this coming November. Pro-life Republicans control the Senate and the House of Delegates by a single vote.

Pro-lifers must take back solid control this November.

“Pro-abortion Virginia Democrats believe they are within striking distance of their goal,” Gans Turner urged the Rally goers to remember. “ They think that the people of Virginia will be persuaded to support their agenda to become another New York with no pro-life laws on the books! We must prove them wrong in November!”

In spite of many new very public distractions, the rally attendees left committed to making sure that no one in Virginia will be allowed to forget what was attempted this session.

The real issue in the Commonwealth is abortion on demand.

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Why Are You Pro-Life?” Part Four

By Dave Andrusko

We’ve gotten such helpful responses that it only makes sense to continue posting answers to the question posed on NRLC’s Facebook page, “Why are you Pro-Life”? I’m using “A” for those people who responded by using their tweeter handles.

Ashlee: Reason #1. I have held my newborn in my arms as she passed away. I was 17. I would do anything to have her here with me. #2 I have been blessed to have three more babies since we lost our first. Every baby truly is a miracle.

Emily: Because how much a person is wanted should not be the determining factor as to whether they are born or aborted. Life is our first, most basic, right.

Rebecca: Because of common sense. Heartbeat and brain function=life.

A: Because all life matters, with the same value. God made each person with a purpose for their life. He knew you before He knit you in your mother’s womb.

Tim: Because taking an innocent life is wrong period.

Lynn: Because I believe that Life is the most precious gift from the moment we’re born and everyone deserves to have that gift

Vicky: I do believe that life begins at conception, and everyone of us deserves to have a birthday

A: I am prolife because i cannot devalue life no matter how it is created or when it is given.

Kathy: Do not kill

Lynn: Because I believe that Life is the most precious gift from the moment we’re born and everyone deserves to have that gift

A: Because murder is wrong. And a civilized society should be protecting innocent life, especially that of children.

Yvonne: Abortion stops a beating heart

Catherine: Because God commands it.

A: Because I don’t believe In killing other people.. I don’t get to decide who is allowed to live and who isn’t. Life is a miracle and a blessing. No matter the circumstances…

Gail: Life begins at conception. PERIOD

A: Because I have a working brain

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Why Are You Pro-Life?” Part Four

By Dave Andrusko

We’ve gotten such helpful responses that it only makes sense to continue posting answers to the question posed on NRLC’s Facebook page, “Why are you Pro-Life”? I’m using “A” for those people who responded by using their tweeter handles.

Ashlee: Reason #1. I have held my newborn in my arms as she passed away. I was 17. I would do anything to have her here with me. #2 I have been blessed to have three more babies since we lost our first. Every baby truly is a miracle.

Emily: Because how much a person is wanted should not be the determining factor as to whether they are born or aborted. Life is our first, most basic, right.

Rebecca: Because of common sense. Heartbeat and brain function=life.

A: Because all life matters, with the same value. God made each person with a purpose for their life. He knew you before He knit you in your mother’s womb.

Tim: Because taking an innocent life is wrong period.

Lynn: Because I believe that Life is the most precious gift from the moment we’re born and everyone deserves to have that gift

Vicky: I do believe that life begins at conception, and everyone of us deserves to have a birthday

A: I am prolife because i cannot devalue life no matter how it is created or when it is given.

Kathy: Do not kill

Lynn: Because I believe that Life is the most precious gift from the moment we’re born and everyone deserves to have that gift

A: Because murder is wrong. And a civilized society should be protecting innocent life, especially that of children.

Yvonne: Abortion stops a beating heart

Catherine: Because God commands it.

A: Because I don’t believe In killing other people.. I don’t get to decide who is allowed to live and who isn’t. Life is a miracle and a blessing. No matter the circumstances…

Gail: Life begins at conception. PERIOD

A: Because I have a working brain

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