Tough Battles Ahead on
Part One of Four
By Dave Andrusko
Good evening and thanks
for being part of the discussion.
Part Two is encouraging news out of England--their high
court said "no!" to a pro-abortion short-cut.
Part Three is a delightful
story about a new mobile ultrasound machine.
Part Four borrows from the
insights of George Will's latest Newsweek column. Over at
National Right to Life News Today (www.nationalrighttolifenews.org),
we provide you with a dazzlingly insightful piece written by
NRLC State Legislation Director Mary Spaulding Balch. Please
read and share with every pro-lifer you know. We also celebrate
a very successful pro-life banquet in Kansas and lament the
latest effort by the abortion establishment in England. Finally,
perhaps t he most grim excerpt of all from the Grand Jury that
investigated Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. To do the
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National Right to
Life Federal Legislative Director
It's been a busy
day--incredibly so--for the Federal Legislation
Department of National Right to Life, but that's nothing
new. A small staff they have taken on the giants of the
Abortion Establishment for decades, winning battles that
on the surface they had no chance at prevailing.
Last week, initial steps
were taken on several fronts. On Friday the House Health
Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee approved the
Protect Life Act on a 14-9 vote along party lines.
NRLC Federal Legislative
Director Douglas Johnson testified before the subcommittee (www.nrlc.org/AHC/ProtectLifeActDouglasJohnsonTestimony.pdf).
The Act will accomplish many times, but in summary form H.R. 358
will "correct the new abortion-expanding provisions" of
ObamaCare and protect the conscience rights of pro-life
health-care workers and institutions. (For more about Mr.
Johnson's testimony to a House subcommittee, go to
After the subcommittee
vote Rep. Joe Pitts (R.-Pa.), chairman of the Health
Subcommittee and sponsor of the bill, said he was pleased the
panel "gave voice to the American people."
"According to various
surveys, 60 to 70 percent of Americans oppose federal funding of
abortion services," Pitts said.
Tomorrow the full Energy
and Commerce Committee takes up H.R. 358 and we can rest assured
that pro-abortionists on the committee will paint the measure as
"extremist" and offer any number of amendments intended to
scuttle the law.
Likewise, last Tuesday,
testimony was taken on the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion
Act" (H.R. 3). Richard Doerflinger, the Associate Director of
the USCCB's Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, explained that
"H.R. 3 will write into permanent law a policy on which there
has been strong popular and congressional agreement for over 35
years: The federal government should not use tax dollars to
support or promote elective abortion."
H.R. 3 would replace the
patchwork of abortion-related limitations that have been applied
to various federal programs over the past 35 years and more
(such as the Hyde Amendment) with a permanent, government-wide
prohibition on federal subsidies for abortion and for health
plans that cover abortion (with narrow exceptions).
In addition, there will be
key battles to be fought over the Continuing Resolution to fund
the federal government for the last seven months of the fiscal