APRIL 14, 1998
Senate to Vote Soon on Overseas Abortion Programs
By NRLC Federal Legislation Office
WASHINGTON (April 14) - - This is a summary of congressional action that has occurred on several major pro-life issues since the update that appeared in the last issue of NRL News ("Pro-Life Issues Brewing in Congress," March 11 edition, page 6).
By Carol Long
Again demonstrating the bi-partisan nature of the pro-life coalition, pro-life Illinois state Senator Peter Fitzgerald withstood a stiff pro-abortion challenge to win the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by pro-abortion Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun, while pro-life Rep. Glenn Poshard won the Democratic primary for governor March 17. In both primaries abortion was a highly visible and significant issue.
NRLC '98 Rapidly Approaching
Two of the all-time favorites of NRLC convention goers - - editorial cartoonists Chuck Asay and Steve Benson - - will be the featured speakers at the June 18 Thursday night general session.
From the President
Wanda Franz, Ph.D.
Thousands of children are being taken across state lines by
people other than their parents to secure secret abortions. ...[A]bortion providers are
taking out large advertisements in the Yellow Pages in cities like Harrisburg and
Scranton, Pennsylvania, trumpeting the fact that their clinics, across the Pennsylvania
state line, do not require parental consent as Pennsylvania does....
This suggestion is taken up by non-related adults who want to circumvent the law. One example made headlines recently. The case involved an 18-year-old Pennsylvania man had sex with a 12-year-old neighbor girl. The girl became pregnant. Rosa Hartford, mother of the 18-year-old, secretly took the girl to an abortion clinic in New York, a state with no parental involvement requirement. Her actions discovered, Mrs. Hartford, whose son pled guilty to two counts of statutory rape, was later convicted of interfering with the custody of a child.
The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP), a prominent proabortion legal defense organization, defended Mrs. Hartford on the grounds that she merely "assisted a woman to exercise her constitutional rights."...
For the sake of our children and our families, this must stop.
--Sen. Spencer Abraham's (R-Mi.) statement introducing the CCPA (S. 1645) on the U.S. Senate floor, February 12, 1998