JULY 8, 1998
|Representative Ralph Hall (D-Tx.) receives the Outstanding Leadership Award presented by NRLC President Wanda Franz, Ph.D., (center) and Department of Medical Ethics Senior Congressional Liaison Lori Hougens. Representative Hall wasrecognized for his leadership in sponsoring the Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act enacted in 1997, as well as his perfectpro-life voting record and consistent voice in Congress advocating for the lives of the most vulnerable. Photo by Dave Andrusko|
Rep. Tom Coburn (R-Ok.)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl.)
By NRLC Federal Legislative Office Staff
WASHINGTON (July 6) - - The U.S. House of Representatives is about to
enter an unusually intense period of activity on major pro-life issues,
with several key votes scheduled before the end of July. The Senate also
may vote on some important right-to-life issues during July.
Most members of both houses will then depart Washington to spend most of August and early September back in their home districts, preparing for the fast-approaching November 3 congressional elections.
Rep. Charles Canady (R-Fl.)
By Burke J. Balch, Director,
NRLC Dept't of Medical Ethics
On Tuesday, July 13, 1998, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, chaired by Representative Charles T. Canady (R-Fl.), will hold hearings on the Lethal Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 1998, H.R. 4006. The bill, sponsored by Henry Hyde (R-Il.) and James Oberstar (D-Mn.), would prevent the use of federally controlled narcotics and other dangerous drugs to assist suicide. Subcommittee and then full committee action in both the House Commerce and Judiciary Committees is expected to follow promptly, and there may be a vote on the House floor in late July or the first week of August.
From the President
Wanda Franz, Ph.D.
We are now at a critical phase of the struggle.... [You must] communicate rapidly with members of Congress to ask their support for the Nickles-Hyde Lethal Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 1998. What would the pro-life movement have given [for] the realistic opportunity, in the 1970s, to stop abortion's legalization just as it was getting started? How many millions of lives might we have saved?
We now have the briefly available prospect of stopping euthanasia in the United States before it becomes entrenched....
What will history say of this generation of pro-life Americans if we fail to do all we can, in the next crucial weeks and months, to avert so grave and irremediable a tragedy?
--Dr. David O'Steen, executive director of NRLC, quoted in NRL News, June 9, 1998