7th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Bans
on Partial-Birth Abortion
Frank Easterbrook wrote the majority opinion that upheld the Illinois
and Wisconsin laws banning partial-birth abortion. Courtesy: University of Chicago
young woman receiving help at a "Real Alternatives Project" pregnancy
help center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Federal Appeals Court Disagree
over Partial-Birth Abortions
By Dave Andrusko
Thanks to two
conflicting federal appeals court decisions, a possible Supreme Court showdown over
partial-birth abortions looms much more likely.
On October 26, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, housed in Chicago, upheld
Wisconsin's and Illinois's bans against partial- birth abortions. Barely a month before,
on September 25, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the partial-birth
abortion bans of Nebraska, Iowa, and Arkansas. (See NRL News, 10/14/99, page 4).
Pro-Life Efforts on Campaign Trail and in Senate
By NRLC Federal, Legislative Office
| Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) continues
to distance himself from pro-life movment.
Senator John McCain
of Arizona, one of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, has
continued to distance himself from the pro-life movement in recent weeks, both in the
Senate and on the campaign trail.
McCain's latest troubling actions come on the heels of the August 19 interview in which he
stated, "certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support
repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to
[undergo] illegal and dangerous operations." (See September 14 NRL News,
From the President
Wanda Franz, Ph.D.
TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE,
NOT A "STATEMENT"
Some pro-lifers dream of the
"knock-out" punch: A pro-life Congress passes a human life amendment and then...
Well, then comes the really hard part, the slow march through the state legislatures to
ratify the amendment to the Constitution. Let's be realistic, it will not be a
quick knock-out punch.
The ultimate goal of the right-to-life
movement is effective constitutional protection of all human life. Whatever the venue of
achieving this--through a constitutional amendment or a favorable Supreme Court decision
reversing Roe v. Wade or still some other way--success will come only if our effort
is relentless, tactically smart, and strategically sound.
BULK SUBSCRIPTIONS of
| NRL News's
January 22 Commemorative Issue
"2000: A New Millennium
For Life or for Death?"
Electing the new President and the new
Congress, who will set the course at the beginning of the new millennium; legislative
initiatives in Congress and the state legislatures; the future of the Supreme Court; the
latest fronts in the war against euthanasia; how we are enlarging and energizing the
grassroots; information technology and its potential to empower the pro-life movementall
this and more in one edition of the "right to life newspaper of record."
After eight years of the most pro-abortion
President in history,
Will the New President usher in an Era of life or death?
want to miss this up-to-the-minute edition. NRL News will review all the major
pro-abortion initiatives of the Clinton Administration, outline the position on abortion
of all the major GOP presidential candidates, and preview what together pro-lifers can do
to make 2000 a banner year for the unborn and the medically dependent.
This Crucial Edition Will Include
Such Important Stories As:
* A comparison of the Bush/Quayle
Administration and the Clinton/Gore Administration.
It really does matter who occupies the White House.
* A complete documentation of
the pro-abortion positions of Vice President Al Gore and former Senator Bill Bradley.
* The Supreme Court what's
* Tips for making your locality
and your state more pro-life.
* A review of major pro-life
congressional initiatives in 1999 and what to expect in 2000.
* Creative ways to use the web
to advance the cause of unborn children.
* Why you matter most of all to
the pro-life movement.
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