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March 08
Vol. 35,  No. 3

Teens Flood State Capitol
to Support Pro-Life Statute

Wisconsin Right to Life draws 500+ to
defend their state's protective post Roe statute.

Photo credit: Barbara Stetzer

Senate Adopts NRLC-Backed Vitter Amendment, 52-42

WASHINGTON (March 4, 2008)—In an important pro-life victory, the U.S. Senate has adopted an NRLC-backed amendment that would permanently prohibit coverage of abortion in federally funded health programs for American Indians.

The win occurred on February 26, during consideration of a lengthy bill (S. 1200) to rewrite the existing laws that govern Indian health programs.  The Senate voted 52 to 42 to adopt an amendment, offered by Senator David Vitter (R-La.), which would permanently prohibit these programs from providing abortions, except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape and incest.

The Indian health legislation will next be taken up in the House of Representatives, probably during March or April.  Pro-life Congressman Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) is prepared to lead a fight to win House approval of the same pro-life provision that was adopted in the Senate.

Following the Senate vote, NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson commented, “We commend Senator Vitter for his leadership in attempting to close the door to future federal funding of abortion in federal Indian health programs.  Now we have our work cut out for us in the House of Representatives, where we expect the Democratic leadership to try hard to block enactment of this pro-life language.”

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The Emerging Face of the Right-to-Life Movement:
Wisconsin Right to Life’s Teen Leaders Testify for Life
By Joleigh Little

Every single one of them could have been lost to abortion.

That reality struck me as I watched one amazing, articulate, beautiful girl after another amazing, beautiful, articulate girl take the chair to address a state senate committee.

The bill, SB 398, is an attempt to repeal Wisconsin’s protective pro-life statute 940.04 which would immediately shelter unborn children from abortion upon the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

The girls are members of the abortion generation. They are sisters, daughters, nieces, cousins, and friends. They are members of Wisconsin Teens for Life and graduates of Wisconsin Right to Life’s summer leadership training camps.

In short, they are the face of the right-to-life movement, and they are beautiful.

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Vol. 35, No. 3


From the President

Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

It’s the Economy …

By Wanda Franz

As Democrats dream about the possibility of retaking the White House in 2008, they are also fantasizing about their first Supreme Court appointments since 1994.  But the bench of potential candidates is surprisingly thin….[M]ost of the sitting Democratic appellate judges are too old to be considered plausible Supreme Court candidates….

That leaves only one other category of potential Democratic justices:  current and former politicians….  Politicians … tend to be more pragmatic than ideological and … [can] build majorities and transform the Court in their own image [emphasis added].

[A]ny Democratic justice appointed from politics would have to be book smart as well as a ruthlessly determined politician.  All of which means that the next Democratic president may have only one obvious candidate for the first Supreme Court vacancy: Once Obama has beaten [Hillary] Clinton, or vice versa, and gone on to the White House, the winner can appoint the loser to the Supreme Court.
     -- Jeffrey Rosen, legal affairs editor of The New Republic (“Why the Dems lack Supreme Court nominees,” 2/27/2008)

Jeffrey Rosen may appear to be “dreaming” or “fantasizing,” but he is certainly serious about his suggestion.  And pro-lifers must take this scenario seriously, too.  (Most likely, Bill Clinton was not considered an “obvious candidate” by Rosen because Clinton was disbarred for several years after he had given false testimony in court and has, well, other “baggage.”)

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