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Vol. 32, No. 9

Pro-Lifers Intently Watching Confirmation Hearings
Dave Andrusko

As NRL News went to press, we were only days away from the start of confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge John Roberts to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who is retiring after 24 years on the Supreme Court. Although the rhetorical temperature has been relatively mild, compared to the scalding attacks by pro-abortionists on Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas, it remained an open question whether the language of opponents of the 50-year-old Roberts would assume a white-hot ferocity as the Senate Judiciary Committee conducts its deliberations.

Judge John Roberts

Going into the hearings, which began September 6, the clearest example of a baseless, inflammatory attack was the now-infamous ad aired by NARAL and pulled after only a few days. In a McCarthy-esque guilt-by-association assault, NARAL took Roberts’ legal arguments made in the 1991 Supreme Court Bray v. Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic case and spliced them together with a picture of an abortion clinic vandalized nearly seven years later (in a different state) to suggest that Roberts was soft on abortion clinic bombers.

The ad’s narrator intoned ominously, ‘‘Supreme Court nominee John Roberts filed court briefs supporting violent fringe groups and a convicted clinic bomber.” The ad concluded that Roberts must be opposed because ‘‘America can’t afford a justice whose ideology leads him to excuse violence against other Americans.”

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Political Director Carol Tobias Retires,
Lauded for Her Contributions to Pro-Life Movement

Dave Andrusko

Carol Tobias and Karen Cross

National Right to Life is losing an invaluable employee and a dear colleague. Political Director Carol Tobias and her husband, Damon, are retiring and will move to New Mexico. Mrs. Tobias has been Political Director since 1991.

That’s the sad news. The good news is that NRL is blessed that a superbly competent woman has agree to move to the Washington, DC area to become the new Political Director.

Karen Cross is the executive director of West Virginians for Life. She also serves on the board of National Right to Life and on the board of American Victims of Abortion.

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Vol. 32, No. 7



From the President

Wanda Franz, Ph.D.


On January 22, 1973, I was manning a pro-life information table in the student union building of West Virginia University. On my way to the student union building, I had heard on the car radio that the U.S. Supreme Court had issued its Roe v. Wade decision; but it wasn’t yet clear to me what the ruling meant. As I sat at the information table, a young woman waltzed by, telling me in so many words, “You can go home now. The Supreme Court just made abortion legal.” But I never went “home” to leave the battle for others to fight.

Actually, it could have been tempting to throw up my hands and go on to other things. The right-to-life movement in West Virginia was weak, and the dominant Democrats considered pro-lifers an ineffectual nuisance. Whenever we thought we were making headway with a pro-life bill, some pro-abortion committee chairman or AFL-CIO lobbyist would put a quick end to our efforts.

Today, 32 years later, the situation has changed dramatically—in contrast to the attitudes of the national Democratic Party leadership: The Democratic governor is pro-life. The Democratic senate president is pro-life. The Democratic speaker of the House of Delegates is pro-life. The W. Va. Senate and the House of Delegates have solid (bipartisan) pro-life majorities. The two Democratic congressmen reliably vote pro-life (the third, a Republican, declared herself to be “pro-choice” but often votes pro-life). Politicians of both parties eagerly seek the endorsement of West Virginians for Life PAC. And pro-life President George W. Bush won West Virginia in both 2000 and 2004.

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