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APRIL 2006
Vol. 33, No. 4

Robert and Mary Schindler, the parents of Terri Schindler Schiavo, look down at her photo during the launch of the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation on Capitol Hill in Washington March 30. Last year Terri died after being deprived of food and fluids for nearly two weeks. The Schindlers say the foundation is dedicated to ensuring the rights of the disabled, elderly and vulnerable citizens against care rationing, euthanasia and medical killing.

Killing Babies, Compassionately
The Netherlands follows in Germany’s footsteps.

By Wesley J. Smith

At last a high government official in Europe got up the nerve to chastise the Dutch government for preparing to legalize infant euthanasia. Italy’s Parliamentary Affairs minister, Carlo Giovanardi, said during a radio debate: “Nazi legislation and Hitler’s ideas are reemerging in Europe via Dutch euthanasia laws and the debate on how to kill ill children.”

Unsurprisingly, the Dutch, ever prickly about international criticism of their peculiar institution, were outraged. Giovanardi’s critique cut so deeply that even Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende felt the need to respond, sniffing, “This [Giovanardi’s assertion] is scandalous and unacceptable. This is not the way to get along in Europe.”

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Black Americans for Life Speaks at Gathering of Religious Leaders
By Lara Bode

Black Americans for Life recently participated in a two-day Pastors for Life conference coordinated by Greene Hollowell and hosted by the Mt. Gilead Full Gospel Church of Richmond, Virginia, which drew over 400 people. About half the attendees were African-Americans. The conference equipped pastors to educate and to lead their congregations to stand strong against abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and assisted suicide.

The Honorable Geline Williams, NRLC's chairman of the board and the Virginia director to NRLC, served on the planning committee for the Pastors for Life conference. "It was a marvelous program, bringing together a variety of people from different denominations and races, to join together in support of protecting human life," Mrs. Williams said.

Day Gardner, national director of Black Americans for Life, was one of the event's featured speakers. "Too many Black ministers close their eyes to the deaths of Black children by abortion," Ms. Gardner said. She urged pastors to talk openly about the devastation of abortion and to reach out to care for post-abortive women.

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Vol. 33, No. 4



From the President

Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

By Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

In recent months, the pro-abortion lobby and its fellow travelers in the media have sounded loud alarms about abortion rights in the United States. Let's not "turn back to the days of unsafe illegal abortions," they say. And "women will die again" if Roe v. Wade were overturned, they darkly warn. "In just six years … American women's rights moved perilously close to those in much less-developed nations," writes Bonnie Erbe, a PBS TV host and columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service (3/13/2006). Or take this statement from the Philadelphia Daily News (3/22/2006): "So please don't say that those who want to preserve Roe favor unlimited abortion. It just isn't true." Did the editorialist cite any legal limits actually prohibiting the right to have an abortion? No, and he or she couldn't.

Combine the legal weakness of the Supreme Court's abortion decisions with a sense that the Court may be changing its approach to abortion rights, add the realization that the public is not pro-abortion, and it becomes clear why the pro-abortionists are more alarmed than ever.

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