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JUNE 2006
Vol. 33, No. 6

NRLC 2006 to be Held in Nashville, Tennessee
June 22-24

Karen Cross congratulates Bill Sali for winning the Republican nomination in Idaho’s first congressional district.

EMILY's List--Don't Be Fooled
BY Karen Cross

EMILY's List. Sounds kind of nice, like, let's have a cup of tea. Don't be fooled.

EMILY's List is a political action committee which raises massive amounts of money for female Democratic candidates who support abortion on demand, including partial-birth abortion, and who want abortion subsidized with your tax dollars.

EMILY's List is currently the best-funded PAC in the country. It has already raised nearly $20 million and spent $17.5 million, as of May 2006. Its candidates can also expect to receive upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars from other groups as a result of an endorsement by EMILY's List.

On May 11, 2006, EMILY's List hosted a luncheon featuring its endorsed candidates for the United States House and Senate. This year, EMILY's List boasts more candidates than it has had in decades. At least a dozen will likely be involved in head-to-head races with our pro-life candidates in the November 7 general elections.

While the mission of EMILY's List is to elect pro-abortion Democratic women to Congress, it was clear during this recent luncheon that it is intentionally steering away from the subject of abortion. If what it said last month holds true, it will attack pro-life candidates less on the issue of abortion than on foreign policy or domestic policy issues--or any other issue. It doesn't matter--as long as it is not the issue of abortion, which is a loser for EMILY's List.

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Ramesh Ponnuru, author of
The Party of Death

The Party of Death:
The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life

By Ramesh Ponnuru
Reviewed by Dave Andrusko

For those who don't follow the daily oscillations of the abortion debate, Ramesh Ponnuru may not be a familiar name.

Those of us who do know him as the extaordinarily thoughtful pro-life senior editor of National Review.

Wise to the way of abortion politics, it came as no surprise to his admirers that barely had the ink dried on The Party of Death than his book came under an ugly online attack for various and sundry alleged defects. For those who'd actually bothered to read the book (as oppose to cribbing talking points from pro-abortionist web sites), the irony was hard to miss.

One of the book's primary strengths is its meticulous explication of how for over 33 years the public has responded not to the real Roe v. Wade decision, but to a fabrication stitched together by the Courts, much of the media and academia, and the upper echelons of the Democratic Party. Likewise, the attack on his book was less (if at all) the response of a careful reading of his thesis than it was a push-the-panic-button preemptive strike launched to bury Ponnuru's unassailable conclusion that the Democratic Party has become "the chief political vehicle for the idea that inviolability of human life is outdated."

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Vol. 33, No. 4



From the President

Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

BY Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly, I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.

If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.
     --excerpt from the Oath of  Hippocrates, 5th Century B.C.

For the first time in our tradition there was a complete separation between killing and curing. Throughout the primitive world, the doctor and the sorcerer tended to be the same person. He with the power to kill had power to cure, including specially the undoing of his own killing activities. He who had the power to cure would necessarily also be able to kill. ... [With Hippocrates] the distinction was made clear. One profession, the followers of [Hippocrates], were to be dedicated completely to life under all circumstances, regardless of rank, age or intellect--the life of a slave, the life of the Emperor, the life of a foreign man, the life of a defective child ...

[T]his is a priceless possession which we cannot afford to tarnish, but society always is attempting to make the physician into a killer--to kill the defective child at birth, to leave the sleeping pills beside the bed of the cancer patient. ... [I]t is the duty of society to protect the physician from such requests.
     --anthropologist Margaret Mead, quoted by Maurice Levine in Psychiatry and Ethics, pp. 324–325, 1972

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