Today's News & Views

Getting to Know You: 
A Survey for NRL News Readers

May 08
Vol. 35,  No. 5

Happy Mother's Day


MCCL is NRLC's Minnesota Affiliate and graciously allowed NRL News to reproduce this wonderful Mother's Day message.

Pro-Lifers Continue on the Move in State Legislatures
By Dave Andrusko

When you call Mary Spaulding Balch, you can rest assured no conversation will ever go more than five minutes without Mary ever so politely asking if she could place you on hold. And this is perfectly understandable, since this time of the year NRLC’s state legislative director is talking to states from Maine to Arizona, Alaska to Florida.

When I interviewed her in early May, I asked her to characterize how things went in the state legislatures. “A surprisingly good year,” she said. “Lots of obstacles to overcome but, all in all, we’re pretty pleased.”

Unquestionably, the single most substantive and encouraging triumph took place in Oklahoma. “Tony Lauinger, executive director of Oklahomans for Life, deserves enormous credit for turning the state in a solidly pro-life direction,” Mary told NRL News. “And he’s only just getting started.” (See story here.)

Continue article...

McCain Awaits Outcome of Obama/Clinton Battle
BY Dave Andrusko

As NRL News goes to press, pro-abortion Senator Hillary Clinton has given no public signal she intends to do anything other than continue to battle pro-abortion Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, if need be right up to the party’s August convention in Denver.

The winner, whenever it is decided, will face presumptive pro-life Re-publican presidential nominee John McCain (Az.).

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and NRLC president Dr. Wanda Franz enthusiastically greet one another at the end of the White House dinner in honor of Pope Benedict XVI.

On May 6, Clinton (NY) narrowly prevailed in Indiana by a margin of 2% while Obama (Il.) carried North Carolina with a hefty 14% advantage. Although Obama added to his advantage both among pledged delegates and popular votes cast, Clinton vowed to press on.

The following day, speaking in West Virginia, Clinton talked of “a dynamic electoral environment,” adding, “What matters is what strength you have going into the general election.”

Continue article...

Be a Part of the NRLC E-Mail List

Be a part of the National Right to Life E-mail List. We are sending out up-to-the-minute alerts that deal with pro-life legislation, breaking pro-life news, and much, much more.

This will not be a daily abortion update, but rather a way to bring crucial, time-sensitive material to our grassroots supporters.

So, don't delay and sign up today!!

of NRL News are available!!!
Click here for details

|HOME - -|

Vol. 35, No. 5


From the President

Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

Visit of Pope Benedict XVI
By Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

The National Right to Life Committee was honored with an invitation to attend the White House ceremonies welcoming His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on the first day of his visit to the United States on April 16, 2008. As President of National Right Life Committee, I attended the welcome ceremony on the White House lawn and the White House dinner in honor of the Pope that evening.

Other members of the staff and board of the National Right to Life Committee who were at the White House lawn for the welcome ceremony included the Chairman of the Board, The Honorable Geline Williams of Virginia; Margie Montgomery of Kentucky; Co-Executive Director Darla St. Martin of NRLC; and Religious Outreach Director Ernest Ohlhoff. In addition, Barbara Holt, President of North Carolina Right to Life, and Michael Ciccocioppo, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, were also able to attend.

The weather was incredibly beautiful—sunny and cool—for the Pope’s arrival at the White House. President Bush welcomed the Pope to a trumpet fanfare from the Marine Band at the south entrance to the White House. The special ceremonies included the playing of the national anthem, a 21-gun salute, Kathleen Battle singing The Lord’s Prayer, and the Marine band and choir performing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” It was stirring and up-lifting, but also very warm, as the crowd spontaneously sang “Happy Birthday” to the Pope, in addition to the formal singing of “Happy Birthday” at the end of the ceremony, led by Kathleen Battle.

Read Dr. Franz's Entire Column

NRL News 2007 Subject Index

NRL News Archive

January 2008

February 2008
March 2008
April 2008
May 2008

January 2007

February 2007

March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007

July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
October 2007

December 2007

January 2006

February 2006
March 2006

April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006

December 2006

January 2005

February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005

January 2004
February 2004
March 2004
April 2004
May 2004
une 2004
July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004

December 2004

January 2003
February 2003
March 2003
April 2003
May 2003
June 2003
July 2003
August 2003
September 2003
October 2003
November 2003
December 2003

January 2002
February 2002
March 2002
April 2002

May 2002

June 2002
July 2002
August 2002
September 2002
October 2002
November 2002
December 2002

January 2001
February 2001
March 2001
April 2001
May 2001
June 2001
July 2001
August 2001
September 2001
October 2001
November 2001
December 2001

January 2000
February 2000
March 2000
April 2000
May 2000
June 2000
July 2000
August 2000
September 2000
October 2000
December 2000

January 22, 1999
February 19, 1999
March 15, 1999
April 8, 1999
May 11, 1999
June 10, 1999
July 6, 1999
August 10, 1999
September 14, 1999
October 12, 1999
November 1999
December 1999

January 1998
February 11, 1998
March 11, 1998
April 14, 1998
May 7, 1998
July 8, 1998
June 9, 1998
August 12, 1998
September 28, 1998
October 12, 1998
November 17, 1998
December 10, 1998

December 9, 1997

Subscribe Today to NRL News