An Update on
Stopping Obama’s Abortion Agenda
By Dave Andrusko
This edition of the
“pro-life newspaper of record” is intended to provide you with an
update on our battle against “Obama’s Abortion Agenda” one year out,
and provide you with tools to help pro-lifers wage the battle
against the most pro-abortion President in our nation’s history,
aided and abetted by pro-abortion leadership in both the House and
As soon as Obama was
elected, I promised myself and Jacki Ragan, director of NRLC’s State
Organizational Development Department, that we would update you
periodically on how well our three-pronged strategy is going. It
consists of (1) finding as many pro-lifers as possible; (2) getting
them organized; and (3) welcoming them on board as members of
National Right to Life.
What follows are my
questions and Jacki’s responses:
Q: A year ago,
pro-lifers were gung-ho to fight the Obama Abortion Agenda. Has
enthusiasm died down? Stayed the same? Grown hotter?
A: Hotter than
ever, and I think that is clearly due to the health care “reform”
that is still being thrashed out in Congress. (See story, page one.)
I think we can honestly state that there has not been one lull in
the past 12 months. Grassroots pro-lifers have not lost their
passion to oppose this President and this Congress. People are
unhappy and they are making themselves heard by thought, word, and
Q: You have
your finger on the pulse of the grassroots better than anyone. From
your correspondence, what about the Obama Administration has
infuriated them most? How has that been channeled into productive
A: The total
disconnect between what Obama promises and what he is attempting to
deliver. We at NRLC knew better, but many millions thought he meant
what he said and said what he meant. But again and again he has
promised that abortion will not be covered in health care reform,
only to work to assure that it is part of the final bill. Obama has
an agenda and, unfortunately for the unborn, abortion is at the very
Q: In this issue
we talk about
www.nrlchapters.org, discuss the importance of church
bulletin inserts, provide a petition to gather names, and emphasize
the importance of pro-lifers becoming dues-paying members of NRLC.
These are tools that are more essential than ever. If you were going
to very briefly explain why grassroots pro-lifers ought to take
advantage of them, what would you say?
A: First, let
me say that National Right to Life is the nation’s largest
grassroots organization, representing all 50 states and thousands of
local communities. When we say “a grassroots organization” this
means NRLC is a bottom-up, not top-down organization. There are many
organizations that fight many important battles, but there is only
one single-issue organization devoted to stopping abortion and
euthanasia: NRLC. It is the preeminent pro-life organization, not
only in Washington, D.C., but around the country, because of the
millions of people who make up the NRLC grassroots.
Let me briefly talk
about a couple of the resources you asked about. It is the hard work
of the many volunteers who make up our local chapters that make us
so effective. Our web site,
www.nrlchapters.org, is exclusively for National Right to
Life chapters. A phenomenal resource!
The petition, found
on pages 14–15, remains one of the very best ways to locate and
motivate new pro-lifers. A petition drive is every chapter’s major
organizational tool to recruit new members. A re-energized,
mobilized, and growing chapter base will be the key to stopping
Obama’s Abortion Agenda.
bulletins is a classic example of going where you know you will find
people who are sympathetic. Churchgoing people are an
extraordinarily important component of the pro-life movement. Not
only are they generally more likely to vote, they are also typically
more actively involved in their communities. This is a vital
connection for any grassroots effort to make. (See page 10.)
Q: The most
important question of all: What else can you tell the 360,000+
readers of NRL News that will help NRLC and its 50 state affiliates
Stop Obama’s Abortion Agenda?
A: I cannot
emphasize enough the importance of visiting
every single day to stay on top of what is going on. We need your
help to grow our base. Please collect signatures and e-mails from
all pro-lifers (as sources use friends, churches, family, etc.), and
send them to me at email@example.com.
We do not abuse your
trust, and we promise you that we won’t be sending out fundraisers
every day. But it does help us keep costs down, and it does make a
difference. We take the obligation to spend your donations wisely
Set a goal for
yourself to personally find 10 NEW members of National Right to Life
for $20 each. For that amount of money they will receive National
Right to Life News and have access to up-to-the-minute information.
Contact the pro-life
churches in your area and ask them to become supporting church
members of National Right to Life. It really does make a difference.
No one is more suited for this task than you, because you are the
best pro-life ambassador for your community.
Plan now on attending
NRLC 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where you will hear the
latest information by some of the nation’s most notable speakers in
five general sessions (or more), a Prayer Breakfast, a closing
Banquet, and more than 70 workshops and Teens for Life sessions,
with child care provided. Also very important, NRLC 2010 is an
excellent place to meet new friends and renew old acquaintances.
(See page xyz.)
Q: How can
people get hold of you?
A: E-mail me
at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Luis
Zaffirini at Luis@nrlc.org, or
Jonathan Rogers at
Jonathan@nrlc.org, or Marjorie Higgins at
We truly appreciate your efforts, your excitement, and your
willingness to get the job done!