Skip to comments.The Rebirth of the Pro-Life Movement
Posted on 11/13/2008 9:46:23 AM PST by EternalVigilance
Its time for new leadership in the pro-life movement and, thankfully, that leadership is now beginning to rise up all across America. This is happening under the banner of the Personhood Movement, which recognizes the personhood of all unborn children and the fact that they are therefore protected by the provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment.
For more than three decades, the existing leadership of the pro-life movement has pursued a strategy of regulating abortion rather than ending it. Instead of insisting on our nations most important founding principle of the protection of the unalienable God-given right to life for all, by forgetting this timeless principle upon which our liberty is premised, they have thereby ceded the moral, political, and legal battle to the enablers of the abortion industry.
This failed strategy is now putting our posterity further into dangers path. President-elect Obama has promised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which will, in effect, nullify any incremental pro-life law or regulation that has been passed over the last 35 years. While National Right to Life and their compromised allies will never acknowledge it, this would leave these conventional pro-life organizations no alternative but to embrace Human Life Amendments. Unfortunately, NRLC has consistently worked to undermine these efforts in every state where one has been introduced.
Right to Life of Michigan is one of the largest and most highly esteemed conventional pro-life organizations in the nation. And yet, they opposed Michigans Human Life Amendment in 2006. From the Grand Rapids Press, March, 2006:
Rather than try to directly ban abortion, Right to Life of Michigan wants to put its resources into electing a U.S. senator and governor who oppose abortion, said Paul Miller, chairman of the group's PAC.
Predictably, since then, they have lost all of it: the Human Life Amendment, one race for Governor and two for the U.S. Senate. In fact, one of these U.S. Senate candidates lost his RLM pro-life endorsement precisely because he supported the Human Life Amendment petition drive.
Lets fast forward to today. In Michigan, RLM prides itself on being an 800-pound political gorilla. How did this political powerhouse fare in the 2008 election? Lets take a look:
1. They lost 17 State Representative seats.
2. They lost 12 Circuit or District Court judges.
3. They lost one position on the Wayne State Board of Regents.
4. They lost the University of Michigan Board of Regents.
5. They lost one position on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.
6. They lost one position on the State Board of Education.
7. They lost an incumbent Michigan State Supreme Court Justice.
8. They lost two incumbent U.S. Congressmen.
9. They lost the U.S. Senate race.
10. They lost the presidential race.
11. They lost the fight against Proposal 2, which legalizes and funds embryonic stem cell research.
These so-called leaders have now proven, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that their supposed pragmatism is really nothing more than unprincipled shortsightedness. Their total ineffectiveness, their complete irrelevance to anything real, is now apparent to all.
Proposal 2 passed because of these peoples lack of conviction and focus on the true crime of embryonic stem cell research: it kills human beings, persons who have just as much right to live as anybody else. A mountain of money was used, not to make the case for preserving the integrity of Americas most precious principles, but instead focused entirely on money issues. The true stakes were obscured by their trivialization of the most important moral issue of our time.
Had they shown a human face, represented by the thousands of living snowflake babies, those children who had formerly been frozen embryos but who were adopted out and given life, as a comparison with the sterile medical term, stem cell research, the results would have likely been far different. This doesnt even take into account the huge amount of money that RLM, through its political arms, spent trying to elect a man who ran ads in the recent election promising to spend millions more of the taxpayers dollars on life-destroying embryonic stem cell research: Senator John McCain.
The extent to which Right to Life of Michigan is willing to play all political sides was best conveyed by the Michigan State Senate Leader, Mike Bishop (R) when, in 2004, he and his pro-abortion Democrat opponent received a co-endorsement from RLM.
For me, the issue of life is a core conviction not subject to the whims of political expediency. I stand by my votes for life and with those who supported me, but I cannot stand up for an organization, which through a co-endorsement, makes a mockery of the principles and ideals upon which the organization was founded. If a candidate with a 92% approval rating from Planned Parenthood is as worthy of endorsement as the candidate with a 100% pro-life voting record, then something is fundamentally flawed in the way that organization chooses their endorsements. Then again maybe it is a wake-up call for the grassroots supporters to reevaluate who their leaders are.
But there is a new day dawning. We have been inspired this year by the courageous efforts of those in Colorado who worked tirelessly to put their Personhood Amendment, which recognizes the unalienable right to life of all from the moment of fertilization, on the ballot. Their efforts resulted in the gathering of more than twice as many petition signatures as required to do so. While the effort did not succeed at the ballot box this time, there is new momentum all over the nation to introduce and pass Personhood and Human Life Amendments. One of the brand new organizations founded to help in these efforts, Personhood USA, cites 16 states that already have initiatives underway.
So all is not lost. New leadership brings with it new hope. Those of us who believe that the right to life is unalienable shall continue to pursue the protection of unborn children through the ratification of Personhood Amendments, state by state. For the sake of our babies, let us hope and pray that the compromised leaders of the past come to their senses and begin to do what is right. Regardless of whether they do or not, we are going forward, with or without them.
Judy Zabik is spokesperson for Flint Area Right to Life and Black Americans for Life (http://www.FlintRTL.com) in Flint, Michigan, Board member of Genesee County Republican Party, Treasurer for Alan Keyes for President (http://www.alankeyes.com), and Treasurer for Americas Independent Party National Committee (http://www.aipnews.com).
McCain and Palin were both against creation of new embryos for any research, stem cell or otherwise. They supported the Bush agenda for allowing embryonic stem cell research on the embryos that were already destroyed at the time of his executive order.
Her name was on it.
And, like McCain, she takes the Stephen A. Douglas Democrat position that claims that states’ rights trumps the unalienable right to life.
Q: Would you expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research?
A: I believe that we need to fund this. This is a tough issue for those of us in the pro-life community. I would remind you that these stem cells are either going to be discarded or perpetually frozen. We need to do what we can to relieve human suffering. It’s a tough issue. I support federal funding.
Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC May 3, 2007
Take away all sense of hopelessness wrought by the election results, for we know that there is always a way and always a reason for hope in You. Redirect us to the course You want us to follow, that we as a nation may come together to defend Your most innocent; to acknowledge You as our Creator; and above all, to honor You. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
don’t mess with Sarah
The Congress has appropriated and directed payment of annual subsidies of hundreds of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood for many years, apparently on the (unwarranted) premise that PPI performs valuable public service in “family planning.” It was not done at on the initiative or the request of President Bush, neither in his administration nor in all those preceding admnistrations. Granted, Bush could have sequestered those designated funds, but rarely does a president use that tactic.
YOU PRO-ABORTS WILL FIND IT GRATIFYING.
Time to stop sugar-coating this subject. This shot was taken by a pro-life activist behind an abortuary. But those arent human babies. The One has told us so.
Everyone, and I mean every one, knows that Planned Parenthood is an abortion provider. There aren’t any good natured Congressmen out there who are saying, “Gosh, I didn’t know PPI was an abortion provider who moonlights as a political agitator.”
The Republicans in Congress and President Bush in particular are to blame for our current troubles. Imagine, Planned Parenthood getting money from the government.
Can we get organized already? Our rights are going to disappear and abortion mills will receive government funding in addition to the customer’s paying for the service.
How did we lose so badly?
Until Pro-Lifers figure out they can’t protect the unborn and pregnant women simultaneously, nothing is going to change except the faces.
Oh dear Lord, forgive us! Those babies are human beings and they have been thrown in the trash-—not even to receive a proper burial! We do not dare to even treat ANIMALS this way!!! Should not EVERY AMERICÅN BE REVILED and ANGERED by this? It is an ABSOLUTE ATROCITY!!! AND YES, I AM YELLING!!!
I'm simply stating her policy positions, words and record that aren't conservative.
Sugar-coating the lousy positions and faulty understanding of Republican politicians is part of what has gotten the country to where it is.
As it should be.
How many billion times are Pro-Lifers going to pray prayers just like that one before they figure out the answer is "No."
Right. And what would you propose the penalty be for those who choose this?
By trying to be both paternalistic AND egalitarian...the two are mutually exclusive.
The other side's been able to hold us at stalemate for a very long period of time. Yes, we've been able to whittle at the edges, a few states have parental notification provisions and such, but the basic fact remains: For over thirty-five years now, 99% of abortions have been essentially unimpeded by legal restrictions.
That means we have an entire generation that has grown up with that set of circumstances being a "norm". They have been prevented from making the connection between their fates and that of the unborn siblings that died in the womb. It's human nature to look at someone else's unfortunate situation, and rationalize why that happened to them, and not to you.
I don’t propose, nor do I dispose. I simply vote.
And yet the people of Colorado voted down this amendment by embarrassingly large margins. Even El Paso county, one of the most conservative counties in the country, voted it down by large margins.
So how is this evidence of success? If this idea could barely get 25% of the vote in Colorado, how is it a winning idea?