Discovering the Pro-Abortion Power in the Republican Party

March7_3I remember (about 2 years ago) when I began discovering the concerted effort among key leaders in the Republican Party, to thwart the pro-life agenda.  Not only were there organizations dedicated to this cause, but on their boards were influencial members of Congress, former presidents and their wives, and a large connected web among their groups and their declared "allies" and "strategic partners" which were more innocuous sounding Republican groups like "Mainstream Republicans", "Ripon Society" and "Republican Youth Majority".  They commonly use terms like "centrist", "mainstream", even "civil" to describe their preferred candidates.

No longer could the "pro-choice" Republicans be laughed off and considered a harmless minority without any power to change the position of the party.  A minority they may be, but a minority who holds a great deal of power. 

I bring this up because Jill Stanek, a well known pro-life activist is discovering this web of power in what she calls the "evil twins" of the pro-abortion and homosexual lobbies in the Republican party.  I know what she’s going through, and I hope that she will soon be motivated to join us in the battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party.  Because that battle must be won if we are to win that battle for America. 

I know what it’s like to be discovering for the first time, how they have been working to eliminate the pro-life plank of the platform for decades.  And when they can’t win, they convince pro-lifers to weaken the language of the platform and the rhetoric of campaigns.  This is how you get candidates who are "’pro-life’ except for….".  Some of them may sincerely hold that view, others use it as a facade, because they have to be able to win the pro-life vote.  Keep in mind that these candidates share consultants and many of them are part of this web.  It is a concerted effort to see to it that the pro-life agenda does not gain momentum politically, even while it gains ground culturally. 

It is for this reason that your Republican Pro-Life Activist devotes time to this.  The pro-life movement must have a political party to call home.  I contend that we must have ONE PARTY until we have achieved the goal of ending legalized abortion and euthanasia and all of their deadly fruits.  Pro-lifers must run for precinct officers to have a vote in matters like choosing delegates to the convention, electing party leaders, and voting on bi-laws and platforms.  The next election for precinct positions will be held in ’08.  Until then, existing pro-life precinct officers must unite and choose only leaders who are relentless in supporting the pro-life agenda.    

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Things that make you go hmmm….

More votes counted in Washington U.S. Senate Race than number of ballots counted so far. 

U.S. Senate Race (total of all candidates) at this moment: 1,951,448

Total number of ballots counted so far:                             1,941,380

Descrepency of:                                                                   10,068

Update:  At 5:19pm (just 23 minutes after this original post) the Secretary of State’s office updated the totals and the difference between number of ballots vs. number of U.S. Senate votes had flipped the other way, giving a 12,000+ ballot difference.  It was updated again at 6:01pm, showing a difference of 12,673 vote ballot difference.  More ballots than votes in the U.S. Senate race, which was to be expected in the first place, since there are known voters who opted out of voting in the Senate race.  Still, the total of ballots was an aggregate of all of the counties.  And the number of Senate votes was a total of votes per candidate.  How could the totals just be in the wrong place? 

Also worthy of note: In the Senate race total, there is not a tally of write-ins yet.   

Things that make you go hmmm….

More votes counted in Washington U.S. Senate Race than number of ballots counted so far. 

U.S. Senate Race (total of all candidates) at this moment: 1,951,448

Total number of ballots counted so far:                             1,941,380

Descrepency of:                                                                   10,068

Update:  At 5:19pm (just 23 minutes after this original post) the Secretary of State’s office updated the totals and the difference between number of ballots vs. number of U.S. Senate votes had flipped the other way, giving a 12,000+ ballot difference.  It was updated again at 6:01pm, showing a difference of 12,673 vote ballot difference.  More ballots than votes in the U.S. Senate race, which was to be expected in the first place, since there are known voters who opted out of voting in the Senate race.  Still, the total of ballots was an aggregate of all of the counties.  And the number of Senate votes was a total of votes per candidate.  How could the totals just be in the wrong place? 

Also worthy of note: In the Senate race total, there is not a tally of write-ins yet.   

Pro-Life Organizations Surrender to Pro-Abortion Side, Causing Major Defeats

The South Dakota abortion ban lost for many reasons.  We have not yet persuaded the majority of citizens that the pre-born child is indeed a human person and therefore, has an unalienable Right to LIfe that shall not be infringed.  That is partly due to politicians who refuse to debate the issue (South Dakota sources say Govornor Rounds (R) and Senator Jim Thune (R) stayed neutral during the prop. 6 campaign and President Bush (R) never bothered to come and campaign for the Pro-Life side).  National Right to Life did not mention a word about it on their website, and was MIA in South Dakota too.  Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood dumped $8 Million dollars into a campaign designed to deceive voters on the issue.   

Marie Dietz offers some explanation of what is going wrong in the debate in her column, "When it Comes to Abortion, Exceptions Break the Rule".  She explains the forgotten or ignored fact that the exception provided in Texas law gave amunition to Justice Blackmun and his cohorts for their reasoning in Roe vs. Wade.  That is why the pro-life movement must unite in saying that there are no exceptions when it comes to protecting innocent human life.  To favor laws with exceptions only undermines the cause.

Pro-Life Conservative? Regret Being “Too Tough” on Pro-Abortion Republicans?

Some might regret having made the choice of holding the Republican Party accountable to their pro-life conservative principles, or even booting out pro-abortion Republicans.  Even though we gave them ample power for the last six years; the presidency, the house, the senate.  But they failed to live up to their responsibility to our nation, to protect the unalienable Right to Life.  And instead, treated pro-lifers and conservatives, who got them elected, like a "floozy on the morning after".  They rolled over and played dead while the pro-abortion forces had their way with us, while they "got drunk" with power.  But if you’re second guessing the collective discipline (aka; removing the bottle), by the pro-life and conservative voters, after all, "nobody’s perfect", and they MIGHT have cleaned up their act if we had given them "just one more chance", you should take heart in knowing that we have practiced "Detachment with Love" (a must read) and have refused to "enable" them any longer.   

We, the pro-life, conservative grassroots Republicans have not "taken up" with another party.  We have remained faithful, and will continue to remain faithful. And when the party gets clean, sober, and faithful and loses some of its bad influences, we’ll be waiting with open arms to welcome you home.

Pro-Life Conservative? Regret Being “Too Tough” on Pro-Abortion Republicans?

Some might regret having made the choice of holding the Republican Party accountable to their pro-life conservative principles, or even booting out pro-abortion Republicans.  Even though we gave them ample power for the last six years; the presidency, the house, the senate.  But they failed to live up to their responsibility to our nation, to protect the unalienable Right to Life.  And instead, treated pro-lifers and conservatives, who got them elected, like a "floozy on the morning after".  They rolled over and played dead while the pro-abortion forces had their way with us, while they "got drunk" with power.  But if you’re second guessing the collective discipline (aka; removing the bottle), by the pro-life and conservative voters, after all, "nobody’s perfect", and they MIGHT have cleaned up their act if we had given them "just one more chance", you should take heart in knowing that we have practiced "Detachment with Love" (a must read) and have refused to "enable" them any longer.   

We, the pro-life, conservative grassroots Republicans have not "taken up" with another party.  We have remained faithful, and will continue to remain faithful. And when the party gets clean, sober, and faithful and loses some of its bad influences, we’ll be waiting with open arms to welcome you home.

What Happened to the Reagan Revolution?

Reagan9 In all of the "post mortems" about Tuesday’s election from the Washington State pundits, one question is missing:  What happened to the Reagan Revolution?  They’ll be quick to tell you that it has nothing to do with abortion.  They contend that no openly pro-life candidate can win statewide election in Washington.  They must want us to forget that we elected at least one TWICE, overwhelmingly.  They must want us to forget that it was the same man who wrote this in 1983, just months before his landslide re-election:

Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation

The 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade is a good time for us to pause and reflect. Our nationwide policy of abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy was neither voted for by our people nor enacted by our legislators — not a single state had such unrestricted abortion before the Supreme Court decreed it to be national policy in 1973. But the consequences of this judicial decision are now obvious: since 1973, more than 15 million unborn children have had their lives snuffed out by legalized abortions. That is over ten times the number of Americans lost in all our nation’s wars.

Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court’s result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right. Shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision, Professor John Hart Ely, now Dean of Stanford Law School, wrote that the opinion "is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be." Nowhere do the plain words of the Constitution even hint at a "right" so sweeping as to permit abortion up to the time the child is ready to be born. Yet that is what the Court ruled.

As an act of "raw judicial power" (to use Justice White’s biting phrase), the decision by the seven-man majority in Roe v. Wade has so far been made to stick. But the Court’s decision has by no means settled the debate. Instead, Roe v. Wade has become a continuing prod to the conscience of the nation.

Abortion concerns not just the unborn child, it concerns every one of us. The English poet, John Donne, wrote: "… any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life — the unborn — without diminishing the value of all human life. We saw tragic proof of this truism last year when the Indiana courts allowed the starvation death of "Baby Doe" in Bloomington because the child had Down’s Syndrome.

Many of our fellow citizens grieve over the loss of life that has followed Roe v. Wade. Margaret Heckler, soon after being nominated to head the largest department of our government, Health and Human Services, told an audience that she believed abortion to be the greatest moral crisis facing our country today. And the revered Mother Teresa, who works in the streets of Calcutta ministering to dying people in her world-famous mission of mercy, has said that "the greatest misery of our time is the generalized abortion of children."

Over the first two years of my Administration I have closely followed and assisted efforts in Congress to reverse the tide of abortion — efforts of Congressmen, Senators and citizens responding to an urgent moral crisis. Regrettably, I have also seen the massive efforts of those who, under the banner of "freedom of choice," have so far blocked every effort to reverse nationwide abortion-on-demand.

Despite the formidable obstacles before us, we must not lose heart. This is not the first time our country has been divided by a Supreme Court decision that denied the value of certain human lives. The Dred Scott decision of 1857 was not overturned in a day, or a year, or even a decade. At first, only a minority of Americans recognized and deplored the moral crisis brought about by denying the full humanity of our black brothers and sisters; but that minority persisted in their vision and finally prevailed. They did it by appealing to the hearts and minds of their countrymen, to the truth of human dignity under God. From their example, we know that respect for the sacred value of human life is too deeply engrained in the hearts of our people to remain forever suppressed. But the great majority of the American people have not yet made their voices heard, and we cannot expect them to — any more than the public voice arose against slavery — until the issue is clearly framed and presented.

What, then, is the real issue? I have often said that when we talk about abortion, we are talking about two lives — the life of the mother and the life of the unborn child. Why else do we call a pregnant woman a mother? I have also said that anyone who doesn’t feel sure whether we are talking about a second human life should clearly give life the benefit of the doubt. If you don’t know whether a body is alive or dead, you would never bury it. I think this consideration itself should be enough for all of us to insist on protecting the unborn.

The case against abortion does not rest here, however, for medical practice confirms at every step the correctness of these moral sensibilities. Modern medicine treats the unborn child as a patient. Medical pioneers have made great breakthroughs in treating the unborn — for genetic problems, vitamin deficiencies, irregular heart rhythms, and other medical conditions. Who can forget George Will’s moving account of the little boy who underwent brain surgery six times during the nine weeks before he was born? Who is the patient if not that tiny unborn human being who can feel pain when he or she is approached by doctors who come to kill rather than to cure?

The real question today is not when human life begins, but, What is the value of human life? The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being. The real question for him and for all of us is whether that tiny human life has a God-given right to be protected by the law — the same right we have.

What more dramatic confirmation could we have of the real issue than the Baby Doe case in Bloomington, Indiana? The death of that tiny infant tore at the hearts of all Americans because the child was undeniably a live human being — one lying helpless before the eyes of the doctors and the eyes of the nation. The real issue for the courts was not whether Baby Doe was a human being. The real issue was whether to protect the life of a human being who had Down’s Syndrome, who would probably be mentally handicapped, but who needed a routine surgical procedure to unblock his esophagus and allow him to eat. A doctor testified to the presiding judge that, even with his physical problem corrected, Baby Doe would have a "non-existent" possibility for "a minimally adequate quality of life" — in other words, that retardation was the equivalent of a crime deserving the death penalty. The judge let Baby Doe starve and die, and the Indiana Supreme Court sanctioned his decision.

Federal law does not allow federally-assisted hospitals to decide that Down’s Syndrome infants are not worth treating, much less to decide to starve them to death. Accordingly, I have directed the Departments of Justice and HHS to apply civil rights regulations to protect handicapped newborns. All hospitals receiving federal funds must post notices which will clearly state that failure to feed handicapped babies is prohibited by federal law. The basic issue is whether to value and protect the lives of the handicapped, whether to recognize the sanctity of human life. This is the same basic issue that underlies the question of abortion.

The 1981 Senate hearings on the beginning of human life brought out the basic issue more clearly than ever before. The many medical and scientific witnesses who testified disagreed on many things, but not on the scientific evidence that the unborn child is alive, is a distinct individual, or is a member of the human species. They did disagree over the value question, whether to give value to a human life at its early and most vulnerable stages of existence.

Regrettably, we live at a time when some persons do not value all human life. They want to pick and choose which individuals have value. Some have said that only those individuals with "consciousness of self" are human beings. One such writer has followed this deadly logic and concluded that "shocking as it may seem, a newly born infant is not a human being."

A Nobel Prize winning scientist has suggested that if a handicapped child "were not declared fully human until three days after birth, then all parents could be allowed the choice." In other words, "quality control" to see if newly born human beings are up to snuff.

Obviously, some influential people want to deny that every human life has intrinsic, sacred worth. They insist that a member of the human race must have certain qualities before they accord him or her status as a "human being."

Events have borne out the editorial in a California medical journal which explained three years before Roe v. Wade that the social acceptance of abortion is a "defiance of the long-held Western ethic of intrinsic and equal value for every human life regardless of its stage, condition, or status."

Every legislator, every doctor, and every citizen needs to recognize that the real issue is whether to affirm and protect the sanctity of all human life, or to embrace a social ethic where some human lives are valued and others are not. As a nation, we must choose between the sanctity of life ethic and the "quality of life" ethic.

I have no trouble identifying the answer our nation has always given to this basic question, and the answer that I hope and pray it will give in the future. American was founded by men and women who shared a vision of the value of each and every individual. They stated this vision clearly from the very start in the Declaration of Independence, using words that every schoolboy and schoolgirl can recite:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We fought a terrible war to guarantee that one category of mankind — black people in America — could not be denied the inalienable rights with which their Creator endowed them. The great champion of the sanctity of all human life in that day, Abraham Lincoln, gave us his assessment of the Declaration’s purpose. Speaking of the framers of that noble document, he said:

This was their majestic interpretation of the economy of the Universe. This was their lofty, and wise, and noble understanding of the justice of the Creator to His creatures. Yes, gentlemen, to all his creatures, to the whole great family of man. In their enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on… They grasped not only the whole race of man then living, but they reached forward and seized upon the farthest posterity. They erected a beacon to guide their children and their children’s children, and the countless myriads who should inhabit the earth in other ages.

He warned also of the danger we would face if we closed our eyes to the value of life in any category of human beings:

I should like to know if taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle and making exceptions to it where will it stop. If one man says it does not mean a Negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man?

When Congressman John A. Bingham of Ohio drafted the Fourteenth Amendment to guarantee the rights of life, liberty, and property to all human beings, he explained that all are "entitled to the protection of American law, because its divine spirit of equality declares that all men are created equal." He said the right guaranteed by the amendment would therefore apply to "any human being." Justice William Brennan, writing in another case decided only the year before Roe v. Wade, referred to our society as one that "strongly affirms the sanctity of life."

Another William Brennan — not the Justice — has reminded us of the terrible consequences that can follow when a nation rejects the sanctity of life ethic:

The cultural environment for a human holocaust is present whenever any society can be misled into defining individuals as less than human and therefore devoid of value and respect.

As a nation today, we have not rejected the sanctity of human life. The American people have not had an opportunity to express their view on the sanctity of human life in the unborn. I am convinced that Americans do not want to play God with the value of human life. It is not for us to decide who is worthy to live and who is not. Even the Supreme Court’s opinion in Roe v. Wade did not explicitly reject the traditional American idea of intrinsic worth and value in all human life; it simply dodged this issue.

The Congress has before it several measures that would enable our people to reaffirm the sanctity of human life, even the smallest and the youngest and the most defenseless. The Human Life Bill expressly recognizes the unborn as human beings and accordingly protects them as persons under our Constitution. This bill, first introduced by Senator Jesse Helms, provided the vehicle for the Senate hearings in 1981 which contributed so much to our understanding of the real issue of abortion.

The Respect Human Life Act, just introduced in the 98th Congress, states in its first section that the policy of the United States is "to protect innocent life, both before and after birth." This bill, sponsored by Congressman Henry Hyde and Senator Roger Jepsen, prohibits the federal government from performing abortions or assisting those who do so, except to save the life of the mother. It also addresses the pressing issue of infanticide which, as we have seen, flows inevitably from permissive abortion as another step in the denial of the inviolability of innocent human life.

I have endorsed each of these measures, as well as the more difficult route of constitutional amendment, and I will give these initiatives my full support. Each of them, in different ways, attempts to reverse the tragic policy of abortion-on-demand imposed by the Supreme Court ten years ago. Each of them is a decisive way to affirm the sanctity of human life.

We must all educate ourselves to the reality of the horrors taking place. Doctors today know that unborn children can feel a touch within the womb and that they respond to pain. But how many Americans are aware that abortion techniques are allowed today, in all 50 states, that burn the skin of a baby with a salt solution, in an agonizing death that can last for hours?

Another example: two years ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a Sunday special supplement on "The Dreaded Complication." The "dreaded complication" referred to in the article — the complication feared by doctors who perform abortions — is the survival of the child despite all the painful attacks during the abortion procedure. Some unborn children do survive the late-term abortions the Supreme Court has made legal. Is there any question that these victims of abortion deserve our attention and protection? Is there any question that those who don’t survive were living human beings before they were killed?

Late-term abortions, especially when the baby survives, but is then killed by starvation, neglect, or suffocation, show once again the link between abortion and infanticide. The time to stop both is now. As my Administration acts to stop infanticide, we will be fully aware of the real issue that underlies the death of babies before and soon after birth.

Our society has, fortunately, become sensitive to the rights and special needs of the handicapped, but I am shocked that physical or mental handicaps of newborns are still used to justify their extinction. This Administration has a Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, who has done perhaps more than any other American for handicapped children, by pioneering surgical techniques to help them, by speaking out on the value of their lives, and by working with them in the context of loving families. You will not find his former patients advocating the so-called "quality-of-life" ethic.

I know that when the true issue of infanticide is placed before the American people, with all the facts openly aired, we will have no trouble deciding that a mentally or physically handicapped baby has the same intrinsic worth and right to life as the rest of us. As the New Jersey Supreme Court said two decades ago, in a decision upholding the sanctity of human life, "a child need not be perfect to have a worthwhile life."

Whether we are talking about pain suffered by unborn children, or about late-term abortions, or about infanticide, we inevitably focus on the humanity of the unborn child. Each of these issues is a potential rallying point for the sanctity of life ethic. Once we as a nation rally around any one of these issues to affirm the sanctity of life, we will see the importance of affirming this principle across the board.

Malcolm Muggeridge, the English writer, goes right to the heart of the matter: "Either life is always and in all circumstances sacred, or intrinsically of no account; it is inconceivable that it should be in some cases the one, and in some the other." The sanctity of innocent human life is a principle that Congress should proclaim at every opportunity.

It is possible that the Supreme Court itself may overturn its abortion rulings. We need only recall that in Brown v. Board of Education the court reversed its own earlier "separate-but-equal" decision. I believe if the Supreme Court took another look at Roe v. Wade, and considered the real issue between the sanctity of life ethic and the quality of life ethic, it would change its mind once again.

As we continue to work to overturn Roe v. Wade, we must also continue to lay the groundwork for a society in which abortion is not the accepted answer to unwanted pregnancy. Pro-life people have already taken heroic steps, often at great personal sacrifice, to provide for unwed mothers. I recently spoke about a young pregnant woman named Victoria, who said, "In this society we save whales, we save timber wolves and bald eagles and Coke bottles. Yet, everyone wanted me to throw away my baby." She has been helped by Save-a-Life, a group in Dallas, which provides a way for unwed mothers to preserve the human life within them when they might otherwise be tempted to resort to abortion. I think also of House of His Creation in Catesville, Pennsylvania, where a loving couple has taken in almost 200 young women in the past ten years. They have seen, as a fact of life, that the girls are not better off having abortions than saving their babies. I am also reminded of the remarkable Rossow family of Ellington, Connecticut, who have opened their hearts and their home to nine handicapped adopted and foster children.

The Adolescent Family Life Program, adopted by Congress at the request of Senator Jeremiah Denton, has opened new opportunities for unwed mothers to give their children life. We should not rest until our entire society echoes the tone of John Powell in the dedication of his book, Abortion: The Silent Holocaust, a dedication to every woman carrying an unwanted child: "Please believe that you are not alone. There are many of us that truly love you, who want to stand at your side, and help in any way we can." And we can echo the always-practical woman of faith, Mother Teresa, when she says, "If you don’t want the little child, that unborn child, give him to me." We have so many families in America seeking to adopt children that the slogan "every child a wanted child" is now the emptiest of all reasons to tolerate abortion.

I have often said we need to join in prayer to bring protection to the unborn. Prayer and action are needed to uphold the sanctity of human life. I believe it will not be possible to accomplish our work, the work of saving lives, "without being a soul of prayer." The famous British Member of Parliament, William Wilberforce, prayed with his small group of influential friends, the "Clapham Sect," for decades to see an end to slavery in the British empire. Wilberforce led that struggle in Parliament, unflaggingly, because he believed in the sanctity of human life. He saw the fulfillment of his impossible dream when Parliament outlawed slavery just before his death.

Let his faith and perseverance be our guide. We will never recognize the true value of our own lives until we affirm the value in the life of others, a value of which Malcolm Muggeridge says: "… however low it flickers or fiercely burns, it is still a Divine flame which no man dare presume to put out, be his motives ever so humane and enlightened."

Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.