June 14, 2011
Score One for the (Young) Good Guys!
Minnesota pro-life highschoolers have won a decisive victory against school authorities at Independent School District #885. The principal at St. Michael-Albertville High School initially refused to grant the All Life Is Valuable (ALIVE) student organization official status because it allegedly did not “support the student body as a whole.” That ruling was apparently in violation of District Policy 801 requiring the district to grant equal access to student clubs wishing to meet for “religious, political or philosophical reasons during non-instructional time.” However, that official status, which included access to school facilities for meetings, was granted to such groups as the Environmental and Animé Clubs.
Enter the Alliance Defense Fund, composed of more than 2,000 attorneys nationwide, and a lawsuit was filed with the Minnesota U.S. District Court. Rather quickly, the district recognized the error of its denial, and rescinded its decision, which resulted in a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit. ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman points out that, “Pro-life students should not be discriminated against for expressing their beliefs. School officials did the right thing by finally granting the ALIVE Club official status and no longer assuming the authority to trump the constitutionally protected rights of students. As the U.S. Supreme Court has noted, students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.”
Congratulations both to the ADF and to the students whose pro-life convictions inspired them to form ALIVE.
Using a 1996 fetal homicide law, Ohio prosecutors have convicted a 28-year-old man of attempted murder and attempted abduction after he took his pregnant girlfriend to an abortuary at gunpoint. She has since delivered a healthy baby.
Apparently agreeing with the prosecutors that the defendant lacked remorse, the judge sentenced him to a total of 13 years in prison: five years for attempted murder, five years for abduction and three years for the use of a gun in the crime. The judge also rejected defense arguments that the defendant was guilty only of much less serious domestic violence charges, such as aggravated menacing and coercion, which would have called for a lighter sentence.
Prosecutors brought their case using the 1996 law that says a person can be found guilty of murder for causing the unlawful termination of a pregnancy.
According to recent statistics, about nine in ten Down Syndrome pre-born babies will never leave their mothers’ wombs alive. These alarming statistics are indicators of the growing trend to eliminate through abortion pre-born babies who are “not perfect.” And yet, these and other “not perfect” children are often the joy of their parents. This topic will be discussed in greater detail in the upcoming issue of RNC for Life Report. To receive a FREE copy when it’s published later this summer, please click here. Meanwhile, you may want to use this link to see the amazing video featuring Ms. Paris Tassin, an “American Idol” contestant whose singing to her “not perfect” daughter brought Idol judge Jennifer Lopez to tears.
Not all seven candidates were given the opportunity to answer concerning their pro-life credentials and commitment, as the first question about abortion centered on Gov. Mitt Romney’s fairly recent “conversion” to the pro-life side from being pro-choice earlier in his political career. While Romney reiterated that he is now indeed pro-life, speaking of the “sanctity of life from beginning to end,” former PA Senator Rick Santorum appeared skeptical, saying that he had not only “taken the pledge” but also had “taken the bullets” and that throughout his lifespan he has been pro-life. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was asked about “exceptions” to banning abortions: rape, incest and life of the mother. She correctly pointed out that those “hard cases” occur only in the “tiniest fraction of cases” and reiterating her commitment to life from “conception to natural death.” Gov. Tim Pawlenty stated that as MN governor, he had “passed the most pro-life legislation,” and that he had not just “talked about being pro-life,” but had actually done pro-life actions.
The other candidates: Cong. Ron Paul, former CEO Herman Cain and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, were not asked any abortion-related questions.
In the meantime, other potential Presidential candidates continue to test the waters: pro-life TX Gov. Rick Perry strongly denounced embryonic stem cell research and voiced support for other pro-life issues at a Hispanic pro-life event in Los Angeles; pro-life former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman isn’t going to participate in the Iowa caucuses, probably due to his opposition to farm subsidies which might not be viewed favorably by farm-dominated Iowa; and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose pro-life credentials are non-existent though he claims to be a practicing Catholic, is said to be considering another run.
Each week in E-Notes, we will try to recap the previous week’s pro-life quotes and/or incidents from among these and any other candidates who emerge. We invite our readers’ reporting of any pro-life activities on the part of any of the candidates in their own states. Please email [email protected] with the information for us to share.