October 17, 2011
Thanks to your help with Rally Congress emails, the Good News is that H.R. 358, the “Protect Life Act,” passed the House overwhelmingly last week. The Bad News is that two Republicans voted against it: Reps. Richard Hanna of New York and Judy Biggert of Illinois. About a dozen Democrats voted with the Republicans to pass the bill 251-172. Three Republicans were absent: Camp of Michigan, Bachmann of Minnesota and Paul of Texas.
An important part of this bill concerns protecting entities who refuse to participate in abortion. Such discrimination is not permissible under the Hyde-Weldon conscience clause (an annual pro-life limitation amendment or “rider” included in the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bills). However, entities protected by Hyde-Weldon lack judicial recourse leaving few options when they believe their conscience rights have been violated. H.R. 361, the “Abortion Nondiscrimination Act” (ANDA) was introduced earlier this year by Reps. John Fleming (R-LA) and Dan Boren (D-OK) to make the Hyde-Weldon conscience clause permanent and add judicial recourse for victims of discrimination. Similar language to ANDA was included in H.R. 358, as well as in H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” and the proposed House draft of the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill.
It is certainly timely that Republicans continue to pass this kind of protection, as such discrimination currently is apparently taking place. It has been recently reported that a federal contract regarding a National Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was NOT renewed after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicated they would give “strong preference” to applicants willing to offer referrals for the “full range of legally permissible gynecological and obstetric care.” (Read: Abortions!) The change was made while a related American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit filed in 2009 is still pending. The ACLU suit claims that the contract with the USCCB was unconstitutional because the USCCB refuses to provide or refer for abortion.
Needless to say, the “Protect Life Act” likely will die on the floor of the Senate. Even if it should somehow be passed by that pro-abortion body, President Obama has promised to veto it in the wake of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s hysterical remarks concerning the GOP Congress condemning women to “die on the floor.” As Rush Limbaugh commented, the pro-aborts don’t care at all about the babies dying on the floor.
An amazing video has recently been released which shows how most pro-abortion supporters can be logically and simply led through a series of questions and scenarios to understand and embrace the sanctity of life, becoming opposed to abortion. The video, appropriately named “180,” is being promoted by the American Family Association.
In 33 short minutes, “180” shows how even the strongest supporters of abortion make a complete 180-degree turn and become pro-life in a matter of minutes. AFA’s Tim Wildmon says, “I didn’t believe it could be this simple and quick until I saw the full video for myself. This is one of the most powerful tools I’ve seen that can change the minds of people regarding abortion.”
Click here to watch it: The video is free to watch and share.
The LIFE ADVOCACY organization will offer a full-day “Winning with Life” seminar on Saturday, Oct. 29, particularly designed for pro-life candidates and useful to pro-life citizens as well. It will be held in Arlington Heights, IL, northwest of Chicago and is a proven successful tool for pro-life candidates, such as first-term Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, a participant in the Life Advocacy seminar when she was a candidate in 2010, and who then scored a stunning upset in her election by defeating a 17-term incumbent Democrat.
According to President and former Illinois State Represenative Penny Pullen, “The focus is effective communication strategy on Life issues, using our own strategic approach to win over our fellow citizens to vote for candidates who enunciate a confident, reasonable, principled pro-life stand. The approach can be applied as well to other hot-button political issues.”
Also presenting will be campaign strategist Kevin Burnette. RNC for Life readers are encouraged to contact Penny at [email protected] or 1-888-344-LIFE for further information or to request an invitation for themselves or for their favorite pro-life candidates.
RNC for Life’s Political Action Committee was formed to help elect strong pro-life candidates for both the U.S. House and Senate. We need YOUR help to help fund those candidates’ campaigns. Please click here to donate towards taking control of the Senate in 2012 and strengthening our pro-life majority in the House.
The upcoming issue of the RNC for Life REPORT will detail information on how YOU may become a delegate to the Republican National Convention next August in Tampa, FL and help to protect the strong pro-life plank in the GOP platform. Not able to be a delegate? We will also tell you how to influence those who will be representing your state at the Convention. For a free copy of the REPORT, please click here.