August 23, 2012
What a great week it has been for the pro-life movement!
Here in Tampa, watching our conservative pro-life, pro-family, pro-America platform being assembled to present to the Republican National Convention delegates next week, it has been very rewarding to see our pro-life advocates go to work to continue the GOP’s strong stand on life and the family. It was a very intriguing experience, and the pro-life language appears in both the section on Restoring Constitutional Government and in the one on Healthcare/Education/Crime.
There was really very little drama on our issues; when a half-baked idea to change the Platform’s stand on traditional marriage and its by-product of rearing children was presented, it was quickly defeated time after time, and always resoundingly.
The areas of embryonic stem cell research, abortifacient drugs, funding abortion promoters, euthanasia, etc. were all defined by the pro-life position in the 2012 Platform, which should be available online very shortly. We can be very proud of Phyllis Schlafly for her leadership and are also grateful to the many pro-lifers who served on all the sub-committees and helped craft a very conservative platform.
We will bring you first-hand news next week from the Republican National Convention — hurricane Isaac notwithstanding!
Planned Parenthood in Texas will have to start tightening its collective belt! A three-judge panel has vacated a lower court’s injunction which had prohibited the Texas legislature’s defunding of Planned Parenthood in the Lone Star state as the PP suit against the state was pending. The ruling also sends the lawsuit back to the federal district court for reconsideration as the appellate panel unanimously found that Planned Parenthood is unlikely to prevail in future arguments that its free-speech rights were violated.
Gov. Rick Perry, who is being honored at the RNC for Life “Treasure Life” event next week, called the decision “a win for Texas women, our rule of law and our state’s priority to protect life.” Pro-life advocates also praised the court’s decision Tuesday.
However, defunding Pres. Obama’s “pet organization” has had consequences: The Health and Human Services Agency has cut off Texas Medicaid funds, apparently seeking to punish Texas for cutting off the Planned Parenthood funding. But Gov. Perry has vowed to find the funds within the Texas budget to continue to pay for essential women’s health services. “Texas will continue providing important health services for women through this program in spite of the Obama Administration’s disregard for our state law and unilateral decision to defund this program,” the governor said. Read more here.
RNC for Life is delighted to announce that Florida Congressman Allen West will be among the dignitaries who will be attending the pro-life event next Tuesday at the GOP National Convention. We are partnering with Family Research Council Action and Florida Family Action to honor Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Rick Santorum, Cong. Michele Bachmann and Cong. Louie Gohmert.
Tickets are still available for purchase for pro-lifers who would like to attend the event, which is being held at the Florida Aquarium. You can get more information here.
As we conclude our work here in Tampa for the Republican Platform, we are readying for the Convention itself beginning next Monday. We are in the process of distributing some 5,000 pro-life pins whose red LED blinking lights will soon be visible all over the convention center! Watch for them if you watch the convention coverage. One of the pins will be given to each donor of $1,000 or more to help offset the RNC for Life Convention expenses. Click here to donate.
The founder of the largest pro-life demonstration in America died last week. Pro-lifers across the country are mourning the death of Nellie Gray, the woman behind the largest annual pro-life demonstration in the U.S.
In 1974, the year following the infamous Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion throughout the United States, Nellie Gray organized the first peaceful gathering to mark the anniversary. Twenty thousand people joined, according to the March for Life website. Each year, the crowd continued to grow and also to attract a larger youthful following. The march, held in Washington, D.C. on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, now draws hundreds of thousands of participants. “It was an anniversary that broke Nellie Gray’s heart every year, and every day,” Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated.
At age 88, Gray was reportedly tirelessly advocating for the pre-born until her death, making phone calls and writing letters. In her memory and to honor our Lord, let us pledge to continue to advocate for the babies.