January 3, 2013
“The most important woman in the last 100 years”
Our E-Notes readers will surely agree with pro-life stalwart Congresswoman Michele Bachmann as she describes Phyllis Schlafly with that phrase. And the prominent conservatives at World Net Daily agree, as they recently honored our founder and National President Phyllis Schlafly with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Jerome Corsi, who has spoken several times at Eagle Council, interviewed Phyllis and his article succinctly relates her inspiring life story. In the limited length of the article, not all of Phyllis’ amazing accomplishments could be detailed, so let’s be sure to mention here one very important achievement: in 1990, Phyllis founded the Republican National Coalition for Life, and since that time, our organization has successfully kept the Republican Party the Party of Life, monitoring its national platform processes each presidential cycle and working with the Platform Committee to continually strengthen its pro-life positions. Thank you, Phyllis, for all that you have done for the pro-life and conservative causes. Well done! We are very proud of your Lifetime Achievement Award. To read the full article, click here.
Annual March for Life Approaches
On January 25, 2013, the anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision will once again be marked by the March for Life in Washington, D.C. as it has been each year since 1974. At that first march, some 20,000 pro-lifers showed up to mark the first year of legalized murder of pre-born babies. In recent years, hundreds of thousands flock to the nation’s capital by chartered bus, by planes, by individual cars and vans to rally, march and participate in other pro-life activities. A new event this year is the March for Life 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, January 26, which is being hosted by the National LIFE Runners Team. For full details on the D.C. March and its peripheral activities, visit the official website.
Planned Parenthood Mischief of the Week
The Most Dangerous Abortuary in the Country?
Another Planned Parenthood abortion apparently recently was botched at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortuary, marking the third time since Thanksgiving that the facility has required an ambulance to transport one of its patients to the hospital for emergency treatment. On the morning after Christmas, local activists with Defenders of the Unborn noted that an ambulance arrived and they saw someone taken by gurney with her face covered. The group reported the incident to Operation Rescue, which notes that two other medical emergencies occurred at this same facility on November 21 and December 1, as well as a Valentine’s Day emergency transport on February 14, 2011. According to Operation Rescue, since January of 2011, nearly two dozen such emergency ambulance runs nationally have been necessary due to botched abortions.
These medical emergencies reinforce the reason that several states have or are considering passing legislation requiring abortionists to have hospital privileges at a medical facility within a few miles (usually 20-30 miles) from the abortuaries at which they commit their abortions.
Operation Rescue reports that this St. Louis Planned Parenthood is the last remaining abortion clinic in Missouri. A Springfield location closed in 2005 after Missouri passed a law requiring abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges. In February 2011, the Women’s Gynecology Inc. in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton closed, and earlier this year, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia stopped providing abortions after its abortionist quit.
2013 Brings Many Pro-Life Challenges
Pro-lifers certainly must be glad to have a new year ushered in as we endured severe disappointments last year. Those include the reelection of the most pro-abortion president ever to sit in the White House, coupled with the loss of several pro-life races for the U.S. Senate and Congress. Yet there are a good number of states which have or will be passing pro-life legislation within their next legislative sessions. (For more detailed information on which states are likely to do so, request a free copy of the latest issue of the RNC for Life Report by going here.
Yet there were some victories to celebrate as well. For instance, several states have voted to defund Planned Parenthood, thus diverting millions of tax dollars away from abortion providers to health providers with more comprehensive health programs. Of course, most of these defunding laws are being challenged in court by Planned Parenthood, but vigorous defenses by the states’ attorneys general are also being waged and should prove successful.
Without question, the abortion industry is being crippled by these and other pro-life laws. As recently as last week, yet another abortion facility was shut down. In Muskegon, Michigan, the Fire Department boarded it up, allegedly for unsafe operations. That brought the total of abortuaries closed in 2012 to an even two dozen.
And as our movement continues its educational, electoral and legislative efforts, the numbers of abortions are declining slightly each year, and the number of “baby death chambers” continues to drop as nearly 70% of all surgical abortion clinics have closed for good. Recent figures show that in 1991, there were 2,176 abortion clinics in America while today there are just 660.
Yes, we are moving forward in promoting the sanctity of Life but there is still much work to do in 2013. Will you help us continue to move forward? Your financial gift of $40 or more will enable us to accomplish our agenda for 2013. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you, and we hope that the New Year will be happy, peaceful and blessed for you and yours.