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July 19, 2002
Abstinence Spokeswoman Wins “Miss Illinois” Crown 
Erika Harold, a spokeswoman for Project Reality, the pioneer in abstinence education, won the Miss Illinois Pageant on June 28 and will compete in the Miss America pageant in September in Atlantic City. Miss Harold is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, and has been accepted at five law schools for the fall semester. She will enroll at Harvard Law School after she completes her reign as Miss Illinois. What a wonderful role model Erika is for the millions of girls who will be watching this year’s Miss America Pageant and dreaming their own dreams of someday walking down the runway to the strains of “There she is, Miss America.”

Right On, Congressman Hyde! 
During the House Judiciary Committee debate on the new bill banning the practice of partial-birth abortion offered by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) said she was tired of hearing about the pain the baby suffers from the PBA procedure and men have no understanding of the pain women endure during labor. Congressman Henry Hyde (R-IL) fired back that he did understand such pain, as he was forced to endure Rep. Jackson-Lee’s comments. (Family Research Council Washington Update, 7/18/02)

The Committee voted 20-8 to send the bill to the floor for a vote next week, after which it will meet an uncertain fate in the Senate where the majority, including many RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) unfortunately prefer no restrictions on abortion practices whatsoever.

Bush Can Restore Parent’s Right to Know 
The parents of a minor who seeks an abortion referral or prescription contraceptive pills or injections at a federally funded (TitleX) clinic are prevented from being informed of their daughter’s activities because of an HHS regulation that can easily be overturned by President George W. Bush. Last week, in the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, a hearing was held at the request of Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) at which compelling testimony was given by John Heisler, a McHenry County, Illinois, board member who helped lead the successful fight to purge Title X from the county’s health program after citizens learned that a 37-year-old child molester had, more than once, driven his 13-year-old victim to the county’s Title X clinic to be injected with Depo Provera, a contraceptive/abortifacient drug, in order to maintain his 18-month habit. After learning of their daughter’s bondage, the girl’s parents sued the county, the molester and the local school district which employed him as a gym teacher. They went public with their complaint and Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL), who represents the district, together with Reps. Ernest Istook (R-OK) and Jim Barcia (D-MI), made several attempts to get Congress to act on the matter, to no avail. (Life Advocacy Briefing, 7/15/02) President Bush has the power to restore the rights of parents to be informed of the activities of their minor children. Please urge him to do so without delay. The White House Phone: 202/456-1414; Fax: 202/456-2461.

Furthermore, a minor who seeks contraceptive or abortion information is considered sexually active and therefore a victim of suspected child abuse. As such, according to the laws in all 50 states, her case must be reported to the proper authorities for further investigation.

Life Advocacy also calls attention to another very important aspect of the operation of Title X clinics, and that is the way they show the children how they can pay for the “services” they receive without involving their parents. One of the Title X rules says, “Unemancipated minors [children who live with their parents] who wish to receive services on a confidential basis must be considered on the basis of their own resources.” Since they have no resources of their own and are supported by their parents, we, the taxpayers are handed the bill.

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