RNC/Life PAC Report Begins Today
The RNC/Life 2002 Congressional PAC Report can be viewed today on our web site. As filing deadlines close in the various states, the RNC/Life Candidate Questionnaire is being mailed to congressional candidates who are competing in contested Republican Primaries. As we receive the candidateís responses, we will list them in the PAC Report. The first primaries will be held in March and the last one will take place in October in Louisiana. Check the website frequently for additions as they occur.
RNC/Life Candidate Questionnaire
Please feel free to download our questionnaire and submit it to candidates who are seeking office at any level before you agree to give them your support. Remember, the exception makes the rule.
Vote on Judge Pickering Scheduled for March 7
Charles Pickering, a federal district court judge in the Southern District of Mississippi, who has been nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by President George W. Bush, has been going through difficult confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Judge Pickering, who is a fine conservative who is pro-life, is facing an onslaught of attacks from the left, spearheaded by the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) and the pro-abortion crowd in the Senate. Insider reports tell us that Judge Pickering is the choice of Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), and President Bush nominated him at Lottís request. Since then, according to Gary Bauerís Campaign for Working Families fax of Tuesday, February 26, 2002, "not one American in 1,000 knows Pickeringís plight because the White House hasnít spoken up in his defense. ?????
Red Cross Declines Stem Cell Research Grant
"Now, even the American Red Cross has gone so far as to turn down a grant it applied for with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for human embryonic stem cell research. In a statement, the Red Cross said other forms of stem cell research appeared more promising including research on umbilical cord blood which is where the Red Cross will focus its attention.
They Donít Know What They Are Talking About!
"It can be an unfertilized embryo. I mean, thatís not going to be a child." (Senator Dianne Feinstein, Meet the Press, February 24, 2002) A display of such profound ignorance is becoming less and less rare among those who hold positions of great responsibility in America. Somebody needs to give Senator Feinstein a lesson in Human Reproduction 101. 1) The female of the species homo sapiens produces eggs; 2) the male of the species homo sapiens produces sperm. When the sperm of the male penetrates the egg of the female, fertilization/conception takes place, engendering a new and unique single cell human being. Cell division begins as the new human being begins his or her journey through the various stages of human development. Every one of us was once an embryo. Embryos are human beings. That is why it is wrong to kill them.
"Senator Feinstein, do you believe that cloning creates a human life and are therapeutic clonings, stem cells, dubious?" (Tim Russert, Meet the Press, February 24, 2002) This convoluted question makes no sense and is unanswerable except that Senator Feinstein answered it, displaying even more ignorance of the subject at hand. If Mr. Russert is going to talk about these matters on his program, he should know that a clone is not a stem cell. A human clone would be a human being. That human being would be made up of cells, just as we all are. The earliest cells are stem cells. So-called "therapeutic" cloning would involve the creation of a human being through cloning and the killing of that human being so that his or her stem cells can be harvested for scientific experiments. The American people overwhelmingly oppose this and so should Mr. Russert and Senator Feinstein, but then, they would have to know what they are talking about.
To read a transcript of Meet the Press featuring Senators Dianne Feinstein and Sam Brownback, go to http://www.msnbc.com/news/715101.asp.
RINOs Join Feminist Dems in Pro-Abortion Conference
Calling themselves the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition, Republicans in name only (RINOs) joined with Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood, Kate Michelman, president of NARAL, and Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, all well known Democrats, in "A Salute to Leadership and Freedom" at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill on February 26 and 27, 2002.
GOP officials who participated in the conference were: Rep. Tom Davis, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (remember this the next time they ask you for money), Members of Congress, including Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and representatives Sherwood Boehlert (NY), Jim Greenwood (R-PA) Amo Houghton (R-NY), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Marge Roukema (R-NJ), Christopher Shays and Rob Simmons (R-CT). Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift was also involved. The conference ended with a tribute dinner honoring Congressman Jim Greenwood, one of the abortion industryís strongest advocates in the U.S. House.
SD Legislature Embarrasses Daschle on Cloning Issue
The people of South Dakota donít want our nation involved in the cloning of human beings. On February 21, 2002, the South Dakota state legislature passed a concurrent resolution, calling on the U.S. Senate to pass Senator Sam Brownbackís Human Cloning Prohibition Act, which would ban the cloning of human beings in our country. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), on the other hand, supports so-called "therapeutic cloning" which would permit the cloning of human beings for the sole purpose of killing them and using their stem cells in scientific experiments. Itís way past time for the people of South Dakota to send Senator Daschle back home.
Cord Blood Stem Cells Save Babyís Life
Little Gina Rugari was thriving as she celebrated her second birthday on December 23, 2001. She was born with the disease Krabbe leukodystrophy, a rare, degenerative enzyme disorder of the central and peripheral nervous system. Doctors predicted that Gina would live only about a year during which she would be very sick. Fortunately, a cord blood stem cell transplant performed at Duke University Hospital saved her life. More babies with Krabbe have survived since Ginaís experience, and scientists are hopeful. All of the progress on this disease has been made using umbilical cord blood. Duke performs 300 transplants a year for many kinds of metabolic and genetic diseases using cord blood stem cells, and they are experiencing great success. On the other hand, no permanent progress on any disease has been made using stem cells from human embryos. (Catholic News Service, 12/28/01).
We urge President Bush to impose a total ban on embryonic stem cell research. He should encourage research using umbilical cord blood and adult stem cells, and support federal funding of these positive measures that hold so much promise.
Doctors Perform Fetal Cardiology
Using breakthrough technology, doctors announced on February 25, 2002, that they successfully repaired an unborn babyís heart saving his life and opening the door to more fetal surgery and treatment. Barely five months old, Jack is a miracle baby, surviving a condition that could have proved fatal. Well into her pregnancy, his mother learned that Jackís aortic valve was too narrow, inhibiting the flow of blood to the body. At 23 weeks, cardiologists undertook, for the first time in the United States, a dangerous surgical option to correct the deadly heart defect. According to the surgeons, the team was so excited at the success of the procedure that it did echocardiograms over and over, just to watch Jackís heart beating. (Washington Update, 2/26/02)
Words of Wisdom Nigel Cameron in Charles Colsonís Breakpoint Commentary:
"The evil of abortion has crept out of the womb, just as Francis Schaeffer and C. Everett Koop said it would, to threaten all of us with euthanasia. Itís now being followed by a whole new set of evils. For the bio-tech firms have plans for us patenting our genes, cloning us so they can experiment on us and use Ďusí in our own treatment, improving us and letting us choose what kind of kids we want to have. What Aldous Huxley called the Brave New World and C.S. Lewis the Abolition of Man, has arrived. All of a sudden, there is a lot more on the agenda than most of us ever realized. Our march for life just got longer, the road steeper, the challenges greater than we ever imagined." (Life Advocacy Briefing, 1/28/02)
"Choose Life" License Plate May Come to Pass in Kansas
On February 26, 2002, the Kansas Senate Transportation Committee gave unanimous approval to the passage of a "Choose Life" license plate for the state of Kansas. Kansans who choose the plate will provide a contribution that will fund a program encouraging adoption. The program is modeled after the original plan in Florida, where more than $700,000 has been raised in the effort.
Russ Amerling ([email protected]), publicity coordinator for Choose Life, provided expert testimony in support of the bill. Implementation of the plate in Florida has survived court challenges and is now a model nationwide program. The proposed plate is bright yellow with friendly faces and blue lettering that says "Choose Life."