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June 10, 2003
Odious Amendment Must Be Stricken From PBA Ban Act 
Prior to Senate passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act on March 12, 2003, pro-abortion Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) offered an amendment, expressing "the sense of the Congress" that "Roe v. Wade was an appropriate decision and secures an important constitutional right; and such decision should not be overturned." Nine Republican Senators voted for the amendment, leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind of their firm commitment to the goals of the abortion industry in America. They are: Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell (CO); Lincoln Chafee (RI); Susan Collins (ME); Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX); Lisa Murkowski (AK); Olympia Snowe (ME); Arlen Specter (PA); Ted Stevens (AK); and John Warner (VA).

Pro-life Texas voters should be particularly interested in Senator Hutchison’s clear and unequivocal declaration of support for Roe v. Wade in light of the current political scuttlebutt circulating in the state that she may not seek re-election in 2006, but instead may launch a Republican primary challenge to the current incumbent Governor, Rick Perry who is well thought of by pro-life activists.

The House version of the bill did not contain the language of the Harkin Amendment. Because of the differing language, both the House and Senate versions must be reconciled in a conference committee where we expect the reaffirmation of Roe v. Wade to be stricken. Thereafter it will be sent to President Bush for his signature. Lawyers representing abortion industry interests stand ready to file numerous court challenges to the law, which will, no doubt, prevent it from being enforced until all lawsuits are resolved.


Wal-Mart Again Exercises Great Corporate Citizenship! 
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, said it will obscure the covers of four women’s magazines beginning next month because they carry pictures and language that offend some customers. Plastic shields will be placed over Glamour, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Redbook magazines, spokesman Tom Williams said at Wal-Mart’s annual meeting in Fayetteville, Ark.

Last month, Wal-Mart stopped sales of three men’s magazines, Maxim, Stuff and FHM, after customers and Christian groups voiced concern about their sexual content.

Readers will recall that Planned Parenthood attacked Wal-Mart for a company policy, issued to its pharmacists in the fall of 1998, that they are not to stock, order or dispense PREVEN (the "morning after" abortion-causing pill). Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer and the second largest pharmacy chain in the country.

At the Fayetteville meeting, Wal-Mart executives unveiled a plan to increase their 1.2 million employees by 800,000, including 120,000 managers over the next five years. This year alone, Wal-Mart is spending an unprecedented $11 billion to build 48 million square feet of retail space, or the equivalent of more than 30 retail shopping centers. (The Dallas Morning News, 6/8/03)

Obviously, Americans feel comfortable shopping in Wal-Mart stores where their eyes and the eyes of their children won’t be assaulted by images and language that are at best offensive and at worst immoral. Wouldn’t it be nice if other retailers and supermarket chains adopted the same policies? If they did so perhaps they, too, would prosper and grow as Wal-Mart has, even in times of economic uncertainty.


GOP Members of Congress Want Stem Cell Research Policy Overturned 
As long as President Bush maintains a policy that some human embryonic stem cell lines can be used for research, those in Congress whose lack of regard for innocent human life is regularly confirmed by their anti-life voting records, will continue to push for expansion of scientific research involving the killing of embryonic babies.

Eleven Pro-abortion Republican members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the White House on May 15 asking President Bush to review the current restrictions to determine "whether the policy has made enough lines available for this fast-growing research community."

The Bush policy allows embryonic stem cells experiments on human embryos killed prior to August 9, 2001, the date of the policy announcement. Without a total ban on killing human embryos for science, it stands to reason that the research community involved would be "fast growing."

The policy should be changed to a complete ban on human embryonic stem cell research, if it isn’t already too late.


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