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Oct. 10, 2003
CALIFORNIA 
Gary Bauer, president of American Values, commented in his October 8th briefing on NBC media personality Tim Russert’s remark that "the Schwarzenegger victory represents a triumph of a new moderate Republican Party that can win anywhere IF it just drops a few pesky issues. Guess which issues he is talking about? That's right-the issues we care the most about!"

Gary's briefing continued, "For all of our friends in California, I hope the next few years under Arnold end up being a pleasant surprise." But, he said, "The price we all pay for this victory could be substantial. Here's my prediction. At the Republican National Convention in New York City next year, you are going to hear ‘big tent' rhetoric—if not those very words—until you can't take it any more. ‘The GOP is big enough . . . they will tell us for pro-abortion Arnold and pro-life Henry Hyde. It is wide enough for a pro-gay rights Governor like George Pataki, and a pro-family Majority Leader, like Tom DeLay. It is deep enough for the pro-homosexual ‘marriage' Log Cabin Republicans and the Christian Coalition. But, will such a party be principled enough to actually fight for the conservative social values of the great majority of its voters? A house divided against itself cannot stand.

"Some of our friends in California have suggested that Schwarzenegger could move in our direction over time. Anything is possible. But as far as I know, the Pete Wilson crowd, that opposes everything pro-family conservative believe in, ran his campaign and the only other major influence on him comes from the Kennedy clan. Call me skeptical."

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MICHIGAN 
Betsy DeVos, Chairman of the Republican Party of Michigan, on Monday, October 6, congratulated the Michigan House and Senate for passing a partial-birth abortion ban. However, in light of the pro-abortion-choice position of Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Mrs. DeVos expressed concern that the bill may not be signed into law, according to Michigan Republicans Victory Update (10/6/03).

The Update quotes the Daily Mining Gazette, 6/4/02: "Granholm said she would approve a ban on partial-birth abortion as long as there are exceptions regarding the life and safety of the mother."

Mrs. DeVos pointed out that, "The Governor has a decision to make." "Will she do the humane thing and sign the ban? Or will she bow to the pressure of EMILY's List, the radical pro-abortion group that funneled tens of thousands of dollars to her campaign last year? It should be an easy decision to sign the legislation and end this inhumane practice."

According to the October 8, 2003 edition of the Michigan Information and Research Services, Inc. daily newsletter, Michigan Right To Life is considering launching a petition drive targeted directly toward voters that defines birth as being the moment a fetus exits a woman's body, if Granholm vetos the ban. "RTL is looking at using a seldom-used citizen initiative approach allowed in the state Constitution (Article II, Sec. 9) that would put the question directly in front of the Legislature for an up-or-down vote. If a majority of both the House and Senate agree to the initiative, which would effectively ban the procedure known as partial-birth abortions, it becomes law, bypassing the governor.

"The pro-life group used this approach in 1987 when it bypassed the veto pen of former Gov. James BLANCHARD to put a ban on Medicaid-funded abortions. In order to pull it off, RTL will, again, need to collect valid signatures from 8 percent of the total votes cast in the last gubernatorial election.

"That means they need to collect about 253,844 valid signatures in 180 days.

"Once the signatures are collected, the bill is presented to the House and the Senate, which can approve the measure with a simple majority. If a majority is not reached, or if the Legislature chooses to do nothing, the state must put the issue before the voters in the next general election.

However, RTL's legislative liaison Kathrine Lorenz out that with 25 senators and more than 70 House members supporting the current partial-birth abortion bill, SB 395, the question of bringing the issue before voters likely will not become an issue.

If you live in Michigan and wish to help in this effort you may contact the organization through their web site at: http://www.rtl.org/.


TEXAS 
The brutal murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn child near Austin could be the state's first application of Texas' new Prenatal Protection Act, which established the personhood of unborn children in criminal law. Senate Bill 319, passed by the Texas Legislature during the spring session and signed into law by Governor Rick Perry, went into effect on September 1, 2003.

On September 23, Christina Moore, 35 years-old and three months pregnant, was found stabbed to death in her home in Round Rock, a sleepy bedroom community near Austin. According to the Austin American-Statesman, police have not identified a suspect.

"If the investigation determines that the unborn child died as a result of the stabbing death of Ms. Moore, this would be the first application of the Prenatal Protection Act," said Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley, whose office will handle prosecution of the case, agreed.

"A tragic case like this is exactly why we all worked so hard for the Prenatal Protection Act. We wanted to fix the fatal gap in Texas law that failed to protect unborn children from someone who would harm or kill them against the wishes of their mother," commented Pojman.

"Senate Bill 319, authored by Democrat Senator Ken Armbrister and Republican Representative Ray Allen, recognizes unborn children as victims of crimes of homicide and assault and allows parents to seek civil remedies when their unborn child is wrongfully killed. It extends the definition of personhood to include unborn children ‘at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth' in the Texas Penal Code, thereby establishing criminal penalties for third party who wrongfully injures or kills an unborn child in the womb against the mother's wishes, such as in assault, drunk driving and negligence. The bill makes an exception for abortion and other legal medical procedures to which the mother has consented." (Texas Alliance for Life News Release, 10/4/03) [This exception is unfortunate but apparently necessary at this time, given previous court rulings.]


MARCH FOR LIFE 
The 31st annual March for Life is scheduled for Thursday, January 22, 2004 in Washington, D.C. For information call 202/543-3377,or fax to 202/543-8202, or e-mail www.marchforlife.org.


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