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March 28, 2008

McCain Campaign Appoints Liberal Republican as RNC Liaison 
Last week, syndicated columnist Robert Novak, in an article entitled "McCain’s Mistake" for Human Events, reported that "the McCain team that is taking over the Republican Party has decided on Bobbie Greene Kilberg, a liberal Republican from Virginia long detested by conservatives, to run the party's national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota in August." Since then, Jonathan Martin, who writes for Politico.com, reported that a McCain aide said that Kilberg will not be running the convention but is the McCain campaign's liaison to the RNC.

Bobbie Kilberg served as director of public liaison in the Bush 41 White House. As a well-known political operative in Fairfax County, Virginia, her liberal views were well known. If Bobbie Kilberg's role in the convention process relates in any way to the development of the Platform, that would give rise to serious concerns among pro-life and pro-family conservatives.

The question arises: Has John McCain appointed any pro-life, pro-family conservative leaders to high level positions in his campaign or the convention?

Title X (Ten) — A Bush Family Legacy ? 
The Democrat-controlled Congress has increased funding for Title X to a record high of nearly $300 million for fiscal year 2008. Title X is the amendment to the Public Health Service Act signed into law by President Richard Nixon with the help and leadership of then-Congressman George H. W. Bush.

48 pro-family groups sent a letter to President George W. Bush in January asking that he re-instate Reagan administration restrictions on the money that prevented Title X recipients from referring for abortion or combining family planning services with abortion services. The Supreme Court upheld the right of a President to make this rule in 1991. The restrictions were removed when Bill Clinton became president. The result is that, while Title X money cannot be used to pay directly for abortions, abortion providers like Planned Parenthood (the largest recipient of Title X funds) receive hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, allowing them to free up other funds for committing abortions.

Family Research Council's Washington Update of March 19, 2008, pointed out that "The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a near-billion-dollar organization, the nation's number one abortion merchant, and maybe the world's largest as well. One of the biggest programs that pump your taxes to Planned Parenthood is Title X of the Public Health Service Act. It underwrites birth control clinics and helps expand Planned Parenthood's access to teenagers."

The recent report from the Centers for Disease Control revealing that one in four girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are infected with a serious and/or potentially life threatening sexually-transmitted disease is evidence of the damage done once a teenager is caught in the Planned Parenthood revolving door beginning with "how to" sex education in school leading to dispensing of birth control drugs and devices, leading to infection with STDs or the onset of pregnancy, leading to referral to a Planned Parenthood clinic for treatment or abortion referral, leading to repetition of the destructive cycle.

Even Bush 41, who was largely responsible for the enactment of Title X in the first place, kept the Reagan restriction in place during his tenure. But for seven years, President Bush has adhered to the Clinton policy.

To ask President Bush to restore the Reagan restrictions on Title X funding, you may call White House Comment Line: 202/456-1111

White House Switchboard: 202/456-1414

South Dakota Governor Signs Ultrasound Law 
Leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the world's largest network of women and men harmed by abortion, issued a statement on March 14, 2008 praising South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds for signing into law a measure requiring doctors to offer women the chance to view ultrasound images of their unborn babies prior to performing abortions.

"Two of the most heartbreaking words I hear from post-abortive women are, ‘If only . . .,'" said Janet Morana, Co-Founder of SNMAC. "If only they had known, if only they had understood, if only they had seen. This law will give to women who want it the opportunity to see what their children look like before it's too late. Not only will it save babies' lives, it will spare women years of torment."

Georgette Forney, another Co-Founder of SNMAC said of the new law, "Basically, it gives women the chance to see the truth, which is why the abortion industry opposes laws of this type. More truth means fewer abortions. I'm grateful that the Governor and the South Dakota legislature stood up for women and their children."

Physician's Group Tries to Excise Consciences of Colleagues 
The American Association of ProLife Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) issued a statement on February 20, 2008 in response to a formal Opinion titled "The Limits of Conscientious Refusal in Reproductive Medicine" presented by The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology's (ACOG) Ethics Committee.

"This Opinion warns Ob/Gyn doctors that their practice pattern can be considered ‘unethical' by ACOG standards if they do not either do abortions, or refer patients desiring an abortion to an abortion provider. The Opinion goes so far as to suggest that pro-life doctors should locate their offices in proximity to an abortion provider, for the convenience of such patients. The American Board of Ob/Gyn in January 2008 published revised standards for doctors seeking recertification (which maintains their professional reputation in good standing). The revised standards are tied to ACOG Ethics compliance. This is a raw power play to cripple, and ultimately eliminate from practice, those doctors who hold a conscience conviction on the sanctity of human life, and refuse to have a part in doing, or referring for, the elective, deliberate taking of an unborn human life.

"The American Association of ProLife Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) objects strenuously to this attempt by a professional medical organization (ACOG), using ‘ethics violations' and ‘denial of recertification' as a battering ram to force pro-life doctors into pro-choice compliance. This country has, since its beginnings, honored the legitimate conscience conviction held by AAPLOG members, and by many other physicians in various specialties."

Spitzer Fall May Stymie Pro-Abortion Bill 
Prior to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's resignation due to his disgraceful personal conduct, he was strongly pressuring the New York Legislature to pass a bill, drafted by his administration, called the New York Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act. This bill would establish a fundamental right to terminate pregnancy and would remove abortion regulations from state law including parental notification, informed consent and waiting periods. In addition, it would expand the field of people who can legally perform abortions beyond physicians to "qualified licensed health practitioners," a goal of the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood. New Yorkers may have gotten a temporary reprieve now that Spitzer is gone, but his successor appears to be cut from the same bolt of cloth. Look for renewed efforts to enact this terrible bill in the not-too-distant future. At least now, pro-lifers in New York State have time to mobilize against it.

Brazilian Archbishop: Excommunication for Morning-After Pill Users – Brazilian Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho condemned a plan by Recife city officials to distribute the morning-after pill during the annual Carnival festival. Calling the plan "wicked" and "immoral" he said those who use the pill and incite its use are subject to excommunication. A new poll conducted by the Datafolha firm in Brazil shows that 87% of Brazilians think that having an abortion is "morally wrong" and less than one per cent of those surveyed approve of abortion for any reason.

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