|A Publication of the Republican National Coalition for Life||January/February 1999 - No. 26|
|The Right to Life is Not About Surgical Abortion Alone|
| For all practical purposes, the 2000 election cycle
has already begun. Candidates are starting to come forward and announce their intention to seek the Presidency and there is a jockeying for position in many congressional districts throughout the country. More
than ever before, pro-life Americans must boldly
reassert the truth that the purpose of government is to
protect the fundamental inherent rights of every human
being, among them, the right to life.
The right to life cause is not about surgical abortion alone. It is about re-establishing respect and protection of innocent human life from fertilization until natural death. It is about public policy that reflects our nation's founding principle that "all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are the right to life ...... and that governments are instituted among men to protect that right, along with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The right to life cause is not only about doing away with the right to abortion, a "right" fabricated by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, but it is also about legal protection of the human embryo in the research laboratory or the in vitro fertilization clinic, and those at the end of life who must be defended against assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Today, in scientific research laboratories on university campuses across the nation, experiments are being performed on human embryos, for utilitarian purposes, in violation of the moral law and the founding principles of our Republic. The tiniest of human beings are being subjected to medical experiments in an effort to "harvest" their stem cells, before they differentiate into organs, blood and bone. Some scientists believe stem cells may be used to grow replacement cells and organs for transplant purposes. Unfortunately, the embryonic human being must be killed in the process -- an unacceptable evil.
In addition, the mapping of the entire human genome (3 million base pairs of DNA) is expected to be completed by 2003 at the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, MD, opening the door to many miracles of modem science, while at the same time bringing about ominous implications for genetic engineering, manipulation and discrimination.
The pro-life movement is facing mind-boggling issues of public policy. If those seeking and holding public office are informed of these developments, and surround themselves with advisors who believe it is never acceptable to seek a good end through evil means, the American people and the world should be well-served. Otherwise, our children and grandchildren may reap the whirlwind.
Consider the following questions you can ask your Congressman and Senator and candidates for every office, from President to County Judge:
These are but a few of the issues that cry out for pro-life action. It appears that too many Republican politicians and some pro-life leaders for that matter, are generally far less informed than they should be on these matters, while Bill Clinton, who is a "policy wonk," likened the cloning of Dolly the sheep to "the splitting of the atom" in its importance. He mentioned the Human Genome Project in his state of the union address last year. It is clear that the Clinton liberals know what is at stake, and many of them are traveling the utilitarian road.
That is why the 2000 elections and the Republican National Convention will be a watershed for the right to life cause. The founding principles of our country are on the table as never before. We will be looking for truth and clarity and pro-life vision in the presidential candidate we choose to lead our Party.
There are people in our country and some in our Party who, if the Declaration of Independence were being written today, would not endorse it nor would they sign it. Why? Because they don't believe that the right to life comes from God. Because they don't believe that the right to life is unalienable and cannot be transferred from one to another like property, to be disposed of at will. Because they don't believe that government exists to protect the right to life. Because they represent what the Founders sought to change. Because they refuse to submit to the "laws of nature and nature's God."
The Republican National Coalition for Life is already working to see that the pro-life plank in the Republican National Platform is readopted at the 2000 Convention in Philadelphia. We are counting on you, our diligent supporters, to stay informed, be active in the Party process in your state, and circulate the RNC/Life Pledge as widely as you know how, in order to show tangible support for our cause.
Last week, Elizabeth Dole announced that she is stepping down as president of the American Red Cross, giving rise to speculation that she may launch a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. In the Feb. 9, 1998 issue of National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru writes about Elizabeth Dole's position on abortion: "In a 1987 profile for the Washington Monthly, Philip Weiss had fun with her comments to the New York Times in 1980 ('I think it's just about the most difficult question there is, and one I'm still wrestling with') and to him seven years later, ('I think it's just about the most difficult question I've ever had to wrestle with, and frankly I'm still wrestling with it.') All that wrestling to so little effect! But how very like Elizabeth Dole: scripted, indecisive, careful not to offend." On April 23, 1996, The New York Daily News reported that in an interview, Mrs. Dole "appeared uncomfortable discussing the abortion issue." Asked by the Daily News whether she supported a constitutional ban on abortions, the newspaper quoted her as saying, 'Yes. There are three exceptions -- life of the mother and rape and incest." Elizabeth Dole, like her husband, evidently wants to appear pro-life, when in fact her position is one that would insure that abortion remains legal.
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