Which candidates are pro-life?
A Publication of the Republican National Coalition for Life September/October 2000 - No. 36
Philadelphia 2000
The Republican National Convention - WE WON!

Pro-Abortion Lobby Defeated
One More Time!
The Platform 
Along with death and taxes, another thing is certain - at least within the Republican Party - and that is the fact that today, 27 years after Roe v. Wade, a Republican presidential nominee MUST have a pro-life image in order to have a chance of being elected in November. This certainty was reflected in the conduct of the Platform Committee whose chairman, Governor Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin, was instructed by George W. Bush that the pro-life plank was "untouchable." Despite the presence on the "Renewing Family and Community" subcommittee of a vocal abortion proponent from California, Toni Casey, a Democrat just four months ago, who offered amendments to weaken the pro-life language, the votes were overwhelmingly pro-life. The pro-abortion side was defeated on votes of 10-3 and 11-3 in subcommittee, and they were soundly defeated by voice votes in the full Platform committee, receiving only about 6 votes out of 107.

Phyllis Schlafly, Colleen Parro and supporters of RNC/Life observed the committee action. Well aware that pro-life forces would win the day, the abortion lobby worked hard to round up enough votes to secure a minority report so they could mount a fight on the convention floor. Failing that, they tried unsuccessfully to get the majorities of six states to sign a petition that would have caused a floor fight.

10 years ago, when Ann Stone announced the formation of Republicans for Choice with the intention of removing the pro-life plank from the Republican National Platform, we rose to the challenge and started Republican National Coalition for Life. We enlisted the help of tens of thousands of pro-life Republican activists who became delegates to their precinct, district and state conventions, and to the national conventions in 1992, 1996 and 2000. Together, we have prevailed and the Republican Party Platform continues to represent the pro-life principles held by the vast majority of Republicans. As the American people trend more and more closely to the pro-life side, Republican politicians know that supporting the sanctity of innocent human life is not only the right thing to do, it is the politically smart thing to do.

With your help, our cause has been supremely successful, and we are thankful to all of you for your continuing help and support.

The Convention 
Night after night, mostly moderate to liberal Republicans addressed the Convention Delegates and Alternates. Pro-lifers, who were definitely in the majority, waited in vain for some mention of the myriad of issues related to the right to life. It didn't happen. It was as if, once the Platform was adopted, the life issues were wrapped up and shelved, except for the benedictions.

But on Thursday night, George W. Bush, in his acceptance speech said: "Most of all, we must teach our children the values that defeat violence. I will lead our nation toward a culture that values life - the life of the elderly and sick, the life of the young and the life of the unborn." That statement brought the loudest and most sustained applause of the entire speech.

The Republican nominee emphasized again his compassionate conservatism, and his theme - "let no child be left behind" - reverberated throughout press reports. Pro-life Americans who plan to work in the Bush campaign have a great opportunity and an equally great responsibility to constantly urge Governor Bush to extend his compassion to all the babies, regardless of how they are conceived. Currently, Bush justifies abortion for babies conceived through rape or incest. Pro-life Republicans must urge him not to leave those babies behind when it comes to public policy. To be truly compassionate, one must understand that the killing of an innocent baby in his mother's womb can never be justified.

Celebrate Life - Philadelphia 2000 -
Union League Club of Philadelphia

Celebrate Life In the Birthplace of Our
Nation - And Did We!!

RNC Life Chairman
Phyllis Schlafly and
Director Colleen Parro

RNC/Life sponsored a smashing party at the Union League Club of Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 3 during the Republican National Convention. The party, attended by an overflow crowd of nearly 650 people, was the only pro-life event of convention week. Phyllis Schlafly greeted National Delegates, Alternates and guests in attendance and presented "Pro-Life Patriot" Awards to Senator Bob Smith of New Hampshire and former presidential candidate Alan Keyes, both of whom treated the crowd to stirring remarks. The food was delicious, the music great and the victory sweet. Thanks to our many wonderful Philadelphia volunteers, especially general chairman Barbara Henkels, headquarters chairman Ann Longon, and event chairman Roseanita Coffey, whose generosity and hospitality made the party and our stay in Philadelphia so memorable!

An oversold crowd attended the Pro-Life Event
of the 2000 Republican National Convention

Phyllis presents "Pro-Life Patriot" Awards to Senator Bob Smith (R-NH) and Amb. Alan Keyes.

Some of the wonderful Pro-Life Platform Committee members. (l-r) Cathie Adams (TX); Gayle Ruzicka (UT); Kelly Shackelford (TX); Donna Flanigan (AZ) and Cheryl Williams (OK).

Phyllis with Pro-Life Patriots

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