|A Publication of the Republican National Coalition for Life||January/February - No. 42|
Pro-Life Heroine Seeking Seat in Illinois Legislature
Jill Stanek, the labor and delivery nurse who exposed the barbaric practice of infanticide at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn Illinois, is campaigning to unseat pro-abortion State Representative Renee Kosel in the newly redrawn 81st District of Illinois.
The Republican National Coalition for Life PAC is proud to endorse Jill's candidacy, and we urge each and every one of our supporters to join with us in contributing to her campaign!
When Jill Stanek went to work at Christ Hospital as a registered nurse in 1993, she never dreamed that she would have to face the moral and ethical issues that have brought her to this point in her life. After all, Christ Hospital is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. It didn't occur to Jill that a Christian hospital would perform abortions. When she discovered that premature induction of labor and delivery of second trimester babies was being done at Christ, and that many of the babies were born alive only to be allowed to die, deprived of medical assessment or treatment, she was stunned. The hospital policy is to offer live birth abortions to parents who, for one reason or another, do not want their babies. Not knowing what to do, Jill tried to persuade Christ officials to stop the horrendous procedures, but to no avail.
One night in 1999, Jill noticed a co-worker carrying an aborted Down-syndrome baby to a utility room for soiled linens, intending to leave him there to die. Feeling that she could not allow the suffering child to die alone, she took the baby and held him for about 45 minutes until he died. In later testimony, she described the moment: "Toward the end he was so quiet that I couldn't tell if he was still alive unless I held him up to the light to see if his heart was still beating through his chest wall."
Then she exposed the whole murderous business. She was suspended for 30 days, twice put on final warning probation, and after two years of rallying pro-life forces in protest of Christ Hospital's policy, she was fired.
Jill's activism led to the introduction of the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, which makes it clear that an infant born alive, at any stage of development, is a human being, person, child, and individual. Jill gave sworn testimony before the U.S. Judiciary Committee, and before House and Senate committees of the Illinois General Assembly.
Rep. Renee Kosel, the Republican incumbent, is a member of Christ Hospital's governing council. She played a significant role in the defeat of the born alive legislation when she testified before the House Judiciary Civil 1 Committee, which eventually voted against it. Kosel's critics asserted she should have recused herself from testifying on the born-alive subject because of her close ties with Advocate Health Care Systems, which owns Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, and seven other hospitals throughout the Chicago area. (Republicans for Fair Media, 7/20/01, http://www.rffm.org) In 1997, Rep. Kosel voted for the Freedom of Choice Act, which would have repealed the Illinois Abortion Law in order to establish a right to abortion throughout the state even after Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Now, Jill Stanek has decided to give the people in her district the opportunity to support a pro-life Republican candidate.
RNC/Life PAC is going all-out for Jill Stanek! Not only is she a courageous woman who has withstood the derision of her co-workers and the Christ Hospital administration, she has shown that she will remain committed to what is right no matter what. As she said in a New York Times interview (9/8/01), "I have a lot of trouble understanding how people can be more concerned about externals like people, rather than God, and someday meeting their Maker and having to explain themselves. I have a lot more trouble understanding why people are willing to forgo an eternity for concerns about what their peers think."
Jill Stanek is motivated by the most noble calling: the desire to re-establish respect and protection for all innocent human life in our country. In addition, she is well-informed on a multitude of issues and has a clear grasp of the needs of her district as well as those of the citizens of Illinois. She has entered the District 81 Republican Primary against a well-funded incumbent who reportedly raised and spent in excess of $150,000 in her last race. Because the district is predominantly Republican, the Primary will be decisive.
More than any other candidate in the country, Jill Stanek deserves the endorsement of pro-life groups and individuals. We must support her with the largest financial contributions we can possibly make. Jill's victory in the Republican Primary will send a pro-life message throughout the country that cannot be ignored.
RNC/Life PAC will accumulate your checks, made out to her campaign, and deliver them to her on your behalf .
The bill appropriates "$368,500,000 for family planning/reproductive health, including in areas where population growth threatens biodiversity or endangered species." (Source: page 7 of HR 2506, the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for FY 2002.)
Karen Malec ([email protected]), president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer located in Palos Heights, Illinois, said in a statement, "The abortion industry and its medical experts know that it will be far more challenging for them to lie to women about the abortion/breast cancer research when they are called upon to testify under oath. Scientists know that abortion causes breast cancer, but are afraid to say so publicly in today's hostile political climate." In another case soon to be heard in New South Wales, a woman is suing a hospital and an abortionist for failure to warn her that she might subsequently have a bad psychiatric reaction and for failure to warn of the increased breast cancer risk.
This should be an issue with everyone who joins the Komen Foundation's Race for the Cure each year. Pro-lifers who participate in that run should be made aware that some of the money raised is used to support abortion, a cause of, not a cure for, breast cancer.
Colorado - The State of Colorado is cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains because of its financial ties with abortions, reports Rocky Mountain News. We cannot award funds to Planned Parenthood, said state Health Director Jane Norton in the News report, because Colorado voters have twice said they do not want taxpayer dollars to directly or indirectly pay for abortions.
Planned Parenthood, responded with anger and claims of having jumped through several hoops to try to appease the government since funding was first cut off in 1999. Those hoops included spinning off an affiliate for the abortion end of the business, but Ms. Norton said in the News story that a review completed in September by a Greeley, CO accounting firm . . . revealed that Planned Parenthood is subsidizing the rent of the abortion provider.
Planned Parenthood would have received $381,956 from the state to provide family planning services under a contract that would have been signed by January 1, 2002. An audit has disqualified abortion's most energetic promoter from future access to taxpayer funds in Colorado. (Life Advocacy Briefing, 12/17/01 - [email protected])
Florida - A judge threw out a pro-abortion lawsuit on November 21, 2001, challenging Florida's "Choose Life" license plate, which abortion advocates argue is a state-sponsored religious message.
The optional bright yellow plates went on sale in August of 2000. Counties use proceeds to promote adoption over abortion. Through the end of October, 2001, 25,272 of them had been sold. State Department of Motor vehicles spokesman Bob Sanchez said $668,000 has been raised from sales of the plate.
Leon County Circuit Judge Nikki Ann Clark dismissed the case Wednesday, saying the plaintiffs failed to prove the plate was unconstitutional. "No facts are alleged to support the conclusory assertions of excessive government entanglement with religion," Clark wrote in a terse, thrree-page order. Clark added the legal equivalent of an exclamation point by dismissing the case "with prejudice." That means the plaintiffs cannot ask her to reconsider her decision. (Russ Amerling, Choose Life, Inc., [email protected])
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