|A Publication of the Republican National Coalition for Life||January/February 2004 - No. 52|
Candidates Must Have Consistent Pro-Life Views |
As we look back on what we have accomplished over the years since Roe v. Wade we can point to certain restrictions and regulations of the practice of abortion. As we look ahead, we see a future in which the life issues expand way beyond abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide a future in which the fate of the human embryo will be decided and in that decision will rest the fate of humanity. The measuring sticks of trimesters and viability are out the window. We have reached a place where the core of what it means to respect and protect innocent human life is upon us. We must summon the political will to prevail!
Pro-life Republicans should expect candidates to have a consistent position on the right to life. If we are to create a future society in which every innocent human life from its inception, whether through natural or unnatural means, is respected and protected from assault or injury, we must elect public servants who do not justify the deliberate and intentional killing of an unborn child at any stage of development for any reason. Too many politicians get away with splitting the difference. On the one hand, they say they are pro-life, and on the other, send a signal to the pro-abortion crowd that they are really no threat to legal abortion after all.
A recent case in point comes from the campaign web site of Jack Ryan, who is running for the U.S. Senate to replace Peter Fitzgerald, a solid pro-life Senator from Illinois, who is stepping down. Mr. Ryan says, "I believe that life begins at conception. It is an undeniable medical fact that a babyís heart begins to beat around 22 days from conception, around the same time their spinal column and nervous system begin to form, and the liver, kidneys and intestines are beginning to take shape. Not protecting these innocent children is unconscionable." He goes on to say that he will "fight for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death."
But then Mr. Ryan sends a different signal. He says, "Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Henry Hyde share my system of beliefs that abortion should only be allowed in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at stake." The glaring inconsistency of this position is amazing, and unfortunately, it is an inconsistency that is commonly expressed by politicians and often accepted as sufficient by pro-life voters! Yet, it is impossible to believe in the "sanctity of human life from conception until natural death," and at the same time justify abortion for rape or incest or any other reason.
We must send a loud and clear message to candidates that we will not grant them H pro-life status unless they earn it with a publicly stated position that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringedno exceptionsno compromise!
If legal protection of the right to life is to be restored in the United States it will take a majority of Members of the U.S. House and Senate who will exercise their powers under the U.S. Constitution to withdraw jurisdiction from the Courts over these matters. If legislation is to be enacted recognizing that unborn babies are persons under the law, it will take lawmakers who are unconditionally pro-life to do it. If men and women with the dedication and commitment necessary to make these things happen are to be elected it will take pro-life leaders and individual voters who will no longer settle for second best.
Editor's Note: According to his many pro-life speeches and statements during his congressional career, and his answers to the RNC/Life Candidate Questionnaire, Rep. Henry Hyde does not justify abortion under any circumstances.
CONVENTION RESOLUTIONS AND
NATIONAL DELEGATE SELECTION
2004 Republican Convention Delegate Selection
Republican precinct, county and state conventions are fast approaching. Grassroots pro-life and profamily Republicans will once again have an opportunity to offer pro-life platform resolutions at their local and state conventions. The principles contained in resolutions passed at the local and state levels are intended to form the basis for those adopted by the Platform Committee at the Republican National Convention to be held in New York City, August 30 - September 2, 2004.
These resolutions may also be used to determine who is chosen to represent you as Delegates and Alternates to the Republican National Convention. Candidates for Delegate/Alternate should be required to commit to support and argue in favor of these principles at the National Convention before pro-lifers commit to vote for them.
We offer for your consideration the following pro-life resolutions to be introduced at precinct, county/district, and state conventions of the Republican Party.
Because of the multitude of public policy issues related to human life that have arisen within the scientific and medical communities, particularly with respect to reproductive technologies and experimentation on human subjects, we are including resolutions that relate to embryonic stem cell experiments, human cloning, and fetal tissue experiments.
Of course, there is always the possibility that, at some conventions, these resolutions could be defeated. Please do not be discouraged if that happens. There is great educational value in simply reading them aloud to the Delegates, so that people can listen and learn. Many more conventions will pass them, resulting in greater attention being paid to these critical issues at the national level.
A RESOLUTION TO REAFFIRM THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO LIFE
In the spirit of America's founding document, the Declaration of Independence, and as Delegates to the _________________ Convention of the Republican Party of (insert name of state), we reaffirm the self-evident truth that "all men ... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life . . ."
Therefore, we uphold the principle that every human being, from conception to natural death, has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.
The Declaration further states: "That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men . . ."
In the tradition of our Founding Fathers, and in an effort to once again secure the right to life, we reaffirm our support for a human life amendment to the United States Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendmentís protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues for abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life.
A RESOLUTION TO BAN THE CLONING OF HUMAN BEINGS
On January 22, 2004, President George W. Bush, in his message to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., said the following: "We'll work with Congress to pass without delay a comprehensive and effective ban on human cloning. We can push the limits of medical science while maintaining the highest of ethical standards. Human life is a creation, not a commodity, and should not be used as research material for reckless experiments."
Therefore, as Delegates to the ________________Convention of the Republican Party of (enter name of state), we urge the United States Congress to work with the President to pass legislation totally banning any and all attempts to clone human beings in our country.
A RESOLUTION TO BAN HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH
Since 1995, Congress has explicitly prohibited the use of federal funds for "research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death."
Embryonic stem cells are obtained by killing the human embryo. This is clearly an immoral, unethical course of action based on a utilitarian view that the weak and defenseless may be sacrificed for some possible good end.
However, stem cells are also being derived from non-lethal sources. Stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood and placentas (after the birth of a living baby) and adult stem cells are now being used with great promise and success in experiments to assist in the cure or treatment of disease, while experiments with embryonic stem cells have yielded no positive results, only negative and harmful consequences to the patients involved.
The science of embryology is abundantly clear a human being is in existence at fertilization. Medical Ethics, from the Hippocratic Oath of the fourth century, B.C., to the mid-20th Century Nuremberg Code, to the Council of Europe's 1997 Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, all affirm this basic principle: First, do no harm.
We, as Delegates to the _____________ Convention of the Republican Party of (enter name of State), therefore resolve that the United States Congress should pass a complete ban on human embryonic stem cell research.
A RESOLUTION TO BAN THE USE OF ABORTED BABIES
IN FETAL TISSUE EXPERIMENTS
Passage of the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act of 1993 lifted the federal ban on the performance of fetal tissue transplant experiments using the victims of induced abortion. Since then, shocking evidence confirms that abortion clinics, medical schools, university research laboratories and pharmaceutical companies are trafficking in the organs and bodies of aborted babies, some of whom are aborted alive and then killed for their organs.
These activities cannot be condoned by a civilized, compassionate society.
Therefore, we, as Delegates to the _____________ Convention of the Republican Party of (insert name of state), urge Congress to pass legislation banning research on fetal tissue obtained from induced abortions and providing stiff fines and criminal penalties for violations of such a law.
As filing deadlines occur, we gather the names and addresses of Republicans who are running for Congress. We mail an RNC/Life Candidate Questionnaire to each of them and invite them to respond within seven days. It usually takes two to three weeks after closing for the questionnaires to reach the candidates and be returned to us. If a candidate's name does not appear on our PAC Report it means the filing deadline has not closed or we had no response to our questionnaire.
RNC/Life asks the hard questions on the life issues. Our Candidate Questionnaire is designed to identify the candidates we can support who are pro-life in principle and will work hard to promote policies and laws that recognize and affirm the sanctity of life for innocent human beings yet unborn. We are not looking for pragmatists and compromisers.
You may view the questionnaire on our web site at http://www.rnclife.org. Please feel free to download it and submit it to candidates for local, county, and state office. After all, it is not enough to ask a candidate if he is pro-life. What we must know is to what extent is he pro-life? Does he justify abortion for some babies and not others? If so, the candidate is not worthy of our support. The right to life is not a single issue it is a qualifying issue.
Please do what you can to support the solidly pro-life candidates who are running in your state. Youíll be glad you did .
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