|Volume 38, Number 6-7 www.nrlc.org June/July 2011|
U.S. House Passes Two More Pro-Life Measures
WASHINGTON (June 16, 2011)—The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives approved two important pro-life measures, strongly backed by the National Right to Life Committee, during May.
Both measures face uphill fights in the U.S. Senate, which Democrats currently control by a 53-47 majority. On the most recent abortion-related vote in the Senate, an April 14 roll call on a bill to cut off federal funds for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the pro-life side lost 42-58 (see April/May NRL News, page 21).
No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
On May 4, the House approved a major NRLC priority, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3), by a vote of 251 to 175.
Every Republican House member who was present—235 lawmakers—voted in favor of the bill, joined by 16 Democrats. Every one of the 175 negative votes was cast by a Democrat.
(The House roll call on H.R. 3 appears on pages 24-26 of this edition, in vote column no. 1.)
Two days before the House took up the bill, the White House issued a statement attacking the bill, th
An Interview with Mary
By Dave Andrusko
A conversation with Mary Spaulding Balch, director of National Right to Life’s Department of State Legislation, is always equal parts enthusiasm, education, and inside information. Add to the mix the excitement generated by the NRL Convention in Florida—which was only eight days away when we talked—and I knew NRL News readers were in for a treat.
The 2011 legislative session was very productive, Balch explained. Before we went through the high points, I asked her what explains the undeniable progress.
“The country is becoming more pro-life,” Balch said. “And that is reflected in elections; a great many pro-lifers were added last November, which changed the substance and the chemistry in many state legislatures.”
I asked for specifics. “It’s not just opinion polls, which are trending our way,” she said. “And it’s not just that young people, in general, are pro-life, which they clearly are.”
From the President
WHAT ONE PERSON CAN DO
BY Carol Tobias
What can one person do? Because of Charlie Simpson, survivors of last year’s earthquake in Haiti received substantial help from UNICEF. Charlie, a seven-year old boy in London, decided he wanted to help the earthquake victims. He wrote on a fundraising website that he was going to ride his bicycle for eight kilometers (five miles) around the local park, and asked people to sponsor his efforts. Hoping he could raise 500 euros, Charlie succeeded in raising more than 200,000 euros, or almost $300,000! The money was used to provide food, water, and sanitation in Haiti.
What can one person do? Ask the widows and children of India who lived because a Baptist missionary decided to make a difference. In his last sermon before leaving England, William Carey stated, “Expect great things from God! Attempt great things for God.”
When Carey arrived in India in 1793, infant sacrifices were common. The culture placed a low value on females—often female babies were smothered at birth, and pressure was put on widows to be burned alive on their husbands’ funeral pyre. Euthanasia was practiced as the sick and elderly were left by the riverside—exposed to extreme temperatures, crocodiles, or insects. Lepers were often burned alive.
William Carey spent 41 years in India campaigning for human rights along with his missionary work. By the time he died in 1834, the British ruling government had outlawed infanticide, as well as widow and leper burning.
What can one person do?
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