Don’t Let This Moment Get Away

By Carol Tobias, President

Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life

Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life

Like many of you, I have been in our battle to protect innocent human life for a very long time. I can’t recall a time that you and I have had such a great opportunity to take huge steps forward. We have a pro-life president, a pro-life majority in the U.S. House, pro-life leadership in the House and Senate, and pro-life control in a majority of state legislatures.

We need to take advantage of every opportunity available.

It is a blessing that over time the Republican party has grown more and more solidly pro-life but a source of sadness that Democrats have become the unapologetic party of abortion and death. Certainly, there are pro-abortion Republicans and pro-life Democrats, although virtually none in Congress. But, truth be told, it would be hard to argue against the premise that Planned Parenthood and NARAL control the Democratic party.

During the eight years of the pro-abortion Obama presidency, Democrats have lost almost a thousand seats in state legislatures. Reid Wilson of the Hill publication put it this way after the 2016 elections: “The Democratic Party will hit a new nadir in state legislative seats after suffering more losses in November’s elections, highlighting the devastation up and down the party across the nation.”

As Fox News added, “Republicans now control the governor’s house or the state legislative chamber in 44 states with full control in 25 states.” That doesn’t include pro-life Nebraska since its legislature is nonpartisan. By contrast Democrats control the house, senate, and governor’s mansion in only five states.

In a report about the recent U.S. House Democratic retreat, Politico reported that “Caucus tensions are ‘definitely still simmering.’ A House Democratic aide said ‘[The] problem is that it was such an a_ _-kicking up and down the ballot that no one knows who is right anymore.’” But, as they say, denial is not a river in Egypt. Pro-abortion Democrats cling to the illusion that their embrace of abortion has not cost them dearly.

Pro-lifers have been working for many years to get to the point we are at now. We have the ability to pass laws in state legislatures, we have the ability to pass laws in the U.S. House and hopefully the U.S. Senate, and we have a chance to influence the federal courts.

We have the opportunity to re-route approximately half a billion dollars annually from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, to community health centers that offer real and comprehensive health care.

We have already seen the U.S. House pass the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” I expect to see a repeal of, or big change to, Obamacare. There will likely be efforts to pass the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” and a bill to protect conscience rights so no one can be forced to participate in an abortion–and more.

On a state level, as you have read in National Right to Life News Today, state legislatures have already passed bills to protect unborn children who can feel pain and to prevent the use of the gruesome dismemberment abortion procedure to kill living unborn children.

But the bottom line is the courts. As long as a majority on the Supreme Court refuses to acknowledge the humanity of the unborn child and the rickety legal reasoning that underlies Roe v. Wade, persuading them to uphold legislative measures will be difficult. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t give them opportunities.

To fill the current vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, pro-life President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch, a highly qualified, highly intelligent federal appeals court judge to take the seat formerly held by the highly-esteemed Antonin Scalia.

Judge Gorsuch has received accolades from judicial experts on both the liberal and conservative sides of the political aisle. However, that won’t stop pro-abortion Democrats in the Senate from doing everything they can to stop him from being confirmed.

We’ve seen the mud thrown at cabinet appointments like Sen. Jeff Sessions, Betsy DeVos, and Rep. Tom Price in an attempt to prevent them from taking their positions. We know pro-abortion Democrats will unleash an ugly attack on Judge Gorsuch and any future Supreme Court nominee made by President Trump.

It’s easy to think your phone call or email won’t make any difference because your senators have already made up their minds about how they are going to vote on this nomination. It doesn’t matter. We need to mobilize every voice in our grassroots movement.

If you have a senator who is going to vote for Judge Gorsuch, contact him or her anyway. Let him or her know you appreciate their support of the judge. If you have a senator who always listens to the abortion lobby and has stated he or she will oppose Judge Gorsuch, contact the senator anyway. Let them know that they have constituents who support Judge Gorsuch.

Believe me, EVERY senator will be hearing from the Planned Parenthood-NARAL-NOW crowd, expressing their opposition to Judge Gorsuch. Our voices must be heard as well.

Based on what we’ve seen since the November election, we face some unknown, turbulent times. But these are also going to be exciting times for the pro-life movement. Hold on to your hats, it’s full speed ahead!

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