Holding firm, moving forward, determined to win the battle before us

By Carol Tobias, President

Editor’s note. These remarks from NRLC President Carol Tobias were part of a Friday morning General Session entitled, “The Battle Before Us.”

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

What is “The Battle Before Us”? To advance a culture of life in which innocent unborn human beings are protected from abortion and the medically vulnerable are defended against euthanasia and assisted suicide.

We can do that in four easy steps:

1) We elect pro-life candidates who pass good laws;

2) We elect pro-life presidents who put intelligent judges on the Supreme Court;

3) In the matter of abortion, we get a case before the Supreme Court so they have the opportunity to overturn Roe v Wade; and

4) We get state legislatures to protect innocent human life in every state.

Piece of cake, right?? We’re done!

Okay. Maybe it’s a little more complicated than that. But then again, it really isn’t. We need to continue our efforts to change hearts and minds; we need to grow our movement and bring more and more people to understand that killing a defenseless little one doesn’t solve any problem.

But if we want to stop abortion so that unborn children are protected, we need to change the law. And we do that by working hard for pro-life candidates, doing everything we can to win.

We know what to do but we do have some obstacles. For example, we have a major political party that has an official position of supporting unlimited abortion throughout pregnancy and tax funding of abortion.

We have the nation’s largest abortion provider getting about half a $Billion from taxpayers. That’s the same organization that spent $734,000 in a special congregational election in Georgia last week. But you know what? They still lost; because they don’t have you.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, has been on a nationwide tour, trying to build support for continued tax funding of her organization. In one recent interview, she said, “The fundamental ability for women to participate in the workforce is the ability to access healthcare and decide when they can have children.”

I think she’s saying that women have to kill their children if they want a job or career. If that’s the case, the so-called “women’s movement” has failed.

The Atlantic magazine, on Tuesday, published an interview with Richards in which she stated, “It’s more important than ever that we stand loud and proud for the ability of any woman—regardless of her income, her geography, her immigration status, her sexuality, her sexual orientation—to access the full range of reproductive health care.”

She added, “We’ve got to pull the curtains back and be open and honest about this procedure that one in three women will have at some point in their lifetime, and their right to make that decision.”

First of all, we know the 1 in 3 statistic is not accurate. Even the Washington Post gave two Pinocchios for that claim but, can you imagine, the head of Planned Parenthood saying, “We’ve got to pull the curtains back and be open and honest about this procedure …”

Yesterday, we heard from [citizen journalist] David Daleiden whose undercover videos did pull back the curtains to show us what they are doing. Planned Parenthood is trying its hardest to not only keep the curtain closed but it wants to put chains and huge padlocks and brick walls around that curtain to keep anybody from peeking behind it.

And if they’re going to be loud and proud about abortion, why do they keep repeating the lie that abortion is only 3% of what they do?

Just a sidenote—Joss Whedon is a Hollywood filmmaker who produced a short film to encourage support for Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood actually tweeted this:

“If there’s anything we’ve learned from Joss Whedon over the years, it’s this—every single one of us has a hero inside; and it’s our responsibility to use our superpowers to slay.”