By Dave Andrusko
Do yourself a huge favor and take a few minutes to read a wonderful interview with Carol Tobias, National Right to Life’s new President that appears online yesterday. “I Am Woman, Waging War on Women? A pro-life leader brings some truth to bear against slanderous hype” can be found here.
As you can tell from the headline, an important part of the interview, conducted by National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez, is to demolish the nonsense that a pro-life Movement, whose leadership is overwhelmingly female, can somehow be “waging a war on women.”
Mrs. Tobias responded,
“Pro-abortion groups like to create rhetorical smokescreens that distract the public from the real issues at hand. When they say pro-lifers have launched a ‘war on women,’ what they’re referring to (but don’t want to say straight out) is pro-life efforts to stop the flow of federal dollars to Planned Parenthood — the nation’s largest provider and promoter of abortion. Pro-abortion groups know that if they talk about what really happens in an abortion, they’ll lose the argument, so they have to resort to inflammatory rhetoric that portrays pro-lifers as militants attacking women.”
But the interview is important for many other reasons as well. National Right to Life is the oldest, most firmly established, and most grassroots-oriented right to life organization in the United States. People who are not members of NRL will be delighted to learn not only about the structure of an organization which is grounded in local pro-life activism, but also that National Right to Life has extensive outreach to “teens and college students, religious communities, and Hispanic, Native American, and African American cultures; we also do outreach to women who have had abortions.”
Please take those few minutes to read the interview. You will be impressed by how Mrs. Tobias succinctly debunks many of the media-manufactured myths about the Movement, including the most irritating of all: that pro-lifers do not care about mothers and their babies after the baby is born.
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