By Dave Andrusko
In Part Seven of the ten part series, “Abortion in America,” National Right to Life President Carol Tobias continues her succinct overview of the landmarks in our battle to protect innocent unborn life. These five-minute broadcasts are the perfect tutorial for newcomers and veterans alike.
Today’s episode, which can be heard at www.prolifeperspective.org, begins with a note of gratitude to the late Pope John Paul II for his powerfully pro-life encyclical, “Evangelium Vitae”—the Gospel of Life.
Over the course of 1995 Congress passed the first Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. In the House the vote was 288-139 (November 1), in the Senate, 54-44 (December 7). Pro-abortion President Bill Clinton would veto the bill in April 1996.
Also in 1996, Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, tells a nationwide audience on Nightline that she rejects abortion and the pro-abortion movement and now supports the right to life of unborn children. She had already revealed that this pregnancy was not the product of a rape – – as she had previously contended – – showing that Roe had been built on a lie.
In 1996, in spite of valiant efforts led by NRLC, the abortifacient RU486 came closer and closer to reaching the American market. By September the FDA declares RU 486 “approvable,” although it asked the Population Council to provide more information on “labeling and manufacturing practices” before the drug can be marketed.
1996 closed with the unfortunate re-election of the pro-abortion Clinton/Gore team over the pro-life ticket of Robert Dole and Jack Kemp.
In early 1997 there was a gradual unraveling of the lies behind the use of the partial-birth abortion technique. In January The PBS documentary program Media Matters documented the pervasive distortion in major media coverage of the partial-birth abortion debate. The following month Ron Fitzsimmons, head of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, tells journalists he “lied through my teeth” in claiming that partial-birth abortions were performed very rarely and only for extraordinary medical reasons, explaining that he had just “spouted the party line” developed by leaders of other pro-abortion groups.
Tomorrow Mrs. Tobias picks up the narrative in mid-1997. If you have missed any of these very useful programs, they can be heard at www.prolifeperspective.org.