By Dave Andrusko
1995 was a particularly telling year, as National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias explains in today’s episode of the ten-part PLP series dealing with the modern history of abortion in America.
In March of 1995, Pope John Paul II published the encyclical Evangelium Vitae (“The Gospel of Life”) which was a passionate call to commitment and action in the defense of human life. That same year Representative Charles Canady (R-Fl.) introduced the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. The House would pass the measure in November, the Senate in November, only to have the bill vetoed the following April by pro-abortion President Bill Clinton.
Mrs. Tobias notes that in August 1995
“Norma McCorvey, the ‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade, told a nationwide audience on Nightline that she rejected abortion and the pro-abortion movement and was now supporting the right to life of unborn children. She previously revealed that her pregnancy was not the product of a rape — as she had previously contended — showing that Roe had been built on a lie.”
With horrible irony that month David Benjamin was convicted of second-degree murder in the botched-abortion death of Guadalupe Negron.
Pro-abortionists habitually attack the right of free conscience. In response, in May 1996, a new federal law was enacted to protect medical training programs and personnel from being forced to participate in performing or training in the performance of abortions. President Clinton reluctantly signed the measure as part of an omnibus spending bill.
And in move that made final approval all but certain, in July, the Food and Drug Administration’s Reproductive Health Advisory Committee recommended that the FDA approve marketing of RU486 for women who are up to 49 days pregnant. Mrs. Tobias explains
“That fall, Planned Parenthood announced that the FDA authorized a nationwide abortion study of methotrexate and misoprostol, another chemical abortifacient combination. The FDA declared RU 486 ‘Approvable,’ on September 18 but asked the Population Council to provide more information on ‘labeling and manufacturing practices’ before the drug could be marketed.”
President Clinton won a second term in November 1996. The following January, the PBS documentary program Media Matters documented the pervasive pro-abortion bias and distortion in major media coverage of the partial-birth abortion debate. In February, Ron Fitzsimmons, head of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, told journalists he quote “lied through my teeth” in claiming that partial-birth abortions were performed very rarely and only for extraordinary medical reasons. He explained that he had just “spouted the party line” developed by leaders of other pro-abortion groups.
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