By Dave Andrusko
Today National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias completes an important 10-part overview of the modern history of abortion in America. You can hear today’s program, and any of the nine previous episodes, at www.prolifeperspective.com.
Mrs. Tobias begins with a reminder of the passing of that towering pro-life giant, Rep. Henry Hyde, at the end of 2007. He will never be forgotten.
By 2008 we were seeing a mounting campaign in the states to pass legislation that gave mothers the opportunity to view an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion. “By providing a ‘window to the womb’ to see her child in real time, it is likely that more and more women would choose life,” Mrs. Tobias says.
The year ended with the election of pro-abortion Democrat Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States in November. From the first week (and actually before, given all his promises to the Abortion Establishment), Obama assiduously worked to dismantle the pro-life legacy of President George W. Bush and to give Planned Parenthood everything it wanted. The list of anti-life actions began three days after taking the oath of office in January 2009, when President Obama rescinded the Mexico City Policy –the Reagan-era order prohibiting tax dollars from going to organizations overseas that provide or promote abortion.
Mrs. Tobias focuses on one of the key battles of the Obama presidency: his health care “reform” (ObamaCare) which was jam-packed with real and potential ways to further the cause of unlimited abortion and the rationing of medical care. “National Right to Life was the go-to organization for reporters and members of Congress trying to decipher the many different versions of the bill and the possible channels each bill would open up for federal funding of abortion on demand,” Mrs. Tobias explains. Alas, ObamaCare became law in 2010 and pro-lifers have been working to repeal it ever since.
In April, however, good news came out of Nebraska. The state legislature passed a groundbreaking first-of-its kind law: the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” The law protects the unborn child who is capable of feeling pain from abortion; scientific and medical research indicate unborn children can feel pain at approximately 20 weeks fetal age. That has served as the model for other states to pass this protective law.
In the off-year 2010 elections, the Movement made massive gains both in Congress and in many of the state legislatures. Mrs. Tobias concludes the series by noting that “As the pro-life movement entered 2011, we were poised for tremendous gains at all levels of government. Get involved today and help us make more historical gains for mothers and their unborn children.”
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