By Dave Andrusko
Welcome back to “Abortion in America”– a 10-part series examining the recent history of abortion in America and the milestones in our efforts to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. You can hear this broadcast—and any you may have missed last week—at www.prolifeperspective.com.
National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias begins by pointing out the symbolism of the actions taken by pro-abortion President Bill Clinton on January 22, 1993.
“Twenty years after the Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, newly-inaugurated President Bill Clinton reversed years of pro-life progress by issuing five executive orders that reversed Title 10 regulations banning abortion referrals by federal employees, repealed the Mexico City Policy that restricted the federal funding of international organizations that work to reverse countries’ abortion laws, negated the ban on funding for fetal tissue transplants, ordered military hospitals to perform abortions, and asked the FDA to ‘review’ the import ban on RU 486.”
Today’s overview covers the waterfront, beginning in February 1993, when New York abortionist Abu Hayat was convicted of assault and illegal abortion for his attempt to kill Ana Rosa Rodriguez by abortion. Ana Rosa was born without an arm as a result of the attempted abortion.
In the summer of 1993 a major pro-life win. Not only was the Hyde Amendment renewed (remember, pro-abortion Democrats controlled the presidency and both houses of Congress), but, lead by National Right to Life, the radical “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA) was defeated. FOCA did not “codified Roe,” as proponents pretended, it went way beyond and would have invalidated state laws permitted by prior Supreme Court decisions.
Meanwhile the Clinton Administration did Planned Parenthood’s bidding at every opportunity and promoted the use of the dangerous chemical abortifacient, RU486.
Mrs. Tobias explains that
“In May, the French drug company Roussel Uclaf donated the U.S. patent rights for RU 486 to the Population Council…. In October, the Population Council announced testing of RU 486 was underway in the United States.”
“In 1994, the American Council of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Executive Board became the first national doctors’ organization that endorsed the training of non-physicians to perform abortions. In February of that year, Mother Teresa spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in front of Bill and Hillary Clinton, and said that “the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion.”
But there was good news on the horizon. After suffering major losses in the 1992 elections, in 1994 not a single pro-life member of Congress was defeated by a pro-abortion challenger. Republicans were able to take over the majority control of both houses of Congress. In total, pro-lifers picked up six votes in the Senate and about 40 in the House setting the stage for the next fight: the national debate over banning the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure.
Join Mrs. Tobias tomorrow for Part Seven. Be sure to forward this summary using your social networks and to alert your friends to the URL for PLP—www.prolifeperspective.com.
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