By Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life
Editor’s note. This appeared in the current digital edition of National Right to Life News. All the many articles in this issue can be read at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsJan2015.pdf.
One of the great humanitarian achievements of the Right to Life movement was the exposé of partial-birth abortion by National Right to Life. Our massive public education campaigns and our innovative laws to ban partial-birth abortion moved millions of Americans to take a second look at abortion, and millions of them switched to the pro-life side.
One of those who was shocked by partial-birth abortion wrote the majority decision in upholding the national ban on that procedure that we passed in 2003: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Kennedy had a record of indecision on abortion. But the majority decision he wrote in the PBA case showed a man appalled by the brutality of partial-birth abortion, in which an innocent unborn baby is induced to delivery and then killed by stabbing her in the head just as she emerges from the womb. Kennedy provided the decisive vote to ban this practice, which remains banned throughout the United States today.
But Kennedy didn’t only write about partial-birth abortion. He compared it to another abortion method that is so brutal it is truly hard to write about: Dismemberment Abortions.
Imagine a society in which it is perfectly legal to take an unborn baby, who often is developed enough to feel the most excruciating pain, and then to coldly and purposefully pull that child apart – dismembering her – body part by body part; arms, legs, torso, and head.
Nobody would believe a civilized society would do that. Right? Wrong.
We do that right here in the United States of America. In all 50 states.
Today, National Right to Life announces the 2015 Legislative Agenda for the Right to Life Movement. And along with passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, we are determined this year to bring the tragic issue of Dismemberment Abortions to the public’s attention, beginning with passage of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, which has already been introduced in the Kansas legislature
Your support for National Right to Life exposed the brutality of partial-birth abortion. You got it banned. Your support moved a nation to switch in polls to majority pro-life. Now your support is needed to educate about and ban the unspeakable evil of killing unborn babies by tearing them limb from limb.