Editor’s note. This appeared in the July digital edition of National Right to Life News, the “pro-life newspaper of record.” You can read the entire edition online at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsJuly2016.pdf and forward it to your family and friends.
Since last month’s edition of National Right to Life News, so much has happened it is wonderful that we have National Right to Life News Today to fill you in daily, Monday through Saturday, on the latest turns of event. Where to begin?
The bookends, if you will, are the decision by the United States Supreme Court to toss commonsense–and women’s health–to the wind by overturning two key components of the pro-life omnibus 2013 Texas law known as HB 2, and NRLC’s July 7-9 National Convention.
On June 27, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, five justices proved what NRLC has warned ad infinitum. Without a considerable turnover on the court, the argument that abortion facilities should not be allowed carte blanche to be as indifferent to women’s health as they wish falls on deaf ears.
In his dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas’ opening sentence cut to the chase: “Today the Court strikes down two state statutory provisions in all of their applications, at the behest of abortion clinics and doctors.”
Thomas then immediately quoted from the late Justice Scalia’s dissent in Stenberg v. Carhart where Scalia wrote of the Court’s troubling tendency “to bend the rules when any effort to limit abortion, or even to speak in opposition to abortion, is at issue.”
At its three-day National Convention in Herndon, Virginia, less than two weeks later, NRLC offered insight, encouragement, strategic advice, a reminder that we have an alternative approach to abortion legislation, and constant reminders that the election of pro-abortion radical Hillary Clinton would be “catastrophic.”
In light of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, director of state legislation for National Right to Life, told the New York Times, “Our legislation focuses on the humanity of the unborn child.” The Times correctly noted NRLC has two top priorities.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (passed by 14 states) and the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act (passed by six states). Both laws are based on model legislation provided by National Right to Life. The latter protects unborn children who are capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods. An unborn child is capable of feeling pain by 20 weeks after fertilization and likely earlier.
In between the Supreme Court decision and our convention, PPFA made the utterly predictable announcement it would attack pro-life laws in eight states. PPFA didn’t offer the details about what laws they would go after in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Presumably these include laws that require abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers–the issues on the table in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision. But, of course, the Abortion Industry is feeling its oats and may go after waiting period requirements and laws that have had an impact Planned Parenthood’s funding streams–for starters.
But, as always, NRLC, its state affiliates, and state attorneys general will be there to defend the laws. And we have been, are, and will continue to be aggressive in passing pro-life laws across the nation and defending them in court, all the way up to the Supreme Court.
In the second editorial for the July issue of the “pro-life newspaper of record,” we caught up on presidential politics. The numbers change by the day, and will jump around more so with both the Republican and Democratic conventions taking place this month.
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