NRLC experts outline “The Battle Before Us” to NRLC 2016

Editor’s note. These remarks were delivered this morning to a general session at the 2016 National Right to Life Convention. You can watch general session addresses at

eliewieselquote4reBy Dave Andrusko

It was only fitting that a session devoted to detailing the political challenges ahead of our Movement should come after a Prayer Breakfast address by acclaimed author Jean Garton in which she told her audience, “I could not live with my conscience if I had an opportunity to do something about [the elections’] but didn’t.”

And that all-out commitment is exactly what the panel, consisting of NRLC President Carol Tobias, NRL Political Action Director Karen Cross, and NRLC Executive Director Dr. David N. O’Steen, asked of the audience.

Mrs. Tobias began by reminding us that there are a multiplicity of elections this fall, in addition to the all-important Presidency. She then contrasted what Donald Trump said in a news column earlier this year with Hillary Clinton’s lengthy pro-abortion record. Trump wrote

Let me be clear — I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.”

Clinton, “Planned Parenthood’s favorite candidate,” is an extremist’s extremist on abortion. As a senator with a 100% pro-abortion voting record, she voted against the ban on partial-birth abortions, an incredibly brutal abortion technique that was finally banned by Congress, signed into law by pro-life President George W. Bush, and upheld by the United States Supreme Court. Karen made the important point that even if your state doesn’t have a Senate race, you can use social media and other outlets to alert pro-lifers in the states that do to the candidates’ position on abortion.

And even though she was no longer in office, last year when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain, Hillary Clinton went out of her way to issue a statement saying that she opposed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Karen Cross went through the political map, showing how very, very close many Senate races are. To mention just a few competitive races, there is Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, and Iowa.

Dr. O’Steen, as he does each year at these sessions, explained what the polls really tell us about the public’s position on abortion. If you look at the “hard pro-life increment”—the advantage for the pro-life candidate among voters who vote based on a candidate’s position on abortion—you see that the Movement can deliver a 2.6% net advantage.

Provided NRLC has the resources to get the truth out, he reminded his audience. Contributions can be sent by going to

Karen closed her remarks by quoting from the late Elie Wiesel who famously wrote. “….to remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.”