The Battle Before Us

By Carol Tobias, NRLC President

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 facebook.com/nationalrighttolife/

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

Did you know there is an election this year? Of course, you did. On the ballot this year will be candidates for president, in 34 states you will have candidates for U.S. Senate, you will have candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, some of you will be voting for Governor, Attorney General and other state offices, and most of you will have state legislative races.

Let’s look at the presidential candidates.

Donald Trump wrote in a news column earlier this year,

“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.”

Donald Trump has expressed his support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. He has expressed his opposition to taxpayer funding for abortion and abortion providers, and said he would appoint pro-life judges.

Hillary Clinton having been in elected office and just been around for a long time, has a much longer record. As a U.S Senator, she voted 100% against the babies. There was no limit on abortion that she would accept. We had a 12-year battle to ban a particular type of abortion, called partial-birth abortion. In this procedure, the abortionist, grabs the unborn baby’s leg with forceps and pulls the baby into the birth canal. The abortionist delivers the baby’s entire body, except for the head. He jams scissors into the baby’s skull and opens the scissors to enlarge the hole. The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child’s brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed.

Horrifying? Gruesome? Hillary Clinton voted repeatedly to keep partial-birth abortion legal. Thankfully, in 2007, the Supreme Court upheld a ban on partial-birth abortion.

More than half of the states have in effect laws that require parents be notified, or give consent, before an abortion can be performed on their minor daughter. However, these laws are often circumvented when minors are transported to other states that do not have parental involvement requirements, often under pressure from older boyfriends. Congress tried to protect the rights of parents in these situations, but Senate Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, blocked the bills. Clinton didn’t care about your rights as a parent. She apparently has no problem with someone taking your daughter out of state to get an abortion so you don’t have to be told.

Let’s look at more of her record. The State Children’s Health Insurance program, or SCHIP, is a federal program that provides funds to states primarily so they may provide health services to children of low-income families. In 2002, the Bush Administration issued a regulation giving states the option of covering unborn children under the program, a policy known as the “unborn child rule.” Since this was an administrative rule which could be changed by a future administration, the Senate, in 2007, held a vote to codify the “unborn child rule.” The amendment would have written explicit language into the SCHIP statute to guarantee that a covered child “includes, at the option of a State, an unborn child.” Hillary Clinton voted no. This woman, who wants us to think she really cares about health care, didn’t think unborn children should get health care.

Last year, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain. Hillary Clinton issued a statement saying that she opposed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. She apparently thinks it’s okay to kill unborn babies who have developed far enough that they can feel pain.

And, of course, Hillary Clinton is Planned Parenthood’s favorite candidate. The nation’s largest abortion provider announced it will spend around $20 million to elect Hillary Clinton and pro-abortion Senators.

When Bill Clinton was president, he said that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Hillary doesn’t bother to say rare. She just wants it legal. In fact, she has said the unborn child has no constitutional rights up until the day of birth.

In April, Chuck Todd, on Meet the Press, asked Clinton: “When, or if, does an unborn child have constitutional rights?” She answered, “Well, under our laws currently, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”

Two days later, on The View, Paula Faris said, “And Secretary, I want to ask you about some comments that you made over the weekend on Meet the Press regarding abortion. You said, quote, ‘the unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.’ My question is at what point does someone have constitutional rights, and are you saying that a child, on its due date, just hours before delivery still has no constitutional rights? Clinton responded, “Under our law, that is the case, Paula. I support Roe v Wade.”

When you think Hillary Clinton, think abortion for all nine months for any reason. No limit or restriction is to be permitted.

It’s not just the presidential candidates that will be on the ballot in November. Last week, the Supreme Court overturned a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on a case out of Texas– a win for the abortion industry which wants no regulations on abortion whatsoever.

All excited about this pro-abortion victory, Planned Parenthood announced a nationwide campaign. They will work to repeal pro-life legislation, work to enact pro-abortion legislation, and pursue litigation to strike down laws they consider to be unjust.

I will admit. I was a bit amused by that. If you look at the laws currently protecting the abortion business, you will see that almost every gain they have made has come through the courts. For the most part, they are not passing pro-abortion legislation; they are not repealing pro-life laws. Because they don’t have the people on their side to make that happen! Pro-life laws are passed because you educate your fellow Americans about what happens to that little baby in an abortion. You work hard to elect pro-life legislators and you work with those legislators to pass good pro-life bills.

As I said, most laws passed have been on the pro-life side. California is one of those handful of areas that go the other way, and I want to talk about one of them. Last year, the state of California passed a law to force pregnancy resource centers to give every woman who comes to them for help, information that she may be eligible for free or low-cost family planning services, prenatal care, and abortion from the state, along with a phone number for where to get further information.

Can you imagine a state government telling the Ford dealer that he has to tell customers where they can buy a Honda? Or forcing Taco Bell to tell customers it only serves Pepsi products and that if they want Coke, here’s an address for the closest McDonalds?

This law is more serious than just “product competition”. This is a violation of free speech and religious freedom. Pregnancy Resource Centers have a moral objection to telling women where they can go to kill their children.

The abortion industry can’t stand competition. I would say to them: When you only allow one option, you cannot call yourself “pro-choice.”

I am a tremendous admirer of Winston Churchill. He was the right man in the right place at the right time to, quite frankly, save the world. If it hadn’t been for Churchill’s determination and indomitable spirit, we can’t know how much of the world Adolph Hitler would have conquered. To express this country’s appreciation, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963, made Churchill an honorary American citizen.

In the book, “The Last Lion, Defender of the Realm,” Churchill says that Hitler was outkilling even his Teutonic ancestors. And not since the Mongols came in the thirteenth century had Europe seen such “methodical, merciless butchery” on such a monstrous scale. “We are in the presence,” he concluded, “of a crime without a name.”

I read that and thought, wow, methodical, merciless butchery on such a monstrous scale, we are in the presence of a crime without a name. But you all know what I was thinking. One million unborn babies killed every year– some scraped out of the uterus with a metal curette, some of these little ones vacuumed or suctioned out; still others bleeding to death as they are torn apart limb by limb in the dismemberment process. Except, this crime does have a name– abortion. And we must do everything we can to stop it. The battle before us is to elect pro-life candidates so that we may continue our push forward to protect those babies.