Editor’s note. 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the National Right to Life Committee. As part of NRLC’s annual Yearbook, which was distributed to attendees at the NRLC convention in Overland, Kansas, there were many tributes to the most effective single-issue pro-life organization in America. Over the next several weeks, we will be posting many of those tributes in National Right to Life News Today and in National Right to Life News.
Richard M. Doerflinger, Former Associate Director, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
“Before I ever began pro-life work in 1980, National Right to Life was already the most broad-based and effective grassroots organization defending life. Its efforts have helped the pro-life movement become the largest, most diverse, and most persistent civil rights movement in the United States.
“National Right to Life has not only defended past accomplishments but has always kept thinking about the next step needed to oppose abortion and uphold innocent human life. It championed the nationwide effort to ban partial-birth abortion – giving us the first federal ban on an abortion method in history – and advancing pro-life public opinion by showing millions of Americans the brutal reality of abortion. Its efforts in the political arena and in judicial confirmation battles have helped give us lawmakers and judges who will uphold this progress. Through more recent efforts, including the campaign against abortions involving pain-capable unborn children, it continues to help move our society toward a culture of life.”