By Dave Andrusko
This probably qualifies as the understatement of the year. In the time between when our staff produced the November digital edition of National Right to Life News, even at 45 pages the December edition of NRL News was not long enough to update readers about everything that happened.
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On page one, NRL Political Director Karen Cross reminds us that pro-life Republicans not only retained control of the U.S. Senate, but also increased their numbers by a net gain of two new pro-life members. Fifty three rather than 51members may not seem like a big difference but, of course, in truth, it can have an immense impact, especially on judicial appointments.
Likewise, while pro-abortion Democratic control of the House, 235 seats to 199, is a bitter pill to swallow, the encouraging news is Republicans would need only a net gain of 19 seats in 2020 to take the House Speaker’s gavel away from Nancy Pelosi.
Also on page one, Jennifer Popik, JD, NRLC director of federal legislation, summaries in a highly readable manner what’s transpired on Capitol Hill. As we go forward in 2019, please keep Jennifer’s keen overview at your fingertips.
In the December issue we wrote about the many pro-life contributions of our 41st President, the late George Herbert Walker Bush. Probably because Mr. Bush was such a modest man, even pro-lifers (especially younger ones) don’t realize what a tower of strength he was against pro-abortion Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate throughout his entire term (1989-1993).
Every issue of NRL News provides readers with encouraging, uplifting news about unborn children and their families. In the December digital we have nine stories that underline and emphasize the remarkable complexity of the little ones; the courage of parents to stare down physicians who tell them their babies can’t (or shouldn’t!) be saved; and the beauty of adoption.
But no issue would be complete without reminding ourselves what Planned Parenthood, the unborn child’s deadliest enemy, is up to.
In 2016, when the Boise, Idaho, Planned Parenthood affiliate rolled out a pilot program, Chris Charbonneau, its CEO bragged, “People tend to have preconceived notions about Planned Parenthood, so we are pleased to bring these services to our health centers to complement the quality reproductive and sexual health care we already provide. He added, “With these new service offerings, we are able to offer more comprehensive care to the women and men who rely on us.”
Guess what? Those “preconceived notions” proved to be 100% true. “Those particular services [aka primary care] are the ones that are no longer being offered,” Boise State Public Radio reported.
To me, the symbolism of a Planned Parenthood affiliate tossing overboard its brief experiment in providing genuine health to revert to its real anti-life roots is almost overpowering. But…
This is what they do.
This is who they are.
Please take the time to read the current issue, if not cover to cover, at least most of it, and please pass stories along to pro-life friends and family.
After all, who wouldn’t like to read about a courageous mother, pregnant with twins and facing leukemia, who finally finds a bone marrow match? Or be entranced by the story of Lyla Stensrud, born in 2014 weighing only 14.5-ounces, who four years later is possibly the youngest surviving preemie?
I think you will love this edition. I sure loved putting it together.