At NRLC 2019, four pro-life leaders detail pro-abortion attempts to “Legalize the Unthinkable”

By Dave Andrusko

Front row (left) Melissa Ohden and Mary Beerworth. Back row, Christina Fadden and Barth Bracy

Four veterans of full-bore pro-attacks on their states gave insider views of what happened in New York, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

In the first three instances, pro-abortion legislation prevailed. It failed in Virginia in no small part because anti-life representatives candidly admitted their goal was abortion on demand through all 40 weeks of pregnancy and the removal of protection for abortion survivors—infanticide.

Christina Fadden, chair of New York State Right to Life, explained how the Reproductive Health Act finally passed in the Gotham state. Part of it was packaging—the RHA was billed as merely “codifying Roe,” when in reality it obliterated all limitations on abortion and protections for abortion survivors.

On top of all that, in decriminalizing all forms of abortion in New York, the RHA “repealed ALL protections from criminal acts of violence against a pregnant woman’s unborn child,” Fadden said.

Camouflaging the true reach of the RHA—an uncritical media swallowed pro-abortion talking points “hook, line, and sinker”– would not had been enough had pro-abortion Democrats not also finally secured control of the state Senate.

Vermont has been in the cross-hairs of pro-abortionists and pro-assisted suicide forces for years, explained Mary Beerworth, executive director of Vermont Right to Life. Planned Parenthood—whom Mary describes as the “fourth branch of government” in Vermont—wields enormous power.

Once they achieved super majority status in the House and Senate, they became even more aggressive. There were no limitations on abortion but that was not enough. Again, using the pretend excuse that if Roe were overturned abortion “rights” would be endangered, Planned Parenthood won “enactment of a law written to secure protection from any interference for their abortion business as well as the opportunity to be first in the nation to place abortion rights in a state constitution.”

As an illustration of pro-abortion militancy, Beerworth talked about the first day of the legislative session when one pro-abortionist shouted, “Who Loves Abortion?” and heard in response, “We do!”

Pro-abortion forces in Vermont fashion themselves “the shining example for other states to follow,” Beerworth explained.

But, like Fadden, Beerworth assured the audience that pro-life forces have not and will not give up. She sees what happened in 2019 as a “temporary triumph for pro-abortionists” which will be succeeded by a “permanent victory for the babies.”

Rhode Island, like Vermont, is a small state with very small legislative districts, Barth Bracy, executive director of Rhode Island Right to Life told the general session audience. Politics is so local, there is only “one degree of separation” between office holders and their constituents.

Barth laid out how pro-life forces came tantalizing close to defeating the Reproductive Privacy Act. Like New York’s Reproductive Health Act, it was described (in this case by pro-abortion Gov. Gina Raimondo) as merely “codif[ying] what has been the status quo under Roe v. Wade for nearly five decades.” It rivals New York’s and Vermont’s abortion-without-limitation for extremism. And, Bracy said, it is “not possible to exaggerate the magnitude of the monstrous betrayal committed by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio.”

Virginia benefited from the fallout from New York’s Reproductive Health Act and the astonishingly honest comments of state Del. Kathy Tran and Gov. Ralph Northam. As Olivia Gans Turner, executive director of the Virginia Society for Human Life, explained, Del. Trans admitted, under questioning, that her bill would allow abortion through all 40 weeks.

On a radio program, Northam said it is up to the mother and the abortionist to decide whether an abortion survivor is given any medical care—as bold and as frank an admission of support for infanticide as you could imagine.

Pro-life forces put together two major rallies and the bill was defeated. Turner reminded her audience that pro-lifers have a one-vote margin in both houses, making this year’s elections pivotal.

Abortion survivor Melissa Ohden concluded the session with a memorable speech. She spoke of her Abortion Survivors Network, up to 289 members so far. But because of the Northams, who seek to take away protections for abortion survivors, “We are an endangered species.”

But as did Fadden, Beerworth, Bracy, and Turner, Ohden is adamant she will not give up: “We refuse to let this happen in our country.”