By Dave Andrusko
With just 55 days until the November 3rd General Election, it is no surprise that the September issue of National Right to Life News would be packed with news about the presidential contest between pro-life President Donald Trump and pro-abortion former Vice President Joe Biden. Beginning on page one, our coverage extends to pages 2-3, 5-6, 8-9, 11, 13-14, 17, 19, and 21.
For pro-lifers has there ever been a more consequential presidential election? After all, there have been many contests that pitted a pro-life Republican against a pro-abortion Democrat.
But none has ever featured a man rightly described as the most pro-life President ever, Donald Trump, against a pro-abortionist, Mr. Biden, who is the titular head of a party that has knowingly, willingly, and enthusiastically embraced abortion on demand which you are I are supposed to pay for.
And because almost the entirety of the Establishment Media is an extension of the Democrat Party, you’d never know about the amazing number of pro-life Republican women running for House and Senate seats in 2020. NRL Political Director Karen Cross’s stories on page one and page 16 are must reading.
The edition of the “pro-life newspaper or record” hones in on three important court cases. As we know, no sooner is pro-life legislation passed (and sometimes in anticipation of them being passed) than pro-abortionists challenge them in court. In turn, the attorneys general defend their constitutionality.
This brings us, first, to our coverage of a decision by the full 4th U.S. Court of Appeals last week that permanently enjoined the Trump Administration’s “Protect Life” rule. That rule requires recipients of Title X family planning money not to co-locate with abortion clinics or refer clients for abortion as a method of family planning. That 8-6 decision is in conflict with a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the Rule, opening the way to a possible resolution by the Supreme Court.
The second very important case is the challenge to “Missouri Stands For the Unborn Act” which Missouri Right to Life described as “groundbreaking legislation that will save lives and set the standard for prolife legislation nationwide.” Among the many provisions in HB 126 is a ban on abortion when the baby reaches 20 weeks gestation, a developmental point by which the child can experience pain.
After numerous delays, oral arguments in the challenge to HB 126 have been set for September 24 in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The third case is the welcome conclusion to Planned Parenthood‘s legal challenge to Indiana’s 18-hour ultrasound law, part of the 2016 Dignity for the Unborn Act signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence. PPFA conceded it will not win its suit which has blocked the law since 2017. The law goes into effect in 2021.
As always, the September issue offers readers many inspiring stories. One of my favorites is of a baby born at just 22 weeks who beat long odds to become among the youngest surviving premature babies in the world. Another tells us about a woman who was branded “inhumane” for rejecting abortion on multiple occasions. She is now the proud mother of three-year-old twins, George and Alfie King.
There is much, much more in this 36-page long edition. Be sure to read them all and pass them—and this entire September edition—along to your pro-life family and friends.