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Less than a week after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention, the Democratic National Convention rolled up with its own share of political drama. While it is easy to get distracted by these exciting developments, it is important for us in the pro-life movement to also keep an eye on the policy platforms of both major political parties.

A closer look at the platform of the Democratic National Convention will unveil the party leadership’s hardline stance against unborn life. As we have highlighted recently, this platform is the most pro-abortion platform in the history of the Democratic Party.

From the Democratic National Committee’s 2016 platform:

 “Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion…”

 Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, in her acceptance address at the Democratic National Convention endorsed this party platform by saying, “We wrote it together – now let’s go out there and make it happen together.”

Something important to note in this platform – the omission of the word “rare” from the phrase “safe, legal and rare abortions.” In 2008, Hillary Clinton frequently stated that abortions should be “safe, legal and rare.” On more than one occasion, Clinton would go on to emphasize, “and by rare, I mean rare.” Quite interestingly, both Clinton and her party have completely omitted their “rare” qualifier for abortions. It seems there is just too much money to be made for those willing to perform the gruesome procedure to support abortion only in “rare” occasions and Planned Parenthood stays financially involved and supportive of candidates who support it.

The Democrats’ staunch pro-abortion stance was further reinforced when they gave Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards a prime-time speaking slot at their convention. Yes, Planned Parenthood is the same organization that has been in the news lately for selling body parts of dead babies and who receive over $500,000 of your federal tax money annually to support their money-making business.

The Democratic Party’s harsh and extreme stance against life has only served to alienate millions of its own pro-life members. According to Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life, “The Democratic Party’s abortion stances have already caused many to leave the party, and many more will drop out because of the platform wording…Abortion is also among the reasons Democrats lost their majority in the House of Representatives. In the key states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, for example, Democrats held the majority of seats until Republicans were able to associate the Affordable Care Act with “the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.”

Growing a pro-life culture in Georgia requires the presence of strong pro-life leaders in both our major parties. We at the Georgia Life Alliance are grieved by the Democratic Party’s staunch pro-abortion stance. We encourage pro-life Democrats to stand up to their party’s divisive leadership on the issue of Life!

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For the Georgia Life Alliance article about the Pro-life Platform adopted at the National Republican Convention, CLICK HERE.

For more about the Democrat National Platform on abortion, see this posting from NRL News.
Georgia Life Alliance has been the Georgia Affiliate of National Right to Life since 2014.

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40 Years of Life-Saving Hyde Amendment

NRL News Today

Commemorating 40 Years of the Life-Saving Hyde Amendment, Over a million lives saved

Hillary Clinton wants to end the Hyde Amendment

Editor’s note. The following is taken from the NRLC Yearbook which was distributed at the annual National Right to Life Convention held July 7-9. If you haven’t read the July digital edition of NRL News, please do so at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsJuly2016.pdf. We have 12 stories from the pro-life educational event of the year.

“We believe that the Hyde Amendment has proven itself to be the greatest domestic abortion reduction law ever enacted by Congress.”
Douglas Johnson, National Right to Life, Federal Legislation Director

Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Il.)

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the “Hyde Amendment,” named for prolife champion the late Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Il). The Hyde Amendment is conservatively credited with saving the lives of over a million people.

First enacted in 1976, the Hyde Amendment is a provision attached to the annual appropriations bill that covers many federal health programs (including Medicaid). The Hyde Amendment currently prohibits the use of federal funds in those programs for abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

As National Right to Life Federal Legislation Director Douglas Johnson testified at a congressional hearing in 2011, the battle over federal funding of abortion did not begin in 1976.

It “became an issue soon after the U.S. Supreme Court, in its 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, invalidated the laws protecting unborn children from abortion in all 50 states,” Johnson told the Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives. “The federal Medicaid statutes had been enacted years before that ruling, and the statutes made no reference to abortion, which was not surprising, since criminal laws generally prohibited the practice. Yet by 1976, the federal Medicaid program was paying for about 300,000 elective abortions annually, and the number was increasing rapidly.

“That is why it was necessary for Congressman Hyde to offer, beginning in 1976, his limitation amendment to the annual Health and Human Services appropriations bill, to prohibit the use of funds that flow through that annual appropriations bill from being used for abortions.” Initially blocked by a federal judge, the Hyde Amendment was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980 in Harris v. McRae by the narrowest of margins, 5-4. The justices said Congress could distinguish between abortion and “other medical procedures” because “no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life.”

While the Supreme Court did not back away even a little from its 1973 conclusion that a woman had a right under the Constitution to an abortion, the justices concluded the government was not required to fund the exercise of that right.

At a press conference following release of the Harris ruling, Hyde said “Since that fateful decision [Roe v. Wade], millions of my fellow citizens have struggled tirelessly to reverse what the Court did, and to stop by any means available the terrible slaughter of the innocents that the Court’s decision unleashed. I am proud to have been a part of this historic effort, and happy to have had my name associated with one part of it, namely the legislation to limit spending of tax monies to pay for abortions. …

“What today’s decision really means is life for countless unborn children, just as surely as unrestricted abortion means death for them. So the true victors [unborn children] don’t even know about the battle, much less the victory.”

In his 2011 testimony, NRLC’s Johnson documented the lifesaving impact of the Hyde Amendment: “There is abundant empirical evidence that where government funding for abortion is not available under Medicaid or the state equivalent program, at least one-fourth of the Medicaid-eligible women carry their babies to term, who would otherwise procure federally funded abortions. . . . it means that well over one million Americans are walking around alive today because of the Hyde Amendment. … We believe that the Hyde Amendment has proven itself to be the greatest domestic abortion reduction law ever enacted by Congress.”

Hillary Clinton wants to overturn the Hyde Amendment.
But polls show 68 percent of Americans oppose federal funding of abortion

As noted, the Hyde Amendment is a limitation that is attached to an annual appropriations bill. As such it must be renewed each year by Congress, which means that pro-abortion forces in Congress can and sometimes do launch efforts to try to prevent its renewal. Because there are never, ever enough abortions for the likes of Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood, overturning the Hyde Amendment remains a high priority, one to which pro-abortionists have returned with renewed vigor. Back in January when Clinton accepted Planned Parenthood’s first ever presidential primary endorsement, she touched all the bases.

“Any right that requires you to take extraordinary measures to access it is no right at all,” she intoned at a New Hampshire rally, and that included “laws on the book like the Hyde Amendment making it harder for low-income women to exercise their full rights.”

Asked at an Iowa Brown and Black Forum this year if she would support congressional efforts to repeal the Hyde Amendment, Clinton said yes, adding (according to Katie McDonough), “And actually I have for a very long time.”

This was just what Kierra Johnson, executive director of Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, wanted to hear. She told Slate magazine in January, “We are thrilled that pro-choice champions are no longer accepting the Hyde Amendment as the status quo.”

Yet theirs is a minority opinion, if ever there was one. Strong majorities have long opposed federal funding of abortion. In a Marist poll conducted for the Knights of Columbus released just prior to the 2016 March for Life, “nearly 7 in 10 Americans (68 percent), including 69 percent of women, oppose taxpayer funding of abortion,” according to the poll’s summary. “This includes 51 percent of those who consider themselves pro-choice. Fewer than 3 in 10 Americans (29 percent) support it.”

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NRL News Today

As referenced by GLA’s Kristina Twitty in her Video Blog from the NRLC Convention. 

By Dave Andrusko

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Convention goers to NRLC 2016 heard three first-hand stories of “Deadly Consequences of Medical Discrimination” at an opening day general session. All were true accounts that would break your heart.

In 2010 Sheryl and Scott Crosier’s son Simon was born with Trisomy 18, a severe genetic anomaly. But rather than seeing their son’s birth as a “curse” (as described in the documenary, “Labeled”). they saw him as a “blessing,” as Scott told the audience.

After their son’s condition was diagnosed, the family could see in retrospect, the hospital staff tried to manage and manipulate them into seeinge Simon as a syndrome rather than a baby. The Crosiers rejected that dehumanizing approach and worked against a staff that continued to tell them there was nothing they could do for Simon. They went so far as to ask, when the parents sought care for their youngest son, “are you doing this to Simon or for Simon?” as if they were harming him, Mrs. Crosier said.

She told the audience that she could still hear Scott telling the staff, “We are not here to expedite his demise.”

But 88 and one-half days after Simon was born, he died. Only afterwards did they learn that the hospital, without asking them for permission or telling them, had placed a “DNR”-Do Not Resuscitate”—on Simon’s chart.

The care was so minimal, Sheryl said, that had their son not stopped breathing, he would have starved to death.

The Crosiers are the driving force behind “Simon’s Law”—introduced in Kansas and Missouri—so that no DNR order can be placed on a minor without parental consent and requires that hospitals and medical facilities must disclose any “futility” polices if asked.

Scott said that a reporter asked all 165 hospitals in one state if they had futility polices in place and only five said no.

NRL News Today readers are very familiar with Jahi McMath, the teenager who went into a California hospital to remove her tonsils only to be declared brain dead less than three days later. Her mother, Nailah Winkfield, vigorously disagreed with the hospital’s attempt to remove her daughter from a ventilator, adamant that she was not brain-dead.

After an intense legal battle, she was allowed to move Jahi to a hospital in New Jersey. Her mother filled in the details, which made the story even more heartrending.

For example, Jahi had a premonition she would not wake up from the surgery. That it was not until Nailah’s mother, a nurse of 30 years standing, returned to the hospital that they were told how serious Jahi’s condition was. Mrs. Winkfield outlined how they had stalled for time and called in the media to save Jahi and how her lawyer agreed to take on the case without being paid.

At various times, Nailah was told Jahi would be dead within a couple of days. Two and a half years after the surgery, Jahi is still alive and still responding. Her mother is caring for her full-time. And why? “My kid is not dead.”

Terri Schiavo’s brother, Bobby Schindler, provided a much appreciated update on the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Foundation, which he started to honor his sister and to help other cognitively impaired individuals in perilous situations, and how he was privileged to help Mrs. Winkfield.

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