National Right to Life Convention: Day 2
Despite the sad grumbling of the disgruntled prolife leaders at the news of the Obamacare court decision, day 2 of the National Right to Life Convention 2012 found hope across the board. Coming from the hot 92 degree heat, I walked into a patriotic flag-covered, National Anthem-playing convention ushered in by an all-star lineup of hasty speakers, urgently delivering their speeches so they could get back to the fight in Congress. Congressman Trent Franks, a passionate and outspoken speaker, gave a tear-jerking display of pro-life backed patriotism with a story about Gracie, his young daughter. Having waited over 20 years to be able to have children, Franks and his long-time wife finally had twins. Frequently, he would sit down with Gracie and watch Youtube videos. “She loves the laughing baby ones,” he remarked. One day, they came across a video of a young Chinese boy with no arms playing the piano. Perhaps this was the video he was talking about:
As little Gracie watched the video, she asked her dad why he got no arms but she got two. Why does he have no arms? Finally, she told her dad that she wanted to give him one of her arms. Franks remarked that if this were the case in the world, there would be many people walking around with one arm, but there certainly would be no one walking around with no arms. Such sacrifice and love for the human person, from conception to natural death is what is needed in this country and in the world: the care about others, and to want to sacrifice for their needs over ours. St. Maximilian Kolbe comes to mind in this regard: during the Holocaust, he gave his own life as a martyr for the life of a father in a family. While we are not called everyday to run out into the streets and give our lives for others, we are called to imitate St. Maximilian Kolbe in his witness to sacrifice for the good of humanity. With sacrifice comes love. With sacrifice comes fulfillment. With sacrifice comes God.
Senator Kelly Ayotte also represented Mitt Romney and vowed that the solution to remove the prodeath agenda from this administration is to simply remove the president, to replace the “most pro-abortion president in history”. She gave several examples of his involvement in anti-life movements, which were embellished with an almost exhaustive list by Carol Tobias, NRLC president. Senator Ayotte also notably mentioned that Romney as president would reinstate the Mexico City policy, which would stop future US monetary support of organizations that promoted abortions and anti-life movement in the world, organizations such as the UNFPA and the IPPF. According to Ayotte and the NRL Victory Fund, “life is on the line” in the next election.
After Tobias’s long list of Obama achievements in the anti-life movement, Karen Cross reminded us of our accomplishments both on the federal and state levels including the Hyde Amendment, which reportedly saved 100 million babies, and state laws in SC, which saved over 116,000 babies in SC alone. Increased patriotism followed when David O’ Steen introduced the NRL Victory Fund, a new Super PAC set up to increase funding for the Right to Life movement by 4 million dollars.
In the first workshop I attended, Wayne Cockfield, a family friend discussed the new epidemic of POST and MOST forms, which are being pushed in SC and Kentucky (Margie Montgomery spoke for this state) to replace the DNR (do not resuscitate) forms. Pro-death language is being added to such bills, but Wayne and his friends are putting up a good fight to stop it. As Burke, an expert in the field, mentions: feeding tubes, eyeglasses, heart devices, and the like need to be viewed less as a controlling machine “torturing devices” and more as life saving devices, or life prolonging devices. Too often, he says, pro-death proponents make them sound like “death-prolonging devices”, but, he notes, aren’t all medical devices, practices, and procedures then “death-prolonging”? In discussing such issues, we need to once again be careful of our language choice, in the way we are coming across. Indeed, it is strikingly noticeable how close the word, “euthanasia”, is to the word, “eugenics”.
In the second workshop I attended, another family friend, Angela Franks, a very dynamic speaker, discussed the topic of her book, Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy, providing excellent evidence for the eugenics connection to Planned Parenthood, along with a general debunking of popular ploys to disconnect the two. A background to modern-day population control strategies and Planned Parenthood strategies was linked to early “eugenics [now] with a passport”. The radical eugenics movement made unpopular by the Holocaust turned into the modern-day population control movement and facets of the sustainable development movement. For more information on the very apparent link between Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger’s Eugenics, please check out Angela Franks’ website: http://angelafranks.com/margaret_sanger.htm.
In the third workshop I attended, Randall K. O’Bannon, PhD. provided a historical and global look at the usage of abortion. Perhaps the most eye-opening facet of his long and shocking discussion was the “Abortion Boat” Women on Waves movement founded by Greenpeace leader, Rebecca Gomperts, which provides “Abort on Internet” cheap abortion services online to women in countries, where abortion is illegal. These extremely dangerous pill-based misoprostol pills allow women to carry out abortions at home, without doctor intervention. An online consultation is available on their website, at the end of which, for a small donation fee, a woman in a third-world country is mailed her very own “abortion kit”, complete with a pictorial guide on how to use it. Such sordid measures that effectively go around legal regiments should be banned by all governments including the one in which the website and operation is based.
More on the NRL Convention tomorrow!