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National Right to Life in cahoots with McConnell to block pro-life legislation September 23, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society.

I did a post a week ago Monday giving some ratings for pro-life groups.  I was maybe kinder to some than I should have been.  A recent example has emerged of how one group – National Right to Life – has apparently colluded with the GOP leadership to prevent pro-life bills from coming to a vote on the floor of the Senate.  Other groups have maintained a studious silence.  Keep this in mind when considering which pro-life groups to support (my emphasis and comments):

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) are desperately trying to avoid a government shutdown, and they’re using pro-life organizations to do it.

According to a source with close ties to the pro-life movement, McConnell and Boehner spent the month of August warning pro-life organizations, including National Right to Life, Americans United for Life, Susan B. Anthony List and Family Research Council, against backing conservatives’ efforts to stop taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion provider, through the Continuing Resolution (CR)…..[I would just remind that none of these groups were ones I strongly recommend. I would argue that FRC is not really a pro-life group, per se.]

……..Each of the aforementioned pro-life organizations refused to comment on whether or not GOP leadership has pressured them to oppose defunding Planned Parenthood through the CR. But National Right to Life has been echoing McConnell’s position that cutting federal funds to Planned Parenthood isn’t something Congress can do until a Republican president is in the White House. [I think I am far from alone in being incredibly frustrated that the Dems can seem to operate very well without total dominance in Congress and the White House, while the Repubniks always tell us how terribly hamstrung they are by not having a veto-proof supermajority in the Senate and no conservative in the White House.  Since the R’s will probably never have a 60+ seat majority in the Senate, what is the point?]

Despite National Right to Life’s silence on the issue, there are a growing chorus of conservative aides who say the group has become nothing more than an arm of the Republican establishment, just carrying out orders from McConnell.

“When it comes to strategy and actually scoring votes they’re terrible,” one senior aide on Capitol Hill told Conservative Review. “They’ve gotten very cozy with leadership. They consider themselves to be legislative experts so when people in Congress put forward good [anti] abortion amendments they (National Right to Life) won’t support it. They actually actively work against it.” [I hate to hear it, but I’m glad to know. I’m far from surprised. This is exactly the kind of institutionalization of the pro-life movement I’ve lamented for years. I’m not entirely convinced many of these major pro-life groups really want to see abortion and contraception go away forever]

………National Right to Life’s cozying up to leadership isn’t just a recent trend, but something the group has been doing for quite some time.

“When you’re too close to Capitol Hill it becomes a lifestyle of easy give and take, instead of remembering the old adage that politics is war by other means,” a senior House staffer said of National Right to Life. “You’re actually dealing with life and death issues and some of them are important enough to stand up for. Actually speaking to all of the lives that will be lost. All of the baby parts that will be sold. All of the born-alive infants who will be dismembered and sold to the highest bidder. All of that’s going to take place with taxpayer dollars, because shutting down the government’s controversial. If the Republican party can’t stand up to start this barbaric practice than they’re no different than the Democrats.[DANG RIGHT!  And that’s why so many of us feel so much frustration over the status quo and see little to be positive about for the future]

A former Republican aide on Capitol Hill said National Right to Life would actively get involved just to benefit the establishment’s agenda.

The former aide cited the passage of Medicare Part D in 2003, a vote National Right to Life scored in order to get pro-life Republicans such as then Congressman Jim DeMint (R-SC) to vote in favor of a massive new entitlement program. DeMint voted against legislation and National Right to Life marked it against his pro-life rating.

……..“Yet, when the shoe is on the other foot, [National Right to Life] refuses to stand on principle and score tough votes that will harm Establishment Republicans,” the former Republican aide continued. “Their refusal to score the votes for the CR as a vote funding the abhorrent practices of [Planned Parenthood] exposed in the Center for Medical Progress, is a textbook example of a DC-insider organization protecting the status quo and providing cover to Establishment Republicans.” 

Very interesting.  Very, very interesting.  So we can see how ostensible pro-life groups game the system to protect their favored politicians, who are very likely important benefactors (or help arrange donations by important benefactors).  At the root of all this evil is money.  Money is the lifeblood of any organization, I understand, you cannot do much good without substantial funding, but the thing about money is, it makes people do things they wouldn’t otherwise do.  It clouds motives. It easily causes very good organizations to even start acting against their fundamental principles.  And when I speak of the institutionalization of the pro-life movement, or industry, the lure of money is my primary concern.

Thanks to MFG for the really important link.

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