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National Right to Life: 2016 more important than stopping murder and sale of baby parts October 2, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unbelievable BS.
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Congress just passed “temporary” funding bills that will continue to keep federal dollars rolling into Planned Barrenhood for some time.  Many widely expect Republicans to continue to do so, to prevent their members from having to vote for or against a measure funding Planned Barrenhood.  These temporary measures also keep RINO names from being attached to disastrously large, debt-inducing appropriations bills. It’s the new way of running government for the benefit of the elite, not passing proper bills and laws but just hacking together temporary measures to better aid their political fortunes.

It seems National Right to Life is fully supportive of this.  They continue to maintain the delusion that 2016 might be a banner year of Republicans (it won’t) and that 2016 represents the best chance to end Roe v. Wade in a generation.  As if.  I don’t know where they get their delusions, in reality, these are hard-bitten political veterans who know better than anyone Roe won’t be going away anytime in the foreseeable future, these excuses are simply for public consumption, to explain away their all-too-cozy relationship with a Republican party too concerned about its electoral future to stop the mass slaughter of children and sale of murdered baby parts.  LSN reports:

For weeks, leading pro-life groups have urged Congress to defund Planned Parenthood. This week, however, both chambers passed government funding bills that funded the government — including its funding of Planned Parenthood — until December.

Shortly before the vote, LifeSiteNews spoke with the leader of one of the few pro-life groups urging Congress to avoid a full-tilt defunding fight until 2017 — after a pro-life president can be elected.

“There was a government shutdown in 2013 because people wanted to see Obamacare repealed,” said National Right to Life’s Carol Tobias. “The repeal didn’t happen, and Republican numbers were in the tank until the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, which became a national joke. I don’t know that we can count on something like that next year to happen.”…….

……NRLC has not been shy about going against the pro-life grain. In 2013, it targeted two no-exceptions representatives from Georgia who opposed the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” because the bill allowed for the abortion of children conceived through rape.

Last year, the national pro-life organization dropped its affiliation with Georgia Right to Life because of the latter’s opposition to exceptions in pro-life legislation. A new, untested group — Georgia Life Alliance — became the new state partner. [Well that is DANGED interesting, and mirrors the division between Texas Right to Life – a no exceptions type group – and Texas Alliance for Life, which this writer has observed to be willing to make a lot of exceptions]

………”I hate to say this, but in 2012, pro-lifers lost. And babies are paying the price. We have to do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen in 2016, because we don’t want another four years, or eight years, of a pro-abortion president who is going to defend Planned Parenthood and defend abortion,” explains Tobias. The next president will “appoint justices to the Supreme Court who will, maybe five years, 10 years, 15 years down the road, be able to overturn Roe v. Wade.” [Uh huh.  How many Republican-nominated justices do their have to be to overturn Roe v. Wade?  Because in 1992 there were 6!! (O’Connor, Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas, Rehnquist, Souter with a very conservative Byron White), and yet how did Casey v. Planned Barrenhood turn out?  Instead we got a lecture from O’Connor about how abortion is the vital backstop to America’s contraceptive mentality? Just what exactly does NRLC do to oppose contraception?  How many votes are enough in the Senate?  The R’s will never, ever have 60+, and how many Republican presidents have taken real, hard steps to end abortion in this country?  In the final analysis, the Republican party at the national level has repeatedly shown itself willing to only nibble around the edges of abortion but never, ever put it at serious risk of being outlawed.  Even if the R’s by some miracle had 65 seats in the Senate and a president in the White House they STILL would manage to screw it up)

“When you weigh everything on the scale, I don’t know how, when you’ve got the current Senate make-up, and you’ve got Obama in the White House, I don’t know how you can win [inaudible],” she stated.

So what can pro-lifers do in 2016? Tobias says they can vote. “Part of the problem in 2012 was that some people [said], ‘Oh, I don’t really like Mitt Romney, I don’t like his religion,'” said Tobias. “A lot of people didn’t vote. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen next time. It’s up to pro-lifers to make sure that every pro-life voter in the country knows what is at stake.”

……… But if pro-lifers decide that, for whatever reason, they’re upset and they’re just gonna stay home, babies continue to die.”

I’m sorry, and excuse my language, but bullshit.  Sure the Republicans are marginally better on pro-life at the national level, but only marginally so.  Does anyone really think that if Romney – a total abortion squish, who has changed his position to whatever is convenient – had been elected, abortion would be under any more threat in this Year of our Lord 2015?  No.  We’d be hearing the same crap about how they’re aren’t enough votes in the Senate, the democrats will filibuster, we must wait till next election and see how we come out, but in the meantime, all  you pro-lifers be good little obedient soldiers and keep donating to our cause and always keep voting Republican, and maybe one distant day in the future (but no promises!) we’ll put in a minor limitation on abortion.

I think a lot of pro-lifers have been hearing this same line for decades and we’re sick of it.  The Republican party leadership takes pro-life votes for granted and isn’t even slightly interested in seeing our vital concerns realized.  And NRLC and many other groups are so institutionalized that they are basically inseparable from the Republican party apparatus.

Here’s the reality – in spite of the billions donated to national pro-life groups, in spite of decades of pro-lifers dutifully voting for the Republican party, the United States today remains one of the most free-wheeling abortion landscapes in the world. We are one of only six nations to allow abortion to six months gestation, nominally, but let’s be real, we all know there are thousands of doctors all too happy to declare a “threat” to the mother’s health for specious reasons, so that abortion is in reality legal to 42 weeks and beyond.  We see in the Planned Barrenhood videos that partial birth abortion still goes on on a wide scale, and does anyone think a single soul at Planned Barrenhood will be indicted under the federal ban?

I’ll just sum up again, bluntly: if the Republican party had all 9 Supreme Court justices, a “pro-life” President, 65 seats in the Senate and 280 in the House, does anyone think Roe v. Wade would be overturned/outlawed?  Would abortion be made illegal?  I don’t.  I don’t believe that because I don’t believe the Republican party leadership wants abortion to go away, too many of even the “pro-life” ones aren’t, and, even more, the Republicans NEED abortion to remain as a vital motivator for much of their base.  Even a 20 week limit would only be a probability under those circumstances, not assured.  If you think I go too far, look at the historical track record, people.

Bah, maybe I’ve gotten too cynical, but having followed these matters closely for years my view of the Republican party on abortion has grown exceedingly pessimistic.

h/t MFG

Comments

1. c matt - October 2, 2015

The Democrats are full of zeal and the Republicans (at least on abortion) lack all conviction.

richardmalcolm1564 - October 3, 2015

Oh, they have conviction: Most commonly, it’s chasing reelection.

(There are honorable exceptions, of course.)

2. G. K. Chesterton - October 2, 2015

The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.

3. pro-life - October 4, 2015

As far as pro-life bills with “exceptions” go — I have been a volunteer in the pro-life movement for a quarter century. Any bill that makes progress in the pro-life direction is a good bill, even if it’s not a perfect one. Saving some lives is better than saving none. Abortion didn’t become legal all at once, it was a gradual process. It may not become illegal again all at once, but through a slow process as well. The “right to privacy” cited in Roe/Doe was taken from Griswold v. Connecticut, a 1960’s Planned Parenthood case regarding contraception from several years prior to Roe (1973). Griswold didn’t even want contraception for everyone, just in marriage. It became a stepping stone. I know there are those in the pro-life movement, Judy Brown of American Life League, for example, who want contraception and all abortion banned all at once. She and her organization do a lot of good, but I think viewpoints such as hers are counterproductive. Personal conversions don’t all happen overnight. I doubt all societal ones do either.

4. Barbara Hvilivitzky - October 4, 2015

As a Canadian from a country with NO abortion law – so anyone here can have a publicly funded abortion from conception to full-term, I can speak honestly to you:
Unless Catholics speak CATHOLIC truth to everyone this problem is never going away. No divorce, no contraception, no homosexual coddling – these are Catholic teachings. We’ve all been in bed with Protestants, Jews, Muslims, and atheists on pro-life issues since day one. It doesn’t work.
Catholics have to hold their noses while working with these good people.
Until we have the courage to really say what has to be said, there is just sabre rattling, no real battle. Speaking the absolute truth will take a heroic effort because we will be shouted down, and worse.
But so what? Better to go down fighting on the battleground than whimpering “please stop” at a pro-life rally.
I for one will not be at the Right To Life ‘walk’ in my town. Out of an area with about 300,000 people we’ll get about 250 good souls. Total waste of time.


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