How to Strengthen Republican Opposition to Abortion

On January 21, 2015—one day before the 41st March for Life—pro-life activists were met with what Jill Stanek called “a slap in the face.” After weeks of promising that a vote on a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation—H.R. 36, the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”—would take place on January 22, House Republican leadership delaying a vote on the bill.

That decision left pro-life Americans in political shock. Political consultant and radio host Erick Erickson had perhaps the strongest reaction, in a post declaring that “the pro-life movement must stop being the whores of the Republican Party.”

House leadership quickly brought up H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” for a vote, where it passed handily. Yet the damage was done, in the eyes of many pro-lifers; once again, Republicans were playing pro-life Americans for fools. And to many, the vote’s delay was proof that the Beltway-based pro-life groups are less effective than they would have us believe.

So what can pro-life Americans learn from this debacle, and how can we be more effective advocates for life in Washington? This piece will make five points:

  1. As a movement, we must pick better candidates. Those who falsely claim the pro-life mantle must face the consequence they care most about: losing in the voting booth.
  1. Grassroots activists should change the role we allow the Beltway life groups to play in the battle for life.
  1. The GOP’s party platform claims the pro-life mantle, yet the party often declines to move on our issues. This latest disaster is just another example of the cowardice on life issues among GOP leaders.
  1. Media bias is a reality, as was shown in the lead-up to the delay of H.R. 36. It’s long past time for pro-lifers to stop complaining about it, and deal with it in a pro-active fashion.
  1. The silver lining here is that a better, more life-saving bill was passed by the House, and now awaits a vote in the Senate.

Make Elections Matter
Since January 21, a prime target of pro-life voters has been Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC). Ellmers campaigned on pro-life principles in 2014, only to lead the small group that derailed the 20-week ban. Furthermore, her opposition to what she said was too narrow a rape exception—the bill required any woman who wants an abortion after being raped to report the rape to police—is in direct contradiction to her 2013 vote for a ban with the same exception.

However, getting Ellmers out of office is easier said than done, and what it will take to defeat her is the same kind of strategic, sustained effort it will take for pro-life Americans to win across the country. As Peter Roff wrote in his U.S. News & World Report column last week, incumbency begets influence, the bully pulpit, fundraising capability, and media exposure that insurgent primary opponents must overcome.

In short, pro-life activists have a bit more than a year to do what conservatives tend to be very bad at: recruiting, organizing, and backing a candidate who has the money, the training, the philosophical beliefs, and the support to overcome Ellmers and then defeat whoever the Democratic candidate is in 2016.

The abortion industry excels at this. It has decades of experience, an infrastructure dedicated to electing candidates who are beholden to its interests, and enormous media support. Furthermore, the dollars-for-death groups send enormous dollars to their candidates, while the pro-life movement’s Beltway funding is limited.

Because of these advantages, the abortion industry often simply overwhelms conservatives who would rather work productive jobs, raise families, and send their money to crisis pregnancy centers to directly save lives. But as the H.R. 36 debacle shows, pro-lifers can’t simply rely on the National Right to Life Committee, the Susan B. Anthony List, and other D.C.-based pro-life groups to get the job done.

Make no mistake: This won’t be easy. It will require opening wallets, making phone calls, and losing sleep. But right now, Ellmers and others like her clearly don’t fear the consequences of crossing the pro-life grassroots—or H.R. 36 would be awaiting a Senate vote right now.

Re-evaluating the Role of Beltway Groups
The Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life, and other Beltway-based pro-life groups are some of our movement’s most powerful weapons. They help defeat anti-life incumbents and candidates, and do the difficult work inside D.C. that is required to effectively challenge the Culture of Death.

Yet they clearly missed the boat on the 20-week ban, despite telling everyone to fall into line because they supposedly knew the situation in D.C. They knew what could pass, and could not, and the rest of us ought to listen to them, we were told.

But as is often the case, having D.C. expertise does not always translate to electoral or policy victories, and often compromise is the first step Beltway life groups make, rather than the last. Certainly, the H.R. 36 experience makes it clear that the D.C.-based pro-life organizations can no longer demand grassroots pro-lifers simply send checks and let them do their work.

Yet neither can the pro-life movement merely condemn SBA and the rest. After all, where are the rest of us? Where were the pro-life dollars for pro-life candidates in 2014? SBA, which raises and spends the most amount of campaign money by far in the pro-life movement, was dramatically outspent by Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the abortion industry. In 2014, Planned Parenthood donated nearly $575,000 to House and Senate candidates, whereas SBA spent less than $180,000 on the same. Abortion giant NARAL donated over $260,000.

Where were Personhood USA or The Personhood Alliance, who claim to be the heart and soul of our movement, prior to a week before the vote took place?

The answer is: screaming from the sidelines when it was too late to matter. And as such, the grassroots pro-life voice never really had a chance to influence the discussions in the Beltway.

If pro-life activists really want SBA, NRLC, and the rest to change, to hold the line, we must give them reasons to do so. We must have a seat at the table when the negotiations are happening in Congress, not complaining after the die has been cast.

Christ’s warning about the log in our own eyes definitely applies to many of the groups and individuals who engage in this behavior—including Georgia Right to Life’s Dan Becker, who falsely insinuated that “grassroots pro-life groups” were responsible for the 20-week ban debacle three weeks ago.

As is the case with Ellmers, pro-lifers must open their wallets in addition to becoming invested in the political process. This is a two-way street, however—SBA and NRLC should rely on local pro-life groups to find excellent candidates with even better principles, not come in and endorse candidates at odds with local groups.

Trust is a two-way street. Grassroots pro-lifers are not know-nothing Neanderthals, but nor are Beltway groups the enemy. Perhaps it’s time for some intra-movement truces and meetings for mutual understanding and for the benefit of the unborn we’re all trying to save.

The GOP Must Earn Trust of Pro-lifers
To be fair to the Beltway life groups, it’s difficult to win a fight in Congress when one party is financially incentivized to oppose you and the one that says it backs you prioritizes winning elections over preventing the murder of babies.

Republicans have plenty of excuses, of course, when pro-life legislation fails to pass or doesn’t come up for a vote—and some of them are legitimate in other circumstances. But none of them are relevant to what happened on January 21. After all, this was a bill that passed through the House less than two years ago, and enjoys the support of most Americans.

Plainly speaking, the GOP leadership in the House blinked. In light of attacks by the media, Democrats, and the abortion industry—the three-headed beast of Death—the GOP caved at the first whiff of controversy.

And this was a fight that could have been won! Again, as David Harsanyi pointed out at The Federalist, a majority of the American people oppose late-term abortions. The GOP could have easily pointed to this as they moved forward with a vote, asking Democrats if they really want to keep supporting a procedure that tortures the unborn and is opposed by the American people.

The GOP also could have ignored Ellmers, had the vote, and told the media that while a few women opposed the bill, many more supported it. This would have changed how the media reported the “even GOP women oppose late-term abortion bill” narrative.

The GOP also could have cited Save the 1, a pro-life group made up of women who bore their rape-created children, and those who were conceived in rape. Save the 1 opposed the rape exception, but the GOP could have used them as a counterweight to Ellmers and Co., noting that a looser rape exception was opposed by women who have been raped.

Likewise, the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network encourages those who have been raped to report their assailants to the police.

When the GOP does none of these, the pro-life movement must pick up the slack. Otherwise, babies and their mothers lose, as we saw shortly after the H.R. 36 debacle, when Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the rape exception in his forthcoming version of H.R. 36 will be loosened.

Again, betrayal by the GOP is nothing new. Ellmers probably thought that her seat was safer if she criticized H.R. 36, and many of the GOP’s leaders failed to note how much help pro-lifers gave them during the 2014 elections.

So, like the first two points, this is going to involve a lot of hard work by pro-lifers. We must remember that for most politicians, their willingness to support controversial policies is directly related to the support they get from constituents.

So let’s support the GOP when it does the right thing. When it passes bills we want, they should get resounding praise. But when it fails on its stated principles, the party should hear from us.

A lot of this praise and condemnation should be directed at your representative and senator. In addition to finding replacements for inferior politicians, those who are even nominally supportive of creating a Culture of Life should be bolstered by phone calls, e-mails, letters to the editor, and attendance at town hall meetings. Members of Congress need to know that when they do good, they’ll be supported—and when they fail, they’ll reap the consequences.

How to Deal with Media Bias
Media bias is real. In my opinion, it was the single greatest factor in the debacle over the 20-week bill. But for too long, pro-life leaders I have spoken with—as well as conservatives in general—have decided that the bias is too significant to change.

If we are ever to win over average Americans to the side of life, this attitude must not prevail. It is the mainstream media that informs Average Joe American, and so pro-lifers must engage in those battlefields. As a media and public relations consultant, I am confident even this fight can be won.

First, it is important to recognize that part of the strategy has already been taken care of for us. Outlets like LifeSiteNews (I am their D.C. correspondent), The Daily Caller, Breitbart.com, and TheBlaze, as well as talk radio, report favorably on our issues. It is important that those outlets hear our stories, our points of view, to help promote accurate information into the mainstream media.

Second, as with anything, start locally. Meet with your local, regional, and state reporters and editors. Buy them coffee, get to know them, and let them know you want to help them get their stories right. They may disagree with you, but they will likely come to consider you a resource when reporting on the issue of abortion.

Likewise, write letters to the editor and op-eds in your local papers. Put out press releases. Be a resource that they will come to know through your high standards of professional and engaging writing.

Third, understand that media exposure takes time. Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, has appeared on CNN and been profiled by The Washington Post. These didn’t happen overnight—she had to work hard, for many years, for them to take her seriously.

Editors look for three things when it comes to providing exposure: Timeliness, quality of what is being reported/written, and who the source is. If you are an unknown in any field, you’ll likely be ignored, even if you have the right timing and a great piece.

All is Not Lost
As in any defeat, however, there is a silver lining. While I don’t want to take that line of thinking too far—House Republicans should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time, and pass both H.R. 36 and H.R. 7—the passage of H.R. 7 should provide hope for pro-life Americans. This is especially true because, at least in my opinion, it is a better bill than the 20-week ban.

Consider the comparative benefits of H.R. 36. It implements a gestational limit on abortions, which would require legislation, defeat of a filibuster, and a presidential signature to overturn. It also, according to an activist who spoke with Crisis Magazine, could be key to overturning Roe v. Wade if it was challenged to the Supreme Court.

These are all good things, in addition to saving as many as 18,000 babies and their parents from abortion.

But H.R. 7 has other benefits, and none of the weaknesses. For starters, it doesn’t use pain as its reason for passage—an emotional argument that could become a Pyrrhic victory for the pro-life movement. It also appeals to fiscal conservatives, thus broadening the potential support for its passage, and it has more unifying support among pro-lifers.

And while funding can be more easily added than legislation can be repealed, consider the number of lives saved by defunding. H.R. 36 could save as many as 18,000 unborn children. Eliminating federal funding for abortion could save many times that every year, through partial defunding of Planned Parenthood and the effects on the Affordable Care Act alone.

Dustin Siggins

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Dustin Siggins is the D.C. correspondent for LifeSiteNews.com and former blogger for Tea Party Patriots. He is co-author of the forthcoming book America's Bankrupt Legacy: The Future of the Debt-Paying Generation.

  • Harry

    The problem is that the Republican establishment and the Democrats comprise one pro-abortion ruling class. You will never, ever get the Republicans to deliver anything meaningful to pro-lifers. They aren’t serious about ending “legal” child killing any more than the Whig party was serious about ending slavery. The Republican party will go the way of the Whig party eventually. It is just a matter of time, and the sooner the better.

    The Republican party will fall for the same reason the Whig party did: The Democrat party was the party of slavery. Period. The Whig party tried to accommodate both sides of the slavery issue and was destroyed due to the polarizing pressure that is created by a fundamental human rights issue. That pressure becomes irresistible. Such an issue raises doubts about the very integrity of a system of government. This is why Lincoln, in his famous “House Divided” speech, insisted that “this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free,” and that America would “become all one thing or all the other.” Irresistible polarizing pressure destroys any group that won’t come down hard on one side or the other.

    As did “legal” slavery, “legal” child killing raises doubts about the very integrity of our system of government. Can decent people be expected to tolerate the “legal” enslavement or the “legal” killing of innocent humanity indefinitely? No. They can’t.

    Let the Republican party fall. They will if ordinary, decent Americans abandon it. Another party, one that represents such ordinary Americans and not exclusively the interests of an elite minority, will fill the vacuum. Such a party is in demand these days. Ordinary Americans that do not buy into the diabolical social engineering of the Democrats have not had any representation for a long, long time. They will jump at the chance for representation. Let’s do it.

    • Vinny

      AMEN!

      • St JD George

        I suspected that would elicit that response from you.

    • RufusChoate

      One point… It was the Civil War not the Republican Party, the majority of moral Americans or the Supreme Court that ended slavery so your comment is based on an imaginary unhistorical event. The Whigs fell because they were irrelevant and factionalized.

      If you want a Civil War about Abortion you might want to start with Contraception as a natural starting point for the source of pro-abortion inclinations of the majority of Americans. For most Americans Sex is a recreational activity not a creation of life affirming love.

      Fix the culture by converting people and maintain what pressure you can politically..

      • Harry

        I am not surprised by your response, Rufus. But how seriously can I take someone who has made, at the current count, 11,467 comments, and those I have seen, anyway, express undying support for the Republican party no matter what. Are you on the payroll of the RNC? I have a real job to which I have to get ready to go now. I will leave you to making your living defending the indefensible.

        • “It was the Civil War not the Republican Party, the majority of moral Americans or the Supreme Court that ended slavery so your comment is based on an imaginary unhistorical event.”
          That’s not “undying support”.

        • RufusChoate

          Now that is just silly sophistry trying to score points by innuendo and ad hominem.

          Just to be clear to my true political inclinations, I am a committed Philosophical Monarchist supporting a Catholic Philosopher King with very limited powers because Montesquieu, Aquinas, Plato and Aristotle were kind enough to provide enough profound insights into the infamy and spiritual corruption that rule by the mob i.e. Democracy was capable of.

          In the pragmatic realm, I am a stalwart Republican Catholic or is it more accurate to say stalwart Catholic Republican?…. Yes it is.

          • Gave up my Republican card 3 years ago. Other than that, a closeted manque Christian royalist who loves what the American experiment ought to have been on her founding principles, but hates what it has turned into — the executive and judiciary madness being what it is.

            • RufusChoate

              Where I live, New England, being a Republican is far more incendiary and countercultural than any other option so I stay and defend them finding it both entertaining, inflammatory and interesting.

              It is really not hard work. Cheers.

              • Progressivites are fragile creatures. It is both instructive and amusing to watch them fall all over themselves defending the indefensible:

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naUkYkUNTKg

                • RufusChoate

                  Oh yes and if they don’t have an emotion filled screed they are empty headed boobies with rote juvenile retorts and requests for “studies” and proofs. .

                  Paul Johnson’s “Intellectuals” and Benjamin Wiker’s
                  “10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn’t Help” document their vapid evil enough for anyone.

                  • Eamonn McKeown

                    Yep I’ll use just facts and they tell me WH figures are propaganda.

          • Harry

            Hello, Rufus,

            Let me explain my response to your comment.

            It was the Civil War not the Republican Party, the majority of moral Americans or the Supreme Court that ended slavery …

            So far so good.

            … so your comment is based on an imaginary unhistorical event.

            That is a non sequitur. It was the end of the Whig party that was being discussed, not what brought about the end of slavery. It does not follow from the Civil War ending slavery that my remarks regarding the demise of the Whig party were “based on an imaginary unhistorical event.”

            The Whigs fell because they were irrelevant and factionalized.

            To deny that the slavery issue was a major factor in the collapse of the Whig party reveals either ignorance of history or a deliberate attempt to deceive those who don’t know any better.

            Your posts often look like attempts to influence those who will mistake what are merely assertions made with an authoritative tone for a logical, substantive argument. If you don’t want people to assume that you are insincerely promoting and defending an agenda because it is your job to do so, don’t post remarks like that.

            You probably actually do succeed in influencing some people here, but the majority of the people reading and posting here are a lot smarter than you seem to think they are.

    • Minnesota Mary

      I am a former Republican who was actively involved in the GOP most of my life. I finally had enough and left the GOP last year. The GOP and the Democrat Party are really one in the same, they just take turns at ruling from congress and the white house like the game of musical chairs.

      • RufusChoate

        I hope you appreciate that Political Parties merely representative of the wider societal will. The growing majority of the American people are corrupt and immoral so their representatives mirror them.

      • Howard

        Right. It’s a game of good cop/bad cop. Both “cops” are on the same side, and it isn’t yours.

    • Jacqueleen

      Conservatives are working on it. The Repukelicans and the Demonrats are saturated with Progressives/Communists. Both parties are deaf and mute when it comes to what the American People want. They cater to the ruling class, period. From What I am reading about the end times, the ruling class (rich bankers & CEOs) will be used to chastise the sinful behavior of the American People who are not repenting and turning from their sinful ways. Rather, they continue to sin and abort souls and they and their minions will be subject to judgement and the “DOWN” elevator button. Sorry, filthy rich and followers, there are no golf courses, bars or betrothals in Hell!

    • ForChristAlone

      I’m all for a “Constitution Party” and am willing to abandon my lifelong membership as a Republican.

  • St JD George

    I have a dream that someday we as a country are united as one nation under God, who are humbled by and appreciative of being endowed by the creator of heaven and earth and his gifts of unalienable rights. Don’t laugh, I do. Defending the culture of life and fighting against evil shouldn’t be what any decent human being stands for.
    Let’s be honest, politicians are basically weak and vain people, for the most part, who thrive on power, not service (sorry to break it to you Rep Cummings), who want to be liked by more than disliked, and so mostly make decisions based on political calculus to keep their office and perks, not what’s right. As long as there are more people who support than oppose these immoral positions they are going to respond accordingly. How else can you explain the cowardliness of a Gov like Cuomo who said hey, my faith tells me I shouldn’t kill babies but if that’s what you want to do go right ahead. I know many are faithful but get week knees when it comes to facing the wrath of the dark prince shouting them down in the name of tolerating their intolerance. No, our culture is sick and we need more strong physicians in the church to help drive these demons out, like Jesus’s first miracles we read about today and this week. He didn’t wear a red or blue tunic.

    • gildad

      Our parish has an attached Catholic grade school. Very recently the annual Father/Daughter dance was held in our school cafeteria. To one side of the cafeteria is a large pro-life display which is maintained by our Knights of Columbus council. To the dismay of one of our Knights in attendance with his daughter he discovered that the entire display – including a large portrait of Pope Francis was entirely covered. Shocked by this he asked one of the attending PTG members – the sponsors of the dance – why the display was covered. The angry answer from the woman was that “Not all of the children in our school are Catholic and they did not want to offend them”. Do you see why we have such an uphill battle to wage?

      • St JD George

        Holy smokes. That’s about as grotesque as letting the WH occupier USE Georgetown and rolling over to comply with their demand to cover the Crucifixes to not offend. Talk about CINO. Much of the same that the good Archbishop is dealing with as well trying to hold fast to doctrine in SF Catholic schools. This is not new news and so not really shocking to hear anymore, but frightfully very sad. It says we are not proud, we are embarrassed, and of this world not in it.

      • THe real question is was she masquerading her indigity as that imagined in others.
        And then there’s the question of how this individual of obvious canine lineage decided that as a sponsor-a renter-she was entitled to make changes to the physical plant.

  • Albrecht

    “…the GOP caved at the first whiff of controversy.” Of course they did. They don’t really believe in life. It’s just the foremost example of what Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan once called, “Boob-bait for the bubbas,” something to get a certain fraction of the base out to the polls and to be promptly dropped after the election. It is merely a means to a certain faction’s will to power. After 40 years, abortion is as American as apple pie. In fact, along with sodomy, it’s promotion is now a signature element of our foreign policy and is fused into the bureaucratic structure of the American state. Therefore, it is no longer subject to the “will of the people.” Surely, there are ways to oppose abortion, but waiting for the GOP, that is, for some faction of our Federal mis-Government, is a sucker’s bet. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will judge this nation.

  • wannabeapoet

    As long as abortion and other life issues are understood to be political and public relations issues, what counts most – that our culture iself must change – will be given short-shrift. If we become a people convinced that it is the Creator of man, not his creatures, who is in charge of life and death, most politicians will have no choice (pun intended) but to change the law, and the Constitution if necessary, to acknowledge that human life has a dignity that demands that we humans not interfere with it. That’s admittedly a longer-term proposition than a two- and four-year election cycle, but we didn’t get into this quagmire in just one or two election cycles. All that energy devoted to electoral politics and public relations just might be put to better use by unabashedly living our faith in a way that beckons rather than chastises those who disagree with us or who would merely use us. Our fellow citizens are more likely to be persuaded to join us not by what we say or do in the political arena, but by their realization of who we are and what we have to offer in making our way in our everyday lives.

    • Harry

      I wish it were as you say, but Catholics are obligated to be political. From the Catechism:

      2442 It is not the role of the Pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political structuring and organization of social life. This task is part of the vocation of the lay faithful, acting on their own initiative with their fellow citizens. … It is the role of the laity “to animate temporal realities with Christian commitment, by which they show that they are witnesses and agents of peace and justice.

      1910 Each human community possesses a common good which permits it to be recognized as such; it is in the political community that its most complete realization is found. …

      1915 As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life. …

      If, in a government of the people such as ours, there exists terrible injustice (nearly sixty million children killed is a terrible injustice) then we share in the responsibility for it and for doing something about it:

      1901 If authority belongs to the order established by God, “the choice of the political regime and the appointment of rulers are left to the free decision of the citizens.” …

      • That participation assumes many things, including acting knowledgeably and prudently.

        All is not as it seems. By way of example. in the 1950’s then Senator John F. Kennedy and Senator Jacob Javits began agitating for an increased minimum wage.

        The accounts of the proceeding show that they wished to stem a potential Southward migration that might have taken advantages of generally lower wages paid to “colored” people. Additionally, behind the scenes, Otis Elevator was a big proponent of an increase. Why? Because they just introduced a new automated elevator and wanted to increase demand by increasing the labor costs associated with elevator operators.

        “Of course, having on the market a rather large source of cheap labor depresses wages outside of that group, too – the wages of the white worker who has to compete. And when an employer can substitute a colored worker at a lower wage – and there are, as you pointed out, these hundreds of thousands looking for decent work – it affects the whole wage structure of an area, doesn’t it?”

        -U.S. Senate, Labor and Public Welfare Committee Proposals to Extend Coverage of Minimum Wage Protection, Hearings before the Subcommittee on Labor, 85th Congress, 1st session, March 20, 1957, p. 856

        You wanna make a guess how many “political” Catholics of the time had any inkling of the real purpose of the effort? You think it was 1%? or 1/10 of 1%? I’ll be a minimum wage increase would have gotten at least 80% of thoughtless “Catholic” support then.

        Now in a time of bureacratic anf judicial despotism, one might think it wasteful and inefficient to attempt to be poltical. The amount of one’s effort depends on many things, including whether or not voting for oneof two unacceptable candidates constitutes material cooperation with evil.

    • We’ve got a hard row to hoe in that score. Recently, a Clarke County, Washington commissioner tried to get “In God We Trust” added to the county motto, ostensibly to promote patriotism. As one of the protesters put it, most people today put their trust in science, rejecting God (and I might add, seriously damaging the scientific method, which is not supposed to be a religion). Just convincing people today that there is a Creator is hard, let alone that Creator is in charge of Life and Death.

      And that’s just what the sexual revolutionaries wanted from the beginning.

      • “As one of the protesters put it, most people today put their trust in science,”

        Obviously the protester has serious cognitive dissonance. If we trusted in science, the efforts to test various parts of relativity theory would have ended long ago. One of the more interesting experiments tested the idea that a rotating mass causes a twisting vortex of space time. The affirmative answer came 47 years later, but is still subject to the verdict of repeated observation.

        http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/04may_epic/

        • Yep. When you turn scientific theory into dogma and confuse the model of the universe with reality, you can do quite a bit of damage to the scientific method, and you close yourself off to new scientific advances.

        • St JD George

          How about “the settled science” then …

          • Same rule applies. Settled science is the counterfeit of scientism, a form of idolatry. I’m sure you know that Newtonian Mechanics was settled science for a long, long time, until many nagging questions were disposed of by a patent clerk, his soon to die friend and a luminary’s favorable opinion.

        • Eamonn McKeown

          Keystone!

  • Vinny

    We need a persistent Jonah. In the meantime, if you’re going to donate money, time and effort, look into the Constitution Party. They are in the process of winning local elections to give them candidates with a resume for, eventually, state and national elections. It has to start somewhere. As I’ve stated before, the image and likeness of God starts with two microscopic cells which grow exponentially. If people support the Constitution Party it will grow.

  • One argument with this piece. Does the citation of “Political consultant and radio host Erick Erickson” indicate the frat house behavior over at RS is done?

    The problem with Erickson is he and his buddies are really Douglas Niedermeyer and the rest of the boys from Omega.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=%22601+Database+Redigestation+Error%22&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-us%3AIE-Address&oe=&gws_rd=ssl&oq=&gs_l=

    As for Elmers, there are persistent reports that she has problem with a male colleague. Maybe its just gossip, but if not, I always think the person that can break wedding vows, thinks nothing of breaking campaign promises.

  • NE-Observer

    It would also help, if our religious “leaders” would stop cozying up to and embracing blatant pro-abortionists like John Kerry, Representative Nancy Pelosi, Senator Jean Shaheen, VP Joseph Biden, etc. etc, – publicly dining with and laughing it up with aggressively Pro-Abortion political activists only emphasizes the political and moral flaccidity in our pulpits.

    • I like your choice of the word “flaccidity”.

    • St JD George

      Power corrupts absolutely doesn’t it. I’m sure it’s nice to get invitations to attend events in the royal court. Thankfully there are many still who would decline that invitation, like the good Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco who is a great defender of the faith in a sea of sinners like no other. No offense to the great many people of deep faith in the Bay Area, I know there are many as well.

  • Donald

    Personally, I will never support Republican posturing against abortion as long as their policy and outlook can be summarized as “love the fetus — ignore the child”.

    There would be a whole lot more choices for life if a woman knew there was significant help for her after her baby was born.

    The Republican’s mean-spirited move to shrink/eliminate any aid to women with children, while continuing to heap benefits upon corporations and the extremely wealthy, is disgusting.
    DWL

    • St JD George

      Nope, much better to hate the fetus AND hate the child if it has the misfortune to be born. They only care once they’ve proven they can survive to get to voting age, if their lucky. Much better to align with the group who loudly boos God at their convention, actively supports the immorality of SSM and embraces atheism, aggressively is trying to erase any expression of Christianity from the public square while embracing the “religion of peace” with open arms, who don’t see faces only potential voters to secure a lock on power, who stick up their middle finger to the American people while piling on debt that will never be repaid and will lead to economic collapse, are putting a foot on the accelerator in a race to the bottom, who have spat in the face of most of our allies. Yup, that’s not the party for me.

      • Donald

        I guess this rambling screed is supposed to be telling me that since I do not support Republican policy, I must therefore be completely sold on Democratic policy.
        I suppose the money spent on corporate media to narrow the discourse and convince people that there is such a limited range of ways to manage a society has had its effect.

        Does anyone consider that both houses are corrupt? The article above was about Republicans, so I commented on that. It does not mean, ipso facto, that I support Democrat policy. Why would it?

        This isn’t an NFL game where there are two teams and we get to shout at each other about whose quarterback is better.

        I am surprised that folks who present themselves as Christian are so easily fooled.

        • St JD George

          Training teaches you when you see a jab from the right to expect one coming from the left, or implied support by omission. Read my other reply below about a dream. I still hold out some hope for one, but I’ve totally written off the other. I do prefer the vision of our founding fathers who foresaw this day and tried to reign in a massive central politburo running our lives in the Constitution they left us. You know, the part about powers not explicitly granted are to be the dominion of the states. Power corrupts absolutely, and the more power the faster the fall from grace. At city hall and the state house I at least have a chance of getting hold of someone responsible for the mess they create – there is no hope for DC.

    • Prolifedem6M

      There IS significant help for women after the child is born. Our pregnancy support centers across the country all help the young family until the child starts school. They not only provide food and clothing, but also parenting training and lots of information about self care during pregnancy to insure a healthy birth. Much of this is provided by health professionals.

      • Donald

        Stop, stop, stop. Don’t even try… you are making a fool of yourself. Having lived in Japan –where my first child was born — and spent time in West Europe, America’s support for its own people is Third World by comparison.
        The Billions of dollars spent on brainwashing Americans that everything is better privatized should at least have left someone on this site with an ounce of sense and perception.

        • ForChristAlone

          Don’t bother trying; we’re now convinced you ARE an idiot.

          • Donald

            As always, when you cannot argue with someone’s reasoning, call him names.

            Do the Republicans not favor action that advantages the wealthy while limiting benefits to working people?

            Are not the support services in Japan and Western Europe better than those of the USA?

            Is there not a single-minded drive in this country to privatize everything?

            The Jesus you claim to follow clearly opposes this trend and outlook.

            • ForChristAlone

              #1 Republican policies typically favor hard work and being able to dispose of the fruit of your labor as you will. Some people will earn more than others. There’s no such thing as equality of outcome – try as the communists might.
              #2 No.
              #3 No but there should be
              #4 Nothing to support this notion at all. Made up out of whole cloth.

    • You don’t love children because you support a bloated welfare state that has created dependency and moral debasement. Old fish reeks of putrecine and cadaverine, and your rotting red herring is especially oderiferous.

      • Donald

        Please tell me that someone did not seriously write this as a thought out response to my points. I need point to no other example of how discourse has been degraded by fools stuck on chapter 3 of their Rush Starter Kits.

        • You don’t have “points”, you are regurgitating a worn and disingenuous cliché’ and your sincerity is attested to by your extraneous Rush trope.

        • GG

          Talk about irony. Look in the mirror.

    • Eamonn McKeown

      Republicans at least support school choice.

    • ForChristAlone

      Explain to me why the rest of us should not think you an idiot.

      • GG

        No explanation is possible.

    • GG

      Talk about propaganda. Your words come right off some left wing talking points email. A fetus is a child. Killing a baby is not a legitimate choice for any reason.

      • Donald

        And who, in this conversation, is speaking in favor of abortion? Am I missing something?

        And when has it become left wing to be accurate in assessing the current state of affairs in this country?

        • GG

          Your implied assertion is that abortion happens due to lack of “choices”.

  • Consolatrix Afflictorum

    The only way we are going to destroy the vices of this world is going to be on our knees praying the Rosary. These political parties are a complete and utter joke. They belong to Satan, the prince of the world, while trying to maintain a straight face to all the useful idiots that follow their every move.

    The Mass, The Office, the Rosary, these are our tools, lads.

    • St JD George

      A great way to start the day renewed in spirit, but remember the final message of Mass is to go and serve the Lord, share his good news. Now, more than ever before in modern history anyway, we can’t afford and nor should we turn inward and become monastic. If we do then we will most assuredly be accomplices to our own demise. If we accept the burden then we might anyway, but we will we know that we did what we could and were not just a spectator.

      • Consolatrix Afflictorum

        Hello St,

        I understand, my friend, however I live in California, one of most liberal states in the whole country. Over here, the Democrats are a disaster and the GOP is not much better. I can be completely wrong about this but in this context I have simply decided to stop caring about what happens around me politically since my city/state are so leftist anyways. Any true conservative voice is laughed at while anything that is perverse (homosexuality, atheism, sodomy) is celebrated.

        • St JD George

          Believe me I understand. I lived outside of LA for almost 10 years awhile ago and recently spent the better part of a year in SF. I am ever thankful to live in the MW now. None of us are truly prepared for the hardship that is coming after ridicule of first denying one’s livelihood and then later worse. Hopefully you have a sanctuary in your parish and a good and Godly Pastor.

  • Prolifedem6M

    In our battle to overcome abortion on demand, we must not leave the Democratic Party in the hands of those who favor murder on demand. For the pro-life movement to succeed, we must fully win over both parties.
    The irony is that abortion on demand was given to us by the GOP. It was originally a libertarian move not a liberal one. The equation of abortion equals liberalism is just plain phony. Abortion doesn’t care about parties or political positions. It is just evil!
    Eisenhower was titular president of Planned Parenthood after stepping down from the US presidency until his death. The patron saint of conservatism, Barry Goldwater, sat on its board for many years. Five of the seven justices who gave us the Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton decisions were GOP appointees. All five of those who retained abortion on demand in Casey v Planned Parenthood were Republicans.
    After doing the supreme damage, the GOP walked away from backing abortion while the Democrats stupidly picked it up. The GOP kept promising it would give us life-friendly justices. It gave us Sandra Day O’Connor, the “swing vote” on Casey v Planned Parenthood, who swung the wrong way and Roberts and Alito who regard Roe v Wade as established law (“stare decisus”).
    For the 22 million of us pro-life Democrats, 43% of the Democratic Party, there was no good outcome to the last election. Because all of the Democratic candidates for state and national offices were apparently chosen in part because of their support for abortion, we had the option of sitting home, holding our nose while voting for Republicans knowing that this would result in many policies in the economic and social justice spheres that we think bad for our nation, or holding our nose while voting for Democrats knowing that many of the recently passed common-sense laws regulating the abortion hellholes would either be repealed or not enforced. Clearly, a whole lot of us took the first and second options, which our Party and the media promptly ascribed to “voter suppression” allegedly by the GOP.
    Here in Ohio, our Democratic candidate for governor clearly signaled who was pulling his strings by opening his campaign in front of a Planned Parenthood hellhole. He and his whole slate lost big time to a not particularly popular GOP governor. (There was a hugely successful referendum in the 2012 election against one of his signature programs to hamstring unions.)
    This battle against the concerted attack on the moral fiber of our nation (not only abortion, but the upcoming fast-moving push for doctor-assisted suicide as well as for sham marriage) cannot be won by one party. It has to be fought by both conservatives and us progressives. “Pro-life” is not a synonym for “Republican” or “conservative.”
    Sadly, we are ignored not only by our Party, but by the pro-life movement as a whole. Susan B. Anthony, a GOP-slanted organization which regards party loyalty as a prime qualifier for the candidates it backs, has moved against our pro-life Democratic officeholders and candidates. Right to Life strongly supports the GOP, as do many other pro-life groups and information sources.
    Our best hope for turning the Democratic Party around rests with Democrats for Life of America. I call on everyone, conservative and progressive, Republican and Democrat, to support this organization and help strengthen it in order to end abortion on demand in America.

    • Harry

      Hello, Prolifedem6m,

      Because all of the Democratic candidates for state and national offices were apparently chosen in part because of their support for abortion, we had the option of sitting home, holding our nose while voting for Republicans knowing that this would result in many policies in the economic and social justice spheres that we think bad for our nation, or holding our nose while voting for Democrats knowing that many of the recently passed common-sense laws regulating the abortion hellholes would either be repealed or not enforced.

      I appreciate the fact that there are other issues “in the economic and social justice spheres,” that demand our attention if we respect human life and human dignity. It is a matter of priorities. If there is a fire in kitchen you deal with that first and worry about cutting the grass and fixing the leak in the roof later.

      Can we really expect people who have grown used to innocent children being killed in their midst to deal effectively with other abuses of human dignity? What will wake them up is our dealing with child killing with an appropriate sense of urgency. This will re-sensitize them to the plight of Christ in the very least of His brethren. It will then be much easier to get them to deal with other issues where human dignity is being abused.

    • FrankW

      With all due respect, despite the history of both parties on this issue, the Democrat Party will never be open to the pro-life movement.

      I became convinced of this during the 1992 Democrat Presidential convention. I was living in Pennsylvania at the time, and then (Democrat) Governor Bob Casey wanted to talk about his views on abortion from the podium during that convention. Well, his own party threw him under the bus, and invited a pro-abortion Republican to come and speak at the convention instead. There has not been a more prominent pro-life Democrat than Casey since he left office.

      I’m sure Democrats for Life is a well-intentioned group. What do you think their chances are of getting any podium time during the 2016 President Convention?

      • St JD George

        Cold day in hell comes to mind. You know, a lot of things can get under my skin, but watching the last democratic national convention when half the delegates erupted with loud and boisterous booing at the suggestion to put a reference to God in their platform is an image that’s ingrained in my psyche forever like no other. Any Catholic who can sit through that and still vote or associate with these rear-ends-of-donkeys is beyond me. They deserve to stand real close and get a swift kick in their hind parts. I read the rebuttals too – laughable, weak and lacking any credible sincerity, like the MSM does every day after they’ve received their talking points from the WH.

      • And his son “Where’s Bobby” continues to claim the label, but its an insult to see his swiss cheese version of pro-life.

    • “It was originally a libertarian move not a liberal one. ”

      From my standpoint, there is no reasonable difference.

      The only difference between a liberal, a libertarian, and a crony capitalist is material worth:
      1. The liberal has negative material worth, and depends on government handouts for his daily bread in some fashion (sometimes quite spectacular and luxurious fashion)
      2. The libertarian has positive net worth of less than $2 million, and an income of less than $500,000; and cares very much about his personal freedom to do with his property what he wishes- even when it harms his neighbor.
      3. The crony capitalist has net worth more than $2 million, and enough capital gains to “give” campaign contributions, thus buying access to government and favors from government. His wealth will attract more wealth.

      Americanism. It’s not just a way of life, it’s a heresy.

      • Funny, last I checked Hollyweird was chockful of very independent hard left radicals, who are quite capable of living independent lives from fees, royalties and the like. Before you wrap the package, close the box.

        • If you believe that, try to impose a tax to fund welfare on acting residuals. Hard left radicals *include* crony capitalists, they’re just a slightly different flavor.

          • What the hell are you babbling about?

            • Ever hear of the Screen Actor’s Guild? And what their President, Ronald Reagan, testified to before Congress back in the 1950s?

              They’re liberal all right- as liberal as Carnegie or Bill Gates, and for EXACTLY the same reason- because revolutions are bad for wealth management.

    • RufusChoate

      Simply delusional, since the 1960’s the Democratic Party is the party of the Left and the Left is permanently and irrevocably tied to Socialism, Sexual License and Abortion. They will never change and there aren’t enough people on the Left that are anti-abortion to fill a broom closet.

      As I mentioned in past posts the Republican appointees on the 1973 Supreme Court were Progressive era liberals who would be more at home with the Democratic Party of 2015 than the Republican Party of 1980 after.

      Your ship sailed and immediately sank in the Harbor with Bart Stupak and Senator Casey at the helm.

      p.s. The Sainted Kennedy men were known to procure abortions for any unfortunate victim of their amorous attention long before 1973: Father and Sons.

  • RufusChoate

    It is salient to note that woman most responsible for thwarting this legislation: Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) is a Catholic so maybe the best course is to request that her Priest instruct her in the teaching of her Faith, call for her repentance and let her puzzle it out.

    • I’m afraid that it was likely the case, that, as a matter of fact, Ellmers is acting according to the the instruction that she’s received from her priest. Then again, who am I to judge?

      • Thorfinn

        If she is a member at the parish I think she is, her priest is unfailingly orthodox. It’s very easy to lose perspective inside the D.C. beltway; it’s not a healthy atmosphere for the soul. We should all pray for our elected officials to have the courage to stand up for the Lord’s truth.

      • RufusChoate

        You might be right but this seems to be a pretty low bar to pass under even for the “Freedom of Conscience” self styled Priests.

        • Perhaps the GOP leadership made her an offer she couldn’t refuse to raise the token issue about insufficient rape exception, lest this piece of legislation pass and the GOP become more insignificant.

          • RufusChoate

            Don’t use any of the new tinfoil “aluminum” because “they” (you know who), developed a mind control beam that cuts through it like a hot knife through butter. I only go with construct grade tin flashing with a wax coated cardboard inserts for safety.

            Honestly, they might be that machiavellian but it seems like a self defeated strategy that probably killed the career of Ellmers.

    • The real question is that she did an about face from supporting a bill of almost identical language in 2013. How did she change her mind and are the rumors surrounding her compromising her or is she just another of the hangers-on from 2010 that talked a good game, but ran the ball the other way.

      The simple fact is Washington has two very powerful and addicting intoxicants-money and power. Politicians go bad. Right now the good people of her District are the victims of fraud. If they choose to overlook this at the next election, then they are accomplices.

      • RufusChoate

        I have heard the main reason for her “thoughtful” reconsideration was she was redistricted to a safer district with a more “upscale” and “sophisticated” electorate who hold such pro-life as jejune and boobish.

        In that district, She didn’t have to appeal for every pro-life vote so she didn’t.

    • ForChristAlone

      Chances are that that first you will have to request his bishop to instruct the priest in the teaching of his Faith, call for his repentance and let him puzzle it out.

      However, it just might be that you will have to request the Pope in Rome to instruct the bishop in the teaching of his Faith, call for his repentance and let him puzzle it out.

      However, it just might be that you will have to request the Holy Spirit to instruct the Pope in the teaching of his Faith…” Oh, never mind; it’s hopeless.

  • thebigdog

    Far too often, when women become elected officials, they see the world through the lens of feminism rather than truth… until this changes and women stop worshiping at the altar of gender politics, the unborn will continue to be slaughtered.

  • BillinJax

    It is time to accept the fact that any effort to form a strategy among Republicans to go forward in reversing the current course of America into political and moral chaos is an effort of sheer futility, They are hopelessly divided by political ideology and moral concepts which has made it impossible to establish a united leadership capable of setting a common agenda which would give voters a clear choice for the direction of our society and government. This is true even though the people are certainly divided into two obvious camps. The moral majority wanting to restore sanity in government and secure our borders and those who are trying their damnedest to destroy our Judeo-Christian heritage and create a godless state for the New World Order. The Democrats set their agenda on one side years ago and used the power of the press and loads of foreign “influence” and money to establish their troops in lockstep formation (if you hope to be a part of their victorious Crusade). Meanwhile the Republicans had too many Establishment elitists more concerned for their own image in the press than with the peoples concerns fighting with and admonishing those among them that same press demonized as radical right-wing nut job for daring to oppose the alleged benevolence of the Democrats secular progressive agenda.

  • This is very nice, from the point of view at a 6th grade civics class. The fact is that we live in a hollowed out state and such activity is bound to yield the same results in the next 40 years as it has in the past 40 years. IOW, it’s insane.

    The only hope is where real success has been achieved: in the states. Subsidiarity works not by chance but necessarily.

  • Eamonn McKeown

    Being around Republicans and working with a staffer here I can tell you they have no courage. Replacing Brian Williams with a pro-lifer would be a major coup. Breitbart pointed out how culture is upstream of politics.

  • Bonnie-Clyde Barrow

    Bible thumpers: “We must FORCE all the crackheads, rioting store burners, heroin addicts, and prostitutes to have all those babies instead of abortions because,,,uhhhhh, well because we uhhhhh,,, its good for the country becsue ummmmm, wel it uhhhhh…well…..”

    • thebigdog

      Brilliant! You have your GED thesis material.

    • GG

      Relativists: we like killing because we are selfish.

    • ForChristAlone

      you’d never understand now, would you?

  • hombre111

    Well, you got that right. The Repubs, beginning with Reagan, have played pro-life people for fools. Thanks to pro-lifers, the five conservative SCOTUS members are firmly in place, with big business, and not innocent life, on their minds.

  • Don Lond

    The GOP has long only play-acted the role of conservatives. When it comes to social values (as if our economic failing aren’t first and foremost the filter through which all economic values are birthed) they only pretend to be concerned–just as it is on most things political as they remain transparently complicit co-rulers with their friends on the Godless left…waiting and biding time until their consolidated power will be unleashed against the dignity and freedom of man. Don’t be fooled by their stumbling ineptness act, as that is but diabolical camoflauge to keep the naïve dancing to their piper’s tune. Bold talk and faux investigations are but part of their script.
    Enabling them is folly.

  • Rosalinda Lozano

    Babies aborted after 20 weeks gestation makes up less than 2% of all babies slated to be slaughtered through abortion. Of those 2%, the exceptions rule added to the bill would have negated them. NOTHING would have been gained by this bill… Why don’t we stop trying to make ourselves feel good by passing these rediculous bills and truly make a difference in the world of baby slaughter! #PersonhoodNow

  • Thinking of the GOP brings this verse to mind:

    “If the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out.” (Mt 5:13)

  • Howard

    The real question is this: Are you serious enough about being pro-life that you are willing to see Republicans lose if they are pro-abortion or inconsistent? If the answer is no — if ANY Republican is so preferable to ANY Democrat that he automatically has a moral claim to your vote, your time, and/or your money — then Erick Erickson is right and we have already established “what kind of woman you are, now we’re just haggling over the price.”

  • Jacqui Fetsko

    Dustin…great article. I am wondering why you don’t address the issue (aside from mentioning Save the 1’s objection) of rape and incest exceptions in this bill. This bill would have done harm to those children conceived in rape and incest had this passed. Why did SBA and NRTL hide the fact that these exceptions were there in the first place? Is it because they know that the grassroots in the pro-life movement would have not supported this piece had they known?
    This bill was a message bill that they all knew would be vetoed by Obama if it had passed. So, why not make the message loud and clear that all babies at 20 weeks feel pain and should be protected, not just he ones who were not conceived in rape and incest? I am sick and tired of worn out ineffective pragmatism in the drafting of so called pro-life legislation. Ultimately it denies the principle that all life, from fertilization to natural death are worthy of protection, period. How about trusting God’s will and getting standard bearers in office…enough of the political pragmatism!

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