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On September 10, House Republican Leader John Boehner (Oh.) issued a release in which he referred to Barack Obama’s 2007 appearance before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the occasion on which Obama said that “reproductive care” would be “at the heart” of his health plan and that his public plan “will provide all essential services, including reproductive services.” 
As Mr. Boehner put it, “During his quest for the presidency, now-President Obama declared that everyone deserves access to reproductive health care that includes abortion, and vowed that this ‘right’ would be at the heart of his health care reform plan if elected president.” 
Mr. Boehner’s statement drew the attention of Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website (a project of the St. Petersburg Times) that scrutinizes the assertions of policymakers and advocacy groups about policy issues.  Politifact’s “Truth-O-Meter” concluded that Mr. Boehner’s statement was “TRUE.”  The Politifact review is here.
Also, note that on September 10 posted a brief, but helpful, commentary on President Obama’s claim, during his September 9 speech to Congress, that his plan would not use “federal dollars” for abortions.  The FactCheck commentary is here:
On September 9, National Review Online published my rebuttal to a column by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post, in which Marcus extolled, but rather mischaracterized, the Capps-Waxman Amendment to H.R. 3200.
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National Right to Life Committee
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver: Rest in Peace


Eunice Kennedy Shriver with John Cardinal O'Connor at the 1994 Proudly Pro-Life Awards Dinner.

  Tributes from around the world continue to pour in for Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away yesterday at age 88. National Right to Life would like to add ours.

  NRLC veterans remember when Mrs. Shriver attended the Proudly Pro-Life Awards Dinner in 1994 which honored John Cardinal O’Conner and Nancy DeMoss of The Arthur DeMoss Foundation. The following year Mrs. Shriver, along with her husband, Sargent Shriver, served as Honorary Chairpersons for the Proudly Pro-Life Awards Dinner that honored Illinois Rep. Henry Hyde, Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

   Mrs. Shriver is best known, of course, for being the driving force behind the Special Olympics. Like all revolutions, what seems ordinary now was a breathtaking change in understanding 30 and 40 years ago.

   The most telling reminiscences have not been from high-powered political insiders, although as a sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy, she no doubt had access to them all. They are from ordinary citizens whose children’s lives were made immensely richer because of the power of the Special Olympics’ example

   We have many miles to go before we fully treat people with disabilities with the kind of generosity and respect that is owed them simply because they are fellow members of the human family. But that the journey has begun at all is in no small measure the result of the labors of Mrs. Shriver.

    We forget how the prevailing thought at the time was that children with mental retardation should be excluded from physical activity out of fear that these kids might injure themselves. But in her address at the opening ceremony of the first Special Olympics in 1968, just weeks after the assassination of Robert Kennedy, Mrs. Shriver said “The Chicago Special Olympics prove a very fundamental fact, the fact that exceptional children — children with mental retardation — can be exceptional athletes, the fact that through sports they can realize their potential for growth.”

    There could be no more fitting ending than the concluding paragraphs of her family’s statement on her passing:

    Inspired by her love of God, her devotion to her family, and her relentless belief in the dignity and worth of every human life, she worked without ceasing ─ searching, pushing, demanding, hoping for change. She was a living prayer, a living advocate, a living center of power. She set out to change the world and to change us, and she did that and more. She founded the movement that became Special Olympics, the largest movement for acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in the history of the world. Her work transformed the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the globe, and they in turn are her living legacy.

   We have always been honored to share our mother with people of good will the world over who believe, as she did, that there is no limit to the human spirit. At this time of loss, we feel overwhelmed by the gifts of prayer and support poured out to us from so many who loved her. We are together in our belief that she is now in heaven, rejoicing with her family, enjoying the fruits of her faith, and still urging us onward to the challenges ahead. Her love will inspire us to faith and service always.

  She was forever devoted to the Blessed Mother. May she be welcomed now by Mary to the joy and love of life everlasting, in the certain truth that her love and spirit will live forever.

Now Posted: The Obama Record on Life

potusrecordsThe Obama Record on Life is now available from the National Right to Life website. To access the PDF file (as well as the PDF files for the records of Presidents Regan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush), see the POTUS records page at

These are a great  tool you can use in your communities to educate friends and family about the life and death actions taken by the presidents during their time in the Oval Office.  Please feel free to download, copy and distribute these materials freely.

smallerpic-1NRLC has launched it’s Stop the Abortion Agenda campaign ( In the coming days, weeks, and months we can expect Barack Obama and his pro-abortion allies in Congress to launch an all-out assault on the pro-life policies we have implemented in the last 30 years.  Visit the website and get informed!

The Obama Payoffs He Can Make Unilaterally

The latest from NRLC’s speedy wordsmith – NRL News editor Dave Andrusko.  To read more of his daily feature, “Today’s News and Views,” check out

Tomorrow we’ll talk about some interesting after-the-fact and therefore meaningless concessions by the Washington Post’s Ombudsman to the effect that, okay, the Post WAS in the tank for pro-abortion President-elect Barack Obama. Today is a look at Step One in the payoff that the Abortion Establishment will receive for its active role on behalf of then-candidate Obama which will take the form of reversing administrative actions taken by pro-life President George Bush.

It’s at moments like this that we are reminded how much difference it makes when the White House is occupied by a man whose goal is to reduce the number of babies lost to abortion, not one motivated by a desire to increase the death toll. Besides Howell’s column, the Post also ran another article in yesterday’s edition that began this way:

“Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

“A team of four dozen advisers, working for months in virtual solitude, set out to identify regulatory and policy changes Obama could implement soon after his inauguration. The team is now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensive, said a top transition official who was not permitted to speak on the record about the inner workings of the transition.

“In some instances, Obama would be quickly delivering on promises he made during his two-year campaign, while in others he would be embracing Clinton-era policies upended by President Bush during his eight years in office.”

As you know in August 2001 President Bush thwarted the pell-mell rush to federally underwrite a wholesale campaign of research based on culling stem cells from human embryos. In the subsequent seven years, a whole raft of more promising and ethically acceptable alternatives has arisen, which ought to–but won’t–give pause to the proponents of embryonic stem cell research.

As the Post wrote Sunday, “Obama himself has signaled, for example, that he intends to reverse Bush’s controversial limit on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, a decision that scientists say has restrained research into some of the most promising avenues for defeating a wide array of diseases, such as Parkinson’s.” The latter comment is entirely bogus, but it is the template into which almost all of the “mainstream media” forces all discussion of stem cell research.

The other item of direct interest to us mentioned in the Post is the Mexico City Policy, which the anti-life lobby has dubbed the “global gag rule.” This will be the fourth go-round on regulations first adopted by President Reagan, rescinded by President Clinton, and re-established by President George Bush. The executive order denies certain types of U.S. government assistance to private organizations that promote abortion as a method of family planning in foreign countries.

Pro-lifers were able to maintain policies such as the Mexico City Policy because of President Bush’s vow to veto any bill that contained language that would weaken an existing pro-life policy. With a pro-abortion militant about to enter the White House, pro-lifers will lack that backstop.

We will keep you updated on pro-abortion initiatives rumored to be in the works. Not pleasant work, but a necessary reminder of the price unborn babies will pay for the election of man for whom multiplying the number of abortions is paramount.

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It’s official

None of us are in Denver this week for the Democratic convention (for obvious reasons), but I’ve been glued to C-SPAN watching all of the coverage live (really I’m just waiting for the balloons and’s fun television).

The Democratic Party has just officially nominated pro-abortion Illinois Senator Barack Obama as their nominee for President of the United States.   Obama is perhaps the most pro-abortion candidate ever nominated for President.

The folks in our Fed Leg Department has done a tremendous job of documenting Obama’s record on the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in Illinois.  Check it out:

And we’ve also put together a great comparison piece that factually outlines the positions of both Barack Obama and John McCain.  You can download it in PDF here:

-Derrick Jones
NRLC Communications Director