Tag Archives: NRLC

Brownback Signs Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Kansas becomes second state to enact NRLC model legislation

 WASHINGTON – At a signing ceremony in Topeka this afternoon, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law.  Sponsored by state Rep. Lance Kinzer, the law passed the Kansas House of Representatives 91-30, in February.  The state Senate granted approval, 24-15, in late March.  The law, modeled after National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) draft language enacted by the Nebraska legislature last year, was a legislative priority for Kansans for Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.

 “Modern medical science provides substantial evidence that unborn children recoil from painful stimuli, that their stress hormones increase, and that they require anesthesia for fetal surgery,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., NRLC director of state legislation.  “Therefore, the states have a compelling interest in protecting unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion. Kansas is the second state to recognize this obligation by enacting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, but we expect Idaho and Oklahoma to follow within days – and other state legislatures will be voting on similar bills this year.”

Originally drafted by NRLC’s state legislation department, the model Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion except when the mother “has a condition which so complicates her medical condition as to necessitate the abortion of her pregnancy to avert death or to avert serious risk of substantial or irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function or…it is necessary to preserve the life of an unborn child.” 

 Further documentation and links to the scientific studies can be found at: www.doctorsonfetalpain.com.

 Kansas becomes the second state to make the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act law.  Idaho and Oklahoma have also passed the law this spring and the measures are currently awaiting signatures by governors in both states.  The legislation has also been introduced in Alabama (where it has already passed the state House of Representatives), Minnesota and Oregon.

 The Kansas law can be found here:


 “Rep. Kinzer and Gov. Brownback are to be commended for their efforts to protect unborn children and help their mothers with enactment of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” added Alan Hansen, O.D., president of the Kansans for Life Board of Directors.

 The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life organizations and more than 3,000 local chapters nationwide, is the nation’s largest pro-life group. National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.

# # #


Take Convention Speakers Home!

Did you hear a message at the convention that made an impact on you? Are you wishing that you could be in Pittsburgh to hear the speeches of NRLC 2010?

Never fear. Whether you’re here at the convention or unable to attend, you can take audio recordings of any of the General Session or Workshop speakers home with you on Audio CD.

Check out the full convention schedule to see what workshops and speakers are available, and call 202.378.8842 to order by phone or visit the Audio booth at the convention.

Thursday Morning @ NRLC

Steven Mosher speaks to a full house

We’re barreling through the first morning of the National Right to Life Convention here in Pittsburgh, and everything has gotten off to a great start.

The attendees registered early this morning and made their way through the convention booths and into the morning’s general session, where Steven Mosher, the president of the Population Research Institute, spoke about the expanding practice of sex-selection abortion worldwide. He described the way that global prejudice against female children drives sex selection, devaluing women.

“The practice of sex selection is demeaning to women and girls in every case around the world,” Mosher said. He argued that this devaluing of women increases global sex trafficking, and causes an increased male population to seek surrogate families in gangs or the military.

“This is not just a problem in India, China, or Korea,” he said, “This trend is absolutely coming to the west.” He cited studies showing that (mostly immigrant) communities in the United States show a disparate proportion of male children, hinting at the practice of using legalized abortion in the United States to choose a child’s sex.

Volunteers register convention attendees

Meanwhile, the Teens for Life kicked off their 25th Annual National convention with their own general session with Becky Miller, the education coordinator for Rhode Island Right to Life, who led the teens through a information scavenger hunt, where they traveled to different themed stations and researched the answers to questions on pro-life topics.

Here in the press room we’re working on collecting pictures from our photographers to feature on the blog. Stay tuned for those photos and the broadcast of this morning’s session at 9 p.m.!

Prepping for NRLC 2010

Convention Director Jacki Ragan and her assistant Luis Zaffirini work hard to set up the convention

When staffers, interns, board members, and vendors descended on Pittsburgh for the 40th Annual National Right to Life Convention, we all knew that we’d be greeted by a whole lot of friendly faces.

And a whole lot of work. We got both.

NRLC Convention Director Jacki Ragan and her staff have spent the day readying the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport Hotel for this year’s convention. Volunteers, interns and NRLC staff have scurried around readying registration, carting chairs and tables to workshop rooms; they’ve unpacked vendor booths, set up video screens and prepared handouts; they’ve said hello to old friends, and connected with other minds in the movement; they’ve bristled their brains and their bodies to the max.

Now, nearing the end of the day, the convention is almost ready, like a kid at a surprise party waiting for their friend to walk in the door. The convention begins tomorrow morning, and the hotel will probably be buzzing with preparations until then.

In the NRLC 2010 Press Office, we’re setting up and fielding calls from reporters. We’re doing our best to make sure that everyone, whether they’re attending in Pittsburgh or not, can keep up with all the information, connection and excitement of the convention.

We do this because of you, of course, so that you can keep your finger to the pulse of the pro-life movement. Whether you’re able to be here in person or join us virtually, you know that what happens in Pittsburgh over the next three days can have a positive effect in our nation on our culture.  And, we do this because it’s up to us to give a voice to the voiceless and the most vulnerable members of society – mothers and their unborn children, the elderly, the medically dependent and the disabled.

So whether or not you’re able to make it to Pittsburgh this week for the convention, check back on this blog for updates. I’ll be posting as often as I can, providing quotes from speeches, insights from workshops, stories of convention-goers, and as many pictures as I have time to upload.

But for now, I have to run. That’s a reporter on the line.