“WE hold these truths to be self-evident…”
By Brian Johnston
The Right to Life is asserted as an observable, self-evident fact. “The laws of nature and of nature’s God” are to be seen in the objective reality of unique human lives.
The purpose of the Right to Life movement is to show forth those self-evident facts of human life, and to assure the protections of government for those lives. We do not assert our personal faith or idiosyncratic beliefs regarding those lives, we simply show the self-evident uniqueness of the individual. According to America’s founders, the just powers of all governments is derived from the intrinsic value and worth of the lives governed. The ‘power over lives’ is directly related to recognizing the value and uniqueness of those lives.
On Nov 10, 2016, the French Supreme Counsel shocked caring people world-wide, when they ruled that the mere image of a Down’s syndrome child could not be broadcast on national television. The smiling images were part of a campaign by the Down’s Syndrome Association, ‘Dear Future Mom,’ it showed the hope and joy of Down’s syndrome individuals.
The State Counsel said that allowing people with Down’s syndrome to smile on television was “inappropriate” because it was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices”. Note that the High Court has ruled ending the life of a Down’s child is not to be considered ‘inappropriate,’ but the true offense against humanity is the showing images of those joyful children.
In our movement the most difficult challenge is not merely the opposition of those who disagree, but the imperious use of government authority to suppress and dismiss the ‘self evident’ nature of the Right to Life, of the value and significance of each life, even the seemingly insignificant life. For Government to war against ‘self-evident’ truths, it must first commit itself to suppressing the evidence. In France, 96% of Down’s children are ‘eliminated’ via abortion.
To: State Affiliates and Board members
From: Jennifer Popik, J.D. Director of Medical Ethics at National Right to Life
Re: URGENT emails and phone calls needed to the American Medical Association (AMA) over next several weeks
Date: September 15, 2016
There is an effort currently underway within the American Medical Association (AMA) to abandon its decades-long position opposing assisted suicide and take a neutral stance. At its July 2017 annual meeting, the AMA will consider taking a “neutral” position which essentially sends a green light to the states that legalizing is acceptable. However, we have recently been made aware that the AMA will hold an interim meeting on November 13 and 14 in Orlando where a special breakout session will be held on assisted suicide.
Both the national and state medical societies’ opposition to doctor-prescribed suicide have been instrumental in stopping the spread of these dangerous laws. In fact, when the Vermont and California medical societies took neutral positions, it was devastating to the efforts in the legislature to block legalization. Assisting suicide is now legal in Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and California, and the practice may have some legal protection in the state of Montana.
We are asking the following things:
1. Please have your members contact one or both contacts below via phone or email.
2. Please restrict arguments to the suggested bullet points, in the person’s own words.
3. Speak with any physicians you know and urge them contact the AMA.
4. Ask for a written response/ report any information received back to NRLC.
1. Who to contact:
Dr. Andrew W. Gurman, MD, AMA President, firstname.lastname@example.org
330 N Wabash, Ste 43482
Chicago IL 60611-5885
Bette Crigger, PhD, CEJA’s Secretary, email@example.com
Secretary, Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs
American Medical Association
330 N Wabash, Ste 43482
Chicago IL 60611-5885
Based on both polling and the positive experience of many states fighting these assisted suicide laws, please try and restrict your arguments to one or two of the following:
2. What to Say:
(Select one or more of the following statements and re-word or add your own thoughts.)
The AMA should retain its longstanding position in opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide because:
· Medical professionals should focus on providing care and comfort to patients – NOT becoming a source of lethal drugs. I would not want my doctor to have this power and suggest suicide to me as an “option.”
· Will the government and insurance companies do the right thing – pay for treatment costing thousands of dollars – or the cheap thing – pay for lethal drugs costing hundreds of dollars?
· Everyone knows someone who has been misdiagnosed or outlived a terminal diagnosis.
· Wanting to die because of depression is treatable. Millions of people are living proof.
· Everyone agrees that dying in pain is unacceptable, however nearly all pain is now treatable. A patient in pain should find a new doctor.
· Oregon is proof that general suicides rise dramatically once assisted suicide is promoted as a “good.”
· My family member could die from taking lethal drugs and I wouldn’t know about it until he/she is dead because no family notification is required in advance.
· Assisted suicide is a recipe for elder and disability abuse because it can put lethal drugs in the hands of abusers.
· A relative who is an heir to the patient’s estate or an abusive caregiver can pick up the lethal drugs and administer them without the patient’s knowledge or consent. There is no oversight and no witnesses are required once the lethal drugs leave the pharmacy
Please send any replies to firstname.lastname@example.org
California ProLife Council is a non-sectarian and non-partisan organization. That being said, in the current political environment, the stated policies of the two dominant political parties are inescapable.
The Republican Party has a solid pro-life platform, and in addition to protecting the unborn, sees a need to assertively protect the elderly and medically vulnerable.
The Democrat Party is committed to unlimited abortion funded by the government, and to the voluntary euthanizing of vulnerable patients.
In this important election year, we would be remiss to not point out this clear and bright distinction.
Dear Friend of Life,
The Republican party was founded for the specific purpose of ensuring that the dignity of the human person was protected in the law and in public policy. This was unlike the rest of the inchoate and at times confused abolitionist movement, which employed many non-policy related efforts from Harper’s Ferry to the Underground Railroad to address slavery.
Lincoln was VERY clear that the Republican Party was dedicated to, and in fact designed to use the civic process to change the policies that many others complained of and lashed out against. Lincoln, in the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates, made clear that the Republican Party was unique in its anti-slavery efforts, and that unlike some abolitionists, Republicans were dedicated to using the civic process to the utmost, as both the principle tool and the ultimate tool for ending slavery.
Lincoln was right to focus the concern of America on the immediate electoral and policy opportunities at hand in order to bring an end to slavery. Employing these civic avenues is still our greatest hope for bringing an end to the legalized culture of Death, and the Republican Party remains our most effective tool to do so.
The California ProLife Council, the California affiliate of National Right to Life, strongly condemned the recent violence in Colorado Springs at a Planned Parenthood center.
A non-sectarian and non-partisan organization, the California ProLife Council was founded in 1971. It publishes legislative voting records, candidates positions on issues, organizes statewide and local educational and outreach projects on abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and has a long-standing record of condemning all acts of violence.
Dangerous Bill Being Snuck Through!
California’s SB 1095 would Result in Harm and Death for the Unborn
California’s SB 1095 would result in expansion of genetic screening, so that CA would be required to screen for “any (…) disease detectable in blood samples” – not only after birth, but in the words of the bill, as part of “prenatal care” – prior to the child having the opportunity to be born. The bill proposes that the “diseases” which would be funded for screening and ultimate exclusion from the gene pool would be decided upon by a Federal RUSP – a panel of persons that nobody in the State of California can influence or control.
Legislators sneakily brought the bill off of suspense, and passed it out of Assembly Appropriations Committee on August 11, 2016. (The bill has passed Senate and is now on its Second Reading in the Assembly.)
This bill proposes an unlimited expenditure of funds, that would grow over time. I quote from the bill, which proposes an “expenditure of funds from the Genetic Disease Testing Fund for the expansion of the Genetic Disease Branch Screening Information System to include (…) any (…) disease that is detectable in blood samples.”
Read that carefully: “any (…) disease that is detectable in blood samples.” The effects of this screening and what will ultimately be a California effort at ‘negative eugenics’ will grow – causing untold harm to billions.
This bill would cause billions to be screened out of the gene pool either as a result of aggressive genetic counseling, recommendations for genetic modification, or abortion.
Please schedule online advocacy action to stop this bill. It appears that the bill is being rushed to passage out of the Assembly; it may be that the best way to stop the bill would be to write the Governor to ask that SB 1095 be vetoed when it arrives at his desk.
The Governor’s mailing address is:
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Alternatively, he can be contacted online at:
Special thanks to Colin Gallagher
These other bills are currently circulating through the Legislature. It is important that your voice be heard regarding these issues that impact our families and our culture.
Make sure to use the link provided to find and contact your representatives and tell them oppose or support these bills!
AB 2531 – offers payments to young women for the sale of their eggs. These are then used in IVF, cloning and human experimentation. By its very nature, IVF requires the destruction of fertilized embryos. Please follow progress and contact YOUR legislator
AB 1671 This bill would prohibit David Daleiden type reportage on Planned Parenthood, offering it special protections.
AB 775 –Pregnancy Care Center Discrimination and “Gag” Rule (Chiu) –
This Bill is currently under court challenge.
This bill mandates a statement all Pregnancy Care Centers would have to tell mothers seeking care that includes how to get an abortion but not alternatives like adoption. It also exempts abortion clinics from giving the same mothers the same information.
California’s Pregnancy Resource Centers offer ‘competition’ to the abortion industry. We need to make sure that they are able to offer the support and answers that women deserve!
You can assist our amicus brief legal fund here.
SB 277 – Mandated Childhood Vaccines Intrude on Parental Rights (Pan) –
This bill strives to eliminate the personal belief exemption option from the school immunization law forcing parents to vaccinate their children from all diseases deemed necessary by the Department of Public Health (DPH). Some immunizations use tissue from aborted babies.
Based on false ‘science’, SB 277 makes sweeping claims to government authority over all California’s children. It will not allow substitute vaccines, and the moral, ethical, and scientific questions surrounding certain immunizations are not to be respected.
SB 277 has been signed by the Governor
We are filing an amicus brief in the lawsuit filed Aug.12 that challenges its constitutionality. You can assist us here.
SB 128 – Physician Assisted Suicide (Wolk) –
This measure passed as AB X2 -15 through an Extraordinary Session
This bill will legalize assisted suicide. It will remove the current legal protection that prevents third-party involvement in killing the medically vulnerable. Wherever enacted, such laws have thrown open the gates for much broader killing. This bill is being litigated by Life Legal Defense in Riverside County, and a hearing is scheduled in September.
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