A Time To Decide: Personhood USA’s open letter to National Right to Life
National Right to Life- By Personhood USA
What does it mean to be pro-life? Is it about protecting every innocent human being or about getting good marks on the NRLC scorecard? I was shocked when I read your decision to revoke affiliation with Georgia Right to Life. It reminded me of a moment last summer, when you wrote a letter to Congress, threatening to censure pro-life legislators who voted against the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. After it was amended to exclude children conceived in rape and incest, you told pro-life stalwarts that you would “regard a vote against this legislation, no matter what justification is offered, as a vote to allow unlimited abortion in the sixth month or later.”
Now this issue has again bubbled to the surface, causing your rupture with Georgia Right to Life, a stalwart pro-life organization that refuses to endorse legislation which excludes children conceived in rape and incest from the umbrella of legal protection. Because of Georgia Right to Life’s rigorous vetting of candidates, 68% of Georgia’s Senators are now pro-life without exception, and 9 out of 9 statewide officials—including the Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, and Secretary of State—support a personhood amendment to the state constitution. Why does this effective pro-life organization deserve to be disfellowshipped for being “too pro-life?”
National Right to Life, what is the standard you will hold our elected officials to? Will Eric Cantor, author of the amendment to exclude those conceived in rape and incest from the law’s protection, receive your “100% pro-life” rubber-stamp? Will Georgia Congressmen Broun and Woodall—pro-life champions elected on no-exceptions, Personhood platforms—be given a failing grade on your electoral scorecard? Will they be ranked with Nancy Pelosi and the most radical abortion defenders simply because they could not conscientiously endorse a bill that left children conceived in rape to die outside our law’s protection?
Suppose the National Rifle Association proposed a bill to protect handgun ownership, but which was amended to ban AR-15s. Many Congressmen would oppose such a bill, citing man’s God-given, Constitutionally-protected right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. Could you imagine if the NRA attacked those representatives, threatening to brand them with the same badge of shame as Diane Feinstein? It’s inconceivable that the gun-rights lobby would be guilty of such a strategic mistake, but isn’t that what your pro-life lobby on Capitol Hill has done?
The Pain Capable Act was a messaging bill that never had a chance of clearing the Senate or wooing President Obama’s signature. What message does it send to our pro-life representatives when you whip them to support legislation that denies the right to life to innocent babies conceived in rape? What message does it send to state legislators held to a 100% pro-life standard to tell legislators on Capitol Hill that it’s okay for them to vote based on a lower standard? What message does it send to America about the value of children conceived in that violent act?
READ THE OPEN LETTER IN ITS ENTIRETY ON THE FOLLOWING LINK: