Life Advocacy believes restoration of America’s culture of Life will be achieved only through a better informed electorate. The public’s supposed support for the anti-life agendas of readily available abortions, utilitarian medical experimentation and quality-of-life approaches to disability, stems largely from misperceptions about the radical nature both of the so-called “pro-choice,” biotech and right-to-die lobbies and of current laws on abortion and medical decision-making in America.
Average citizens are deceived because the anti-Life lobbies and their media accomplices have effectively clouded the true issues. Restoring justice and mercy to our nation’s laws requires a change of mind, along with a change of heart.
The most certain way to change minds is relentless truth telling through strategic rhetoric and appeal.
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Dr. Coburn Gives Tribute to His Chief of Staff, Michael Schwartz
Note: Michael Schwartz is chief of staff to Sen. Tom Coburn MD. He was the founding editor of Life Advocacy Briefing in 1994. We will always be grateful to the Lord for our friendship with Mike and for his inestimable value to the development and eventual victory of the American campaign to restore the right to life. Mr. Schwartz passed away Saturday, February 3, 2013.
Ryan Response a Pro-Life Model
Rep. Paul Ryan’s response to “the abortion question” during the Oct. 11 Vice Presidential debate, transcribed by Catholic Studies Senior Fellow George Weigel in a National Review Online blog; reprinted from Life Advocacy Briefing of Oct. 22, 2012
Moderator Raddatz: This debate is, indeed, historic. We have two Catholic candidates, first time on a stage such as this. And I would like to ask you both to tell me what role your religion has played in your own personal views on abortion.
Rep. Ryan: None. (Ms. Raddatz’s jaw drops. The Vice President is rendered temporarily speechless. The audience gasps. Cong. Ryan lets his surprising answer sink in a moment and continues.)
Rep. Ryan: Let me explain, Martha. When I say “none,” I’m speaking about abortion, as I assume you were, as a public policy issue. My opposition to the abortion license that Roe v. Wade created is based on science and reason.
Biology and embryology teach us that the product of human conception is a human being – nothing more but certainly nothing less. No scientifically literate person denies that; it’s a fact, not an opinion. As for reason, well, an elementary sense of justice – of fairness – teaches us that innocent human life is inviolable and merits the protection of the laws. That’s the same sense of justice that tells us not to discriminate against another because she’s not a he, or because her pigmentation is different from mine, or because his parents came to this country from Belarus ten years ago; it’s the same sense of justice that has made America the most racially egalitarian society in human history. Science and reason have made me a pro-life public official. Science and reason are what the Supreme Court ignored in 1973 in Roe v. Wade and in 1992 in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The so-called pro-choice position is the unscientific position, and it’s the unreasonable position.
But my faith does shape my thinking on these questions, and let me tell you how. What my faith adds to the mix is a deep sense of compassion and an urgent sense of responsibility for women caught in the dilemma of a crisis pregnancy. My faith teaches me that those women in crisis pregnancies should not be left alone, clinging to some spurious “right.” My faith, and the experience of the pastors of many denominations with whom I’ve discussed this, teach me that the termination of a pregnancy by abortion often multiplies the trauma of unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. My faith teaches me that I have an obligation, not only to that unborn child but also to his or her mother.
My faith, which instructs me to honor the dignity of every human person, helps me understand the implications of what science and reason teach me. And one “dignitarian” implication of science and reason is that the pro-life position is the pro-feminist position, because abortion on demand has been a great deal for irresponsible and predatory men – and a very bad deal for women.
And I’m not alone in this, Martha. There are thousands of crisis pregnancy centers across our country, where women who have been abandoned by those irresponsible or predatory men can find the compassion and care they deserve from people who take the unique dignity of women seriously – people who are eager to help a woman in a crisis pregnancy bring a child to term and then put that child up for adoption, or bring a child to term and then raise it with love in a caring community. In all the arguing about abortion these past 40 years, the tens of thousands of volunteers who staff those crisis pregnancy centers are almost never mentioned. But they are real American heroes, offering women in crisis something more – something more humane – than a technological quick fix to a terrible problem.
No woman in America has to face a crisis pregnancy alone. That’s something we should all be proud of. And we should thank God for inspiring men and women across America with the faith to go beyond the obvious facts of science and the obvious dictates of reason in offering compassionate care to women in crisis pregnancies.
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