Tuesday, December 15, 2009
In the House:
A small but courageous coalition of pro-life democrats in the House would not support health care legislation without pro-life amendments. Bart Stupak (D-MI) was the leader of that group. Because of your pro-life efforts - your calls, letters, and emails - and to the great shock of the media and White House, the coalition held strong and our pro-life amendment prevailed on Nov. 7th by a vote of 240-194.
In the Senate:
Because the pro-life amendments were defeated on Dec. 8th (54-45), the only pro-life vote in the Senate is "NO" on the health care bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he has 59 out of the 60 votes needed to end debate and proceed for a vote on the floor. Sen. Nelsen (D-NE), is the vote he needs. They (the White House and Senate leadership) are trying to offer Nelsen all sorts of inducements but he has not budged. (If you know anyone in Nebraska, please ask them to call Sen. Nelsen and ask for his continued support.) If somehow they should pick up another vote, whether Nelsen caves under this immense pressure (we pray for his continued courage) or a Republican defects (definitely a possibility) then we will have to rely on the House doing the right thing again. (It would return to the House and we would ask those who voted right the first time to do it again. Bill can't pass without their support.)
The next 10 days or so are critical!!
We must hold the line in the Senate. The pro-abortion forces have mobilized ALL their resources in the mainstream news media, opinion elites, White House, etc. They are counting on pro-lifers being distracted by one of the most sacred seasons of the year.
I know we are all busy, but we can't afford to NOT take the time to focus on this. We haven't lost. A CNN poll showed that 6 out of 10 Americans are opposed to taxpayer funded abortion, so the majority of Americans are on our side. The President knows that the closer we get to elections (Nov 10'), the more they will hear from constituents who oppose this so time is NOT on their side. We have to hold the line.
Don't be fooled by what you will read in the mainstream media saying an "abortion compromise" has been reached. They will put in phony language. They will not fix it. The only pro-life vote is NO at this point. Be sure you get your information from National Right to Life Committee or another trusted source.
There are some in the pro-life community who might be tempted take a pass on this cloture vote because its only a "procedural" vote. A pro-life senator could vote for "cloture" (to end debate), then turn around and vote "no" against the bill, knowing that there enough votes for bill to pass. Voting for cloture is being complicit in allowing federal funding for abortions. Because they have the votes on the final passage of the bill.
What to do:
1. TOMORROW MORNING: Contact Hagan and Burr (locally and in DC) and ask them to vote against cloture AND against final passage of the health care bill. Call, email or fax.
Hagan: (202) 224-6342 or (919) 856-4630.
Burr: (202) 224-3154 or (252) 977-9522.
2. Ask everyone you know to do the same.
3. Of course, pray.
Many of you have already called many times. Thank you. But now we need you to please call again and keep calling. Save their numbers in your cell phones and call every day. We can't stop now. This would be the largest expansion of abortion since Roe. v. Wade.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Dorothy Yeung, Triangle Right to Life Chair
Press conference to be held in Chapel Hill on Saturday, Oct 31 at 11:00 am
(Chapel Hill, NC), October 28, 2009--On Saturday, October 31st, three families will be speaking in support of “The Unborn Victims of Violence” Act. The Unborn Victims Act would bring these families justice by recognizing, in law, the unborn child as a second victim when a pregnant woman and her unborn baby are murdered. The law would allow the State to prosecute for two murders instead of just one. The laws of thirty-five other states recognize the unborn child as a second victim. To learn more about Unborn Victims of Violence laws, please visit: www.nrlc.org/Unborn_victims/index.html
WHERE: Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27514
WHEN: Saturday, October 31, 2009, 11:00 am
WHO: (Please See Below)
Michele Dye: Michele is mother of Lucy Johnson and grandmother to the 15 week old unborn baby she was carrying. Lucy and her unborn baby were brutally murdered on July 16, 2008. She was raped, shot twice in the back of the head, and her house was set on fire to cover-up the crime.
Kevin Blaine: Kevin is the father of Jennifer (“Jenna”) Nielsen. Jenna was 8 and 1/2 months pregnant with her unborn son, Ethen, when, on June 14, 2007, they were both murdered in Raleigh, NC, while on her early morning delivery route of USA today. To date, no killer has been apprehended, and the family continues to seek public assistance in helping to solve the case.
Effie Steele: Effie is the mother of murdered victim Ebony Robinson, and her beloved grandson, Elijah. Ebony was only 21-years-old when she was shot and murdered in Hillsborough, NC. Ebony’s unborn son, Elijah, would have been born only a few short weeks later. Ebony and Elijah were laid to rest in two separate caskets.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
A pregnant woman is a beautiful sight. Despite the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy (and yes, they can be complicated), one might have to admit, upon seeing her swollen belly and contemplating the mysterious and wonderful life within her, that maybe, just maybe, at least for now, all is right with the world.
Imagine living in a place where pregnant women, instead of being honored, defended, and supported, are targeted, brutally murdered, and tossed into ditches, set on fire, or buried in backyards. Sound too grisly to even contemplate? You don’t have to, because here in NC, killing pregnant women has become an epidemic. In recent years, ten (10) pregnant women and their unborn babies have been barbarically murdered, their once life-giving bodies left lifeless and cold on street corners and ditches. These are the ones that have been reported and that we know about. How many other unborn babies have been murdered that have gone unreported? We'll probably never know that.
Think it’s a coincidence that North Carolina is one of only fifteen (15) states that refuses to recognize a second victim in these crimes? Unlikely. How convenient for the killers – to face only one charge of murder- instead of two. It’s not as though “Unborn Victims of Violence” laws are found only in conservative states in the South. Even one of the most liberal states in the union – California – has deemed pregnant women and their unborn children to be two separate victims and each worthy of protection under the law.
What does it say about North Carolina when a fifteen year old child who is eight (8) months pregnant is shot in the head in cold blood and left for dead at her school bus stop? Young Tiffany Wright and her baby never had a voice.
Where is the outrage? Where is the legislation? Would Tiffany and her baby still be here today if Deborah Ross, Chairwoman of the powerful Judiciary Committee, had chosen to give House Bill 890 - the Unborn Victims of Violence Bill - a hearing? What if Speaker Joe Hackney decided that both women and their unborn babies are worthy of protection in NC and made that a legislative priority? Sadly, we will never know. Year after year, Hackney ensures that The Unborn Victims of Violence Act goes to Deborah Ross’s hostile Judiciary Committee. In the name of "choice," Ross then dutifully kills the bill by not allowing a healthy debate or even a recorded vote. How can two individuals wield so much power in a democratic republic?
The abortion lobby has successfully stopped the bill in its tracks year after year with the lie that an Unborn Victims bill would threaten abortion rights. The public and its elected representatives deserve to know that every court to ever review these laws has determined they have nothing to do with abortion whatsoever. Just look at the other thirty-five (35) states with Unborn Victims laws if you are concerned about the right to abortion and you will find it remains safe and sound throughout all nine months of pregnancy.
Walter Dellinger, a former solicitor general with the Clinton administration who teaches at Duke University, says that, although he is a strong advocate for a woman’s right to choose abortion, he sees no major problem with the fetal-homicide laws. “I don't think they undermine Roe v. Wade,” he said. “The legislatures can decide that fetuses are deserving of protection without having to make any judgment that the entity being protected has freestanding constitutional rights. I just think that proposals like this ought to be considered on their own merit.”
Protecting women and their unborn babies has nothing to do with abortion. Sadly, if legislation protecting both mother and child is not passed in NC, our state will continue to be a safe haven for murderers.
For court decisions and a detailed list of Unborn Victims laws, go here.
2009 Slayings of Pregnant Women
Tiffany Wright – (2009) Charlotte, NC / Tiffany was 8 mos pregnant
Misty Lynn Carter – (Oct. 2009) Buncome County,NC/ Misty was 6 wks pregnant/
Previous Slayings of Pregnant Women in NC
Megan Touma – (2008) Fayetteville, NC / Megan was 7 mos pregnant
Lucy Johnson – (2008) Gastonia, NC / Lucy was 15 wks pregnant
Jennifer Nielsen – (2007) Raleigh, NC / Jennifer was 8 mos. pregnant
Maria Lauterbach – (2007) Jacksonville, NC / Maria was 8 mos pregnant
Leanna Newman (2007) Landis, NC/ Leanna was 8 mos pregnant
Cherica Adams – (1999) Charlotte, NC / Cherica was 8 mos. Pregnant *Mother Died but baby survived.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Triangle Right to Life was formed on May 16, 2009. We seek to build a culture of life in the Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill area. We oppose embryonic stem cell research, abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and assisted suicide with a non-partisan, non-sectarian approach.
Shortly after our founding meeting, we were approved by the Board of North Carolina Right to Life as an official chapter of North Carolina Right to Life. Since then, we have been busy!
We have voted in our our own board, hosted an ice cream social, formed a website, blog, and even ventured into Facebook and Twitter to get the pro-life message out. One of our board members, Deanna Jones Falchook, launched her Amazon best-seller book, "To Be a Mother," while our Vice Chair, Pamela Suggs, successfully wrote, promoted, and starred in the compelling pro-life play, "A Favored Life."
On October 4th, many Triangle Right to Lifers proudly participated in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Life Chain event - a peaceful, prayerful protest against the violence of abortion. We are currently supporting North Carolina Right to Life's annual pro-life booth at the state fair by providing volunteers and administrative support, and we look forward to many, many more upcoming opportunities to identify and strengthen the right to life voice in North Carolina.
We look forward to seeing you on January 16th at 10 am at the Annual Prayer Breakfast in Raleigh (Holiday Inn Brownstone), followed by the Rally and March for Life at Nash Square. Please check this blog for updates on local events, legislation or other blogworthy pro-life news. (Eventually, we will be using our website to update you but until then, please come here for updates!)
Please consider becoming a member of Triangle Right to Life! You can do so by emailing Dorothy Yeung at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, please enjoy some pictures of our Triangle Right to Life-ers in Action!
Amy Hutton, Birthmother and Triangle Right to Life Media Relations Director, shares her own personal story of placing her daughter in an open adoption:
Deanna Jones Falchook shares about the beautiful calling of Motherhood for women:
There's only one proper way to kick off Triangle Right to Life -- with ice cream!
Durham Right to Lifers peacefully protest abortion on a crowded street in Durham: