Christians Attempting to Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
To be pro-life or
not to be pro-life
catfish Christians, all mouth and a
thimble-full of guts
Hold the presses, it gets better!
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt and some pro-life organizations
including Missouri Right to Life, and Campaign Life Missouri leader,
Sam Lee, say, this is not the right way to go about banning abortion,
maybe this is not the right time to ban abortions in our state. But
one Democrat legislator says it all, If you're pro-life why
wouldn't you back this legislation?
Cha..ching...can you smell the $$$?
I've said this before, there are pro-death and some pro-life
organizations that, if abortion was to end tomorrow, would be jumping
off the roofs of their million dollar buildings. They would be
out of a title, job, retirement fund, plush office and perks.
God help us, this shows the pro-life movement for what it really is -
not all of them, just most.
Here we are, just like in Nehemiah, rebuilding the walls and we've
got a spear and sword in one hand and a troll in the other trying to
rebuild the wall. Neh. 4:
16-17 "From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the
other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows, and armor. The
officers posted themselves behind all the people of
who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work
with one hand and held a weapon in the other."
You cannot change what you are not willing to confront.
Still being encouraged! ~Angela
question strategy of bills to ban procedure
Franck and Jonathan Rivoli
POST-DISPATCH JEFFERSON CITY BUREAU
One might think that a bill filed this week to ban nearly all forms
of abortion in
would have anti-abortion groups dancing in the marbled halls of the
Instead, they're saying "not so fast."
Leaders of three of the state's top anti-abortion groups say
they're uncomfortable with the strategy behind the sweeping
Meanwhile, some leaders in the solidly anti-abortion Legislature
say the ban is not a top priority for legislators. And Gov. Matt Blunt
told reporters Thursday, "I'm not convinced it's necessary"
to pass a general abortion ban.
Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, filed the bill Wednesday to
provoke a court battle to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 U.S.
Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. A similar bill was filed
earlier by Rep. Wayne Henke, D-Troy.
Both legislators hope two recent appointments to the high court
will shift the court's stance on the issue, allowing an abortion ban
to stand in
The aggressive approach is part of a growing national trend among
state legislators who are reacting to a changing Supreme Court. The
South Dakota Legislature recently passed a broad abortion ban, and
similar bills have been filed in at least eight other states.
But that daring playbook is not one that's shared across the
Nationwide, abortion opponents are split over whether it's time to
pull out all the stops on banning abortion or continue seeking to
restrict the procedure with less ambitious bills, such as measures to
require parental consent or regulate clinics.
"The pro-life community is divided on what the best strategy
is," said Sam Lee, of the anti-abortion group Campaign Life
Lee, like other anti-abortion activists, worries that it's too
early to test the new Supreme Court on abortion, especially because
the views of new Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito
aren't yet known.
The Missouri Catholic Conference lobbies heavily against abortion.
The conference's Larry Weber said, "I'm very disinclined to bring
cases that intended to overturn Roe v. Wade without knowing if we have
That view is mirrored by Patty Skain, executive director of the
Missouri Right to Life, who said he shares Crowell's goal but not his
Crowell said he has no doubt that the time for a bolder approach on
abortion is now.
"Ultimately I think we need to get down to the core
issue," he said. "Should abortion be legal in the state of
One national abortion opponent described a different kind of
crossroads, one that's testing whether anti-abortion groups are on the
same page politically.
"It's a brand-new world for pro-life people right now,"
said Tom McClusky, of the anti-abortion group Family Research Council
. "You've got people who are cautious and people who think it's
not a time for caution."
Abortion supporters such as Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL
Pro-Choice America, said recent events show the true colors behind the
anti-abortion movement. She said the goal all along has been to
overturn Roe v. Wade.
"I think most Americans have been watching a stealth
strategy," Keenan said. "But now they're coming out from
behind the curtain."
Keenan said there are two sides of the movement - one that's
extreme and one that is intent on chipping away at abortion rights
because it is the better political strategy.
"Both sides are dangerous," she said. "Both sides
are infringing on freedom. They both share the goal of overturning
Lee and other abortion opponents in
fear that a strategy to ban abortion could backfire. He said the high
court might not agree to hear an appeal involving a state abortion
Others say there's always the possibility that the court could
actually strengthen abortion rights.
"It might just further validate Roe v. Wade, which is one of
the fears," McClusky said.
Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, shares some
of those reservations related to Crowell's bill.
Gibbons also wonders why such an abortion ban needs to be a
, when states such as
are already triggering a possible court battle. That measure is now
before the governor there.
Gibbons, who opposes abortion, said Crowell's bill is not a
priority for leaders in the Legislature. He did not promise that it
would reach the Senate floor for a debate.
Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, believes legislators may smother the
bill because they fear exposing rifts between anti-abortion
The proposed ban on abortion includes no exception for rape or
incest. Graham, who supports abortion rights, says many anti-abortion
legislators would be uncomfortable with that wording.
"What some of them fear is being pinned down on each one of
those votes," he said. Others say an abortion ban has legs in
"I do think this legislation would have the possibility of
passing," said House Minority Leader Jeff Harris, D-Columbia.
"Presumably, you would get some support for it from the
Democratic side of the aisle."
Leaders of abortion rights groups say they will oppose the bill
aggressively. Some say the recent changes on the Supreme Court have
galvanized their support, even as it has split the strategy of
"Our people are angry and motivated, and they continue to
believe that politicians should not be involved in a decision that's
between a woman, her family and God," Keenan said.
Some say that as the issue develops nationally, the abortion battle
could increasingly be fought at the state, rather than federal, level.
They say they expect abortion ban measures to increasingly find
support in conservative states, but not in states such as
, where most legislators support abortion rights.
But McClusky said even strong anti-abortion states might not act on
such a ban, given the split over political strategies.
That strategy talk frustrates Henke, who filed his bill last month
to ban abortion.
"I can't say I've got a lot of strategy behind this, it's just
what I believe," he said. "If you're pro-life, you're
pro-life. Don't tell me you're pro-life and then not support
The Associated Press and Jeremy Kohler of the Post-
Dispatch contributed to this report.
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