A Fork in the Roe?


A Fork in the Roe?

January 23, 2020

Kathi Aultman is the abortion industry's worst nightmare. "I've killed more people than Ted Bundy," she admits. Coming to grips with the fact that she was "a professional mass murderer," as she called it, wasn't easy, but it has given this former abortion doctor a compelling reason to speak truth. And that truth, she insists, is that the abortion industry is a dark and nightmarish place that never, ever puts women first. She's been behind the curtain of "choice" -- and what she saw has changed her, and whoever will listen, forever.

Like a lot of medical students in school after Roe, Kathi believed the clichés about women and their bodies. So, during her OB-GYN residency, she didn't stop at first-trimester abortions. She asked to be trained on later-term abortions, the dismemberment approach that tears babies limb from limb. When she got pregnant unexpectedly, she ended it. When she finally was carrying a baby she did want, she went on performing abortions. It was lucrative, Kathi explained. And the only time she questioned what she was doing was during her neonatal rotation, "when I realized I was trying to save babies in... intensive care unit who were the same age as some of the babies I was aborting."

It took three patients -- three moms of different ages, situations, and backgrounds -- to end her abortion career. One was a young woman who'd already had three abortions and wanted a fourth. When Kathi realized she was using the surgery as birth control, she objected. Her boss ordered her to move forward anyway. "'Easy for you to say, you're not the one doing the killing,' I snapped back." She listened to a patient bark at a concerned friend that she "just wanted to kill it" and was surprised that her reaction was, "What did it ever do to you?" And a third, a mother of four, who cried "before, during and after" the abortion -- the waves of grief, Kathi explained, breaking her.

After years of fighting it, she became pro-life. "Ultimately, I could not shake the realization that the only thing that decided the fate of the baby was whether he or she was wanted or not. The former was born. The latter was killed. The life or death of a human being should not be so arbitrarily decided."

Kathi's journey was a long and painful one, but even for Americans who don't see abortion up close, the horrors are impossible to ignore. As Congressman Jody Hice (R-Ga.) and I talked about on "Washington Watch," we both know people -- like President Trump -- who've been supportive of abortion, but "because of the technology and the images that they've been able to see of their children or grandchildren... are now staunchly pro-life, because they see clearly that it is a baby in the womb -- something that we've all known all along... [And] it's contributed enormously to the shift in public opinion [seen just this week] on the issue of life as a whole."

One of the lies the abortion industry likes to repeat is that Roe v. Wade is settled law. It isn't -- especially not now as President Trump fills the courts with men and women who respect the plain text of the Constitution on the right to life. Elsewhere, groups like Planned Parenthood are being exposed for making this about "choice" and "reproductive health" instead of the killing of innocent children. A key part of that has been the intentional effort to humanize the unborn. Rep. Hice has been a part of that push -- most recently in his resolution requesting U.S. flags be lowered to half-staff on the Roe anniversary to memorialize the 60 million lives lost these last 47 years to abortion.

"It really should be," he told me, "a day of tears. There have been... tens and tens of millions [of] babies whose lives have been eradicated for whatever reasons. And this is a national tragedy..." But, Rep. Hice went on, it's a tragedy the country is on the brink of reversing. Why? Because this administration has put the priority on protecting children in the womb from the courts to the cabinet. And when the president makes history speaking at the March for Life -- "See you on Friday... Big crowd!" he tweeted -- he'll be doing so after a record-breaking term of court appointments. Thanks to his near-200 judges, we have a greater chance of overturning Roe v. Wade than ever.

As far as Congressman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is concerned, the moment pro-lifers all been praying for is entirely within reach. Of course, he reminds us, we all have a part to play in making that a reality. "We're not going to get there unless the American people say, 'We want this guy who's given us good constitutional judges.' If we don't [reelect Trump], just look at the Democrats' stage [of candidates] -- and that will tell you you're not going to get any constitutionally-minded federal court judges. And certainly not [any in] the United States Supreme Court."

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Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


FRC Puts Life on the Map

January 23, 2020

By FRC's Connor Semelsberger and Quena Gonzalez

FRC has been working with allies to advance pro-life policies in Washington, D.C. for years. But with congressional Democrats stalling progress in the nation's capital, the "action" has shifted to the states, where pro-life legislators have made huge gains in the past 10 years.

We're pleased to announce the release of our third in a series of state maps highlighting pro-life progress in the states. On Wednesday, the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, FRC published a first-of-its-kind Fetal Dignity Map. It documents how states are protecting and promoting the dignity of the unborn and ranking states on a scale from "No Protections" to "Best Protections." Born out of the undercover Planned Parenthood videos four years ago that showed the abortion giant profiting from the market for aborted fetal tissue, these measures emphasize the humanity of the unborn -- a truth that, try as they might, the abortion industry just can't erase.

This series of maps began one year ago when, on the 46th anniversary of Roe. v. Wade, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act legalizing abortion through all nine months of pregnancy and repealed existing protections for infants who survive abortion. This set off a flurry of action in state legislatures to both expand and restrict abortion. Our maps were created to showcase FRC's accurate, detailed analysis of key pro-life policies in each state: the Later term Abortion Map (showing which states allow abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy) and the Born-Alive map (highlighting which states protect abortion survivors, and how).

The maps are interactive. For example, the new "Fetal Dignity" map tracks five different types of state laws that prevent abortionists from treating fetal tissue from an abortion as medical waste or selling it for profit and provide death certificates for parents grieving the death of their miscarried or unborn child. The map also ranks states on how thoroughly their laws promote the dignity of the unborn, helping activists and legislators understand the progress their state has made since the undercover Planned Parenthood videos broke, and how far they have yet to go.

The data from these maps also provide a useful look at pro-life laws from a national perspective. For example, the "Born-Alive Protections" map shows that while 34 states have at least some born-alive protections, only 15 states have the same strong protections that are reflected in the Federal Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Actthat is pending before the U.S. House (H.R. 962) and Senate (S. 130). The later Term Abortion Map shows that fully 22 states allow abortion on demand right up until the day of birth, 15 of them using a little-understood "mental health" loophole. And the Fetal Dignity Map reveals that only 12 states have "Strong" fetal dignity protections, and only one has the "Best" level of protections.

For too long, the pro-life movement has not had a single, central location for pro-life maps. FRC is proud to contribute these maps to the pro-life cause. We aim to educate policymakers, grassroots activists, and the general public about the benefits of such laws in building a culture of life -- where every human life is valued as an intrinsic good, not something whose value is conditional upon its usefulness to others or to the state.

Watch the Pro-life Pros at ProLifeCon...

January 23, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers will join President Trump on the National Mall for the annual March for Life at noon tomorrow. But before that, FRC will be hosting our own one-of-a-kind pro-life event at 8:30 in the morning: the ProLifeCon Digital Action Summit.

ProLifeCon has become an annual institution for the digital pro-life community, with 2020 marking our 15th year of hosting the event. HHS Secretary Alex Azar will be on hand to discuss new pro-life policies that will be rolled out this year. Other speakers include the White House's Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council Jennie Lichter, Ryan and Bethany Bomberger, Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins, Unplanned Director Chuck Konzelman, Human Coalition's Chris Baggett, and many more.

Don't miss this dynamic discussion of the issues impacting the pro-life movement and the practical ways to make a difference for life on prominent digital channels and platforms like blogs, social media, podcasts, and digital entertainment.

Register now for ProLifeCon 2020 on January 24 at 8:30 a.m. ET to join us in person or via live webcast.


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