LA Times on the Moral Bankruptcy of Pro-Life Industry

Date: Jun 6, 2007 Length: 28:25
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* LA Times Reports on the Pro-Life Split: Excerpts from today's LA Times article:

-"As they gathered Tuesday for a national strategy session, antiabortion activists faced an unexpected revolt in their own ranks. ...Focus on the Family and National Right to Life are under attack from fellow activists who accuse them of turning a godly cause into a money-grubbing industry. Those groups have raised tens of millions of dollars and trumpeted victory after incremental victory..."
* LA Times Reports on the Pro-Life Split: Excerpts from today's LA Times article:

-"As they gathered Tuesday for a national strategy session, antiabortion activists faced an unexpected revolt in their own ranks. ...Focus on the Family and National Right to Life are under attack from fellow activists who accuse them of turning a godly cause into a money-grubbing industry. Those groups have raised tens of millions of dollars and trumpeted victory after incremental victory..."

-But several "antiabortion groups have launched a campaign... making their position clear in full-page ads that will run in conservative publications over the next few months.

-"‘The broader movement is claiming [with the PBA Ruling] that we're saving lives, and we're not,' said Brian Rohrbough, one of the dissident activists. ‘It can't get any worse than that.' ...[T]he recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act... explicitly endorsed other methods of abortion; at one point, the justices explained that doctors could avoid prosecution by killing the fetus with a lethal injection in the womb before suctioning out its brain. To Rohrbough, president of Colorado Right to Life, that decision was nothing short of evil - an endorsement of murder. He was appalled that his fellow activists not only claimed the ruling as a victory, but also used it as a fundraising tool, appealing to donors for more money to keep the momentum going. ‘We've been promised for almost 40 years that the strategy of electing Republicans would get us a Republican Supreme Court that would end abortion, and that has not happened," Rohrbough said. "If we raise money to do the same thing over and over again we will never, ever establish personhood for all [unborn] children." The partial-birth ruling "gives us the most powerful example we've ever had of how morally bankrupt this strategy is," added the Rev. Bob Enyart, pastor of Denver Bible Church. Enyart and Rohrbough wrote a long public letter of rebuke to James Dobson... who applauded the Supreme Court decision."

-"The antiabortion absolutists... have a few big names backing them, including former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes [who is NOT a signer to the letter, but watch his 28-second condemnation of the PBA Ruling] and activist Judie Brown [so IS a signer] of the American Life League. ... ‘We're not finding any core, mainstream [antiabortion] groups that are anything other than political hacks.... You don't even hear these guys talking about ending abortion anymore. So you'll see our rhetoric sharpening,' said David Brownlow, who runs a shoestring lobbying group in Oregon called Life Support. Abortion-rights advocates view the splintering with some alarm: ‘It may mean we're fighting on more fronts,' said Janet Crepps, senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights."

-"...Rohrbough's group runs on a budget of about $150,000 a year. By contrast, the National Right to Life Committee raised more than $9.7 million last year, according to Internal Revenue Service filings. Americans United for Life raised $1.9 million."

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