Right to Life Convention Underway
(CNSNews.com) - Pro-life activists - stung by two Supreme Court rulings Wednesday, are gathered in Arlington, Virginia for their annual convention and promising to continue the fight to make abortion illegal.
The High Court ruled Wednesday that pro-life demonstrators must remain at least eight feet from an abortion clinic or medical facility during protests, and that the state of Nebraska violated Roe versus Wade when its political leaders banned partial birth abortions.
"A pregnant woman apparently has an unalienable right to an abortion of the most brutal sort through every single minute of her pregnancy, and the Supreme Court says its must be so under Roe," National Right to Life Committee President Wanda Franz said. "But we say, Roe must go. Yes, Roe must go."
The NRLC was formed in 1973 when all 50 states combined their 3,000 pro-life chapters. Board members formed the NRLC policy to "protect the unborn child from abortion, the disabled newborn from infanticide, and the medically disabled and elderly from euthanasia," according to the organization's yearbook.
The convention included dozens of speeches from such pro-life supporters as 700 Club television host M.G. "Pat" Robertson, editor of Crisis Magazine Dr. Deal Hudson, and director of Priests for Life Father Frank Pavone, and drew participation from all 50 states.
Pro-choice activists were also present. Two members of the Pro-Choice League from New York demonstrated in front of the hotel convention site in Crystal City, Virginia. Only two attended, the League director said, because of fears of attack by those perceiving the abortion issue as a "religious war."
Carrying a six-foot tall wooden cross bearing the inscription "Free Women From the Cross of Oppression - Keep Abortion Legal," and fending off shouts of "fornicator" and "how 'bout contraception, how 'bout abstinence, how 'bout the person who died on your cross for you" from a motorist, was League Director Bill Baird.
"He doesn't want to talk," Baird said, referring to the motorist and then explaining his organization was not so much pro-abortion as pro-choice and pro-privacy.
"If the right of privacy means anything, it's the right of the individual to be free," he said, in paraphrase of a 1972 Supreme Court ruling he won in the case Baird v. Eisenstadt, one dealing with birth control.