Archives for July 2014

Guest Post: NRL Academy Inspires, Informs Pro-Life Students

applicationsgraphic-300x300 Our 2014 Academy student, Rebecca "Scout" Yarbrough, shares how her time at the Academy is better preparing her to defend life.  The National Right to Life convention in Louisville was the perfect introduction into the academy. It truly reminded me of why I want to be part of this incredible movement. The dynamic speakers at the conference challenged me to think about the life issues with a great in depth understanding and gave me perspective on many different subjects that I had not previously considered. The National Right to Life Academy equips students with the knowledge they need to defend life at all stages of development, from conception to natural death. The extensive reading materials, lectures, and seminars have already made me feel more prepared to speak about these sobering issues with others. The challenging practicum sessions provide the students with the skills they need to articulate these principles not only in everyday situations, but especially in those such as lobbying, media interviews, and even press conference settings. I now have a more in-depth understanding of euthanasia, assisted suicide, and abortion that will continue to expand for the rest of my life. This experience has had a profound effect on the way I viewed the pro-life movement. I know I will leave DC more prepared than ever to come back to North Carolina and defend life for those who cannot defend it themselves. I am looking forward to helping out with Camp Joshua next summer and help educate young and old on all of the life issues. We must bring more awareness to our community about the culture of death and work to transform it into a culture of LIFE.

New Poll: Hagan Abortion Position out of Touch with Voters

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the July 8 edition of National Right to Life News Today WASHINGTON – A new poll conducted by The Polling Company/WomanTrend for National Right to Life indicates that pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan’s abortion position is out of touch with voters. By an overwhelming 55%-35% margin, voters chose a hypothetical pro-life candidate whose views match those of Republican nominee Thom Tillis over a hypothetical pro-choice candidate whose views match those of Sen. Kay Hagan.TillisHagan The website for Tillis’ campaign explains that “Thom believes all life is sacred and as Speaker, he promoted pro-life policies and helped reverse the pro-abortion state policies Democrats had put in place for decades.” In November 2013, a spokesman for the Tillis campaign said that he “absolutely” supports the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670), which would ban abortions after 20 weeks, when the unborn child is capable of feeling pain. Under his leadership as speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, the legislature passed a number of pro-life measures, including prohibiting taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion or to pay for insurance coverage for abortion. Kay Hagan supports the current policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason, and opposes the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670). A November 19, 2013 article in the Raleigh News-Observer stated that Hagan “made it clear she would not vote for a bill that would ban abortions beginning at 20 weeks.” She voted for Obamacare, which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion, and has voted to spend federal funds on health plans that cover abortion on demand (12/8/09, Roll Call 369). “Abortion continues to be a key issue with the electorate,” said David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., National Right to Life executive director. “When they learn about the position of the candidates on abortion, voters in election after election side with the pro-life candidate.” The June poll comes on the heels of an annual survey by Gallup, which found that just 39% were in favor of the current policy of abortion for any reason (the position of Kay Hagan), with 28% saying abortion should be legal under any circumstances and 11% saying abortion should be legal under most circumstances. A substantial majority, 58%, believes abortion should be legal in only a few circumstances (37%) or illegal in all circumstances (21%). Gallup also asked about only voting for a candidate “who shares your abortion views.” Nineteen percent answered that they would only vote for a candidate who shared their views on the abortion issue, with 11% saying they would vote only for the pro-life candidate and 8% saying they would vote only for the pro-choice candidate. “It’s clear that most Americans do not support the policy of abortion for any reason that was established by Roe v. Wade,” O’Steen said. “And they will continue to support candidates who reject this extreme policy of abortion for any reason.” The complete question from The Polling Company follows. The Polling Company/WomenTrend Field Dates: June 12-15, 2014 N = 1,014 Margin of Error: +/- 3.1% CANDIDATE “A” opposes abortion except when the mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest. This candidate opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortion and supports legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when the unborn child can feel pain. CANDIDATE “B” supports a woman’s choice to have an abortion. This candidate supports using tax dollars to pay for abortion and opposes legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. 55% TOTAL SUPPORT CANDIDATE “A” (NET) 32% STRONGLY SUPPORT CANDIDATE “A” 23% SOMEWHAT SUPPORT CANDIDATE “A” 35% TOTAL SUPPORT CANDIDATE “B” (NET) 18% SOMEWHAT SUPPORT CANDIDATE “B” 16% STRONGLY SUPPORT CANDIDATE “B”