N.O.W. Continues Lie About Supposed Abortion Death of Becky Bell

The National Organization for Women issued a statement 26July06 condemning a Senate vote to approve a measure to uphold parental involvement laws on abortion. The pro-abortion group is continuing to advance an 18 year-old discredited story that claims a teenager who didn’t want to tell her parents she was pregnant died from an illegal botched abortion. On 25Jluy06, the Senate cast an overwhelmingly bipartisan 65-37 vote in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act, much to NOW’s chagrin. “[T]here are many young women who will not and cannot approach their parents with such a dilemma, and who will do as Becky Bell, the 17-year-old Indiana honor student who died because of an illegal botched abortion,” NOW claims. “She desperately did not want to disappoint her beloved parents, and ended her pregnancy the only way she could find,” NOW added. Yet, NOW is perpetuating a false story about Bell’s tragic death that was discredited years ago. When Bell died, abortion advocates dubbed Becky the “first known victim of parental consent laws,” launched massive media campaign, and enlisted her parents to hit the talk show and lecture circuit to denounce parental notification and consent laws all over the country. That received significant attention until National Right to Life got a copy of the post-mortem report, which showed no sign of either induced abortion or infection in or near the reproductive organs. Instead, the report showed Bell died from a deadly and fast-acting form of pneumonia that had nothing to do with her pregnancy or her reproductive system. She had contracted this especially lethal form of pneumonia at about the same time...

Pro-Family Priorities for the 109th Congress (1/05)

As President Bush makes last-minute edits to his State of the Union speech it seems an opportune time to touch on some of the priorities Family Research Council will be pursuing in the 109th Congress. This list is certainly not exhaustive and I expect it to grow, but these 10 legislative initiatives speak to a spectrum of issues important to life, marriage and religious freedom. Judges Judicial activism has threatened the constitutional form of representative democracy. The approval of judges who will uphold the law is the top priority for FRC.   U.S. Constitutional Amendment to Protect Marriage 2004 saw the passage of 13 state amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman (bringing the total up to 17). These amendments are vulnerable to activist judges who will only be curbed by an amendment to the United States Constitution. Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act Science now shows us the obvious, that when an abortionist ends a baby’s life the baby feels pain. Potential mothers need to know this fact before they make a decision about an abortion. Child Custody Protection Act Even though over thirty states have consent or notification laws in effect for parents before a minor can obtain an abortion, nefarious non-parent adults circumvent these laws, usually concealing criminal activity such as statutory rape. In a decision so life-altering, children need their parents involved. This measure would ensure that minor children cannot be transported across state lines for an abortion without their parents’ knowledge. Cloning Prohibition Act Basic ethics requires the protection of human life from the Frankensteinian science of human cloning. Tied intrinsically to...

Pro-Abortion Groups Seek to Defeat Bill to Protect Girls (6/04)

Pro-abortion groups lobbied strong opposition to a US Senate proposal that would protect girls from adult sexual predators, who can presently take girls across state lines to obtain abortions without their parents’ knowledge or consent. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing [3Jun] on the Child Custody Protection Act (S. 851). The bill, sponsored by John Ensign (R-NV), simply seeks to help states enforce their own laws, while also helping to make sure that a girl’s parents are involved in deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy – a traumatic situation that requires parental involvement. “Few issues bring out emotion like abortion but there are many issues where we can agree and this should be one of them.” The chairman of the committee, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), concurred, saying, “This is the type of legislation that even some pro-choice advocates agree with. Dr. Bruce A. Lucero, a former abortionist from Alabama, has performed 45,000 abortions. He supports this legislation. In a New York Times op-ed, he wrote that ‘dangerous complications’ are more likely to result when parents are not involved in out-of-state abortions.” Nevertheless, pro-abortion groups came out in opposition to the bill. The Center for Reproductive Rights oppose the bill because it ignores “the fact that some young women cannot involve their parents in their abortion decision.” The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): “The bill saddles a young woman with laws of her home state no matter where she travels in the nation,” [press release]. Testifying on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, an Episcopal priest,...