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America First Party
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Boulder, Colorado 80301
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
35 Years of Pro-Life Marches Showcase that GOP is Anti-Life
Boulder, CO -- Thirty-five years after the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision, and 40+ million abortions later, the slaughter of innocents continues and pro-lifers rightly continue to march in protest in Washington. Rarely mentioned, though, is that the ongoing holocaust showcases the abject failure of "pro-life" Republican leaders to use legislative remedies easily available to them. The Supreme Court has affirmed that the means to end abortion exists, but this has not been used. Hence, the Republican Party is truly not pro-life.
In 1973, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote in article IX of the majority decision, "The appellee and certain amici argue that the fetus is a 'person' within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. In support of this, they outline at length and in detail the well known facts of fetal development. If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment."
Section 5 of the 14th amendment gives Congress the enforcement power over the amendment's provisions. The Right To Life Act, which the America First Party supports, was simple legislation that defined "person" in the amendment to apply to the unborn from conception onward. According to Justice Blackmun, this would have been the beginning of the end of abortion in America, but at the peak of GOP power only about 25% of House members supported it, and shamefully, it frequently had no Senatorial sponsor.
"Sadly, after decades of pro-life support for the Republican Party, we have made virtually no progress in stopping abortion," said AFP Chairman Jonathan Hill. "And the recent Partial-Birth Abortion decision, trumpeted by some as a pro-life victory, reaffirmed the disastrous pro-abortion Casey precedent, and indicated that only two of the nine justices hold that there is no constitutional basis for so-called abortion rights. All this shows that the pro-life political strategy has been a disaster, and even more so because the pro-life community seems oblivious to it."
AFP Secretary John Pittman Hey also said, "The pro-life community has made too many compromises in a vain effort to grasp political power. As a result, we are falling short of the critically important goal of stopping abortion. We need to build a new party now."
Jonathan Hill, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
John Schweingrouber, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2