Oregon's Arrogance

October 22, 2007 09:00 AM

I just heard from my good friends at the Thomas More Law Center. It seems that our best pro-life law firm is going to sue Oregon's secretary of state and attorney general. The reason will astound you.

The charge is that these state officials  improperly denied a citizen's request to circulate a state initiative petition that would amend the Oregon constitution to end abortion in that state.

The proposed human life amendment would extend constitutional rights, including the right to life, to all human beings from the moment of fertilization. If this proposal had been adopted by the citizens of Oregon, the amendment would provide a direct challenge to the central holding of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton by establishing personhood for the preborn child as a matter of constitutional law.

As you may know, this has been the goal of American Life League since our first day in business, April 1, 1979. We have repeatedly sought unanimity among our peers in the pro-life movement to seek this goal because it is the only goal that will ever end the killing of the innocent preborn, once and for all.

I have echoed the words of the Thomas More Law Center's Dick Thompson on more occasions than I can remember, for as he said, "Frustrated by lack of action to confront Roe head-on at the national level, there is increasing pressure by grassroots, pro-life activists to initiate such action state by state."

I agree and join him and countless others in calling for a national debate within the pro-life movement on this pivotal question:


The babies have everything to gain and nothing to lose, and that is why we are all involved in the first place, isn't it?

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