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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Obama Supports Sex Selection Abortions

President Obama comes out against ban on sex-selection abortions; National Right to Life says Obama “stands with the pro-abortion political committees and his Hollywood donors, rather than with the coerced women, and their unborn daughters, who are victimized in sex-selection abortions.”

WASHINGTON – ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper has posted an exclusive report that President Obama opposes the bill to prohibit performing or coercing abortions to eliminate unborn babies of an undesired sex – usually girls – on which the U.S. House of Representatives will vote this afternoon.

Tapper raised the question at Wednesday’s White House press briefing, but initially got no answer. However, Tapper now reports on the ABCNews website: “The White House got back to me this evening [May 30] to say the president opposes the bill.” Tapper reproduces a statement from a White House press aide:

NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson commented, “It is appalling, but not surprising, that President Obama now stands with the pro-abortion political committees and his Hollywood donors, rather than with the coerced women, and their unborn daughters, who are victimized in sex-selection abortions.”

The legislation is the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) (H.R. 3541). The House will vote on the bill under “Suspension of the Rules,” which means that a two-thirds vote will be required for passage. The roll call is expected to occur before 3 PM EDT today.
The bill would make it a federal offense to knowingly do any one of the following four things: (1) perform an abortion, at any time in pregnancy, “knowing that such abortion is sought based on the sex or gender of the child”; (2) use “force or threat of force. . . for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection abortion”; (3) solicit or accept funds to perform a sex-selection abortion; or (4) transport a woman into the U.S. or across state lines for this purpose. However, “A woman upon whom a sex-selection abortion is performed may not be prosecuted or held civilly liable for any violation . . .”

The bill also specifically states, “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to require that a healthcare provider has an affirmative duty to inquire as to the motivation for the abortion, absent the healthcare provider having knowledge or information that the abortion is being sought based on the sex or gender of the child.” The White House statement falsely claimed that the bill would “subject doctors to criminal prosecution if they fail to determine the motivations” for an abortion.

NRLC has posted extensive information on the practice of sex-selection abortion in the U.S., and on the legislation, at its website here:

(Source: National Right to Life Press Release)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nikita Chintalapudi Wins 2012 Oratory Contest

Left to right: Abigail Reimel, Nikita Chintalapudi, Nathan Wilson
Nikita Chintalapudi, a homeschooled junior high schooler from Cary, NC, is the 2012 winner of the North Carolina Right to Life (NCRTL) Oratory Contest. Nikita will represent NCRTL at the Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest being held in conjunction with the National Right to Life Convention on June 30 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, just outside DC. Abigail Reimel from Wilmington, NC is the 2nd place winner.

Nathan Wilson from Raleigh was one of the three contestants.  Although he did not place, he gave a very good speech. All three contestants received a Precious Feet Pin, an Abortion Stops a Beating Heart bumper sticker, a Choose Life magnet, a pro-life ring and bracelet, a Rose lapel sticker, as well as several pro-life brochures.

The three judges for the competition are all members of the NCRTL Board of Directors: Nancy J. R. Wells (Greensboro), Melinda Snyder, M. D. (Butner), and Amy Huffman (Burlington). The judges were very impressed by the speeches of each of the three contestants.

Sarah Urdzik, 2012 NC Scholarship for Life Recipient

Sarah Urdzik
Sarah Urdzik, a junior at UNC-CH, is the recipient of the 2012 NC Scholarship for Life. The scholarship goes to pay the tuition to attend the NRL Academy this summer in DC.  

According to Sarah: "I have always been pro-life as far as I can remember; in school, I would always give witness to and defend life in discussions, both inside and outside of the classroom. I was also active in my church’s youth group, and through it starting participating in the March for Life my junior year of high school."

Sarah is currently very involved with the Student for Life group at UNC-CH and will assume the responsibility of being their President for the 2012-2013.  She stated, "It is my hope that by attending the NRL Academy this summer, I can learn better techniques of how to interact with a college environment that is incredibly hostile to the culture of life, and ways in which I can work with my university to help provide women seeking abortion with better alternative options."

The NC Scholarship for Life was first established in 2011 through the generosity of a donor who has pledged to support the scholarship each year.  Last year's recipient was Christina Geradts, also a student at UNC-CH and the current President of the Students for Life at UNC-CH.