Illinois Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment

ERA PASSED THE ILLINOIS SENATE

On April 11, 2018 the Illinois Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment as Senate Joint Resolution Constitution Amendment 4 (SJRCA4). The fight now goes to the House.

Eight Republican Senators voted for the ERA. Pro-life Illinoisans deserve political leaders who will clearly commit to the protection of innocent unborn children, and who will follow through on that commitment.

While we are disappointed with all 43 Senators who voted for abortion, we are gravely disturbed by those who solicited pro-life support and presented themselves as pro-life but voted for the ERA. Their vote was a vote in opposition to life and will not be ignored. The Illinois Federation for Right to Life PAC, Illinois Citizens for Life PAC, Illinois Family Action PAC, Illinois Family PAC, and Lake County Life PAC will not endorse or support any legislator that casts a vote for such a sweeping pro-abortion piece of legislation as the ERA. Click here for more

October 18, 2016

A Schizophrenic Nation

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias
National Right to Life President Carol Tobias
By Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines schizophrenia as a psychotic disorder with serious specific characteristics. Its second definition is “contradictory or antagonistic qualities or attitudes.”

Based on this second definition, when it comes to Life, I think it’s safe to say that our country is schizophrenic.

After almost 44 years and 59 million dead babies, this country is still not comfortable talking about abortion. It’s not a topic at the family dinner table. “Well, Susie, what did you do today?” “Oh, I went to Planned Parenthood to get an abortion.” Women don’t tell co-workers they will not be at work tomorrow because they’re going to get an abortion.

Because of right-to-life efforts to keep the fate of unborn child alive as part of the public debate, this country still knows that it’s wrong to kill unborn children. Any woman in this country who is considering abortion knows that someone–a family member, a friend, co-worker, or neighbor– would counsel her not to do it.

This loss of respect for the innocent human life of that defenseless unborn child has created a mindset that no human life is special. The elderly and persons with disabilities are being denied food and water, and medical treatment, because someone decided they are a “burden” taking up space and resources.

However, while our country legally condones the killing of unborn children, and devalues the lives of other vulnerable persons, the children who did survive, the so-called “wanted” children, have become even more precious– maybe because they survived.

Consider: The development of technology has allowed us to declare “Amber alerts” nationwide. If a single child is missing, the entire country is asked to help find him/her. This is an unqualified good– we should search for every missing child and grieve for every lost child. But this highlights our schizophrenia.

A less unqualified good, perhaps, are parents so overtly involved in their children’s lives that a recent phenomena—“helicopter parents”– has arisen. The parents are “hovering” not just in their young children’s lives– there are stories of parents who phone their college-student children to wake them up for class, or even attend job interviews with them.

Some might say it’s a paradox that at the same time we dispose of more than a million unborn children each and every year, the children who “survive” are cherished and protected.

A better explanation, I believe, is schizophrenia.