“There is a ‘War on Women’ but it’s not being waged by us. It’s coming from the pit of Hell!”
And with that, the 44th Annual National Right to Life Convention got underway yesterday morning at the Galt House in Louisville. Mitch McConnell will keynote the convention’s big Saturday schedule. Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr will also address the conference, which is being hosted by the Kentucky Right to Life Association. From the NRLC’s press release:
Saturday morning, the Bluegrass State’s own Sen. Mitch McConnell will rally attendees at a general session. Kentucky Congressmen Brett Guthrie (R-KY2) and Andy Barr (R-KY6) will also speak Saturday morning.
This is the first time that the annual gathering has come to Louisville. The Kentucky Right to Life Association (www.krla.org), the Bluegrass State’s National Right to Life affiliate, is serving as host for this year’s convention.
The National Right to Life Commission has done some work in recent years to try to distance the Right to Life movement from its “even in cases of rape and incest” position that’s just toxic to even most opponents of abortion. The NRLC hasn’t really abandoned its goal of forcing women and girls impregnated by a rapist to have the child whether they like it or not, they’ve just tried to shove the issue aside and pretend its not central to their mission… even though it clearly is.
The Kentucky Right to Life association, which is hosting this years NRLC Convention has no such qualms. The KRLA remains all in on the question of rape or incest. If you were raped by your uncle, in the eyes of the KRLA, you must be forced by the government and law enforcement to give birth.
Andy Barr apparently agrees.
Every election cycle, the Kentucky Right to Life Association puts out a questionnaire to candidates. Then, they endorse or recommend the candidates who represent their twisted “right to life” viewpoint. This is a coveted endorsement because most voters don’t realize that the KRLA will only endorse a candidate who opposes all abortions, even those conducted in the case of rape or incest.
That is, in fact, the key difference between being an “ENDORSED” Kentucky Right to Life Candidate and simply being “RECOMMENDED” by them.
Andy Barr has been ENDORSED by the Kentucky Right to Life Association.
In their 2014 Primary voter guide, the KRLA lists Barr as “ENDORSED” while McConnell is only “RECOMMENDED” (albeit, with a whole extra page explaining that Matt Bevin’s pure evil… and we’ll get to that below) — you can view the full PDF here.
If you’re unclear about how one gets “ENDORSED” by the Kentucky Right to Life Association, the story of Rand Paul will help you understand.
As they did in the 2014 Republican Primary, the KRLA went out its way to try to sway the 2010 Republican Senate Race. They made a huge play in support of Trey Grayson and got in a very public spat with Rand Paul. Rand was sending out campaign mailers claiming he’d scored 100% on the KRLA questionnaire. The Kentucky Right to Life Association pushed back — publicly releasing Rand Paul’s questionnaire [PDF] to demonstrate that while he had answered every question correctly (including that he was opposed to any exception for rape or incest), Rand Paul hadn’t actually answered every question. Rand had failed to answer question #9 regarding stem cells. As such, Rand Paul had not scored 100% on their survey and because of he did not score 100% on their survey, they could not endorse him.
“Rand Paul filled out, signed and faxed the KRLA PAC survey to the KRLA PAC office on February 11th at 10:29 am. Rand Paul did not score 100% on the questionnaire,” the group says. “This is one reason why Rand Paul was not eligible for the Kentucky Right to Life PAC Endorsement for the U.S. Senate seat.”
If you don’t score 100% on their survey, you are not eligible for the Kentucky Right to Life’s endorsement.
Here are two questions from the KRLA survey (pdf):
2. Do you oppose abortion in cases of rape and incest?
3. Are you morally and/or medically opposed to chemical abortions, such as RU-486, the abortion pill and other drugs known to prevent the newly created human being from attaching to his/her mother’s womb (implantation)?
You will note that to get a 100% rating and the endorsement of the Kentucky Right to Life Association, you will not only have to be in favor of forcing against their will women to carry to term a child conceived via rape and incest, you also must be opposed to the morning after pill, a pill routinely given to women after they’ve been raped and before anyone can know whether or not they are in fact pregnant.
That’s simply heartless. And that, friends, is Garland H. Barr IV:
As KRLA itself has stated, if you do not score 100% on their survey you are not eligible for their endorsement. The Kentucky Right to Life Association, host of this year’s annual National Right to Life Conference, endorsed Andy Barr and therefore Andy Barr received a 100% rating from them based on his survey response which means Andy Barr is makes no exception for cases of rape and incest.
The only exception Andy Barr will make is if the life of the mother is in endangered — and the Kentucky Right to Life Association is okay with that… in fact, it’s not one of their questions on their survey. But if you’ve been raped, tough luck: Andy Barr and the KRLA think the government should control your body.
The Republican Party (and the NRLC) have worked very hard since 2012 to put their “no exception for rape and incest” politicians in the closet. They don’t want to talk about it, they don’t want you to ask about it, and they don’t want you to know where they stand. Almost like being in favor of forcing rape victims to have the rapists baby is something to be ashamed of… but it’s not Andy. Embrace it.
“We will not endorse any candidate with a rape/incest exception. We may ‘recommend’ him/her if KRLA PAC believes that candidate would advance the cause of life more so than his/her opponent.”
The Kentucky Right to Life Association’s approach to Mitch McConnell is quite different.
In their 2014 Voter Guide, the Kentucky Right to Life Association lists McConnell only as “Highly Recommended.” They do include an entire page dedicated to making the case for why they support McConnell instead of the more rabidly pro-life Matt Bevin. The reasons include [PDF] that Mitch McConnell is the “single greatest obstacle in the US Senate” to passing any legislation and that McConnell:
- is the Senate’s chief defender of the First Amendment right of citizen groups to communicate with the public about the positions and voting records of those who hold or seek public office, and a courageous foe of at- tempts to curb that right under the guise of “campaign finance reform.”
That’s right. While the KRLA cannot endorse Mitch McConnell they do “highly recommend” him because of his work to subvert democracy by allowing and encouraging the takeover of our political process by billionaires and multinational corporations.
The KRLA’s decision to back McConnell with the “highly recommended” label in the Primary vs. Matt Bevin enraged another anti-choice group, Northern Kentucky Right to Life. Unaffiliated from either the KRLA or the National Right to Life Conference that is this weekend holding its annual convention in Louisville, the Northern Kentucky Right to Life group endorsed Bevin and attacked both McConnell and KRLA for being soft on abortion (apparently Mitch, unlike Andy Barr, thinks abortion is a-okay in cases of rape, which makes him soft on the issue and thus precludes the KRLA from actually endorsing him). This led to some entertaining infighting about who really stands up for the right of government to micromanage women’s bodies.
And that infighting is part of a larger battle that is going on in the right to life movement — and that will be playing out this weekend at their annual convention. In honoring Mitch McConnell and trying to help shove him toward victory, the NRLC is creating some strange and strained bedfellows.
Their affiliated group in Georgia recently lashed back over what they perceived as the National Right to Life Committee’s softening stance on rape and incest abortions. While the NRLC has tried to quiet the issue down in the wake of disastrous results in 2012 campaigns across the country, some groups like the Northern Kentucky Right to Life and the NRLC’s Georgia affiliate have fought back.
In Georgia, this lead to the NRLC cutting all ties with its affiliate and setting up a new relationship with a new anti-choice group, this one run by conservative pundit Erick Erickson.
In a statement released Saturday, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) announced that Georgia Right to Life would no longer represent them as their Georgia state affiliate, despite their massive pro-life successes over the past 12 years.
National Right to Life welcomed the Georgia Life Alliance as its new affiliate in the state. Georgia Life Alliance is backed by RedState.com’s Erick Erickson and others who hold that legislative exceptions for rape and incest are acceptable political compromises. Last summer, Erickson called Georgia Right to Life the “Westboro Baptist Church” of the pro-life movement because they encouraged their Georgia representatives in Congress to withdraw support for the federal Fetal Pain Act once exceptions for rape and incest were included by Rep. Eric Cantor.
Erick Erickson has spent the past two years trying to oust Mitch McConnell from office. He did everything in his power to push ‘true conservatives’ to oppose McConnell in the primary because McConnell is a career politician who’s been in Washington for 30 years and though Mitch claims to be a conservative, votes time and again to balloon the deficit and raise the national debt limit.
But this weekend, at least, McConnell and Erickson will be on the same side of the bed, spooning if you will.
The National Right to Life Convention, hosted by “even in cases of rape and incest” Kentucky Right to Life Association is going on now. Here’s the program:
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Challenging the Nation to Respect Life: Winning in 2014! with Sen. Mitch McConnell, Carol Tobias, Karen Cross, and David N. O’Steen, Ph.D.MC: Darla St. Martin, NRL Co-Executive Director
Here’s a preview of McConnell’s panel discussion from Life News:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will address the convention during a Saturday morning session focused on winning in the 2014 elections. Throughout his time in public service, Senator McConnell has championed numerous pro-life initiatives, including the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and fought against the pro-abortion Obama healthcare law. Kentucky Congressmen Andy Barr and Brett Guthrie will also address the convention.