As published in The Free Lance Star newspaper on February 17, 2012
by Terry Beatley
In response to the letter to the editor with the title “Think you have control over your own body, ladies?” I would like to share a counter viewpoint from Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the co-founder of NARAL, America’s largest abortion lobby group. On December 1, 2009, I flew to Manhatten, New York, to interview Dr. Nathanson who felt personally responsible for killing 75,000 children while he advanced unfettered abortion on America in the 70’s; and who gave me a message to carry to America. I promised him that I would carry his message and never stop.
I wish I could share with the author of the letter to the editor who asked, “How is forcing [a pregnant woman] to carry a baby to term with a serious deformity going to help anyone?” and “Do you think you have autonomy over your own body…?” Voicing her complaint that Delegate Mark Cole patroned a bill which would repeal taxpayer funding of the state Medicaid program for women who choose to kill their baby in the womb due to physical deformity or mental deficiency, the author saw nothing positive or good in bringing a baby like this full-term.
Dr. Nathanson had her answers and if I could share with the author over a cup of coffee, this is what I would tell her…
As I entered his apartment in Manhattan, New York on December 1, 2009, I observed a physically feeble man in his 80’s. Too shaky to stand to his feet, he welcomed me to sit beside him while I asked my questions and listened intently, sometimes with tears in my eyes, as his story unfolded. His decisions affected the course of American history and the lives of millions of Americans.
In 1969, with the help of a public relations firm, Dr. Nathanson and a few other people caught the nation by surprise and framed the debate over legalizing, or rather decriminalizing, abortion. The co-founders of NARAL invented the slogans of “Freedom of Choice” and “Women must have control over their own bodies.” Framing the debate away from the morality (or immorality) of killing another person, he and his team set out on a course to change public opinion and lay the roadwork for Roe v Wade.
In order to gain the public’s acceptance of decriminalized abortion, he and his cohorts fabricated fictional polls results making it appear the majority of Americans wanted legalized abortion and they would disseminate this information to the media. In addition, they lied about the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. consistently quoting 1 million abortions a year when only about 100,000 were being performed. The co-founder of NARAL also explained how they marketed the idea that legalizing abortion would not increase the overall number of abortions- a claim that is now preposterous considering a million people a year lose their lives to abortion. Reflecting on the sinister nature of the death industry, it was obvious he was remorseful for partaking in this national deception.
Four years after co-founding the nation’s largest pro-abortion lobby group, Dr. Nathanson saw the error of his ways and became pro-life. With the help of the new and improved ultra-sound machine and electronic fetal heart monitoring, a second patient was revealed…a baby…a baby with a beating heart; puckering his lips; stretching his little arms. Shattering his pro-abortion world founded on lies and deception, Dr. Nathanson turned from being pro-abortion and began to tell the truth. He even made an in-utero film called Silent Scream, which shows an abortion being done. Revealing the baby squirming away from the suction tube and a little mouth opening in an inaudible cry, Silent Scream was seen and “heard” around the country.
Dr. Nathanson knew what we all really know in our hearts: the baby is not the woman’s body and therein is the lie that the co-founder of NARAL started. Once we can recognize the humanity of the baby, who temporarily lives inside his mother, the argument, not the baby, is dead. Regardless of how deformed or ugly, he or she has the gift of life and every life is precious. No child’s life should be taken A woman can do what she wants with her body, but the baby living inside her is a separate and genetically distinct human being with every right to live. When a nation and a government violate this principle of life, everyone’s’ rights are abrogated. The same lie supported slavery; the same lie undergirded the Holocaust…the notion that someone is less than human.
I asked Dr. Nathanson what message he wanted me to carry throughout our nation and he softly said me, “Tell them to love one another. Abortion is not love.” As his hands trembled while reaching for a cup of water, I was thankful that since 1973 his hands had been put to good use proclaiming a message of life and love, not death and deception. He died February 21, 2011, but his message will never stop. Loving babies and protecting the gift of life, no matter how short or difficult, are the right things to do. When America can do that again, everyone’s right to life is protected and the “worth” of someone’s life will never be measured on somebody else’s scale. This protects the individual’s right to life and which benefits society as a whole.
The New Year ushers in the first legislative session in twenty-eight years that former Senator Edd Houck will not be advancing his anti-family legislation on Virginia families and Virginia should thank District 17 minorities and the issue of protecting family-values for this victory. Considering Senator-elect Bryce Reeves etched out a 226-vote victory, I can nearly count that many minority voters and other former Houck supporters I personally switched once they learned about his anti-family voting record. Having been voted the “Worst Virginian in the World” by a liberal blog and winning the “Greatest Impact Award For the 2011 State Election” by a conservative blog, I thought I should explain how this conservative shift in Virginia politics happened. Simply put…caring about people who have been hurt the most by Progressive policies wins elections and saving lives is a sincere way to earn trust and votes. This is how it happened.
Last January at a little town hall meeting in Spotsylvania County, former Senator Houck made a poor decision that ultimately led to his defeat. I asked him, “Why does [he] vote to usurp parental rights and when was [he] going to stop?” In summary, at first he refused to answer my questions and then, at the very end of the meeting, he donned his “king’s crown” and made it clear that he believed politicians and minor children can make better healthcare decisions, including getting abortions, than parents.
What Senator Houck did not know was that his arrogant answers to my questions ushered in his day of defeat. I knew that Democrats and Republicans, rich or poor, black or white, love their children more than big government and its lifetime politicians and they value their God-given parental rights. Knowing that parents will lay down their lives for their children, I along with a team of volunteers, clad ourselves with the Ephesians’ armor and helped win a victory for Virginia families and for Christian pro-family-values organized under a new political action committee named No Excuse Ministry PAC.
We knew we were entering into a battle of worldviews: our Christian worldview versus Houck’s quasi Marxist-Secular Humanist worldview and that our team would have to adhere to strict principles to defeat him.
First, we recognized that we were up against something bigger than Senator Houck himself. With a voting record like his, which included votes allowing partial-birth abortion, allowing minor girls to get abortions without parental consent, and voting against penalizing someone who forces a woman to have an abortion, it was obvious he was simply being used by something more powerful than himself.
Secondly, we knew we had to stand firm and not back down to pressure. This included pressure from media, local slander, strange stares, Republicans and Democrats.
Thirdly, liberated to do the right thing because we were standing for truth and righteousness, fearing man was not part of our equation. The Holy Scriptures say that people are destroyed for lack of knowledge and that we (as Children of God) are to have nothing to do with evil, but rather, we are to expose it. Our role was to simply and truthfully expose how Senator Houck buckled under school union demands to prevent passage of the school choice bills and the abortion industry’s demands which drive wedges between parents and children in its quest to promote promiscuity. Trusting that enough voters would respond to the truth, we distributed the information district-wide. Fearing that standing for truth and righteousness would backfire was not a consideration.
Fourth, we set out to earn minority votes for the pro-family-values’ candidate by exposing Houck’s connection to the abortion-promoter, Planned Parenthood, and its ties to the eugenics’ movement, which has for decades disproportionately and negatively affected the black race. Exposing Planned Parenthood’s Negro Project agenda was a good starting point and voters realized that protecting innocent life is a paramount role of government. This reality transcended party lines. Many African-Americans appreciated the truth and encouraged us to continue the outreach. Sure enough, the best way to earn a vote was to save a life.
In addition, we exposed how pro-family legislators have tried to legalize school choice only to have Senator Houck repeatedly vote against it. Exposing how school choice would drastically help impoverished students stuck in failing school systems, constituents appreciated the truth and understood the injustice in keeping poor children trapped because of political favors.
Undergirded by a peaceful and honest approach to exposing the facts, our fifth principle was to take the high-road and never personally attack Senator Houck. In fact, praying for his salvation along with his defeat was a mainstay of our prayers. Our feet traversed miles and our knuckles knocked on hundreds of doors delivering the facts and carrying the good news that there is a pro-family, pro-parental rights, pro-school choice candidate.
Sixth, we believed that by doing what the Gospel says to do, we would be victorious. Knowing that some people were frightened by our aggressive, but sincere, outreach, we were fortified with what was happening on the frontline and how the information was being received. Folks were thankful; some cried at the truth; some were angry. No one slammed the door in our face. So for every arrow shot our way to discourage us, we would receive twenty door to door victories.
Lastly, knowing that the Word is very clear about parents rearing their children, stopping the shedding of innocent blood and holding back those who stumble to the slaughter, nothing deterred our team from distributing thousands of Senator Houck’s voting record flyers; airing his record on talk-radio programs; producing Youtube videos and at times, facing the “king” himself at community events.
2012 ushers in a year with one less Virginia General Assembly misguided lawmaker and a wake-up call to all politicians: Protecting traditional family-values transcends political party lines and wins elections. Exposing the aggressive abortion industry’s attack on parental rights is a winnable issue. Stopping black genocide and saving lives should be priorities regardless of Roe v Wade. Providing school choice earns votes and is the right thing to do.
Happy New Year and cheers to protecting Virginia families in 2012.
No Excuse Ministry PAC congratulates Bryce Reeves for his victory over Senator Edd Houck.. Children, both born and preborn, are far safer now that the Chairman of the Senate Health and Education Committee, Edd Houck, will be replaced by someone who will protect the life of preborn children and protect parental rights.
I am convinced more than ever that by exposing Edd Houck’s voting record against parental rights and for the aggressive abortion industry, it converted a lot of votes over to Bryce Reeves and diffused some voters’ energy to vote for Houck. Parents do not want government politicians making health care decisions for their children and these parents showed up to vote. The 28-year radically, liberal incumbent Senator, who is used to dealing in smoke screens, couldn’t respond when his voting record was exposed. So we are so pleased that Bryce Reeves will represent District 17 and stand firm for family values.
No Excuse Ministry PAC had a busy year exposing Edd Houck’s record including:
producing Defeat Edd Houck videos; exposing Houck’s record on 5 radio programs; guest op-ed in Free Lance Star; newspaper and blog site articles in Washington Post, World Virginia, Free Lance Star, Washington Times, Virginia Right, Right Side News and more held a pro-life conference with Dr. Alveda King and exposed the voting record; networking with minorities who traditionally have voted for Houck without awareness of his anti-family voting record distribution of 10,000 flyers to moms and dads
we exposed Black genocide in America using the Maafa21 film and how the Virginia Senate Health and Education Committee advances the abortion industry’s agenda.
Committed to standing firm on the sanctity of life, parental rights, God-ordained marriage and American Laws for American Courts, No Excuse Ministry will continue exposing the truth.
Thank you for partnering with NEM PAC and making this result possible.