Quote(s) of the Week (September 22, 1996)...

On Partial-Birth Abortion Being Rare...

"...Interviews with physicians who use the method reveal that in New Jersey alone, at least 1,500 partial-birth abortions are performed each year -- three times the supposed national rate. Moreover, doctors say only a 'minuscule amount' are for medical reasons... Most are Medicaid patients, black and white, and most are for elective, not medical reasons: people who didn't realize or didn't care, how far along they were. Most are teenagers."

    --Ruth Padawer, in The Record, a daily newspaper in northern New Jersey.
      She actually went out looking for partial-birth abortion practitioners 
      in her own area.  She found them and wrote the article containing this 
      quote.  Her assessment was confirmed by two doctors from Metropolitan Medical 
      in Englewood, NJ.  Received via C-News on 9/17/96.

On Abortion and Politics...

"The abortion on demand position of the national Democratic party enjoys the support of 9% of the people in the country. 91% of the paople are opposed to it. ... I don't know why the Republicans are running away from this issue. They're elected Ronald Reagan who was pro-life. What are they afraid of? There was a Republican presidential primary election and two men named Pete Wilson and Arlen Specter ran for President stressing their opposition to life, and they were the first guys that went down the tubes. So, that big tent [of the Republicans] is a pup tent! There's only two people in it - Pete Wilson and Arlen Specter. We're winning this battle. Any time this comes up in the Congress, the pro-choice forces - even when they had the House and the Senate and the White House - they couldn't pass the Freedom of Choice Act. Couldn't get it out of Committee! That would have institutionalized nationwide the abortion license. Could not get it out of Committee! The people are making their own judgments. Ther's a de facto rejection of abortion around this country that's going to precede a change in the law. We're winning this battle! The other side knows it. Let's press on!"

    --Bob Casey, former Governor of Pennsylvannia, in a speech on 
      August 28, 1996.  Received vai C-News on 9/15/96.

On The Largest Tax Increase In History...

"By any reasonable analysis ... Mr. Clinton easily wins the award for the biggest tax increase of all time. As New York's Democratic Sen. Pat Moynihan remarked, it is 'the largest tax increase in the history of public finance in the United States or anywhere else in the world.' And a choice of believing Bill Clinton or Sen. Moynihan should be no contest."

    --Daniel Mitchell, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundatioa, in the 
      Wall Street Journal on 9/10/96.  Received via C-News on 9/16/96. 


On Snapping Toward Sanity...

"I am a prolife Democrat who's going to defect from my party. Come November, I plan to vote for Bob Dole. And how, pray tell, does an unreconstructed Humphrey-McGovern "pinko," "socialist," "big government," "bleeding heart," "peacenik" Democrat in favor of a preferential option for the poor, come to such a pass? Through a bout of moral indignation, that's how. . . . When Clinton vetoed the partial-birth abortion ban, something in me snapped. "That's it," I said, "I've had it. There's no way this hand's going to push a lever to help elect this fellow a second time."

    --Sidney Callahan, syndicated columnist, in the August 16, 1996 issue of 
    Commonweal.  From the Wall Street Journal on 9/11/96.  Received via C-News
    on 9/17/96. 

On Choosing Life...

"This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him."

    --God (via Moses) in Deuteronomy 30:19, NIV.

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