Some pro-life leaders yesterday announced the formation of the National Congress for the Protection of Human Life, a new alliance of organizations that bills itself as “100 percent, no exception pro-life.”
The congress holds that human life “begins at fertilization, which is conception,” and that “no person, no government, no church, no organization, and, certainly, no international or supra-national body can rightly compromise it, destroy it, or make it negotiable.”
“If you vote for the U.N., you are for abortion. If you vote for Planned Parenthood, you are for abortion. If you vote for the Legal Services Corp. or the National Endowment for the Arts, you are for abortion,” said Howard Phillips of the Conservative Caucus, who took part in a meeting at the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel to begin what is being called the Life Congress.
Mr. Phillips said participants in the Life Congress are trying to differentiate themselves from other pro-life groups, such as the National Right to Life Committee, which they believe are not firm enough in their opposition to abortion. The Life Congress, he said, objects to granting exceptions to allow abortions for women who get pregnant from rape or incest.
He said the new organization is made up of groups that are “pro-life without compromise and that are not in the tank for any one political organization.”
Alan Potter, Life Congress spokesman, said the organization is “at loggerheads” with President Bush over the issue of stem-cell research using unwanted human embryos from in-vitro fertilization. Mr. Bush has authorized federal funding of such research already under way with existing cell lines. “But to approve of the president’s position means you are not 100 percent pro-life,” Mr. Potter said.