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Schu Montgomery, Opinion contributor | Courier-Journal | Published 6:30 a.m. ET Jan. 22, 2020

schu_cj.jpgThis Friday’s March for Life, held annually to mourn the anniversary of the devastating Roe v. Wade ruling— Jan. 22,1973— remains the grassroots’ single most salutary moment in the struggle to end abortion and restore legal protection for unborn children.

The March’s 2020 theme, “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman” showcases the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote. We know much of the credit for women’s equality at the ballot box goes to Susan B. Anthony and other feminist trailblazers, like Elizabeth Lady Stanton and Alice Paul. What many Americans don’t know, though, is that Anthony and her feminist counterparts were passionately pro-life!

These heroines of the early feminist movement branded abortion “the ultimate exploitation of women.”

They not only recognized the rights of our smallest children (in the womb), but they knew at its core abortion harmed women — physically, emotionally and spiritually. Anthony referred to the “horrible crime of child-murder” when referring to abortion in her publication, “The Revolution.”

Lesser-known feminists of that era, like Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman medical doctor in the U.S., said she chose her profession, in part, because of her hatred for abortion. Repulsed that the term “female physician” was applied to abortionists (operating illegally at the time), Blackwell penned in her diary, “The gross perversion and destruction of motherhood by the abortionist filled me with indignation, and awakened active antagonism.”

Like the leading 19th century feminists who opposed abortion for its taking of innocent life, today’s Feminists for Life and their allies view abortion as a major impediment to full social equality. In the words of feminist author and psychologist Sidney Callahan, “Women will never climb to equality and social empowerment over the mounds of dead fetuses.”

Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” in Roe v. Wade, devoted the last 20 years of her life to undoing Roe v. Wade, and “the lies” she said it was based on. Chief among them —being duped into saying she was raped and needed an abortion. But Norma was never raped, and by the time Roe was decided, had already placed her baby (a girl) for adoption.

McCorvey, along with Sandra Cano, the “Mary Doe” in Doe v. Bolton (the companion case to Roe), who deeply regretted her abortion, tried unsuccessfully to get the Supreme Court to rehear the landmark decision, a ruling that legalized abortion through all nine months of a women’s pregnancy for virtually any reason.

Since 1973, more than 60 million babies (half of them girls) have been destroyed by abortion.

As pro-lifers flood the streets of Washington for the 47th straight year, evidence mounts weekly of an industry run amok, with supporters unhinged to the breaking point.

In 2019 alone, 100 reports of assault, vandalism and harassment against peaceful pro-lifers were recorded across the nation.

The ghastly remains of more than 2,400 aborted babies in Hoosier abortionist Ulrich Klopfer’s garage and car trunk surfaced unexpectedly in the fall.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s subsequent probe, coming only after Klopfer’s death, brought to light the sleazy abortionist’s revoked medical license from 2016 for “poor record keeping, failure to provide anesthesia to patients, and performing abortions on thirteen year old patients.”

Ongoing attempts to drag the abortion industry out of the shadows, to expose its track record of botched abortions and the scarring of women, has been hampered by a media, by and large, grounded in pro-abortion bias.

Thankfully, President Trump and 200 federal lawmakers realizing the gravity of the abortion nightmare have filed amicus curiae briefs urging the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade.

In the Louisiana case of June Medical Services v. Gee, to be argued in March, the stories of 2,600 women hurt by the abortion industry will be on trial as the justices consider whether abortionists must have hospital admitting privileges to treat patient emergency complications.

Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins senses what’s at stake: “The Supreme Court now has a chance to reconsider, reverse, and return the issue of abortion to the American people, (where) states should absolutely have the right to pass their own health and safety standards designed to protect women inside abortion vendors.”

Schu Montgomery is a member of the board of directors for Right to Life of Louisville.


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UPDATE on January 23, 2020

Hardcore pro-lifers braved the freezing temps to Rally for Life! See the slideshow.


lou_office_willis_b.jpgThe Louisville chapter of KRLA was Kentucky’s first. Does anyone recall its first office building on Willis Ave. in St. Matthews?

The group has staged a January 22nd Rally (over too many years to count) to commemorate the lives lost since the 1973 Roe v. Wade legal decision. These now number 61+ million.

This year the Rally will also mark the chapter’s golden anniversary. All are invited! Speakers include Attorney Bob Heleringer, Metro Councilman Robin Engel, Aundria McClain, Sisters for Life, and Margie Montgomery, founder and executive director of Louisville RTL and KRLA.

A special flyer was created to feature photos and news clips from the past. The flyer reports on the earliest days of the Louisville voice for the voiceless, and provides background on how Roe v. Wade became law despite the states’ opposition to abortion on demand.

Click here for the flyer and all the details. Why not download the flyer and send it to friends? We hope to see a huge crowd at the 2020 Rally!


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UPDATE on Jan. 16, 2020

Rally draws large turnout from across Kentucky!

The venue was called "the People's House" by Daniel Cameron who promised to support all pro-life legislation and pursue successful passage of pro-life laws all the way to the Supreme Court if nededed! Excellent speeches by Secretary of State Michael Adams, Treasurer Allison Ball, Auditor Mike Harmon, Senate leader Robert Stivers, House leader David Osborne and many others were also enjoyed.

See the slideshow. | Watch KRLA's Facebook and Twitter pages for legislative news.
Media coverage:

Lawmakers at Rally for Life say they will continue fight for voiceless

Hundreds rally for Right to Life as Gov. Beshear opens doors for Planned Parenthood

Abortion opponents find ally in new attorney general

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UPDATE on January 16, 2020

Deadline to add your name was Jan. 14. We still welcome your contribution to help pay for the media space!

Each year at this time we step out on a limb to buy a FULL-PAGE AD in the statewide edition of the Courier-Journal. The reason is to commemorate the Jan. 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that opened the floodgates to abortion in America. The ad features as many pro-lifers’ names as we can get, along with a message and image to provoke thinking about abortion.

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Please be part of this important message to Kentucky. We will add your name or family names to the “signature” ad. We request $5 from individuals, couples or families to support the expensive media outreach. Please sign now and pay online or send a check: 134 Breckinridge Lane, Louisville, KY 40207.

The ad will run on Sunday, Jan. 19. We want your JOHN HANCOCK!


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Seventh in a Series: Pro-life Laws Under Attack

On December 9, due to the 2019 general election results, all but one of the wonderful attorneys who have defended the Heartbeat and Anti-eugenics laws ‘withdrew as counsel’ from the case. Some are now employed under new AG Daniel Cameron. Currently, only Attorney Catherine York is on the job, and we are not privy to how things may develop from here.

So far, the Commonwealth wants: (partial summary)

  • Discovery for HB5, to determine the practice and prevalence of race-, sex-, and disability-based abortions and the state’s interest in stopping these; and for SB9 to bring to light facts on viability that would show it is a moving marker and therefore unreliable
  • For the Court to deny EMW’s motion for Summary Judgment on HB5 since no previous case has determined whether a state can ban race-, sex-, and disability-selective abortions. “Roe and Casey focused on women who do not want a child at all, not on women who want a child as long as he or she has certain characteristics.” (This is changing; see previous post. -ed). Also, HB5 protects the medical profession so doctors will be viewed as healers not as facilitators of discrimination. HB5 combats eugenics which is an international trend at present.
  • For the Court to deny EMW’s motion for Summary Judgment on SB9 which is not a “6-week Ban” but rather shows compelling interest of Kentucky in the lives of its unborn children. The fetal heartbeat is the key medical marker that, unlike the old viability marker, does not move; it is a stable, universally recognized sign of life and important milestone in an unborn child’s growth. It is not detectable at 6 weeks but rather at 8 to 10 (from LMP) by transabdominal ultrasound. (emphasis added)

Numerous affidavits were attached to this Document in support of the Defendant’s arguments which were demanded to be struck by Plaintiffs who insisted they were Discovery.

Kentucky argued that Plaintiffs had also provided Discovery by their statement (Doc 4) from an EMW abortionist who claimed that she could not serve patients and had to turn away one with a fetal anomaly. Thus, their request for Summary Judgment was based on a “verified” complaint, which is the same as Discovery. Our attorneys were not ‘born yesterday’.

They noted that the EMW attorneys did not file for Summary Judgment based on the pleadings, in which case Secy. Meier could have been prevented from offering evidence, but rather cited its own verified complaint and a declaration, which allowed Secy. Meier to offer competing evidence.

Nevertheless, the affidavits in support of Kentucky’s arguments were ordered removed, and Plaintiffs continued to argue:

  • As the Supreme Court and every other court to consider a pre-viability abortion ban has held, there is no state interest strong enough to overcome a woman’s decision to obtain an abortion before viability. Defendant’s arguments to the contrary are nothing more than attempts to improperly re-litigate the well-settled constitutional right to abortion, and they should be rejected…
  • Both Bans Are Unconstitutional Under Supreme Court Precedent That Categorically Prohibits States From Banning Pre-Viability Abortions. …The Court is instructed to strike Defendant’s improper expert declarations from the record and deny his request for Discovery.

Many of the documents on PACER are lengthy. The reason for this blog series is to explain briefly (relatively) to Kentuckians what has become of our pro-life bills that our Legislature passed.



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