Last updated on: 9/10/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“[D]octors, hospitals, and other health care providers will be told by Washington just what diagnostic tests and medical care is considered to meet “quality” and “efficiency” standards – not only for federally funded health care programs like Medicare, but also for health care paid for by private citizens and their nongovernmental health insurance. And these will be “quality and efficiency” standards specifically designed to limit what ordinary Americans spend on health care. Treatment that a doctor and patient in consultation deem needed or advisable to save that patient’s life or preserve or improve the patient’s health but which the government decides is too costly – even if the patient is willing and able to pay for it – will run afoul of the imposed standards. In effect, there will be one uniform national standard of care, established by Washington bureaucrats and set with a view to limiting what private citizens are allowed to spend on saving their own lives…

In short, horrific as the enactment of the Obama Health Care Rationing Law is, now is not the time to despair. Rather, the pro-life movement must devote itself over these critical years – 2010 through 2012– to ensuring that the American people are given the facts needed to counter the placating misinformation the Obama Administration and its apologists in Congress and the press are already spreading, confident that with a spoon full of sugar we will swallow their deadly recipe. We must maintain and expand the current majority that, according to most public opinion polls, rejects the Obama Health Care Rationing Law.”

“The Obama Health Care Rationing Law: The Commission That Will Develop Standards the Administration Will Impose to Limit Private Sector Medical Care,” www.nrlc.org (accessed Sep. 10, 2010)

Description:

“The National Right to Life Committee [NRLC] was founded in the mid 1960s in response to abortion laws being liberalized in various states. These laws ultimately led to the United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade released on January 22, 1973, legalizing the practice of human abortion in all 50 states, throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. Prior to that case the abortion debate had been centered in the legislatures of the states, 17 of which had legalized abortion under some circumstances and 33 of which had voted to continue to protect human life from conception.

In June of that year, the National Right to Life Committee was formally incorporated as a non-sectarian, non- partisan, pro-life group with a board consisting of an elected representative from each of the 50 states. These first board members included experts in the fields of science, medicine, medical ethics, constitutional law, and religion. It was also in 1973 that NRLC held its second annual Convention.

Since its official beginning at that conference, the National Right to Life Committee has grown to represent over 3000 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”

“The Official National Right to Life Facebook Group,” Facebook.com (accessed May 20, 2010)

Mission:

“The ultimate goal of the National Right to Life Committee is to restore legal protection to innocent human life. The primary interest of the National Right to Life Committee and its members has been the abortion controversy; however, it is also concerned with related matters of medical ethics which relate to the right to life issues of euthanasia and infanticide.”

“The Official National Right to Life Facebook Group,” Facebook.com (accessed May 20, 2010)

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