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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 Committee does not have a position on issues such as contraception, sex education, capital punishment, and national defense. The National Right to Life Committee was founded in 1973 in response to the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, legalizing the practice of human abortion in all 50 states, throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy.
The NRLC has been instrumental in achieving a number of legislative reforms at the national level, including a ban on non-therapeutic experimentation of unborn and newborn babies, a federal conscience clause guaranteeing medical personnel the right to refuse to participate in abortion procedures, and various amendments to appropriations bills which prohibit (or limit) the use of federal funds to subsidize or promote abortions in the United States and overseas.
In addition to maintaining a lobbying presence at the federal level, NRLC serves as a clearinghouse of information for its state affiliates and local chapters, its individual members, the press, and the public.
Sen. Obama received the following scores on NARAL Pro-Choice America's Congressional Record on Choice.
* 2007: 100 percent
* 2006: 100 percent
* 2005: 100 percent
AT A GLANCE
* Reproductive Choice: Obama has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving a women's right to choose under Roe v. Wade a priority as president. Obama also supports expanded access to contraception, health information and preventive services to reduce unintended pregnancies.
* Protecting a Women's Right to Choose: Obama will make safeguarding women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn that decision.
* Reducing Unintended Pregnancy: Obama will work to reduce unintended pregnancy by guaranteeing equity in contraceptive coverage, providing sex education, and offering rape victims accurate information about emergency contraception.
* Throughout his career, in both the Illinois Senate & the US Senate, Obama has stood up for a women's right to choose, consistently earning 100% ratings from pro-choice groups.
Passed tax credit for installing E85 ethanol at gas stations.
Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies.
Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal.
Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning.
oted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR.
Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas.
Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%).
Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Sponsored bill for tax credit for providing 85% ethanol gas
Sponsored bill to notify public when nuclear releases occur
Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence
Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025
FactCheck: Took Rezko's donations, but never represented him
Dreams From My Father" is an archetypal search
Obama REPRESENTS something; doesn't have to DO anything
Won Grammy for recording "Dreams from My Father"
Real estate deal with felon was "boneheaded" but ethical
First major politician of the post-Baby Boom generation
Most decisive moment: transition from high school to college
High school jock--played football as defensive lineman
Goal as youth: Leave the world a better place
Planned on presidency since well before 2004 Convention
Dreams from My Father originally about Harvard Law Review
Favorite authors: E. L. Doctorow & Shakespeare
To understand Obama, understand Hawaii's cultural mix
Father was first African exchange student at U. Hawaii
1990: Elected Law Review president with conservative support.
Met Michelle Robinson at law firm; married in 1990
Traces ancestry to Jefferson Davis, President of Confederacy
Lost Congressional primary in 1999 to Bobby Rush
Personal story is basis of political desire to unite
Greeted as hero on visit to ancestral Kenya
Father died in car crash before Barack got to know him
Born in Hawaii; lives on Chicago's South Side
Full name: Barack Hussein Obama; family calls him "Barry"
First black president of the Harvard Law Review
Ryan quits Senate race amid sex scandal allegations
Mother attacked for playing with a black girlfriend
Poverty of political organizers was proof of their integrity.
Originally posted by jamie83
Just curious about something.
How can Obama support 2nd Amendment AND local hand gun bans?
The two are mutually exclusive. I.e., how does one have the right to keep and bear arms and yet not have the right to keep and bear arms at the same time?
Q: Is the D.C. law prohibiting ownership of handguns consistent with an individual's right to bear arms?
A: As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right, in the same way that we have a right to private property but local governments can establish zoning ordinances that determine how you can use it.
Q: But do you still favor the registration & licensing of guns?
A: I think we can provide common-sense approaches to the issue of illegal guns that are ending up on the streets. We can make sure that criminals don't have guns in their hands. We can make certain that those who are mentally deranged are not getting a hold of handguns. We can trace guns that have been used in crimes to unscrupulous gun dealers that may be selling to straw purchasers and dumping them on the streets.
Q: You said recently, "I have no intention of taking away folks' guns." But you support the D.C. handgun ban, and you've said that it's constitutional. How do you reconcile those two positions?
A: Because I think we have two conflicting traditions in this country. I think it's important for us to recognize that we've got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of law-abiding citizens use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their families. We also have a violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage. And so I think there is nothing wrong with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets. And cracking down on the various loopholes that exist in terms of background checks for children, the mentally ill. We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measure that I think respect the Second Amendment and people's traditions.
Illinois State Senate, 1996-2004; U.S. Senate, 2004-date
Seems that some would argue 12 years is hardly enough 'experience' in politics to be considered for president
The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government for people who can't afford to live anywhere else.
But it's not safe to live here.
About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale - a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.
"No one should have to live like this, and no one did anything about it," said Cynthia Ashley, who has lived at Grove Parc since 1994.
Originally posted by Andrew E. Wiggin
"A: Because I think we have two conflicting traditions in this country. I think it's important for us to recognize that we've got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of law-abiding citizens use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their families. We also have a violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage. And so I think there is nothing wrong with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets. And cracking down on the various loopholes that exist in terms of background checks for children, the mentally ill. We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measure that I think respect the Second Amendment and people's traditions."
Both readily available from my source. if you'd bother to take the time and look
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
1. a body of citizens enrolled for military service, and called out periodically for drill but serving full time only in emergencies.
2. a body of citizen soldiers as distinguished from professional soldiers.
3. all able-bodied males considered by law eligible for military service.
4. a body of citizens organized in a paramilitary group and typically regarding themselves as defenders of individual rights against the presumed interference of the federal government.
I don’t believe that people should be able to own guns bottom-lines Barack Obama's true feelings about gun control. I'm not the only one who finds this Obama guy extremist-scary.
- National Rifle Association president John Sigler
Barack Obama’s position is even more anti-gun than the District of Columbia’s! Obama’s record is clear—his concept of “hope and change” will surely result in anti-gun/anti-freedom changes bringing more hopelessness for the most helpless in our society.