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“Every great team has a ‘WHY’”

Mike Krzyzewski, the 2016 USA Olympics Basketball Coach says that “Every great team has a why.”

When you and I – and thousands of Alaskans come together as Alaska Right To Life, we have a ‘WHY.’

And in this confusing election season, it’s easy to forget our ‘WHY.’

What our WHY isn’t:

  • Electing Republicans.
  • Electing Pro-Life Candidates
  • Holding Legislators accountable for bad votes.
  • Opposing Pro-Abortion Candidates

So what, then, is our WHY?  There’s a long answer that I’ll spare you – the real ‘WHY’ is simple:

 

To make abortion illegal.

To make abortion unthinkable.

 

To accomplish that ‘WHY,’ we help Alaskans get involved by organizing things like:

  • 40 Days For Life Campaigns – the next campaign starts September 26th
  • LIFE Defenders – a compassion ministry serving women on their way to Planned Parenthood in Anchorage
  • State Fair – an education and advocacy effort that reaches thousands every year
  • Rallies, protests, and marches to bring awareness about abortion and oppose killing babies in the womb.
  • Issue Advocacy – nearly 100,000 phone calls, emails, letters and public testimonies were presented to politicians throughout the state advocating for the sanctity of human life this year.
  • Legislative Action – advocating for children in the womb by writing legislation that protects life, while opposing legislation that kills.
  • Political Action – advocating for children in the womb by identifying public office candidates that will advocate for children in the womb – and opposing those who oppose the cause of life.

CHILDREN IN THE WOMB

Are the most important part of the ‘WHY’

 

The most important part of the ‘WHY’ is the children in the womb.

You, I, and thousands of Alaskans from across the state exist under the name Alaska Right To Life, because the injustice of killing children in the womb exists.

And as long as the evil practice of killing children in the womb exists, I pray that we will too.

It’s unbelievably difficult for us to stay focused on our shared vision of making abortion both illegal and unthinkable in a state like Alaska.  The beauty, the opportunity, and the demands of every season here pull us in different directions all year long.

In addition to the distractions of our natural environment, the distractions that come with every legislative season can take our focus off of what’s important from January to May, when the statutory and regulatory outcomes can spell life or death for countless children in the womb.  This is also where the hard work of convincing politicians that the seeds of campaign promises are to be harvested in the legislature.  The wheat is harvested, and chaff burned up and blown away.  Bills are sponsored, votes cast, laws made, and the scales of accountability filled:  promises on the campaign trail are compared with action in the legislature.

We also have the campaign seasons – where more and more seeds of campaign promises are sown in primary and general elections.

It seems that here, in campaign season, we tend to get distracted the most.

And this year seems to be filled with far too much distraction.

As we – Alaskans committed to ending abortion in Alaska – evaluate the promises made, kept, and broken in the last election and legislative cycle, we’ve found that far too many promises were made – and broken.

 

MAKING ABORTION ILLEGAL AND UNTHINKABLE

Is WHY we exist together as Alaska Right To Life

 

The truth is, while elections matter, they are only a part what’s needed to end abortion here.  And it is during the election season that the importance of elections can be skewed and twisted into something from another world.

Our evaluation of 2016 candidates’ promises compared to their results has led us to a very painful conclusion:  we’ve all been lied to.  For example:

2016 Alaska Right To Life Endorsed Candidates

  • George Rauscher promised to be our Champion – to lead the legislature towards the end of abortion in Alaska.
    • George promised to: uphold the principles of Personhood – the right to life begins at the same point life begins – at conception, and all innocent human life must be protected from the moment of conception to natural death.
    • George promised to: sponsor the Life at Conception Act, HB 250
    • George promised to: co-sponsor other incremental bills.
    • George promised to: publicly support (that means make speeches on the House Floor, to the press, at Town Halls, in his communications to his constituents) pro-life legislation.
    • George promised to: oppose abortion funding in any budget
    • George promised to: oppose pro-abortion legislation
  • But George Rauscher refused to make good on his promises:
    • George refused to sponsor the Life at Conception Act when we brought it to him. In fact, the Life at Conception Act was sponsored by an un-endorsed legislator.
    • George refused to co-sponsor the Life at Conception Act until 656 days after he signed his pledge. With only 46 days left in the 30th Legislature, George padded his 2018 resume by co-sponsor HB 250, when the only beneficiary would be George Rauscher.
    • George refused to publicly support the Life at Conception Act. In fact, he opposed it behind closed doors and in private conversations.
    • George refused to uphold the principles of Personhood when he actually co-sponsored the Abortion Procedures Act, HB 266, the very first day of session. If HB 266 were enacted, it would expand an abortionist’s legal cover for killing children by different methods all the way up to birth.

 

MAKING ABORTION ILLEGAL AND UNTHINKABLE

Is WHY we exist together as Alaska Right To Life

 

  • Cathy Tilton promised to help lead the legislature towards the end of abortion in Alaska.
    • Cathy promised to: uphold the principles of Personhood – the right to life begins at the same point life begins – at conception, and all innocent human life must be protected from the moment of conception to natural death.
    • Cathy promised to: co-sponsor the Life at Conception Act, HB 250
    • Cathy promised to: co-sponsor other incremental bills.
    • Cathy promised to: publicly support (that means make speeches on the House Floor, to the press, at Town Halls, in his communications to his constituents) pro-life legislation.
    • Cathy promised to: oppose abortion funding in any budget
    • Cathy promised to: oppose pro-abortion legislation
  • But Cathy Tilton refused to make good on a single promise:
    • Cathy refused to co-sponsor the Life at Conception Act.
    • Cathy refused to publicly support the Life at Conception Act. In fact, she opposed it behind closed doors, in private conversations – and she opposed it publicly.
    • Cathy refused to uphold the principles of Personhood when she pre-filed the Abortion Procedures Act, HB 266, eight days before the second session. If HB 266 were enacted, it would expand an abortionist’s legal cover for killing children by different methods all the way up to birth.

 

MAKING ABORTION ILLEGAL AND UNTHINKABLE

Is WHY we exist together as Alaska Right To Life
  • DeLena Johnson also promised to be our Champion – to lead the legislature towards the end of abortion in Alaska.
    • DeLena promised to: uphold the principles of Personhood – the right to life begins at the same point life begins – at conception, and all innocent human life must be protected from the moment of conception to natural death.
    • DeLena promised to: sponsor the Life at Conception Act, HB 250
    • DeLena promised to: co-sponsor other incremental bills.
    • DeLena promised to: publicly support (that means make speeches on the House Floor, to the press, at Town Halls, in his communications to his constituents) pro-life legislation.
    • DeLena promised to: oppose abortion funding in any budget
    • DeLena promised to: oppose pro-abortion legislation
  • DeLena Johnson also refused to make good on his promises:
    • DeLena refused to sponsor the Life at Conception Act when we brought it to her. In fact, the Life at Conception Act was sponsored by an un-endorsed legislator.
    • DeLena refused to co-sponsor the Life at Conception Act until 30 days after the 1st Regular Session ended. The co-sponsorship came immediately after DeLena’s vote against withholding $1,000,000 from Planned Parenthood was published.
    • DeLena refused to publicly support the Life at Conception Act. In fact, she opposed it behind closed doors and in private conversations.
    • DeLena refused to oppose payments to abortion providers when she opposed Amendment 8 to SB 23.

 

MAKING ABORTION ILLEGAL AND UNTHINKABLE

Is WHY we exist together as Alaska Right To Life

 

So while we work together to hold George, DeLena, Cathy, and many others accountable for breaking promises to protect children in the womb from being killed by an abortionist, let’s never lose sight of our WHY, and let’s never lose sight of who those promises were made to: 

THE CHILDREN IN THE WOMB WHO ARE COUNTING ON US TO MAKE ABORTION ILLEGAL AND UNTHINKABLE.

For LIFE,

Patrick Martin

 

 

Chairman, The Alaska Right To Life 2018 PAC

 

This communication was paid for by The Alaska Right To Life 2018 PAC

1220 E Street, Suite 207   |   Anchorage, AK 99501

(907) 276-1912   |   PatMartin@AlaskaRightToLife.org

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