Monday, November 16, 2009

Pro-Life Profiles

Do you believe the unborn -- all of them -- have a Right to Life?

Are you willing to act upon that knowledge, by supporting the promising new Personhood movement (all unborn children should be protected as Persons, with a God-given, inalienable Right to Life, under the law), which has gained a foothold in no fewer than 37 states as of today?

These are the questions being asked by a new website -- an effort by American Right to Life -- of high-profile candidates and personalities in the news today, particularly those who are pro-life, or who may be considered to be pro-life by their fans and supporters, but who are really just pretending.

Pro-Life Profiles

As pro-lifers, we do ourselves no favors by pretending pro-abortion leaders are pro-life, even if they say they're on our side. And by even allowing pro-abortion leaders (pro-abortion being defined as supporting even one abortion) to pretend they're pro-life, we guarantee years more disappointment in these leaders, and years more death of unborn children with the tacit or complicit approval of our "Christian" or "pro-life" leaders.

Even National Right to Life opposes Personhood, which means they themselves do not support the Right to Life in law that their name says they should.

It's time for it to stop! Learn the truth!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Personhood Update: Colorado & Montana

We've been really busy, so I apologize for not updating you on Personhood around the country.

Though we made a really good go at it in legislatures, none of the legislative efforts at Personhood made it past the second house in the states where it was tried.

However, Mississippi's Personhood ballot measure is well underway, and so is Oregon's. Visit PersonhoodUSA for more information on those efforts, and about Montana's ballot initiative they launched this week too!

Here is video from the press conference in Colorado yesterday, where Colorado Right to Life and Personhood USA launched a new petition gathering initiative to build on the momentum from 2008's Amendment 48 Personhood measure.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

4 Talk Show Hosts - $1,000,000 Challenge to Ann Coulter

Four conservative talk show hosts from across the country dared to pose tough pro-life questions about Mitt Romney to Ann Coulter, and all she could do was splutter!

Basically, she said, "Of course he's pro-life, though I can't prove it, but even if he isn't he's still the best candidate!"

We expected better of Ann.


ARTL and CRTL feel that it's necessary to challenge "fake pro-lifers" so that real pro-lifers aren't tricked into voting for them. If someone doesn't support a Right to Life from conception to natural death, they're not pro-life! Especially if they also support Roe v. Wade or a "right to choose," as Romney has, as often as not.

Here are all the reference citations to back up these claims:

As has been previously established by American Right to Life Action, Mitt Romney is only pretending to be pro-life -- it's not just a "flip-flop" if you switch back and forth several times. That's a "zig-zag", and it's a clear sign of dishonesty.


ARTLA's Romney Fairy Tale ad aired in 3 primary states where Romney lost (private donors paid for the ads specifically out of their pocket -- no ARTL donations were used if not earmarked for these ads). The ad won the award "Best Low-Budget Video" for the primary campaign, and ABC News indicated these ads had an impact with voters.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Bill Clinton: "It depends on what the definition of embryo is."

In a revealing interview that betrayed either the depth of his deception, or the level of his ignorance, former President Bill Clinton, on CNN, told Dr. Sanjay Gupta that he thinks it’s okay to experiment on what he calls "unfertilized embryos." Now, if that weren’t such a scientifically impossible claim, it would almost be reassuring that our former president seemed to be implying that it’s not okay to experiment on fertilized embryos. But Clinton seemed to miss the point that every embryo, by definition, has been fertilized, and has already become a living, growing, individual human being who has a God-given Right to Life. How tragic if he spent 8 years in the White House thinking embryos weren’t living humans. But, if you had to guess, was he being ignorant, or deceptive?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Rev. Euteneuer Speaks Out On Sebelius and Brownback

We would like to highlight a column by Human Life International's (HLI) Father Tom Euteneuer. It's harsh -- brace yourself! And, obviously, it's written from the perspective of a Catholic priest. But this is the kind of honesty Colorado Right to Life respects and demands.

Colorado Right to Life has the good fortune to have been blessed by what may be a unique alliance between steadfast Catholics and steadfast Protestants for a common goal -- two groups that all two often follow common goals by different means or different paths.

Along with American Life League, another of the major Catholic pro-life groups which has cooperated and collaborated with Colorado Right to Life is Rev. Euteneuer's Human Life International, the largest international pro-life group in existence.

Father Euteneuer is one of the stalwarts of the pro-life movement -- one of the most admirable, stellar spokesmen on behalf of the unborn child, who has the courage and fortitude to take on others who are considered pro-life heroes but who have sullied themselves by hypocrisy.

The pro-life movement is harmed and weakened when we cover up the weakness and compromise of those who are pro-life one day, and who turn their backs on the unborn (and us!) on other days. What priorities a leader holds matters -- if the unborn are not their priority, how pro-life are they?

Calling a spade a spade is even more important considering that Sen. Brownback ran for President last year, drawing from a constituency which was undoubtedly comprised almost entirely of committed pro-lifers who were led to believe the senator was one of the most dedicated pro-lifers running.

-- Bob Kyffin

Brownback - Turncoat
A column by Rev. Thomas Euteneuer
President, Human Life International

I am not a politician, I am a priest. So I would like to give my priestly perspective about the recent endorsement of Senator Sam Brownback for the candidacy of Kathleen Sebelius for Secretary of Health and Human Services: Senator Brownback's cowardly betrayal of his Catholic faith is even more damaging than his political permission for this renegade to take office.

The situation is atrocious. An extremist abortion hack (called the most pro-abortion governor in the nation by many), who falsely calls herself "Catholic," is given the opportunity to preside over the nation's healthcare system and normalize abortion even further; this radical is then endorsed by a US senator who also calls himself "Catholic" and who, many believe, wants her job back home when she becomes the abortion queen in DC.

With pro-lifers like Senator Sam Brownback, who needs pro-aborts?

Moral theologians can work out what level of cooperation in evil the Senator's endorsement represents - he is, after all, an influential senator whose opposition, if he had given it, may very well have stopped her nomination. Yet, those of us who do not breathe the rarified air of Washington DC and who have dedicated our lives to defending the sanctity of human life understand one thing: any covenant with the abortion industry or its promoters is consent to the killing. As a convert to the Catholic Faith, Senator Brownback seems not to understand the Church's profoundly wounded heart with regard the slaughter of the innocents. The Church tells us never to participate in that slaughter, no matter what the cost; we do not give aid and comfort to the enemies of human life, we do not stand by while the innocent are being dragged off to a violent murder, and under no circumstances do we endorse the political aspirations of their executioners. Politicians who sell the lives of babies for political gains are the worst kind of turncoats.

Yet, this Catholic Senator's decision constitutes, I think, a watershed moment for all of us who want to see an end to the immoral industry of baby-killing in our country. We will never be served by the compromise of our principles in any form. Catholicism is the solution to this culture of death. If only Catholics ourselves would fully live up to our doctrine and put it into practice, there would be no "Tiller the Killer"s in Kansas, no partial birth abortions, no immoral sex education in the schools or Planned Parenthoods dominating our public life. Self-described "Catholics" like Brownback (in politics), Doug Kmiec (in academia), Hannity, Matthews and O'Reilly (in media) and others are not the solution to the problem - they are enablers of the problem. Despite their high-sounding lip service to the culture of life, they are compromisers. They will never end abortion because they don't want to end abortion.

I have often said that false Catholics, whether they be Cardinals, politicians or janitors, are the ones who have the most to account for on the Day of Judgment when they will have to account for ignoring Christ in His "least brethren," the unborn. Whether through advocacy of the evil (like Sebelius) or negligence in stopping it (like Brownback), they have blood on their hands. They've been given everything the Church has to offer: the teaching, the sacraments, the example of the saints and the grace to stand against Satan and all his works and all his empty promises. In other words, they know better, and the Biblical warning applies to them: "To whom much has been given, much will be required." Cowards and turncoats beware.


Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer
President, Human Life International


On a side note, here is an article which details an earlier disagreement with Sen. Brownback's questionable methods: A Growing Split In the Pro-Life Community

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Personhood on the March Nationwide!

In the past two weeks, the North Dakota House passed HB 1572 by a 51-41 vote. This Personhood bill will establish any unborn child of the human genome to be a person under N. Dakota law. HB 1572 will go to the Senate, where passage seems likely, perhaps as early as this week, and Gov. John Hoeven has reportedly said that he will sign it!

Furthermore, the Montana Senate has passed two bills, SB 46, which declares in the Montana Constitution that the state has a compelling interest in protecting unborn children, and so they are not meant by the legislature to be covered by the state's "privacy" clause (a common defense for abortion), and SB 406, also written by State Senate President Dan McGee, which declares "All persons are born free and have certain inalienable rights," and later says, "Person means a human being at all stages of human development of life, including the state of fertilization or conception, regardless of age, health, level of functioning, or condition of dependency." SB 406 passed 26-24 on the 26th. The Montana House is Democrat-controlled, and so is not seen as a hospitable environment for this legislation, but it seems that if the House were to pass it, it would automatically become an amendment to the state Constitution.

Please pray that at least 74 Montana House members will support this legislation when it comes to them!

Please also pray for God's support for Personhood USA, an organization founded by friends of Colorado Right to Life (Cal Zastrow and Keith Mason), which is busy organizing Personhood legislation and new Personhood ballot initiatives in several states. By the end of the summer, we may see one form or another of Personhood legislation under consideration in as many as 15 states!

Colorado Right to Life is working on getting Personhood legislation in Colorado this year or next, and we intend to continue to educate the public through all possible means -- Internet, public demonstrations, mailings, radio, TV, etc. Of course, this is a follow-on effort to Colorado Right to Life's 2008 support for Amendment 48, the Colorado Personhood Initiative, which garnered the support of almost 600,000 Colorado voters in November!

If you would like to help Colorado Right to Life perform this important work, please visit and make a donation!

Keep in mind that other pro-life groups across the country have different, and less far-reaching strategies for protecting children. Colorado Right to Life (and its national organization, American Right to Life) remains one of the central organizers of Personhood efforts nationwide, and much of the work in favor of Personhood that has been occurring is an outgrowth of the work of Colorado Right to Life's and American Right to Life's Nov 2007 Personhood Summit, which brought together the nation's leading supporters of Personhood into a concerted campaign.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

CRTL Witnesses the End of an Era

America’s 1st & Longest-Running Abortuary, Denver’s
20th & Vine Finally Closes Its Doors "For Good"

Sidewalk counselors Ken and Jo Scott stand in front of the doors to the 20th & Vine abortuary, underneath the vacant signframe which once declared Planned Parenthood. Ken and Jo devoted their lives to closing down this site, spending almost every day for decades pleading with mothers to keep their babies.

The nation’s first legal abortion "clinic" has finally closed its doors. Some of the hundreds of activists who have protested outside the 20th & Vine abortuary over the past 41 years, holding signs, rosaries or baby dolls and offering shouted or silent protests against the evil being perpetrated inside, urging women to love their babies, not to kill them, were allowed recently to see the inside of the facility whose outside they knew so well. Planned Parenthood operations have moved into a new, larger center on 38th Avenue by Stapleton (we call it AuschWeitz).

The building was sold to a health provider who meant to turn it into a care center for the elderly. When they saw the condition of the building however, and considered what it had been used for, the company decided they would tear it down and rebuild instead. A special opportunity arose for pro-life activists to be invited inside to see the place where so many horrors had been committed.

An envelope, dated 1967, apparently hidden under a desk for 40 years, reveals one of the earliest crimes committed against children, women and God at 20th & Vine.

Several of those who had protested outside the clinic came to document and take photographs and video of the interior. What remained had been cleared of furniture, but left behind was evidence of the filthy working conditions. Some visitors were familiar enough with procedures to know which rooms were used for what, and video was taken of the closet where baby parts were reassembled after the abortion to ensure that no parts were left inside to cause infection (the leading cause of death to post-abortive mothers).

Representatives of the Christian Motorcyclists Association joined us and said prayers inside and outside the building to sanctify the property & the lives lost there.

Sidewalk counselors and riders with the Christian Motorcyclists Association gathered inside and outside to hold hands and pray over the site, that God would turn it to His purposes.

Just one example of the extraordinary filth found inside the abortion center (which purports to be a "medical clinic," though it obviously never followed medical procedures for cleanliness).

Friday, January 23, 2009

CRTL Debates on CSPAN!

CRTL Board Member and Pastor Bob Enyart spoke in favor of Colorado’s Personhood Amendement on CSPAN in October. He debated Crystal Clinkenbeard, leader of the "No on 48" campaign, in a 37-minute exchange broadcast nationwide.

Taking the initiative, Enyart spoke for most of the 45-minute program, with Clinkenbeard seemingly having few sound bites that would help her side. Enyart’s points were cogent, and hard-hitting. "Half the time the pregnant woman has a boy inside of her," he said, "so it’s not the woman’s body. It’s a separate body."

Clinkenbeard posed several lies and obfuscations, and raised extreme cases which would never come into play.

One of the charges Planned Parenthood made was that giving rights to "fertilized eggs" would send women to jail for miscarriages. Enyart responded, "The claim that women and doctors are going to be going to jail because of medical treatment, that is shown to be obfuscation, because before Roe v. Wade we had ectopic pregnancies in America – a baby developing in the fallopian tube. We did not have our courts filled with doctors and women going to court and to jail because of having to save the life of a mother in an ectopic pregnancy."

Clinkenbeard explained how concerned she and the pro-abortion forces are that what started in Colorado will spread to other states.

Host Pedro Echevarria asked, "If this amendment passes, could that ultimately go up the line to what it could do for Roe versus Wade?"

She answered, "Absolutely."

A pro-life caller said she was offended that her tax dollars were being used to support abortion. Clinkenbeard responded, "It’s absolutely not true, it doesn’t happen." And went on to say that under the Hyde Amendment, such taxpayer funding is illegal, so... of course it doesn’t happen!

Enyart wouldn’t let that drop, so he explained about the fungibility (transferability) of funds, and how adding funding for any reason to Planned Parenthood naturally supports their abortion services. "Regarding tax funded abortions, Planned Parenthood receives hundreds of millions of dollars, of federal tax money."

One caller challenged Enyart’s right to even speak on the issue, since he was a man. In his response, Enyart pointed out that Roe v. Wade and all the pro-abortion laws in the ‘60s and ‘70s were decided not by women, but by men. "Men are more pro-choice than women… they’ll use a woman sexually, impregnate her, and not want to have to love her or care for her or their child, and so men are more pro-choice than women, and that’s historic, because a woman carries the baby and knows it is a child."

During the program, Enyart compared abortion to slavery. "Back when we were trying to stop slavery — abolition — people said, ‘Well I’m against slavery, but think of all the difficulty this would cause for our economy, for our political system, if we acknowledge blacks as people, think of all the difficulties to our societal structure. Those arguments are irrelevant. What matters is that a child should be honored by the adults in society, should be loved and protected." Then he pointed to, which helps adopt out frozen embryos. Their site also shows pictures of beautiful babies who were adopted as frozen embryos and who are being raised as loved children today.

"Their rights started not in the hospital," he said, "Their rights started when they were created, at that moment of fertilization. And if we deny that, that fundamental truth of when life begins… they avoid the question of when does life begin. They can’t answer that question. All of science acknowledges that the human being comes into existence when the sperm fertilizes the egg."

Amendment 48, of course — the subject of the debate — would protect children from the moment of fertilization. "Our opponents say, ‘well, we don’t know when the moment of fertilization is.’ But that egg knows, because as soon as one sperm fertilizes that egg, a dramatic change happens in the cell wall, and all the other suitors, they’re rebuffed. It’s too late. There’s now a new precious little boy, or a little girl, right there. And we need to love and protect all children beginning right at that first moment of life."

Responding to Clinkenbeard’s charge that Personhood would even force a raped child to give birth, Enyart said, "Abortion for incest is cruel. What it does is it encourages the would-be criminal to rape his young relative, and he knows that if he impregnates her, he can bring her to Planned Parenthood, and nationwide, systematically, Planned Parenthood, Crystal’s former employer, does not they refuse to comply with mandatory reporting for suspected sexual abuse of minors. Just as in California, in August, a case noted by the California Supreme Court, a man will commit incest, impregnate his young relative, bring her to an abortion clinic, they will ask no questions, he’ll take her home and continue to abuse her. So the abortion clinic often sends the victim home with her rapist to be continually sexually molested."

Clinkenbeard brought up ectopic pregnancy and health issues, claiming 48 would prevent action, to which Enyart responded, "You don’t kill the mother to save the baby, and you don’t kill the baby to save the mother. You try to love and protect both. And when the baby dies, as is commonly the case, that’s a tragedy, but you don’t stop half-way, like in a partial-birth abortion, stop and kill the baby. If the mother’s life is at risk, you deliver the baby. You do a C-section. You remove the baby. You don’t deliver him half-way breach, stop, kill the baby, and then continue. That is not loving and protecting the mother. That’s the intention to kill the baby. And that’s what’s wrong. That’s why we have to love and protect all children."

Finally, refuting Clinkenbeard’s claim that Planned Parenthood is concerned for the well being of women, Enyart said, "Abortion is not only cruel to children, it’s cruel to the moms. And we owe it to the next generation of young women in the state of Colorado and our country to protect them from the cruelty of convenience and pressure to kill their little baby, their boy or girl, and so this amendment is a historic opportunity for the State of Colorado to acknowledge the God-given Right to Life comes, like the last caller said, at that moment of creation. Our rights don’t come from the hospital, they don’t come from the delivery doctor, the OBYGN. Our rights come from our Creator. And Planned Parenthood and Crystal, they cannot say when life begins, even though it is so obvious in any biology textbook, fetology, that life begins at that moment. All you have to do is refrain from killing it to find out what a beautiful and precious little boy or girl is right there in that embryo."

The full program is available online:

Thursday, January 15, 2009

March for Life Colorado: Metaxas, Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer & the anti-Slavery Model

PhotobucketMark Your Calendar!
2009 March For Life
Thurs, January 22
12:00 Noon
Denver's State Capitol

Join us at Noon, Thursday Jan. 22 for the 2009 March For Life, with guest Eric Metaxas, who will talk about anti-slavery crusader William Wilberforce and anti-Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Two book signings will be held — one at the Capitol immediately after Eric's talk (purchase books at the Pillar of Fire Temple 1 block south of the Capitol starting at 11 a.m.), and another before that at the Lakewood/Littleton Mardels on south Wadsworth from 9-11 a.m..

Eric Metaxas wrote the book which inspired the movie “Amazing Grace,” about anti-slavery crusader Photobucket William Wilberforce.

The 2009 CRTL March for Life, on Jan. 22, will feature biographer Eric Metaxas, who will talk about his past book, Amazing Grace (which was later turned into a major motion picture most of you probably saw), and also about his upcoming biography about German Christian martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Eric will have books available for purchase, as well as a book signing after his speech.

Christians are not proud of the predominant behavior of German Christians during the Nazi era — silence, acquiescence, collaboration — but some sterling examples of heroism stand out. Many Christians, certainly, lacked the courage to speak against Hitler, or even came to believe he spoke truth because their pastors would not speak against him. Hitler used a heretical theology based on fantasy which turned Jesus into a Jew-hater, and then used the power of the Nazi government to force many German churches to form a united German church not unlike the government-sanctioned churches in China (in concept, if not by degree).

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of a number of prominent Christian leaders who wouldn’t go along. They formed the "Confessing Church," and intended for it to follow Christ in every way where His teachings diverged from the Nazi government. It was the boldest of these confessing Christians who resisted the Nazis and hid Jews in their attics or basements. Unfortunately, as the most outspoken leaders were arrested, and as the government’s grip of fear intimidated pastors and churchgoers, even these churches remained mostly quiet in their resistance through the worst abuses of the Nazis.

Bonhoeffer was one of those bold Christians who did stand up. He ran a seminary, where he taught true Christianity, and spoke out against the Nazis, even so far as to condemn the official anti-semitism as unChristian. He was eventually banned from teaching, and later from any kind of public speaking. Through much of that time, he cooperated with the anti-Nazi resistance within Germany, even after the war had begun.

The anti-Nazi activism he involved himself in wasn’t limited to hiding or transporting Jews to safety. He joined a plot to kill Hitler, which included some of the top leaders of Germany. He was arrested and imprisoned twice, first for helping smuggle Jews, and later when the failed plot to kill Hitler was uncovered in 1944. After spending his last days in a concentration camp, he was cruelly executed by hanging just weeks before the end of the war.

Bonhoeffer lives on in Heaven, of course, but also as an inspiration to all those Christians who would stand up against evil, rather than hiding quietly while injustice abounds.

William Wilberforce, was discussed not long ago, on these pages, in an article about whether he is proof that incremental laws work, or rather stands as proof of just the opposite. If you missed that article, it is available on the Colorado Right to Life Blog, at (search for Wilberforce).

Wilberforce is another hero of the faith, for his dogged persistence and perseverance in fighting against first the slave trade in the British Empire, and later against slavery in general. From his earliest speeches, it’s clear he believed that slavery was a moral evil hated by God, and that Black men had a right to be free.

A conversion experience took Wilberforce from being a skeptical Christian to a life of devotion and passion. He expressed his Christianity by adopting the mission of freeing the slaves. Early on, partly because of his friendship with William Pitt the Younger, the Prime Minister, Wilberforce saw some success in trying to end the slave trade. But opponents stymied his efforts, and the Napoleonic Wars further frustrated him. He turned to incrementalism for a while, but later grew discouraged that further success did not seem to follow those moves. Ultimately, he returned to pushing for absolute abolition, and in that he saw success. He even recommended a strategy of absolute abolition for the United States, where American abolitionists had instead been pursuing incremental laws.

Today, we Christians look back to both of these men of faith for inspiration. They followed God’s law, not man’s. So should we all.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Defining Incrementalism

As we go through the CRTL Newsletter archives, plenty of important articles show up. One of them is Brian Rohrbough's (former CRTL president) refutation of a common charge leveled against us by other pro-lifers who want to continue regulating abortion. Here's his response:

"Clarification of the term 'incrementalism'

Pro-lifers today need to re-define 'incrementalism.' There’s nothing wrong with stopping only one murder out of a thousand if that’s all you can stop. But there is such a thing as bad incrementalism -- where you sacrifice some babies to save others. We call it 'compromised incrementalism' -- incrementalism that employs moral relativism, undermines personhood, further entrenches abortion in law, or makes any abortion appear more humane are misguided means to an end. Laws that allow or affirm killing any baby should never be justified or rationalized by the pro-life community, or in the langauge of any of the laws we give our support."
-- Brian Rohrbough, CRTL President (printed Feb 2007)