Our Banquet has been rescheduled to June 5, 2020! Please Note Changes.

With the best of intentions and an abundance of hope and prayer that this global pandemic will end shortly, the leadership of NJRTL has rescheduled our Banquet to June 5, 2020. Click HERE to download our new registration form.

We ask for your patience at this time as we seek to resolve many issues that this crisis has placed upon our organization, our Board, and staff and our faithful supporters.

Please note that Pro-Life actress Ashley Bratcher, who played Abby Johnson in the Blockbuster movie, “Unplanned” will be joining us as a speaker for the evening along with former Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who is presently a Contributor at Fox News Network.  Our M.C. for the evening will be Radio and TV host, Bill Spadea.

There is also a minor time change for the Banquet and VIP Reception which is noted on the Registration form.  Click HERE to download our new registration form.   Please note that new registrations will not be processed until restrictions have been lifted and we can return to the office.

Thank you for understanding and for your continued support. Please feel free to email us at feedback@njrtl.org.  We will try to respond as quickly as possible.

We ask that you join with us to lift your voices in prayer at this difficult and unprecedented time to pray for containment and protection from the virus for all Americans, our Nation’s leaders and our fellow brothers and sisters throughout the world.  Thank you!

 

Exploiting a Crisis: Unethical Experiments Undermine Real Help for Coronavirus Patients

Exploiting a Crisis: Unethical Experiments Undermine Real Help for Coronavirus Patients
David A. Prentice
Editor’s Note: This piece was coauthored by Tara Sander Lee.
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Posted: Mar 26, 2020 12:01 AM

https://townhall.com/columnists/davidaprentice/2020/03/26/exploiting-a-crisis-unethical-experiments-undermine-real-help-for-coronavirus-patients-n2565761


The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Townhall.com.
Someone once said, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” and scientists longing to push aside key ethical boundaries took it to heart. A recent Washington Post article claims possible treatments for coronavirus will not be discovered without using body parts harvested from abortions, and that ethical considerations are blocking potential drugs that could “save hundreds of thousands of lives.”

This is not the first time the doomsayers have been exposed for making false and contemptible statements to justify their questionable experiments. But like so many before it, the latest claim is specious. The coronavirus pandemic provides a convenient opportunity to play on people’s fears.  It’s dishonest and wrong.
Experimentation involving aborted babies’ body parts is controversial for a reason: it is unethical, antiquated science – and it’s totally unnecessary. There is no need whatsoever for its use in development of protections or treatments for the coronavirus or any other disease. Instead of squandering precious taxpayer dollars, we should be optimizing the wide array of modernsuccessful alternatives we already have.

A host of ethical alternatives are available now, and many more are in development thanks to NIH directing additional funding to new areas of research.  For coronavirus in particular, there are over 60 potential treatments under investigation.  Making the conscientious decision not to exploit aborted children’s bodies won’t stop us from fighting coronavirus. Indeed, there is no lack of swift progress with ethical alternatives, including some that have already started clinical trials.
One potential treatment for coronavirus involves the use of a humanized mouse (that is, a mouse with a humanized immune system), but it does not use any aborted baby parts.  This modern version, the VelocImmune mouse, is genetically engineered to produce human antibodies for therapeutic use including arthritis and potential treatment for coronavirus infection.

Repurposing an already-approved drug also shows promise in treating coronavirus.  A drug widely used for malaria is moving particularly fast through the research, development, and clinical trial process, when used alone or in combination with other drugs.

Adult stem cells – which are derived from ethical sources present in the body, not from destroyed embryos – are also delivering results. One type of human adult stem cell has been shown to generate new lung tissue and heal damaged lungs.  In fact, the researchers noted that this adult stem cell type is essential to repairing lung tissue damaged by severe influenza and other respiratory ailments. Another adult stem cell type has already been deployed in China and is improving health outcomes for patients with coronavirus-associated pneumonia.

With so many other successful alternatives available to researchers, pushing experimentation with aborted baby body parts at a time like this, when many people worldwide already feel vulnerable, is petty and ludicrous. The Trump administration’s new policy toward these experiments rightly puts ethics first in considering taxpayer-funded grants to researchers who want to use body parts from elective abortions. This week, HHS is accepting nominations for an Ethics Board to carefully examine the ethics of these research proposals. Between the coronavirus and the administration’s action, the timing of complaints from scientists who want to keep tax dollars flowing to their grisly projects is as unsurprising as it is inappropriate.

These objectors always fail to mention that their experiments don’t just require the intentional and deliberate destruction of human life to get the body parts they so covet – they incentivize it. Often the baby who’s sacrificed can feel pain. Some might even survive outside the womb. This argument gets to the heart of what is right and what is wrong and what should and should not be allowed in the name of science. The fact is, the use of aborted baby body parts for research is never justified or necessary.
David Prentice, Ph.D. is Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D. is Senior Fellow and Director of Life Sciences for the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

Governor Murphy Halts all Elective Procedures Except Abortion

New Jersey Shuts Down Non-Essential Health Care, Allows Abortion Clinics to Keep Killing Babies

STATE   MICAIAH BILGER   MAR 23, 2020   |   7:19PM    TRENTON, NJ

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s order Monday banning all elective medical procedures in the state includes an “explicit exemption” for aborting unborn babies.

While much of the country is focused on saving lives, abortion activists and their political allies are still intent on killing them – even while medical resources are scarce and people are dying from the coronavirus.

“Governor Murphy’s executive order exempting abortion during this global pandemic defies logic and is highly irresponsible,” said New Jersey Right to Life Executive Director Marie Tasy. “97% of all abortions are elective procedures and are not medically necessary.”

A press release from Murphy’s office states that all elective surgeries and other medical procedures will be temporarily banned beginning Friday to “preserve the capacity of the health care system” to respond to the coronavirus. The governor’s order states that all medical and dental operations should be delayed unless there is undue risk to the patient’s health.

“Our new reality calls for aggressive action to reduce the burden on our health care system and protect our frontline medical responders,” Murphy said. “Given the dramatic shortfall in personal protective equipment we face, it’s imperative that we work with our partners in health care to strategically preserve supplies and equipment for emergency purposes only.”

However, the governor specifically excluded elective abortions from his order. “Explicit exemption for family planning and termination of pregnancies: The order provides that it shall not be interpreted in any way to limit access to family planning services, including termination of pregnancies,” the press release states.

Tasy said the governor should be focused on saving lives, not aiding the abortion industry.

“Vital medical supplies and precious resources which already are in short supply need to be preserved for our hospitals and health care workers to be able to fight against COVID-19,” she said. “We call on Governor Murphy to do the right thing by reversing this action immediately so that valuable resources can instead be utilized for urgent health care needs that will actually help save human lives and mitigate human suffering.”

Murphy is not the only one. Pro-abortion Democrat governors in Massachusetts and Washington state also carved out exceptions allowing elective abortions to continue during the coronavirus crisis.

Other governors have issued similar orders limiting non-essential medical procedures, but abortion facilities continue to do abortions there as well. Abortion businesses are still open in California and Pennsylvania, despite their governors’ bans on non-essential medical care. LifeNews reported about similar situations in Illinois, Maine and Puerto Rico last week.

Despite what these Democrat governors claim, almost all abortions are elective. What’s more, they are not life-saving, they are life-destroying. An unborn baby is killed, and its mother’s life is put at risk.

So far, two states have recognized this in their efforts to combat the coronavirus. Both Texas and Ohio included abortion facilities in their bans on non-essential surgeries and procedures. However, Ohio abortion facilities are refusing to comply.

ACTION: Contact Gov. Phil Murphy online, call his office at 609-292-6000 or contact him through Twitter at @GovMurphy

 

President Trump Speaks at the 2020 March for Life

President Trump Tells March for Life: “Every Child Born and Unborn is a Sacred Gift From God”

 NATIONAL   STEVEN ERTELT   JAN 24, 2020   |   2:04PM

President Donald Trump told tens of thousands of pro-life advocates at the March for Life that unborn children have worth and value.

“Every child is a precious and sacred gift from God,” he said during his speech (full transcript here). “Together we must protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and sanctity of every human life.”

“When we see a baby in the womb we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation,” he added. “Every child born and unborn is made in the holy image of Almighty God.”

The president thanked the millions of Americans who are pro-life and the march participants for showing up to fight to fight against abortion.

“It is my profound honor to be the first president in history to attend the March for Life!” Trump told the crowd.

“We are here for a very simple reason: To defend the right of every child – born and unborn – to fulfill their God given potential,” he said. “Young people are the heart of the March for Life and it is you who is making it the pro-family, pro-life generation.”

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President Trump defended his pro-life record, starting with taking action on his first day in office to defund International Planned Parenthood.

“From my 1st day in office I have taken historic action to protect the unborn,” he said. “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House… As the Bible tells us, each person is wonderfully made.”

“And during my first week in office, I reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy and we issued a landmark pro-life rule to govern the use of Title X taxpayer funding. I notified Congress that I would veto any legislation that weakens pro-life policy or that encourages the destruction of human life,” he said. “At the United Nations, I made clear that global bureaucrats have no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that protect innocent life. [applause] Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House. [applause]”

“We have taken decisive action to protect the religious liberty – so important – religious liberty has been under attack all over the world and frankly, very strongly attacked in our nation. You see it better than anyone. But we are stopping it. And we’re taking care of doctors, nurses, teachers, and groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor,” he added.

“We are preserving faith-based adoption and to uphold our founding documents, we have appointed 187 federal judges, who apply the consultation as written, including two phenomenal supreme court justices – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh,” the president said.

The president condemned Democrats for pushing abortion on demand.

“Sadly, the far left is working to erase our God-given rights, shut down faith-based charities, ban religious leaders from the public square, and silence Americans who believe in the sanctity of life. They are coming after me because I am fighting for you and we are fighting for those who have no voice. And we will win because we know how to win. [applause] We all know how to win. We all know how to win. You’ve been winning for a long time. You’ve been winning for a long time,” he said.

Together, we are the voice for the voiceless. When it comes to abortion – and you know this, you’ve seen what’s happened – Democrats have embraced the most radical and extreme positions taken and seen in this country for years and decades, and you can even say, for centuries.

Nearly every top Democrat in congress now supports taxpayer-funded abortion all the way up until the moment of birth. Last year, lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb right up until delivery.

President Trump proclaimed “Mothers are heroes” as he thanked attendees for their leadership. He added, every child brings joy to a family… every human life is made in the Holy image of Almighty God.”

He concluded, “I went to thank you, it’s so great to represent you, I love you all, and I say with true passion ‘Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”

Governor Murphy Signs Bill to Remove long-standing Religious protection from health insurance plans

 

 

Governor Murphy ignored the objections of religious employers and signed Bill A5508/S3804 into law on January 16, 2020.

 

1/10/20 Update:  The Senate Passed A5508/S3804 by a vote of 21-15 with 4 Democrats Not Voting.  To see how your Senators voted, go HERE

S3804/A5508 passed the state assembly on June 20, 2019.  To see how your Assembly members voted, go HERE  .

Contact Governor Murphy and urge him to veto the bill.

Phone:609 292 6000

Email the Governor: HERE

You can also go to our legislative action center from our website to send a pre-written email urging the Governor to veto the bill HERE

S3804/A5508 is part of a package of bills that the Governor and the legislature are supporting to create a New Jersey version of the federal Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act of 2010.

Unfortunately, the bills would expand insurance coverage for abortion inducing drugs. The bill also removes the exemption in current law for religious employers to provide coverage for female contraceptives if the required coverage conflicts with the religious employer’s bona fide religious beliefs and practices.

Please go to our Legislative Action Tab and take the directed action to prevent this bill from becoming law.  Thank you.

Gov Murphy signs Bill to Force NJ Taxpayers to Fund Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Business

 

 

 

On January 2, 2020, flanked by Planned Parenthood employees, Governor Murphy signed A5802/S4103 into law. You can read our Press Release below:

January 2, 2020 Press Release

You can read the nj.com article which includes our comments at the link below:

https://www.nj.com/politics/2020/01/murphy-approves-nj-giving-millions-to-planned-parenthood-after-trumps-abortion-rule.html

Thank you for taking action on this bill. We know that thousands of phone calls and emails were sent to the offices of our State Senators, Assembly members and the Governor. NJRTL testified against this legislation in both the assembly appropriations committee and the senate budget committee.

We will continue to let our voices be heard on these matters. We invite others who are sick and tired of these types of oppressive policies forced upon us by this governor and Legislature to stand with us and let your voices be heard.

 

See how your 2 Assembly Reps and Senator voted on A5802/S4103, PP Funding Bill

On November 25, 2019, the full NJ Assembly approved Bill A5802, to give $9.5 Million in taxpayer revenue to Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Business. To see how your 2 Assembly Members voted, Go here: Assembly Vote on A5802

All Democrat Assembly Members Present Voted Yes, except Asm. Joseph Egan and Asm. Tom Giblin, who did not vote.
All Republican Members Present Voted No, except Asm. Kevin Rooney who didn’t vote and Asw. Holly Schepisi who abstained.

On December 16, 2019, the New Jersey Senate passed A5802//S4103 by a vote of 25 to 15. All Democrat senators voted yes and all Republican senators voted no.

To See how your Senator Voted, go here: SenatevoteonA5802S4103

Thank you for Taking Action!

NJ Supreme Court refuses to reinstate restraining order against NJ Assisted Suicide law-case will move forward

N.J.’s highest court upholds law giving terminally ill patients the option to end their lives

The state’s controversial “Aid in Dying” law won the support of the state Supreme Court Tuesday afternoon, upholding a decision from earlier in the day dismissing a restraining order that prevented patients from pursuing their own death.

The “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act” Gov. Phil Murphysigned in April took effect Aug. 1, but the law was put on hold due to the legal challenge.
Tuesday’s rulings means the law is in effect again.
A doctor in Englewood, Yosef Glassman, sued to overturn the law because he said it violates his religious beliefs and his oath as a physician to preserve life. Glassman won a restraining order on Aug. 14 preventing any doctors or pharmacists from dispensing lethal medication.
“We are, of course, disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling but nevertheless respect it,” Glassman’s attorney Richard Grohmann said.
Corinne Carey, state senior campaign director for Compassion & Choices, which helps pass death with dignity laws, praised the appeals court’s decision for putting patients’ wishes first.
“On balance, the harm to patients who relied on the law duly authorized by the Legislature far outweighed the hypothetic harm” cited by the doctor, Carey said. “This doctor had no relationship to a patient who made a request. This was a theoretical harm. The court wisely noted he has a right to refrain from participating.”

The state Attorney General’s Office, which is defending the law against the challenge, did not respond to requests for comment.

Susan K. Livio may be reached at slivio@njadvancemedia.com

Planned Parenthood Director Fired for Exposing How Its Abortions Hurt Women Awarded $3 Million

 

Planned Parenthood Director Fired for Exposing How Its Abortions Hurt Women Wins $3 Million

STEVEN ERTELT   AUG 19, 2019   |   11:24AM    PHOENIX, ARIZONA

An Arizona court on Friday awarded $3 million to a former Planned Parenthood director of 17 years after she sued them for wrongful termination. The abortion giant fired Mayra Rodriguez after she exposed how the abortions Planned Parenthood does hurt women.

In a stunning victory for a former Planned Parenthood director in Arizona who was wrongfully terminated after reporting high complication rates for one abortionist. Rodriguez also exposed the abortionist’s illegal conduct falsification of affidavits and patient records, incomplete abortions, and failure to report a minor who had an adult partner and was a victim of statutory rape.

A jury unanimously awarded Mayra Rodriguez $3 million in damages this past Friday after a two-week trial.

Mayra Rodriguez, who ran three Planned Parenthood clinics in Arizona and worked for the organization for 17 years, sued the non-profit after being wrongfully terminated from her position in October 2017 after repeatedly making claims that Planned Parenthood was endangering the health and safety of their patients.

Abby Johnson, another former PP director whose ministry And Then There Were None has been assisting Mayra, told LifeNews she is encopuraged by the decision.

“When Mayra came to And Then There Were None with her incredible story, I felt solidarity with her, having gone through a similar situation when I worked for Planned Parenthood. Standing with her through the trial and rejoicing in the ultimate victory has been amazing,” said Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director herself and founder and director of And Then There Were None, a ministry that has helped over 525 abortion workers leave their jobs.

Abby’s and Mayra’s stories have striking similarities. They were both awarded Employee of the Year awards from Planned Parenthood the year before they left. They both were directors of clinics. And they both started working for Planned Parenthood for the same reasons: to help women.

“I hope my case is a lesson to other workers that shows them that the truth will prevail. I also hope my case is a lesson to employers who abuse their power: sometimes the underdog wins and justice will be done,” said Mayra Rodriguez.

Mayra’s attorney, Tim Casey, based in Phoenix, never asked for any dollar amount during the trial. The damages awarded came directly from the jury, who took three hours to reach their verdict.

“I’ve stared down Planned Parenthood in court. I know how hard it is watching your friends lie about you,” said Abby Johnson. “It’s always good to take down Planned Parenthood but it’s not without hurt.”

Mayra said the most hurtful things said in court were the deception by women she had considered friends and by Planned Parenthood executives themselves, who frequently referred to her as a ‘liar’ due to her undocumented status the entire time she worked at Planned Parenthood.

“Planned Parenthood publicly states they want to help and stand up for immigrants, that they care about these women, but it’s not true. They shamed me for my immigration status,” said Mayra. “But here we are, the jury heard the truth.”

Source: Lifenews.com