Pro-life advocate discusses latest challenges

By | June 23, 2010

An estimated 1,500 women have used this videoconference system according to the Des Moines Register. The physician observes the woman taking the first pill of the two-step abortion drug known as RU 486. She is instructed to take the second pill two days later.

“The second pill essentially ejects the baby from the mother’s body,” said Lyons. “In a high percentage of RU 486 cases under a doctor’s care, the woman doesn’t abort and goes home. She may abort in her office, her bedroom, at the car wash, in the grocery store or wherever. She is left to deal with the remains of her child. RU 486 has been associated with maternal death and now they are doing it by videoconference.

“The woman is not seen or examined by a doctor,” she added. “Planned Parenthood said they are going to expand (telemed abortions) across the country. It’s their answer to there not being an abortion clinic on every corner.”

She fears the use of video conferencing “at the end of life.”

“In the Netherlands, both euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal. They are turning more and more to terminal sedation where they are not feeding a person. They give them some pain pills and walk away. Then they don’t need to be there when the person dies.”

Wisconsin Right to Life is also campaigning to allow Wisconsin to opt out of federal health care. Health care restrictions or the lack of health care can help push assisted suicide, said Lyons.

“We had two situations in Oregon (where assisted suicide is legal) where cancer patients had applied for coverage for chemotherapy through their health plans,” she said. “Both were denied and they actually got letters saying ‘we will not be paying for your chemotherapy, but we will pay for your assisted suicide drugs.’ They had not even asked for it. That is so frightening. That was a calculated decision to save money. Both patients had previously been treated for cancer. They basically told them, ‘we gave you one chance. You had cancer and now it’s back.'”

Lyons recently visited northeast Wisconsin to attend Wisconsin Right to Life events in Appleton and Green Bay, and stops in Shawano, Sturgeon Bay and Kewaunee. The organization is focused on the state’s elections at this time, she said in an interview with The Compass. Wisconsin Right to Life is building “election central” on its Web site ( due to launch around July 1.

Visitors to the site may also sign up for E-Voice to receive information about candidates in their area. Twitter and Facebook are also used for updates and 2010 marks the 15th year the organization has run television ads in partnership with the Veritas Society. The organization had an estimated 68 million ad viewings last year.

Wisconsin continues to be among the leading states in the fight against abortion. The state ratio is 11 abortions per 100 live births compared to the national ratio of 24. Lyons, who has served as executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life since 1987, said she finds hope in the young people for continued progress. Wisconsin Right to Life offers summer leadership camps for teens and awards grants through its College Outreach Program to promote pro-life involvement by students.

“The dialogue with our young people is really neat,” said Lyons. “I tell them, ‘We started this, you have to finish it.’ They say, ‘Thank you for bringing us this far.’ I am just really excited with the young people. They are the main reason for optimism.

“I really do feel that someday abortion will end,” she added. “Roe v. Wade will be gone because it is so unjust. Americans are good people and we wouldn’t do this if we realized what we are doing. I guess I trust in God, but what disappoints me is why so many babies have to die before it ends.”

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