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This is a guest blog from Terry Beatley, long time fighter for parental rights and now founder of No Excuse Ministry PAC that is reaching out with a message of how liberal policies are hurting the African-American community:

The Connection Between Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Senator Edd Houck and the Destruction of Parental Rights

As a concerned mother of two girls, I began searching for answers as to why and how parental rights are being undermined by our government. For example, why are minors allowed to receive abortions with a judicial bypass without the consent of their parents, yet the parents are held financially liable if their child is hospitalized or suffers post-abortive psychological complications? Why do certain school systems deny parents the right to opt their children out of government mandated sex education?  Who gains by voting against legislation that protects parental authority?  And why do certain legislators protect industries that exploit children?    I found some of the answers in New York in 2009. But as explained below, more answers came when I attended Senator Edd Houck’s January 2011 Spotsylvania Townhall meeting.

In 2009, my quest led me to Manhattan to interview Dr. Bernard Nathanson, ob/gyn.  In 1969, he helped organize the nation’s largest pro-abortion lobby group, National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, (NARAL).  According to Dr. Nathanson, they were able to advance a culture of abortion based on framing the debate around a woman’s right to “choose,” transitioning Americans from thinking about the “immorality of killing another human being.” He explained how the abortion industry is based on fabricated facts, cynical slogans, false poll results and deception.  He made it very clear: the abortion industry learned decades ago that the best way to advance their agenda was to market it to teenagers and then dismantle parental rights by supporting pro-abortion representatives in state legislatures. After aborting 75,000 children, Dr. Nathanson saw the error of his ways, and switched sides, becoming pro-life.

So what does a New York Ob/GYN and the erosion of parental rights have to do with our Senator Edd Houck? In the Virginia legislature, the erosion of parental rights largely happens in the Senate Education and Health Committee, which Senator Houck happens to chair. As Chairman, Senator Houck controls the most influential committee that directly affects the lives of children and parental rights.  He is so important to the abortion industry that in August 2011, Planned Parenthood called Houck’s committee their “saving grace” in the Virginia Senate.  Senator Houck’s alignment with Planned Parenthood is so close that at the Spotsylvania Townhall meeting, he introduced his “team”, which included  Anna Halbrooks-Fulks, a young woman who started Voices For Planned Parenthood (VOX) on college campuses (VOX) and has been a summer intern for NARAL.  He didn’t mention these credentials.

With Planned Parenthood as his campaign ally, Senator Houck has repeatedly used his Committee to kill bills that would require parental notification before a minor can have  an abortion.  He voted against parental consent for minors who want to take the “morning-after pill”, a pill that increases the risk of blood clots and ectopic pregnancy.  He voted against banning partial-birth abortions until mounting public awareness of the gruesome procedure pressured him to change his position. He has also voted against state funding for abstinence training, but saw fit to vote for mandatory sex education for K-12 and teaching sodomy to minors.  So much for ‘Pro Choice’ Senator Houck allowing me to choose what is best for my children.

At the Spotsylvania meeting, when I rose to point out some of his votes, and asked Senator Houck if he saw these votes as undermining parental rights, he initially refused to answer my questions.  Finally, at the very end of the meeting, he responded by saying that it is acceptable to him for a 16 or 17 year old to make those decisions for herself.  

Wow, everything Dr. Nathanson said now made sense.  I witnessed a powerful Senator so confident of his reelection prospects that in a public meeting he was willing to tell me to my face that my minor children are better prepared to determine what is best for them than I am.  And I saw a State Senator willing to support Planned Parenthood’s agenda over my rights as a parent.

 Whether one is pro-life or not, I suspect that most of Edd Houck’s constituents are not in favor of having their parental rights stripped away by a politician, however good his intentions. My quest for answers was resolved and thought I’d share this account in case you wondered how long serving politicians support special interest groups over our rights as parents. So this November 8th, when I go to the polls I’ll pray for Senator Houck, including that a majority of voters of his district retire him. It will be interesting to see if a majority of the voters agree.

As a mother, I will never stop trying to protect parental rights from the long, encroaching arm of big government. We can take our country back and it starts by preserving the American family and parental rights.

Terry Beatley

President, No Excuse Ministry PAC

(804) 436-6877


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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