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A Happy Ending and a Beautiful Beginning

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Nearly two years after the Washoe County Family Court case that shocked the nation, a little girl, whose life was threatened by a potential court-ordered abortion, has a forever home.

In the Fall of 2012, a Nevada family found themselves in court trying to justify their faith and their respect for life.

Bill and Amy Bauer were summoned to a Washoe County Court to explain what they were going to do about their mentally challenged daughter's pregnancy at the hands of an unknown sexual predator. After being asked why they intended to support their daughter's pregnancy, they said that their faith told them that all human life was valuable and that they intended to help her despite her circumstances as long as the child was not a threat to their daughter's life. The judge set into motion a series of hearings that seemingly could only end in the termination of an innocent human life at the hands of the State.

The Bauer's attorney, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jason Guinasso, says the court then "responded to them by stating their faith had no relevance to the decision that had to be made regarding carrying the pregnancy to term or not. Further, the Court set up a series of hearings over the course of 40 days to consider whether to force Bill and Amy's daughter to have an abortion. Indeed, the doctor summoned by the Court stated at one of the hearings that the only compassionate thing to do was to sterilize the Bauers' daughter and abort the baby."

Due to the work of countless people across the country and led by local attorney, Jason Guinasso, and against all odds, the court and the county changed direction and agreed to support this woman and her unborn baby. This past Friday the long process ended with a happy ending. Bill and Amy Bauer adopted their beautiful granddaughter in the same court where once her life was threatened.

This case was a victory for American families. If the court had ordered an abortion, it would have sent a clear and unmistakable message that courts can intervene in family matters to order an abortion against the family's wishes. 

This case also revealed a clear and present danger to families that that courts could trample on their religious beliefs. 

Legislation is needed to send an equally clear message that courts will not step in to family decisions and order abortions.

Not only pro-life supporters felt threatened. Many who consider themselves pro-choice recognized the threat to family autonomy, "choice," and religious liberty. 

This truly was a "bridge too far" and fortunately the Court recognized it as such. As bioethicist, Wesley Smith noted, "If a court orders an abortion opposed by the parents/guardians of this woman, and the woman herself (who is not capable of informed consent) - absent clear and convincing evidence that the pregnancy poses a substantial risk to the woman's life... we will have entered territory once inhabited exclusively by China."

Listen to the Nevada Right to Life Show 1550 AM KXTO Mondays at 1 PM and Saturdays at 2PM.

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Camp Joshua 2014

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Nevada Right to Life/Pro-Life League of Nevada will sponsor the second annual Camp Joshua, Institute for Life & Leadership at the Lake Tahoe 4-H Camp, May 2-4, 2014. Last year 25 high school students formed the inaugural class. Feedback from the campers was extremely positive. The goal of this camp is to equip our high school students with the tools, on both a micro and macro level, to transform the toxic culture in which they live. The camp combined top notch speakers, educational tools and fun. Campers formed bonds with like-minded students. Almost every high school in Washoe County was represented. The money Pro-Life League of Nevada raises throughout the year funds this project and similar outreach and educational endeavors.

For more information, download a registration form.

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Pro-Life Candidates for Reno Mayor

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During every election cycle, Nevada Right to Life sends a candidate questionnaire to those seeking election to Nevada political offices.  This year, we expanded our coverage to the crowded field of candidates for Reno Mayor.

According to answers provided, the following candidate is strongly pro-life:

Ray Pezonella

And the following candidate leans pro-life:

Robert Avery

As we receive additional responses, we will be updating the results.

UPDATE-----------------------------------------------

After the post above, Robert Avery wrote the following:

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify my position.  Please know that I am 100% Pro-Life on the stance of abortion, with the only exception being the risk of the mother’s life.  All human life is precious and valuable to me, from conception to natural death.  I however am not properly informed at this time as to the end of life care laws that exist in Oregon, or other similar states, which was the matter on the questionnaire that I was not able to provide a simple Yes or No.  I believe that any legislation regarding this topic needs to be carefully considered as to avoid unintended consequences and cannot be answered in a Yes/No format.  Furthermore, I do not believe in Doctor Assisted Suicide, and in my many years of volunteering for Senior Citizens I believe that we need to foster a greater capacity to care for them as those needs are not currently being properly met.     

Best,

Robert Avery

 

 

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8th Annual Friends for Life Dinner

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Eighth Annual
Friends for Life Dinner
Downtown Reno Ballroom
February 21, 2014
5:30 - 10:00 pm

Make plans to join us for the 8th Annual Friends for Life Dinner and Auction, Friday, February 21, 2014, at Silver Legacy’s Downtown Reno Ballroom located on the northeast corner of 4th and Virginia in Reno (not inside the casino) for an evening with friends, old and new, in the pro-life movement.

This year’s recipient of the Heroes for Life award is Casa de Vida, Reno’s home for unwed, pregnant women. Over the last 32 years, Casa de Vida has helped hundreds of women and their babies make a better life for themselves. Long ago, Casa de Vida recognized that all efforts to advocate for life must be accompanied by real help to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Their work is done with love and hope and has left a lasting legacy.

Our keynote speaker, Chet McDoniel, was born with no arms and shortened legs. Chet refers to himself as a “Walking Case Study for Pro-Life.” Immediately after his birth, he was placed in a corner of the room and left to die. Fortunately, Chet survived. He says, “having lived a wonderful life including getting married, getting pregnant and seeing the birth of my baby girl, running two businesses, and most importantly, serving my God, I wonder what that same doctor would think now?” Chet’s positive message reminds us all that life, in all of its myriad forms, is beautiful.

Tables of eight are available for $600. Individual tickets are $75.

Come early to enjoy no-host cocktails and live entertainment from Colin Ross.

Register online at NevadaRightToLife.org/Register

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