ARTL Headlines Archives

Ronald Reagan Endorses Personhood

When Ronald Reagan was president, as seen from Reagan's personhood proclamation below, he put the personhood of the unborn child front and center in his pro-life efforts.

A fabulous Youtube video has been removed but is currently available at It presents Ronald Reagan affirming the God-given right to life of the unborn child.

Focus on the Strategy I

Watch ARTL's groundbreaking Focus on the Strategy I. Learn how to do your part to restore the pro-life movement and to end America’s “legalized” child killing.

“Awesome! Six hundred thumbs up!” Focus on the Strategy I was filmed before a live audience of 300 Christian activists in Denver, Colorado during a week-long citywide pro-life outreach.

Focus on the Strategy II

Watch ARTL's groundbreaking Focus on the Strategy II. Learn how to do your part to restore the pro-life movement and to end America’s “legalized” child killing. Focus II has cameo appearances from ARTL friends including Notre Dame law professor Charles Rice, Ambassador Alan Keyes, Columbine dad Brian Rohrbough, Life Dynamic's Mark Crutcher, American Life League president Judie Brown, and founding board member of Nat'l RTL and Americans United for Life John Archibold.

Focus on the Strategy III

After learning the lessons from ARTL's groundbreaking Focus on the Strategy II which exposes the 40 years in the wilderness of failed pro-family tactics, now we're better equipped to strategize effectively as we do in ARTL's Focus III to implement the three-pronged strategy that can lead to the end of child-killing in our lifetimes!

Recalibrating America's Christian political strategy...

Burning Buildings and Half a Loaf

Half a loaf's not always better than noneThe pro-life industry has used many clichés trying to justify the compromised strategy of regulations and exceptions. Various national "ministries" use these clichés to actually oppose advocacy of personhood and the right to life of the unborn. One of the clichés is that half a loaf is better than none. Of course, that's true unless that loaf is putrid and moldy. Check out this list of invalid clichés...

Why Abortion's Not A State's Rights Issue

WND: Mark Crutcher on pro-life divide over personhood

"Both the 5th and 14th Amendments create a constitutional right to life for all 'persons' as well as a federal duty to protect those lives. Therefore, if the Court were to overturn Roe on the basis that the unborn child is a person, their lives would [or at least should] be protected by the Constitution and this nightmare would be over. However, most legal experts feel that the Court is far more likely to overturn Roe on the basis that… abortion… is... a 'states' rights' matter. That would be an unmitigated disaster for the unborn..."

Dred Scott Shepardized

 Justices Reference Dred Scott 56 Times
Pro-lifers Take Heed!

Dred Scott, Plaintiff in Error v. John Sandford [sic]* (1857)

The U.S. Supreme Court has mentioned its own pro-slavery Dred Scott decision 56 times in more than 150 years since issuing their opinion that many blacks and some other humans could be owned as property. What have they said about their own ruling, and what might that tell us about today's fight to re-criminalize abortion? To answer these questions American Right To Life commissioned this Shepardization of the Scott opinion, analyzing each reference to that iconic case to better equip those working to protect the innocent.

The Supreme Court has been mostly positive or neutral in its references to its own pro-slavery Dred Scott decision as documented below. As late as 1992 in an abortion decision they actually make excuses for their own century-old Plessy ruling which upheld law based on the amount of "colored blood" in a person's veins. Both Roe v. Wade and Dred Scott falsely present living human beings as property and not as persons with full human rights. For decades, national pro-life organizations, arguing that the Supreme Court is not ready to overturn its 1973 ruling, have therefore actually opposed constitutional amendment efforts to recognize the personhood and right to life of the unborn child. This review of the court's references to its own atrocious violation of the human rights of millions of enslaved human beings indicates that it is politically naïve to craft a pro-life strategy based primarily on the composition and humility of the court…

NBC's Law & Order Relevant to MS Personhood Vote

With Mississippi's Personhood Amendment 26 vote coming on Tuesday, Nov. 8th, we remember this...

NBC's first-ever pro-life Law & Order episode, titled Dignity, is excerpted below. We urge against watching this immoral and soft-porn series, but this episode is pastor-approved and you can view it online!). L&O excerpts:

From Detective Kevin Bernard, played by Anthony Anderson: "You got it backwards, man. The horrible thing is the rape, not the bringing of a life into the world."

Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Connie Rubirosa says, "I grew up thinking Roe v. Wade was gospel. … But [now] I don't know where my privacy ends and another being's dignity begins."

Executive ADA Michael Cutter, played by Linus Roache, was quoting real-world surveys when he said, "The tide has turned. Most Americans are pro-life now."

Cutter virtually quoted the co-sponsor of Colorado's 2010 Personhood Amendment, Gualberto Garcia Jones, who launched the statewide ballot initiative holding his 10-day-old son at a press conference and saying, "Two weeks ago, my son had less rights than a dog or a cat." Speaking to District Attorney Jack McCoy, Cutter says, "My God, cats and dogs have more rights than the unborn." more...

Personhood Finally Gaining GOP Support in Colo.

GRAND JUNCTION -- The Grand Junction newspaper The Daily Sentinel reports on the rise of Republican support for the personhood amendment on the ballot, despite previous widespread GOP opposition to this initiative in the 2008 election. Gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes and senate candidate Ken Buck have come out strongly in support of the amendment that would legally recognize the personhood of the unborn...

Amendment 62 signs featured in Denver Post

Lynn Bartels of The Denver Post showcases several prominent campaign signs geared toward this year's election in Colorado. Among them is the beautifully-designed yard sign for Amendment 62.

Anti-A62 Rally Backfires

Personhood Amendment logo steals the show...A62 Logo Steals Show: Westword's photographer can't keep his camera lens off the stunning Amendment 62 logo! Even though the alternative rag is thoroughly pro-abortion, the newspaper's presumably "pro-choice" photo journalist did a great job promoting the Amendment 62 personhood message at Planned Parenthood's own rally! The A62 logo was prominently displayed, showing it's message without words: 62 loves the baby, showing an unborn child in the womb. Also shown is a pro-life Abe Lincoln look-alike who worked for years at Mt. Rushmore (see a pic of him there) talking to Colorado RTL office manager Donna Ballentine; Ken Scott of Pro-life Colorado holding a huge poster of an aborted child with the words Abortion is Murder; Audrey Dobson holding a a picture of a fetus that says I'm a person; and the Collaborators Project founder Will Duffy standing his ground in front of pro-aborts who were there to pose for the media.

AFA's Personhood Report

by Teddy James, American Family Association

What is abortion? Is it the removal of unwanted cells from a female’s body? Is it the simple procedure of removing a lump of tissue from a woman’s womb? According to Cal Zastrow and Keith Mason, cofounders of Personhood USA, the answer is much more disturbing. “It is baby murder,” said Zastrow, who got his start in the pro-life movement more than two decades ago.

Personhood Campaign Guidelines

Lessons Learned from the 2008 & 2010 Personhood Campaigns

The leaders of American Right To Life were involved with Colorado's 2008 and 2010 Personhood campaigns from beginning to end. In the hope of hastening future victories, we are sharing some of the lessons learned with those across the U.S. fighting for the recognition of Personhood...

Fox News: Colorado Leads Nat'l Personhood Fight

DENVER -- Alicia Acuna of Fox News reports on Amendment 62, the "personhood amendment" on the Colorado ballot this Fall presenting Keith Mason, co-founder of Personhood USA saying, "No longer can you claim to be pro-life, unless you support personhood." The report concludes rightly that, "Colorado put [the personhood movement] on the map," and that several other states are pursuing personhood initiatives over the next two years. See video...

Don't Throw the Bums In re: Ken Buck

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 15, 2010:

"Don't Throw the Bums In" Press Conference
American RTL on Ken Buck's Broken Promises

Ken Buck 

Nov. 3, 2010 Update: Regarding Ken Buck's Close 47/48 Percent Loss: After breaking every pro-life campaign promise he made including by promising to confirm pro-choice judges if elected, Ken Buck told the Amendment 62 proponents, "I'm not going to cater to personhood for 2% of the vote."

Oct. 25, 2010 Update: Buck cozying up to Mitt Romney who authorized tax-funded surgical abortion on demand as part of his Obama-like health care reform, and who now has hosted a Buck event.

Denver, CO 10-15-10 – American Right To Life Action, a 527 group headquartered in Colorado, will hold a press conference in front of Denver's federal Courthouse today at 1:15 p.m. criticizing a Republican U.S. Senate candidate.

"Ken Buck has already broken every pro-life campaign promise he made," said Lolita Hanks, president of ARTLA, "including that he now recanted on his promises to fight for a state pro-life amendment to protect unborn children from the beginning of their development, to introduce a ban on abortion, and to not confirm pro-abortion judges."

State-By-State Campaign Undercuts Roe v Wade

WorldNetDaily updates conservatives on the nationwide campaign to recognize the personhood of the unborn in states like Colorado, Mississippi, California, Missouri and elsewhere. PersonhoodUSA's Keith Mason explains how personhood is aimed at undercutting the very foundation of Roe v Wade, in which Supreme Court Justice Blackmun observed that if the personhood of the unborn were legally established, the case for legal abortion would collapse...

Mont. Personhood Backers Push for Fall Election

Right-to-life workers are pushing ahead to get the Personhood Amendment on the ballot in Montana this Fall, despite opposition from not only Planned Parenthood but also Catholic leadership in that state...

Mississippi Personhood Amendment Makes Ballot

JACKSON MS -- The Missisippi Personhood Amendment will be on the ballot in November of 2011, thanks to Les Riley, personhood campaign organizer and chairman of Mississippi's Constitution Party, and also thanks to ARTL friend Cal Zastrow, co-founder of PersonhoodUSA...

Personhood Nevada Denied Right to Petition

Carson City, NV – Personhood Nevada, through many legal battles, has been denied the right to circulate their prolife petition in the state. The ACLU joined forces with Planned Parenthood, tying the petition up in court and disallowing the many ready and willing Nevada volunteers their right to circulate the petition.

“We have several issues at the heart of this matter,” explained Keith Mason, co-founder of Personhood USA. “First, we have judicial activists ruling against the petition, despite the fact that nearly similar language has been approved in other states. Second, we have the anti-personhood media reporting that we failed to get the required signatures – when in fact, Personhood Nevada was not allowed to get even ONE signature. This is clearly a case of big money versus the rights of the citizens – but we’re preparing to try again, even stronger than before.” ...

NBC News 13: Montana Personhood Deadline Looms

Montana's NBC News 13 reports: A pro-life group wants to give Montana voters the chance to define what a person is. It's part of a proposed initiative to define a person at the moment of conception. Diane Rotering wants to get people talking about abortion. So she's part of an an organization backing the initiative that would define a human life. She says "The definition of the word person is what's at stake now. And the voters have never had a vote. That's what the goal is, to define person and the people get to have a vote on that, whether that fetus is a person or not." ... Organizers have to get ten percent or just over 48,000 of Montana's registered voters to sign by June 18th to get the initiative on the ballot...