Jack Kemp: RIP
When I learned Saturday that former pro-life congressman Jack Kemp had
died of cancer, in addition to the sorrow I felt for his family, three
thoughts flashed through my mind.
Jack Kemp attended several NRL Conventions, not only speaking to
General Sessions, but also taking time to speak informally to young
people and get acquainted with them personally. He had a profound
impact on a whole generation of pro-lifer youth who came of age in the
80s and 90s. Kemp is photographed during a discussion with youth at the
1986 NRL Convention held in Denver. Photographed with Mr. Kemp are Paul
Hunker (left) and Billy Gans.
First, I remembered how I had thought of the nine-term congressman from
western New York almost the instant that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was
added to the Republican ticket. Like the choice of Palin, Sen. Bob
Dole's selection of Kemp in 1996 energized and fired up pro-lifers
across the land. Kemp was not only solidly pro-life, he was handsome,
charismatic, and deeply committed to making America equally hospitable
to all its citizens.
Second, ebullient and enthusiastic, Kemp poured out a seemingly
limitless stream of proposals. It is no exaggeration to say that he
believed ideas were Archimedes' lever that could move the world.
One of those ideas was that the America taxpayer should not be forced
to underwrite horrific human rights violations abroad. Kemp was the
author on the house side of the Kemp-Kasten law.
The bill was first enacted in 1985. Kemp-Kasten prohibited U.S. funding
of organizations that participated in programs of coercive abortion and
involuntary sterilization. Republican Presidents looked at the facts on
the ground (as opposed to the briefing books compiled by pro-abortion
organizations), and concluded that the UNFPA was up to its eyeballs in
"The UNFPA is a cheerleader and facilitator for China's birth-quota
program, which relies heavily on coerced abortion," NRLC
Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said several years ago. "Top UNFPA
officials have been completely cozy with China's birth-quota bosses.
For 20 years, top UNFPA leaders have consistently praised China's
program and attacked its critics." Kemp-Kasten was part of that attempt
to quarantine taxpayer dollars
Third, Kemp had an enormous impact on young pro-lifers. I remember like
it was yesterday a private meeting he had with a number of pro-life
teens. To say that he inspired them would be the understatement of the
Our prayers go out to Mr. Kemp's family.
Contact: Dave Andrusko
Source: National Right to Life
Date: May 4, 2009
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