National Pro-Life Group for Police Officers Returns, Response to President Obama
by Steven Ertelt
February 1, 2009
Corpus Christi, TX (LifeNews.com) — A national pro-life group for police officers has returned and reorganized as a result of the election of pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Ruben Rodriguez, a retired deputy sheriff and Air Force veteran, tells LifeNews.com that it is important for members of civil police services to stand up for life.
The National Federation of Officers for Life originated over a decade ago as a way for pro-life police officers and others to express their pro-life views.
The group was dedicated to protecting those who didn’t want to be forced to serve as security for abortion centers or pro-abortion rallies and who wanted to stand up for the free speech rights of pro-life advocates.
"We are a non-partisan, non-denominational association originally founded in 1990 to dispel the public image of all police being pro-abortion as shown on news media," Rodriguez told LifeNews.com over the weekend. "[We] cover rescues and other pro-life events and to seek a Police Conscience Clause."
Rodriguez talks about why the first attempt at a national group eventually fell apart.
"Unfortunately, difficulties holding local meetings due to officers’ work schedules/transfers, off-duty jobs" made it difficult to hold meetings and recruit national and local leaders.
He also said the group fell on hard financial times and was unable to continue publishing a newsletter, which had helped pro-life officers across the country network and keep in touch.
With the election of a strongly pro-abortion president, Rodriguez felt the time was right to resurrect the group.
"However, the increasing pressures from the new presidential administration against the lives of the unborn, including the threat of removing conscience clauses from medical and other professions," prompted the return, he said.
Rodriguez also told LifeNews.com that the Internet makes it easier to network and will allow former members to "a more direct contact with each other and share pro-life legal experiences, pro-life police news, and other relevant pro-life enforcement issues."
The group is not only for police officers but troopers, military police, federal agents, judges, court officers, correctional officers and others involved in civil or military police are welcome to join.
Related web sites:
Officers For Life – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OfficersForLife
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