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Pro-Lifers Protest NEA Stance and NEA's Obama Endorsement
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Pro-life educators picketed the NEA annual meeting again this year, expressing their discontent with the union's pro-choice stance and consistent endorsement of candidates who favor abortion on demand. Representatives joined the protests from a variety of pro-life groups: Pro-Life Unity, the Family Research Council, Pro-Life Educators and Students (PLEAS), Students for Life of America, BlackGenocide.org, WAKEUP, Silent No More, and others.

The protesters carried signs proclaiming themselves "Pro-Life NEA Member" or "Pro-Life Student," and calling for the repeal of NEA Resolution I-15, which affirms the NEA's support for "family planning, including the right to reproductive freedom."

Protesters also carried signs that said "Save babies' lives: save YOUR jobs," "Former fetus: current student," "NEA: Be abortion neutral," "Doesn't everyone deserve a birthday?" and other statements. One protester carried a sign saying, "I regret my abortion."

"It is illogical, immoral, unethical and unprofessional for teachers unions to engage in abortion advocacy," said New Jersey teacher and PLEAS leader Bob Pawson. "NEA is supposed to use our dues monies to protect our jobs. Aborting babies — future students — also aborts teachers' careers. The leadership foolishly and perversely divides us over non-job-related issues — like abortion — then expects us to be unified for contract negotiations or strikes."

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, agreed. "It is not the job of the NEA to issue mandates on social and moral issues. To do so is a misuse of members' dues and a misrepresentation of teachers' views."

The pro-life activists challenged the NEA on its endorsement of Barack Obama. "Obama: Infanticide Candidate," read one sign, while another reminded NEA members of Obama's vote against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.

Pawson and other pro-life NEA members hope that more pro-life teachers will get involved at all levels of union leadership. "Restore proper stewardship over our professional association and profession," entreated Pawson. "Help neutralize the NEA and state affiliates on abortion and many other social, political, and moral issues. Don't quit the NEA; take it back."

Pro-life delegates attempted again this year to amend the union's "family planning" resolution by inserting the words, "with no position on abortion." The amendment was defeated.

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