Phyllis Schlafly, the Lion-Hearted Lady

September 7, 2016

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It was an honor to know Phyllis Schlafly.
Although not all conservatives agreed with everything she said or did, her impact was undeniable. Phyllis often stood when no one else did, wrote what no one else would (the updated “Choice Not an Echo”), and kept the Constitution of the United States intact. Her zeal for conservative, constitutional, life-affirming principles never wavered.
I often marveled that this woman could know so much about so many things on so many levels and speak it in such an articulate and understandable manner.
Phyllis Schlafly was intellect and principled passion personified. And for a woman so despised by the Left (and by some on the Right), it was always fun to see the twinkle in her eye and the ever-present smile on her face. Less than two months ago, when we last spoke in person, that smile was still there despite suffering from cancer, a fact I did not know until I read it in the news.
I recall the first time she asked me to speak at Eagle Council. The room was packed with 400 women and a few men. When she mentioned I was a certified public-health nurse, I heard a few gasps. But Phyllis knew I was not working for big government. She knew our organization was committed to protecting health freedom.
I spent the next 15 minutes telling the audience that medical privacy is critical for those who want to be free. And now, with Obama’s 2009 electronic health record (EHR) use-or-lose mandate in place, federal back-door access to all EHRs proposed, and HIPAA-enabled surveillance, patient profiling and physician penalties expanding at a rapid clip, that admonition has never been more true and outside control more obvious.
Phyllis invited me to speak about the Obamacare exchanges in 2012. And she never forgot what I said. When I saw her last year at an event at which we both spoke, she brought it up. I was glad for the opportunity she gave me to expose the facts about this federal command-and-control superstructure and grateful she had the speech recorded. One person later distributed 300 copies of it to try to stop legislators from establishing a state exchange in Idaho.
There will never be another Phyllis Schlafly. But that which we have lost in her passing, heaven has gained. May the like-minded and the lion-hearted continue the battles for freedom, family, faith and life that she began 50 years ago.
Continuing on for freedom’s cause,
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder