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Pro-life crusader

Former Assemblyman Alister McAlister passes away


Funeral services are scheduled tomorrow for Alister McAlister, a longtime member of the California Assembly and champion of pro-life causes.

McAlister died at his home in rural Sacramento County on Nov. 8 after a lengthy illness. He was 80.

Former Assemblyman McAlister, a Democrat with conservative principles, represented a San Jose-area district from 1970 to 1986, a period during which there were no term limits and the California’s Democratic Party still included some conservative legislators.

Even though he was a Democrat, McAlister was a strong supporter of pro-life legislation, often joining Republicans in repeated efforts to cut abortion funding from the state budget, require parental consent before a minor could undergo an abortion and oblige the state to compile abortion statistics.

“A practicing Mormon, McAlister was known for his work ethic -- often sleeping on his office couch -- and his extensive knowledge of financial law,” said an obituary in the Sacramento Bee.

He is survived by five children and 14 grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 8925 Vintage Park Drive, in Sacramento.


READER COMMENTS

Posted Thursday, November 11, 2010 8:08 AM By Bud
Such admirable people put so many of our pretender Catholic Democrats to shame. May God Reward Him

Posted Thursday, November 11, 2010 8:30 AM By Robert Bushlow
Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord. May Your perpetual light shine upon him.

Posted Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:29 AM By JOHN
Mr. McAllister exemplified what every Democrat, every elected official ought to be---principled, dedicated, hard-working and serious about stopping the killing of unborn babies. Catholic bishops in California ought to pay enormous tribute to Alister McAllister---and then they ouight to emulate him.

Posted Thursday, November 11, 2010 11:42 AM By Anne T.
This man seems to have been doing what many Catholic politicians should have been doing. May he rest in peace. We need to remember that the Lord Jesus said that not those who give "lip service" to his teachings but those who put them into practice are the ones who will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Perhaps this "Mormon" will enter before some "Catholics". He seemed to know from natural law things some Catholics refuse to accept from our own catechism and our own Magesterium. Once the Democratic Party was the party of the "little man", not anymore in most cases. Again, RIP, Alister McAlister.

Posted Thursday, November 11, 2010 1:53 PM By The Truth Hurts
Apples don't usually fall too far from the tree. Let us pray that Mr. McAllister's beautiful legacy, of defending the unborn, is continued on with his five children and 14 grandchildren following his same heroic example.

Posted Friday, November 12, 2010 9:04 AM By Albin Rhomberg
Alister McAlister was truly a pro-life champion. Beginning in the late 1970s he worked diligently in the California Legislature to restrict the massive California promotion of abortion through “free” Medi-Cal abortions which were made available to provide “privacy” in paying for abortions for rich and poor, including especially, minor children getting abortions without parental knowledge from Planned Parenthood and their abortionist allies. Alister was very concerned with the unsuccessful attempt of a group of U.C. Davis students to qualify a ballot initiative to curb Medi-Cal abortion funding around 1978. Each year until he left the Legislature in 1986, Alister was intensely engaged and provided leadership in successful efforts to restrict Medi-Cal abortion funding in the annual state budgets. Each year, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU convinced corrupt California judges to block these restrictions. Majority Party Democrats like Alister in the Assembly and David Roberti in the Senate provided the legislative leadership for pro-life efforts which were supported by most Republicans and by a declining number of Democrats. Now, Alister and David Roberti or any other pro-life candidate would be purged from the California Democratic party, just as David Roberti was viciously attacked by Planned Parenthood abortion extremist Phil Angelides when he ran for Treasurer in 1994. California badly needs legislators and public officials who are as virtuous, talented, and hard-working as Alister McAlister. In 1986 Alister left the Legislature to run for California State Controller in the primary against fellow Democrat and pro-abortion extremist Gray Davis, Governor Jerry Brown’s Chief of Staff during Brown’s first two-term governorship, 1975 to 1983. Gray Davis won the primary and was elected Controller in 1986 and again in1990, then Lt. Governor in 1994 and Governor in 1998 and again in 2002, before being recalled by voters in 2003. How different California might be if California voters had elected Alister McAlister to these offices instead of the abortion extremist Gray Davis!

Posted Friday, November 12, 2010 10:07 AM By Albin Rhomberg
How different California would be if we had not had the corrupt judges Governor Jerry Brown’s appointed, like Chief Justice Rose Bird who blocked the legislature’s Medi-Cal abortion restrictions or like Brown’s Legal Secretary Tony Kline, who Governor Brown appointed to the Appellate Court where he became Planned Parenthood’s “House Judge” who year after year overturned Medi-Cal abortion funding restrictions and other laws PP didn’t like. We must work persistently to elect public officials in California who have the virtues and talents of Alister McAlister………May Our Lord Jesus Christ’s angels lead Alister into Paradise. May he be greeted by the Holy Innocents massacred by King Herod and the souls of all the unborn California babies he worked so persistently to save from Medi-Cal funded abortions……Let us pray that we may all merrily meet in heaven.

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