“While we appreciate the inclusion of language to redirect federal funds away from abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, the reality is that necessary pro-life protections in this bill will be stripped by the Senate Parliamentarian, as we have now publicly heard from two Senators. If this happens, one of the most egregious aspects of Obamacare — tax credits for plans covering abortion — will continue under this Administration and Congress. Abortion is not healthcare.” –
In May, the House of Representatives passed a health care reconciliation bill that contained pro-life protections, such as a prohibition on any federal tax subsidies paying for abortion and a redirection of Planned Parenthood’s funding towards Federally Qualified Health Centers.
But with so many issues on the table, I’m concerned about our pro-life priorities remaining in the legislation as it works its way through the Senate.
This is the opportunity to defund Planned Parenthood, so pro-life America must speak out!
Can you believe summer is already here? I love the summer months, and yet always feel a bit anxious at the beginning of the season because I fear that it will fly by too quickly! I need to remind myself to enjoy each day, savor the moments and make the most of these months. How about you?
Do you know what will also fly by? The time leading up to the 2018 March for Life! Today is exactly seven months until the 2018 March for Life, which will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018.
You can even start planning now – first and foremost by marking your calendar!
If you are not already receiving our email updates, the next thing you can do to prepare for the 2018 March for Life is to sign up! In the coming weeks, we will be regularly sending out updates with event details, and you won’t want to miss out on any important announcements!
The March for Life is more than just a one-day event; it is a movement of pro-life awareness and activism. It’s critical that we work each and every day to build a culture of life.
At the 2017 March for Life, we talked about the “power of one” – how every person has the capacity and opportunity to influence our culture for good.
Even during the summer months, there are many ways you can use your gifts and talents for the pro-life cause. Below are a few ideas – but don’t let this limit you!
Guest Blog Post by Corinne Zay, March for Life Intern
Many people make abortion an issue regarding only the mother and child. There is a tendency in the arguments surrounding abortion to neglect the father’s role and responsibility in pregnancy or in parenting. Having just celebrated Father’s Day, I’d like to share about the importance of fatherhood and how my own father has blessed my life.
The love and gratitude I have for my father is unconditional. He has helped me to become who I am in countless ways. My earliest memories involve my dad, whether it was riding on the big lawn mower on his lap, playing tennis ball in the backyard, or my very first 5k race in 4th grade. He taught me the value of hard work, how to serve others, and he taught me how to love and forgive others.
One of the most significant things my father has helped me with is my relationship with God. My parents not only introduced me to my faith by raising me in the Church and providing for me a Catholic education, but they showed me how to live my faith daily. It was by their example and support that I was able to grow into the faith-filled ambitious woman I am today. The root of my relationship with God stems from my parents’ love. In their decision to give me life and nurture my soul with Christ’s love I am blessed to be who I am today.
A father is crucial to understanding God, but also to the function of family. It is a father that teaches us how to love as God loves. Thank you to my father, to all fathers, and to the fathers-to-be. Men, be life affirming by representing real love in this culture. Your love can save lives. Support your wife, your sister, your mother, your girlfriend. Be a real man and lead them to God and love them on their journey because your love can impact countless lives and generations.
Watson hints at a very important point. When a woman faces an unexpected pregnancy, she is more likely to choose life IF she has the support and encouragement of even just one person.1
In fact, research from the umbrella Pregnancy Center group, Care Net, finds that “the father of the baby is (by far) the most influential factor in a mother’s decision to keep or abort her child. Sadly, so many fathers either push the mother to abort or leave the decision to her, essentially stepping away from their responsibility.”
Watson ends with an encouraging note in his exhortation:
“Even if it wasn’t demonstrated to you by a father, you can be different. You can change the course of generations.”
Each of us has our own sphere of influence – this is the “power of one.” We can each influence others – whether it is one person or a group of people – to choose life and to end “the unthinkable practice of abortion in the United States of America.”
At the March for Life in January, Vice President Pence shared “life is winning again in America.” And in recent months, the cause of life is advancing as several states have made strides in protecting the unborn by signing into law legislation that restricts abortion.
Unfortunately, other states have moved in the opposite direction. ABC News reports today that the Governor of Delaware is set to sign into law legislation that “allows abortion without restriction before a fetus reaches viability. The bill also allows abortion after viability if a doctor determines that an abortion is necessary to protect the woman’s life or health, or that the baby is not likely to survive without extraordinary medical measures.”
Such extreme measures ignore the human dignity and personhood of an unborn child, as well as the harm that abortion brings to women. They are also out of touch with mainstream America. The vast majority of Americans believe that abortion should have real, legal limits. Eight out of ten Americans oppose late-term abortion and believe that the procedure should be limited to the first trimester, at most.
An activist federal judge is censoring the latest undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress exposing the abortion industry. Before the video was pulled from YouTube, we were horrified listening to the content of Planned Parenthood representatives discussing the sale of baby body parts.
“As hard as it is to watch, the American people need to see these videos,” shared March for Life President Jeanne Mancini on EWTN News Nightly last week. You can watch the full clip of her appearance below:
It has been nearly 2 years since the release of the first disturbing video from the Center for Medical Progress in July 2015. The previous Administration turned a blind eye to the wrongdoing revealed in the hours of footage of these videos.
The Congressional Select Investigative Panel made 15 criminal and regulatory referrals of tissue procurement, and the Senate Judiciary Committee made 7 criminal referrals to the Department of Justice.
But the Justice Department hasn’t yet indicated that they will take up this critical investigation.
Today we are asking for your help in contacting the Department of Justice to ask that they would open an investigation into paid fetal tissue transfers involving Planned Parenthood.
You can read the full letter the March for Life, along with pro-life allies, sent to the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation last week HERE.
Your voice is needed! We need every March for Life supporter and pro-life American to send a message to Attorney General Jeff Sessions encouraging him to continue his pro-life support by investigating Planned Parenthood.
Along with pro-life allies, the March for Life sent a coalition letter to the Department of Justice and FBI regarding an investigation into Planned Parenthood. The letter addresses Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe and it writes: “The previous administration decided to turn a blind eye to the wrongdoing, which led to the creation of the select panel. We request that the Justice Department continue the investigation into the practices surrounding this scandal.”