America’s Pro-Life Consensus

 

Many Americans do not realize that our nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, receives half a billion taxpayer dollars every year.

In a country where the majority of citizens are pro-life and eight out of ten Americans do not support taxpayer dollars paying for abortion, this funding is unjust and needs to stop!

The Missing Science

 

Guest Blog post by Brooke Stanton, Founder, Contend Projects

Did you know that when a human being begins to exist is a scientific issue and not a philosophical or religious one? And, that the science has been settled for a very long time? Did you also know that the scientific experts to ask about this most fundamental question are the experts in the science of Human Embryology?

 

For over 100 years, Human Embryology has stated that in sexual reproduction a new, whole, individual, living human being begins to exist at the beginning of the process of fertilization, i.e. at “first contact” between the sperm and the oocyte (“egg”).  When these two mere cells make first contact and fuse, immediately specific human proteins and enzymes are produced (not sperm or “egg” proteins and enzymes), and a new single-cell human being, with his or her own new, unique human genome and complete set of DNA begins to exist.  This is an objective, empirical and modern scientific fact, and is documented in the Carnegie Stages of Early Human Embryonic Development as Carnegie Stage 1a.

One of the main reasons the basic ‘facts of life’ are so confusing today is because of the court ruling in the Roe v. Wade case. In his majority opinion, Justice Blackmun wrote that the beginning of human life could not be determined, saying the “disciplines of medicine, philosophy and theology” were “unable to arrive at any consensus”, and “we need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins.”

Most people do not know that the academic disciplines Blackmun referenced have no bearing on the science of Human Embryology. Human Embryology is the only scientific field that specializes in when a human being begins and his or her early development.  Yet, no human embryologists testified in the Roe v. Wade case.

And so, because the science has been obscured for so long, today many people still believe that the question is not settled, and are making uninformed and erroneous decisions, policies and laws concerning a human embryo and a human fetus.

Contend Projects aims to reverse this deeply harmful trend. We are working to make the internationally acknowledged empirical scientific fact of when a human being normally begins simple, accessible and relevant for everyone.

>>> Learn more about Contend Projects!

 

March for Life Statement on Title X Law

 

“Today we thank President Donald Trump for restoring the state’s right to direct taxpayer dollars away from abortion providers in favor of supporting community health centers that deliver comprehensive women’s care, and already outnumber abortion providers 20 to 1.

We continue to applaud Vice President Mike Pence for casting the tie-breaking Senate vote, and are grateful for the strong female leadership exhibited by Rep. Diane Black and Sen. Joni Ernst in introducing H.J. Res 43 to Congress. We look forward to working with Congress in finding a permanent solution to defund Planned Parenthood, whose clinics perform over 320,000 abortions a year, and in ensuring that our government sides with the majority of Americans who oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.”

– Jeanne Mancini, March for Life President

March for Life Statement on Supreme Court Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch

 

“The March for Life congratulates Judge Neil Gorsuch on his historic confirmation to the Supreme Court today. We were pleased to support Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, as were our grassroots activists from across America who sent thousands of messages to their Senators in support of his nomination. We thank Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for remaining steadfast throughout this process and President Trump for keeping his promise to the American people in nominating a pro-life Justice to the Supreme Court. November exit polls showed that 1 in 5 Americans prioritized the Supreme Court nomination when casting their vote, and with a majority of 57% of those voters casting a vote for Donald Trump, it is clear that the majority of American voters wanted a strict constructionist.”

– Jeanne Mancini, March for Life President

Tom McClusky Healthcare Op-ed in Morning Consult

 

March for Life Vice President of Government Affairs, Tom McClusky was published in Morning Consult with an op-ed entitled, “Doing Nothing on Health Care Is Not an Option.”

Congress must persevere. The next attempt at repealing Obamacare needs to continue that pro-life trend, while also seeking consensus on the issues that led to the defeat of the first bill. To be clear, what happened last week was a failure. But with every failure comes an opportunity. True leadership will take that opportunity and run with it, not be defeated by it.

Click HERE to read the full op-ed.

March for Life Praises Senate Title X CRA Vote

 

“Today the Senate voted to restore the freedom of the states to redirect funds away from abortion clinics to other health care providers under the Title X program, a taxpayer-funded program for low-income women. We applaud both the House and Senate, specifically Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) for leading the efforts, for voting in favor of states’ freedom to choose Title X providers, and in particular we thank the tie-breaker, Vice-President Mike Pence. The Obama Administration rule that trampled on states’ right to choose Title X providers and exclude abortion providers like Planned Parenthood was bad policy.

“A majority of Americans (61 percent) oppose the use of tax dollars to fund abortions. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in our nation, performing over 320,000 abortions every single year. In the wake of the latest video released yesterday by the Center for Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood’s lack of respect for the inherent dignity of human life, funds should be redirected away from Planned Parenthood to better serve women and their health care needs. We look forward to working with Congress to reallocate Planned Parenthood funds through the reconciliation process to community health centers which outnumber abortion clinics by 20:1, have better oversight, and provide a full range of health services.”

– Jeanne Mancini, March for Life President

 

March for Life Statement on Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

 

“As Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings come to a close, I’m even more excited about him as the nominee. It has been said that you can tell a person’s character by how they respond to difficult situations and over the past few days, we have seen Judge Gorsuch’s true character shine. Judge Gorsuch is not only exceptionally qualified for the role of Supreme Court justice in education, experience and knowledge, but he is also a man of deep integrity, he possesses the perfect temperament, and holds an unwavering commitment to the separation of powers. Judge Gorsuch will make an excellent addition to our nation’s high court and I look forward to the future with him on the Supreme Court.”

– Jeanne Mancini, March for Life President

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill?

 

Have you been following what’s happening in our Nation’s capital this week?

On Monday, confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch began, and negotiations over health care legislation to replace the “Affordable Care Act,” or “Obamacare,” have been taking place all week.

In case you missed it, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini had two op-eds published on these important pro-life issues:

>>>>> On Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, in “Time Magazine.”

>>>>> On the American Healthcare Act, co-authored with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, in “The Hill.”

You can also watch this brief video update with Jeanne Mancini, and President of March for Life Action, Tom McClusky, regarding the confirmation hearings and the ongoing developments with the healthcare legislation.

Our pro-life work is a year-round effort, whether it’s working to build a culture of life, or advocating for pro-life policies. We are here to help you stay engaged and informed about this important work.

We hope you find these updates helpful. Be sure to check out these Twitter highlights from the March for Life and team below, and follow us for continued updates!


World Down Syndrome Day: The Life of Noah Smith

 

On World Down Syndrome Day, the March for Life Instagram was “taken over” by Noah and Rick Smith. Noah’s dad writes, “Will you help us share the story that Down syndrome is ok? We believe that Noah has a story worth sharing, and we hope you’ll help us share his story; the story that all children (regardless of a disability) are so worth loving.”

You can see the sweet pictures from Noah’s life and read about his story below, as well on instagram.com/marchforlife.

We are so thankful for the precious life of Noah, and each and every individual with Down Syndrome. Each and every child has dignity and value, and is worthy of love!

And be sure to follow Noah online!

 

“Happy World Down Syndrome Day! 6 years ago we didn’t know this day would mean anything to us. This is the first time Noah’s mom held Noah. We had just been delivered the news that Noah likely had trisomy 21 (Down syndrome.) A surprise to everyone involved except the One who created Noah in the womb. We never thought we would be crying tears of sorrow during the birth of our son, crying late into the night about what this meant for our family and what this meant for Noah. What did his future look like? What would he be able to do? We had so many questions. Little did we know that this little boy would change our lives and hearts in ways I never imagined. (We’ll be sharing our story all on social media, the tears are replaced with joy very soon!)” 

 

“We started our journey knowing that we wanted to do everything we could to help Noah succeed. Early intervention with physical, occupational and speech therapy is one of the best ways to do this. We had an amazing therapist who encouraged us and challenged Noah. They researched techniques to help Noah succeed and achieve his milestones. He was put on a treadmill at 9 months of age to help him learn to walk and was frequently seen practicing with a therapy dog making laps around the clinic. This particular dog is why we now have a giant golden doodle named Jake. Needless to say I don’t think he meets the qualifications for a therapy dog, but he is a great addition to our family.”

 

 

“Noah has changed our lives for the better in so many ways! We wouldn’t change one chromosome in his body. Our love for Noah has turned us into advocates. A role I never thought I would call myself. We want to shout from the rooftops that having Down syndrome is OK! In fact it is pretty awesome. Does it come with challenges, of course, but what life doesn’t? This picture is from our annual Buddy Walk, which is just one way we advocate for our son. We also are involved in our local organization and have a large playgroup that gathers regularly with families that have a child with Down syndrome similar in age to Noah. The biggest way we advocate is through our blog and Facebook page. When we discovered that the termination rate for a pregnancy with a known diagnosis of Down syndrome can be upwards of 90% we knew we needed to do something. We have reached millions of people and shown them what life is like for a child with Down syndrome in hope that we can encourage people to choose life for their children.”

 

 

“Soon it was time for Noah to become a big brother. To say Noah rocked our world on how we value life is an understatement. One of the saddest statements I hear when talking about pregnancy is “I don’t care if it is a boy or girl as long as it’s healthy”. It pains my heart because you are hoping you don’t have a Noah. Our challenge with this pregnancy was to change our mindset. We wanted to be the best parents to the child God blessed us with. We tried to avoid praying for certain things for our child or having expectations much like we did with Noah. Is it ok to pray for health? Of course. But are you going to love your child less if there is something different or if they are in fact sick? Probably not. All life is valuable in the womb from those without any complications to those that don’t get to be held in their momma’s arms. Noah was blessed with a baby brother who despite being 3 is still lovingly called “baby”.”

 

 

“Noah has had more experiences in his young life than most have in their entire life. He hasn’t hindered our life adventures but only added to them and made them much more fun. He has traveled to New York, Disney World and Disneyland, Florida beaches, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Colorado and even Mexico. He has a zeal for life like none I have ever seen. He loves thrill rides, music, and pools. He will hug your blues away. It is hard to not enjoy the moment when you have a little boy who is smiling and clapping his hands at your feet.”

 

 

“Our latest adventure has been helping Noah be included in kindergarten. We have added more acronyms to our vocabulary than is probably necessary this year, such as IDEA, LRE, IEP, and ARD. All these help us get Noah the education he needs in the classroom with his peers. While we want Noah to learn his ABC’s, what I really want is for him to form community. I want him to be included in the neighborhood that he lives, for his neighbors to be his friends now and tomorrow. I have seen how inclusion is beneficial for both sides. I watch as Noah learns from others but then I also see his friends learn about compassion and diversity. I see them treat him exactly as they treat every other friend they have and it makes my heart smile each time.”

 

 

“Noah has grown into an amazing little boy. He has achieved so much more than I ever imagined in that hospital room 6 years ago. He is learning to swim and you can see he is doing quite well reaching his goals. He loves to play cars, go to movies and jump on his new trampoline. He is a big fan of the trapeze at the local jump park! He loves his friends at school and we frequently hear their names at home. His best friend is his little brother and they are nearly inseparable. He likes going to church and singing. He has been known to give his own sermon hand motions and all. His life today is so much more than I would have ever imagined.”

 

 

“The most important thing to remember about Noah is that Down Syndrome is only a small part of what defines him. As we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, we celebrate his friends who are thriving and living lives with great purpose and meaning. They are graduating from high school, they are owning businesses, they are getting married and living independently, they have their own reality show. The most important message today is that those with Down syndrome are so much more like you than they are different. Their lives are valuable to our society and they are people worth knowing.”