Jeanne Mancini Op-Ed on the American Health Care Act

 

In The Hill, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins had an op-ed published on the American Health Care Act.

Votes matter. Votes can save lives. If a truly pro-life solution cannot be included in the final version of the American Healthcare Act, then Congress will need to do the right thing and go back to the drawing board.

Click HERE to read the full op-ed.

The Truth Matters: #Gosnell

 

Saturday, March 18 will be four years since the murder trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell began.  Opening statements were given, in which the prosecutor, the Assistant District Attorney, called Gosnell’s operation a “house of horrors.”

>>> Who is Gosnell?

As a reminder, the Grand Jury Report, filed in 2011, opened with this statement:

This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women.  What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors.  The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths.  Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here.  But no one put a stop to it.

>>> Gosnell: Not An Isolated Incident

Filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer are in the process of making a movie about Gosnell’s crimes and the media cover-up. In preparation for the movie, they recently released a book, “Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer.”

At the 2017 March for Life Youth Rally, McElhinney and McAleer shared about their work. They mention that both the Gosnell book and movie talk about the #Gosnell tweetfest that helped bring the media’s attention to the trial! You can watch their five-minute presentation below:

 

After the Youth Rally, they held a book signing at the March for Life Expo. You can find out more information about the book HERE.

There have been broad conversations in the media and politics lately about newsroom bias, “fake news,” etc. There was no more egregious example of media malpractice than the Gosnell trial. Journalist Mollie Hemingway recounts “Kermit Gosnell Denialism” HERE and you can read journalist Kiersten Powers’ op-ed drawing attention to Gosnell in USA Today HERE.

The truth matters. It mattered when it came to covering the atrocities of the Gosnell trial, and it matters each and every day when it comes to the tragedy of abortion. Thankfully, Gosnell went on to be convicted, but the truth is that innocent unborn babies still die every day in abortion facilities across the country, and women are lied to about the traumatic procedure.

Help us share the message that truth matters when it comes to abortion!

Every Life is Compatible with Love

 

“They [our doctors] were recommending that we terminate the pregnancy, because ‘what’s the point? Your child is not going to make it so you’re just delaying the inevitable.’”

This is how Thomas and Elizabeth Gravely recount the experience of learning their unborn child had a fatal chromosomal condition. However, the Gravelys resisted pressure to abort and were blessed with seven months with their son, Thomas, Jr.

“I would not trade the many moments of joy and peace for all of the suffering that came from Thomas’ diagnosis and passing.  Thomas inspired more people in his seven months than most do in their lifetimes,” writes Elizabeth.

>>> Doctors Told Me To Abort My Disabled Child, But He Became #MyUnintendedJoy, the Federalist

Tragically, many parents that are faced with the diagnosis of a fetal abnormality are told that their baby is “incompatible with life.” This is particularly common for babies diagnosed with various forms of Trisomy. According to Trisomy.org,

“Trisomy refers to three copies of a chromosome. When three copies of any one of the chromosomes are present, rather than the normal two, the outcome is 47 chromosomes in the cell, instead of the usual 46.  In the case of trisomy 18 and 13, this extra chromosome results in congenital malformations, serious developmental and motor delays, and a high incidence of mortality.

Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) is the second most common autosomal trisomy syndrome and trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome) is the third most common autosomal trisomy syndrome with trisomy 21, Down syndrome, being the most common.”

March is Trisomy Awareness Month, and here at the March for Life, we want to spread the message that every life is compatible with love.

Thankfully, many families like the Gravelys have shared their stories of choosing life despite their difficult circumstances. The medical community is also showing advances in programs to care for families who continue their pregnancies despite grave prenatal diagnoses. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on one such program at New York Presbyterian Children’s Hospital. The pioneering doctor who heads the program, Dr. Elvira Parravicini, encourages mothers and fathers to hold their child as much as possible after birth. “They need to live a beautiful life, enjoying whatever is possible for them to enjoy,” she says.

>>> When Parents Know Their Newborns Won’t Live Long, the Wall Street Journal

Furthermore, there are many wonderful resources available to parents facing a difficult prenatal diagnosis. See our compilation below and please feel free to share.

Parents facing a poor prenatal diagnosis deserve love, compassion, and high-quality care and support. We hope you will join us in spreading the message this month that every life is a gift and sharing these wonderful resources.

 

Resources:

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – a ministry of professional photographers will take photographs of infants who have critical medical conditions for no charge.

Be Not Afraid – a comprehensive website helping parents with prenatal diagnosis get information and referrals

SOFT – The Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders.

International  Trisomy Alliance  – featuring e-books to help Trisomy families  and their most recent “Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13 – Preparing for your Baby’s Arrival.

American Journal of Medical Genetics Report – “Our children are not a diagnosis: The experience of parents who continue their pregnancy after a prenatal diagnosis of Trisomy 13 or 18.

Gift of a Lifetime – a resource from Focus on the Family for families facing a life-limiting diagnosis for their unborn baby, that presents the option of perniatal hospice. Also, in Spanish, Un Regalo Inimitable.

When Love Wins – a booklet from Focus on the Family about continuing a pregnancy after an adverse diagnosis, and it addresses a prenatal diagnosis of special needs.

Be A Voice – Focus on the Family’s Dignity of Human Life magazine with Scripture, quotes, research, stories, etc about life issues across the spectrum, including special needs.

Embracing Grace Peer Ministry, Diocese of Richmond.

Prenatal Diagnosis Support, Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Archdiocese of Washington Affirming Life Initiative – Resources for Clergy and Pastoral Workers, including training videos.

Prenatal Partners for Life – prenatal diagnosis website and support information.

Caring Bridge – a free social network tool for parents who have children with medical challenges.

Sibling support: “Sib shops” provide support to brothers and sisters of persons who have special health care needs, have developmental disabilities or have a mental health challenge.

 

Week in Review: March 6 – 10, 2017

 

Jeanne Mancini on EWTN News Nightly

Quotes from Jeanne Mancini and Tom McClusky

Fox news: Abortion language in GOP bill draws criticism from both sides of the aisle

Daily SIgnal: Pro-Life Groups Sound Caution on Obamacare Replacement Bill

Washington Times: Pro-life movement remembers victims of abortion on ‘A Day Without a Woman’

 

Statements

March for Life Statement on International Women’s Day

March for Life Action Statement on The American Health Care Act

 

Blog Posts

Three Pro-Life Things You Can Do This Month

International Women’s Day: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman

 

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March for Life Statement on International Women’s Day

 

“While many participate in “A Day Without a Woman”, it is important to remember the millions of women who are permanently absent because of abortion. Since 1973, abortion has silenced over 55 million children in the United States, and continues to oppress millions of women, both in our nation and abroad. Women around the world face forced abortions, sterilizations, and the female-targeting practice of gendercide – a gender-selective horror that accounts for the disappearance of at least 100 million girls worldwide. 

It has been said — politically and culturally — that for one to be pro-woman, one must be in favor of abortion. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Abortion doesn’t help women or their children – it tears their lives apart. The truth is that life is an empowering choice for women and their developing babies. 

On International Women’s Day and every day, we at the March for Life are committed to working towards a world where every person – woman or man, born or unborn — is treated with inherent dignity and respect.”

– Jeanne Mancini, March for Life President

Three Pro-Life Things You Can Do This Month

 

After the March for Life, we often hear from participants, “how can I stay involved all year long?”

To help provide suggestions for year-round involvement, each month we will send you three action items that promote a culture of life. Are you up for the challenge?

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March Action Items

March 8th is International Women’s Day – will you help us share the message that pro-life IS pro-woman?

It has been said — politically and culturally — that for one to be pro-woman one must be pro-choice. But nothing could be further from the truth. Sadly, there are so many confusing messages regarding women and the issue of abortion, compounded by the false “war on women” rhetoric and many of these false messages are being pushed today.

The truth is that life is the empowering choice for women. Abortion harms women, and affects our society as a whole, in so many ways.

2. Contact your Senators to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court

Judge Gorsuch is a strict constructionist. He also has a record of protecting life and conscience. You can read more about his record HERE from March for Life Action.

Confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill will begin on March 20 and it’s critical that during these days, our Senators hear from America’s pro-life majority. Our country has a pro-life consensus, with 80% favoring real legal limits on abortion. It’s time the Supreme Court reflected that consensus. The confirmation of Judge Gorsuch is the first step in that direction.

Click Take Action to send a message to your Senators to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court!

3. World Down Syndrome Day

On Tuesday, March 21, join us in participating in World Down Syndrome Day and let the world know that we value our friends, family and neighbors with Down Syndrome – every life is a gift!  We will share more resources and educational information throughout the month and on World Down Syndrome Day.

You can start by signing the international petition “Stop Discriminating Down” which petitions the U.N. Human Rights Council to stop systematic prenatal screening programs that target Down syndrome and deliberately encourage abortion as part of public health programs.

 

There is much work to be done to build a culture of life. Here at the March for Life, we are working each and every day on Capitol Hill, in the media, and on social media to make abortion unthinkable and we are asking you to join us.

Thank you!

 

March for Life Statement on The American Health Care Act

 

March for Life Statement on The American Health Care Act

“House Leadership and those who drafted the American Health Care Act deserve high accolades for their efforts to make certain that any changes to the health care system do not encourage, subsidize or directly pay for abortions.  They also deserve praise for sticking to their commitment to eliminate Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, from Medicaid reimbursements for one year. This will redirect women to Federally Qualified Health Centers – which provide all of the health services American women need and outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics by a ratio of 20:1.

With that being said, there is still a great deal of work to be done to ensure that this entire bill is pro-life, specifically with regards to tax credits and health care savings – ensuring that neither go to pay for abortion. Our message is simple: Abortion IS NOT healthcare, and our laws should reflect this basic principle.

We look forward to working within the legislative process to fix such problems and guarantee that pro-life protections are included.”

– Tom McClusky, Vice-President of Government Affairs, March for Life Action

International Women’s Day: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman

 

Today is International Women’s Day – will you help us share the message that pro-life IS pro-woman?

It has been said — politically and culturally — that for one to be pro-woman one must be pro-choice. But nothing could be further from the truth. Sadly, there are so many confusing messages regarding women and the issue of abortion, compounded by the false “war on women” rhetoric and many of these false messages are being pushed today.

The truth is that life is an empowering choice for women and their developing babies.  Abortion harms women and spreads its negative effects on our society in so many ways.

 

We asked YOU – our social media followers – why you are pro-life and pro-woman, and we were overwhelmed by the response. Thank you for being a voice for women and babies!

@abs0fsteel – I am a feminist that believes that a woman’s rights begin at conception. That HUMAN rights begin at conception.

@kels.nowack – “I am pro-life and pro-woman because I support ALL women, born and unborn. Abortion is emotionally damaging to the mother and fatal to the baby. Women are a gift from God and abortion takes that gift away. A true feminist would not willingly kill other women! That’s why it’s so frustrating that feminism is always connected to pro-abortion beliefs. I DO NOT support abortion, but I DO support women. I feel so blessed to have the example of so many strong women like my mom, teachers, and saints like Teresa of Calcutta. Let’s show our pro-life and pro-woman power!”

@madison.pickering – “I am pro-life AND pro-woman because the only way to move forward in life is to protect even the smallest of unheard voices!”

@bestofheartland101

@maryclairebuchanan – “I am pro-life and pro-woman because abortion exploits women who are born and unborn.”

@jennafifi_music – I am pro-life, and pro-woman because life is precious and the ultimate gift our bodies can give, and because women are strong no matter what the world says. We need to learn about our bodies so we can take care of our bodies.

@1nuttybookworm – “I am a proud pro-life feminist because I believe that the most important human right is the right to life. We cannot rightly claim to support women’s rights and at the same time condone the slaughtering of our youngest females before they even have a chance to take a breath. Being pro-life is also empowering to born women because we support real options. Women CAN get an education, continue their careers, and do so much more without resorting to killing their own children – THAT is true feminism.”

@michellecg23 – “Being adopted has opened my eyes on how second chances do exist. I believe every life is precious and every life should be valued.”

@jessicabrook – “I am a pro-life feminist because every girl deserves a chance to be anything she wants to be in life. She shouldn’t be robbed of that opportunity because of abortion.”

@mama2themacs – “I’m pro-life AND pro-woman because EVERY woman deserves to have her voice heard and her story told.”

@jmtrovato – “Pro-woman includes those women in the womb!” (picture credit to @horacekenneth)

@abbykroetsch – “I’m pro-life because I believe every single baby has a wonderful role in this world. Any one of those beautiful babies could be the next inventor, the person with a cure to cancer or the one to do so many amazing things to help save and help so many people. God takes babies back home by choice but no mother should be able to take a baby’s life by choice…some babies leave us to become angels earlier than others by chance but none should have to do it because of someone else choices. Pro-life is pro-woman!”

Anonymous – “As an adopted child, I am immensely grateful for every day of my life. I recognize that my birth mother could have gotten an abortion and went on with her life, but I am so grateful that she didn’t. It is because of her that I have a chance to live and experience all the beauties of life. I’m unaware of the circumstances of my conception, but regardless, I am glad of my birth mothers choice to let me live, to let me have a better life.”

Gloryanne – “I’m pro-life and pro-woman because all women deserve better than abortion. Our bodies natural abilities to bring forth life is not a curse or something to loathe…. every life is a blessing! Every life has value!”

Jackie – “I am pro-life and pro-woman because if it wasn’t for a woman I never met, I would not have my three wonderful children. She is in my prayers and I will be forever grateful that she did not kill my children before they were born.”

Sarah – “I am pro-life and pro-woman because I was told my child would probably not survive his birth. Three years later he is still here with me. He has the most beautiful smile and touches the lives of everyone he meets. He’s taught me a kind of selfless love I never knew existed. He’s taught me what it means to nurture. He has changed my perspective on what is important in life. I can’t imagine this life without his presence.”

Joely – “I am pro woman and pro-life because I was created by Love to love, to nurture, to respect, to protect, to empathize, to empower, and to never give up on what is right and just.”

March for Life Statement on President’s Joint Address

 

“With President Trump’s first 40 days behind him, we are happy to see him keeping his promises in the area of pro-life public policy, particularly by nominating a strict constructionist like Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and by reinstating the Mexico City policy. As both the White House and Congress continue to work on solutions for health care reform, we urge President Trump and his Administration to work with Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to ensure that specific pro-life protections are included in the healthcare “replace” plan. We look forward to the continued commitment to pro-life priorities and urge Congress to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and the Pain Capable 5-month abortion ban, and for the President to sign both into law.”

-March for Life President Jeanne Mancini