March for Life Statement on Title X Regulations

 

“For decades the March for Life and others have been working to reinstate Title X regulations that clearly separate abortion from healthcare  – abortion is not healthcare. The March for Life applauds HHS Secretary Azar and the Trump administration for protecting taxpayers from funding abortion through Title X. For ten years strong Marist polling indicates that the majority of Americans do not want their taxpayer dollars subsidizing abortion companies. Meanwhile, not one dime of Title X funds will be cut and the low income women, who those funds are intended to help, will receive authentic health care at federally qualified health centers (FQHC) which outnumber abortion centers 20:1. At FQHC, women benefit from better regulatory oversight, a wider range of services, and more options. We are encouraged by this step in the right direction and look forward to making continued progress in restoring a culture of life here in the United States.”

– Jeanne Mancini, President, March for Life

March for Life Statement on Title X Rule

 

“March for Life applauds HHS Secretary Azar and President Trump’s entire administration for reinstating Title X regulations that disentangle taxpayer dollars from funding abortion. This money will now be redirected to comprehensive family health and planning centers that don’t perform abortions and understand that abortion is not healthcare. The pro-life grassroots will be pleased to see President Trump deliver on yet another pro-life promise, and we look forward to continued progress in restoring a culture of life here in the United States.”

– Jeanne Mancini, President, March for Life

Tom McClusky Op-Ed in The Hill

 

Trump, taxpayers want Title X funding protected from abortion clinics

In 1970, Congress enacted Title X of the Public Health Service Act that provides federal tax dollars for family planning services. The Act states that grants and contracts under Title X must “be in accordance with such regulations as the Secretary (of Health and Human Services) may promulgate.”

>>> Click HERE to read more.

Celebrating Birth Mothers

 

“Because of the courage of my birth mom, I’m able to be all the things I am today.”

These are the words of Ryan Bomberger, whose birth mother courageously placed him for adoption decades ago. The nobility of birth mothers, like Ryan’s, is one of the most beautiful illustrations of how love saves lives.

Today Ryan is a brother, husband, father, and an inspiring pro-life activist. The self-sacrificial love of his birth mother saved his life, and impacted so many others.

>>>> Watch Ryan share more about his story at the March for Life Conference.

Countless lives and even society and culture itself are impacted because of the courage of birth mothers. For example, did you know that Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computers, was adopted as infant?

Birth mother and adoption advocate Callie Jett describes the mindset of birth moms beautifully in a March for Life guest blog post entitled “What You Really Need to Know About Birth Moms on Birth Mother’s Day,”

“As a birth mom of fourteen years myself, there’s no doubt that adoption is a choice that is difficult and selfless. We have made this choice out of love for our child, not out of abandonment. We place the needs of our child before our own wants or desires. Ultimately, birth moms have an amazing way of looking towards the future, and not so much at their past.”

>>>> Watch Callie share more about adoption at the March for Life Conference.

Adoption is a noble and heroic decision. Each year, there are over 18,000 domestic infant adoptions in the United States. Sadly, there are also each year over 1 million abortions in the U.S.

Will you join us in working towards ending abortion and promoting adoption?

This weekend is Birth Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 12. We celebrate all of the birth mothers who have made the courageous decision to choose life and to place their child for adoption. Adoption is a heroic choice and your self-sacrificial love is to be commended and celebrated!

Birth mothers from across the country have joined us by sharing their words of gratitude and encouragement to fellow birth mothers, as well as encouragement to any woman considering adoption.

Watch and share as we honor the life-saving love of birth mothers!

Celebrating adoption and birth-mothers is at the core of “why we march” each January at the March for Life, and throughout the year!

P.S. If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy or are considering adoption, click HERE for more resources.

What Makes Your Mother Special?

 

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 13th. In honor of moms everywhere, we are inviting you to share your Mother’s Day tributes!

>>>> Share what makes your mom special!

This holiday is a perfect opportunity to remember that our mothers give us life and nurture us with their love. If it were not for our mothers embracing life, none of us would be here!

To honor motherhood and the amazing women who give us love and life, we are highlighting stories of appreciation for our moms all throughout the week ahead.

Let us know why you love your mom, and we will share your stories and pictures on the March for Life’s blog and social media!

Thanks for sharing with us so that together we can promote the beauty of motherhood!

>>>> Click HERE to share about your mom!

March for Life Statement on Iowa Heartbeat Bill

 

“March for Life applauds Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds for signing into law a bill that will make it illegal to abort a baby who has developed to the point of a detectable heartbeat. This law will not only save lives, it also reminds us that abortion stops a beating heart. We thank Iowa for recognizing that every life is a gift and that personhood has inherent dignity from the moment of conception.”

– Jeanne Mancini, March for Life President

March for Life Action Statement on Judge Chutkan’s Decision

 

“Judge Chutkan’s decision to side with the radical agenda of the American Civil Liberties Union and compel government officials to facilitate abortion for women who have entered the United States illegally is tragic for everyone involved. It is the duty of the government to protect all the refugees under their care, both born and unborn – rather than compound the violence they are fleeing. The ACLU is not acting in the best interests of women who came here illegally and it is wrong of Judge Chutkan to force the allocation of government resources towards promoting such a pro-abortion organization. We hope this disastrous decision is quickly overturned.”

– Tom McClusky, President of March for Life Action

On Cecile’s Book Tour

 

3,547,123.

That is the number of abortions committed at Planned Parenthood since 2006, when Cecile Richards became President of the organization.

Richards recently announced her retirement from Planned Parenthood and subsequently released her memoir, entitled “Make Trouble.”

Not surprisingly, she doesn’t mention the millions of babies lives snuffed out at the hands of Planned Parenthood during her tenure. Instead, she claims that the radical pro-abortion views of Planned Parenthood are taking hold in our country.

But Cecile is wrong.

In an op-ed for FoxNews.com, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini argues that a culture of life is taking hold in the U.S. She cites 10 years of public opinion polling by Marist which show that Americans consistently support significant restrictions on abortion. She writes:

“Americans’ continued support for restrictions on abortion show that, despite Cecile Richards’s best efforts and deep pockets, pro-choice activism is not “transforming the culture.” Love is winning.”

In another op-ed for the Washington Examiner about Richards’ book and the abuses of Planned Parenthood, Mancini concludes, “The consensus in America is against abortion, and for major rollbacks on abortion access – not for the “abortion extremism” that Planned Parenthood represents.”

Click on the images below to read the full op-eds.

As Jeanne concludes in her FoxNews.com piece,

“Our movement shows that love doesn’t just save lives, it transforms them. That’s why year after year, thousands of Americans march—rain, sleet, snow or shine—to protest the violence of abortion and in support of life-affirming alternatives.  We will continue to do so until abortion is unthinkable.”

 

Thank you for being part of this movement!

Jeanne Mancini Op-Eds on Planned Parenthood

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini had two op-eds published on the recent memoir released by outgoing Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards.

Sorry, Planned Parenthood, your radical pro-abortion culture war is failing

Click HERE to read more on FoxNews.com.

 

Planned Parenthood: Still out of touch on abortion

Click HERE to read more in the Washington Examiner. 

World Down Syndrome Day 2018

 

For World Down Syndrome Day, the March for Life Instagram was “taken over” by Margaret Black and her sweet son, Sebastian. Check out the posts below for a look into their lives. You can also ready more about Margaret and her advocacy for individuals with Down Syndrome HERE.

PART 1: “Becoming a mom to a child with Down syndrome is quite an experience. It is full of so many emotions; good, scary, doubtful, disbelief, and fear. Most women who are expecting are “expecting” a healthy child who will develop into little prodigies that change the world. They want to see their child excel in school, on the field throughout a sports career, and become self-confident individuals that can depend on themselves. This is a great dream for any parent, any mother. But what about those mothers who hear the words, “Your child may have Down Syndrome,” or, “Your child appears to have characteristics of Down Syndrome.” Then what?⠀ I was 32 when I gave birth to Sebastian. I was never expecting this kind of scenario for myself, my family, or my child. I had a great pregnancy, an easy delivery, but then there was the suspicion of Down Syndrome. In only a few moments, before I could begin to even allow my emotions of elation and joy fill my heart, those words penetrated deep and got to the center of my heart first. I was still lying on the bed, adjusting to the fact the contractions were over, hoping Sebastian wouldn’t need supplemental oxygen at my arms much longer when I handed him to the NICU team and then I heard those words.” @margaret_holymotherhood #wdsd18 #worlddownsyndromeday #downsyndrome #prolife

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PART 2: “Boom. The shock was real. The disbelief was real. The questions…. The unknown, was real. Of course, this is exactly how most mothers I come to learn, feel too, because most of us are not educated well on this diagnosis. And it is a shame. But, in that moment, I had hope. As a Catholic woman, I immediately turned to God and told him to talk to me. I needed him to tell me something so that my heart could be at peace, and I could find my trust again in the Lord in this situation.⠀ I had no idea that he would tell me so clearly, exactly what I needed to hear. I had no idea where it would come from. But then, a powerful sensation within my chest told me to look in His Word at the time Sebastian was born. I was surprised. How would this make sense? I quickly asked my midwife what time he was born, and she said, “4:17” (pm).⠀ My sister in law immediately began searching Scripture, and found only one place where anything made sense. It was 2 Corinthians 4:17: “ For this light, momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” I knew immediately what the Lord was asking of me, reminding me, and telling me. It was the fact that even though this seemed like an unfortunate and difficult situation, it would bring about great glory for God, and I must trust Him, and was instantly at peace, and quiet in my heart. I was able to accept this calling to raise one of His angels very well, and I became honored. Yes, honored.” @margaret_holymotherhood #wdsd18 #worlddownsyndromeday #downsyndrome #prolife

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PART 3: “I looked at Sebastian one last time as I held him, before the NICU staff would take him to the NICU for however long that’d be, and I saw clearly in his little round face that the Down Syndrome was very apparent. I broke down after holding back tears. I knew in my heart that this little baby needed my full love, affection, kindness, and faith in him. I quickly through the arms of my heart up to God, and asked him to take away any stain to the purest love for Sebastian away; that He would make my love for Sebastian just like His. I didn’t want to miss a single moment of the JOY that I knew would come. I wasn’t going to allow my lack of knowledge or education on his diagnosis ruin the love that Sebastian deserved. I have never looked back, except to thank God with all my heart, for giving me that small token of his assurance, and the love for Sebastian I wouldn’t change for the world. ⠀ ⠀ The NICU stay is difficult. It is heart wrenching. But no child is ever perfect or without trials. Many are misinformed and believed that a child with extra needs and/or Down syndrome are at a “life” disadvantage. Many believe they will suffer all their lives, that they will not know joy or happiness. It’s such a lie. One thing I stated very early on, was this fact. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to have value to your life or to be successful. God creates many kinds of people: some are ingenious people, some are laborers of the trade, some are business oriented, some are multimillion dollar stars, some are prayer warriors, some are clergy members, saints, and some, are merely gifts of love that remind us what life is really all about; to share with us what unconditional love truly is. Sebastian is one of these people. And he is happy. And he loves life. He is active, and playful, and his laugh and smile are enough to melt your toughest heart on a bad day. Every single trial that brings about a new milestone is worth it. Every. Single. One.” #WDSD18 #worlddownsyndromeday #downsyndrome #prolife #pregnancy

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PART 4: “My life is so much more fulfilling because of Sebastian and I am so glad that God has blessed us with him. If anything ever happened to him, my heart would crumble and a piece would die. He is a breathing force of life to mine. He gives me a reason to try as hard as he does on any given day. He loves to share his friendly fist bump with anyone who’s willing to give one back. ⠀ ⠀ Watching Sebastian grow has been such a miracle for me to experience every day. His first smile, his first time holding up his head, sitting up, crawling, walking, saying momma. . . have all meant so much more to me than I could have ever thought. My other kids just “did” those things. But, I wonder if we often take for granted those moments. Sebastian taught me to appreciate every single achievement. I’ve never been so excited to watch him do his thing. He keeps life interesting and rewarding on so many levels for me. I love his cuddles, his hugs, his love. I love how excited he is when he accomplishes something he tries so hard to do!” #worlddownsyndromeday #WDSD18 #downsyndrome #family #prolife #pregnancy ⠀

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PART 5: “As a mother to another mother contemplating abortion of their baby with DS, I’m asking you to have faith in your child. Allow this child the opportunity to shine for you. If you pour all your heart into this baby, the amount of love you get back with be 100-fold, and you will find a joyful and fulfilling adventure ahead! The support is out there, come and find us! As one mother among thousands in the same boat with this diagnosis, we offer great support to you. You are not alone. Step aboard the happy train! As a mother to other mothers who aren’t as well educated on Down Syndrome, I’d offer this token: trust the mothers and fathers and families who live this journey every day. Being fearful and accepting only half truths and deceptions of what DS really is will leave you full of uncertainty even more. Educate yourselves well with the truth of those who have benefitted from the joys these babies have brought into our lives. Trust us. We are the most accurate testimonies! I cannot say enough here, so that is why I am writing a book for all mommas out there to have access to the truth and detailed life with a child with Down Syndrome and to lay your worries and fears to rest so that you too, can have the same confidence I had in the very beginning of my journey. I want to help you turn those fears into joyful fulfilment!” #WDSD18 #worlddownsyndromeday #downsyndrome

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PART 6: “When my husband and I first had to tell our other 7 children at home that Sebastian had down syndrome, I wasn’t too worried about how they’d respond. I was more concerned with how other relatives or friends may react to the news. However, I had such a wonderful support system -which was a true gift- and our experience was pretty great there. We also the BEST NICU nurses that loved on us and our family and Sebastian especially. It was agonizing for the kids though, as they couldn’t really meet Sebastian until he came home. When we told them about what Down Syndrome was, in their innocent way, they said, “So what if he has an extra chromosome. He’s still a baby!” And that right there is the greatest truth to be realized. He was still a baby that his siblings just wanted to get their hands on and love. These kiddos were so squirmy and excited to hold their new brother they couldn’t contain it. It was so beautiful a thing! The love Sebastian had from them was pure and honest. No bias to diagnosis, no worries, no nothing. They simply saw their brother as a baby who deserved a million love squeezes and even more kissies. If only the rest of us could share that precious enthusiasm for life of a baby with DS . . .” #WDSD18 #downsyndrome

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PART 7: “Having Sebastian join a family of such large scale has been a real benefit to him. With seven older siblings, he had someone to teach him one-on-one constantly. When we began Early Intervention (EI) and met with his PT, Marlo, for the first time, and the first thing she said to me was, “I know you just had a baby, and you’re going to hate me for saying this, but you need to have another one.” I was seriously perplexed for a moment, and looked at her and laughed. We were talking about a ninth child? After just having one with DS? Yes. She meant every word. She talked honestly with me about what would be best for Sebastian and his growth and development. I went through several months learning to trust her, and watched her with Sebastian, watching her bring Sebastian into crossing milestones, and strengthening him in ways that astounded me. Her wisdom was the real deal. So, right after Sebastian turned one, we got pregnant. Sebastian was going to have a little brother. And if any kiddo deserved to be a big brother it was Sebastian. Cajetan joined our family in the summer just before Sebastian would turn two. And this little brother would change everything for Sebastian. While the older kids pulled Sebastian and sometimes went a mile a minute too fast for him, babied him, etc., Cajetan was a playmate of equal position to his own who would push him. That is exactly what he did for Sebastian.” #WDSD18 #downsyndrome #worlddownsyndromeday

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PART 9: “I feel so blessed to have been able to help encourage multiple mothers via the internet and social media and in my actual life to see past the fear-factor of the down syndrome diagnosis and lead them into peace, contentment and joy. And a few of these moms have agreed to contribute to my book to help other moms, too, in the same situation! It is so much more encouraging to talk to moms that have been there, done that. I could have never imagined the promise of the Lord at 4:17 pm on the day of Sebastian’s birth would turn out like this. I see that now. With the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, Sebastian is now rocking this diagnosis. It isn’t what he IS, it’s just a part of what makes him unique. We wouldn’t change it for the world. He will always be in the hearts of those he’s touched. Sebastian is a great kid. He has brought so much incredible joy into our lives and redirected the obvious. I only wish more and more each day that parents can learn to also redirect their own ideas of what Down Syndrome really is, and what its isn’t. Having a child with DS isn’t a burden, but a joy. These children are the diamonds amidst mountains of coal. They are beautiful beyond measure. If you are a pregnant mother, with a diagnosis of Down syndrome for your baby, allow yourself the pleasure of blessing your baby with having faith in his gift and potential. Dispel your fears by joining the Down Syndrome community; don’t run from it, embrace it. We are here to help you every step of the way. God bless you!” – @margaret_holymotherhood #wdsd18 #downsyndrome #prolife

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