What’s Happening With The Protect Life Rule?

 

Do you remember when Vice President Pence spoke at the 2017 March for Life, just days after President Trump’s inauguration?

During his March for Life speech, the Vice President shared:

“We will not rest until we restore a culture of life in America for ourselves and our posterity.”

Since then, many positive steps have been taken to protect life – including the proposed “Protect Life” Rule, which would block the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, from $60 million in taxpayer funds.

In May, the Trump Administration issued the proposed rule, which would restrict Title X federal funding from going to any entity that performs, supports, or refers for abortion.

Earlier this week, the public comment period for the Protect Life Rule closed, and March for Life activists submitted over 13,000 comments in support of this proposed rule.

Thank you!

I recently had the opportunity to talk with NPR about the historic nature of the Protect Life Rule, and the timeline for its completion:

“Changes to Title X would be as game-changing as securing a like-minded Supreme Court nominee, said Tom McClusky, president of March for Life Action, who has worked for two decades to tighten restrictions on abortion.

‘As we become more of a pro-life nation, this could be very well a turning point to help educate people on the difference between health care and abortion, and exactly what Roe v. Wade does as opposed to what people think Roe v. Wade does,’ he said.

After the public comment period ends July 31, the Department of Health and Human Services must go through thousands of submitted comments. This will take time, McClusky said.”

>>>> Read the entire article HERE.

This is a long-awaited action – since the Reagan Administration – and an important step in holding the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, accountable.

We will keep you updated as the Protect Life Rule goes through the final stages.

Thank you for your support of the pro-life cause!

Hobby Lobby Victory!

On Monday, June 30, the Supreme Court released its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Specialties Wood Corp. v. Burwell.  The court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate – which the Green and Hahn families opposed because it forced them to provide access to 4 drugs and devices that can end life at its earliest stage – imposed an undue burden on the religious freedom of these family businesses, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).  

A human embryo, small and fragile though it may be, is a human life that the March for Life seeks to protect.  Nothing is more important than that!  That’s why the Hobby Lobby case matters.  This mandate forces organizations to cover drugs and devices that destroy precious human life in its most fragile stages.  

The March for Life was at the court all morning awaiting the decision.  Here are pictures from the rally and press conference, as well as remarks from Jeanne Monahan.

 

Unfortunately, a great deal of misinformation from pro-abortion forces has followed the court’s decision, especially in regards to why the Green and Hahn families opposed certain abortifacients.  National Review Online published a piece from Jeanne Monahan entitled “Abortion Advocates Downplaying the Science of Abortifacients.”  Below is a segment of her article:

There is a world of difference between a drug that prevents life and a drug that can destroy life in its earliest and most vulnerable stages. The HHS mandate and the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby provide an excellent opportunity to educate the public about such life-destructive drugs and devices. Women deserve the right to know how they work upon their bodies and the nascent life in their wombs. 

For a recap of the genesis of the HHS mandate, and for reactions from lawmakers and other interested parties, check out Tom McClusky’s blog post:  

The HHS mandate comes from a provision in President Obama’s health care law, commonly called “Obamacare.”   This provision requires all employers who offer health insurance to include coverage for “preventive services”.   The term “preventive services” was then defined by pro-abortion Obama Administration to mean contraceptive drugs and devices, including so-called emergency contraception, some of which can cause abortions.  In addition sterilization was classified as a preventive service. 

For a full recap of the morning, and reactions on Twitter, check out our Storify of the day: