The Pro-Life Movement is on the March

 

Do you ever feel like you are alone in your pro-life beliefs?

Or that the pro-life movement can’t compete with the powerful and well-funded abortion lobby?

The truth is – you are not alone in standing for life.

And the cause of life – despite Hollywood, the media, the abortion lobby, and extreme pro-abortion politicians – is gaining ground.

In a powerful op-ed for the Washington Examiner, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini writes about the pro-life awakening in our country, as more and more Americans are identifying as pro-life.

Check out the full op-ed, “Despite the celebs and the big money, Americans are trending pro-life,” to read what she attributes this shift to.

Jeanne concludes with “Americans love and respect life, which was freely given to all of us, and which we must safeguard for those who cannot protect themselves.”

That is what we seek to do at the March for Life each and every day – to be a voice for those who cannot protect themselves.

What’s the Protect Life Rule All About?

 

Last spring, in March of 2018, Congress passed an Omnibus spending bill that continued to fund the nation’s largest abortion provider, despite a pro-life majority in Congress. March for Life and March for Life Action, along with the pro-life grassroots, were extremely disappointed. March for Life Action activists sent 25,000 messages to Capitol Hill to share that sentiment.

But that did not stop us from pressing forward towards the important goal of defunding Planned Parenthood. We began petitioning HHS Secretary Alex Azar to take action; thousands of marchers lent their voice to this important cause. And the Administration heard our voice!

In May 2018, HHS announced the Protect Life Rule, which would disentangle taxpayer dollars from funding abortion, with the money redirected to comprehensive family health and planning centers that don’t perform abortions and understand that abortion is not healthcare. As March for Life President Jeanne Mancini wrote at the time, “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.”

March for Life activists continued to respond in support to the Protect Life Rule as it went through the public comment period at HHS, submitting over 13,000 comments in support of the rule. Overall, From March through July of 2018, March for Life advocates sent 89,000 messages to Congress about important pro-life policies related to defunding Planned Parenthood and the Title X rule.

The rule wound its way through the court system, with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a bench that is not typically favorable to the pro-life cause, just last week upholding the rule. The March for Life welcomes the decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifting the injunctions on the Trump Administration’s Title X rule, and applauds the Trump Administration for letting the Protect Life Rule take effect immediately. Abortion is neither health care nor family planning and therefore should not be funded by the Title X program. Plus, a majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. This regulation helps to get taxpayers out of the abortion business, without cutting resources for those in need.

We must not lose sight of why our efforts and the Protect Life Rule are important. Four years ago this month, in July of 2015, the first videos from the Center for Medical Progress were released, revealing the barbaric fetal tissue trafficking practices happening in Planned Parenthood centers across the country. An organization that commits over 320,000 abortions each year, and has been caught illegally transferring fetal tissue, should not be receiving a dime of taxpayer money.

There is also a very important lesson in the story of the Protect Life Rule. Our efforts to impact laws and policies for the pro-life cause have been going on for decades. In an op-ed for The Hill last year, March for Life Action President Tom McClusky documented the history of the regulations dating back to the Reagan Administration. The Protect Life Rule still faces a court challenge and it’s quite possible that its fate will be in the hands in the U.S. Supreme Court.

But we must never lose heart as we seek to promote life-affirming laws and policies – the lives of the unborn and the health of women are at stake. Our voices matter, and we must continue to raise them – in the public square, with our lawmakers and policy makers, and with our friends and family. Your voice matters – you can make a difference.

 

Planned Parenthood President Fired

 

On Tuesday, July 16, the President of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, was removed from her position by the Board Chairs.

In an open statement posted to Twitter, Dr. Wen claimed her removal was due to “philosophical differences” between her and the Board’s vision for the abortion organization’s future. In a separate letter to her colleagues, Dr. Wen stated the differences arose from her goals to refocus Planned Parenthood as a health care provider. She continued, “The new Board leadership has determined that the priority of Planned Parenthood moving forward is to double down on abortion rights advocacy.”

The removal of Dr. Wen is a clear indication that Planned Parenthood is a political organization whose main goal is abortion, and not the health care of its patients.

On Fox News, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini commented on Dr. Wen’s dismissal: “Make no mistake, Planned Parenthood is a political machine and their bottom line is about abortion, not healthcare.”

WATCH the full clip:

You can also see and share Jeanne Mancini’s statement on Twitter below:

 

 

March for Life Statement on Ninth Circuit Title X Ruling

 

“We welcome the news that Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed the Trump Administration’s Title X rule to go into effect. Abortion is neither health care nor family planning and therefore should not be funded by the Title X program. This regulation helps to get taxpayers out of the abortion business, without cutting resources for those in need, and is a victory for all Americans.”

– Jeanne Mancini, President, March for Life

What is the Pro-Life Consensus?

 

The first half of 2019 has brought a few dark moments, and, conversely, many bright spots with regard to building a culture of life.

On the unfortunate end, several states passed the most extreme laws our country has ever seen, such as New York and Illinois passing “Reproductive Health Acts” allowing abortion up until birth, and, in the case of Illinois, create a “right” to abortion through reproductive health language.

These laws are in stark contrast to what the majority of Americans support. The fact is that the large majority of Americans for eleven years strong have consensus – a pro-life consensus.

Thankfully, we have also seen many states taking action to reflect the pro-life consensus and to protect the most vulnerable in the womb.

For example, in Louisiana, one of our 2019 March for Life speakers, Representative Katrina Jackson, was instrumental in passing legislation that would ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected. The bill was signed into law by her fellow Democrat, Governor John Bel Edwards. Many other states have passed life-affirming laws as well!

The pro-life consensus in America is bi-partisan. Eleven years of polling reveal that 75% of Americans would limit abortion to- at most – the first three months of pregnancy. Even 6 out of 10 pro-choice Americans believe that abortion should have real, legal limits! And, two-thirds of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini had the opportunity to talk about this pro-life consensus on the Ingraham Angle on Fox News last week.

Watch this powerful clip in which she emphatically states that social justice begins in the womb.

Even in the midst of the extreme abortion bills being introduced, or signed into law, we have seen pro-life Americans react with truth and love to the human rights abuse of today, as Jeanne Mancini describes abortion.

In April, 7,000 Virginians marched at the state capitol against abortion extremism in the first official Virginia March for Life. In May, over 20,000 gathered in Times Square to celebrate life – in stark contrast to the callousness of the abortion law passed and celebrated earlier this year in New York.

Do you agree that it’s time for abortion extremism to end?

We do! And that is why we march for life every January – to end abortion – and why we seek to spread the truth each and every day of the year.

The 2020 March for Life is a little over six months away – we hope you will join us!

>>> Sign up HERE for March for Life 2020!

One month until the Virginia March for Life!

 

Today is one month until the Virginia March for Life!

Will you be there?

On April 3, 2019 – the Veto Day of the state legislature session – we will hold the first annual official Virginia March for Life.

It’s critical that every pro-life Virginian make a stand for life at the Virginia March for Life.

What can you do?

1. RSVP to the Virginia March for Life HERE.

2. SHARE on Facebook with your friends and family to help us spread the word!

We have also updated our Frequently Asked Questions page with more details and information about the event. Click HERE for the FAQs.

Please join The March for Life, The Family Foundation, The Virginia Catholic Conference, the Virginia Society for Human Life and other pro-life groups at the Virginia March for Life on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 to reject abortion extremism.

We hope to see you there!

Did You See These Pictures?

As we head into 2019, let’s never lose sight of the purpose for why we do what we do – why we march.

We march to end abortion so that the beauty and dignity of every life is valued and protected.

Every human – from the moment of conception – is unique and worthy of love.

Our top posts on Facebook and Instagram in 2018 beautifully communicate this message!

Choosing life changes the course of our future.

We hope you will join us in 2019 as we continue to march towards ending abortion!

Go See the Gosnell Movie!

 

What are you doing this weekend?

I encourage you to go see the new movie ‘Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer’ which opens TODAY in over 650 theaters nationwide.

>>>> Click here for tickets to see Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. 

Last night, some of our March for Life staff went to see the movie, which tells the horrifically true story about one of the most important criminal trials in history that few people know about.

The man on trial is the most prolific serial killer in the United States. But his crimes were virtually ignored by most media.

Why?

Because the murderer, Kermit Gosnell, was an abortionist.

Kermit Gosnell committed abortions for 30 years before being charged with:

  • 3 life sentences for the murder of 3 babies;
  • 21 felony charges of performing abortions past the Pennsylvania state 24 week limit;
  • 211 counts of misdemeanor for violating the 24-hour informed consent law.

I am so grateful that the story of Kermit Gosnell is finally being told. ‘Gosnell’ shines light on the ugliness of the abortion industry. The PG-13 rated film is based on the original police reports and trial records; it is honest, moving, and thought provoking.

If you have a friend or family member who is pro-choice or is not sure how they feel about abortion, invite them to see this film with you. ‘Gosnell’ has the power to change hearts and minds.

>>>> Find tickets and movie theater locations at gosnellmovie.com.

Kavanaugh Hearings Analysis

 

Judge Kavanaugh will make a great justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, just like President Trump’s first appointment, Neil Gorsuch.

>>>> Contact your Senators today to urge them to vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh!

 

A graduate of Yale College and Law School, Judge Kavanaugh currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was confirmed by a bipartisan majority for that position in 2006. Thirteen of his written opinions on cases have been endorsed by Supreme Court decisions.

In addition to his professional qualifications, Kavanaugh has spent most of his career serving the public; he volunteers to serve meals to the homeless, tutors at an elementary school, and coaches his daughter’s basketball team. He also serves as a regular lector at his parish.

The Judiciary hearings that concluded last week demonstrated that Judge Kavanaugh is exceptionally qualified for the role of Supreme Court justice and will no doubt serve as a fair, independent judge who will remain faithful to the Constitution.

During the hearings, Kavanaugh stated, “My only loyalty is to the Constitution. I have made that clear, I am an independent judge.”

This makes pro-abortion politicians and the abortion industry very worried.

The hearings were interrupted by yelling pro-abortion protesters over 100 times and 70 people were arrested on the first day. Plus, Planned Parenthood released a six figure ad campaign against Kavanaugh on the first day of hearings.

So, what will Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court actually mean for the pro-life movement?

>>>> Watch our Facebook Live discussion with March for Life Action President Tom McClusky and Elizabeth Slattery, a legal fellow with the Heritage Foundation.

This will be an intense confirmation battle, and every pro-life American must have their voice heard!

Please take a moment to contact your Senators today to support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

What a Week!

 

Protestors.

False statistics.

Twelve hour days of questioning.

It’s been quite a week for Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court! You can read our March for Life updates HERE.

>>>> Please take a moment TODAY to urge your Senators to support the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh!

The final day of hearings concludes Friday.

One thing has been clear this week – Judge Kavanaugh will make an excellent addition to the U.S. Supreme Court, like President Trump’s first appointment, Neil Gorsuch.

>>> Please take a moment to contact your Senators today to support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Thank you for making your voice heard on this important Supreme Court battle!