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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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?
This Women’s Equality Day, we would be wise to consider the words of the early feminists as we examine the progress we have made as women — and the obstacles we have yet to overcome.
There is one area in particular in which modern feminists are failing our sisters and our feminist foremothers: abortion. Early feminists opposed abortion as an exploitation of women—and modern feminists should, too.
In a stunning display of historic revisionism, NARAL Pro-Choice American President Ilyse Hogue recently claimed in a Cosmopolitan article that those who oppose abortion are not really anti-abortion but that “they are against a world where women can contribute equally and chart our own destiny in ways our grandmothers never thought possible.”
In other words, Hogue, a self-proclaimed feminist, believes that those who oppose abortion oppose women; and therefore those who are anti-abortion are anti-women.
But I wonder if Hogue — and other pro-abortion advocates who have said similar things — realize that they are calling the founding mothers of the feminist movement anti-woman. The claim that in order to be pro-woman you must also be pro-abortion runs contrary to what our feminist foremothers actually believed and wrote.
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.
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.”
We witnessed a living miracle at the 2018 March for Life. Abigail Beutler stood on stage with her mother, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, charming the crowd with her sweetness and smiles!
Abigail’s presence is a miracle because while the Congresswoman was pregnant with Abigail, her first child, she and her husband Dan received the heartbreaking news that their baby had “zero percent chance of survival.”
Their unborn baby was diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome, and doctors told the Beutlers there was nothing that could be done; their baby would die and that “a lot of women at this point would be across the street scheduling an abortion.”
However, that was out of the question for the couple. Dan Beutler shared with CNN’s Dana Bash, “Being able to hear the heartbeat … we had this gut feeling of there has to be something — I mean, a doctor may say it, but she’s moving. That’s pretty convincing. We know she’s still alive.”
At the 2018 March for Life, with her family by her side, Congresswoman Herrerra Beutler shared these moving words:
“I was told there was no chance of survival – but they were wrong. They weren’t bad people – they just had never seen a baby with this condition survive. But that’s the point: What if the doctor is wrong about others too? What if together, we can break new ground, find new treatments that will benefit more than just our own families? What if the baby won’t have that significant health condition or disability? Or even if she does – what if every baby was at least given a shot to reach her true, miraculous potential?
Who would we be as a nation? What richness would society get to see? Instead of the equivalent of two generations missing because of that choice, would we have already witnessed one of those individuals having discovered a cure for cancer? The key to eradicating extreme poverty?
What if we had spent the last 45 years – the length of time abortion has been allowed in the United States – pouring time and money into finding a cure in the womb for medical conditions like spina bifida, micro-sephaly, or congenital heart defects?
What if that money was used to end the baby’s disease – not her life?”
You can watch her full remarks HERE:
She concluded her remarks with a hopeful word that reminds us all again, that love saves lives:
“Today, we have come together to say – there’s hope! For every expectant mother who has been given a devastating diagnosis. For every woman who feels fear, anger, or anxiety because she doesn’t know how she can afford to care for a child. For every woman who feels hopeless: God loves you. For every baby given up on by the status quo: God still does miracles.
We must recognize the unborn child as the miracle he or she is – a person developing with extraordinary potential and purpose – who deserves a fighting chance to live and just maybe reach that extraordinary potential. After all, I believe it’s the only way our society will truly reach ours.”
Sister Bethany Madonna gave a stirring speech at the 2018 March for Life, inspiring us all to live out this year’s theme: “Love Saves Lives.”
If you’re not familiar with them, the Sisters of Life is a “contemplative / active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Like all religious communities, we take the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. We also are consecrated under a special, fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.”
In her remarks, Sister Bethany told the story of a young woman named Raquel, a friend of the Sisters of Life. Raquel was expecting a baby, and had a life-altering encounter with another pregnant young woman facing an unexpected pregnancy.
Watch Sister Bethany share this powerful story:
Despite considering abortion, Raquel’s friend was loved and encouraged, ultimately choosing life and giving birth to twins!
As Sister Bethany concludes:
“It was such a small thing, this loving exchange, and the impact reaches into eternity. You may not see the impact of your love, but God sees it; the love of your heart is totally unique to you, and only you can give it. Your love saves lives.”
This is a great reminder to each of us as we seek to make an impact for life in our communities. Even the smallest actions, such as an encouraging and loving word, can save lives.