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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
Just two months ago, Delegate Kathy Tran (D-VA-42) was asked in a legislative hearing if her bill HB 2491 would allow for abortion even when a woman is about to give birth and is showing signs of going into labor.
“My bill would allow that, yes.”
Watch the exchange in this powerful video from the Radiance Foundation:
Will you join us at the first official Virginia March for Life to reject this type of abortion extremism in Virginia?
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.
March for Life, Partnered with The Family Foundation, the Virginia Catholic Conference and the Virginia Society for Human Life, Announce Virginia March for Life
First ever official Virginia March for Life to take place in Richmond on April 3rd, 2019
RICHMOND, Va. – March for Life is excited to partner with The Family Foundation, Virginia Catholic Conference and the Virginia Society for Human Life to organize the first ever official Virginia March for Life on April 3rd, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. Marchers will rally at the state capital to call for an end to pro-abortion extremism in the state.
“As a fellow Virginian I am delighted that we will partner with such strong pro-life, pro-family organizations to help plan and initiate the first Virginia March for Life. We will bring together and mobilize countless pro-life Virginians who are appalled by the past few weeks’ pro-abortion activity in their beloved state,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life Defense and Education Fund. “Given such an extreme pro-abortion agenda, it is imperative for all of us to stand together for the rights of the unborn. Every human life should be valued and protected.”
The Virginia March for Life will start with a rally at 11am ET, followed by a march at 12pm ET. More details, including a list of speakers, to be announced soon.
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.
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.