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Aug 6, 2013
Pro-Life August Recess Guide
Throughout the month of August, members of Congress are back in their districts on recess. During this time, especially in odd years without a November election posing an immediate worry, Representatives and Senators hold town halls and meetings with their constituents. In off-years without November elections, legislation becomes a prime focus of these meetings. Pro-life activists should attend events in their congressional districts and let their elected officials know that they must stand for women’s health and protect the right to life of their unborn constituents.
This August, there are two abortion-related issues that are likely to surface in conversations with Members.
First, recall that the House passed H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, in June.
Know how your member voted on this landmark pro-life legislation that will protect pain-capable babies and safeguard the health of women from gruesome late-term abortions. If your representative supported this bill that will save over 15,000 unborn lives per year, be sure to offer a big THANK YOU and encourage him or her to keep standing up for life.
If your member voted against this commonsense lifesaving legislation, ask why. Don’t be shy! Get your representatives to explain their vote. Look them in the eye and ask why they voted against protecting the lives of unborn children who feel excruciating pain as they are violently killed in late-term abortions. Ask why they failed to protect women from dangerous late-term abortionists like Kermit Gosnell.
On October 1, the abortion-funding Obamacare exchanges will go online. Although few know how the disastrous pro-abortion Obamacare law will operate, one thing we do know is that the exchanges will use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.
As Rep. Chris Smith, the co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, explained last year, the exchanges are set up on a cheap, dirty, political accounting gimmick that will require pro-life taxpayers to fund abortions without even being informed of it during enrollment.
Don’t let the state opt-out clause fool you, either: even if your state has opted out of abortion coverage in the exchanges, you will still end up paying for abortions in liberal states. And what if you, upon realizing that your money is funding abortions, want to opt out? You’ll have to drop out of your healthcare plan in its entirety.
So tell your representatives to fight Obamacare’s pro-abortion exchanges that will include the largest expansion of abortion in since Roe v. Wade. Hold their feet to the fire and let them know that you are counting on them to stand resolute for life. Just as the town halls of August 2009 led to a dramatic swing in public opinion against Obamacare, the town halls of August 2013 can be our moment to expose Obamacare for what it is: a huge expansion of elective abortion, funded by taxpayers.Read More
Aug 5, 2013
Wendy Davis: Hear Our Voice!
This afternoon, state senator Wendy Davis (D-TX)—known for opposing a common ground limit to abortion past 20 weeks in Texas—spoke at the National Press Club luncheon. Davis centered her speech on a laudable theme: the power of one’s voice. She stressed the importance of "speaking for those who can't speak for themselves, and of being true to what they would say."
But, interestingly enough, Davis blatantly disregards her own motto. Late-term abortions involve two people: the mother and the baby. Davis ignores both.
She purports, "Women were turned away, and unable to give their voice on a decision that would have a very large impact on their lives." Yet, at least five national polls—Quinnipiac, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post/ABC News —all found that a plurality or majority of Americans support limiting abortion after 20 weeks gestation, and that women support the measure in higher numbers than men.
Whether or not Davis herself believes that killing a 20 week old baby capable of feeling pain should be legal, polls prove that most women do not believe it should be. Davis claims that women’s “voices are too often drowned out by people who are in power." By fighting so forcefully against a law that more women support than oppose, Davis herself is acting as the agent drowning out the voices of women.
Davis also discounts the voices of the unborn victims of abortion. She continuously reiterates that denying a voice for a segment of our population is one of society’s greatest ills. Yet, Davis conveniently fails to mention over 50 million babies that have been aborted since Roe v. Wade. They have not just been denied a voice, but an entire life.
America has spoken, and their choice is clear. They want legislation that protects women from the Gosnell-style abortion clinics endemic to America; they want to protect the most vulnerable members of society from the barbaric late-term abortion industry; they want to be heard and listened to. Davis has done anything but that. She has used the Texas abortion bill as a political maneuver to obtain quick stardom. So I ask you, Mrs. Davis, please hear my voice and the voices of the plurality of women and children who have expressed similar sentiments: stop subjecting women and children to dangerous abortion practices, and respect our rights to speak for ourselves.Read More
Tags: abortion legislation, Wendy Davis, women
Aug 2, 2013
Women Speak For Themselves
Yesterday, Women Speak For Themselves held a rally in Lafayette Park, right in front on the White House, to protest the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate that forces businesses and institutions to provide abortion-inducing drugs to their employees through health insurance. The major theme of the rally was religious freedom, protesting the government’s attempt to force religious institutions to violate their consciences by providing drugs and services to which they morally object to their employees.
This mandate is a direct violation of our first freedoms, namely the freedom of religion, and is explicitly pro-abortion. By calling life-ending drugs “necessities,” government is bringing us to a new level of callousness towards life. Making abortion-inducing drugs readily available as a form of “health care” also further commodifies sex and the new life that may be created. This is sad and disappointing. The mandate – and in essence the Department of Health and Human Services – puts no value on life and is truly waging a war on mother- and fatherhood in addition to religious freedoms and conscience.
Women deserve better than abortion and abortion-inducing drugs, and those gathered as a part of the Women Speak For Themselves movement recognize this. Women should not be forced to accept such low standards of “health care,” especially drugs and procedures which violate their conscience.
Women Speak For Themselves is made up of women across the country committed to spreading the truth about the HHS Mandate, and ensuring that the voice of those who object to it is heard. Please consider signing on at www.womenspeakforthemselves.com!
Tags: abortion, conscience, HHS Mandate, Religious liberty, women