COMMENT: The contrast could not be more dramatic between the theme of yesterday’s Rally for Life sponsored by Tennessee Right to Life and what is happening in Washington D.C. with the Obama Administration.
Bluefield artists Rick Ferrell and Jennifer Hicks sang a moving song they wrote after hearing the story of regret from a friend who had had an abortion, “Don’t Kill the Butterfly”. (I found a version on YouTube, but at their website, you can hear them sing it.)
Dr. George Grant, prolific author (including Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood) and national speaker did his usual fantastic job as keynote speaker.
Perhaps the highlight was when the honoree, photographer Michael Clancy, told the story of the famous photo of ‘Baby Samuel’ and the impact that his photo has had in the pro-life community. You MUST go to his site and read the story of the photo. He shared several emails validating the fact that many, many babies’ lives have been saved as pregnancy centers have used his site and others have seen this picture. One of the sweetest things he shared is that shortly before he had the opportunity to take the photos, he ‘prayed for the first time in my life’ and accepted Christ as his Savior. Michael is in great demand speaking at pro-life events.
As we move forward with SJR 127 at the Capitol, you will want to be fully engaged to make sure YOUR voice is heard. Together, we will work toward VICTORY!! One of the best ways you can help is to encourage others to go to REGISTER HERE, to sign up for our email network. You will want to stay updated on this proposal as well as other pro-family legislation.
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President Barack Obama Forces Taxpayers to Fund, Promote Worldwide Abortions
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Barack Obama promised during the presidential campaign that he wanted to reduce abortions and said as much in a statement yesterday in association with the anniversary of Roe. Today, however, he betrayed that promise by forcing taxpayers to fund groups promoting and performing abortions overseas.
In an executive order, the president officially scrapped the Mexico City Policy that protected taxpayers from involvement in overseas abortions for eight years. Now, Obama will send hundreds of millions of dollars to groups that aggressively promote abortions on a worldwide scale.
Obama was slated to overturn on Thursday the protections President Bush put back in place following the Clinton administration, but Obama decided to wait.
He hoped his decision today to force taxpayers to fund foreign abortions will somehow make him seem less radical because he decided to wait until after the pro-life movement mourned the thirty-sixth anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
The executive order will make non-governmental groups that do abortions in other nations or lobby pro-life countries to overturn their abortion limits eligible for public funds.
During the Bush administration, such groups were prevented from receiving the family planning money or any aid through the State Department, if they would not back down from their pro-abortion agenda
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Abortion Advocates Giddy About Obama Order Reversing Mexico City Policy
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Abortion advocates were able to check off one of the items on the 55-page memo they gave to President Barack Obama as marching orders for his administration. In comments after Obama ditched the Mexico City Policy, key pro-abortion groups were giddy with excitement.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, whose abortion business stood to make millions from the decision, could hardly contain herself in an email to her supporters.
"I had no doubt it was going to happen, but I'm going to celebrate anyway. As one of his first official acts in office, President Obama has overturned the global gag rule," she said, referring to the derogative term for the policy and its limits on funding groups like hers that promotes and performs abortions.
"I'm sending our new president a message of thanks on behalf of ... those of us here in the U.S. who have been protesting the global gag rule since the day President Ronald Reagan first implemented it," Richards added.
Richards promised the abortion advocates that support her group that Obama is ready and willing to more to promote abortions.
"It's been a long eight years, and we have a lot more work to do to roll back President Bush's awful legacy," she claimed. "There is serious work to be done to rectify nearly a decade of bad policies, not just in the U.S. but around the world."
Next up Richards' pro-abortion agenda?
Sending taxpayer funds to the United Nations Population Fund, the agency that has worked hand in hand with the Chinese population control program that includes forced abortions and sterilizations.
"In the short term, we can keep moving in the right direction by restoring funding for UNFPA, the United Nations Popula
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Republicans Ask Obama to Back Down on Pro-Abortion Freedom of Choice Act
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A group of more than 80 pro-life Congressional Republicans have issued a letter calling on President Barack Obama to back down from his pledge to sign the Freedom of Choice Act. Obama made the pledge in July 2007 at a Planned Parenthood event.
At the time, Obama said he would make the radical bill the first piece of legislation he would sign as president.
"The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act," Obama said at the time. "On this fundamental issue, I will not yield. And Planned Parenthood will not yield."
House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio sent Obama the letter signed by his colleagues asking him to reverse his pledge to sign the FOCA bill that would make unlimited abortions the national law.
"Since the beginning of your presidential transition, Americans from all walks of life have been touched by your pledge to govern from the center, and by your vow to be a president for all Americans," Boehner wrote to Obama.
"We are writing to respectfully urge you to build on this foundation by withdrawing your pledge to sign the so-called Freedom of Choice Act, which would in one tragic act overturn virtually all pro-life laws nationwide and by refusing to support legislation that incrementally enacts the FOCA agenda by rescinding or weakening existing pro-life laws piece by piece," the letter said.
“You have expressed a desire to be a president for all Americans, and to use your presidency to promote initiatives that bring Americans together, rather than drive them apart," the letter, provided to LifeNews.com, also read. "We recognize it will not always be easy for you to do this. However, too much is at stake for this divisive and destructive legislation to move forward and life-saving laws to be rolled back."
The measure has been heavily criticized by pro-life advocates because it would also overturn hundreds of pro-life laws in place across the country.
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