“Largest Movement of Social Reform Since the Civil Rights Movement” – Be a Part!
Since Roe v. Wade, over 58 million abortions have been performed in the United States. Planned Parenthood alone has been responsible for over 7 million abortions – more than any other abortion provider in the U.S. In 2015, they performed 323,999 abortions or roughly 900 per day.
In addition, recent undercover videos show that Planned Parenthood clinics have also been altering abortion procedures in order to obtain and sell intact aborted babies or their dismembered body parts.
And yet they continue to receive over half a billion dollars of taxpayer money every year from the federal government.
We agree with Representative Martha Roby, who declared to the House of Representatives,
“This is one of those moments that – as a nation and as a people – we have to ask ourselves, “who are we? Are we really going to tolerate this inhumanity? Are we going to look the other way while babies are brutally killed and organs harvested for profit?” These aren’t specimens! These are babies for goodness’ sake!”
United Families International applauds both houses of the U.S. Congress who recently passed a bill intended to remove taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. We were also disappointed-but-not-surprised to learn last Friday that President Obama vetoed the bill.
However, even this disappointment represents a monumental accomplishment!
This was the first time that both houses of Congress passed such a bill. Never in40 years has a bill defunding the abortion business reached the president’s desk. Now we know that it can be done! That is why it is so important that we vote a pro-life President into the White House this year, so we can do it again and get it signed into law.
As our friends at LiveActionNews remind us, we should be encouraged and energized for 2016 because “a similar situation happened with the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, which was passed by Congress in 1995 and 1997 and was vetoed both times by President Bill Clinton. The legislation passed again in 2003, after Clinton left office, and was signed into law by his successor, President George W. Bush.”
The Pro-Life Movement is Growing
Since 1973 when Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the United States, the pro-life movement has grown into “the largest movement of social reform since the civil rights movement.” One visual example of this is the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. An estimated 800,000 people attended the 2015 march – and interestingly, “nearly two-thirds of them appeared to be under the age of 30.”
In fact, today’s millennials are “bucking trends on abortion approval. Over half now say the practice is wrong.” This is partly because many of them feel they are survivors of the sexual revolution, as expressed by twenty-eight-year-old Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life:
“The undeniable fact is that nearly a third of my generation was killed by abortion. We are missing brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, husbands and wives. But [we’re] determined to set it right. We’ve seen the ultrasounds of our siblings, Googled ‘abortion’ and seen the bloody images, and sat with a friend as she cried about her abortion. . . This isn’t our grandmother’s pro-life movement anymore: It belongs to this generation of survivors — to those of us who could have been legally aborted when we were in our mothers’ wombs and survived.”
Next week, thousands of people will be boarding buses to attend the 2016 March for Life in Washington D.C., on January 22, the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Thousands more will be attending hundreds of other marches, rallies, speeches, and events across the nation. All of these efforts help raise awareness of the precious gift of life and continue to build the momentum that is making a difference in the world.
One of these differences is reflected in the stunning fact that the rate of abortions in the United States has declined by 12% since 2010. Together we can continue to contribute to this lifesaving trend!
What Can you Do?
We at United Families invite you to join our efforts by:
• Forwarding this email to family and friends – especially young adults
• Finding and supporting a pro-life event near you on or around January 22
• Watching for and supporting pro-life bills in upcoming legislative sessions
• Voting for an unflinchingly pro-life Presidential candidate
• Encouraging your young adult children and friends to register to vote, and to vote for a pro-life President.
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. We encourage you to do something to protect the precious gift of life and do it this year!
United Families International, President
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