My last post included an article about some pretty horrific crimes committed by a man named Kermit Gosnell. In my mind, the crime doesn’t stop with him. The Pennsylvania bureaucrats who allowed the gruesome slaughter of the unborn babies to go on for so many years have a share of the blame. Please go back and read the article if you haven’t either on this Blog or at LifeSiteNews.com.
I am truly sorry that we had to wait for the uncovering of such horrors before the liberals of our country would wake up and take some action. Gosnell and some coworkers have been charged with murder. But will this put an end to the abortion industry? No, it will not. But there have been some positive things happening in the last few days. We can rejoice that God is answering our prayers. A few “baby steps” (pardon the pun) have been taken to roll back the evil.
We can be thankful that on several fronts the tide seems to be reversed in favor of right to life for the unborn. Please continue to keep the following situations in your prayers:
1. The House of Representatives voted to strike down federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Every year Planned Parenthood receives 350 million dollars in funding from our taxes. Yet, as a supposed “non-profit” organization it makes $63 million a year performing over 300,00 abortions. A spokesperson from the American Center for Law and Justice reported that their office heard from over 55.000 people during the week before the Congressional vote, urging them to defund Planned Parenthood.
Though this is good news, we must not stop praying. It is uncertain what will happen to the bill when it goes to the Senate. And of course, President Obama has vowed to veto it.
2. This spring the largest “40 Days for Life” campaign will be gearing up – March 9 through April 17. Pro-life advocates from around the world will be committing to 40 days of constant prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigils outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices. They will also be doing community outreach. Their efforts have resulted in the closure of nine abortion centers, and at least 43 abortion industry employees have quit their jobs. The best news – 3599 children – and their mothers- were spared from abortion. These are the ones they know about. If you would like to participate this year, you can find more information at the 40daysforlife.com website.
3. In North Dakota, lawmakers passed a bill making it illegal to murder any human being from the moment of conception. Called “The Defense of Human Life Act” it gives protection to every human being at any stage of development. Pro-lifers in North Dakota are optimistic about the bill passing when it gets to the Senate, around March 10. If you live in N.D., call your senator. And pray fervently in the meantime.
Even more good news on top of that!! Five more states have “personhood” bills and amendments that they are working on. If you live in Georgia, Montana, Texas, Oklahoma, or Iowa, get in touch with your representatives and urge them on!!
This seems hard to believe that states are having to define “personhood”, but a key issue in the debate over whether or not the unborn child has a right to live is whether or not it is a human being. The pro-death group has done a good job of brainwashing the American public into thinking of the unborn baby as a “fetus”, something not quite human, or maybe just a blob of unwanted flesh.
But now, thanks to technology, millions of women are seeing pictures of their children in their wombs. The lie has been exposed. Unfortunately, at the present time, abortion is legal. A good way to stop it is to affirm that the child in the womb is a human being, and therefore killing it is murder.
Can this be having an affect on the pro-abortion forces? Yes! Consider the following:
1. Planned Parenthood CEO, Cecile Richards sent out an email on February 14, calling the possible defunding of their organization, “the worst attack – ever.” She is worried that the bill could “shut down every Planned Parenthood health center in America.” I don’t know if she is really afraid or exaggerating, but I hope she is getting the message that people are tired of funding an organization that aids and abets in the sexual exploitation of minors and young women.
2. In an interview reported on February 22, Frances Kissling, an abortion-rights activist has admitted that, “We can no longer pretend the fetus is invisible. The fetus is more visible than ever before, and the abortion-rights movement needs to accept its existence and its value. It may not have a right to life, and its value may not be equal to that of the pregnant woman, but ending the life of a fetus is not a morally insignificant event.” (Italics mine)
I believe that there may be a shift occurring now in the debate. Pro-abortion advocates will not be able to argue about the personhood of the “fetus” so they will shift the argument. They will now claim that the “fetus” does not have the right to live if the mother doesn’t want it.
Without an outpouring of God’s love, changing their hearts, we won’t be able to convince them. But I am happy that at least some babies will be spared now, thanks to the states with the courage to enact this “personhood” legislation. It isn’t all we could wish, but it’s a step in the right direction. Many babies will be spared when young women are told that the child is a human being from conception, and thanks to technology, can see a picture of the child in their womb and know that Planned Parenthood lied to them.
And so, to summarize, here are some things to do:
1. Thank God for the minor victories for the babies.
2. Continue to pray for the unborn and the women who may be making the worst decision of their lives. Pray for the women in the abortion industry and all pro-death legislators.
3. Pray for all of those people, especially the ones who are in the front lines for the fight for life, who give of their time and money that their efforts will be successful.
4. If you live in a state that is working on a “personhood” bill, pray specifically for it and encourage your representative to support it.. If you live in a different state, why not contact your legislator and give him or her this information and ask him or her to sponsor a bill in your state?
5. Consider participating in the 40 Days for Life. Even if your city does not have a vigil planned, you can participate in other ways.