Last year was such a disappointment for Pro-lifers at the federal level of government. Many people, including the hard-working Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List, were really disappointed in the Republican candidate, especially when he waffle-stomped on the issue of abortion at the last minute. I believe that if he had had any backbone, he may have come at least a little closer to winning.
Frankly, it’s too hard for anyone, except maybe Ron Paul and now he’s retired, to stand firm on this issue. The deck seems to be stacked against anyone who wants to stand for righteousness. Our federal government is full of selfish politicians only interested in power and feathering their own nests. They make up an elite group that protects each other. It doesn’t matter whether they are Republican or Democrat. There’s no way to win at the federal level because of their wicked, elitist, bi-partisan club.
We can rejoice though, that at the state level, the people still have some power. There are many exciting things happening in a number of states.
First of all, I would like to encourage everyone to get involved at your local or state level. Don’t ignore sending donations to groups working at the federal level, such as SBA, but if you only have limited time, spend it where it will do the most good.
If you live in a state that is working hard to protect the unborn, then praise God, and write to your congresspersons and thank them for their hard work. We often don’t contact our representatives until we’re angry about something. But those of you who live in Texas, Arkansas, North Dakota, or Mississippi especially need to let those who are responsible for the good things happening in your states know how much you appreciate their efforts. Other top Pro-life states are Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Virginia, Alabama, and South Carolina.
Here is a review of some of the exciting recent legislation:
Texas – Since January of this year, Texas now has a state-run health program for women that is better than the one they had under the federal government. And, they defunded Planned Parenthood (PP). This means that poor women in Texas can get care from facilities that do not just push abortion because that is how they make most of their money like PP does.
Arkansas – The Arkansas House of Representatives passed two bills limiting abortion on demand. As I write this I do not know if the governor has signed either into law. Call your governor and encourage him to do it. Thank your legislators for their efforts. While some may lament the “exception” clauses in the bills, thank God for small victories and press on for more. The tide is shifting in the right direction.
North Dakota – What a wonderful month for unborn babies in North Dakota! Let’s pray that their governor will sign all of the bills into law. This may make North Dakota the most Pro-life state in the country. Besides bills passed earlier in March, the legislature has now passed a personhood amendment. It will be an amendment to their constitution to be voted on by the people in November. If you are blessed enough to live in this state, start talking to all of your neighbors now. Even if you don’t live in this state, pray for them. It would be wonderful if this began a trend that would go all across the country. Several other bills are before the governor for his signature. Pray for Governor Dalrymple as he considers signing these.
Mississippi – Mississippians are doing their best to close down all of the abortion centers. The last one was being forced to close down because it didn’t meet the state’s safety laws. Abortion has not always been safe since legalized as promised by the pro-abortion adherents. Many women have died due to botched abortions.
Other states are chipping away at abortion on demand. In Florida, a bill has been filed to prohibit abortion for the purpose of selecting he child’s race or sex. Call and give your support to Representative Charles Van Zant and Senator Greg Evers. Some have criticized this bill because it doesn’t go far enough to end abortion, but let’s be realistic. It took us a long time to get to the place where women can demand abortion for any reason they want. It will take time to reverse the tide and remove all abortion from our land.
We are thankful for the hardworking, faithful legislators who are defenders of the helpless. Pray for all of them and support them.
Unfortunately, there are other states that seem to be doing their best to limit protection for unborn human beings. The ten worst states are “states of shame,” that go beyond federal protection of abortion on demand.
An example of this is the fact that in Oregon, a 15-year-old girl can get a free sterilization even if her parents do not consent to the procedure. Oregon has some of the worst abortion laws in the country.
The other nine “states of shame” are Washington, California, New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Hawaii, and Montana.
Washington topped the list for the fourth year in a row. It should come as no surprise then that Planned Parenthood is being sued for overbilling Washington State’s Medicaid program at least 50,000 times for a total of over $377 million dollars in illegal money. It would be interesting to do a survey to see if there is a correlation between fraud by Planned Parenthood and ease of abortion in the various states. Both activities are of course immoral. Organizations that deal in murdering helpless, unborn babies obviously do not have any conscience about cheating the taxpayers.
We pray that Congress will at last do a comprehensive investigation of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood’s grisly work should never have been funded by taxpayers in the first place; it is NOT constitutional.
If you live in one of these worst states join your local Pro-life group and find out what you can do to begin the legislative process for making changes in your state. There are organizations you can contact that will help you.
To put an end to Planned Parenthood, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on Legislation: LiveActionNews.org.
Above all “Pray without ceasing.”