I’m going to tell you a story. Over the course of a few years, worldwide killings totaled 17 million. These individuals did nothing to merit their deaths but were simply singled out because they were perceived to be “of lesser value”. Thousands and thousands fought against this slaughter of innocents, but the difficulty of that undertaking was never initially comprehended. Truly, it is a travesty of worldwide proportions.
But wait, you say, your numbers are wrong; many more children have been killed through abortions worldwide than what you’re reporting. That’s because I’m not talking about abortion. I’m talking about the WWII Holocaust.
You probably didn’t read a single story in the media about it, but this past Monday (1/27) was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It marks 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where over one million prisoners were killed.
What you saw in the media during the last two weeks was the March for Life held in DC. It attracted tens of thousands protesting Roe v. Wade and calling for protection of children across our nation. It was inspirational, with a speech by President Trump affirming his administration’s unwavering support for all life and the inherent God-given rights upon which our country was founded that protect these innocents. I want to personally thank all those who marched and were involved.
I know you’ve heard abortion compared to the Holocaust before, and there are many good reasons for this comparison. However, let’s move forward 75 years from now and consider what history will say about our fight against abortion.
Not unlike the Holocaust, I maintain that 75 years from now, we as a country will be judged as entering the abortion fight later than we should have, not fully comprehending the gravity of the situation initially. I would also make the argument that it will take many years from now to fully understand the inherent evil motivating the killing of these children – I’m not talking political parties – I’m talking evil. Finally, decades from now I believe that we will understand the need to commemorate these deaths in a solemn and permanent manner, not unlike the Holocaust.
When we lived in DC, our family visited the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. It was shocking and heartbreaking to say the least. What if there was a museum to commemorate the taking of lives through abortions? Something to be a permanent record of these killings. It would also be shocking and heartbreaking. The difference would be that the Holocaust Museum starkly shows why this mass extermination should never happen again; we can’t say that about abortion until it is gone from our country.
Please continue to pray, take action, and support organizations such as ours that fight for life here in North Dakota and in the halls of Congress. To help us win this fight, your financial support is critical. You can provide tax-deductible donations through our website anytime. Thank you for standing with us against the evil of abortion!
President and Executive Director
There are moments in life when you know you are witnessing history unfold. My first such recollection was 34 years ago today. I recall vividly when my elementary school principal came over the intercom and told us the Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded just after takeoff. A few years later, I watched Operation Desert Storm unfold from the T.V. in my living room. And, of course, none of us will forget watching the twin towers fall on 9-11.
It’s more difficult to recall positive history-making moments of my lifetime, but as of last Friday, there is one such event I am certain never to forget: when President Donald J. Trump addressed the national March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.
On Jan. 24, 2020, President Trump became the first sitting U.S. president ever to deliver a speech at the March for Life. And to my amazement, I stood beside him. More specifically, I was one of 19 women asked to stand with the president as he delivered his historic speech to the 47th annual March for Life.
This year’s march honored the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920. Many suffragist leaders were pro-life; they did not believe abortion to be beneficial to women. These women included Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul, who considered abortion the “ultimate exploitation of women.” It was humbling to remember these courageous female pioneers as I stood there — women who would no doubt smile and cheer at the sight of their sisters standing on that stage.
As I stood feet from the president, overlooking tens of thousands of pro-life men, women and children (estimates are 60,000 to 70,000 attended the rally, and a total of 350,000 joined the march itself), I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t see the end of the crowd, nor could I imagine the end to what this would mean to pro-life Americans. To say the president’s speech galvanized the pro-life community would be an understatement. It electrified us, gave us a shot in the arm unlike any other pro-life address could.
President Trump encouraged us with statements including “Young people are the heart of the March for Life — and it is your generation that is making America a pro-family, pro-life nation,” and made powerful declarations like “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House.” I personally appreciated his words to women and mothers: “Today, millions of extraordinary women across America are using the power of their votes to fight for the first right in the Declaration of Independence — the Right to Life,” and “To all of the moms here today: we celebrate you and we declare that mothers are heroes.”
Undergirding his strong rhetoric were many examples of his commitment to pro-life policies. President Trump recounted his Executive Order to reinstate and expand the Mexico City Policy, his support of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, his commitment to veto anti-life legislation, to protect faith-based adoption agencies and the rights of pro-life college students to speak freely. One of the loudest applause lines came when he recalled his appointment of 187 federal judges, including two Supreme Court justices.
The president did not simply “give a pro-life speech.” He delivered one of — if not the — strongest pro-life speeches I’ve ever heard. Moreover, his speech was God-honoring, including lines like “When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation,” and reminding us of Psalm 139, that “each person is wonderfully made.” Perhaps strongest of all was his concluding remark: “Every human soul is divine, and every human life — born and unborn — is made in the holy image of Almighty God.”
On the slight chance that this article makes it to the president, I would like him to know how profoundly grateful I was, and will always be, to have stood with him as he boldly and unashamedly proclaimed the unalienable right to life and the inherent dignity and value of every human life. It was an honor I will never forget, and a historic moment for which millions of Americans will forever be thankful.
Standing for life,
Director of External Relations
On a cold, blustery day in January in 1973, the Supreme Court announced its decision in the now famous case of Roe v. Wade sentencing millions of babies to death before they even breathed their first breath. On Tuesday, on a similarly cold day in January, hundreds of Kansans turned out to stand up for those lives and pray for the end of abortion.
Our March mirrored the thousands gathered last Friday in D.C. to let elected officials and the watching world know that all lives, no matter their location, should be cherished and protected. On Tuesday, I joined many of you at the rally for the March for Life in Kansas. There was a multitude of speakers from many walks of life, however, each of us was united in one cause.
In other pro-life news, Kansas has been named again in the Top 5 of pro-life states by our national ally Americans United for Life (AUL). AUL produces a yearly report that rates each state from 1 to 50. This is the second year that Kansas has ranked number 5.
Some of the reasons for this listing are that we ban abortions when it is proven that a baby can feel pain in the womb, we ban abortions based on sex selection, we have strong informed consent and waiting periods, and no taxpayer funds can be used for abortion, including subsidizing them through public health care exchanges.
Further, our laws that allow a criminal penalty to be enhanced if a person kills a pregnant woman and allowing a mother to recover civil damages if her child is killed in the womb, bolster our status as a strong pro-life state. However, there is still more work to be done, like making sure women know that it may be possible to reverse their chemical abortions and adopting a state constitutional amendment declaring that there is no right to abortion in the Kansas Constitution. If you would like to read the full report, it can be found here.
The national and state Marches for Life are a call for all of us to commit to praying and working to end abortion. We not only want to move up the pro-life list but more than anything we want to see the end of a culture that believes the death of a baby is right – we want to see a Kansas where life is cherished. And so, the march continues.
Marching with you,
Director of Advocacy
P.S. It was reported this week that, in 2017, there were 6,800 abortions in Kansas, which is the lowest number in 30 years and significantly less than the peak of 12,400 20 years ago. Our efforts are working – and we can work together to reduce that number even further.
Last Saturday, the annual Boise March for Life, sponsored by Right to Life of Idaho, took place, as it has for decades. Each year the March is a little different but the heartbeat is loud and strong to protect vulnerable preborn children and their mothers. Love stays alive!
Because the media largely ignored the March, you probably did not hear much about it – that is OK – we don’t march for them – we don’t march for ourselves. We march for babies who will never celebrate a birthday. We march for mothers who will be permanently damaged at the hands of the corporate abortion profiteers who see them as a commodity.
We march for the day when there will no longer be a need to march. Just imagine! A country where preborn children will no longer be in danger of the violence of abortion. Imagine that day when all preborn children will be respected and valued! Imagine!
Planned Parenthood is doing all it can to make sure that day never arrives. As the reality of surgical abortion becomes more well known, they are shifting to non-surgical, chemical abortions. It is essentially abortion by pill (RU-486) and it is far more cost effective and efficient for Planned Parenthood because it does not require much of them.
In Idaho, chemical abortions accounted for over 45% of all abortions in 2016.
Chemical abortion such as RU-486 is not contraception. The abortion pill is given to mothers at 5-7 weeks into their pregnancy. It is a 2-pill protocol to kill a baby whose heart has already begun to beat. The first pill effectively starves the baby to death and the 2nd pill, taken 2 days later, induces contractions and delivery of the deceased child. Often, the mother is alone while her baby dies and the resulting impact on her can be extreme.
This year, Right to Life is introducing a bill called “Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent”. The Bill would require abortionists to provide pregnant women critical information about stopping or reversing the effects of RU-486. Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is working with our allies in the pro-life community to get this life saving legislation enacted to help Idaho mothers in a crisis pregnancy to save the life of their baby.
At the Boise March, a sweet young mom, Rebekah Buell told the story of her own crisis pregnancy at 19. She found herself at Planned Parenthood where she took the first of the 2 pills. After she got home, she regretted her decision, but the clinic told her it was too late. Devastated, she kept researching and learned about a protocol that COULD save her baby. Her adorable little boy is now 4 ½ years old!
There are other women like Rebekah who have regretted starting RU-486, but without the knowledge that their baby could have been saved, live the rest of their lives in extreme guilt, mourning their child who died. How many of those 45% (581 women) in Idaho felt like Rebekah, but thought they had no choice?
This pro-life legislation will spare babies and their moms. It will give pregnant mothers the dignity of getting ALL the information about their “choice”. The abortion lobby will do all they can to stop us. But we don’t have to let that happen. With your help and your voice, they will know that we don’t just march.
The tide is turning, but we have more work and more praying to do!
What can we do? We can make our voice be heard!
- Forward these email updates to your friends and family. (Ask them to sign up for our email.)
- When we ask you to contact your legislator about this (or any) pro-life legislation, please commit to do so!
- Link arms with us in prayer for Idaho
- Support Family Policy Alliance of Idaho
One day, we may be able to celebrate that there is no more need to march for life. What a celebration that will be!!
I want to end the March for Life. I’m serious.
According to the most recent data, more than 33,000 babies are aborted in Georgia each year. That number does not include the growing number of babies that are killed via a prescription from a doctor- with a pill called RU-486. That’s essentially the size of Dalton, GA wiped out. Dead- ripped from the womb and torn apart before the opportunity to take their first breath.
With each March that passes, that means more and more death. So, while I will continue to join you and support the March until the day when abortion is no more, the need for the March should fill us with sorrow.
I am committed to ending the March for Life. I am committed electing pro-life leaders- convicted to do more than check the pro-life box and who will pursue with the dogged determination of William Wilberforce the abolition of abortion. And, I am committed to celebrating with you the day when all life is cherished here in Georgia and around the country.
I hope you will join me in this commitment.
Don’t forget- We have the opportunity to change the culture at the Capitol this year with the upcoming elections. The legislators pictured above are the pro-life leaders who attended the March for Life this year, and, if you want to grow that number, please support our election efforts.
Keep an eye out- In the coming weeks, we will have some BIG news about our support in the race to succeed Nathan Deal as the next Governor of Georgia. After an exhaustive vetting process, we will soon be ready to announce a decision that I could not be more excited about.
In case you missed it- We were quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution last week about a strong new religious freedom initiative from the Trump Administration.
What to pray for- With a number of bills we are focused on this session, please pray for our legislative efforts. Next week, I will send the bill numbers we are prioritizing with an action alert, but please be in prayer as we seek to glorify Him at the Capitol.
For His Glory,
President and Executive Director
On Monday, Robyn and I were privileged to participate in the 45th annual March for Life at the Capitol. It was a full day of activities, including briefings on legislation and the impending State Supreme Court decision, worship services, and a rally featuring abortion survivor and pro-life activist Melissa Ohden.
While standing outside on the cold, wet, windy afternoon I reflected on the marches I’ve attended in the past. Rarely is the weather better than dismal. It’s as if God desires the world see the steadfastness of his people – and their commitment to life.
One moment of the rally was especially moving. Kansans for Life’s Mary Kay Culp invited Governor Brownback to the podium, where several children presented him with 17 roses. The roses represented the 17,000 unborn babies whose lives were saved during the 7 years of Brownback’s administration. Culp shared that when first told of the figure, Brownback replied, “It would’ve been worth it if we saved just one.”
Brownback also reminded the crowd that he can only sign laws passed by the legislature. We should be grateful for the many pro-life lawmakers committed to making Kansas a place where life is cherished.
You can find more photos and video of the rally at the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas Facebook page. Give us a follow!
President and Executive Director
Many hot issues are still being debated in Washington D.C., but one thing that’s clear is that President Trump’s administration is keeping his commitment to protect life!
On January 20th, President Trump will have been in office for one year. It’s stunning how much difference that year has made in the fight to protect life and end abortion. In just one year, our country’s leadership has shifted from President Obama who asked God to “bless Planned Parenthood”—an organization responsible for the deaths of 321,384 preborn children according to their latest report—to President Trump who today became the first sitting president to address the annual March for Life live via satellite.
Here’s a snapshot of the important actions protecting life & religious freedom that have been taken at the federal level in one year:
- TODAY: President Trump became the first sitting president to address the annual March for Life live via satellite.
- TODAY: The U.S. House passed the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act by 241-183! This bill requires proper medical care be given to infants who survive an abortion–rather than abandoning them die excruciating deaths alone and then be thrown out as medical waste. Now the Senate needs to follow suit and send the bill onto President Trump.
- TODAY: President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services issued a letter ending the Obama Administration’s attempt to force states to include abortion providers in taxpayer funded Medicaid programs.
- TODAY: The Department of Health and Human Services also issued a new proposed rule to protect doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals from being forced to participate in abortions.
- TODAY: President Trump called on the Senate to send him the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—banning abortions after 20 weeks, the point at which preborn children can feel pain—and promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. The U.S. is one of only 7 countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks—including North Korea and China.
- YESTERDAY: President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services created a brand-new division on “Conscience and Religious Freedom,” charged with protecting doctors, nurses, and other medical professional from being forced to participate in abortions or assisted suicide.
- The Trump Administration issued guidance to enforce the requirement that taxpayer dollars not support abortions in Obamacare exchange plans.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions distributed strong legal guidelines across the entire government, designed to protect people of faith.
- The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor issued rules rules to protect Americans, like the Little Sisters of the Poor, from being forced to pay for health insurance that covers drugs that can cause early abortions.
- On the National Day of Prayer 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order, directing his administration to make protecting religious freedom and conscience rights a priority—signaling that the hostility toward people of faith and ministries by the previous administration had ended.
- On President Trump’s first week in office, he reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which protects $9 billion in taxpayer-funded foreign aid from being used to fund the global abortion industry.
What a difference 1 year makes!
“We are grateful that President Trump is serious about protecting life in America. Family Policy Alliance cares about electing prolife leaders and helping pass strong prolife laws in D.C. and in every state of the country because we care about the lives saved—and because each of those lives is an individual loved by and made in the image of our God,” said Paul Weber, President & CEO for Family Policy Alliance on today’s 45th annual March for Life.
“Roe v. Wade isn’t the final say on the life issue. Men and women of faith around our country who are committed to taking action will be the final say in protecting life and ending abortion,” Weber concluded.
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This week, I enjoyed celebrating the birthday of one of my best buddies: my now two-year-old son, Cade. Words cannot describe how much light, joy, and laughter that boy has brought to my heart. Here is what my sweet wife wrote on his birthday:
While Cade has brought an incredible blessing to our family, birthdays that should have been, go uncelebrated. The abortion crisis has cost the lives of millions, robbed countless homes of joy, and remains the greatest atrocity this world has ever known.
This week, we remember the horrific loss of life with the March for Life and Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Please join us in prayer for what we labor toward — a day where ALL human life is cherished, where abortion is eradicated, and there are no more uncelebrated birthdays.
If you want to march: Join Georgians from all over the state for the March for Life, hosted by our friends at Georgia Right to Life, at the Liberty Plaza near the Capitol. There will be a prayer service at 11:00am, and the march will start at 1:00pm. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email.
We also commemorated Religious Freedom Day: I joined allied organizations at the Capitol for a press conference on Tuesday to remember our ongoing battle for religious freedom here in Georgia. My remarks focused on the kind of world I want my children to grow up in — one where their religious freedoms are upheld and they can glorify God without fear.
And, we continue to fight for these things: The legislative session is now in full swing, and we are actively promoting legislation to strengthen the Right to Life as well as secure religious freedom for Georgians. If you support these efforts, please consider a contribution to Family Policy Alliance of Georgia.
President and Executive Director
This year’s March for Life will be an especially sweet celebration. From federal legislation to state law, preborn babies are more protected than ever.
Tom McClusky with March for Life talks to us about 40 years of work to save the lives of countless women and babies and a renaissance for the sanctity of human life.
Learn more at March for Life.