A group of 40 pro-life leaders have penned a letter to Congress urging them to pass six important pieces of pro-life legislation in the new term.
The letter calls on Congress to pass the following bills:
- Heartbeat Protection Act
- Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
- Protecting Individuals With Down Syndrome Act
- SAVE Moms and Babies Act
- No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act
- Conscience Protection Act
Focus on the Family Vice President Tim Goeglein, a signatory of the letter, said, “[It is] a kind of road map, setting out with our pro-life comrades and allies the major public policy priorities as the new Congress opens.”
“[Focus is] keen to be part of moving the pro-life issue forward with measurable momentum in the year ahead,” he added.
“All of the public policy priorities are important to us. The born-alive legislation and the defunding of Planned Parenthood are particularly well-timed and relevant to the national debate fiscally and values-wise.”
Some of the signers included Kevin Roberts, President of the Heritage Foundation; Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List; Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life; Lila Rose, Founder of Live Action; and Craig DeRoche, President of Family Policy Alliance.
The letter notes that now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, “the American people – through their elected representatives – will determine our nation’s abortion policy.”
“The American people responded by electing a pro-life majority to the people’s House, and Members have a duty to advance the cause of life in 2023. We … urge you to exercise Congress’s constitutional authority to legislative abortion policy at the federal level and pursue a robust pro-life agenda.”
Members cannot squander the opportunity to advance policies that protect innocent life in the first Congress to convene in post-Roe America.
Pro-life bills from the people’s elected representatives, in both federal and state legislative bodies, are likely the best way for the pro-life cause to advance in the legal sphere.
Tragically, we saw that in 2020, six of six ballot measures on abortion voted on in various states (Kansas, Montana, Kentucky, California, Michigan and Vermont) were won by the anti-life side. This was due, in part, to a massive spending advantage for the anti-life side over the pro-life movement.
It’s been clear for a long while now that abortion is big business, especially for large organizations like Planned Parenthood, who are willing to spend whatever it takes to ensure abortion – and hence one of their revenue streams – remains available.
Planned Parenthood alone spent a record $50 million in the 2022 midterm elections, while along with two other pro-abortion groups, NARAL Pro-Choice America and EMILY’s List, these three anti-life organizations spent an astounding $150 million on the 2022 midterm elections.
In a recent interview with the Daily Citizen, Human Coalition President Jeff Bradford said that according to numbers he’s seen, it’s estimated that pro-abortion groups combined spent $400 million on the 2022 midterm elections alone. That’s for one single election cycle.
Unless the pro-life movement is willing to invest substantially more resources to convince people to vote for life on ballot measures, the best bet for protecting more babies under the law remains with elected pro-life state and federal representatives.
Let’s pray and encourage our congressmen and senators to vote for life so that we see such action from the meeting of the 118th United States Congress.
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