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By Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute
Not since 1973 has there been more opportunity for the pro-life movement to make substantial gains in our efforts to end abortion. And let’s face it, 24 months ago not many people thought Donald Trump would realistically be the 45th president who would make these advancements possible.
However, his boldness and strong leadership have proven to be good for America’s unborn babies and their parents. Here are our priorities for 2017:
Judge Neil Gorsuch, nominee to the US Supreme Court, opposes assisted suicide and euthanasia; wrote “no constitutional basis exists” for Roe v Wade; sided with Utah’s governor to end tax funding of Planned Parenthood; supported religious liberty by ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor.
De-funding of Planned Parenthood – a vote to divert 80 percent of the abortion giant’s funding to legitimate women community health centers throughout the nation.
Mexico City Policy – signed by President Trump to stop tax funding of international organizations that promote or provide abortion.
Nominations to Appellate and District Courts are critically important because most cases are settled there, with very few making it to the US Supreme Court.
Repeal of Obamacare – over 1,000 healthcare plans provide abortion services.
No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act – a permanent Hyde Amendment to prevent tax dollars from funding abortion throughout government and healthcare.
Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – federal legislation that would stop abortion at 20-weeks, well after a baby can feel the horrible pain of abortion.
Elimination of the Johnson Amendment – part of the IRS tax code that prohibits pastors and churches from opposing or supporting political candidates.
Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act – prohibits abortion that literally pulls a baby limb-from-limb inside the womb.
It’s time for a massive pro-life grassroots mobilization! And you play a crucial part in advancing gains to end abortion.
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