PLANNED PARENTHOOD ABORTION FACILITIES
TARGET AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES By
Susan W. Enouen, P.E.
Since the legalization
of abortion in 1973, African Americans have taken a disproportionate blow to their
population growth. Although today there are thirty-four million African Americans
in the US, fourteen million unborn black American babies have been aborted since
1973, representing over one fourth of their potential population.1 Today, blacks
account for 12.3% of the American population, but African American women receive
36% of the abortions and are three times more likely than white women to have
an abortion.2 The sad fact is, more African American babies have been killed by
abortion since 1973 than the total number of African American deaths from AIDS,
violent crimes, accidents, cancer and heart disease combined.3
factor that has contributed to this tragedy is the lasting influence of Margaret
Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Sanger began
the Negro Project in 1939 to promote birth control as a solution to
the poverty and degradation experienced, at that time, by blacks in general. Sanger
was a strong proponent of birth control for the unfit in society,
who she believed should be discouraged from reproducing.4 Sanger sought to prevent
the growth of certain segments of society, including blacks, through legislation
or easy availability of sterilization and birth control. She recognized that these
efforts might be seen as an attempt at racial genocide, and that the best approach
must include recruiting and training African American doctors and ministers to
help with the project. Margaret wrote in a letter to Clarence Gamble dated October
19, 1939, The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through
a religious appeal. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate
the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that
idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.5 She convinced
black leaders that birth control and sterilization would improve the welfare
of the Negro population, and she enlisted their help in a mission to reduce
maternal and infant mortality through birth control (as opposed to better pre-natal
and medical care).6 Thus began an undeniable effort to limit the growth of the
African American population, irrespective of the intent.
legacy to society is represented and promoted today by Planned Parenthood. For
years, pro-life leaders have insisted that Planned Parenthood has targeted African
Americans for abortion by placing their abortion facilities in black communities.
Two separate studies relying on Census 2000 statistics verify that this claim
is indeed supported by the data. Randy Hall of CNSNews published results of the
first study in a Feb. 7, 2005 article, Abortion Causing Black Genocide,
Activists Say.7 Although Planned Parenthood does not provide a comprehensive
list of its abortion facilities, Hall obtained the locations of 160 US Planned
Parenthood abortion outlets from the website of Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP)
International. Hall compared the percentage of African Americans in the cities
where these facilities were located to the percentage of African Americans living
in that particular state. The results showed that 62.5% of these Planned Parenthood
facilities were located in cities having a higher black percentage than the state.
In a separate study, initiated by Life Issues Institute, a similar set of
Planned Parenthood abortion facilities that existed in 2002-2003 was obtained
from Life Dynamics, Inc., an investigative pro-life organization. This set included
151 Planned Parenthood abortion outlets and their locations in the United States.
Using Census 2000 Summary File 1, each facility location was analyzed for the
percentage of African American residents within one-, three- and five-mile radiuses
of the facility, respectively. The percentages within the appropriate abortion
facility radiuses were compared to the African American percentage of the city
where the facility was located. This would determine if there was any indication
that the facility was placed in a more predominantly black neighborhood. In addition,
the radius and city percentages were compared to the state percentage to see if
either of these was higher than the state overall. Using this set of criteria,
60% of the abortion facilities had surrounding black populations that were measurably
higher than either the city or the state average. Significantly, 34% of the facilities
had a black population more than 5 percentage points higher than the surrounding
city or state. Considering that African Americans comprise only 12.3% of the national
population, this is a notable variance.
representative example is Des Moines, Iowa, where the overall state percentage
of African Americans is 2.1%. Des Moines itself is 8.1% black. Within a one-mile
radius of the abortion facility, the percentage of African Americans is 26.5%.
Another case in point would be West Hartford, Connecticut, where the state percentage
is 9.5%. West Hartford itself is lower, at 4.8%. Yet, within a five-mile radius
of the abortion facility, the percentage of African American residents is 19.6%.
A final example would be the city of Syracuse, New York, where the abortion facilitys
three-mile radius shows a percentage of 25.8%, which is similar to the city percentage
of 25.3%, but significantly higher than the state average of 15.9%.
These studies suggest a strategic intent behind Planned Parenthoods placement
of its abortion facilities. Not surprisingly, many of the facilities are placed
in large metropolitan areas, where the percentage of African Americans tends to
be higher. However, large city abortion outlets account for only about 25% of
the 151 facilities in the second study. In California, for instance, there were
a total of 40 Planned Parenthood abortion facilities listed. Of the 28 that were
not located in large cities, 50% still showed appreciably higher percentages of
African Americans surrounding the facilities than either the city or state average.
This was also true in Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Washington and Utah,
all of which had a larger number of their abortion facilities in smaller cities.
Parenthood has made a concerted effort to distance itself from Margaret Sanger
and her eugenics-motivated international birth control movement. Her slogans included,
More children from the fit, less from the unfit - that is the chief aim
of birth control,8 and Birth Control: to create a race of thoroughbreds.9
From its inception, the birth control movement was a mechanism used by the social
elitists to control the population growth of the lower echelons of society.10
Although birth control today is used as a lifestyle choice rather than primarily
a eugenics tool, Planned Parenthood still follows the legacy of Margaret Sanger
in the changing of societal views about birth control and abortion. Sanger successfully
promoted the idea that it was desirable to prevent the births of those unwanted
by society, a scheme with ramifications that have expanded into the acceptance
of abortion. Planned Parenthoods financial benefit from this societal shift
amounted to $273,000,000 in net profits for the last five fiscal years. During
the same time period, they received $1.06 billion in government grants and contracts.11
Its clear that the strategic placement of their abortion facilities matches
their financial incentive to make abortions highly accessible to the women in
this targeted population.
This deadly trend begun by Margaret Sanger,
and advanced by the abortion industry, must be reversed. We can begin the process
by educating the African American community about the devastation this path continues
to wreak upon the black population. As of the 2000 Census, African Americans are
no longer the largest minority in the US.12 Without a concerted effort, this course
is not likely to change anytime soon. The time has come to change hearts and minds
so that African American women and their unborn babies will be spared the tragedy
of abortion. Our nations future depends upon it.
US Census Bureau; 2000 Census 2 US Center for Disease Control Abortion Surveillance
Report 11/26/04 Accessed at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/ preview/mmwrhtml/ss5212a1.htm 3
Based on cumulative statistics provided by the US Center for Disease Control;
Accessed at: http://blackgenocide.org/ negro.html 4 Tanya L. Green, The
Negro Project: Margaret Sangers EUGENIC Plan for Black Americans, Life Education
And Resource Network (LEARN); p. 2. Accessed at: http:// blackgenocide.org/negro.html 5
Linda Gordon, Womans Body, Womans Right: A Social History of Birth
Control in America, (New York, Grossman Publishers) 1976; p. 333. 6 Tanya L.
Green, The Negro Project: Margaret Sangers EUGENIC Plan for Black Americans,
Life Education And Resource Network (LEARN); pp 3-5. Accessed at: http:// blackgenocide.org/negro.html 7
Randy Hall, Abortion Causing Black Genocide, Activists Say, CNSNews,
Feb. 7, 2005. Accessed at: http://www.cns news.com/ViewSpecialReports.asp?Page=\
SpecialReports \archive \200502\SPE20050207a.html 8 Margaret Sanger, Birth
Control Review, May 1919 (Vol. III, no. 5); p. 12. 9 Ibid., November 1921 (Vol.
V, no. 11); p. 2. 10 Elasah Drogin, Margaret Sanger, Father of Modern Society,
(CUL Publications) 1989; pp. 12-13. 11 PPFA Annual Reports 1998/99 - 2002/2003.
Accessed at: http://www.all.org/stopp/04tbacpa.htm 12 US Census Bureau; 2000
Susan W. Enouen, P.E., is currently a homemaker
and volunteer with a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University.
Her professional experience includes work in data analysis and research for the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Dupont, and Battelle Memorial
Institute. She and her husband, Robert, live in Cincinnati, OH with their three
ISSUES Today with
J.C. Willke, M.D.
Truth About Fetal Pain
An article recently published
in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (August 24, vol.
294, p.947) has caused quite a stir. The authors claim that the fetus neurological
pathways in its brain that allow the conscious perception of pain
do not function until after 28 weeks. To say that there has been an explosion
of criticism is quite an understatement. Reactions to it have centered on basically
One is that preemie infants born prior to 29 weeks, and
as early as 22-23 weeks, do show ample evidence of feeling pain as they react
to painful stimuli, withdraw from it and cry. A second major comment has been
that the article offers no new research but merely goes over certain previous
findings. Third, much has been made of the inferred bias of the authors, one of
whom is the medical director of the abortion facility at San Francisco General
Hospital. It has been reported that this hospital commits 600 abortions a year,
done in the 5th and 6th months of pregnancy. The other author previously worked
for NARAL. These are valid comments, and in and of themselves go a long way to
destroy the scientific credibility of the article. However, it is obvious that
a more in-depth analysis would be helpful.
Having read the article carefully,
I was immediately struck by the fact that if you can change a definition to fit
your needs, then it is easy to prove your point. Changing the commonly accepted
definition of pain is the heart of the matter. Note above that the article speaks
of conscious perception of pain. Further, they defined pain as a
sensory and emotional experience that requires the presence of consciousness to
permit recognition of stimulus as unpleasant. Their definition of pain is
If we define pain as being cerebral, if we define it as
only existing when there is consciousness and memory, if we define all other responses
to noxious stimuli as mere reflexes that really dont hurt, then the article
has certain merit. But herein lies the basic falsehood of their analysis. As a
matter of fact, you do not need consciousness to react to a painful stimulus.
Furthermore, you dont even need cerebral hemispheres. Several examples will
If you put your finger on a hot stove, you will pull
it back immediately. Your finger will be off of that hot burner prior to when
your brain consciously registers pain. That is a reflex, yes, but the fact that
it is a reflex does not mean that it didnt hurt, for your finger certainly
hurt and later developed a blister.
Anencephalic babies are born without
the higher parts of their brain. All they have is a brain stem. Therefore, they
certainly do not have consciousness. Some of them live several days or longer.
During this brief neonatal period, if you stick them with a needle, or their diapers
are wet, they will cry. Do they feel pain? I doubt if any mother, father or attending
physician would claim that this is not pain, for it obviously is.
look at another example as early as 8 10 weeks of fetal age intrauterine.
If you stick this developing baby in the palm of her hand with a needle, she will
withdraw her hand. She will also open her mouth. We can compare this to a newborn
infant who is stuck with a pin while being changed in a cloth diaper. Said baby
will withdraw his little butt and complain loudly. All three of these reactions
are the same.
What then is the neural mechanism of this? A peripheral
or surface pain stimulus is carried by way of a sensory nerve to a portion of
the brain stem called the thalamus. The thalamus resembles a switchboard. It directs
the pain message down a motor nerve. This motor nerve goes to the fetuss
palm or the diapered babys little butt and activates a muscular recoil,
the same as pulling your finger from the hot burner.
Until somewhat recent
years, there was a certain amount of conventional wisdom in the medical field
that very premature babies could not feel pain. Because of this, a born preemie
would be operated on without any anesthetic. That has largely been disproved in
recent years by a series of articles, which report that not only does a premature
baby (or fetus) feel pain, but also that this tiny person feels far more generalized
and severe pain than an adult.
The reason for this is the myelin sheath.
A myelin sheath is basically an insulation. It can be compared to the covering
over an electric wire. That wire receives an electric charge at one end and delivers
it out the other end without that electric charge escaping enroute because of
the insulated covering. Grown children and adults have their peripheral nerves
sheathed in myelin so that the stimulus at one end carries to the thalamus without
impacting the tissues it passes through on the way. This localizes the pain to
where the noxious stimulus is applied. It is now known that an older fetus and
premature babies do not have this protective myelin sheath or do not have it completed.
Because of this, a pain stimulus at one end is not just felt at the tip where
this stimulus is applied, but probably is felt all along the course of that exposed
nerve fiber. This being true, that tiny infant then feels far more agonizing pain
than the older child or adult subject to the same painful stimulus.
quote a few authorities. Dr. Jean Wright at Emory University said, Infants
at 23 weeks show very highly specific and well coordinated physiologic and behavioral
responses to pain similar to older infants. Blechschmidt has stated, At
7 weeks of fetal age they twitch or turn their head away from a stimulus in the
same defense maneuver seen at all stages of life. Matviuw has said, By
13 weeks, the fetal organic response to pain is more than a reflex. It is an integrated
physiological attempt to avert the noxious stimulus. (See Abortion Questions
and Answers by the author, 1991, pages 65-69.)
But isnt it true
the unborn baby cannot tell us that he or she feels pain? Good question. But there
is an answer. Pain can be detected when nociceptors (pain receptors) discharge
electrical impulses to the spinal cord and brain. They fire impulses outward telling
the muscles in the body to react, as I noted above. These can be measured. Further,
changes in heart rate and fetal movements, as well as movement of the newborn
preemie, also suggest a response to painful stimulus. Most recently, the United
States District Court for the southern district of New York received extensive
testimony from experts on both sides regarding fetal pain during partial-birth
abortion. The testimony of one doctor, Kanwaljeet Anand, (which was not challenged)
described that fetuses undergo severe pain during abortion procedures.
of those who defended the controversial JAMA article was Dr. David Grimes, who
until recently was chief of the department of OB-GYN at the same San Francisco
General hospital as one of the authors. We might note that Grimes, along with
Dr. Cates, for many years did second and third-trimester abortions in Atlanta.
Cates authored an article suggesting that the financial charge for a late-term
abortion be calibrated on the length of the fetal foot. Grimes, since that time,
has been a notorious defender of unrestricted abortions.
In closing, I
note that the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (S51, HR356,) requires that the
mother be told a late-term abortion will cause pain and that the fetal infant
be given an anesthetic. The obvious purpose of the authors of the JAMA paper was
to damage the prospects of passage of this bill. Considering the above, we hope
their attempt will be counterproductive and that the bills will pass.
SUPPORTS ABORTION INDUSTRY by
a past issue of Life Issues Connector we informed you of the close relationship
between the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Planned Parenthood and
other abortion mills. Wed like to bring you up-to-date information regarding
the ongoing partnership between state affiliates of the Komen Foundation and the
The Komen Foundation was founded in 1982 by Nancy Goodman
Brinker after losing her sister, Susan Komen, to breast cancer. The key to Komens
financial success has been its annual Race for the Cure, a 5K run/fitness walk,
which began as a single event in Dallas in 1983.
Most people are familiar
with the Race for the Cure and have a positive impression of the organization.
Many pro-lifers have participated in one or more of the races. The Komen Foundations
mission is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing
research, education, screening and treatment. A few years ago we reported
on the darker side of the Komen Foundation that is, its partnership with
those who promote abortion, a linked cause to breast cancer.
Life of Indianapolis has done a stellar job of researching the latest information
on the Komen Foundation as it relates to abortion. We are pleased to share some
of this with you. More information can be accessed through our website at http://www.lifeissues.org/AbortionBreastcancer/komen/index.htm.
This includes a list of Komen affiliates and exactly what they have funded, as
well as documentation.
Right to Life of Indianapolis obtained this information
directly from the affiliates websites, personal correspondence with the
Komen Foundation staff and representatives, press releases and news articles.
This recent data comes as a big disappointment to pro-lifers everywhere. The
Komen Foundation funds a significant amount of noble and very worthwhile research
programs. However, this cannot erase the fact that they also fund a portion of
the abortion industry, which ironically could be causing the very breast cancer
they strive to eradicate.
Further, the Komen Foundation has taken a clear
opposing view to the overwhelming evidence regarding the link between abortion
and breast cancer. Their website lists abortion first under factors not
related to breast cancer. It appears that the Komen Foundation has placed
politics over the lives of women. Twenty-eight out of thirty-seven worldwide studies
have independently linked abortion with breast cancer. Seven studies report a
more than twofold-increased risk.
There are about 115 Komen affiliates
in twenty-two states throughout the nation. At least 112 of them sponsor a Race
for the Cure fundraising event. At least 48 of them have given grants to Planned
Parenthood facilities and other abortion mills. Over 100 grants have been given
to these entities of the abortion industry since 1998.
is the nations largest single provider and promoter of abortion. Based upon
scientific evidence, thousands of additional women may be dying from breast cancer
every year as a result of the abortions Planned Parenthood performs throughout
the nation. In reality, the Komen Foundation may be aiding and abetting the spread
of breast cancer by funding Planned Parenthood and other abortion mills.
Planned Parenthoods annual report of 2003-2004 showed that they increased
the number of abortions performed from 230,630 in 2002 to 244,628 in 2003. This
is an increase of 6.1%. At the same time, Planned Parenthood actually did 13.3%
fewer breast exams and breast care.
Eve Sanchez Silver was a Hispanic/Latina
Advisory Council Member for the Komen foundation. She resigned in protest when
she became aware of Komens association with the abortion industry. Ms. Silver
said, Susan G. Komens concern for the health of women is now parallel
to Planned Parenthoods concern for the health of the children that they
In spite of the growing controversy, the Komen Foundation
hasnt changed their pro-abortion philosophy. Planned Parenthood of San Antonio
and South Central Texas stated on their website that the leadership at Komen
has pledged full support of Planned Parenthood.
is more than happy to wrap its name within the goodwill and image of the Susan
G. Komen Foundation. The emphasis on breast exams, even though they are spending
less resources and time doing them, detracts from the reality that they commit
nearly one quarter million abortions every year.
Go to the above link
to see if your local Komen affiliate is involved in supporting the abortion industry.
Dont assume they are in the clear if theyre not on the list. As this
controversy grows, they may be trying to hide their association. Do further research
to find out. Regardless, meet with your local representative and share the scientific
information that demonstrates a link between abortion and breast cancer. You can
find more information at our website, www.lifeissues.org.
If they refuse to stop funding the abortion industry, contact companies that support
their efforts. Send out a press release and do media interviews. Educate your
community to this unholy alliance if it exists in your area.
will be the most effective way to persuade Komen affiliates to divest themselves
of the abortion industry. Its important you do what you can in your own
GIRL SCOUTS PRO-ABORTION by
J.C. Willke, M.D.
The National Girl Scouts
continual drift into radical pro-abortion feminism was recently highlighted. A
major speaker at their annual October convention was Kavita Ramdas, president
and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, a radical pro-abortion feminist organization.
Ms. Ramdas was quoted on its website in 2003 stating, As women in the US
celebrate the 30th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, we are proud to bring you highlights
of ongoing efforts to protect womens reproductive health and rights.
Another major speaker was Dr. Johnetta Cole, an equally radical, pro-abortion
feminist who keynoted this national convention in Atlanta.
leadership should have learned a lesson last year in Waco, Texas. There, a Girl
Scout council cosponsored a teen sex education conference with Planned Parenthood
and honored its executive director. When this was publicized, there was a literal
explosion from parents and the community. A cookie boycott was called. Only after
a firestorm of protest did the Council sever its ties with Planned Parenthood.
However, the national organization had not changed. On NBCs Today Show,
Kathy Cloninger, the CEO of Girls Scouts USA, admitted that it partners
with Planned Parenthood across the country to bring information based sex education
programs to girls. In response to this, STOPP International surveyed all
350 Scout councils. Eighty percent refused to answer. 17 councils said they do
associate with Planned Parenthood, and 49 said they do not.
bishop told his 30 Catholic troops Scouting troops should not support, encourage,
or in anyway endorse the activities and programs of Planned Parenthood or any
other organization espousing similar beliefs and practices. Those who embrace
such beliefs will not be permitted the use of parish or school facilities.
Documented Examples: - A former
Planned Parenthood official has been appointed to lead the Great Plains Council
of the Girl Scouts in Nebraska. - Junior Girl
Scouts in Pennsylvania can attend a workshop on puberty, designed by Planned Parenthood,
and earn a badge. - Connecticut Girl Scouts honored
a Planned Parenthood official for promoting health practices in local
troops. - Amarillo, Texas, Girl Scouts sponsored
a Planned Parenthood sex education seminar for 4th through 8th graders. -
The national organization openly acknowledged its acceptance of lesbians
in leadership positions. - In Philadelphia, to
earn their badge to be a woman they may refer to Planned Parenthood
as a resource. This could include touring an abortion clinic. -
Kathryn Lopez with the National Review wrote, The time is long past
when parents decide what a girls lifestyle should be. -
Some years ago, Girls Scouts began purging materials of positive references
to homemakers. - The Scouts now promote girl
empowerment, focusing heavily on a narcissistic devotion to self.
So if you think that your 12-year-old daughter who joined the scouts to go hiking,
collect leaves, make candles and do bird watching is in safe hands, it may be
time for you to investigate what your Girl Scout troop and council are doing.
We must emphasize there are hundreds of troops that still observe the traditional
family- and God-centered practices of the original Girl Scouts. But the philosophy
coming down from National is spreading. In the meantime, understand that there
are 3.7 million Girl Scouts, each of whom pays a $10 membership fee which goes
directly to the National office. This brings over $26,000,000 a year into its
national treasury. The National Catholic Register in May noted that there are
still some Christian people in its leadership, but We are outnumbered. The
feminists have been infiltrating for too long. We should have started fighting
back ten years ago.
Exists As an alternative to the pro-abortion mentality in
the leadership of the Girl Scouts of America, Patti Garibay, a former Girl Scout
leader in Cincinnati, founded the national American Heritage Girls. It has troops
in 32 states. Its program includes the Judeo-Christian values on which our country
was founded. It strives to enhance the girls life experiences with fun-filled
activities supervised by trained adults, supported by family members and to do
all the things that Girl Scouting was originally founded to do.
National Girl Scout Promise, I will try to serve God, God now has
an asterisk indicating that you can interpret this word anyway you wish and substitute
it with any other word. Patti Garibay said, God in our lives is not
optional. We believe that character building programs for youth, such as scouting,
demands a moral compass. Our scouting programs are based on a philosophical basis
of biblical truths and a continued commitment to assist girls as they grow in
their relationship with Christ. For more information, contact American Heritage
Girls at www.ahgonline.org.
From The Executive
It's So Important
As you read this, The US
Senate and America at large are debating the second vacancy on the US Supreme
Court. Media attention on filling this crucial position will be intense. Even
the Katrina hurricane coverage couldnt squelch the many hours news networks
dedicated to the John Roberts hearings and votes. Expect an even more shrill debate
with the OConnor vacancy.
Why? Because Sandra Day OConnor
was a pro-abortion justice. She voted to reaffirm Roe v. Wade, which legalized
abortion-on-demand and unleashed a modern-day holocaust on our nation. Since then,
over forty-five million babies have needlessly died for the sacred entitlement
to so-called reproductive rights. In its wake, abortion has left millions
of mothers and fathers in emotional turmoil and devastation. Only God knows the
tally of chaotic fallout that has ensued since 1973 suicide, alcohol and
drug abuse, promiscuity, abuse of women and children, and the list goes on. Wed
all be shaken to our core to fully realize the cost of human suffering abortion
But why is the secular media so keenly intent on covering
this Supreme Court story and trying to affect its outcome? Is keeping abortion
legal throughout pregnancy that important to them? Well, yes and no. Legal abortion
is certainly one of the mainstream medias pet political issues. Pro-abortion
Supreme Court justices would ensure that abortion-on-demand continues unabated.
However, the Supreme Court is the final authority on many social issues of
monumental impact and importance on all of our lives. The Courts have advanced
a liberal social agenda when elected legislative bodies have blocked it. Heres
a brief sampling of what the future agenda holds for the Supreme Court. These
dont all pertain to the life issues, but this short list will clearly demonstrate
that the moral fabric of our society is at stake.
Abortion. The Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a ban on this
gruesome procedure, which kills babies during delivery, was unconstitutional.
Justice OConnor had previously voted to strike down this humane ban. A pro-life
replacement to OConnor would mean Partial-Birth Abortion could be stopped
Parental Notification. The
New Hampshire state legislature passed a law that requires a parent be notified
before their minor daughter can undergo a surgical abortion. It didnt require
permission, but only notification. The First US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled
this unconstitutional and an undue burden on a minors right
to abortion (previous wording by Justice OConnor).
Suicide. Oregon legalized the use of federally controlled substances
to be used for physician-assisted suicide. Those whose quality of life
isnt up to par are allowed to kill themselves with the help of a physician.
The Bush administration is challenging Oregons law.
Picketing. The radical pro-abortion group, NOW, is trying to use racketeering
laws to prevent peaceful pro-life picketers from exercising their first amendment
rights. Lower courts have been reluctant to cooperate with two previous Supreme
Court ruling in favor of the pro-lifers.
Social Issues. Some want to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance.
In another case, some federally funded schools are protesting against the militarys
ability to exclude openly homosexual soldiers, so they wont let military
recruiters have access to their campuses. In yet another, the Bush administration
is challenging a church that wants to use hallucinogenic and potentially dangerous
tea in its religious rituals.
Now imagine how many critical issues the
Supreme Court will be facing in the next decade. The makeup of the Court will
greatly affect your children and grandchildren for years to come.
close are we to correcting Roe v. Wade? If we are successful in replacing Justice
OConnor with a pro-life justice, we will still need one more to retire Roe
to the ash heap of history where it belongs. Dont be fooled by pro-abortion
activists and politicians that say this vacancy will tip the balance of power
on the Court. We still need one more justice.
Its also vitally important
to realize that when Roe is ultimately corrected, it is far from the end of our
battle to end abortion. A post-Roe society will simply place the authority of
life or death over millions of unborn babies into the hands of state legislatures.
Currently, only 7 states have laws on their books that will protect the unborn
after Roe. They are Louisiana, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Arkansas, Michigan,
Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Further, this only represents 10% of the nations
population. Even after Roe, it is estimated one million babies will die from abortion
Dont lose hope. This is a huge step in the right direction!
It will create a political environment where grassroots pro-life advocates can
make substantial gains in protecting innocent unborn life. Correcting Roe isnt
the final answer, but we cant save babies without it.
As you can
see, so much is at stake. We must make sure solid, pro-life justices are seated
on our nations highest court. Let your voice be heard! Contact your senators,
tell your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and fellow church members. The
pro-life community must engage in this process and work to influence the final
outcome. Quite literally, millions of babies are counting on YOU!
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day over 3,200 women choose abortion to resolve an unexpected pregnancy. Every
day, the abortion industry cranks out, in assembly line fashion, thousands of
mothers and fathers who will ultimately anguish over the life of their baby lost
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Dont miss this exciting opportunity!
An advanced accelerated learning seminar, called Responding to the Aftermath of
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If you have a heart to assist
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