Moving America Toward Pro-Life
American Family Association President Tim Wildmon today in a letter spoke of four important developments moving America toward pro-life and the ending of abortion in our nation.
Wildmon highlighted the immediate effort of Donald Trump to stop the federal funding of abortions by all international health organizations by passing the Mexico City Policy.
1) Mexico City Policy
On this day, President Donald Trump reinstated the pro-life Mexico City Policy. It was first signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, but was rescinded by President Barack Obama in 2009. This policy prohibits overseas, non-governmental organizations, such as International Planned Parenthood, from receiving U.S. funds to provide or promote abortion. The policy also directs the Secretary of State to work with the Secretary of Health and Human Services to apply this prohibition to all global health assistance funding. This would apply, for example, to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) that has supported coerced abortions under China's one-child-per-family program.
A recent poll shows not only the majority of Christians, but the majority of Americans in general oppose the taxpayer funding of abortion. "Americans overwhelmingly oppose the use of tax dollars to support abortion in other countries (83 percent). More than six in 10 Americans (61 percent) also oppose the use of tax dollars to fund abortions in the United States. This includes almost nine in 10 Trump supporters (87 percent) and even nearly four in 10 Clinton supporters (39 percent)."
2) The second development highlighted by AFA includes, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7), January 24, 2017
Congress passed H.R. 7, a bill that made the Hyde Amendment (the federal ban on funding of abortion) and other current abortion funding prohibitions permanent and government-wide. The Hyde Amendment has historically been attached annually to appropriation bills, but H.R. 7 will make the Hyde Amendment permanent.
The bill will also ensure that Obamacare will faithfully conform to the Hyde Amendment while Congress works to repeal and replace Obamacare. H.R. 7 also requires full disclosure, transparency, and the prominent display of the extent to which any health insurance plan on the healthcare exchange funds abortion.
3) March for Life is coming up this Friday featuring Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, will speak at the 44th annual March for Life on Friday with the theme, "The Power of One." March for Life states, "One person can make a difference in the world, whether in the life of one person or many. Sadly, in the U.S. alone, more than 1 million babies are not even given the opportunity to live and change the world each year. Building a culture of life and ending abortion takes each and every person. Starting with your family or neighborhood, our collective efforts will change hearts and minds, save lives, and build a culture of life." Ms. Conway is expected to reinforce this theme in her speech.
4) Lastly a bill will be up for approval this year to defund Planned Parenthood this February or March. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill later this year, likely in late February or March, that will include language to terminate mandated funding of Planned Parenthood. President Trump campaigned on the promise to end the federal funding of Planned Parenthood and is expected to sign the bill upon passage.