Friday, April 15, 2011

The Long Haul

Even in our times, despite those who deny God, earth is very close to Heaven.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #992

Over the last week I’ve read a number of articles, blog posts and comments expressing great disappointment over the deal made by the House and the Senate a week ago. Please read the update from Expose Planned Parenthood by clicking here.  (I’ve also reprinted it below.)  While you're at their site, click the "Contact Congress" tab and, well, contact Congress.

I don’t see this as a dirty compromise, or a failure on the part of the pro-lifers in Congress. I see this as a smart move, a charitable act and a very large step in the right direction. Let’s remember how things work on Capitol Hill without a 2/3 majority, and I don’t mean Democrat or Republican here, either. We need more Senators and Representatives who are pro-life IN FACT, to the tune of a 2/3 majority.

We proved over these last few months that we CAN make a difference, and we mustn’t stop now. We’re all in this for the long haul, so let’s all take the next step forward, yes?  Human life is worth fighting for.

From Expose Planned Parenthood:
Late last Friday night, a deal was struck between leaders in the House and Senate to avoid a government shutdown. For the pro-life movement, we saw a partial victory.

While the deal did not include de-funding Planned Parenthood, it did force the pro-abortion leaders in the U.S. Senate and President Obama to accept the pro-life Dornan Amendment, which prevents tax-paying funding of abortions in the District of Columbia. It also mandated that the U.S. Senate, for the first-time ever, will have to take a vote this week on the Pence Amendment to de-fund Planned Parenthood.

This is significant.

It has been estimated that the Dornan Amendment will save over 1,000 pre-born babies a year from tax-payer funded abortion in the nation’s capital.

Because of your hard work, 1,000 precious babies will be saved this year in Washington, D.C.

And while, our goal of de-funding of Planned Parenthood was not achieved, we advanced the ball forward, pushing through the misleading rhetoric on Capitol Hill, and obtained the opportunity for an historic vote which will take place in the U.S. Senate this week.

This is huge! Just 2 months ago, experts said that getting a vote in the Senate would be impossible, and we shouldn’t even hope for it.

We will continue to fight for women and their preborn babies until we see an end to abortion. As the members of the White Rose, the student-led Nazi opposition group, once stated, “We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience.”

We may affirm that nothing great in the world 
has been accomplished without passion.


Angela Messenger said...

I have no idea how the medical system/Planned Parenthood works in the States but if abortion is banned in DC wouldn't a lot of these women just go to the state next door? Why just DC?

Gina said...

Angela, this is a great question. The Dornan amendment was enacted in 1988 to disallow the funding of abortions with both federal and local tax dollars. The Obama administration pretty much gutted this amendment--read HERE"

The "deal" is an amendment to the amendment--from the Library of Congress: "An amendment to add language to the Dornan amendment which provides that in addition to any other Federal funds provided in the bill, there would be appropriated to the District of Columbia a Federal payment for providing each woman who is unable to obtain an abortion under the provisions of the Dornan amendment, and who gives birth to a live child, a stipend of $1,000 for each month such child is alive and living with such woman up until the time the child reaches 18 years of age.

This is why people are irritated in this country, because this is a far cry from defunding PP; but it's a start.

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