On Friday, pro-lifers across the country will march in support of unborn babies and against the so-called medical procedure that kills them. What can the pro-life movement expect in 2016? Will more states defund Planned Parenthood? Will the U.S. Congress ever pass such a measure?
Republicans hold the majority in many state legislatures across the country, and lobbying to block Planned Parenthood funding has been easier on this level. The Wisconsin Senate this week passed two bills that would reduce funding for organizations that kill unborn babies.
The majority-Republican U.S. Congress (that isn’t veto-proof) is hampered by an abortion-advocating president. He recently vetoed an Obamacare repeal bill that included a provision to block Planned Parenthood funding for a year. The Senate tried and failed to pass a vote to override the president’s veto.
Is there momentum in 2016 for the cause of protecting the unborn? From WORLD:
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and Americans United for Life (AUL) celebrated the 2015 victories in two recent reports that also outlined legislative priorities for 2016. Pro-lifers hope last year’s momentum will carry through to November and help sweep a pro-life president into the White House.
According to AUL’s 2015 legislative session report, 48 states introduced about 315 measures related to abortion, a 17 percent increase over 2014. And state lawmakers enacted 30 of those measures, which included 20-week abortion bans, abortion facility regulations, chemical abortion regulations, and admitting privilege requirements.
Oklahoma ranked first among states for passing legislation prohibiting some dismemberment abortions and for strengthening its informed consent laws, progress that also earned the state a place on AUL’s Life List All Stars. Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Indiana, North Dakota, Missouri, and Texas also made the top 10 in AUL’s state ranking. Washington ranked least life-affirming state for the seventh year in a row, followed by Vermont, New Jersey, California, and Oregon.
Abortionists have killed over 50 million babies since Roe v. Wade.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in the case of a Texas pro-life law that raises the standard of care in abortion clinics and bars abortion after 20 weeks. Other states seek to ban dismemberment abortions, and pro-lifers hope more states pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
“Even after seven years of pro-abortion policies from the Obama administration, the right-to-life movement is making tremendous gains on behalf of mothers and their unborn children,” National Right to Life Committee president Carol Tobias said. “As the November election approaches, the right-to-life movement stands ready to protect our pro-life majorities in Congress and elect a pro-life president.”
But will all this make a difference? Despite the Center for Medical Progress’s video sting of Planned Parenthood last year, the organization, which recently endorsed Hillary Clinton, is still killing babies and receiving federal dollars.
But every video helps the pro-life cause and might change hearts and minds to save more babies.