Pro-life momentum must continue

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By Steven Brody

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As a growing number of abortion facilities close, and the abortion rate drops in most states, we give thanks and appreciation to everyone responsible for making life possible for so many children.

The abortion industry is reeling from a number of states defunding this form of murder, and for the plethora of legislation enacted to protect the lives of the unborn. But don’t think that the abortion industry is going away quietly.

The former research arm of Planned Parenthood, the Guttmacher Institute, just released a report that the rate of decline in abortions over the last two decades has slowed. The report cites the Obama administration shifting taxpayer funding from abstinence education to family planning as a major reason. They also cite that birth control and contraception Planned Parenthood and abortion advocates promote often are not preventing unintended pregnancies or abortions.

Planned Parenthood’s legal department is challenging the legality and constitutionality of many pro-life bills signed into law. Bills such as parental consent, viewing of an ultrasound, and regulating abortion facilities as any other medical facility are seen as extreme and intimidation to the pro-abortion community.

The pro-life momentum must continue, and it is incumbent upon the faith community to step up as a united front to promote the sanctity of life. If a church leader who claims to be the moral authority refuses to speak up for the rights of the unborn, then his or her congregation will not care either.

To the number of Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Evangelical and non-denominational churches that support the unborn, our gratitude goes out to you. To the churches that remain silent, or worse, support the killing of the unborn, shame on you.

The clergy who signed onto a letter endorsing abortion funding in ObamaCare included those from the American Baptist Churches, Church of the Brethren, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, Unitarian Universalist Association, United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism. The letter actually stated that additional restrictions on abortion funding constituted a “serious moral injustice.”

If you attend church that is connected with these denominations, ask your pastor why they do not support the sanctity of life, and how the killing of the unborn does not conflict with Biblical teachings and truths. Pray for the conversion of these church leaders to the pro-life cause.

Steven N. Brody is Executive Director, Dubuque County Right to Life, in Dubuque. Comments: dcrtl@dcrtl.org

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