President Trump Defunds Abortion Lobby
March for Life will draw large Anglican contingent
By David Virtue, DD
January 25, 2017
On his first day in office, President Donald J. Trump signed an order ending US government financial support to all overseas abortion promoting organizations.
The order is called The "Mexico City" policy, more commonly called the "Global Gag" policy by the left which bans federal funds from being given to organizations who pay for or promote abortions overseas.
The policy was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits giving U.S. funding to nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion ― even if U.S. dollars are not specifically used for abortion-related services.
Since then, the gag rule has been something of a political football, rescinded and reinstated as soon as presidents take office. President Bill Clinton did away with the rule, President George W. Bush reinstated it and then President Barack Obama again revoked it in 2009.
Trump's executive order Monday comes one day after the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that guaranteed a woman's right to have an abortion, and in the week of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. It's also two days after millions of people turned out to protest Trump and many of his policies in women's marches.
The United States spends about $600 million a year on international assistance for family planning and reproductive health programs, making it possible for 27 million women and couples to access contraceptive services and supplies.
None of that money is spent on performing abortions. The Helms Amendment has prevented U.S. tax dollars from funding overseas abortions since 1973.
Proponents of the global gag rule believe the policy is nevertheless still necessary, arguing that Helms isn't strong enough by itself.
But the Guttmacher Institute and other opponents of the gag rule say that such restrictions have devastating effects on international organizations, often forcing them to close their clinics or reduce their services, denying women access to help from safe providers and even hampering HIV prevention efforts.
"In reality, attempts to stop abortion through restrictive laws ― or by withholding family planning aid ― can never eliminate abortion, because those methods do not eliminate women's need for abortion. ... Where abortion is permitted on broad legal grounds, it is generally much safer than where it is highly restricted," Guttmacher wrote in a 2015 report.
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 21 million women a year have unsafe abortions in developing countries, accounting for about 13 percent of all maternal deaths.
The front page of the Huffington Post, never known for its subtlety, breathlessly read: "Room full of men screws over women."
The turnout for the largest protest in American history, as well as the ungodly candidates for both parties highlights the moral state of America and its imminent judgment. Numerous more steps against the abortion industry are planned and we can expect opposition.
March for Life
The annual March for Life is the nation's premier pro-life event of the year. It will draw together hundreds of thousands in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 27, 2017 to commemorate more than 57 million unborn lives lost to abortion in the United States since 1973 and celebrate the inherent dignity of the unborn.
Several Church affiliates are hosting pro-life events in conjunction with the march including a large contingent of Anglicans. They are:
1.) Anglicans for Life Summit
Anglican bishops continue to kindle a strong public pro-life witness with the second-annual Anglicans for Life conference, in conjunction with the 2017 March for Life. This year's all-day summit will be held on January 26 and will focus on "Defining and Defending the Sacredness of Life." Among the many pro-life experts and activists, speakers will be John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview; Roland Warren, CEO of Care Net; and Kurt Dillinger, Founder of Life International.
On Friday, January 27, Anglicans will meet for a morning prayer and worship service before walking together in the March for Life.
For further logistics and registration, please visit AnglicansforLife.org.
2.) Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Life Conference
Lutherans will gather for daily prayer, worship, devotions, guest speaker lectures, and participate in the March for Life together January 27-29 in Arlington, Virginia. The theme for LCMS' pro-life conference this year is "Life 360°" and will focus on the Synod's new "Eyes of Life" campaign, an initiative to change the public conversation on life issues through activism.
For more information on the LCMS Life Conference, please visit LCMS.org.
3.) Methodist Pro-Life Service
Faithful Methodists gather every year on the morning of the March for Life in Washington, D.C. for a prayer and worship service, hosted by the unofficial pro-life caucus of the United Methodist Church. Please join Lifewatch and other pro-life Methodists at 9:30 am on Friday, January 27, at the United Methodist Building located at 100 Maryland Avenue in Washington, D.C.
For more information, please visit www.lifewatch.org or contact Mrs. Cindy Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4.) Evangelicals for Life
The Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family are co-hosting the second annual Evangelicals for Life conference, a pro-life gathering for evangelicals in conjunction with the March for Life. Evangelicals from across the country will gather at the J.W. Marriot Hotel on January 26-28 to get equipped on sanctity of life issues by speakers including ERLC President Dr. Russell Moore, Focus on the Family's Jim Daly, and many more pro-life experts and advocates.
For registration, simulcast access, or logistics, please visit www.Evangelicals.life.
5.) National Prayer Vigil
Over 20,000 Catholics reportedly gather on the eve of the March for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. for an annual all-night prayer vigil hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Pro-Life Secretariat alongside Catholic University of America, and the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception.
The vigil begins with Solemn Opening Mass, an address by the USCCB's Cardinal Timothy Dolan, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Hours every hour on the hour through 6am, followed by Morning Prayer, Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament before concluding with the Solemn Mass for Life.
For more information, please visit www.usccb.org
Chelsen Vicari of Juicy Ecumenism a division of The Institute for Religion and Democracy contributed to this story.
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