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Abortion rights continue to be front-and-center in the news as health care reform (H.R. 3200) maintains its place in the political spotlight. As President Obama pushes hard and fast to get this reform package passed by the end of August, pro-lifers and abortion advocates alike are working tirelessly to see their views win out in the end.

This week, House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, held a private meeting with antiabortion-rights Democrats who threaten the passage of the health reform bill because they “charge that the legislation would make abortion more widely available and more common by requiring insurance plans to pay for the procedures and providing government funding to subsidize plans that pay for them.” (Washington Post) .Pelosi attempted to broker areas of agreement on the issue. However, antiabortion-rights Democrats contend that, beyond Wednesday’s meeting, Pelosi has not responded to their concerns by making changes to the House bill.” (Roll Call)

In addition, pro-life Republicans are working hard to stop this bill, along with pro-life organizations, such as National Right to Life Committee, Focus on the Family and Americans United for Life (AUL), who have not only demanded an audience with the president to discuss the health care bill, but also joined forces for a rally on Thursday the 23rd, to spread the word of the extreme importance of pro-lifer involvement. (If you missed the opportunity for the rally, [I’m out of town and didn’t get my email about it until today] continue to go back to the rally link or AUL for a taped version of the rally or info from it).

What can you do?

  • Go here to sign a petition to the president about keeping abortion out of our health care reform.
  • Go here to let the president know how you feel about conscience protection (for health-care professionals) and abortion mandates.
  • Go here to get email updates from AUL, with up-to-the-minute information about the bill and links for your input and involvement.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10 NIV

Father God, We come to You today – many believers, one voice – to stand for life. Father we applaud You and Your Mighty Hand, as it sweeps through Washington through the mouths and hearts of those who are working so tirelessly to keep the flame of life ALIVE. Lord, a monumental bill is forcing its way through political channels and demanding attention. However, we ask that You would work in the hearts and minds of EVERY LIFE-LOVING AMERICAN to rise up and give this bill the type of attention that will shock and amaze the halls of Washington – shock them to the point where assumptions about the thoughts of the American public can no longer be made…to the point where they have no other option but to sit up and take notice. Open the eyes of Obama, Lord. Open his ears to the cries of ALL the people he represents, but most of all, open his heart to Your touch and leading. Believing You will change one heart for many, we pray in the MIGHTY, LIFE-GIVING NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, Amen.