Pro-Lifers Plan Major Anti-Obama Demonstration at Dem Convention
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 6/4/12 5:21 PM
Pro-life activists are planning a major demonstration highlighting the pro-abortion record of President Barack Obama at the summer Democratic convention where he is expected to become the party’s nominee for another four-year term.
The pro-life advocates behind the expected protests announced their plans at a news conference on Friday and said they will be active on-site at the Time Warner Arena, the site of the DNC convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The organizations plan to publicly highlight the “radical pro-abortion policies of President Obama along with his hostility toward religious freedom.”
The pro-life groups hope to see potentially hundreds of pro-life advocates from North Carolina and across the country participating in the event, which will include prayer vigils and rallies seeking God for the healing of our nation, calling on President Obama and praying for him to embrace life, family, marriage, religious liberty and human rights and justice for all.
“We are coming to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte to be a loud, public, prophetic voice for human rights and justice,” says Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington. “Sadly, President Obama has become the most pro-abortion President in America history putting abortion above helping the victims of sex-trafficking and religious freedom.”
“His attack on the First Amendment through his HHS mandates has made protecting religious liberty and freedom a major issue among the faith community and a key issue in the election this November,” Mahoney said. “We will be on the streets of Charlotte to show the nation that President Obama has embraced and supported a radical pro-abortion agenda through his policies over the past four years. The President’s views are so extremist, that he even wants Americans to pay for abortions, with their tax dollars, in his healthcare plan.”
Brice Griffin, of the Charlotte Coalition for Life, added, “”In his speech to Notre Dame’s class of 2009, our President said: ‘Let’s work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies, and making adoption more available, and providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term. Let’s honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded in clear ethics and sound science, as well as respect for the equality of women.’”
“It is time, finally, to ask our President to stand behind his words. The time for him to prove himself is NOW. Show me your ‘clear ethics and sound science’ that prove that women in the womb deserve less than those of us who are lucky enough to have survived the abortion holocaust, with or without our own abortion experience. This culture of death is not welcome in Charlotte, President Obama,” Griffin said.
The pro-life events are also expected to include leaving 3,300 flowers at the Time Warner Arena to remember and honor the 3,300 children who die every day from abortion, prayer at local abortion clinics. In addition, live public ultrasounds will be performed so children in their mother’s womb will be able “speak” to President Obama and rallies with African-American leaders focusing on the high rate of abortions in the black community.
Last week, the nation’s biggest abortion business endorsed pro-abortion President Barack Obama and announced it will purchase $1.4 million in television advertising attacking the pro-life views of Mitt Romney. On the other hand, the National Right to Life Committee has endorsed Mitt Romney, as has the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group.
Pro-life organizations in Michigan, Nevada, and West Virginia have supported Romney recently. Romney’s home state group — the organization that perhaps knows his conversion to the pro-life perspective and record as former governor of the Bay State better than any — is endorsing him as well. The Massachusetts Citizens for Life Political Action Committee has issued its full endorsement for Romney as he potentially looks to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama and pro-life group’s in Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Arkansas and Pennsylvania have followed suit.
Romney, earlier this year, called for overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason and resulted in more than 54 million abortions on unborn children.
Romney made the following statement on the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
“Today marks the 39th anniversary of one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history, when the court in Roe v. Wade claimed authority over the fundamental question regarding the rights of the unborn. The result is millions of lives since that day have been tragically silenced. Since that day, the pro-life movement has been working tirelessly in an effort to change hearts and minds and protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Today, we recommit ourselves to reversing that decision, for in the quiet of conscience, people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America.”
Romney has also called for stopping federal funding of the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
“I also feel that the government should cut off funding to Planned Parenthood,”said. “Look, the idea that we’re subsidizing an institution that provides abortion, in my view, is wrong. Planned Parenthood oughta stand on its own feet and should not get government subsidy.”
Romney also touted his pro-life credentials, saying, “I am a pro-life individual, I was a pro-life governor, I served as a pro-life governor, I’m a pro-life candidate. I simply do not want to participate in anything that takes the lives of an unborn child.”
Romney has called for de-funding Planned Parenthood previously. In November, Romney had an opinion column in USA Today in which he advocated numerous ways to balance the federal budget, one of which involves eliminate funding to Planned Parenthood.
The Susan B. Anthony List praised Romney for having pledged last year in a column he wrote for the conservative magazine National Review, to take multiple pro-fie actions as president to reverse abortion and abortion funding.
“Previously, Governor Mitt Romney has pledged to defund Planned Parenthood, restore the Mexico City Policy, support legislation to ban abortions based on fetal pain, and appoint only constitutionalist judges to the federal bench. Governor Romney has also committed to selecting a pro-life vice president,” the SBA List of the candidate most believe will become the Republican nominee.
The column at National Review outlined his pro-life stances on various key issues voters are considering in selecting a Republican nominee to replace pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Romney says:
I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.
I support the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions. And as president, I will support efforts to prohibit federal funding for any organization like Planned Parenthood, which primarily performs abortions or offers abortion-related services.
I will reinstate the Mexico City Policy to ensure that nongovernmental organizations that receive funding from America refrain from performing or promoting abortion services, as a method of family planning, in other countries. This includes ending American funding for any United Nations or other foreign assistance program that promotes or performs abortions on women around the world.
I will advocate for and support a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.
And perhaps most importantly, I will only appoint judges who adhere to the Constitution and the laws as they are written, not as they want them to be written.
If I have the opportunity to serve as our nation’s next president, I commit to doing everything in my power to cultivate, promote, and support a culture of life in America.
Obama has put together a strongly pro-abortion record — promoting abortion and taxpayer funding of abortions throughout his time in the White House.
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From taxpayer funding of abortions in America and around the world, to the funding of the creating and destruction of human life in embryonic stem cell research with your tax money; from the absolute refusal to cut off public funding to Planned Parenthood to the stacking of the Supreme Court and federal courts with hardcore abortion advocates, pro-life groups say Obama has left every unborn child behind.
During his first week in office, Obama wasted no time in overturning the Mexico City Policy that President Bush put back in place after it was scrapped during the Bush administration. The Mexico City Policy requires the more than 600 groups that receive State Department taxpayer funding to pledge not to promote or perform abortions with it. Abortion advocates objected to the measure for years during the Bush administration because they want to use the funds to do abortions overseas or lobby pro-life nations to reverse their laws against unlimited abortions.
Obama legally had the right to divert the funding, but his administration appears to have also broken the law to promote abortion overseas.
A November 2011 GAO report looking into the Obama Administration’s use of $18 million in taxpayer funds to provide funding for a group pushing legalized abortion in Kenya found the administration broke the law.
The report showed at least one Obama grantee openly pushed to expand abortion in Kenya despite a long-standing, annually renewed law that prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being used to lobby for or against abortion in other countries. The GAO report also reveals that a key Obama official stonewalled investigators and refused to cooperate with the GAO in its investigation of the activities.
Congressman Chris Smith said “The Obama Administration basically hired surrogates to do its dirty work of abortion promotion in Kenya. This new report shows that at a minimum the Obama Administration ignored the prohibition with the end result being a new Kenyan constitution that vastly expands access to abortion in Kenya, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.”
Not long after he doled out money to Planned Parenthood, Obama sent more than $50 million to the UNFPA. That’s the agency that works hand in hand with the population control regime in China that enforces the one-child policy with human rights abuses like forced abortions and coercive sterilizations.
The third major decision Obama made after the Mexico City Policy was to overturn the limits President Bush put in place to ensure Americans don’t pay for embryonic stem cell research.
Despite the fact that they still don’t work in animals without causing tumors or immune system rejection issues, despite the fact that scientists and even top cloning and embryonic research firms are abandoning the field in droves, and despite the fact that adult stem cells continue to be the only vehicle for cures for patients for more than 100 different diseases or medical conditions, President Obama continues to make Americans pay millions for the creation and destruction of human beings for research.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is so close to Obama that White House visitor logs in only the first full year of his presidency show the head of the nation’s premier abortion business visited the White House and spent time with Obama administration officials on four occasions. That includes the White House health care summit that led to Obamacare, which funds abortions.
Obama is so beholden to Planned Parenthood that he was willing to shut down the federal government to prevent the Pence Amendment that House Republicans approved from going into law. Speaker John Boehner spent more than an hour lobbying the president to allow it but Obama wouldn’t budge.
The president has also appointed longtime abortion activists to prominent places in his administration and, on judges, Obama’s track record is clear. Sonia Sotomayor and Elaban Kagan, along with dozens of other judicial selections, ardently support abortion.
In January, Obama put in place a mandate that requires religious groups, employers or even Americans who run businesses and find these practices objectionable — to pay for contraception, birth control, sterilizations, and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees. Even after Obama revised his mandate to supposedly shift the burden from the employer to the insurance company – which still means employers have to refer Americans pay the cost in higher premiums – the Obama administration implemented the original mandate.