Planned Parenthood Organizing December 2 Pro-Abortion Funding Lobbying Day
by Steven Ertelt
November 13, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Top pro-abortion groups are planning a national lobbying day for December 2nd that will see thousands of angry abortion activists filling the halls of the House and Senate asking lawmakers to force Americans to pay for abortions under the government-run health care bills.
Planned Parenthood is leading the call for the lobbying day and other pro-abortion groups are jumping on board.
Preparations for the lobbying day come as some pro-life leaders privately admit to LifeNews.com that they are concerned the cohesive pro-life lobbying campaign prior to the Stupak amendment has been fractured in a divide on strategy.
That could open the door for a revitalized pro-abortion movement — angry and upset that the Stupak amendment to stop abortion funding received a strong bipartisan vote — to push abortion funding and the health care bill through the Senate as well.
"Please join us to lobby the Senate for health care reform that ensures women’s access to reproductive health care," Planned Parenthood said in initial message promoting the lobbying day.
Cecile Richards followed up the announcement late Friday afternoon with an email LifeNews.com obtained urging abortion advocates to attend.
The email asks members of the pro-abortion group to sign a petition to lawmakers calling for massive abortion funding, which Richards promises "is just the first step in what will surely be a long fight."
"Over the coming weeks, I’m going to ask you for help again and again," she writes. "And on December 2, thousands of supporters will gather at the Capitol to speak with one voice and tell our leaders: health care reform must protect access to abortion coverage."
Richards admitted the event would be use to harness the anger currently felt in the pro-abortion movement.
"You’re furious, and we hear you. Tens of thousands of Planned Parenthood supporters have expressed disappointment, sadness, and anger since the House adopted the [amendment]," she said. "Believe me, I’m just as angry as you are. And I want to take the outrage … and turn it into action."
Richards claimed her group and its actions are already seeing results — in the form of reminding President Barack Obama of his promise to Planned Parenthood to promote abortion as president.
"When you speak out, lawmakers listen. On Sunday, I asked Planned Parenthood supporters to contact President Obama and ask him to stand up for women and more than 30,000 of you answered the call," she said. "The next day, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to [abortion funding.]"
"Now, our focus turns to the Senate. We are demanding that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ensure that language similar to the Stupak ban does not become part of the Senate bill," she added.
On December 2, thousands of her closest friends will be there to demand along with her that taxpayers be forced to fund hundreds of thousands of abortions.
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