Pro-Life Groups: Contact Congress in Person to Stop Abortion in Health Care

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 5, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Groups: Contact Congress in Person to Stop Abortion in Health Care

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 5
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Busy signals, full voicemail boxes and bounced emails — those are some of the responses pro-life advocates are getting when contacting Congress to urge a health care bill free from abortion funding. After weeks of attempting to get through, pro-life groups are urging people to rely on personal contacts.

Frustrated by their inability to connect via phone and email with members of the House and Senate, some pro-life advocates have given up hope in getting their message heard.

But leading pro-life groups say there are other ways.

Members of the Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition (of which is a member) are now urging pro-lifers to visit district offices while their elected officials are in town for holiday recess.

“Since Congress is so overwhelmed by the negative response to current healthcare legislation that funds abortion and lines of communication have been shut down, we are urging our own members to visit their district offices while their Members of Congress are at home during the winter recess,” Kristan Hawkins, the director of Students for Life of America, told today.

STAM has created a Holiday Recess Toolkit which contains instructions on how to set up a district office meeting, questions to ask, sample letters to the editor and background on government funding of abortion in the healthcare legislation.

“The fight is not over and we need to double our efforts these next few weeks as Congress tries to pass this monstrosity of a bill that would be the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade,” said David Bereit, executive director of 40 Days for Life.

“Our Senators and Representatives must continue to hear from us that the only language acceptable is the Stupak Amendment and we will not be fooled by any compromises," he told

The pro-life advocates say the numbers are on the side of the pro-life movement as yet another poll, this time from Rasmussen with a figure of 53 percent, shows a majority of Americans opposed to taxpayer funding of abortions.

“This bill means life or death and we hope Congress will listen to the American people,” concluded Hawkins.

Related web sites:
Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition –

Holiday Recess Toolkit –

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