A Pro-Life Group is Sending 324,000 Pairs of Socks to Congress. This is Why

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 17, 2017   |   3:34PM   |   Washington, DC

A student-led effort to urge Congress to defund Planned Parenthood started with just one young woman, her backpack and a baby sock.

Kaylin Haines, a sophomore at Fort Hayes State University in Kansas, said she wanted to find a way to spark conversations about the abortion issue at her college; so, she began pinning a baby sock to her backpack as a symbol of her support for babies in the womb.

Inspired by Haines’ project, Students for Life of America launched a project this week to send 323,999 baby socks to U.S. Congress to urge legislators to defund the nation’s largest abortion group, Planned Parenthood.

“On our college campus, we were trying to find a way to spark more conversations about the pro-life generation and abortion beyond the classroom, so we started to pin baby socks to our bags as a way to show what we stand for and in solidarity with those who won’t ever get the chance to have life because of Planned Parenthood,” Haines said in a statement. “It’s been a huge success and we are thrilled to participate in this project with Students for Life of America.”

Each sock will represent an unborn baby whose life was destroyed by Planned Parenthood. According to the abortion group’s most recent report, it performed 323,999 abortions in 2015. The abortion chain also received about half a billion tax dollars that year.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said she hopes the #SockIt2PP campaign will be a rallying cry against the abortion chain.

“Planned Parenthood’s time is up, and we are going to pull out all the stops to make sure that they are defunded of the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars they get every single year,” Hawkins said.

The #SockIt2PP campaign is collecting baby socks to send to Congress. It also is encouraging pro-lifers to pin a baby sock onto their bags or jackets as a sign of their support for defunding the abortion group.

The goal is to collect enough baby socks to send to Congress within the next two weeks. More than a dozen pro-life groups are involved along with Students for Life and its affiliated student groups.

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President Donald Trump recently offered Planned Parenthood a deal that would have allowed it to keep receiving tax money if it stopped doing abortions. The abortion group’s leaders refused.

Last week, Republicans in U.S. Congress released the American Health Care Act. Their plan to repeal Obamacare includes provisions that would revoke funding for Planned Parenthood. The provisions would prohibit states from using “direct spending” on “prohibited entities” with federal funds allocated from the legislation; and those entities include any entity that “provides for abortions.” That means the nation’s biggest abortion corporation — Planned Parenthood.

The legislation would redirect tax dollars to federally qualified community health centers to help ensure women have access to quality, comprehensive health care.