5 Minutes for Families
This week was filled with events, blog posts, news articles, and proclamations in recognition of this solemn anniversary. Today is the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
There are too many newsworthy items to share, but I wanted to highlight some of what we saw in Arizona and across the web this week in response to the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
- Arizona Life Coalition Rally - More than 800 people from across the state rallied together on Tuesday to "Commemorate. Support. Believe." We kicked off the event with 40 bells to signify the 40 years, and ended on a high note as we celebrated recent successes, and our belief that we will see an end to abortion in our lifetime. You can view pictures from the rally here. You can also read some of the coverage from the rally:
- We can stop Roe in our lifetime - Read my editorial on azcentral.com about how the pro-life community has made progress to protect women and preborn children from the dangerous and deadly practices of the abortion industry.
- Which legislators signed the pro-life proclamation? The Arizona House and Senate, along with Governor Brewer issued pro-life proclamations Tuesday in respect of those lives lost and harmed by abortion. See the list of those state legislators that signed onto the proclamation.
- Abortion Promises Unfulfilled - Before Roe, abortion advocates made a number of promises about the societal benefits of abortion on-demand. But as the Witherspoon Institute highlights, those promises never came true.
- Pastor John Piper on the humanity of the preborn - If you need to brush-up on your pro-life apologetics, this is a great place to start.
- 5 Things You Didn't Know About Jane Roe - The Gospel Coalition's Justin Taylor explains how "Jane Roe" was lured into our nation's most notorious litigation.
- The pro-abortion response - In an all-time-low for abortion proponents, the Center for Reproductive Rights released a video mocking the loss of millions of preborn lives.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, more than 50 million lives have been aborted during this time - just under 1/6 of the current U.S. population. Countless men and women also have suffered the effects of abortions.
The numbers are staggering. It's the greatest tragedy of our time.
This is the fight worth fighting. This is the cause for which we will never stop until we see preborn children's lives and their mothers' lives protected. It has never been nor will it ever be an option to stand aside and let this great tragedy continue.
This is a fight we can win. As the recent cover of Time shows, pro-lifers have been winning in our effort to save preborn children and women from the abortion industry. The pro-life movement is stronger than ever.
Join us to commemorate the loss of lives, support abortion alternatives, and stand with pro-life leaders at our rally on Tuesday. Let us come together in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Let's send a powerful message that the prolife movement is stronger than ever, and we are committed to protecting life from its very beginning to its natural end.
For the third year in a row, Governor Jan Brewer has declared an official "Religious Liberty Day." This Wednesday, January 16 Governor Brewer "calls upon every Arizonan to reflect on the great blessing of religious liberty, endeavor to preserve freedom for future generations, and to observe this day with appropriate events, activities, and fellowship."
Often when I discuss religious freedom, it's because of the latest threat to our right to freely practice our faith, like last week when I shared Hobby Lobby's story.
Yet just as it is important to stay vigilant about all the challenges to our first freedom, it's vital that we remember why it is we must never allow this fundamental liberty to be stripped away. Our nation has benefited greatly over the years from fostering a culture that embraces religious activity.
Consider the following research from the Heritage Foundation:
- Volunteerism among individuals who attend religious services each week tends to be greater than the national average.
- Those who attend weekly religious services are more likely to give and give more to religious charitable causes.
But the impact of embracing religion goes far beyond the numbers. If you haven't had the opportunity yet to see the movie Lincoln, I encourage you to go see it. In the film you're immediately confronted with how deeply religious the conservatives depicted truly are who fought for the passage of the 13th Amendment, which permanently abolished slavery.
Our religious heritage runs deep in America, and there are few greater gifts we can give to future generations than to protect, uphold, and encourage the daily practice of living out one's faith.
Hobby Lobby has chosen the latter.
The national chain of craft stores is privately owned by the Green family, who are evangelical Christians. Like most Americans, the Greens are prolife. Like Chick-fil-A, the Greens honor the Lord's Day by closing on Sundays. Read the company's biblically-based statement of purpose.
Sadly, their prolife views contradict with the HHS mandate in Obamacare that requires all businesses to pay for the abortion-inducing Plan B drug in their insurance policies.
Hobby Lobby sued the federal government for this blatant disregard of their first amendment freedom of religion.
While the litigation is still ongoing, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor denied a temporary injunction to protect Hobby Lobby from being forced to pay an unreasonably heavy fine while the matter is decided in court.
Now, the Green family is faced with having to pay $1.3 million per day, simply for staying true to their religious convictions on life.
Although there are a number of other ongoing lawsuits over this unconstitutional provision of Obamacare because it forces businesses to cover contraception, the Greens (like Center for Arizona Policy) do not have a stance on contraception. Their lawsuit is focused solely on abortion-inducing drugs like Plan B.
Join me in supporting the Green family and Hobby Lobby. It is a rare sight to see a business willing to step out in faith and literally risk it all to holdfast to their faith. Tomorrow, January 5, is "Stand with Hobby Lobby Day" - take time to stop by a Hobby Lobby in your neighborhood - you'll be glad you did! Or shop at Hobby Lobby online.
- Picture of baby reaching out of womb goes viral. The doctor's hand in the photo is none other than Arizona's own Dr. Allan Sawyer, who has testified in support of CAP-supported prolife bills in the past and is the incoming president of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
- Prolife movement featured on the cover of Time Magazine.
- Capitol Prayer Walk on the opening day of session.
- Arizona Life Coalition's Prolife Rally, Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Tuesday, January 22 at the United States District Court Building 401 West Washington Street, Phoenix, noon-1 p.m. More details to come!