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DAVID BEREIT (40 Days for Life) - this event has been in the plans for less than 96 hours ago and over 32,000 people are participating. The current webcast is the largest in pro-life history.

-- Bishop Jackson opens in prayer --

DAVID BEREIT (40 Days for Life) - 51% of Americans consider themselves to be pro-life vs 42% pro-choice (Gallup) and over 70% of Americans are against taxpayer funded abortions. And yet, powerful Washington forces are attempting to make the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.

8:12 PM

Charmaine Yoest (Americans United for Life) - After this last election the media wanted to write an obituary for the pro-life movement and yet you all keep showing up. Healthcare is being used to expand/impose abortion by stealth.

This is a defining moment of us. If the abortion lobby is successful in defining abortion as health care, equivalent to a tonsillectomy (as some legislators have argued), we will have the greatest expansion of mandated abortion in history.

Sidenote - Cong. Woolsey equating abortion to tonsillectomy:



8:16 PM

Tony Perkins (Family Research Council) - It is unconscionable that at a time of economic uncertainty that the President would propose a trillion dollar expansion in health care, paid for in part by cuts in medicare. As troubling as this is ... the moral problems with the health care proposal are worse. For the first time taxpayers will be forced to fund abortions directly.

8:20 PM

Marjorie Dannenfelser, (Susan B. Anthony List) - the claim that the current government takeover of health care won't fund abortion is "insulting". Politically government officials always fill in the blanks when we don't. Obama appoints a committee that decides "essential" benefits - and to the President abortion is essential. Obama does not believe that there is an abortion that is offensive - it's equivalent to a tonsillectomy.

8:26 PM

Recorded message by Dr. James Dobson - the pro-life cause will be set back years if the health care bill is passed. It will be a disaster for the sanctity of human life and an assault on the values of Americans who will be forced to fund the unborn killing of babies. If this train is going to be stopped it is up to voters to stop them.

8:30 PM

Douglas Johnson (National Right to Life Committee) - the pro-abortion forces have been working toward this day for years. In 2007 Barack Obama told constituents that reproductive health care is essential health care. This bill will be a platform to expand access to abortion for all women (Obama staffer). If abortion is not explicitly excluded it is a guarantee that health care providers will be required show that they are providing abortions. Do not trust the media to inform you about these issues.

8:35 PM

Frank Pavone (
Priests for Life) - If abortion is not explicitly excluded from health care reform this will be the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. Since Roe, legislation has been put in place that has slowed down the abortion industry. The number of abortion mills have been drastically reduced by two-thirds and the number of those performing abortions has drastically declined. They are using this as a last ditch effort to save this dying industry that does not provide a health benefit to patients. [and much more ... was said]

8:39 PM

Wendy Wright (Concerned Women for America) - The health care bill will lead to an abortion mandate due to the deceptive language in the bill and the fact that these decisions will be turned over to bureaucrats.

A top official in the Whitehouse admitted to Wright that it is not a Whitehouse goal to reduce abortion.

Three prong attack:

    1. Disarm and distract - "abortion is not in the bill"
    2. Deceptive language - "essential benefits"
    3. Hand over the power to bureaucrats
8:44 PM

Tom Minnery (Focus on the Family) - They want abortion covered because they see a treasure chest in it - they will reap the (financial) benefits.

Obama said he wanted to make abortion "rare" - this proposal makes that statement a lie.

8:47 PM - download the action guide

What YOU can do about it:

  1. Pray
  2. E-mail and write letters to your Representative and two Senators at: http://www.StopTheAbortionMandate.com/email
  3. Call the Washington office and the local office of your Representative and two Senators; instructions at: http://www.StopTheAbortionMandate.com/call
  4. Spread the word! Distribute this flyer to everyone you know and use Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail samples at: http://www.StopTheAbortionMandate.com/share
  5. Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper using

8:50 PM - 34,000 now listening

Christian Day (Democrats for Life) - So proud of the pro-life democrats who are putting up a great fight who are defying their party to vote against the abortion mandate that is part of the health care reform bill.

8:54 PM

Congress Chris Smith (New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District) - Be wary and concerned about the language of amendments that appear pro-life but use phony/deceptive language subject to the interpretation of bureaucrats.  The President said he is not trying to "micromanage" what benefits would be covered by the health care reform bill.  "Give us a break"   All straightforward and transparent pro-life amendments have been voted down.    This is the big one ... never have our children be more at risk.

8:59 PM  - taking a quick break

Dr. Richard Land (Southern Baptist Convention ERLC) - We have been given the opportunity during the August recess to make our voices known. 

9:05 PM - keep abortion out of healthcare

Christian Hawkins (Students for Life of America) - So overwhelmed by the number of pro-lifers who have now logged on (34K).  In addition to mandating abortion, the bill rations health care, esp. to those with disabilities and the elderly.  The lives of the vulnerable are not valued.  Obama has said that those at the end of their life and chronically ill account for 80% of costs.... therefore difficult choices will have to be made.  If we don't value the life of the unborn, how can we expect to value the lives of the chronically ill and disabled.

9:10 PM

Joe Pitts (16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania) - This bill will lead to mandated coverage of abortion.  We cannot settle anything less than an explicit exclusion for abortion.  Abortion is not healthcare.

9:12 PM - interesting noise/talking in the background

9:13 PM

Peggy Heartshorn (Heartbeat International) - great comments

9:19 PM

Melinda Delahoyde (Care Net) - gave a moment of hope.  Pro-lifers are increasing while abortion centers are decreasing.  The right of conscience and the lack of protection is a tremendous issue for the medical Care Net centers.  Pregnancy centers offering help for women would be impacted by a lack of pro-life medical professionals.

9:24 PM - several thousand emails have already been sent to congress.  E-mail and write letters to your Representative and two Senators at: http://www.StopTheAbortionMandate.com/email - I just contacted my representatives!

9:25 PM

Jim Sedlak (American Life League / STOPP) - Planned Parenthood is in a fight for their survival.  If they don't get what they need in this health care plan they are in trouble.  They are desperate and are pushing for their inclusion into nationalized health care and got themselves written into the senate bill.  It's time to push back.  Contact your representatives tomorrow and tell them no money for Planned Parenthood as part of the health and human services bill!

9:31 PM - it is time to act to stop the abortion mandate

Day Gardner (National Black Pro-Life Union) - stopping the abortion mandate is important to all but esp. to black pro-lifers.  Planned Parenthood has a history of racism - in 1939 the negro project (Margaret Sanger) was initiated to get rid of black people through abortion and sterilization.  This racism continues with killing centers placed in areas to target minorities.  Abortion is the number one killer of African Americans in the United States.

Excellent webcast - but it's now time to act.

Thanks all for reading ... unfortunately I have to sign off for this evening!

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