From American Life League
Your signatures make a difference!
American Life League has spent much of this year meeting with members of Congress and their staffs to educate them on Planned Parenthood and to ask for the cessation of government funding. As part of our educational package, we gave each member with whom we met a list of the petition signers in his or her state. Your signatures were very effective in illustrating the grassroots support for such an initiative. Thank you for signing!
More signatures needed
So far, 30,000 people have signed the petition! While this is a great number, we are asking for your help to increase the number of signers. If you know of anyone who would like to sign the petition, please direct them to www.stopplannedparenthoodtaxfunding.com. If each person who has already signed could get just two more people to sign, we would be close to 100,000 signatures, and that would help us immensely in getting Congress to take notice.
August action item
You have signed the petition, but you may want to do more. Congressional schedules are always changing, but there may be a vote on Planned Parenthood funding in September. In August, members of Congress are in summer recess, and many are spending time back home in their districts. Please consider visiting, calling or writing your senators and representatives! Planned Parenthood relies on the public's apathy, and members of Congress respond to public outcry. When trying to gain legislators' attention, the more upset constituents they hear from, the more likely they are to act. If you need any information to include in your letters, please visit www.all.or g/stopp/ or contact ALL's senior congressional liaison, Johanna Dasteel, at email@example.com.
Planned Parenthood no longer receives Title X money in Nebraska
In addition to educating members of Congress, we also are working to get individual states to stop funding Planned Parenthood. We recently received a letter from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services stating, "As of April 1, 2008, Planned Parenthood of Nebraska and Council Bluffs ceased its relationship as a Nebraska Title X affiliate of Nebraska Health and Human Services. At that time distribution of Title X funds stopped and a complete close out of any previous Title X Relationship has since occurred." Praise God!
Members of Congress use special orders to call for defunding of Planned Parenthood
Recently, Representative Christopher Smith of New Jersey and other pro-life House members took to the floor of the House of Representatives, in a session called special orders, and publicly called for the end of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. You can view clips from this session here. This public outcry against Planned Parenthood at the highest levels of our government means that the message is getting through.
In this election year, we urge you to bring up the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood every time you speak to a political candidate. It makes no difference what party the politician is from or for what office he or she is a candidate. Every candidate needs to hear that the people of the United States do not want taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. If they hear it often now, they will remember it when they get in office.
The effort to defund Planned Parenthood is gaining momentum. Now is the time to increase our activities.