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Abortion/Pro-Life

Vice President Speaks to Thousands at March For Life

Brother Knight,

For the first time ever a vice president spoke at the March for Life rally!

Check out the full story on kofc.org. Please share this story with your brother Knights, parish community and local media.

On the Front Lines – Check Out This Grassroots Movement

Dear Brother Knight,

The national March for Life is this Friday in Washington, D.C.

As you prepare to head to the march, take a moment to check out a daring grassroots movement that is on the front lines of the battle for the culture of life. For more powerful pro-life stories, check out the latest issue of Columbia and also see our newest poll.

For live coverage of the march, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Also, keep an eye on kofc.org for a feature story about this year’s march that you can share with your local media.

Take Action Today To End Taxpayer Funded Abortions

Dear brother Knight,

Your action is needed to end taxpayer funded abortions!

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote to permanently ban all taxpayer funding of abortion. We urge you to contact your member of Congress to express your support for this important legislation.

In 1976, our brother Knight Congressman Henry Hyde introduced a provision which prohibits any funds from Medicaid being used to pay for abortions. In the last 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has been renewed annually and has saved more than two million lives!

The important legislation that needs your support will make the Hyde Amendment permanent and will apply it across the federal government, not just to Medicaid. This will save even more innocent lives!

At our 134th Supreme Convention, we resolved “to speak out to our elected representatives about the need to enact legislation protecting human life.” I urge you to take that action today by contacting your member of Congress and telling them to vote YES on H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

Fraternally,
Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

The Surprising New Normal in the Abortion Debate

By Carl A. Anderson January 21, 2016 3:39 PM

There is a new normal in the abortion debate because what it means to be “pro-choice” in America has changed. It is a change likely to be missed in the reporting on this week’s annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. But it is a change that could be one of the biggest surprises in an already-surprising presidential-election cycle.

Each year about this time breathless headlines announce that the “pro-life” or “pro-choice” label is preferred by a narrow majority of Americans, yet it remains a more or less 50–50 proposition. In other words, the message is that America remains “a house divided” unable or unwilling to change the status quo. But this narrative hides the reality that the decades-long debate over abortion actually has achieved a solid consensus.

The idea that the “pro-choice” label represents a monolithic lobby made up of half of all Americans favoring an unrestricted right to abortion is simply not true. Instead, there is a new normal favoring substantial restrictions on abortion — and that consensus is made possible because of the agreement of a majority of Americans who call themselves “pro-choice.” Despite the rhetoric of some in politics and the media, a substantial majority of men and women — including those who say they are “pro-choice” — consistently support increasing restrictions on abortion. Those who say they are “pro-life” reliably support abortion restrictions in overwhelming numbers.

But it would likely shock most Washington pundits that the majority of those who say they are pro-choice also support such restrictions. And yet, surveys conducted by Marist, one of the country’s top polling groups, show that this is exactly the case. Consider the data from the most recent Marist poll on the issue: Eight in ten Americans (81 percent) would restrict abortion to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy. This includes 66 percent of those who identify as pro-choice. About six in ten Americans, and about the same number of pro-choice adherents, would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. More than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent), and a majority of those who call themselves pro-choice (51 percent), would ban taxpayer funding of abortion.

Politically, “pro-choice” has come to mean supporting abortion rights throughout pregnancy and opposing all restrictions. But that’s not the way the average person thinks when he says he is pro-choice. The idea that we should abort a seven-pound baby the day before its due date is just out of step with the vast majority of Americans. The idea that we should abort a seven-pound baby the day before its due date is, while political dogma in some quarters, just out of step with the vast majority of Americans. And it’s out of step with the vast majority of pro-choice Americans too — about eight in ten of them reject this extreme position.

In fact, about a quarter of those who call themselves pro-choice (26 percent) support what is commonly seen as a strongly pro-life position: They would limit abortion to cases only of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother. In other words, those who identify as pro-choice are more likely to share the position of those who identify as pro-life than they are to share the position of the abortion-rights lobby and its defenders in politics and the media.

Given these numbers, it should be no surprise then that there has been such an increase of proposed legislation at the state and federal level to restrict the nearly unrestricted abortion access established by Roe v. Wade more than four decades ago. Such legislation isn’t the imposition of the will of one half of Americans on the other half. It is, instead, most often a reflection of an overwhelming consensus made possible by a majority of those who say they are “pro-choice.” No wonder that more than three-quarters of Americans (77 percent) say that laws can protect both a mother and her unborn child, and that more than seven in ten who say they are pro-choice (71 percent) agree.

Though widely unacknowledged in Washington and by the national media, unity — not division — is the new normal for the abortion debate in America. Forty-three years after Roe v. Wade, the American people have reached a consensus on an issue the pundits have told us is “unsolvable.” The Marist poll, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, has been conducted on this issue for nearly a decade, and it has shown a remarkably consistent agreement of about eight in ten Americans in favor of significant abortion restrictions. It is time for a new discussion on abortion, one not based on labels, but on the real views of the American people. It is time to talk about this issue as it is and to craft restrictions that the vast majority of us agree on, rather than trying to keep in place a legal regime the American people never asked for, and clearly do not support.

Carl A. Anderson is CEO of the Knights of Columbus and author of Beyond a House Divided: The Moral Consensus Ignored by Washington, Wall Street and the Media.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430127/pro-life-pro-choice-anti-abortion-consensus

Please Take Action To Support Conscience Rights!

Dear Brother Knight,

Your action is needed to urge Congress to protect the rights of conscientious objectors to abortion, sterilization, and contraception.

Real protection is possible, but Congress needs to hear from you today as they consider a measure that could become law before the end of the year.

The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) provides conscientious objectors a means for protecting their conscience rights through legal action. Contact your members of Congress to support ANDA .

Immediate action is necessary. Right now, Catholic schools and institutions are being forced to cover abortion—even late-term abortion—in their health plans. Right now, Catholic health professionals are being coerced into participation in abortion, sterilization, and contraception in violation of federal law.

Contact your elected representatives today and ask them to support ANDA. Thank you for doing your part to protect conscience rights and to build a Culture of Life.

Fraternally,

Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

Your Support Is Urgently Needed To Protect Life!

Dear Brother Knight,

Please act now to encourage Congress to protect the rights of conscientious objectors to abortion, sterilization, and contraception. These rights are under attack.

In California, for example, the state government has issued a directive requiring all health plans to cover abortions. Religious ministries in the state, including Catholic schools, are right now being forced to add abortion to their health plans.

This sort of coercion violates federal law, but these federal conscience protections have not been enforced. More protection is needed as similar violations occur throughout the country. Health care workers and organizations need the ability to act on their own to defend their rights in court.

The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) grants this by providing victims a means for protecting their conscience rights through legal action. Contact your members of Congress to support ANDA.

Immediate action is necessary. Consider the case of Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo, RN, a nurse in New York City, whose employer forced her to choose between assisting in a late-term abortion and losing her job:

[T]he hospital where I work coerced me to assist in a 22-week abortion. They were well aware that as a faithful Catholic, I could not participate in the killing of a pre-born child. Yet, they threatened my job and my nursing license if I did not take part in the murder of a baby.

Her story is here: https://youtu.be/uknxrMI61WI

As Pope Francis has said, “conscientious objection is a right, and part of the body of all human rights. If we want to make peace, we must respect all rights.”

Thank you for doing your part to protect conscience rights and to build a Culture of Life.

Fraternally,

Carl Anderson
Supreme Knight

Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 752-4000

Please Support the “Women’s Public Health and Safety Act”!

Dear Brother Knight,

Pope Francis’s historic visit to the United States has inspired our nation toward a greater commitment to the flourishing of all of creation through respect for the dignity of the human person, especially the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn. This week we have the opportunity to put this call into action.

The U.S. House of Representatives will consider a bill, H.R. 3495, “The Women’s Public Health and Safety Act,” which will allow states the freedom to exclude abortion providers from Medicaid funding. Please contact your representative with this message and encourage him or her to vote for this important legislation. Taxpayers should not be forced to fund the abortion industry, either directly or indirectly.

In his address to the U.S. bishops last week, Pope Francis reminded us of our responsibility to speak out to protect life:

The innocent victim of abortion, children who die of hunger or from bombings, immigrants who drown in the search for a better tomorrow, the elderly or the sick who are considered a burden, the victims of terrorism, wars, violence and drug trafficking, the environment devastated by man’s predatory relationship with nature – at stake in all of this is the gift of God, of which we are noble stewards but not masters. It is wrong, then, to look the other way or to remain silent.

Supporting this legislation is one small but important step we can take on behalf of those who need of our protection. Thank you once again for your efforts on behalf of human life.

Vivat Jesus!

Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 752-4000

Urgent Support Needed for Pro-Life Bills in Congress!

Dear Brother Knights,

Congress is set to vote in the coming days on three important pro-life measures. In the House, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134) would put a one-year moratorium on funding for the organization unless it agrees to abandon its abortion practice. Also in the House, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504) provides federal criminal and civil penalties for failing to provide care to an infant who has survived an abortion attempt. Next week, the Senate is expected to take up the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1553), which bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, the point at which experts agree that the unborn feel pain. Please contact your elected representatives in support of these measures.

Click here to take action on the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134)

Click here to take action on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504)

Click here to take action on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1553)

At the heart of these three pieces of legislation is recognition of the dignity of the unborn child. In the past several weeks, through the release of several undercover videos, the United States has received a distinct call to reexamine its conscience regarding abortion, which claims the lives of over a million unborn children every year in this country.
As you may know, most of the videos show or explain some aspect of the harvesting of organs for monetary compensation, including the grisly details of how these organs are extracted from recently aborted babies, many of them late-term.

Congress has held two hearings, one in the House Judiciary Committee, and one in the Energy and Commerce Committee, investigating the practices of Planned Parenthood and shining a light on this disregard for human life.

I was moved recently to see this video interview of Utah Congresswoman Mia Love discussing the Planned Parenthood videos: “Here we are in the United States of America, and our job is to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—first and foremost life,” she said.

There simply is no good reason for taxpayers to fund Planned Parenthood or any organization that performs abortions.

Thank you for all you do in support of the dignity of human life.

Vivat Jesus!

Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 752-4000

K of C Supports Defunding Planned Parenthood

Dear Brother Knight:

On Monday, August 3, the U.S. Senate will hold a key vote on S. 1881, a bill to defund the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. We strongly urge you to contact your Senators and encourage them to support this bill.

Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider, performing well over 300,000 abortions annually. Over the past few weeks, video evidence has emerged suggesting that they are selling the organs of aborted unborn children for profit. These videos reveal the stark brutality of the abortion procedure and the callousness with which Planned Parenthood seeks to profit from the harvesting of the organs of unborn children. These revelations have shocked the conscience of our nation.

Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million in taxpayer funding annually. S. 1881 removes taxpayer dollars from Planned Parenthood, while leaving funding levels for health care programs the same; the bill channels taxpayer dollars through other organizations.

Pope Francis has called abortion the product of a “widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” S. 1881 ensures that our tax dollars and healthcare programs are not made part of this mentality.

Please email your Senator immediately. Encourage them to support S. 1881, the bill to Defund the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Share this link and encourage your family, friends, and members of your community to do the same. Thank you for all you do to build a culture of life.

Fraternally,
The Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 752-4000

Support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Dear Brother Knight,

The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This important measure will ban abortions on unborn children aged 20 weeks post-fertilization or older, based upon substantial medical evidence finding that these unborn children can experience pain. With H.R. 36, Congress will exercise its authority to protect these unborn children from abortion, and the horrible pain that it causes.

However, while a vote has been scheduled, successful passage of H.R. 36 is not assured. H.R. 36 needs your personal support. Please click here to contact your elected congressional representatives today. Ask them to support H.R. 36 with their vote. Be sure to also contact your Senators and ask them to introduce and cosponsor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. Senate. If you will be in Washington for the upcoming March for Life, be sure to also personally visit your representatives in Congress and urge them to support this bill. Encourage your family and friends to do the same.

At the 131st Supreme Convention in San Antonio, we resolved to “speak out to our elected representatives about the need to enact legislation…to protect human life.” With the upcoming vote on H.R. 36, it is more important than ever that Congress hears your voice.

Thank you for all you do to promote a Culture of Life.

Knights of Columbus