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The Hyde Amendment

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As the Hyde amendment turns 40, preserving and making permanent the Hyde Amendment is one of the greatest tasks of the pro-life movement.  It is not an exaggeration to say that Hyde is the only thing standing between abortion and full federal funding.  If Hyde does not stand, our taxpayer money goes directly to funding abortion in all circumstances.  Hyde currently allows for exceptions in the case of rape, incest, and the mother’s life, but those who want to abolish Hyde have much more sweeping hopes for abortion funding.

Our nation would be catechizing abortion as a part of women’s health.  Pro-lifers know this to be a grossly misguided ideology, as abortion hurts women as well as unborn children.  But never mind the facts, abortion lobbyists believe abortion is a right and a right that needs to be “safe, legal, and accessible” to poor women everywhere who, of course, “need” abortion to succeed in life.  To them, it is a right so fundamental that you have to pay for it.

Hyde prevents this. Hyde protects conscience rights for the pro-life American taxpayers who do not believe abortion funding is a just purpose of government.  And Hyde is consistent with the public opinion of 62% of Americans, including pro-choice taxpayers, who believe abortion should not be federally funded.

But it doesn’t just protect the taxpayers.  Hyde has literally saved lives, and continues to do so at the rate of 60,000 lives a year.  Over two million people living in American today owe their very lives to Hyde.  Twenty peer-reviewed studies have verified over and over again that the Hyde amendment has reduced abortion.  In fact, one-in-nine people born to a mother receiving Medicaid can claim Hyde as saving their life.  This is because once Hyde took effect, the number of Medicaid mothers increased by 13 percent, indicating that instead of using federal money for an abortion, women were utilizing available, better help — Medicaid’s provision of pre-natal care and delivery.

It appears that when abortion isn’t covered by federal funding, women don’t in desperation turn to abortion’s faulty promises of a “quick fix” that destroys unborn life and leaves them physically and emotionally wounded.  Instead, women learn to turn to options that are healthier for them and their babies.  They turn to what federal funding should do — protecting women’s health with prenatal care, delivery, and comprehensive health services for women and children in need.

Those who value unborn life and religious freedom need to protect Hyde.  Those who know women deserve better than abortion and who don’t want their taxes sanctioning death need to protect Hyde.  Those who believe the government has no business in the abortion industry need to protect Hyde.  And finally, those who could owe their very lives to the passage of Hyde need to work intensely to protect the Hyde Amendment for all the good it has done and still can do.

 

10 Principles about Healing From Abortion

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Abortion. Almost one in three women in America has now faced it; almost everyone is touched by it in some way.  It has changed our world more than any other issue in that the very inhabitants of the world have been lost.  In mourning such a gargantuan loss, people can forget to consider that we should mourn not only for the children, but for the mothers who have often been taken advantage of, who need great compassion and mercy.

  1. Knowing that God will heal abortion doesn’t mean you should choose one. The possibility of healing from abortion is not at all a justification for the deed.  Far too often at the sidewalk, I heard women walking in say, “God will forgive me.”  They figure that if God is as loving as we say He is, He will, therefore, understand why they are having an abortion and just cover it in grace and excuse it.  This is a form of the antinomian heresy that Christ’s love justifies proceeding to choose bad behavior.  Paul says in Romans 6, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means!”
  1. Repression and healing are vastly different. Many post-abortive women try to find a way to cope through repressing what happened. Repressed trauma can manifest itself in various degrees of visibility through symptoms like depression, self-destructive behaviors, and repeat abortions.   Trauma also often causes illogical overreaction to subtly triggering circumstances.  There is information available online to help women identify whether they may be suffering from PASS-Post Abortion Stress Syndrome.
  1. Healing requires genuine confession of wrongdoing. Until a woman admits what happened, her conscience will chase her. Budziszewski has theorized five furies that happen until a woman finally seeks healing.  Among these is a desire to share one’s personal abortion story without admitting it was actually wrong.
  1. Healing involves admitting being wronged by others, but also forgiving them. Many can be blamed for the prevalence of abortion.  Maybe a woman blames her partner, pressuring family, doctor and nurses, the culture at large, the lawmakers, Planned Parenthood, or the lack of alternative options.  All of these people and institutions do bear some of the weight of responsibility, but first acknowledging having been wronged or manipulated, and then forgiving the perpetrators, is vital to healing.  Focus on the Family talks about what forgiveness is and is not in reference to divorce, but some of the same principles apply to the issue of abortion.
  1. Healing requires forgiving oneself. On the other extreme of antinomianism are women who feel like God will never be able to forgive them for what they have done or who struggle terribly with forgiving themselves. Often, forgiving oneself can be the hardest thing to do, but one must cling to knowing that Christ’s grace is enough for you and that refusing to forgive yourself is minimizing the extent of His sacrifice.  Thus, it is possible to overemphasize the sacrifice by justifying a decision to go ahead and have an abortion, or underemphasize Christ’s sacrifice in a refusal to forgive yourself after you have already had one.
  1. Healing is not an instantaneous process. It will take lots of time and a different amount of time for each person. It will not often happen overnight but take lots of combing through the issues leading up to and following the abortion.  Trying to rush one’s own or a loved one’s healing is unhelpful, because it is impossible to simply “get over it.”
  1. Healing doesn’t happen alone. This is why it is very important that everyone should know a bit about recovery from abortion. It is very important that others aren’t judgmental of the women, but rather eager to hear her story, love her, and help her heal. Friends, family, partners, and spouses should be supportive and seek healing themselves if they were involved in the abortion. Women should feel free to seek outside help through counseling, pregnancy center support groups, and post-abortion retreats.  Project Rachel is a well-known post-abortion retreat option that has helped many women as they strive to go on with life after abortion.
  1. Healing will look differently for different people. This is because people will often have had the abortion for different reasons.  One’s own circumstances and one’s own personality means one’s own healing will be unique. People need different amounts of engagement with God, counselors, friends, other post-abortive women, and others involved in their abortion in order to fully heal.
  1. Healing involves remembering. Many women have found great refuge in remembering their unborn children through memorial services.  Often, as a part of these, an aborted child is named.  By acknowledging the dignity and humanity of their children, they are able to come to grips with what abortion was.  Until they face that reality, it is difficult to heal.
  1. Healing is ongoing and not complete. Regrets will remain.  Life will never be the same without the child that was lost.  It’s okay that the feeling never entirely goes away.  The scar is still there, even if the wound is no longer raw.  On this side of heaven, the painful memories will, in some sense, remain.

 

Grassley: No hearings on Supreme Court nominee this year

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GrassleyStrackeJanae Stracke, CWA’s Communications Coordinator and a native Iowan, attended Senator Grassley’s last town hall meeting for the year in Jones County Iowa yesterday. She spoke on behalf of Concerned Women for America to support the senator and his stance to give “We the People” a voice regarding the next Supreme Court justice appointment. Our voices will be heard through the presidential election in November. She was quoted in an Iowa newspaper following the meeting:

Janae Stracke of Concerned Women for America, who was sporting an “I stand with Grassley” sticker, thanked him “wholeheartedly (because) we don’t need a Supreme Court full of judicial activists as we have been seeing.”

“We need to make sure Justice Scalia’s position is filled with a strict constitutionalist,” she said. As a millennial, Stracke said she understands the next justice will affect her and her children for years to come.

Many people who disagree with him think his decision to delay confirmation hearings “is about the next four years,” Grassley said. “But in the case of the Supreme Court, it’s about the direction of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years.”

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