Pro-lifers are launching a campaign to oppose Barack Obama’s abortion agenda, using some of the same techniques the president employed to win the White House.
The announcement comes just as a number of events are scheduled in Washington to mark the 36th anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision that struck down state restrictions on abortion.
Sean O’Hare, a spokesman for the LifeHQ.org campaign, told WND the plan is to bring together people interested in defending the right to life in the United States.
“It’s extremely vital that we coordinate all of our resources and work together,” he said. “Between [the pro-abortion Freedom of Choice Act] and a lot of other measures, they could undo the progress of the last 36 years.”
“We’ve got to do everything we can,” said O’Hare. “Bring folks together for write-in campaigns, projects, fundraising.”
The program includes a coordinated effort among participants in the the annual March for Life in Washington, which marks the date of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling.
This year’s march will take place in the face of reports Obama plans to repeal a ban on U.S. taxpayer funding of abortions around the world as one of his first actions as president.
The Mexico City Policy, also known as the “global gag rule,” was announced by President Reagan in 1984. It prohibits non-governmental organizations that receive federal funds from providing or promoting abortions in other nations.
President Clinton rescinded the rule Jan. 22, 1993. He issued a statement calling the ban “excessively broad” and “unwarranted.”
But when President Bush took office in January 2001, he immediately issued an executive order reinstituting the pro-life policy.
“It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortion or actively promote abortion,” Bush said.
The first March for Life was held in 1974 when about 20,000 rallied. The next year the crowd reached 50,000, and in 1977 the attendance was about 100,000. Marches in recent years have attracted an estimated 200,000, but according to O’Hare, there’s never been an accurate count.
The new program by LifeHQ.org urges March for Life participants to send a text message that will add them to a database of activists in attendance, officials said.
A second part of the campaign will allow people who could not attend to join the same effort.
O’Hare told WND there is a “tad of irony” that such e-mail and texting techniques were widespread during Obama’s campaign for president. The presidential campaign raised millions of dollars through its website donation option and sent e-mails, sometimes daily, to anyone who contacted the campaign.
The focal point of the campaign was stated by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas during the run-up to the 2008 election.
He said, “A fetus is alive. It’s human. It has legal rights. You kill it, you have committed an act of aggression.”
Paul’s comments are on the following video:
O’Hare said hundreds of volunteers will hand out hundreds of thousands of postcards and stickers encouraging a signup with the campaign.
“By the end of next week we anticipate having 500,000 pro-life activists in our database,” the organization announced.
LifeHQ.org said the information will allow the leveraging “that grass-roots power to organize and raise money for pro-life causes on a continual and project-based basis.”
“Furthermore, the Park Service has never given an accurate count of the thousands that march – with text messaging they can finally be counted! And the Virtual March will count those that can’t physically attend,” the organization’s announcement said.
The organization said pro-life campaigns such as a recent effort South Dakota had implications on a national scale, “and would gladly be supported by activists on a national basis, if only there were a central database.”
The March for Life in recent years has drawn an address, often by video link, from President Bush. This year the event is being used to announce a huge campaign to flood abortion businesses across the states with prayer.
Shawn Carney, of the 40DaysForLife.com, say pro-life advocates in 118 cities across 41 states plus four Canadian provinces and Australia will participate in a new campaign Feb. 25-April 5.
The campaign involves 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to
abortion, 40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and
Planned Parenthood offices and 40 days of active pro-life community
The dates of the coming campaign align with the Christian season of Lent, Carney said.
“Lent is a
season of prayer, fasting, repentance and renewal. It is our prayer that the
efforts of the thousands of people who will participate in 40 Days for Life
in their home towns will touch hearts and minds, save lives – and show that
extreme pro-abortion policies do not resonate with the values of this
There have been three coordinated national 40 Days for Life campaigns thus
far, beginning in the fall of 2007. More than 200 cities have participated, resulting in the closure of three abortion businesses, more than a dozen abortion industry employees leaving their jobs, and 1,128 innocent children who were spared from death by abortion, officials said.
The new LifeHQ.org campaign is an effort by several friendly pro-life groups, including Students for Life of America and March for Life, who want every American to be able to participate in showing their solidarity for life, even if they can’t come to Washington and march. The campaign also wants to make sure the liberal media can’t undercount the numbers.
“Every pro-life American needs to participate in this,” said Dr. Rod Martin, President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies. “If a million pro-life moms came to Washington, Katie Couric would claim it was a couple hundred black helicopter types and everyone else was there for the inauguration. We have to let America know – and Barack Obama know – that no matter how they voted in November, Americans still stand for life.”