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Thorner & Weyermuller: Life becomes focus of Chicago marches, clinic protests and bills

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By Nancy Thorner & Mark Weyermuller - 

Does singing Christmas carols outside of abortion clinics seem like an unusual new tradition throughout the country?  White it might appear so to some, during the month of December groups sang Christmas carols at abortion clinics where unborn babies had their lives terminated.

More than 70 pro-life groups participated calling it “Peace in the Womb.” The idea is simple.  They desire to bring the hope and joy of Christmas to one of the world’s darkest places, the abortion clinic, in the hope that familiar sounds of Christmas carols might save a life.

While supporters of life sang Christmas carols like Silent Night and Away in the Manager, escorts (some paid employees of the abortion clinics) stood guard outside the abortion clinics. There seem to be no other medical facilities where staff assists patients entering in case they have second thoughts.

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The snuffing out of an innocent life through abortion should be of great concern to all who value life whether born or unborn. One of the most important campaign promises made by President Donald Trump was the protection of unborn life.

H.B. 490 (Heartbeat Bill) has 170 co-sponsors in U.S. House

An important pro-life bill has gained attention in the U.S. House.  Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund, founded in 1981 by Phyllis Schlafly, has been one of the leaders at the forefront of supporting the federal Heartbeat Bill (H.B. 490), sponsored by Rep. Steve King. The organization, headed by president Ed Martin, worked alongside Janet Porter's Faith2Action  and the Children First Foundation in gaining Congressional support for the Heartbeat Bill.

As of 11-01-2017, H.B. 490 had 170 co-sponsors.  H.B. 490 also has more public support than any other pro-life bill.  Pro-life leaders in Congress understand the importance of this bill.  Simply put, the Heartbeat Bill ensures that "if a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected."  For to deny the child's beating heart is to deny science. To ignore it is heartless.

Another pro-life bill under consideration that likewise protects pre-born children, the Pain Capable Bill (HR 36), would only protect babies after five months, which amounts to only 1.3% of the babies facing abortion, according to CDC statistics.

According to the father of the pro-life movement, the late Dr. John Willke, the Heartbeat Bill will protect 95% of the babies who would otherwise be aborted. Simply recognizing this universal indicator of life-a heartbeat-is the most effective way to "Make America Safe Again."

As Dr. Willke stated, "When I founded the pro-life movement, it wasn't to regulate how abortions would be done, it was to bring the abortion killing to an END.  We have waited too long and that wait has cost too much."

The Eighth Circuit of Appeals has declared that the heartbeat is more "consistent and certain "indicator of life than "viability," the arbitrary standard the U.S. Supreme Court currently uses to allow legal protection of children in the womb.

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Join the March for Life Chicago 2018

Plan to do your part in rallying with thousands of like-minded patriots who support the life of the unborn on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the Chicago March for Life from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL  Participants will come together from across Chicago and the Midwest to defend, protect and celebrate LIFE.  You will march in peace through the streets of Chicago with people from diverse ethnic, social and religious backgrounds, but all dedicated to defending and protecting all human life.  For as Dr. Mildred Jefferson, Pro-Life Activist and Heroine said:

“The fight for the right to life is not the cause of a special few, but the cause of every man, woman and child who cares not only about his or her own family, but the whole family of man."

Keynote speaker will be Ramona Trevino, former Planned Parenthood Director, author of “Redeemed by Grace.”  Sheila Liaugminus, host of Relevant Radio talk show, "A Closer Look" will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Among the speakers will be His Eminence Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. 

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Rauner's Taxpayer Abortions the Last Straw

Foremost on the minds of those who will gather in Chicago on Sunday, January 14, 2018 is a bill known as H.B. 40 that Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law on Thursday, September 28, 2017, to expand taxpayer-subsidized abortions, angering many Republicans (especially conservatives) who accused Rauner of breaking his promise to veto the bill.  Conservative Republicans immediately called Rauner an incompetent, failed governor destined to serve only one term.

H.B. 40 expands taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance. The state already covers abortions in cases of rape, incest and when there is a threat to the health and life of the mother. The law expands the Medicaid coverage beyond those limited cases. Illinois Right to Life, which opposed the bill, projected that the measure could mean 12,000 additional abortions per year. Another group, however, put the figure at 3,800 a year.

The expansion of public funding for abortions is opposed by those who say it violates a longstanding principle that taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for a procedure that they might oppose on moral or religious grounds. But supporters of the legislation say the limits on abortions for women who are covered by Medicaid or state employee insurance create unfair burdens and hurdles.

While Rauner could have expected criticism on the abortion issue, conservative Republicans went beyond simply accusing him of breaking his veto pledge.  Conservatives groups and individuals throughout the state Illinois wasted no time in pledging that they could not support Governor Rauner's re-election, whereupon the recruitment of Jeanne Ives followed.

Pro-life Jeanne Ives challenges pro-abortion Governor Bruce Rauner

For those who are not familiar with Jeanne Ives, the following article appearing in Illinois Review on Wednesday, December 27th is worth your time to read, Rauner challenger says she's not heartless, she's got a heart for state's taxpayers.  In the article Ives said her main priority as a candidate is to let voters from one end of Illinois to the other know that how public policy affects their bank accounts matters.

As a West Point graduate of the Class of 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Jeanne Ives went on to serve in the U.S. Army. Her assignments included platoon leader and headquarters detachment commander for transportation units in Germany and ROTC instructor at Wheaton College. Ives resigned from the Army in 1993 to raise her children, while working as a tax advisor and bookkeeper for small businesses and individuals.

Jeanne Ives, first elected in 2013, served as a Representative in the Illinois State House (42nd District), which includes all or portions of Wheaton, Warrenville, West Chicago, Winfield, Carol Stream, Lisle and Naperville, until she was “drafted” in the fall of this year by the state’s grassroots Republican base to challenge incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner.  While serving in the Illinois House Ives demonstrated not only a willingness to lead on difficult issues and question powerful House leaders, but she also gained an insightful understanding of policy. Check out Jeanne Ives' website here

Remember the date of March 20, 2018. It is Illinois' 2018 Republican Primary Election Day.  As a pro-life candidate, Ives will not let you down, and, unlike Rauner, she will fight the establishment which has destroyed the economic and ethical values of this state.

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Nancy Thorner and Mark Weyermuller will join up to 10,000 marchers for the “Chicago March For Life 2018” on Sunday January 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago. Please join us. There will be a variety of morning church services and masses along with the Rose Dinner the night before, if you wish to attend any of these offerings.

 
More information at this website: http://www.marchforlife-chicago.org/
 
NOTE: Columnists' endorsements are their own opinions.

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