By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
The news can be quite disturbing in this age of a pro-abortion Presidency. We see Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion operation, sending hearts on Valentine’s Day to the White House for its pro-abortion policy changes.
In fact, in a shout-out to the President, in a recent email Planned Parenthood officials noted that their “feelings” for “Joe” grow with every Executive Order. This no doubt includes the order which discards the time-tested Mexico City Policy, paving the way for our hard-earned tax dollars to be spent on organizations that perform and promote abortions overseas. President Biden also took the first steps towards reversing the Trump administration’s Title X rules so that Planned Parenthood can once again receive tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.
But news broadcasts and Internet memes only tell part of the story. The truth of the matter is that we, as pro-life Americans, still have a voice, and we must be committed to using it on behalf of the defenseless among us. That’s where the idea of the one-minute lobbyist comes in.
Many of us are overloaded and overburdened and cannot make room in our schedules for another commitment. But chances are we can spare a minute or two, and that can be all that is necessary to help to change the course of history. Now more than ever, we need to be engaged with our public officials, sending an email, making a call, even perhaps sending a Tweet in defense of the helpless preborn.
Consider checking out National Right to Life’s incredible Legislative Action Center here. You will find key legislation to support (the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act) and to oppose (resolutions removing the deadline for the pro-abortion Equal Rights Amendment). You can then easily contact your Member of the House and two senators to let them know how you feel about these critical legislative issues.
On the state level, check out your state affiliate of National Right to Life .You can find the state affiliates with website and Facebook info here. Perhaps there is some pending legislation that could use a boost from you.
As a one-minute lobbyist, you can also email your pro-life friends and family members and share the pro-life information you’ve learned. Make your activism go viral! A few keystrokes or clicks could be all it takes to get a pro-life bill across the finish line—or to stop an anti-life bill from gaining momentum.
So be a force for good on the Internet! Preborn babies, their mothers, people with disabilities, and the frail elderly need your virtual help!