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Florida Abortions Fall 19% – A History of Answered Prayer

I guest authored this blog two weeks ago for a pro-life prayer movement for the ending of abortion: Bound4LIFE.com.

A little over a week ago, Sunshine State News reported that the abortion rate in Florida has dropped a staggering 19% from 2008 to 2011, and that downward trend is continuing this year. Though there are many dynamics attributed to this outcome, we believe this is an answer to an orchestrated effort of focused, unyielding intercession from thousands of believers in this state.

While this massive answer to prayer is God’s response to many believers who have not relented in their appeals to the courts of heaven, this post is a brief prophetic history of our efforts in praying and laboring for the ending of abortion in Florida capital city, Tallahassee.

In 2007, we started a Bound4LIFE chapter and began praying at the Florida Supreme Court. Around 7 months later in 2008, we participated in Bound4LIFE’s nation-wide prayer meeting called The Mercy Seat, where 6,200 gathered to pray at every Supreme Court in the nation simultaneously. Nearly 600 residents joined us throughout the 7 hour solemn assembly outside of the Florida Supreme Court, pleading Jesus’ blood and praying for God’s mercy to turn to our state.

We often don’t understand that the timeline of intercession is commonly answered in years. At the end of 2009, Gallup Poll released this shocking data: a majority of Americans identified themselves as pro-life for the first time in over a decade. This unprecedented shift in opinion began sometime after (or during) The Mercy Seat.

This isn’t coincidence. This is power through prayer.

Let’s fast forward. In 2010, Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist was presented with a pro-life bill that would require ultrasounds to be performed before obtaining an abortion. Gov. Crist said he would take 15 days to decide wether or not to sign this bill into law. We spent those days in fasting and prayer as we held silent prayer sieges inside of the State Capitol rotunda, directly facing Governor Crist’s office.

Gov. Crist ultimately decided to veto this bill, but again, our prayers were not in vain and our intercession would be answered a year later. Almost the exact same bill was signed into law in 2011, with four other pro-life bills. The 2011 session was a historic push towards righteousness. In contrast, before 2011, only one pro-life bill had passed the FL legislature in ten years.


Florida Legislature – 2011

In regards to the unborn, the year of 2011 in the Florida Legislature could be described as historic, unprecedented, and full of favor. God allowed our small team of intercessors favor to have some forty Representatives make the covenant of the Life band to pray, vote, and obey. There were even some pro-life legislators in the Democratic party (which is a pro-choice party platform) who wore life bands and vocally fought for the unborn.

Those pro-life praying Representatives and Senators passed five pro-life bills that were enacted this year. This led to the Sunshine State News article linked above, and the 19% drop in abortions in Florida. Though some credit can be given to state legislators for enacting tougher regulations and medical requirements, we know the true credit goes to God answering the prayers of Floridians.

In 2008, Florida recorded 95,375 abortions. In 2011, that figure fell to 77,166. Nearly midway through this year, 28,023 abortions had been performed. […] The number of Florida abortion clinics has also dwindled. There reportedly are now some 70 abortion providers in the state – nearly 30 percent fewer than in 2005.“ [emphasis added]

And this trend in pro-life laws isn’t limited to Florida. Sunshine State News goes on to state:

"Along with Florida, legislators in 23 other states passed 92 anti-abortion provisions in 2011, shattering the previous record of 34 adopted in 2005, according to Guttmacher.”

This isn’t only a change in public opinion; these are real lives. Real babies are being saved because of your prayers. This should both excite, amaze, and humble you. God has proven that prayers are answered and that your intercession is never in vain. Prayer works.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…” 2 Cor. 10:4

Florida House Passes Six Pro-Life Bills

Today was a historic day in Florida. Through lengthy and intense debates an amazing amount of pro-life bills passed the Florida House. The House passed all six pro-life bills ranging from having Floridians vote on the 2012 ballot to add an amendment to the FL Constitution banning publicly funded abortions – to requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound, have it reviewed and explained to them.

Pro-life Democrats made their voices heard today in the debate of these bills and were strong voices for righteousness. Representative Julien (Dem. D 104) said in reference to the genocide of Africans in the days of slavery and in support of bill HB 97, "abortion is a genocide of the unborn.“ "Nothing is more essential to what we do than the preservation of human life,” said another Representative in reference to the notion that job-creating bills are a better way to spend the session. 

Here’s a look at the bills passed today:

HB 501 Relating to Choose Life License Plates – This bill allows for Choose Life, Inc. to distribute funds donated by Floridians choosing the Choose Life license plate to organizations that help pregnant women and adoption agencies – rather than the funds being distributed by individual counties.

CS/HJR 1179  Amendment Banning Public Funding of Abortions on the 2012 Ballot – This bill proposes an amendment to the State Constitution that would prohibit public funding of abortions (excluding rape, incest and life of the mother); It would also prohibit the State Constitution from being interpreted to create broader rights to abortion than those contained in U.S. Constitution.

CS/HB 97 Health Insurance – Prohibits certain health insurance policies & health maintenance contracts from providing coverage for abortions; provides that certain restrictions on coverage for abortions apply to certain group health insurance policies issued or delivered outside state which provide coverage to residents of state.

HB 1127 Required Ultrasounds – This bill requires that an ultrasound be performed before a woman can obtain an abortion. It also requires that the ultrasound be reviewed with the patient before she consents for abortion procedure. If she chooses to not review the ultrasound she must do so in writing and that she did so of her own free will and without undue influence; it provides exemption from requirement to view ultrasound for women who are victims of rape, incest, domestic violence, or human trafficking or for women who have serious medical condition necessitating abortion.

HB 1247 Parental Notice of Abortion – This bill would tighten requirements for parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion;  It would require minors seeking an abortion to have parental consent before the abortion may be performed. 

HB 1397 Third Trimester Abortions: This would expand prohibition on third-trimester abortions to include a ban if the fetus is viable. It would also require physician who offers to or performs abortions to complete continuing ethics education.

These bills aren’t just good ideas, they’re the beginning of abortion ending in the state of Florida and are evidences that Floridians do care about the unborn, women and families. Today is no minor day.

Florida House to Vote on Six Pro-Life Bills (4/27/11)

This Wednesday is a potentally historic day for Florida. Representatives in the FL House will be voting on 6 pro-life bills, some being quite monumentuous – one of which could potentally add to the Florida Constitution a ban on public funds to be used for abortions. What God is orchestrating in the FL House is truly great, but we must also raise our voices in partnering prayer and intercession. We can’t do God’s part, and God won’t do our part. Your voice must be heard before God. Please be praying over these bills.

Here are few ways to pray:

  1. That Reps are able to feel what God feels concering these bills 
  2. For pro-life leaders to be a strong voice for righteousness, especially during debate (Pro. 31:8-9)
  3. That truth would be upheld and that lies & deception would fall on deaf ears 
  4. That eyes that are currently blinded would be opened (Eph. 1:16-19)

Here is a list of the bills to be debated/voted on Wednesday:

  1. http://apps.lobbytools.com/pub/index.cfm?type=bills&id=30795&utm_source=publisher&utm_medium=js&utm_campaign=content_share
  2. http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=46266
  3. http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=44914
  4. http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=46399&SessionIndex=-1&SessionId=66&BillText=abortion&BillNumber&BillSponsorIndex=0&BillListIndex=0&BillStatuteText&BillTypeIndex=0&BillReferredIndex=0&HouseChamber=H&BillSearchIndex=0
  5. http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=46572
  6. http://apps.lobbytools.com/pub/index.cfm?type=bills&id=31707

A quick look at the pro-life victories passed in Congress & Florida

It has been an intense week in Congress, with a complete government shutdown looming over the nation last Friday that hinged on whether or not to fund abortions with tax-payers money, as well as clashing ideologies clearly portrayed to the American people. “The lines have long been drawn on this controversial issue and are about to divide deeply once again,” says CNN.

Yesterday the House and Senate passed the federal budget – and while the House voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood (PP) from receiving tax payers money, the Senate inevitably voted to keep them funded. This is the House of Representatives second time voting to end tax payer funded abortions through PP – an historic gesture that the American people are once again declaring their pro-life views. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life said: “Recent polls reveal that an overwhelming majority of Americans—whether pro-life or pro-abortion—oppose the use of federal monies to support abortion.“ 

While de-funding PP and overhauling obamacare did not pass in this year’s federal budget, some really great things did pass. Here’s a quick look:

In the Nation

House votes to de-fund Planned Parenthood. House members voted 241-185 for a resolution that would prohibit the Planned Parenthood abortion business from qualifying for family planning funds. The vote saw almost all Republicans supporting de-funding while Democrats generally opposed it. 

Ban on abortion funding in D.C. reinstated. On a 260-167 vote, lawmakers approved a funding bill that reinstates the abortion funding ban in the District of Columbia that President Barack Obama and Democrats overturned in their budget bills last year. In addition to the ban on DC abortion funding,  the continuing resolution also cuts funding to the pro-abortion UNFPA (United Nations Family Planning Agency) that has worked hand-in-hand with Chinese population control officials who have enforced the one-child rule with forced abortions and other human rights abuses. Republicans trimmed funding for the agency from the $55 million President Barack Obama put in place to $40 million.

GOP Continuing Resolution lowers Title-X funds. The GOP long-term CR also cuts the Title X domestic family planning funding, the pool of money from which Planned Parenthood is funded. The cuts take the program from the $317 million it received in 2010 to $300 million, the level of money it received in 2008 and decreasing the pool of funds from which Planned Parenthood can draw.

In Florida

Committee passes bill to add Constitutional amendment that bans tax-payer funded abortions. On Wednesday I sat-in on a HHS committee hearing of Rep. Dennis Baxley (R. Distric 24) introducing his bill that would allow Floridians to vote on an amendment to the Florida constitution that would ban tax-payer funded abortions in Florida (essentially the Hyde Amendment). The bill passed with 12 yeas, with 6 nays. 

Florida Senate Committee Passes Ultrasound Before Abortion. The bill requires abortion centers to do something they don’t normally do:  show women considering an abortion the results of the ultrasound they typically take beforehand to determine the age of the baby at the time of the abortion. Senate Bill 1744 received the support of a committee in the state Senate today and now has just one more committee to go before heading to the state Senate floor for a debate and vote. This bill is similar to HB 1143 that former Gov. Crist vetoed last year.

Recommended Reading:

House De-Funds Planned Parenthood, Senate Allows Funding »

Abortion battle rages in state legislatures » 

Florida Senate Committee Passes Ultrasound Before Abortion »

Why Our Tax Dollars Should Not Fund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood’s Founding & Ethos

I’ll cut to the chase: The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a racist eugenicist. Here’s a couple of quotes from her: “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” [1] Elimination of certain people she considered “human weeds” was central to her Eugenics philosophy: “In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation…“ [2]

Don’t think Sanger’s vision lives on? Think again. Two out of every three of their abortion facilities are located in Black American neighborhoods. [3] Factor in that they are now targeting growing Hispanic families, and that number shoots up to 76%. Planned Parenthood’s Mission Statement from their Official IRS Tax Return states,

The purpose of the federation is: in making effective means of voluntary fertility regulation, including contraception, abortion, sterilization, and infertility services, available and fully accessible to all as a central element to reproductive healthcare in achieving, through informed individual choice, a U.S. population of stable size in an optimum environment

Planned Parenthood’s modus operandi for achieving a ‘stable sized’ population? Contraceptives and abortions. Some may try and say "Abortions only account for 3% of P.P.’s operations.” Here’s what that 3% really means:

  • Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions in the year ending June, 2009, or 27% of all abortions in the U.S. – 1 out of every 10 clients receives an abortion.
  • That’s 1 abortion every 95 seconds.
  • 98 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services to pregnant women were abortions. Planned Parenthood gave just 977 adoption referrals.
  • Abortions yield 37% of all Planned Parenthood revenues, by the most conservative estimates. [4]

So pro-aborts say 3% of abortions as if to ‘lessen’ the true number: 332,278.

Planned Parenthood’s business model is centered on abortion. Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson has written that she was given an “abortion quota” and was even told by her superiors to double the number of abortions in order to bring in more revenue. [5] Abortion patients constitute 12 percent of Planned Parenthood clients — 332,000 of 3 million unduplicated clients in its most current report. 37 percent of all Planned Parenthood clinic income revenue is from abortion procedures, according to conservative estimates. Planned Parenthood has issued a directive instructing that all affiliates must have at least one clinic that performs abortion by 2013. [6]

Planned Parenthood aides and abets criminal activity

I’m sure you’ve heard of LiveAction.org’s exposé videos of Planned Parenthood workers giving advice to a fake pimp on child sex-trafficking, underaged abortions, sex crimes against women, as well as lying about services they offer. These workers exude Planned Parenthood’s morals and true ethos.

Planned Parenthood is not safe for women and young girls. These undercover videos show Planned Parenthood employees in several states willing to aid and abet in acknowledged human sex trafficking of girls as young as 14. [7] The undercover footage resulted in the firing of Amy Woodruff, manager of the Central New Jersey Planned Parenthood clinic. [8] It also caused Planned Parenthood to call for mandatory training sessions of thousands of its employees across the country on reporting requirements. [9]

Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms and is not a significant primary care provider to women. Despite claims made by Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and members of the media, Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms. They are also not a significant primary care provider in general. In recent reports, Planned Parenthood acknowledges that it provided primary care only to about 19,700 of its 3 million unduplicated clients. These services have been trending downward for years, from 21,247 in 2007 to 20,235 in 2008, to today’s 19,796. [10]

If you don’t want your tax dollars going to fund Planned Parenthood, contact congress now.

Recommended Reading:

Top 12 Reasons to Defund Planned Parenthood Now

Government Willing to Fund Abortion but Not US Soldiers

Note to Congress: Planned Parenthood is Not a ‘Women’s Health’ Organization

[1] Margaret Sanger in her 1920 book Women and the New Race

[2] "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda.“ Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.

[3] http://bound4life.com/houston

[4] Susan B. Anthony List "Should Planned Parenthood really force taxpayers to fund the convictions of Margaret Sanger?”

[5] Abby Johnson Op-Ed in The Hill, “Exposing the Planned Parenthood business model,” April 4, 2011

[6] Chiaroscuro Foundation Report, “Does Planned Parenthood Need or Deserve Federal Funds?,” March, 2011

[7] Live Action Press Release, “Caught on Tape: Planned Parenthood Aids Pimp’s Underage Sex Ring,” February 1, 2011

[8] New Jersey Star Ledger, “Central Jersey Planned Parenthood fires worker after release of undercover video,” February 2, 2011.

[9] New York Times, “Planned Parenthood to Retrain Public Staff,” February 7, 2011

[10] Chiaroscuro Foundation Report, “Does Planned Parenthood Need or Deserve Federal Funds?,” March, 2011

“No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” Introduced

From Americans United for Life:

Today, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) are introducing the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which would establish a permanent government-wide prohibition on the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion.

“The overwhelming majority of Americans are opposed to taxpayer-funded abortion, and the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ will comprehensively end this practice,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life Action. “Congress can act now and fix this problem once and for all, and we are urging our grassroots activists across the nation to contact their representatives and support this sensible legislation.”

This is the time to take action by emailing, calling and getting in contact with your representative. That’s right, they represent your opinion, but only if you make your opinion heard!

Contact your FL Congressmen: Allen Boyd, Bill Nelson, George LeMieux. Here’s an example email, just in case you aren’t sure what to say:

Dear *blank*,

I am writing you today to ask you to please support the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” by voting yes on this bill. I don’t believe the Government should fund abortions, and I am a strong proponent of bills that help protect and build families, as I hope you are.

Vote yes on “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

Thank you for your service!

*Your name*

For decades, restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions have been enacted separately and have been contained in annually-renewed Congressional temporary funding restrictions, regulations, and executive orders. This new bill would eliminate the ongoing struggle that Congress faces every year to ensure that federal funds are not used for abortions by enshrining this principle in U.S. statutory law. […]

This sensible, bipartisan bill will ensure that no government programs may slip through loopholes in the law to use taxpayer funds for abortions. (Emphasis added)

What do you think about this bill?

Planned Parenthood’s Missing Millions (one billion six hundred forty-two million nine hundred thousand, to be exact.)

Today the Washington Times came out with a spirited article about Planned Parenthood’s latest financial discrepancy of millions of federal dollars.

According to the report “Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) audits show the organization spent just $657.1 million between 2002 and 2008 from federal government grants and programs, but the abortion behemoth’s own annual reports show that it took in $2.3 billion from government grants and programs during the same time period.”

Where did the other one billion six hundred forty-two million nine hundred thousand go? The article goes on to say:

“For instance, Title X money is not to be used for abortions. However, according to Abby Johnson, former director of Planned Parenthood’s abortion center in Bryan/College Station, Texas, it is used to gain the trust of women in minority neighborhoods in order to bring them into Planned Parenthood facilities, supposedly for health care, and then persuade them to become Planned Parenthood birth-control clients. Then, when the birth control fails, the organization has a built-in minority clientele for abortion, which Ms. Johnson says is Planned Parenthood’s big cash cow.”

To learn more about Title X funds, check out this article »

I’ll leave you with a portion of the article that made my jaw drop that the Washington Times actually said it:

“Is there no end to the amount of our hard-earned tax dollars that will be poured down the bottomless pit known as Planned Parenthood to quench this social-engineering agency’s thirst for sexualizing our children, stealing their souls and dumping the mutilated bodies of our children’s children into our nation’s waste bins?”

Read the full article here »

Yet another reason why it’s time to defund Planned Parenthood.

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