Should Christian Schools Prepare Students for College or Heaven?

WASHINGTON – Catholic school experts discussed the twin goals of education reform at religious private schools, arguing that faith formation and high academic standards are equally important to a school’s success.

“We’re in the business of educating not just citizens but saints,” Christian Dallavis, senior director of Leadership Programs at The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education, declared at an event at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday.

“If your goals are college and heaven, one of those is going to be easier to measure,” quipped Michael Q. McShane, research fellow in education policy studies at AEI. McShane moderated a panel involving Dallavis and three other experts.

Proving Private Schools Work

“The critics first try to not allow the legislation to be passed, then they try to water it down, then they devalue the program while it’s being implemented,” Forrester explained. In order to overcome these attacks, school choice proponents must “show that these schools are adequately educating our children and giving them high-quality options.”

Dallavis pointed to the success of his ACE program, which helps struggling Catholic private schools, in the past few years. In 2011, only 29 percent of the program’s 3rd graders were reading at grade level, while 40 percent could perform grade level math. By 2013, 64 percent of 3rd grade students were reading at grade level and 71 percent were doing math at grade level. Last year’s Kindergarten class tested in the 91st percentile for reading and 86th percentile for math.

“In a neighborhood where many children do not expect to graduate from high school, the 5-year-olds in the Notre Dame ACE Academies are among the top 10 and 15 percent in the country in reading and math, respectively,” Dallavis explained. These achievements occurred “on the south side of Tucson, the sixth poorest area in the United States.”

The Benefits of Religious Over Secular Schools

Religious schools “can reach out to lower income students” to prioritize “social justice and evangelization,” argued David Fleming, assistant professor of Political Science at Furman University. Fleming compared secular and religious schools in Milwaukee through the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the first voucher program in the U.S. for disadvantaged students.

While religious schools were not even allowed to participate when MPCP started in 1990, the city allowed them to enter the program in 1998. By the 2012-2013 school year, 85 percent (96 out of 113) of the voucher schools were religious and educated 87 percent of voucher students, an increase from the 67 percent of students in 1998-1999.

Nonsectarian schools in the MPCP decreased from 38 schools in 2005-2006 to 14 in 2012-2013. The decrease coincides with the implementation of new regulations, but many of the nonsectarian schools also had lower academic performance levels, Fleming explained. He argued that, while non-religious schools may prove “faster and better able to respond to changes in the market,” and focus on niche markets like art or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), parents generally prefer the religion component.

Educating Students for Heaven?

Matthew Cunningham, a doctoral student in Education Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University, argued that Catholic private school teachers do not even question the fact that they get smaller paychecks. He spoke on a panel at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Matthew Cunningham, a doctoral student in Education Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University, argued that Catholic private school teachers do not even question the fact that they get smaller paychecks. “There are many aspects of Catholic education that are attractive, and I think people are willing to make the sacrifice,” Cunningham explained. “Most of them don’t even question it,” because everyone is working toward the students’ well-being.

Cunningham delved into the secondary education program at Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, which has graduated over 1,500 Catholic teachers and principals since 2001. The top goal, he explained, is to “implement a faith-based education.”

Dallavis declared that he would like to measure ACE success by seeing “how many kids have been canonized saints from one of these schools in 100 years.”

Necessary Reforms

Michael Q. McShane, research fellow in education policy studies at The American Enterprise Institute, speaks at an AEI event on January 30, 2014. McShane moderated the panel. Panelists Matthew Cunningham, a doctoral student in Education Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University, David Fleming, assistant professor of Political Science at Furman University, Christian Dallavis, senior director of Leadership Programs at The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education, and Tiffany Forrester, director of Policy and Research at The Black Alliance for Educational Options, look on.

Fleming pointed out that there are a “declining number of priests and nuns who are willing to work for very little money – they’ll get the rewards in heaven, I guess,” he quipped, to laughter from the audience. He cited a recent survey of Catholic schools which shows that tuition covers only 60 percent of the cost to educate elementary students and only 80 percent of the cost to educate those in high school.

Dallavis argued that, while money is part of the solution, schools need something else as well. “We have to change the job description of what it means to be a principal from being an administrator to leading a school community,” he said. ACE helps the pastor, the bishop, the superintendent, and other members of the community fulfill different roles in school administration.

Did you know? Girl Scout Cookie sales undergird pro-abortion agenda

Over the past several years, Girl Scouts of the USA has lost a large slice of its membership largely due to its left-leaning policies and associations, including its honoring of strongly pro-abortion people and political office holders. Since the Girl Scouts makes millions of dollars in revenue from cookie sales, American Family Association is recommending people who disagree with those liberal practices not support the cookie campaign.

“If a Girl Scout asks you to buy Girl Scout Cookies, just simply say No, thank you,” advises Randy Sharp, director of special projects for AFA. “There’s no need to explain to this little girl what the social agenda of the organization is. There’s no need for us as adults to embarrass the little girls.”

Full explanations of objections to the Girl Scouts’ pro-abortion views and activities are available online at MyGirlScoutCouncil.com and SpeakNowGirlScouts.com. Christy Volanski, who created SpeakNowGirlScouts.com, last month penned a column titled “What every pro-lifer needs to know about the Girl Scouts’ link to Planned Parenthood.”

“It’s hard to say no to those little sweethearts in the green and brown sashes,” Volanski writes, referring to youngsters selling the cookies. “However, I just can’t bring myself to fund GSUSA and local councils, and further facilitate their indoctrination of our daughters.”

Other resources include Missouri Right to Life and the Archdiocese of Kansas City.

There are alternatives to the Girl Scouts, says Sharp. “The American Heritage Girls is a God-centered organization,” he shares. “It’s a national organization complete with all the values that we would want our children to learn. So the American Family Association highly recommends American Heritage Girls as an alternative to the Girl Scouts of America.”

Research shows the Girl Scouts is promoting a liberal agenda while American Heritage Girls supports a godly agenda – and the latter is showing tremendous growth.

– See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2014/01/30/did-you-know-girl-scout-cookie-sales-undergird-pro-abortion-agenda#.UupdG7SonV4

House Passes Bill to Completely Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

The House today approved legislation that will put in place a complete ban on taxpayer funding of abortions that ensures abortions are not directly funded in any federal governmental program or department.

The legislation combines several policies that must be enacted every year in Congressional battles and puts them into law where they will not be in jeopardy of being overturned every time Congress changes hands from pro-life lawmakers to those who support abortions.

The House voted 227-188 for the bill with 221 Republicans and 6 Democrats voting to ban taxpayer funding of abortions under HR7 while 187 Democrats and one Republican voted against it. [ROLL CALL at end of story.]

Congressman Tom price said during the debate: “This legislation prohibits taxpayer funding of elective abortions, no matter where in the federal system that might occur. This is a position supported by the majority of Americans in a bipartisan manner. We have a responsibility, through our government, to protect the most vulnerable among us, not the least of whom are the unborn. This bill is an important step in the right direction.”

The bill has been around a few years but has only been approved in the House thanks to a pro-abortion Senate. On May 4, 2011, the House passed HR 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, on a 251-175 vote with Republicans voting 235-0 for the bill and Democrats voting 175-16 against it.

Congressman Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who is the lead sponsor of the bill, spoke on the House floor during debate and said it would help hold President Barack Obama accountable by ensuring no taxpayer funds are used to pay for abortions.

A majority of Americans object to the use of taxpayer money for funding abortion, according to numerous polls — including a survey CNN conducted in early April showing Americans oppose public funding of abortion by a margin of 61% to 35%.

The bill will also mitigate concerns about abortion funding in the various loopholes in the Obamacare national health care bill that various pro-life organizations warned about during debate on the law. The legislation did not contain language banning funding of abortions in its provisions and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would fix that problem.

The National Right to Life Committee sent a letter to House members urging support for the legislation that explains how the bill will help:

“Regrettably, however, the 111th Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). During consideration of that legislation, language was proposed (the Stupak-Pitts Amendment) to apply the principles of the Hyde Amendment to the multitude of programs created by the bill, and the House initially approved that language – but no such provision was part of the enacted law, due to opposition from President Obama and the Senate majority. Consequently, the enacted PPACA contains multiple provisions authorizing funding of abortion and funding of health plans that cover abortion.”

The National Right to Life letter also commented on another lesser-known provision of the tax-funded abortion ban — it’s language to protect health care professionals who don’t want to be involved in abortions.

“The bill would codify the principles of the Hyde-Weldon Amendment, which has been appended to the original Hyde Amendment on every Health and Human Services appropriations bill since 2004. This provision would solidify important protections for health care providers who do not wish to participate in providing abortions – which is especially important in light of the Obama Administration’s February 23, 2011 action rescinding the conscience protection regulation issued by the Bush Administration.”

A new Kaiser Foundation study found that 6.1 million women will gain elective abortion coverage under Obamacare through the Medicaid expansion and new federal premium subsidies. H.R. 7 would essentially codify the executive order used in 2009 by President Obama to secure the final votes needed from pro-life Democrats in order to pass the health care overhaul.

The pro-life group CatholicVote also supports the bill as do many other pro-life groups including Americans United for Life, the Susan B. Anthony List, Liberty Counsel and Family Research Council.

“This critically important legislation is called the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act,” Brian Burch of CatholicVote said. “This legislation has been updated to deal with the horrible expansion of abortion that began with the implementation of Obamacare. The House is ready to lead. If they pass this bill, the pressure will be on Senate Democrats up for election this year in red states like Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.”

‘Ministers Together’ Initiative Links Legislators, Pastors to Discuss Cultural Issues

PHILADELPHIA—The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network (PPN, www.papastors.net) is bridging the gap between pastors and the public square and has created an initiative like none other in the nation—it is called the PA Pastors’ Network Ministers Together project.  This will also be an initiative for the American Pastors’ Network (APN, www.americanpastorsnetwork.net) on a national level.

The purpose of Ministers Together is to create opportunities to build relationships between pastors and elected officials on a biblical, not political, basis. The goal of the program is in line with the United States Constitution that was designed to keep the government out of religion, not to keep religion and biblical values out of the way in how our country is governed.

The Ministers Together effort rebuilds the biblical worldview perspective as ordained by God. This view is that those in the pulpit are “Ministers of God” and called by God to occupy a position ordained of God. They uniquely possess the command to “Preach the Word” (II Tim. 4:2) and are given the authority to speak the Truth—not only to their local congregations but into the public square. They are clearly God’s prime leaders and communicators of Truth.

This biblical worldview also holds that those in elected office are not just ‘politicians’ but also occupy an equally ordained position as “Ministers of God,” with a clear job description as servants of God and God’s servants to the people. (Rom 13:4).

According to Sam Rohrer, President of PPN and the American Pastors’ Network, “The purpose of Ministers Together is to bridge the gap between ‘Church and State’ and rebuild the biblical worldview perspective as ordained by God. We are already seeing results from the Ministers Together program and it is encouraging to see legislators who want to work with pastors to incorporate more of a Judeo-Christian worldview into their decision making processes.

The first Ministers Together event of 2014 is a breakfast set for this week. For more information and to register if you are a pastor or legislator, visit www.papastors.net/events.

For more information on Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network, visit www.papastors.net or call 610.584.1225.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues; examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in our political process on a non-partisan basis.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a state chapter affiliate of the American Pastors’ Network. The American Pastors’ Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501 C3 non-profit organization).

Man Who Killed His Unborn Child By Tricking Girlfriend Into Taking Abortion Drug Gets 14 Years

John Andrew Welden is heading to prison for 14 years after he tricked his pregnant girlfriend, Remee Lee, into taking a drug, misoprostol, to cause an abortion. Lee was six weeks pregnant and refused to have an abortion as Welden had demanded.

Authorities say that 28-year-old John Andrew Welden did not want to be a father, so when his girlfriend, Remee Jo Lee, got pregnant, Welden faked a prescription for an abortion pill, switched a label so the medication appeared to be a common antibiotic, and gave her the drug. The drug did its job. The unborn baby died.

Now, Weldon is headed to prison.

A federal judge Monday afternoon sentenced John Andrew Welden, the man accused of giving a former romantic partner a drug to cause a miscarriage, to 13 years and eight months in prison.

“I don’t think Mr. Welden is an evil person, but he committed an evil act and for that he’s going to have to pay the consequences,” said U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara.

That hearing concluded Jan. 10 with Judge Lazzara finding that a single dose of the drug misoprostol, which has the brand name Cytotec, caused Lee to lose a nearly seven-week pregnancy.

Welden once faced a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree murder under the federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Now, after pleading guilty to consumer product tampering and conspiracy to commit mail fraud, he faces no more than 15 years.

Welden’s father is an obstetrician-gynecologist who performed the ultrasound and blood tests that confirmed Lee’s pregnancy, though he weas not involved in the crime. After confirmation of the pregnancy, John Andrew Welden told Lee that her blood tests revealed that she had an infection.  He gave her a bottle of pills in an orange plastic bottle of the type one receives from a pharmacy.  Welden falsified a label somehow to indicate that the bottle contained amoxicillin and that a prescription from Welden’s father called for her to take the medicine three times daily.

In fact, the bottle contained misoprostol, the second drug in the RU-486 abortion regimen.  Misoprostol is used primarily to prevent patients who take large quantities of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) from developing ulcers.  Very late in pregnancies it has legitimate obstetrical uses that, roughly speaking, have to do with inducing the delivery of a healthy full-term baby.  However, early, in pregnancies a pregnant woman who takes misoprostol will begin to have uterine contractions that can kill the baby by causing the uterus to expel its contents.

Lee says she woke up on Easter Sunday in a pool of blood.  The staff at a nearby hospital told her that her baby had died.  It was quickly apparent to these medical professionals that the drug she had been given was not the antibiotic.  Interestingly, Welden had gone so far as to eliminate drug-identifying features from the tablets.  It was quickly determined that she had, in fact, been given misoprostol.

Dave Andrusko of National Right to Life has written about the case:

Welden’s defense team offered two complementary explanations for why Ms. Lee lost her baby last March, or at least why it could not be attributed to Welden’s actions.

First, they called on experts to testify that was not possible to definitively prove that the one 200 microgram dose of Cytotec (misoprostol) Weldon told Lee was an antibiotic caused her abortion. Lazzara rejected that out of hand. Reporting for the Tampa Tribune, Elaine Silvestrini wrote

“The judge said defense experts merely served as conduits for information they found in scientific literature, which the judge said amounted to no more than case studies with little supporting information. This, he said, was ‘useless to me in determining a relationship of Misoprostol to a particular side effect.’”

On Thursday lawyers for Welden tried another tack, citing “medical records showing Lee was already experiencing bleeding in her seventh week of pregnancy suggesting other factors may have led to the miscarriage,” reported WTSP’s Eric Glasser.

But Lazzara was having none of that either.

“The suggestion that prior to the ingestion of this highly toxic drug, this victim was experiencing a spontaneous abortion is just speculation not supported by the record,” Judge Lazzara said. “The only rational explanation for what caused the demise of the victim’s embryo was her ingestion of one dose of 200 micrograms of Misoprostol.”

Welden’s defense team spared no expense, according to local media reports. “Defense attorneys flew in experts from New York City, one of which was affiliated with the World Health Organization,” according to WFTS’s Jacqueline Ingles.

“Welden’s stepmother said she was disappointed in the ruling because the defense’s experts are ‘world renowned, ‘” Ingles reported. “However, the judge was not impressed with their lofty resumes and discounted their testimony.”

Hospital Cuts Pregnant Woman From Life Support, Killing Her Unborn Child

A Texas hospital decided not to appeal a judge’s decision late Friday to allow a husband’s bid to remove his “brain dead” pregnant wife from life support, an action that would end the life of his own unborn child.

Following the decision, Marlise Muñoz, 33, was taken off machines at a Fort Worth hospital about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and her body was released to her husband, Erick Muñoz. The husband’s attorney released a statement saying the family “will now proceed with the somber task of laying Marlise Muñoz’s body to rest, and grieving over the great loss that has been suffered.” Erick Munoz’s statement made no mention of his unborn child, who has now died as a result of removing Marlise from life support.

Earlier Sunday, a statement from John Peter Smith Hospital indicated it would not appeal, despite pleas from pro-life advocates to save the life of the unborn baby, who was 22 weeks and 5 days old

“From the onset, JPS has said its role was not to make nor contest law but to follow it,” the statement read. “The hospital will follow the court order.”

On Sunday afternoon, about 40 people gathered near the hospital for a prayer vigil.

Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, who coordinated the prayer vigil, told LifeNews he’s saddened by what’s transpired.

“We are grieved that the JPS hospital has removed life support from Marlise Munoz and her baby. As the term “life support” implies, Marlise’s body was alive and supporting a thriving pregnancy at the time support was withdrawn,” he said. “It is despicable that dehumanizing and deceptive language was used to refer to Marlise as a “corpse” and her baby’s condition as “incompatible with life” in order to elicit public support for putting them to death.”

Newman added: “A human being does not lose their God-given human beauty or dignity just because they are disabled or incapacitated. This case just goes to show how far we have slipped into the abyss of a Culture of Death and how intolerant we have become of those who are seen as “inconvenient.” We strongly believe that the order that led to the termination of life support is in complete contradiction to Texas law that was enacted to protect pre-born babies just like the Munoz child. The courts have failed this baby, the attorneys who should have defended Texas law have failed this baby, and the hospital has failed this baby. May this tragedy serve as a wake-up call to our society, lest others wrongly fall victim to this dehumanizing utilitarian view of life and death.”

Marlise Munoz collapsed in her home last November from an apparent blood clot in her lungs when she was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child. Her husband and other family members have asked the John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth to remove Marlise from life support after they were told she was “brain dead.” Ending life support would also end her unborn baby’s life.

Erick Munoz, who said a doctor has told him his wife is brain dead, had filed a lawsuit against JPS Health Network. The judge ordered the hospital to remove life support by 5 p.m. Monday.

The designation of “brain death” is a controversial one and presents moral and ethical issues, especially when the life of a baby is involved. There are many cases where babies have survived after the mothers have experienced similar situations to that of Marlise Munoz. There is a very strong possibility that Marlise’s baby could survive, given a little more time.

“We feel great compassion for the family of Marlise Munoz and her pre-born baby. No one ever wants to be in their difficult and tragic situation,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Marlise wanted this baby, and as long as there is a chance that he or she can be saved, we support John Peter Smith Hospital in their bid to follow the law and protect this baby’s life.”

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“The public has been given the erroneous impression that Marlise is a dead and decaying corpse. This assumption is completely false. Marlise’s heart continues to beat and she continues to nourish her pre-born baby. A rotting corpse cannot do that,” said Newman. “As for the baby, we have information that diagnostic tests have not been done on the baby to support allegations that there are developmental anomalies, but even if the baby does have health issues, that baby still does not deserve to be killed.”

Abortion groups like NARAL have coldly sided with Marlise’s husband in calling on the hospital to kill Marlise and her baby.

“Some people want to decide who lives and who dies based on their personal criteria. If that was allowed, none of our lives would be safe. We simply cannot murder sick or inconvenient people just because we don’t want the hassle of caring for them. That is a dangerous road that will only end up unjustly depriving vast numbers of people of their right to life, just as we have seen with the issue of abortion,” said Newman.

American Bible Society Ranks the Top 10 Most Bible-Minded Cities in the US

Tennessee is the home of America’s most Bible-minded city for the second consecutive year, according to new rankings from the American Bible Society.

Chattanooga jumped two places since last year to take over the top spot in the rankings, according to a press release. The title was previously held by Knoxville, which is now ranked 10th on the list.

The least Bible-minded place in the United States is the Providence, R.I./New Bedford, Mass., metropolitan area.

“An analysis of interaction with and views of the Bible continues to help us evaluate the Bible landscape in America,” Geoffrey Morin, chief communications officer at American Bible Society, said in a statement. “To help people engage with the best-selling book of all time’s life-changing message, we need to understand where people are starting from. But ultimately, we want people to know whether you live in one of the most or least Bible-minded cities, the Bible can speak to your needs, challenges and concerns, and help you make sense of life.”

The list ranks the 100 most populated metropolitan areas in the U.S. based on the level of regular scripture reading and residents’ belief in the accuracy of the Bible. The study, which ABS conducted in partnership with the California-based Barna Group, is based on data obtained through interviews with more than 46,000 American adults over the course of seven years.

The study suggests that more densely populated cities are generally less Bible-minded than smaller cities. Of the top 25 most populated cities in the nation only one of them – Charlotte, N.C. – also received a top 10 ranking in Bible-mindedness. Of the top 25 scripture-minded cities, only Charlotte, Dallas and Nashville have more than one million households.

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The majority of the cities on the top 10 most Bible-minded list were in the top 10 last year, too, with a few exceptions. The Greenville, S.C./Spartanburg, S.C./Asheville, N.C., metropolitan area and Little Rock, Ark., broke into the top 10 this year after being ranked 11th and 12th, respectively, last year. They replaced Huntsville-Decatur, Ala., and the Charleston/Huntington, W.Va., metropolitan area in the top 10.

Below are the lists for the top 10 most and least Bible-minded cities in the U.S. The full rankings can be found here.

Most Bible-minded cities:

1. Chattanooga, Tenn.
2. Birmingham, Ala.
3. Roanoke/Lynchburg, Va.
4. Springfield, Mo.
5. Shreveport, La.
6. Charlotte, N.C.
7. Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C./Asheville N.C.
8. Little Rock, Ark.
9. Jackson, Miss.
10. Knoxville, Tenn.

Least Bible-minded cities:

1. Providence, R.I./New Bedford, Mass.
2. Albany, N.Y.
3. Boston, Mass.
4. San Francisco, Calif.
5. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
6. Buffalo, N.Y.
7. Hartford/New Haven, Conn.
8. Phoenix, Ariz.
9. Burlington, Vt.
10. Portland, Maine

Obama Celebrates 41 Years of Abortion: Roe an “Opportunity to Fulfill Dreams”

President Barack Obama issued a statement today celebrating the 41-year-old Roe v. Wade decision that allowed for virtually unlimited abortions. in a written statement, the president said the Roe abortion anniversary is an “opportunity to fulfill dreams.”

The decision, handed down on January 22, 1973, overturned pro-life laws offering protection for unborn children in most states across the country, and made abortions legal and virtually unlimited. Almost 57 million unborn children have been killed in abortions since.

The statement follows:

Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.  We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom.  And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children.  Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.

The statement is similar to his 2011 one, which celebrated abortion while trying to stake out a middle position.

For most Americans, the day the Supreme Court handed down its decision was a day to mourn — a day to mourn the loss of tens of millions of unborn children — sons and daughters, brothers and sisters lost to a world that values choice over compassion. It was a day to mourn the damage abortion does to women — the medical problems, the mental health issues, the damaging of relationships with friends and family, and the destruction of relationships with God.

It was a day to mourn the culture of death abortion has brought to our nation and our world. A culture that believes death is a solution for those who are considered too old or too ill. A culture that believes human life is a commodity to be created and manipulated.

Polling data shows Americans are pro-life and few agree with Obama’s unlimited abortion position.

Report: Abortions Drop 32 Percent From All-Time High as Roe Turns 41

Today, the National Right to Life Committee issued a new report, “The State of Abortion in America.”The best news from the report is that abortions have dropped 32 percent from their all-time high as Roe vs. Wade turns 41.

The report summarizes key legislative developments at the state and federal levels, finds that the annual number of abortions continues to decline, and shows that a majority continue to oppose the vast majority of abortions allowed under the doctrine of Roe v. Wade.

“While the most recent data indicate a decrease in the annual number of abortions, tragically, more than 3,000 unborn children are still killed every day in the United States under the legal doctrine of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “As we observe the 41st anniversary of the twin decisions that legalized abortion in America, the pro-life movement remains committed to restoring legal protection to unborn children and providing help and support to their mothers.”

As noted in the report, on the basis of the most recent reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and by the Guttmacher Institute (originally founded as a special research arm of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America), National Right to Life now believes that there have been over 56 million abortions in America since 1973, the year that the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand.

The report also observes that after reaching an all-time high of over 1.6 million in 1990, the number of abortions performed annually in the U.S. appear to have dropped to around 1.1 million a year.

This drop in the annual number of abortions can be traced to pro-life legislative efforts at the state and federal level that have raised awareness about the humanity of the unborn child These laws not only encourage life-affirming alternatives to abortion, they seek to inform and empower women facing unexpected pregnancy.

“Laws enacted at the federal and state levels have helped immensely in reversing the disturbing trend established by Roe and Doe,” observed Tobias. “As just one example, it is estimated that the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions in the Medicaid program, has saved well over one million unborn children since it was first enacted in 1976.”

The report also discusses National Right to Life’s major legislative priority, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The legislation breaks new ground in the fight to protect mothers and their unborn children by acknowledging the large body of scientific evidence showing that unborn children are capable of feeling excruciating pain by at least 20 weeks after fertilization and recognizing that states have compelling interest to protect these pain-capable unborn children.

As discussed in the report, the NRLC model legislation has now been enacted in 10 states. In addition, a federal version of the bill has been introduced, and National Right to Life has declared it to be the organization’s top legislative priority for the current Congress.

“Abortion remains widely available. But after years of being told that abortion was ‘the best choice’ or ‘their only choice,’ women are learning that there are alternatives to abortion that affirm their lives and the lives of their children,” added Tobias. “The bottom line is simple: the right-to-life movement is succeeding because even after 41 years and more than 56 million abortions, the conscience of our nation knows that killing unborn children is wrong.”

PPN Encourages Pastors to Help Others Fight Abortion as Roe v. Wade Marks 41 Years

PHILADELPHIA—More than four decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court changed the landscape of the country with its devastating Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America.

This week, 41 years later on January 22, 2014, more than 56 million unborn babies have died as a result of the 1973 court decision—1.2 million babies annually or one abortion every 26 seconds, according to LifeNews.com.

While it can be intimidating for pastors to bring politics to the pulpit, Sam Rohrer, President of the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network (PPN, www.papastors.net) and American Pastors’ Network (APN, www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net), says pastors have a responsibility to bring biblical truth to their congregations on all issues—even sensitive ones.

“With the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 that the killing of our precious babies was legal and appropriate, our nation officially rejected God’s law as supreme and declared that in essence, government was now God. The indisputable result is the genocide of an entire generation of Americans. Perhaps even far worse from God’s perspective is that this action, then coupled with other actions of government that arrogantly spurn the God who established this nation – a once shining city on a hill – have placed this nation under God’s Divine judgment.  No nation can violate God’s laws without severe consequences – not even the United States of America. We call upon all pastors across this land to speak not only to the evil of this murder but to the sins of God’s people for being silent on an issue that is not political but moral. May we, as Americans, who fear God and love freedom fall on our knees in repentance for our sins and pray that God will have mercy upon our land which flows with the blood of innocent lives.”

Rohrer encourages pastors to be involved in local pro-life events in their communities this week and to take advantage of the extensive Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network online resource library, with hundreds of resources to help pastors tackle the tough issues in their churches, including a special section dedicated to the topic of abortion.

PPN’s resource library is organized by genre (books, DVDs, articles, links, audio and video) as well as by topic. Some books are available for purchase, and the library also offer pastors information about classes or workshops they can attend online or in person for a fee. Many resources are free for pastors to read and/or download.

A list of topics also help pastors who are looking for insight on today’s other pressing headlines, such the Constitution, creation vs. evolution, economics, education, homosexuality, marriage, prayer, the Culture War and the environment. The library also houses many sermon titles that can serve as intelligent and timely starts to sermons that will equip congregations to be the salt and light of the Earth in a dark world.

For more information on Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network, visit www.papastors.net.  For more information on the American Pastors’ Network, visit www.americanpastorsnetwork.net, or call 610.584.1225 for information on both organizations.

The Pennsylvania and American Pastors’ Networks are groups of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues; examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in our political process on a non-partisan basis.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a state chapter affiliate of the American Pastors’ Network. The American Pastors’ Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501 C3 non-profit organization).