This morning I emailed out several of my contacts on the work we are doing in Topeka with the Heartbeat Bill. I have posted it here for circulation. Please share this!
Monument to the unborn dedicated in Slovakia.
Thank you for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support for our day in Topeka yesterday introducing the Heartbeat Bill to the committee. We have a battle on our hands that needs your help. I will address the ways in which you can help and then summarize yesterday’s presentation.
First: Pray that the Pro-Life camps can unite. There is a division in Topeka (and elsewhere) about this piece of legislation. Some say they will not support the bill because it protects unborn children from the time of heartbeat (not conception.) Although I fully agree that life begins at conception, this way of thinking is dangerous.
If you were witness to a mass drowning and had limited number of life preservers to throw out…
would you withhold the preservers because you do not have enough to save them all?
NO! You would save as many as you could as quickly as possible!
This Heartbeat Legislation has been written to save 85% of babies being aborted today
and is aimed at the heart of Roe vs Wade.
Second: Contact your Senators and Representatives by email, phone, or in person. From what I learned yesterday the in-person visit is the most effective. Right now the session is almost over and our elected are very busy on the floor voting- but showing up at their office and seeing if you can catch them by chance (or leaving a message with their secretary) is very effective. I wish you could see the lobbyists that are there on a daily basis. We need to become our own lobbyists! Just remember to always use facts and be professional.
Third: Contact Kansans for Life. This large Pro-Life group has their hearts in the right place to save all the babies. But with their stance to oppose the Heartbeat Bill we have one major player who will not support the bill because of the view of this group. **Please remember to speak with the highest level of respect to them. This can be a very touchy subject!!** Contact: David 316-687-5433 and Mary Kay 913-406-4446
Fourth: Continue to pray. We have had 40 years of abortion on demand in this country. We need to stop this in any and all ways possible. Pray specifically that we do not become too political in our own Pro-Lifer camp to get anything done.
Fifth: Use this email sign up form for Pro-Life updates in Kansas and across the nation. I need a fast and immediate way to contact the warriors across the state and be assured that messages are delivered. Signing up for this list will be exclusive updates on Pro-Life work. http://eepurl.com/xkayH
Summary of Yesterday’s Presentation:
Although I did not make it to the microphone to testify in front of the group due to time constraints those that did present were very well spoken and highly effective. Written testimony was also submitted in record amounts (thank you to those that took the time to do so!)
Those that spoke for the bill were:
- Representative Pete DeGraaf- Heartbeat legislation sponsor, Kansas
- Representative Ed Bideau- Heatbeat co-sponsor, Kansas
- Walter Weber- Attorney at Law, Washington DC
- *Dr. David Forte- Constitutional Law Professor, Ohio
- Troy Newman- President Operation Rescue, Kansas
- Janet Porter- Faith2Action President, Ohio
And two women spoke against the bill. I was literally heartbroken when I listened to their reasons to oppose this bill. Reasons such as: Women may not have enough time to realize that they are pregnant before the heartbeat and such legislation would not allow them enough time to schedule the abortion, come up with funds, etc. And that they vaginal ultrasound device would be mandatory and ‘invasive’… (never mind the fact that the abortion itself is invasive!)
After the committee presentation was concluded we worked our way around the Capitol speaking with Representatives and Senators about the bill and passing out Heartbeat Pins as well as stickers. I got to see first hand how working as a “lobbyist” operates. I highly recommend that anyone who has the time to do so go to Topeka and experience this as well! Not only is it a fantastic learning opportunity it helps the cause.
Upon leaving Topeka I found out that the committee immediately took the Bill out of there hands and sent it to the floor for today (Wednesday 3-26-13). Please continue to pray that our Senators and Representatives will stand up and support this bill.
*Financial Request: As many of you know Ed and Margaret Bideau covered the $990 to get attorney David Forte here last minute. And while the Bideau’s personally pledged to cover $400 of that amount we are still short $190. Dr. Forte has been a legal adviser to the Vatican in the past and is highly respected. I contacted the Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops to request financial help, but have not heard back. Would one of you be willing to follow up or donate the money?