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ACTION ITEM
July 23, 2009
Greetings!

I am writing with an URGENT call to action today. Presbyterians Pro-Life ordinarily does not focus on political action, but pending healthcare legislation will so vastly increase abortion's threat to preborn human life that we felt we must contact you about it.
Please join Presbyterians Pro-Life in a webcast TONIGHT, July 23 at 9 PM Eastern (6 PM Pacific, 7 PM Mountain, 8 PM Central.) It is critical that pro-life Christians become informed about the far-reaching effects of the bill being considered now in the Congress.
 
This webcast will explain the harmful effects of this legislation and will equip you with simple ways to take action. There is no cost for the webcast. Registration is easy. Simply click on the 'Stop the Abortion Mandate' link at the bottom of this email and follow the instructions. Even if you are unable to attend tonight, I would encourage you to register to receive updates by email as this bill progresses through Congress.
Make no mistake: the "health care reform" proposals being pushed by Washington bureaucrats and abortion industry lobbyists -- if enacted in their current form -- would represent the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.

This is the strategy that Planned Parenthood and the billion-dollar abortion industry are now using in an attempt to implement the cornerstones of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA.)

These measures could mandate that virtually every American be forced into a health plan that includes abortion coverage -- and require honorable medical providers to violate their consciences and perform abortions or risk losing their jobs.

And to make matters even worse, because these would be federal mandates, state laws that now restrict abortion will probably be overturned!
 
In the face of rising health costs, we are being told that a universal government health care program is the answer. Certainly we want our government to be responsive to the real needs of those who are hungry and sick, but do we want political solutions that mandate abortion?
 
How will we respond? PPL intends to uphold the sanctity of preborn human life. Our Christian convictions about life are based on scriptural principles that teach that life is precious to God and that Christians are called to care and nurture.
 
Presbyterians have a long history of involvement in government. The Washington Office exists to equip Presbyterians for advocacy. Although I don't always agree with the views they support, I do agree with this statement on their website: Reformed theology teaches that because a sovereign God is at work in all the world, the church and Christian citizens should be concerned about public policy.  
 
I hope you will join pro-life leaders of many organizations in tonight's webcast and learn more about the health care plan being proposed in Congress. You will be equipped to take action and influence your legislators to reform healthcare in a way that does not violate the sanctity of preborn human life or the Christian principles of care for the weakest among us.
 
To sign up for TODAY's webcast go to Stop the Abortion Mandate now!
Don't forget to pray for your legislators and for God to guide them as they seek to reform our health care system. Ask God to give them wisdom and moral clarity and to encourage those leaders who are pro-lfie to speak out eloquently.
 
Thank you for caring enough to join us tonight!
Yours in Christ for life,
 
Marie Bowen
Presbyterians Pro-Life
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