Family Research Council

Prayer Targets: Reagan on Roe; State Marriage; Taxpayer Abortion Funding; Pre-born Memorial; More


January 16, 2014

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 123:7

Dear Praying Friends,

In the spring of 1983, President Ronald Reagan published his treatise, Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation. No President before or since has addressed the evil of Roe v. Wade more plainly, comprehensively, or perfectly in agreement with the biblical view. As we near the 41st anniversary of Roe, I urge you to read Reagan's entire composition, presented on the 10th anniversary of the plainly unconstitutional Supreme Court ruling. Here is the introduction:

THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade is a good time for us to pause and reflect. Our nationwide policy of abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy was neither voted for by our people nor enacted by our legislators -- not a single state had such unrestricted abortion before the Supreme Court decreed it to be national policy in 1973. But the consequences of this judicial decision are now obvious: since 1973, more than 15 million unborn children [now 55+ million] have had their lives snuffed out by legalized abortions. That is over ten times [now 41 times] the number of Americans lost in all our nation's wars.

Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court's result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right... As an act of "raw judicial power" ... the decision by the seven-man majority in Roe v. Wade has so far been made to stick. But the Court's decision has by no means settled the debate. Instead, Roe v. Wade has become a continuing prod to the conscience of the nation.

Abortion concerns not just the unborn child, it concerns every one of us. The English poet, John Donne, wrote: "... any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life -- the unborn -- without diminishing the value of all human life... Many of our fellow citizens grieve over the loss of life that has followed Roe v. Wade. Margaret Heckler, soon after being nominated to head the largest department of our government, Health and Human Services, told an audience that she believed abortion to be the greatest moral crisis facing our country today. And the revered Mother Teresa, who works in the streets of Calcutta ministering to dying people in her world-famous mission of mercy, has said that "the greatest misery of our time is the generalized abortion of children."...

Despite the formidable obstacles before us, we must not lose heart. This is not the first time our country has been divided by a Supreme Court decision that denied the value of certain human lives. The Dred Scott decision of 1857 was not overturned in a day, or a year, or even a decade. At first, only a minority of Americans recognized and deplored the moral crisis brought about by denying the full humanity of our black brothers and sisters; but that minority persisted in their vision and finally prevailed. They did it by appealing to the hearts and minds of their countrymen, to the truth of human dignity under God. From their example, we know that respect for the sacred value of human life is too deeply engrained in the hearts of our people to remain forever suppressed. But the great majority of the American people have not yet made their voices heard, and we cannot expect them to -- any more than the public voice arose against slavery -- until the issue is clearly framed and presented... (see more at The Human Life Review, Spring, 1983).

States are beginning to take this matter back into their own hands. Roe v. Wade is being challenged in state legislation, but more importantly in the court of public opinion. Roe will come down. Men and women heeding their God-given consciences are rejecting the "right to choose" death for their babies. Young people are becoming more prolife than their elders. Under Obamacare, employers that can't in good conscience submit to the HHS mandate will have to pay crippling fines or cancel health coverage for all their employees. And Obamacare's effort to spread the funding of abortions among all taxpayer via subsidized insurance will not prevail as we continue to press our case before the Throne of God in prayer.

State Marriage Protection Act - The Supreme Court decision that overturned part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) enabled the Obama administration to provide federal benefits to same-sex couples (more than 1,000 laws and benefits apply to "spouses"). But the ruling did not clarify whether the federal government's recognition of homosexual "marriage" applied to where the marriage was celebrated or where the spouses reside.

After a Utah federal judge ruled the state's ban on homosexual marriage unconstitutional, over 1,000 such "weddings" took place over 17 days before traditional marriage advocates successfully appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for an injunction to stop them. Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a temporary stay while the appeals process continues. Mid-stream, Attorney General Eric Holder decided with complete disregard to grant these "marriages" federal benefits even though their domicile state currently does not recognize them. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) has introduced the State Marriage Protection Act to clarify the right of States to define marriage and who is and is not qualified to obtain marriage benefits. Thankfully, Indiana is moving toward placing a marriage amendment on the ballot, but the bill has been bottled up in committee. Will the majority party in charge, which has a clear pro-marriage statement in their platform, have the political will to move forward? Let's pray that they do so that the people can vote. Regardless of what renegade judges do, we need to pray and work for righteousness (see Wedding Bills Ring, Utah, Obama's Ringleader, Oklahoma Judge, New Rules, Protect!).

  • Pray over each of these situations that marriage will be fully and successfully protected in the law, in the state constitutions, and in the courts, and that lawlessness will be restrained (Gen 2:20-24; Is 10:1 ff; Mt 19:5-6; Eph 5:25, 31-32; Php 1:7, 17; 2 Th 2:7).

HR 7: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act - With 145 co-sponsors, Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Dan Lapinski's (D-Ill.) bill will prevent ALL taxpayer funding of abortion -- Obamacare, Military Hospitals, D.C. accounting procedures, etc. and any other way a pro-abortion White House or activist legislators might try to sneak it in. It will make permanent the long-standing Hyde Amendment across government programs (see Get Taxpayers Out of the Abortion Business; No More Abortion Tax; see FRC's video presentation with Rep Chris Smith and Dr. Pat Fagan).

  • May the pro-life majority of Americans rally to support this bill! Pray for victory in the House, the Senate and that the President who promised abortion would not be in Obamacare will sign it (Ex 20:13; Dt 19:10; 30:19; 2 Kgs 24:3-4; Jn 10:10).

20th annual National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers - Next Wednesday, January 22nd, immediately before the March for Life, leading pro-life pastors and priests will host a multi-denominational prayer service at Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street N.W. (18th and D St.), in Washington, D.C. from 8:30-10:30 AM. The event is free, no tickets are required, and large groups are welcome. Come and be part of this prophetic witness against the scourge of abortion and for God's glorious gift of life (National Prayer Service, Leadership).

  • May pastors across America rally God's people to lead on this all-important matter of Life! (Ex 23:7; Neh 8:9; Is 58:1; Joel 2:13, 17; 1 Cor 6:9-11).

Finally, please pray for 1) the U.S. to take leadership to end the slaughter of Christians around the world; 2) the upcoming Supreme Court public prayer case: Greece v. Galloway; 3) Repeal of Obamacare; 4) the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against lawless recess appointments; 5) Human Life Sunday -- this Sunday (see Church Bulletin Insert, Video). Thanks for praying!