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Pro-Life Or Pro-Choice
Abortion battle rises as 2014 election issue
By Bill Noles
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.
– Jeremiah 1:5
As midterm elections loom on the horizon, one of the leading issues this year will be reproductive health laws. With abortion nearing the top of the list, parties on both sides will concentrate their efforts to sway voters.
Democrats, aware of how potent the subject has been in recent campaigns are looking to rally female voters by portraying their conservative opponents as insensitive on women’s issues.
“Republicans have turned the floor of the House into the battleground for their relentless war on women’s health care and freedoms,” said Representative Steve Israel of New York, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Every time they launch another extreme attack against women’s rights, they lose more ground with women voters.”
Republicans, through state ballot initiatives and legislation in Congress, are using it to stoke enthusiasm among core supporters. “For a lot of members politically it ties into the issue they want to be talking about this election, which is Obamacare,” said Tom McClusky, vice president for government affairs for the March for Life, an annual pro-life demonstration on the National Mall.
In an off-year election historically characterized by low voter turn out, Democrats say their success this year will depend on how close they can come to President Obama’s overwhelming margins with female voters. In 2008, Obama enjoyed a 14-point advantage among women and in 2012, it was 12 points.
According to Politico and Fox News, the political arm of Planned Parenthood is preparing to launch its largest campaign offensive ever, targeting more than a dozen states and some of the upcoming top Senate and gubernatorial races. They hope to raise the alarm about the stakes of the 2014 midterm elections for women’s health care and abortion rights.
“The bottom line is: Many of these races are going to be determined by women and women voters,” says Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.. “To the extent that we still have politicians who are running on a platform to repeal women’s access to health care and women’s rights, that’s a losing proposition. We will absolutely be on the offense on these issues.”
Looking to recover from their losses in 2012, Republicans are taking a new approach by attacking abortion from an economic perspective. Their efforts this year will be dedicated to limiting access to the procedure, rather than advocating for outright bans. “Voters are still hurting economically so we understand that has to be the top message again this election,” says Sarah Huckabee Sanders of the conservative super-PAC American Principles Fund.
Recently, the House of Representatives voted to pass the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortions Act,” which permanently bans federal funding for abortion and denies tax credits to people who purchase health insurance that covers the procedure.
In Oregon, a new measure seeks to outlaw the use of state funds to pay for any abortion unless the mother is in grave medical danger. “We don’t make this a pro-life thing,” said Jeff Jimerson, who is organizing the petition drive. “This is a pro-taxpayer thing. There are a lot of libertarians in Oregon, people who don’t really care what you do, just don’t make me pay for it.”
Activists campaigning against abortion promise that 2014 will be another year of gains for the movement. “It’s really been a groundswell of activity,” says Charmaine Yoest, head of Americans United for Life. “We’ve really seen the states become laboratories for democracy on these issues, and now we’re seeing a patchwork of legislation starting to emerge.”
If you say “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
– Proverbs 24:12
This year Christians need to be more proactive at the polls. A Pew Research Center study of religious voters shows a dip in white Protestants and Christians as a percentage of the total electorate, to 39 percent in 2012 from 45 percent in 2000.
“The biggest change with evangelical voters is how they’ve become conscientious objectors and are sitting at home during elections,” says Kellyanne Conway, a Republican polling expert.
As you pray:
- Ask God to turn the nation back to protecting the lives of the unborn
- Ask that God’s will be done at the polls this year
- Pray that Christians will be moved to take the time to get out and vote
- Pray for the Lord’s guidance in your vote
Bill Noles Jr. is an entrepreneur, author and writer. Married for over 30 years, he is a father of two sons and grandfather of four children. He and his wife Diann live in Tucson, AZ.
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PRAYER 101 LESSONS
Motivate Yourself to Pray
Four things you need to know to motivate yourself to pray:
Lesson 1 – Prayer is loving communication with God
Lesson 2 – You Speak; He Speaks
Lesson 3 – God listens and responds
Lesson 4 – Lack of prayer causes problems
Sovereignty of God in Prayers
Five-part series examining the sovereignty of God and how it relates to your prayers for the nation and its leaders.
Lesson 1 – The Sovereignty of God defined
Lesson 2 – How Prayer connects Earth and Heaven
Lesson 3 – Your Prayer help wage the battle
Lesson 4 – Praying for the lost
Lesson 5 – Praying for the salvation of others
Understanding Who God Is:
Four Characteristics of God Related to Prayer
Lesson 1 – His omnipotence – He is all-powerful
Lesson 2 - His omniscience – He is all-knowing
Lesson 3 – His omnipresence – He is all-present
Lesson 4 – He is love – all the time
The ACTS Model of Prayer
Helpful tool of the ACTS model of prayer (adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication):
Lesson 1 – Adoration
Lesson 2 – Confession
Lesson 3 – Thanksgiving
Lesson 4 – Supplication
What Jesus Revealed Concerning Prayer
Five important concepts Jesus’ actions and teachings reveal concerning prayer and the Christian’s relationship with God:
Lesson 1 – What Christ says about prayer
Lesson 2 – How the Holy Spirit guides and comforts you
Lesson 3 – Why and How Jesus Prayed
Lesson 4 – The power of confession and forgiveness
Lesson 5 – Lessons and benefits of the Lord’s prayer
Creative Ways to Pray as a Family
Lesson 1 - Kids Included
Lesson 2 - Dynamic Duo
Worship in Prayer
Lesson 1 - Worship defined – and how it motivates prayer
Lesson 2 - Meeting With Your Creator – Prayer changes you more than you know