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A message from Focus on the Family Action and one I believe needs our prayerful attention–amazingly, this line-item did NOT come up in President Obama’s speech last night.   If you feel so led, pray, write your political leaders, and/or yield to anything the Lord would have you peaceably do…

Dear Friend,

Congress will soon be deciding whether or not your money will be used to pay for abortions in federally mandated healthcare. Right now, the House and Senate are each considering healthcare reform bills that–in their current form–will include abortion coverage funded or subsidized by your tax dollars. Your help is needed to make sure that Congress excludes abortion and abortion funding from the healthcare reform bills.

While President Obama has repeatedly said that he wants to reduce the number of abortions, this healthcare reform plan would actually lead to government mandates for abortion coverage, dramatically increasing the number of taxpayer-funded abortions. Sadly, all attempts so far to exclude abortion and include conscience protections for medical professionals who do not want to provide abortions have been defeated in committee by Democrats, despite the fact that two recent polls show that between 63 and 71 percent of Americans favor laws that prevent taxpayer funds from being used for abortions.

Research also tells us that when abortions are publicly funded, the number of abortions go up. But when public funding is reduced or is not available at all, there are fewer abortions. In addition to increasing abortions, current healthcare reform plans will force Americans–including those with deeply held religious beliefs about protecting preborn human life–to pay for abortions.

One thing most Americans agree on is that there should be fewer abortions, but by passing the President’s healthcare reform plan without specifically excluding abortion, Congress will be opening the door to more abortions.

Carrie Gordon Earll, senior director of issue analysis at Focus on the Family Action™, said it’s crucial for Congress to exclude abortion and abortion funding from the healthcare reform bills.

“Current healthcare plans will force taxpayers to fund abortion, employers to include abortion in healthcare coverage and doctors to carry out abortions,” Earll warned. “Do you want your tax dollars to fund abortions? If not, please make your voice heard in support of preborn life now.”

Take Action

Please call your U.S. representative and ask him or her to specifically exclude abortion from the healthcare reform plan, as well as include specific protections for healthcare providers’ rights of conscience. Contact information for your representative is available in our Action Center.


Thank you in advance for speaking up for those who cannot make their voices heard.

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And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

If you are a Christian there is a very good possibility that you either have this verse highlighted in your Bible, or have it inscribed upon some object or picture in your home. It certainly is a wonderful promise of God, but out of context it might be misleading, for it comes on the heels of Paul’s acclamation to the Philippian church for being persistent givers—the previous sentence speaking of their ‘acceptable sacrifice’ that is ‘pleasing to God.’

What Does ‘Acceptable Sacrifice” Look Like?

This past week I went to the bookstore located on the ‘Focus on the Family‘ campus in Colorado Springs, and was searching for a pocket Bible to purchase. Not finding exactly what I was looking for, I sought the help of an employee standing nearby. Kate (according to her name tag) came to my immediate aid.

As it turns out, the type of Bible I desired was not in stock, but that did not impede Kate. She excused her self for a moment and disappeared into the back room. When she returned she held a Bible in her extended hand.

“Is this what you were looking for?” she asked.

As I reached out to take it from her she added, “I want you to have it. I bought it a while back, but it’s not the one I use. The only problem with it is that my name is engraved on the cover and I wrote in it in a few places.”

Sure enough, there was her name, written in gold on the leather cover, Kate Larimore.

Kate,” I protested, “I can’t take your bible.”

Kate was insistent, so after a few more ‘back-and-forths’, I conceded.

When I returned to my hotel room, I opened my ‘new’ Bible anxious to see what treasures Kate had recorded inside. The words she wrote here-and-there brought a joyful tear to my eye.

On the inside, front page was written: This HOLY BIBLE presented to,” (and then in Kate’s own handwriting), “Kate Larimore”

From: (and again in her hand), “Jesus Christ, aka Yeshua…her Bridegroom”

DATE: Before the beginning of time!”

I wiped a tear and turned the page.

The words ‘HOLY BIBLE’ appeared once again, but then another hand-written inscription from Kate:

The Holy Bible: the account of God’s refusal to leave us alone.

Amen Kate!
This morning, as I returned to my Bible study, I thought it no coincidence that ‘sacrifice pleasing to God’ was part of the subject matter. I knew I wanted to share about Kate’s generosity and wouldn’t you know it, the Lord provided the scripture lesson.

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