13 Dec

Planned Parenthood’s ‘3%’ claim debunked again

via Live Action News December 12, 2017 at 10:02AM

At The Federalist, former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, founder of abortion worker outreach And Then There Were None, writes about attending a women’s conference in Detroit, Michigan earlier in 2017. She says the conference was “sponsored solely by progressive organizations, including premiere sponsor Planned Parenthood, my former employer.” Johnson makes clear that pro-life views were not represented in any way at the women’s conference, and she shares the truths that were revealed behind closed doors.

Abortion: the focus for Planned Parenthood.

Abortion: the focus for Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood’s “3%” Statistic is False

While Planned Parenthood’s public relations machine pushes the “3%” statistic (referring to the claim that abortions comprise only three percent of the organization’s services) to society at large, behind closed doors, they and their supporters acknowledge that this statistic is totally false. Johnson writes:

The abortion industry is no longer hiding behind their “family planning” services. They are super proud of the abortions they commit. One woman in a panel, who worked for Planned Parenthood, even said [they] should stop saying abortion is “only 3 percent of their services.” She said Planned Parenthood shouldn’t try to hide that the “majority of what they do in the clinics is to provide abortions.” Another thing I learned: these women are super honest about what the abortion industry is all about when they think no pro-lifers are around.

The three percent statistic, to which even a Washington Post fact-checker gave “three Pinocchios,” was debunked by Live Action in the following video:

Abortions Have Increased 24 Percent at Planned Parenthood in the Past 10 Years, Even Though the Chain Has Lost 600,000 Clients in the Last Five Years

Live Action News’ Carole Novielli pointed out that no matter how much abortions increase at Planned Parenthood (while other legitimate health care services decrease) that three percent figure the abortion chain always claims inevitably remains the same:

Even though Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers have increased year after year after year, somehow, thanks to total services reported, that percentage remains the same.

In fact, Planned Parenthood’s abortions have increased 24 percent in the past 10 years (264,943/2005 vs. 328,348/2015) and patient numbers have plummeted (Planned Parenthood has lost approximately 600,000 clients since 2011, according to its own reports) — yet that three percent statistic has never fluctuated. What are the odds?

The most recent statistics from the abortion corporation’s own annual report show that in 2015-2016, it committed 328,348 abortions. That’s up from 323,999 in 2014-2015 — an increase of 4,349 abortions in just one year. During that same time frame, as Planned Parenthood’s abortions went up, the chain actually lost 100,000 patients.

Planned Parenthood’s market share of abortions continues at a steady uptick; it currently commits 35 percent of all abortions in the United States, making it the largest abortion corporation in the nation. The chain’s STI testing and treatment, contraception, cancer screenings (not mammograms — remember, Planned Parenthood doesn’t do those, even though it has misled the public on this for years), and more have all been on a downward trend for years. What isn’t? Abortion.

Planned Parenthood Dangles Other Services as a Gateway to Lucrative Abortion

In May of this year, Abby Johnson noted on her Facebook page that every service the abortion chain hands out is really a gateway to sell women abortions:

54% of women who are seeking abortions were using contraception at the time they got pregnant. They know that these methods will eventually fail. And because they have already developed a relationship with these women, they are more likely to go back to them when their method fails. This provides an opportunity for Planned Parenthood to sell them an abortion.

Why does Planned Parenthood provide STD testing? Because they care about the gonorrhea and chlamydia rate in your community? Nope. It’s because they know that people who engage in high risk sexual behavior (therefore leading to STDs) are statistically more likely to also experience an unplanned pregnancy. This is creating another opportunity for Planned Parenthood to sell that patient on their highest revenue generating product… abortion.

While publicly, Planned Parenthood’s president can be heard downplaying “abortion services” (as in the video above), the numbers really do speak for themselves. Just six years ago, it was shown that 38.4 percent of all Planned Parenthood health center income was from one service alone: abortion.

The staffer Abby Johnson heard at the Detroit Women’s Convention was right: the majority of what Planned Parenthood does is abortion, and they know it — all while they lie to the American public about it.

Why are taxpayers still funding this corrupt organization? A total defund is needed immediately.

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13 Dec

Pro-Life People Will Sing Christmas Carols Outside Local Abortion Clinics

via LifeNews.com December 11, 2017 at 06:17PM

More than 70 pro-life groups across the county are calling for “Peace in the Womb” this year with Christmas carols outside facilities that offer abortions.

A few groups have already started the caroling, with a group in Glendale, Arizona gathering outside the Planned Parenthood facility this past weekend.

The Pro-Life Action League has sponsored the event for 15 years (some 2015 video can be seen below.)

The league offers help in organizing the caroling events and promotes the action on its website:

The idea is simple: we bring the hope and joy of Christmas to one of the world’s darkest places, the abortion clinic, in hopes that the familiar sounds of Christmas carols might save a life.

And, in fact, lives have been saved by our peaceful, prayerful witness when women heard our songs from inside the abortion facility and chose life for their children.

According to azcentral.com, Lisa Blevins, a Glendale event organizer, said the groups sing carols to remind women thinking about abortion that the “salvation of the world came through an unplanned pregnancy.”

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The Pro-Life Action League has schedule of similar caroling events being held across the country from now until Christmas Eve listed on their website.

LifeNews Note: Eric Scheidler is the executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, a national pro-life education and activism organization based in Chicago.

13 Dec

Supreme Court Asked to Stop Maine Law Used to Silence Pro-Life People

via LifeNews.com December 12, 2017 at 01:58PM

Alliance Defending Freedom filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court that urges it to take up a challenge to a Maine law that government officials have used to silence pro-life speakers outside of abortion facilities.

The “noise provision” of the Maine Civil Rights Act purports to prohibit “intentionally making noise that can be heard within a building” if the “intent” of the noise is to “interfere with the…effective delivery of [health] services within the building,” such as abortions. Maine officials cited the law as the basis for stopping Pastor Andrew March from engaging in non-amplified pro-life speech outside of a Planned Parenthood building.

As the ADF brief in March v. Mills notes, the law is unconstitutional, in part because it would not apply to a pro-abortion speaker outside of a Planned Parenthood building because his speech doesn’t have the “intent” to oppose abortion but to support abortion.

“It makes no sense for the government to say that only ‘noise’ with a particular viewpoint is a problem,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “Maine’s law is unconstitutional on its face because it allows officials to censor speech based on its point of view rather than any objective criteria. The U.S. Supreme Court has found—as recently as 2015—that laws cannot preclude speech on that basis, and we hope the court will reaffirm that principle here.”

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In the 2015 ADF case Reed v. Town of Gilbert, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found that the government cannot judge speech based on its “function or purpose,” as the Maine law does. The ADF brief explains that, in upholding Maine’s law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit “avoided this aspect of Reed’s holding by concocting a meaningless and nonsensical distinction between the purpose of a speaker and the purpose of his message.” That distinction “creates a significant loophole” in what the Supreme Court clearly meant in the Reed decision, and “that could allow a whole host of content-based speech restrictions to escape strict scrutiny.”

The brief adds that the 1st Circuit’s decision “poses a particularly serious threat to First Amendment rights because of the context from which it arose. Other states and localities will look to the Noise Provision as a blueprint for silencing disfavored speech outside of abortion clinics and elsewhere—unless this Court reverses. Core First Amendment rights will be lost.”

Robert M. McKenna and David W.A. Spencer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP represent ADF on the brief.

13 Nov

Loophole Allowed Planned Parenthood to Build Abortion Clinic With Taxpayer-Funded Municipal Bonds

via LifeNews.com October 23, 2017 at 12:01PM

Construction on Planned Parenthood abortion facilities in at least four states was subsidized by taxpayers, according to an investigation by federal pro-life lawmakers.

The Washington Times reports U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-North Carolina, found a loophole that allows abortion groups like Planned Parenthood to receive tax-free municipal bonds for construction of their abortion clinics.

“We’re utilizing the federal government to facilitate the development of these abortion clinics through the involvement of the American taxpayer, and they don’t want that,” Pittenger said.

The pro-life congressman said he plans to introduce legislation this week to close the loophole and stop the government from supporting the construction of abortion facilities.

Here’s more from the report:

Complete data are unavailable, but congressional investigators and pro-life groups say Planned Parenthood clinics in Illinois, Florida and in the Upper Midwest used bonds issued by local authorities and backed by the federal tax exemption to fund construction. A clinic in Massachusetts also may have been funded by bonds issued from the state’s economic development agency. …

Tax-exempt municipal bonds are issued by states and localities and are generally used for public works projects such as roads, schools, bridges and hospitals. Interest payments are tax-exempt and deemed secure, which make them attractive for investors — meaning lower interest rates.

That ends up saving money for those involved in the project, particularly when it’s a sports stadium or, in this case, an abortion clinic.

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The abortion chain also received two “abortion bonds” to help build its headquarters in New York, according to the report. Planned Parenthood’s public financial audit shows two tax-exempt bonds for its headquarters, including a $30 million loan in 2012 from the Public Finance Authority revenue board in Wisconsin, the report states.

“The intent is to close a loophole in the tax code that allows for them to finance their clinics,” Pittinger said.

Jennifer Popik, director of federal legislation at National Right to Life, said Planned Parenthood receives taxpayer dollars and other forms of support through numerous government streams, and Pittenger’s legislation would help cut off one avenue of support.

“This is a good small step here,” Popik told the Times. “This isn’t defunding Planned Parenthood, this isn’t defunding large abortion providers, but this is one thing we can show we’re moving in a positive direction.”

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in America, aborting more than 300,000 unborn babies annually, according to its annual reports. It also receives approximately half a billion taxpayer dollars each year, largely through Medicaid.

The abortion group’s own reports show its focus is not on women’s health care but on abortions. Non-abortion services have been dropping steadily at Planned Parenthood in the past decade, but its abortion numbers remain high.

Planned Parenthood could continue to receive tax dollars if it stops its abortion practices and starts focusing on legitimate health care, but it has refused to do so.

13 Nov

GOP Tax Plan Recognizes Unborn Children are Human Beings From Conception

via LifeNews.com November 3, 2017 at 09:59AM

The GOP tax plan, unveiled today, allows expectant parents to contribute to their unborn baby’s 529 college savings account.

“Nothing shall prevent an unborn child from being treated as a designated beneficiary,” the plan says. It defines an unborn child as a “child in utero” which “means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”

Abortion advocacy groups, including NARAL and Planned Parenthood, denounced the language in the tax reform bill.

NARAL’s Kaylie Hanson Long responded to the language saying, “the GOP’s relentless obsession with advancing its dangerous anti-choice ideology knows no boundaries and no common sense. Inserting ‘personhood’ language into their tax bill is just the latest example of how they’re trying to turn back the clock on this country.”

Long did not further explain how allowing parents to save for their unborn baby’s college would “turn back the clock” on the country.

Dana Singiser, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs with the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, seemed to think the language in the bill would restrict abortion in some way.

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“It is absurd that House Republican leaders would use a tax bill to try to advance their relentless agenda to undermine access to safe, legal abortion,” she said. “Denying women access to safe, legal abortion is wildly out of touch with the majority of Americans. Politicians in Washington, DC have no place inserting themselves in decisions about women’s health and lives, not on this bill and not on any bill.”

Pro-life advocates, including March for Life president Jeanne Mancini, praised the language.

“House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) deserves praise for including language in this tax bill that recognizes the personhood of unborn children by allowing expectant parents to contribute to their child’s 529 education savings account in the year prior to birth,” she said. “A child in the womb is just as human as you or I yet, until now, the U.S. tax code has failed to acknowledge the unborn child – all while granting tax breaks for those seeking an abortion under the pretense of ‘healthcare’. The proposed tax plan is a huge leap forward for an antiquated tax code, and we hope this is the first step in expanding the child tax credit to include unborn children as well.”

Mallory Quigley, communications director for the Susan B. Anthony List called the language, “a small increment in the momentum that we’re building to ensure that one day every child is welcomed and protected under the law,”.

“We hope that it stays in the House bill and that it stays in anything the Senate puts out,” she said.

LifeNews Note: Lauretta Brown writes for Town Hall, where this column originally appeared.

13 Nov

Largest 40 Days for Life Campaign Ends With 492 Babies Saved From Abortion

via LifeNews.com November 6, 2017 at 02:17PM

The largest 40 Days for Life campaign so far has ended – and here’s a huge thank you for helping save so many lives!

Reports are still coming in … but local 40 Days for Life leaders tell us that as of now, they’re aware of 492 mothers in 375 locations around the world who have rejected abortion and chosen life for their babies!

In many cases, all it took was the simple act of showing up to pray on the sidewalk.

Greensboro, North Carolina

“One day we were praying, just praying – not counseling, but just praying,” said Salvador in Greensboro.

As they prayed, they saw a young woman drive into the abortion center’s parking lot. But a few minutes she parked right in front of the 40 Days for Life vigil participants and got out of her car.

“She told me she needed prayers,” Salvador said. “I asked if she was there for an abortion and she said ‘yes,’ so we stared praying with her.”

After they prayed, the volunteers talked with her about pregnancy resources in the Greensboro area. “I gave her a brochure,” Salvador said, “and she left!”

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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While Maria was praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Winnipeg, she was approached by a smiling woman.

“She said she was against abortion,” Maria said, “but her daughter was in the hospital for an abortion referral. Her daughter had gotten pregnant while in a relationship with an abusive, drug-addicted man.”

Maria asked the mother about adoption, and she replied that she was prepared to raise the child herself. “I assured her of our prayers and she went inside.”

A short time later, the woman came out to tell the volunteers she was bringing her daughter home. The younger woman was rethinking the situation. “The mom was smiling widely,” Maria said. “Praise the Lord!”

LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.

24 Oct

Greenville For Life Meeting, Thursday, October 26th

The next Greenville for Life meeting is this Thursday, October 26th, at 7:00 pm. We will be meeting at Community Chapel of Greenville, 1636 Bethel Road, Greenville, SC 29681. We hope that you’ll be able to join us. Please RSVP via the Facebook Event – thanks!

Time permitting, we will continue the Sidewalk Advocates for Life training.

Please bring a heavy hors d’oeuvre or a dessert to share.

Reminder, we continue to have our weekly prayer conference calls. You can join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday and 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM. The call in number is 712-770-4010 and the access code is 444570. Please mark your calendars for these times and join us!

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Praying the Lord’s leading and blessing as we seek to rescue precious lives!

23 Oct

289 Babies Saved From Abortion So Far During 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign

via LifeNews.com October 23, 2017 at 10:00AM

Ready to start the week with extremely encouraging news? Here it is! 40 Days for Life campaign leaders tell us that so far this campaign … 289 babies have been spared from abortion – that we know of!

We can only wonder how many mothers have turned away from abortion that only God knows about. Since He’s a good and merciful God … we have to believe there are many more!

Yuba City, California

“Praise the Lord!” said one of the California leaders. “Two babies were saved from abortion at the Yuba City 40 Days for Life!”

Both of these young women went to Planned Parenthood for pregnancy tests. They were being pressured … feeling distraught … and considering the abortion pill.

Thankfully, one of the volunteers was able to provide life-affirming encouragement – giving the women information about fetal development, directing them to a pro-life pregnancy help center and exchanging contact information so they could get back in touch.

One of the women did just that, sending back a text message after her visit to the help center.

“Thank you again!” she wrote. “I’m so incredibly thankful you guys were out there that day. You guys knew the exact words to make me feel better. And I knew you guys would as soon as I pulled up. God really does work in such amazing ways!”

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Austin, Texas

Austin is taking part in 40 Days for Life for the 19th time … pausing at the mid-point of the campaign for a candlelight vigil “to give thanks for the blessings we’ve seen … to be motivated … and to pray for all of those affected by abortion.”

And those blessings include “four moms (so far) that had scheduled an abortion but changed their minds and chose life,” said Heather in Austin.

There have been dozens more that have stopped to talk to counselors. Heather noted a common theme from the women they’ve spoken to.

“‘It’s so expensive here!’ is what we keep hearing about the abortion facilities,” she said. “Your presence matters!”

Portland, Oregon

“We had a turnaround!” said Therese in Portland.

A mother arrived at the abortion center with her teenage daughter. “I saw them go in,” Therese said, “but wasn’t able to hand them any information.”

About an hour and a half later, the mom came back out. “When I asked if I could give her any resources, she said no, she didn’t need any. She said her daughter had changed her mind.”

“She didn’t do it,” the mother said. “She decided not to do it.” She also said it was a hard decision for her daughter. “It’s the father that’s the problem,” she murmured.

The volunteers promised to help … and to pray. The mother and daughter left smiling.

LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.

18 Oct

President Donald Trump is Undoing the Pro-Abortion Damage Barack Obama Caused

via LifeNews.com October 17, 2017 at 04:22PM

I had big dreams when this year started. We were going to change or repeal Obamacare with its many abortion-expanding provisions, and we were going to remove federal taxpayer subsidies for the more than 1,000 insurance plans that cover elective abortion.

We were also going to block the roughly half a billion federal-taxpayer dollars Planned Parenthood receives annually through Medicaid and various other programs.

That hasn’t happened and many pro-lifers are understandably disappointed. After all, we wanted to overturn in less than a year what had taken the Obama Administration years to put into place.

But pro-lifers are nothing if not resilient. Working with congressional pro-life leadership, we will diligently continue to undo the damage inflicted on unborn babies by eight years of President Obama. That also includes huge assists from the administration of President Trump.

Although Obamacare is still the law of the land, the Department of Health and Human Services has taken a major step toward enforcing a portion of the law ignored and unenforced by the Obama administration.

HHS has announced that qualified health plan issuers must segregate collected premiums to pay for abortion coverage; that enrollees be informed if abortions are covered by a health plan; and that HHS will fully enforce these requirements as a step toward ensuring that federal tax dollars are not used to subsidize coverage for elective abortion.

Before leaving office, President Obama issued a regulation to prevent states from redirecting Title X funds away from providers deemed unsuitable, such as Planned Parenthood. The House and the Senate employed the Congressional Review Act and voted to nullify these regulations, thereby restoring authority to the states to direct Title X funds to providers they deem suitable. President Trump signed that bill into law in April.

In addition, we started off 2017 with President Trump not only re-issuing the Mexico City Policy, gutted by President Obama, but expanding it into the new “Promoting Life in Global Health Assistance.” This initiative will apply pro-life conditions to a broad range of health-related U.S. foreign aid.

The Mexico City Policy required that, in order to be eligible for certain types of foreign aid, a private organization must sign a contract promising not to perform abortions, not to lobby to overturn pro-life laws in other countries, or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning. The new Assistance policy greatly expands the array of overseas health programs that are now covered by pro-life policy.

Right-to-Lifers applauded a momentous move by the Senate, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), to require only a simple majority to confirm a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. As you are aware, Senate Democrats were using the filibuster to prevent a confirmation vote on Neil Gorsuch to the Court. By changing the rules, the Senate is now able to confirm a judge to any federal court by a majority vote, rather than the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster.

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One of our top priorities remains enactment of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. That legislation has passed the House of Representatives and has been introduced into the Senate by Sen. Lindsey Graham.

There is no question that passage in the Senate will be difficult. I encourage all pro-lifers to contact their senators, even the staunchly pro-abortion senators, letting them know there is strong support for the bill among their constituents.

Thirty-three states have senate races next year. Every voter in those states should know which candidates support the killing of unborn babies who have developed to the point of being able to feel pain during an abortion. Are incumbent senators, or challengers to the incumbents, supporting the radical position of the abortion industry that says there should be no limits whatsoever on abortion?

You can help to make sure that information becomes public knowledge. Ask the candidates where they stand on the issue, and do it in a public setting, like at a forum where the candidate takes questions from the audience. If candidates are being interviewed on a radio show and listeners are able to call in to ask questions, get out your phone, dial the station, and ask that question.

If you have built a friendly relationship with a local reporter who covers campaigns, ask them to bring up the topic in an interview. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a federal bill awaiting action in the Senate. How would the senator, or other candidate, vote on the bill?

We can’t let candidates slip by with some mumbo-jumbo about “reproductive rights” or being “pro-choice.” We need to know exactly where the candidates stand and how they will vote on specific legislation if elected.

Babies’ lives are on the line. That’s why we won’t give up. That’s why we will keep on keeping on. The babies deserve no less.

LifeNews Note: Carol Tobias is the president of the National Right to Life Committee.

16 Oct

How one photo of a preborn baby helped to make future generations pro-life

via Live Action News October 7, 2017 at 09:12AM

Many of us have worn it, and others have surely seen it — the iconic pro-life “Precious Feet” pin. But what’s the story behind this symbol?

In the early 1970’s, Dr. Russell Sacco, a urologist from Oregon at the time, was aware of abortion prior to Roe v. Wade because of those who were speaking out on the topic. “I knew as a doctor that abortion kills children; they kill human beings,” he stated in an interview published on Vimeo.

Dr. Sacco said he began reading “anatomical books,” and when the Supreme Court ruled that murdering the preborn was “legal,” the doctor became, in his words, “furious.”

It was shortly after this that Sacco met a pathologist who was also anti-abortion. This pathologist “… was supposed to take the children that had been killed and destroy the bodies. But he told me that he didn’t do that; he just didn’t like to do that.”

Dr. Sacco’s image of aborted baby

Dr. Sacco said that this pathologist had preserved the babies’ bodies in a bucket of formaldehyde, which he showed Sacco. “… [I]n the bucket were about seven or eight infant bodies. It was a little bit shocking for me to see that but, there they were.”

Dr. Sacco asked the pathologist if he could photograph the babies “so that I could put it on slides and I could go around and give talks on how we should save and protect the prenatal children.”

Dr. Sacco’s image of aborted baby

Dr. Sacco said he took out “one body at a time” to photograph them. Then, he catalogued each child and their estimated ages.

“Then, one of the ones I decided to take was one that I would hold just the child’s feet between my fingers,” which Sacco says he did for scale. “So, I put my fingers on that so that you could identify the size of my hand – then you could identify the feet of the children.”

After developing the film, he discovered that the images of the feet were “better than I had thought. I really thought that… maybe God did that one for me.”

The image, which Dr. Sacco refused to copyright so it could be used worldwide, has been referred to as “Tiny Feet,” “Little Feet,” and “Precious Feet.”

Dr. Sacco’s picture of aborted baby feet

But it was in Dr. Sacco’s meeting with Dr. John Willke that this photograph became famous.

Willke has been described by some as the father of the pro-life movement; he founded Cincinnati Right to Life in 1970, and later joined National Right to Life’s board. In 1991, he founded the Life Issues Institute and served there until his death in 2014. A tribute published by National Right to Life says Willke, a devout Catholic, “helped form the foundation of right-to-life educational efforts through the development of the ‘Willke slides’ on fetal development and abortion…”

Dr. and Mrs. John C Willke (Photo: Cincinnati Right to Life Tribute Video)

In 1971, Dr. Sacco attended a speech given by Dr. Willke to the California Pro-life Council. After the event, several attendees and organizers were sitting and chatting in the hotel. Dr. Willke sat on the floor next to the couch due to a lack of seating in the room, and directly behind him was Dr. Sacco. Dr. and Mrs. Willke recounted what happened next in their book, Abortion and the Pro-life Movement, an Inside View:

Almost casually he [Dr. Sacco] said to Jack [Dr. Willke], “You might be interested in a few slides I’ve taken. ” He fished into his briefcase and came out with a few Kodachrome slides.

One by one, Jack held them up to the light of the lamp. One of them was “Tiny Feet.” Jack was fascinated. Could he have a copy? Could he use it? Dr. Sacco generously agreed.

Dr. Willke used that image in his book Handbook on Abortion. Following that, the picture was printed in early pro-life brochures such as “Life and Death” and “Did you Know?” The photo soon “went viral,” as they say, and was published in countless flyers, books and pamphlets.

That photo then inspired an Arizona couple, Ellis and Virginia Evers, the founders of Heritage House, which now offers the pins for purchase:

On January 22, 1974 Virginia and Ellis Evers ran across a full page ad in their local newspaper in San Diego, California. Prominent in the ad was a picture of the tiny feet of a ten week old unborn baby held between a man’s fingers and thumb. Inspired by the remarkable photo, Virginia Evers felt these little feet would be the ideal Pro-Life symbol. With love and dedication for the unborn, Virginia designed the “Precious Feet” lapel pin.

Dr. Willke was at first unsure of becoming a pro-life activist. But that soon changed. In an interview with LifeSite News, he recalls his reply to Fr. Paul Marx, who asked him in 1970 what he was doing about abortion.

“If we get caught up in this, it will swallow us up. No thank you,” Dr. Willke told Fr. Marx, the founder of Human Life International. “I was perfectly content to be a family physician and deliver a lot of babies,” he told LifeSite News in that 2010 interview.

Then, after receiving an invitation to speak on abortion, he said that when he agreed, he swore it would be “just once.” He was then asked to take an interview about abortion. “Just once,” he told the invitee.

But the invitations continued to pour in, and by 1971, the Willke’s had published their first book, Handbook on Abortion, which quickly sold out at a leadership conference they attended, going on to sell millions of copies. “And we’ve been on the treadmill ever since,” Willke said.

That book was instrumental in educating many on the issue of abortion in those early days. In fact, it was an image of an aborted child published in that book which inspired Live Action’s founder, Lila Rose, to become a pro-life activist.

“When I was a young girl, I had an encounter with abortion where I actually came across the image of a child who’d been the victim of a first trimester suction abortion,” Rose recalled. “You can very clearly see a child, with tiny formed arms, little tiny legs and this tiny little face, but who had been torn apart. As a nine-year-old, my heart was just cut; I thought, ‘Is this real? Is this really happening?’ I wanted to understand why it was happening….”

As Dr. Willke spoke to crowds and medical professionals, he would vividly describe the horrifying detail about the violent act of abortion. Willke used slides of fetal photos he had obtained from physicians sympathetic to the cause. About the same time, abortion victim imagery was being introduced to the pro-life movement as a vital educational tool.

“Pro-lifers understand that if the descriptions were effective, photographs would be even more so,” author Daniel K. Williams recounted in his history of those early years, summarized in his book, Defenders of the Unborn.

“It was Jack [John] Willke’s use of images that proved especially effective,” he wrote.

Williams pointed out that Dr. Willke made some of the first pro-life documentary films, including one that contained footage of early vacuum aspiration abortion. “The image of the fetus being sucked into the tube and whisked away was particularly powerful,” Williams wrote.

“To those who objected to graphic representations of abortions,” Williams wrote, “Willke had a ready answer: the pro-life movement would win its argument only if it confronted the public with the full horror of what abortion really entailed.”

And so the “Precious Feet” impacted future generations, bringing to light the truth: that abortion kills very real human beings.

“This remarkable little pin has been responsible for countless people changing their minds on abortion,” the Willkes wrote of the pin, created by the Evers family — an iconic symbol of the pro-life movement and what we are fighting for.

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