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Illinois Federation

For Right to Life

Daily News

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Life Advocates Stand Up to Planned Parenthood


'The major pro-life groups around the country are coming together to implement a unified national action.'


In 2006, Planned Parenthood performed nearly 300,000 abortions in the U.S. and took in $1 billion in revenue.


The nation's largest abortion business can thank U.S. taxpayers, who pitched in a little more than $330 million.


Life advocates are taking notice, and are again calling for the government to stop supporting abortion.


U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman, R.-Minn., told a crowd at the Values Voter Summit this month that any business that has a $115 million surplus does not deserve government funding.


“They are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, which means they pay no taxes,” she said. Yet "they receive over $300 million per year in grants from the federal government."


In Chicago, the Pro-Life Action League is spearheading the National Coalition to Defeat Planned Parenthood. More than 50 pro-life leaders kicked off the effort last week.


"In the past, there have been may local and statewide efforts to thwart Planned Parenthood, but what makes the National Coalition to Defeat Planned Parenthood special is that for the first time, the major pro-life groups around the country are coming together to implement a unified national action," said Eric Scheidler, communications director for the Action League.


The coalition will work to mobilize pro-life supporters at the grassroots level and plans to hold regular meetings.


The ultimate goal? Eliminate Planned Parenthood's government funding at the local, state and federal levels.


Contact: Jennifer Mesko

Source: CitizenLink

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Publish Date: September 22, 2008

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The IFRL is the largest grassroots pro-life organization in Illinois. A non-profit organization, that serves as the state coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1973 the Illinois Federation for Right to Life has been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is dedicated to restoring the right to life to the unborn, and protection for the disabled and the elderly.   Click here to learn more about the IFRL.