Eric Scheidler: ‘All Hands on Deck’ to Defund Planned Parenthood

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  March 15, 2017   

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A prominent pro-life activist is declaring "all hands on deck" to defund Planned Parenthood.

Eric Scheidler, the executive director of the Pro-Life Action League and pro-lifer since he was six years old, spoke to Church Militant about his organization and how important it is for all pro-lifers to work hard to defund Planned Parenthood (PP), especially since we're closer than ever to it.

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Eric Scheidler

Scheidler describes the Pro-Life Action League as an organization that puts "regular people to work fighting abortion in their own communities." He added, "we're there to equip and empower and recruit regular people, pro-life Americans, to do whatever they can in their own communities. Especially out at the abortion facilities, to reach out and try to save God's precious children from abortion."

He asserts, "We can't just wait for the legislatures, for the media, for the judges, for the courts to solve this problem of abortion."

On March 6, Congress unveiled the newest plan to defund PP along with its replacement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

President Donald Trump commented, "As I said throughout the campaign, I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women's health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of nonabortion services such as cancer screenings." He added, "Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice. There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women's health, while not providing abortion services."

Scheidler noted PP exaggerates its role in health care, and it will try "every trick in the book and that includes lying and deceiving people," in an attempt to justify its work.

In February, Live Action News exposed the lie that PP provides prenatal care and soon after the organization removed any mention of prenatal care from its website.

 

Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat from New York and an abortion activist, recently repeated the lie that PP provides "millions of women" with mammograms. Cecile Richards, the abortion giant's CEO, told a congressional panel in 2015 that PP doesn't conduct mammograms, only that they "give access" to them by referrals, which can be done by any doctor.

Scheidler noted that less than one percent of pap smear tests are conducted by PP while over 34 percent of all abortions are done by PP.

He also notes PP "will always manipulate the courts and the political process, the mainstream media; any tool they have at their disposal," if they are defunded.

The fight to end the funding of PP and abortion is far from over. Scheidler conveys an urgency to what now needs to be done:

Well, we really need all hands on deck for this effort. We cannot sit back, we cannot rest on our laurels. We cannot believe that because we had some victories at the ballot box in terms of electing people who've made significant promises to the pro-life community, that we can just stand back and let them do their magic.

He suggests that people write and call their congressman, noting, "This day of digital media, people often prefer to send an email, but you pick up the phone, someone on the other end of that phone has to pick up the phone too and they remember that, they write down those calls." He adds, "Make it difficult for them to even get through the day without being swamped by calls from pro-lifers. That's when our representatives sit up and take notice."

Scheidler also mentions the upcoming second annual National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood on April 28–29, and how important it is for people to join protests like this across the country, saying "everyone can be involved, and must be involved in this fight. If we fail at this it will be because we didn't have all hands on deck, because people were willing to sit back and let someone else do the heavy lifting today."

 

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