Earlier this month, we noted that extremist Religious Right activist Janet Porter had been spotted at the White House, along with former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, where we assumed that she was making a pitch for her “Heartbeat Bill,” a radical piece of legislation that she brags will outlaw abortion “before the mother even knows she’s pregnant” and will be “the foot in the door” to completely outlawing abortion.
Yesterday, Porter sent out an email to supporters revealing that she and DeLay met directly with Vice President Mike Pence, who reportedly “loves” her legislation and promised to personally deliver a letter to President Trump that was signed by hundreds of Religious Right activists urging congressional Republicans to “lead your legislative agenda this fall” with the Heartbeat Bill:
Faith2Action President Janet Porter shows Vice President Mike Pence a letter calling for passage of the federal Heartbeat Bill signed by more than 120 pro-family group leaders while at the White House. Also pictured: Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Faith2Action Legislative Director Rachelle Heidlebaugh.
The Vice President not only stated that he “loves” the pro-life Heartbeat Bill, he promised to put the letter calling for its passage directly on President Trump’s desk. The letter (below) was signed by more than 120 pro-family leaders including Dr. James Dobson, Don Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association, and Governor Mike Huckabee.
Dear President Trump, Vice President Pence, Speaker Ryan, and Leader McCarthy,
On Nov 8th of last year, 81% of Evangelicals voted to put President Donald Trump into the White House and Republicans in control of the House and Senate. They are now watching closely, wondering if Republicans in Washington will keep their campaign promises. One of the most important campaign promises was the protection of unborn life.
We, the undersigned, have united to protect human lives with HR 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act, which is co-sponsored by two-thirds of the Republicans in Congress-more than any other pro-life bill. It also has more public support than any other pro-life bill. Simply put, the Heartbeat Bill ensures that “if a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected.” To deny the child’s beating heart is to deny science. To ignore it is heartless.
According to the father of the pro-life movement, the late Dr. John Willke, the Heartbeat Bill will protect 95% of the babies who would otherwise be aborted. Simply recognizing this universal indicator of life-a heartbeat-is the most effective way to “Make America Safe Again.”
While we support pro-life bills that protect preborn children, the Pain Capable Bill (HR 36) would only protect babies after five months-that’s only 1.3% of the babies facing abortion, according to CDC statistics.
As Dr. Willke stated, “When I founded the pro-life movement, it wasn’t to regulate how abortions would be done, it was to bring the abortion killing to an END. We have waited too long and that wait has cost us too much. ”
After 44 years, an “incremental approach” has left us with a body count of nearly 60 million. We are a far cry from success when nearly a million abortions are still being committed each year. But in order to achieve a different result, we must do something different. The Heartbeat Bill is different.
According to a 2017 George Barna poll, 69% of Americans support the Heartbeat Bill-most of them strongly.
The bill has support from the vast majority of Republicans (86%) and Independents (61%). Even 55% of Democrats believe “If a doctor is able to detect a heartbeat of an unborn baby, that baby should be legally protected.” The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals declared that the heartbeat is a more “consistent and certain” indicator of life than “viability,” the arbitrary standard the U.S. Supreme Court currently uses to allow legal protection of children in the womb.
While respect all pro-life efforts, after four decades, it’s time to achieve the goal for which we have marched, prayed, and voted. With a Republican House, Senate, White House, and new Supreme Court being ushered in, we can do more than protect 1.3% of the babies, we can protect every child whose beating heart can be heard.
We urgently and respectfully request that you lead your legislative agenda this fall with HR 490, the Heartbeat Bill, supported by two-thirds of the Republican members of Congress, seven out of ten Americans, and millions of pro-life voters who will be greatly encouraged by its passage prior to the midterm elections.
James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
Founder & President, Family Talk
Don Wildmon, Founder
American Family Association & AFA Radio
Janet Porter, President, Faith2Action
Governor Mike Huckabee
Gary L. Bauer
William G. Boykin
Lt. General, Retired, U.S. Army
Founder and President, Kingdom Warriors
President, Operation Rescue
Co-Founder, Center for Medical Progress
Allan E. Parker, Jr.
President, The Justice Foundation
American Decency Association
Life Issues Institute
Former Member Congress, Ohio
Founder, Robert Lynch
Lawyers of Ohio
Rev. Patrick Mahoney
Christian Defense Coalition
Dr. Scott Lively
Defend the Family International
National Director, Created Equal
Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert
Sponsor of nation’s first Heartbeat Law
Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA
President, Phyllis Schlafly Eagles;
President, Eagle Forum Education and
Legal Defense Fund;
President, Gen. Jack Singlaub’s America’s Future
Former member of Congress
Dr. Rick Scarborough
Founder, Vision America Action
Cindy Jacobs, President, Generals International
Dr. Jimmy Draper
President Emeritus LifeWay
Former President Southern Baptist Convention
Rep. Ron Hood
Sponsor, Ohio Heartbeat Bill
Rep. Gary Glenn
Associate Speaker Pro Tem
Michigan House of Representatives
American Family Association of Michigan
Rachelle Heidlebaugh, Founder, The Witness
D.C. Representative, Children First Foundation
Steven F. Hotze, M.D., President and Founder
Restore Our Godly Heritage PAC; Founder & CEO
Conservative Republicans of Texas PAC
Pastor Rick Joyner
Chairman, The Oak Initiative
Rebecca Kiessling, Esq.
Author, International Pro-Life Speaker
Speaker, Best-Selling Author, Television host Pastor Stephen E. Broden
Fair Park Bible Fellowship, Dallas, TX
President, Protect Life and Marriage
Co-Founder National Black Pro-Life Coalition
President, Mission America
President, Timothy Partners
Founder, Liberty Tour
Board of Directors
EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers NYC,
NJ Faith & Freedom Coalition
President, Love Protects
Lawyers of Ohio
We the People Convention (OH)
National Abstinence Clearinghouse &
The Alpha Center
Dr. Chuck Harding
Founder, Awake America
Southwest Law Center
Pastor Bill & Deborah Owens
Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP)
Joseph M. Scheidler
Pro-Life Action League
Pastor Paul Blair
President, Reclaiming America for Christ
Founder, Liberty Pastors Network
Founder, Protect Life and Marriage OK
Paul Zeltwanger, Ohio State Representative
Conservative Republican Leadership Committee
Vice President, Warren County Right to Life
President & Founder, Malachi
Grassroots Vice Chair,
Michigan Republican Party
Pastor Ernie Sanders
Doers of the Word Baptist Church Radio Host, President,
What’s Right What’s Left Radio Ministries
John Collins, Founder, Linda Vista Pictures
Rep. Nino Vitale, Ohio House of Representatives
Sr. Pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church Chairman, Community Prayer Breakfast associated with the National Day of Prayer Network
Pastor Rodney Lord
Freedom Gate Church,
Ohio Board Member,
Federation of Ministers and Churches International
Steve Koob, Ph.D.
Founder and Director, One More Soul
Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagles
Senior Vice President,
American Family Association
American Family Radio
Founder & President, Movie to Movement
Rep. Christina Hagan
Prime Sponsor, Ohio Heartbeat Bill
Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
The Center for Garden State Families
Senior Leader Bethel Cleveland
Rep. Bill Dean, Ohio House of Representatives
Author & Columnist
Warren County Republican Central Committee
John A. Eidsmoe, Colonel (MS)
Mississippi State Guard
Foundation for Moral Law
Pastor, Association of Free Lutheran Congregations
Human Life Alliance
Matthew D, Staver, Esq. B.C.S.
Founder and Chairman,
Bott Radio Network
Religious Freedom Coalition
Indiana Liberty Coalition
John Farnan, Esq.
Cleveland Lawyers for Life, Inc.
Rep. Wesley Goodman, Ohio House
Rev. Dan C. Cummins, D.D.
Capitol Worship, Washington, D.C.
Dr. William Ames Curtright Founder,
Ames’s Gather of the Eagles
An 80-group Tea Party
Rep. John Becker, Ohio House of Representatives
Arnold Verner Nelson
Nelson Publishing, Inc.
Pastor Corey Shankleton Emerging Streams
Senator Emeritus, Oklahoma
Pastor Michael Dean Cartin
The Life Center
Amazing Grace Awakening
Thomas A. Glessner, J.D.
National Institute of Family and Life Advocates
Mark Crutcher President and Founder, Life Dynamics, Inc.
Phillip L. Jauregui
Judicial Action Group
CEC For Life
A Choice for Every Child Foundation
Pastor Ceasar LeFlore
Founder, Executive Director,
The Beloved Community Development Coalition
National Black Pro-Life Union
Deacon Georgette Forney
President, Anglicans for Life
Silent No More, American Campaign
Joel Brind, Ph.D.
Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
President, Operation Rescue
Ohio Rep. Candice Keller
President, You are a Dad, Inc.
Founder and President, National Life Center
American Family Association of Pennsylvania
James Nolan, J.D.
President, Crossroads Pro-Life
Chairman/CEO, Bott Radio Network
Former Ohio State Representative
American Family Online
Co-Founder, The Call Azusa Now
Joshua M. McCaig
National Lawyers Association
Republican Congressional Wives Speakers
Congressional Prayer Caucus Wives Council
Co-Founder with Vonette Bright, American Prayer Initiative