Welcome to the Pro-Life Tea Party, a new grass roots program designed to help bring an end to abortion within your lifetime and hopefully mine. This is part of a rethinking of pro-life strategy designed to find more effective ways of eradicating the greatest scourge of our time.
Why we need new strategies
The problem we face is that currently, the number of abortions is declining by a mere 1.2% a year. At that rate, it will take nearly 100 years to cut the annual abortion toll in half and 200 years to erase it from the American scene. If it takes that long, there is no way America can survive.
This is not a criticism of the heroic efforts of those fighting abortion today. It is a serious attempt to find new ways to make that fight more effective by filling the critical gap in preventive education and by using new and better methods in a new era of social networking.
Let's face it: Three out of four abortions occur before age 30. If we can't reach young people by age 13-19, we'll never stop those critical first-time abortions. Yet there are only a few ways to do that: directly through social networking, and indirectly through churches, schools, and conscientious parents.
When young people go off to college, it is already too late. According to those who work with college kids, half of those who abort during their college years come from religious homes and 90% of the time, their parents don't even know about it.
The effectiveness of social networking has already been widely demonstrated. The old wall of denial presented by the mainstream media is crumbling in the face of dramatic technological change. We have to use these tools more effectively to bring about positive generational change.
To illustrate, 79% of women who search the term "abortion" on the web are age 13 to 34 -- while the same age group accounts for 88% of all abortions. And 75% of males who search the term "abortion" are in the 13 to 44 age group. No other medium -- certainly not folks listening to sermons in church on Sunday -- can come close to matching that profile.
At the same time, research into preventive education confirms the effectiveness of seminars for teens. When you can generate a 40% to 50% improvement in pro-life attitudes among 13-15 year-olds in a single 3-hour seminar for teens, there is no longer any reason to settle for lack of progress in the fight against abortion. The evidence is there. We need to use it.
Fresh strategic thinking like this is what lies behind our new Pro-Life Tea Party movement. The major issue we are advancing is the devastating economic of abortion, which has wiped out 30% of the entire generation under 45 at an estimated loss in future GDP of $45 trillion dollars. And that's just our share of the worldwide demographic crisis that is hitting all of Europe, Russia, Japan and China.
When China goes, watch out. The fallout will be far worse than anything we have seen to date.
In short, inevitable economic disaster is the fundamental flaw in the false ideologies of the population control freaks and futurist technologists who proclaimed that people were obsolete. The family -- not big government or robotized factories that never bought a house or sent a kid to college -- is the linchpin of every growth economy. And abortion on demand is just national suicide one baby at a time.
Unfortunately, the politicians and the economists have been tone deaf on this issue, and that's why it is absolutely urgent that we have a grass roots movement that puts life, liberty, and the pursuit of genuine happiness at the heart of our agenda. The founding fathers were right, after all.
2. Search for us on Facebookat Pro-Life Tea Party, or Movement for a Better America. Join your voice with ours by signing on, linking up, and building your own circle of like-minded friends. Be our guest when it comes to passing on talking points via your own personal page, letters to the editor or calls to talk radio shows. The more discussion we stimulate the better.
3. Get started with your own Pro-Life Tea Party team by clicking on the Registration Link below. Include your name, street, town, zip, email address and phone number, if possible. That way, we can help you connect with others who want to join your effort.
4. Confirm your commitment by making a modest donation to cover the cost of running this program. We request a minimum or $10 or more for those on tight budgets, but the more you are able to give, the more momentum we can build in forming new Pro-Life Tea Party teams.
In return, we pledge not to fill your email box with non-essential messages. Besides a periodic Action newsletter, you will hear from us only when a message is vitally important. You may also opt out at any time by replying with an "unsubscribe" message.
Because we firmly believe in pro-life unity and solidarity, members of other pro-life groups may form Pro-Life Tea Party teams, too. We want this to become a strong, national movement, All we ask is that you follow the outlines of our program and register for our e-newsletter. We welcome regular Tea Party members, too.
In return, we'll send you our latest talking points, plus research that you can use in your daily contacts with people you interact with every day. You will also find downloadable reports in pdf format on our website: http://www.pro-lifeteaparty.org.
Finally, we also need your prayers and your moral support. Please pray for America to have a change of heart and mind. To donate, use the registration link below. Or just mail your gift to The Movement for a Better America, PO Box 472, Mt. Freedom, NJ 07970-0472. All gifts are tax deductible and will be promptly acknowledged. In northern New Jersey, we also accept donated cars.
Meanwhile, expect other new developments as we move along. Among those under development is a streaming online Pro-Life television talk show. It will take us a little time to get that online, but all we need are 200 new monthly donors to do it. Please stay tuned for this and other new developments.
Can we dramatically reduce abortion within your lifetime and mine?Our answer is: Yes we can!
But to do so will take innovative strategies that turn the tables on the suicidal population control ideologists who deny their responibility to "secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity." You can help achieve that goal by joining hands with us today.
Register here for the tools you need to help end abortion, not 200 years from now, but in your lifetime and mine.
Which way Roe v. Wade?
Why 2012 may be the most important election since the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.
By Dennis Howard(c) Copyright, 2011
Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860 changed America forever as far as slavery was concerned. The coming presidential election in 2012 could change the direction of the country just as dramatically as far as abortion is concerned.
That's because whoever is elected will almost certainly have a major impact on the future of the U.S. Supreme Court for the next 25-30 years.
It all comes down to the composition of today's Court. Because of their ages, three or more Justices could be retiring within the next five years. That will give the next president a rare opportunity to affect the direction of the Court for years to come.
There is already retirement talk about three of them -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, now 78, Anthony Kennedy, 75, and Stephen Breyer, 73. Justices Breyer and Ginsburg are regarded as liberals. Justice Kennedy has a reputation as a swing voter.
If President Obama is re-elected, pro-lifers could kiss that swing vote goodbye unless Kennedy holds out until 2017 to retire. If he retires during an Obama presidency, the Supreme Court would likely be skewed left for another 25 years.
Two other Justices facing potential retirement are Antonin Scalia, now 75, and Clarence Thomas, who is a relatively young 63. Thomas has been on the Court for 20 years, and Scalia for 25. If either develops a serious health problem before 2017, retirement might be unavoidable.
If Obama names their successors, the Court would move so far left that it would dash all hopes of ending abortion for at least a generation.
On the other hand, if a genuine conservative is elected President in 2012, it would definitely be "morning in America" again as far as the life issue is concerned. The days of Roe v. Wade would very likely be numbered.
However, if a Republican "fence-sitter" is elected, the future of abortion would remain in doubt. Pro-life folks will never forget that it was Republican presidents who gave us Harry Blackmun, Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter, and swing-voter Anthony Kennedy.
That's why it is urgent for pro-life voters to stay informed and to become much more vocal during the primaries and the run-up to 2012.
Most of the noise you hear in the debates and in the news will concern issues like jobs, taxes, spending, and Obamacare. These are important issues, but don't take your eyes off abortion and the Supreme Court. Because of the disastrous economic impact of abortion, America may be unable to survive another generation of abortion on demand.
So what should pro-life folks do over the next 12 months? Here are a few suggestions:
If you are already praying to end abortion, add some action to your agenda. It is no longer enough to simply pray to end abortion. Faith requires action, too. We have to carry the message to others, or abortion will be with us for another generation.
If you don't belong to a pro-life group, start your own small Pro-Life Tea Party team and register with the Movement for a Better America. All you need are 2 or 3 other motivated people. We'll help with the tools you need to reach out to others.
If you are active on the internet, build your own network of other pro-life friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Share links to important news, blogs and websites. You'll be amazed at how fast you can reach out to the larger community.
You can even start your own family-size Pro-Life Tea Party team. Two parents and a couple of teens can turn the world upside down -- even if that world is just your own neighborhood, church, school, or town. Again, we'll help with the tools.
If you are already active in a pro-life group, encourage that group to affiliate with us. We're here to empower other pro-lifers like you, so we'll gladly share strategies and materials to help you get the job done in your parish, town, and community.
It's also important to put your money where your beliefs are. Don't just give to political candidates. Support pro-life groups like Movement for a Better America that are active in the "air war' to end abortion. Without your help, we could lose it.
Of course no one group can solve the abortion issue.There are thousands of pro-life groups and organizations around the country -- big and small. Each one can create its own major or minor ripple. Help turn that ripple into a wave, and that wave into a tsunami.
With unity and solidarity, we can generate the kind of tsunami in public opinion that is desperately needed to end Roe v. Wade. It's also just the kind of groundswell that can guarantee a successful outcome to Election 2012 for America and the world.
However, it won't happen if those who believe in protecting human life from conception to natural death simply sit silently on the sidelines.
According to Paul Linton, special counsel to the Thomas More Society, a pro-life legal group headquartered in Chicago, Roe v. Wade "can be overturned only by an overruling decision of the Court itself or by a federal constitutional amendment."
A constitutional amendment could take years to get through Congress and the legislatures of all 50 states. It would need a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress, plus approval by legislators in 38 states. Without a strong pro-life majority all across the country, its chances of adoption would be slim.
That's why the future composition of the U.S. Supreme Court is so critical. Right now, it could go either way, but which way may well be decided by whoever is elected to the nation's highest office in 2012. No matter how you slice it, the battle for public opinion is vital. This is a time for all of us to join hands, touch hearts and change minds.
Abraham Lincoln would agree that this is the most important election since 1860. Not since slavery has an issue so divided us from within. If you believe that Roe v. Wade has no more place in our law than the infamous Dred Scott decision, join with us today.
To start your own local Pro-Life Tea Party Team, just use the registration link on this page.
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Our new Pro-Life Tea Party will help keep your voice alive in the great debate now going on in America. But we need your help to do it. Please give as generously as you can.
Next Two Years Critical For Pro-Life Movement
By Dennis Howard
The next two years are critical ones for the pro-life movement if we are to successfully ride the current wave of economic and social conservatism. Such waves do not come along very often. The last one happened 30 years ago. Nor do they always fulfill their promise. The so-called Reagan revolution achieved major changes in economic policy, but failed to hold the line on social issues like abortion.
We can't afford to let that happen again. That's why we have to sharpen our message and our strategies if we hope to achieve a pro-life America anytime soon. We need both more persuasive words and more effective action.
Our biggest test is whether we can succeed in winning the hearts and minds of the under-45 generation which has never known a time when abortion was illegal all over America.
Persuading that generation is critical because they are the generation that has been most affected by the moral and social decline of the last 50 years. Socially and economically, that decline has seriously eroded their hopes for a better future.
Yet surveys show that they are much less orthodox in their religious belief and practice than their parents and grandparents. They need to be persuaded that practices like abortion bring predictably disastrous results in this life, not just the next. That's why we have been spreading the word about the economic impact of abortion through the internet, social networking and talk radio.
The fact is that 55 million abortions have cost us $45 trillion in lost GDP, and that number keeps growing. Social Security and Medicare aren't in crisis because a lot of old people showed up all of a sudden. Sixty years ago, we knew almost exactly how many retiring Boomers there would be today.
These programs are in crisis because the Baby Bust cut our birth rate in half, and in the process eliminated over 100 million future workers, producers, and taxpayers. That changed the whole demographic equation on which these programs are based.
The politicians want to solve that by raising the retirement age. What they don't tell you is that 15% to 20% of all Americans already die before collecting Social Security. In fact, 32.5% of all black males die before age 65. Raising the retirement age will only increase the economic injustice already built into the system.
Raising the retirement age also won't solve the fundamental problem caused by the birth dearth, which has other implications as well. The economic cost of abortion is just the tip of the iceberg. Right now, families with children who grow up to be productive citizens bear an unjust share of the burden, while those who never had children get an unfair share of the benefits. Solving Social Security can't be accomplished without a thorough, in-depth review of the whole system.
The broader moral and social upheaval of the last 50 years has also wrecked havoc on the fundamentals of our economy. For example, our prison population has grown nearly 10 times faster than our total population since 1958 -- up 745% compared to a 79% growth in population. Throwing the rules away has multiplied our social costs far beyond our ability to pay for them. That's a message we have to get across to our friends, the economic conservatives in the Tea Party movement. On talk radio, through the internet, and at rallies. If we fail, these social issues will not receive the front burner attention in the public policy debate that they deserve.
Fortunately, the audience is receptive. Polls show that 67% of Tea Party members already identify themselves as pro-life. That makes the Tea Party movement a great place to increase awareness of the economic impact of abortion and other social issues.
However, pro-lifers have to join in and make their voices heard. That's why we have started a Pro-Life Tea Party. Not to compete, but to work with others in what is certainly a great new wave. If you want to help make the life issue a part of that larger discussion, join us by emailing us your contact information at Pro-Life Tea Party Team
It is also essential to our success that we build greater unity and solidarity in the pro-life movement. We need to ask: Are we a movement or just a bunch of individuals and organizations?
Unless we reach out to one another, we will fail. American Life League has led the way with its associates program. But in far too many places, churches fail to reach out to pro-life groups, and some pro-life organizations act as if they are the only game in town. Such isolation divides. It doesn't conquer. Unless we work together, we'll never achieve the majority we need.
Right now, a great many people seriously underestimate the strength of the block-voting minority that keeps abortion legal and the left in control. If that block vote holds, it will take more than 60% of the rest of the vote in order to defeat it. Without unity and solidarity, that can't be done.
Don't confuse recent conservative successes in what were essentially 435+ local elections with the next presidential election in 2012 -- when block voting will play a much larger role in the outcome. If the left can pacify the majority with reassuring words and Reaganesque slogans, block voting will rule the day.
We also have to keep our facts straight or risk losing credibility. Just the other day, I ran across a press release from a pro-life group claiming that 43% of all American women have had abortions. Wild exaggerations like that only help the pro-abortion side.
Understatements don't help either. It's amazing how many pro-life leaders still use outdated counts of the abortion toll. Just recently, still another group proclaimed 48 million as the abortion toll.
In fact, based on our careful research, there have been 54.7 million abortions to date, and the average woman who aborts has had an average of two abortions. That means that an estimated 27 million women have had abortions out of the 116.8 million women who passed through their child-bearing years between 1970 and 2010.
In short, only 23% of all women in their child-bearing years have had abortions. That's a far cry from 43%! On the positive side, it also means that 77%, or more than 3 out of 4 American women, have never had an abortion and have no desire to have one.
In short, despite all the propaganda about "choice," most American women are already pro-life. We just need to encourage them to speak up about it. We won't rest until they do.
Remember that the pro-abortion ideologues get to vote, too. To win this struggle for hearts and minds, we need to do three things: frame the question more positively and persuasively, target the audiences who will decide the future, and put our money where our mouth is.
We also urgently need your help. Without it, America could still become permanently pro-abortion within the foreseeable future. To stop that will take action now. That's why we need your help today.
Abortion & Lynching
By Dennis Howard
One of the great stains on our history is the use of lynching as a form of "vigilante justice" usually driven by mob behavior in the South and West.
What is striking is that lynching came to a gradual end in 1968 at about the time abortion was decriminalized, starting in Colorado in 1967, California in 1968, and New York in 1970. Roe v. Wade followed in 1973.
Since 1967, the best estimates are that there have been 20.6 million black abortions out of a total of 55,000,000 surgical abortions as of January, 2012.
According to a study by the Tuskegee Institute, a total of 4,743 lynchings occurred between 1882 and 1968 . Of these, 73% (3446) of the victims were blacks and 1,297 (27%) were whites. During and after Reconstruction, estimates are that another 1500 blacks were lynched as part of the effort to regain white political dominance in the South.
That would bring the total of black lynchings since the Civil War to 4,946, and the ratio between abortions and lynchings to a horrifying 4,165 to 1.
In short, as bad as lynching was, abortion is thousands of times more damaging to the black community than lynching. If lynching was genocidal, abortion certainly is.
According to a Wickipedia article on lynching, "the Democratic Party relied on paramilitary 'White Line' groups . . . to terrorize, intimidate and assassinate African American and white Republicans in an organized drive to regain power."
The report added, "Once Democrats regained power in Mississippi, Democrats in other states adopted the 'Mississippi Plan' to control the election of 1876, using informal armed militias to assassinate political leaders, hunt down community members, intimidate and turn away voters, effectively suppressing African American suffrage and civil rights. In state after state, Democrats swept back to power.From 1868 to 1876, most years had 50 to100 lynchings." See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynching_in_the_United_States
As reprehensible as lynching was, abortion has replaced it as the primary means to suppress black political freedom. And it has done so far more insidiously by posing as a way of helping blacks socially and economically.
I estimate that the total economic loss to the black community at $13 trillion dollars in lost GDP from abortions since 1967. Every abortion eliminates a future worker, producer, taxpayer and consumer. In addition, it has a major "echo" effect by eliminating a great many parents of the next generation. The economic and social damage done by abortion goes on forever.
In short, it represents damage to the black community that can never be undone. All we can hope to do is stop it by changing hearts and minds, and eventually bringing abortion to an end -- like its tragic, genocidal twin: lynching.
Obamacare: Fast Track to Economic Suicide
By Dennis M. Howard
(c) Copyright, 2011
Economic conservatives are worried about the runaway tax and spend potential of President Obama's health care initiative. They are worried that "before this thing is through, it could cost us $1.6 trillion and still not solve the health care problem."
But that's not even half the real story.
What the eco-conservatives are overlooking is the hidden cost of federal funding of abortion as part of an "essential benefits package" that will be imposed on everyone unless it is explicitly excluded from the legislation. Right now, the Democrats are opposed to such an exclusion.
If the health care bill passes without this exclusion, taxpayers will be forced to pay for other people's abortions whether they like it or not. And the $1.6 trillion the eco-conservatives are worried about will only be the tip of a very large iceberg.
That's because abortion has a huge hidden economic cost. It's the loss in future GDP represented by all those babies who never had a chance to grow up to become the future workers, consumers, taxpayers, and parents the nation needs to sustain future economic growth.
This is something the younger generation better start worrying about. People under 40 will still be paying taxes 40 to 80 years from now, so they will take the biggest hit from this phenomenon. And since their numbers have already been depleted by abortion, that means even fewer shoulders on which to rest a much bigger burden.
We'll soon pass 55 million abortions since 1967. That's a whopping 30% of our under 45 population. If we had a war that took that kind of toll, we would have run up the white flag decades ago. The pro-aborts just don't give up that easily.
What they don't want to admit is that people are our country's most important renewable resource. Ever since Roe v. Wade, we've been depleting that resource with abandon.
The hidden cost of those 55 million abortions has already reached an estimated $45 trillion in lost GDP.Assuming a 33% tax rate, that's enough to pay off our entire current national debt.
If all those kids had lived, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in.
Looking forward, the picture is even grimmer especially if we keep subsidizing abortion. That's exactly what the pro-choice politicians propose to do by sending you the bill for other people's abortions.
GDP per capita is now about $50,000 a year, and, until the current slump, it was compounding at a rate of 4% a year. It is a measure that includes everyone from the cradle to the grave. But every baby we abort is one less contributor to GDP, not just for today, but for a lifetime and beyond.
Every child we abort today costs us $25 million in future GDP over a lifetime. And abortion takes a huge toll of other jobs. Babies don't compete for jobs with the rest of us for their first 20 years. They create jobs for everybody else: doctors, nurses, teachers, homebuilders, retailers, you name it.
If there ever was a major job killer, it is the baby-killing industry.
Yet people we send to Congress continue to subsidize Planned Parenthood to the tune of $360 million a year. That's about $1,000 for every abortion Planned Parenthood performs. Now Congress wants to compound that by making you pay again . . . and again . . . and again.
So, unless abortion is explicitly excluded from Obama's health care plan, get ready for even higher taxes. Whether it's your abortion or someone else's, you're going to get the bill.
Planned Parenthood estimates that the number of abortions will rise by 20% or more if the Obama health care bill passes. That will take abortions back to levels not seen since the mid-1980's.And that means even bigger losses in future GDP.
Thanks to the magic of compounding, by 2040 to 2050, we're already looking at cumulative GDP losses of $400 trillion dollars or more just from abortion. Add another 20% to 35% to that, and we're talking about really serious money.
That's why I call Obamacare a "fast track to national suicide." It is far more significant than anything else that threatens us this side of eternal damnation.
In his book, Obamanomics, John Talbott lists "25 Greatest Threats to our Prosperity." (Oddly abortion is not one of them!) High on his list are World Poverty ($100 trillion), Global Warming ($60 trillion), Globalization's Nasty Side Effects ($60 trillion) . . . all the way down to Terrorism ($5 trillion).
His terrorism tab is laughable. We've already exceeded it.And nearly all of the others are based on numbers conjured up in someone's imagination.
My estimates, on the other hand, are based on hard-rock numbers. GDP per capita is a measure that is used universally throughout the world. Indeed, my estimates are in fact even more conservative than those employed by government agencies like EPA in the cost/benefit analyses they use to plan their spending.
But try telling that to some politician who firmly believes that abortion is some kind of free lunch.Sure, it looks "free" to a guy who wants to avoid the responsibility of paying 21 years of child support, but the baby's only crime is wanting to call him "Daddy" for the rest of his life.
For the rest of us, it adds up to more of what we have been experiencing for the last 35 years: declining personal incomes, a shrinking economy, lost jobs, rising taxes, and less freedom as the Nanny State takes over more and more of our personal lives.
In short, abortion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people.
But you have a choice. If you want bigger tax bills, a grimmer future for your children and grandchildren, and more government encroachment on your right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, just go back to sleep and forget you ever read this.
But if you are ready to stand up for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, join our new non-partisan Pro-Life Tea Partyto help restore common sense to American politics.