Thursday, May 5, 2011

National Day of Prayer Today May 5th

People across America are gathering at many locations today, the National Day of Prayer (NDP), to humble themselves before God in prayer.

On Friday, the White House released a presidential proclamation marking today's observance of the National Day of Prayer -- the constitutionality of which was affirmed in a recent federal court ruling. "Throughout our history, Americans have turned to prayer for strength, inspiration, and solidarity," President Barack Obama states in the proclamation. "Prayer has played an important role in the American story and in shaping our nation's leaders."

Michael Calhoun, director of communications for the NDP Task Force, concurs, noting prayer has been an "indispensible" part of the nation's heritage. "We must remain faithful in our commitment to intercede on behalf of our nation and its leaders -- especially at this challenging time."

Tim WildmonTim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, says it is important that people pray for America's national leaders -- whether they agree with those leaders or not.

“We need to pray for godly wisdom for our country,” Wildmon says. “That's what we're asking people to do on the National Day of Prayer...remember to honor God with our individual lives and pray for our future here in America because we desperately need God's help -- and without him we will not survive.

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Abortion Bill Update- HOUSE Passed "No Funding for Abortion Act"

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2011 ( - The House on Wednesday afternoon voted 251-175 to pass H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which makes permanent and universal the annually-approved Hyde amendment. In its current form, the Hyde amendment, which bans federal funding for abortion except for in cases of rape and incest, requires annual approval.

The bill was authored by veteran pro-life leader Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and sported at least 227 co-sponsors by the time of the vote.

“When public funding and facilitation for abortion isn’t available, children have a greater chance at survival,” said Smith in the general debate before the final vote this afternoon.

“I remember the late Congressman Henry Hyde being moved literally to tears ... when he learned that the Hyde amendment had likely saved the lives of more than one million babies, who today are getting on with their lives, going to school, forging a career,” he added.

In the final vote, all Republicans either voted for or sponsored the bill; 16 Democrats favored it as well (Rep.s Altmire, Boren, Costello, Critz, Cuellar, Donnelly, Holden, Kaptur, Kildee, Lipinski, Matheson, McIntyre, Peterson, Rahall, Ross of Arizona, and Shuler).

The bill is expected to meet with stiffer odds in the Democrat-led Senate, which in March struck down a measure to de-fund abortion giant Planned Parenthood that had strongly passed in the House. President Obama has already threatened to veto H.R. 3.