200,000 baby socks used for abor­tion fund­ing protest

Sasse praises mil­len­ni­als’ ded­i­ca­tion to end prac­tice

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - BY BRAD­FORD RICHARD­SON

Brightly col­ored baby socks flooded the halls of the U.S. Capi­tol Wednesday, rep­re­sent­ing the hun­dreds of thou­sands of lives lost an­nu­ally to Planned Par­ent­hood, and send­ing the un­mis­tak­able mes­sage to Congress to de­fund the na­tion’s largest abor­tion provider.

Spear­headed by Stu­dents for Life of Amer­ica, the Sock­It2PP cam­paign col­lected 196,543 baby socks and plans to de­liver a to­tal of 323,299 to match the num­ber of abor­tions Planned Par­ent­hood per­formed last year.

“It’s a dev­as­tat­ingly large num­ber,” said Sen. Ben Sasse, Ne­braska Repub­li­can, stand­ing on a podium above a giant mound of baby socks out­side of the Capi­tol. “And we need to have images like this so that peo­ple start to re­flect on the mag­ni­tude of suf­fer­ing that’s hap­pen­ing out there.”

On Wednesday vol­un­teers de­liv­ered 88,000 socks to mem­bers of Congress — the num­ber of abor­tions Planned Par­ent­hood has per­formed dur­ing the first 100 days of the new ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The demon­stra­tion comes in the midst of pol­icy ne­go­ti­a­tions that will de­cide the fate of Planned Par­ent­hood, which re­ceives about $500 mil­lion in tax­payer fund­ing ev­ery year to keep its doors open.

Be­fore de­liv­er­ing the socks, pro-life ac­tivists, law­mak­ers and stu­dents held a rally on a Capi­tol Hill lawn. The baby socks were pre­dom­i­nantly white, pink and blue. Oth­ers were pat­terned with soc­cer balls, polka dots and Bat­man lo­gos.

Sue Thayer, a former Planned Par­ent­hood cen­ter man­ager who is now a pro-life ac­tivist, said the baby socks were like something out of the U.S. Holo­caust Memo­rial Mu­seum down the street.

“There should be lit­tle feet in all of these socks,” Ms. Thayer said. “There should be lit­tle ba­bies in all of these socks.”

The baby socks were sent in from stu­dents at hun­dreds of high school and col­lege chap­ters of Stu­dents for Life and other pro-life or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Pu­rity Thomas, pres­i­dent of the Roanoke Stu­dents for Life, said it’s un­think­able that “we al­low our tax dol­lars to go to the fund­ing of an or­ga­ni­za­tion that mur­ders in­no­cent chil­dren daily.”

“This is an or­ga­ni­za­tion that kills our brothers and sis­ters,” Ms. Thomas said. “How, as a na­tion, have we al­lowed this?”

Emily Brown, youth direc­tor at Amer­i­can Life League, said the baby socks send an un­mis­tak­able mes­sage.

“To­day we’re send­ing a clear mes­sage to Congress that enough is enough,” Ms. Brown said. “We can­not sit around while Planned Par­ent­hood slaugh­ters the most in­no­cent hu­man be­ings among us.”

In or­der to avoid a Se­nate fil­i­buster, Repub­li­cans have said they will de­fund Planned Par­ent­hood si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the re­peal of Oba­macare through the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process.

The re­peal bill took a ma­jor step to­ward en­act­ment Wednesday, when it re­ceived the en­dorse­ment of the House Free­dom Cau­cus. The con­ser­va­tive stal­warts had blocked the Amer­i­can Health Care Act last month be­cause it did not go far enough to re­peal Oba­macare.

Sa­muel Matthews, pres­i­dent of Hunt­ing­ton High School Stu­dents for Life, said an or­ga­ni­za­tion that “calls tak­ing the life of boys and girls in the womb ‘em­pow­er­ing’” does not de­serve tax­payer fund­ing.

“We are here be­cause we have a prob­lem with Planned Par­ent­hood,” Mr. Matthews said. “And one day soon, Planned Par­ent­hood will be de­funded.”

Mr. Sasse said pic­tures show­ing the hu­man­ity of the un­born are a “huge rea­son why” the youngest gen­er­a­tion is more pro-life than pre­vi­ous ones.

“And this pic­ture that you’re try­ing to cre­ate to­day is an­other spe­cial way to tell the story of what we’re about.”

“There should be lit­tle feet in all of these socks. There should be lit­tle ba­bies in all of these socks.”

— Sue Thayer, a former Planned Par­ent­hood cen­ter man­ager

STU­DENTS FOR LIFE OF AMER­ICA

Pro-life demon­stra­tors de­liver nearly 200,000 pairs of baby socks Wednesday to the U.S. Capi­tol as a public demon­stra­tion aimed at en­cour­ag­ing Congress to de­fund Planned Par­ent­hood, the na­tion’s largest abor­tion provider.

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