Red Envelope Project Tells President Obama of Outrage over Abortion Promotion

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

( – A grassroots initiative has sprung up which hopes to send a message to US president Barack Obama that there is moral outrage in the country over his administration’s promotion of abortion.

The Red Envelope Project has been spreading for some time by e-mail, and now a website has been set up to further promote the project. (

The email that has been circulating reads in part: “I have been involved in the pro-life movement for nearly 20 years, and it pained my heart to see a man (Obama) and a political party committed to the shedding of innocent blood. This man, and this party lead our country, but they do not represent me or the 54% of Americans who believe that abortion is wrong and should no longer be legal.

“As I was praying, I believe that God gave me an interesting idea. Out in the garage I have a box of red envelopes. Like the powerful image of the red LIFE tape, an empty red envelope will send a message to Barack Obama that there is moral outrage in this country over this issue. It will be quiet, but clear.” was informed of the initiative today, which involves sending an empty red envelope to President Obama with the words, “This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world. Responsibility begins with conception,” written on the back.

The envelope should be addressed to:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington , D.C. 20500

A website has just been created to provide information on the initiative and has the option of allowing individuals who have sent red envelopes to the president to add the number to a running tally: (0)

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Readers Comments (11)

  1. Please note that I received the information about the Red Envelope project just a few days ago. I purchased a large pack of red printing paper from Staples and am in the process of making my own envelopes. My plan is to send 10 stamped envelopes to my kids in New York, ten more to my kids in Wisconsin, 10 more to my kids in Washington State, 10 to my kids in Michigan and I’ll soon be mailing out 10 of my own to the White House. My plan is to continue the mailings until I run out of money, or I run out of envelopes…………this is such a good idea and I appreciate it so much. I have been a member of Right-To-Life of Michigan, Right-To-Life of Hillsdale, and National Right-To-Life for 36 years

  2. Every little bit counts. I mailed my letter today. As I was borrowing tape to seal it from my neighbor, she wanted to send one as well. Undergirded by prayer, the project has to have an impact.

  3. caroline Farrell March 17, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

    Great idea. I found out at church this past sunday. Are we supposed to only mail them on March 31st?

  4. I am a social worker for the state. I think it is good to support something that you believe in. I work with children that have been sexually molested by their father and become pregnant with their father’s child. I have dealt with girls who have been impregnated by their father and try to give themselves abortion due to they do not want to have a child that reminds them everyday of the bad things their father did to them or explain to their child that they are a product of their father molesting them. I ask you to make a change and ask people to please start adopting children who were not aborted that are in the system or become a foster parent before we go and ask the president to stop abortions. Now I am not saying that abortions are right but I do not want women out their putting themselves in harm or endangering themselves by trying to give themselves abortions. I pray to god that people will also make a stand and start adopting children who were not aborted and are now in state custody. There is no cost and the state pays for the adoption. Or at least become a foster parent to the children who were not aborted. We keep pushing to stop abortions but those same people are not adopting or fostering the children who were not aborted. When you send that red letter to the president, just keep in mind of all the children who were not aborted and are waiting to have a parent adopt them or be a foster parent to them. Just something to keep in mind.

  5. We are the Cursillo Group and the Pro-Life Group in Huntington Beach, CA. For the first week, my husband, my son and I got 250 red envelopes from Kinkos. I called friends and people I know from church to ask for donations. I think God was helping me through these thoughful people. I was getting some donations from $10, $20, $50 to buy stamps, few of 100 stamps books, few thousands of lables, some offer to help with envelopes, one was a temporarily mailwomen. One friend ordered 2,000 red envelopes from the Red After struggling at making labels from my little knowledge of computer, we got 2,250 red envelopes done to send. After submitting those, we realized that we still have 2 more days to get some more done. But no more red envelopes to order.

    So! Here we go! We ran all over the town to get red envelopes from one Kinkos to another Kinkos and from the different city, then Target, Staples. They’re quite expensive and also were not available to purchase. Finally, we got an idea of making postcards out of red papers. We made 4,500 postcards with the message on the back. We are about 20 people from our church working together for this project.
    It’s an important project that we can not miss. And we are very happy to be able to speak for the unborn babies! Thanks for a great idea!
    Thanks for these helping hands: Mr & Mrs Thanh Phan, Mr. Mrs. Toan Linh, Mr. & Mrs. Liem Pham, Mr. Thoai Nguyen, Mr & Mrs. Thinh Tran, Mr. & Mrs. Chau Xuan Vu, Mr. My Tran, Mr. Tuy Phan, Mr. & Mrs. Hiep Tran, Rev. Chau Quang Do, Mr. & Mrs. Loi Pham, Mr. Dam Vu, Mr. Viet Ta, Mr. & Mrs. Danh Huynh, Ms Hoe, Mr. Mrs. Thinh Nguyen, Mr. & Mrs. Phien Nguyen. Mr. Mrs. Vinh X. Nguyen, and more..

  6. Foster Parent – I also have something to keep in mind. It is extremely difficult to adopt a child in this country and we need to work on making the process easier. My cousin had to travel all the way to Russia to adopt a child. I sympathize with women that are raped or molested and then become pregnant, but abortion is not the answer. Two wrongs don’t make a right and no child should be slaughtered to death for any reason. I am sorry to say that once you become pregnant that fact can never be changed and getting an abortion will lead to psychological / emotional scars that will last a lifetime. Not to mention potential physical scars that can cause infertility. I know liberal feminists like to say “in a perfect world we wouldn’t need abortion” well, this world never has been and never will be perfect so we all need to accept that fact and try to make the best of bad situations. Killing an innocent child is not a solution, it is a crime.

  7. What happened at the white house on March 31? Was a statement made by the President on the outpouring against abortion by the Red Envelopes?

  8. It’s May and i just learned of the project. Is it too late to send envelopes?

  9. Is there any feedback on whether the red evelopes are reaching the President? Is there a count of them being given to Mr. Obama? Do we need to send them to our congressmen/women also?

  10. I am getting a movement going to send BLUE envelopes to OBAMA by August 31, 2009, with the statement , “Pass the Federal Marriage Amendment NOW to ensure that marriage in the United States shall consist solely of the union of one man and one woman.” Pass this on to everyone, everywhere.

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