The Power of Postcards and Prayers

February 9, 2009

Tom Grenchik

By Tom Grenchik

Washington DC Feb. 6, 2009 (USCCB) -When one person sends a note or postcard to a legislator, it has impact. When ten thousand people contact Congress about a burning issue, the point is made more clearly. Imagine what may happen if tens of millions of postcards are sent to Congress. You won’t have to imagine for long.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a national postcard campaign urging Congress to maintain widely-supported pro-life policies that prevent federal funding and promotion of abortion. Launched on January 24-25, the on-going campaign is being coordinated through the USCCB’s partner organization, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA).

To date, tens of millions of cards have already been distributed across the country to parishes, schools, non-Catholic churches, and civic organizations. Orders continue to pour in. NCHLA has facilitated a number of national postcard campaigns equipping citizens to express their pro-life views clearly and respectfully to Congress. This current campaign is unprecedented in scope, and is expected to be the largest ever sponsored by the Catholic bishops.

Deirdre A. McQuade, Assistant Director for Policy and Communications at the USCCB’s Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, recently stated that: “Abortion advocates are newly energized because Congress has the most pro-abortion members in 16 years. Their radical agenda would turn abortion into a fundamental ‘right’ that the government would have to subsidize with taxpayer monies.”

A similar effort by our opponents was fought back successfully in 1993, when the U.S. bishops mobilized the Catholic faithful in their first nationwide postcard campaign against the so-called “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA). Sponsors of FOCA have indicated their intention of re-introducing a similar bill soon, and President Obama has promised to sign it if it reaches his desk.

Other bills could realize the FOCA agenda in a piecemeal fashion. Ms. McQuade commented: “Widely supported pro-life measures in appropriations bills are already at risk, including the longstanding Hyde amendment, which has prohibited the use of taxpayer funds for most abortions, and the Hyde/Weldon amendment preventing government discrimination against health care providers who do not perform or refer for abortions.” Writing to Congress on February 5, the USCCB Pro-Life Committee chair Cardinal Justin Rigali emphasized that the pro-life postcard campaign is directed against this threat as well: “While an extreme proposal like FOCA would overturn hundreds of pro-life laws at once, we are equally concerned that such laws may be overturned one at a time during Congress’s appropriations process.”

Our voices are needed now more than ever to guard against the erosion of current pro-life measures, and to keep abortion from becoming a federal entitlement. While we are voicing our concerns to our legislators, let us remember to voice our concerns to our Lord. Millions and millions of pro-life postcards are great, but adding millions and millions of pro-life prayers is even better. If every one of us pledged to pray daily for the protection of unborn children and the defeat of the radical abortion agenda, and to live out those prayers with our actions, we really could bring our nation to embrace a Culture of Life.

Thanks in advance for your postcards and prayers! Millions of unborn boys and girls, and their mothers and families, are depending on us.

For more information, visit: and click on “National Pro-Life Postcard Campaign.”

Tom Grenchik is Executive Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Go to to learn more about the bishops’ pro-life activities.


3 Responses to “The Power of Postcards and Prayers”

  1. Catholic News Service questions the FOCA Postcard Campaign but our Bishops are unanimous in support : DFW on February 9th, 2009 6:35 am

    [...] As recently as this past Friday, Tom Grenchik, Executive Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities for the USCCB wrote “Our voices are needed now more than ever to guard against the erosion of current pro-life measures, and to keep abortion from becoming a federal entitlement.”  (The entire letter may be viewed by visiting [...]

  2. Ed Behm on February 9th, 2009 1:40 pm

    I think the American Catholic Bishops should lower their heads in shame for putting the right to life movement in the position they have. The moronic attitude of “voting your conscinece” opened the door for liberals to disgard their faith and go with their political beliefs. Now the Bishops are declaring unity on the matter of legalized murder. I would not be surprised one bit if a few of the Bishops voted for Obama and other very dangerous liberal Democrats. The loser—-dead babies.

  3. George Vogt on February 12th, 2009 9:29 am

    Sorry for the delay Ed. My computer crashed while answering your question a few days ago and I never had the heart to start over.

    Look, it’s hard to put all of the Bishops under the same umbrella towards your point. As humans we are limited by language (stole that one from Kyle) and will therefore always face obstacles in communicating even on a one-to-one basis. We’re talking about a couple of hundred Bishops (I really don’t know how many but there are about 200 dioceses in the US) drafting a single document to communicate with millions. there are about 65 million USA Catholics alone (stats from 2004).

    The issue that hurt pro-life efforts the most is that the prolife voice of the Church began to ring loudly around election time (the document was not new but was not as widely publicized as it might have been.) By this I mean we need to be loud and clear at ALL times.

    Hopefully, we have all learned from this. Isn’t that the real point instead of pointing fingers? People who are truly prolife must learn to act with compassion and charity.

    Thank the Lord the Bishops are united in this effort!!!!

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