A concentrated effort of Evangelical political activists, pastors, and leaders in radio, television, and print media will host a live conference call with Sen. Ted Cruz, to unleash a plan to defund Planned Parenthood.
The town hall conversation with Mr. Cruz, a leading candidate for the 2016 GOP nomination for President, will take place this Tuesday afternoon, August 25, at 4:00 PM EDT.
In addition to the hundreds of thousands invited by email into the call, it is also open to the public. The dial in number is (877) 229-8493 (Pin #: 114559).
In the email sent to pastors over the weekend, Mr. Cruz wrote:
The recent exposure of Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices of harvesting the body parts of innocent babies and selling them to the highest bidder has brought about a pressing need to end tax payer support of this institution.
As the son of a pastor, I know you bear a high and holy calling on your lives. I am urging you to confront this evil in our nation by praying and preaching with an unbridled passion until funding for Planned Parenthood ends, and this barbaric practice is purged from the land.
Over the next two weeks, with the support of your prayers and the impact of your preaching, I intend to lead an effort to end taxpayer support of Planned Parenthood.
Katie Zezima and Tom Hamburger of The Washington Post report that the call has the strong backing of many within the Christian conservative movement.
The latest salvo against the group is being organized by some of the Christian conservative movement’s best-known strategists, including three who helped lead a successful effort to recall state Supreme Court judges in Iowa in 2010 after the jurists ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.
“This is tremendously larger than what happened in Iowa,” said David Carney, a Republican strategist who worked on that recall effort. The two are joined by Wayne Hamilton, a Texas-based organizer who has worked in the past with Perry and was campaign manager in 2014 for current Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R). The effort appears to be funded through American Renewal, which officials said spent about $10 million supporting candidates in 2014 and is considered likely to spend $15 million or more this year organizing opposition to abortion and gay marriage.
“In addition, religious broadcast organizations have pledged to air public service spots urging Christian viewers to contact their members of Congress. Carney said the effort has received commitments of support from the Bott Radio Network, which has 100 Christian radio station in the Midwest, and from American Family Radio, which owns 190 Christian radio stations in 20 states as well as national religious-television broadcasters.
More details can be found at www.defundtoday.com.