WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Just before the nation marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, the founder of Israel's premier Jewish pro-life organization met with pro-life lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss another threat to the Jewish people: abortion.
Dr. Eli Schussheim, the founder of the Israeli group EFRAT, met with Congressmen Paul Ryan, Paul Broun, and Vicky Hartzler, U.S. Senator Mike Lee, and numerous other pro-life stalwarts on April 25 to tell them about his mission to help Jewish women make the choice to keep babies they're thinking of aborting.
According to the group's website, in 1977 Dr. Schussheim and Holocaust survivor Herschel “Feigenbaum founded EFRAT, to increase the Jewish birthrate in Israel.”
In 37 years, the group has saved more than 56,000 Jewish babies, something praised by U.S. lawmakers. Most recently, an EFRAT volunteer talked an Israeli woman out of having a sex-selective abortion of her fourth daughter.
EFRAT said that Dr. Schussheim had a lengthy meeting with Congressman Paul Broun, R-GA. “It is important for us to understand that life is precious and it is part of our Judeo-Christian principles that has made this country so great,” Congressman Broun said.
Boun noted that the first bill he introduced in the House – and the first bill he introduces every session – is “The Sanctity of Human Life Act.” The bill, which Paul Ryan once supported, says that “the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person” and that “the life of each human being begins with fertilization.”
Paul Broun is now running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Georgia.
Broun added that it was “absolutely imperative for this nation to continue to bless Israel,” and that “I consider myself an adopted Jew.”
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-MO, drew a comparison between EFRAT's work and that of embattled pro-life women's health centers in the United States. “Here in America we're doing similar things [at] crisis pregnancy centers and women's health centers,” Hartzler told Schussheim, as pro-life Americans try to help pregnant women. “I am so encouraged to know that you’re leading the charge in Israel and you are having success, and we just need to multiply this in both our countries and around the world.”
Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, said he would “commend” Dr. Schussheim for the “great work” he is doing in Israel. “Anything that encourages people to choose life over death is a good thing,” he said.
His Republican colleague from South Carolina, Tim Scott, highlighted the horrible toll abortion has taken on American lives. More than “56 million folks haven’t stepped on soil because of their lost lives, here is an opportunity for us to take a positive stand and a strong position in protecting life,” he told the doctor, who emigrated to Israel in 1964.
Sen. Joe Manchin, who describes himself as a pro-life Democrat from West Virginia, seemed surprised by the Israeli doctor's position. “You are one of the few from your community that I’ve heard speak this way,” Manchin said.
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Dr. Schussheim also spoke with Representatives Sean Duffy of Wisconsin,John C. Fleming of Louisiana, Andy Harris of Maryland, Joseph R. Pitts of Pennsylvania, Steve Womack of Arkansas, and Rob Woodall of Georgia, and Ohio Senator Rob Portman.