The petition drive is being sponsored by the Population Research Institute (PRI), the International Organization for the Family (IOF), Human Life International, and Heartbeat International.
Each year, the USPS Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee accepts suggestions from citizens on subjects for commemorative stamps which usually honor special persons, events and subjects with national appeal. Thirty to 40 new stamps are selected each year celebrating celebrating love, peace and everything from Disney villains and “retro funny cats” to “frozen treats.”
“Imagine the impact a pro-life stamp would have,” says PRI President Steven Mosher, “It would serve as a reminder for all Americans that every person deserves a chance at life. It would signal to the rest of the world that the United States of America respects the right to life for all.”
Although the USPS has never issued a stamp in honor of the right to life, in 1972 the USPS issued a stamp commemorating family planning. As the petition explains, at a luncheon with 300 members of the Planned Parenthood Federation present, J.T. Ellison, USPS spokesman, described what he considered to be the significance of the stamp. “We hope… this stamp will serve as a reminder to all members of our society that a spiraling world population and the environmental and social ills that inevitably follow – is everyone’s concern,” he said at the time.
In other words, with the issuance of the family planning stamp, the USPS endorsed the Malthusian myth of over-population, which was so prevalent at the time thanks, in part, to book by Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb, which had been published just four years earlier.
If we could base a stamp on a theory that has now been proven wrong, “It seems only fitting that the right to life, the first right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, should be celebrated by having its own commemorative stamp,” Mosher says.
A stamp of this nature would hardly be out of the mainstream with recent polls showing that a majority of Americans (56%) now believe that abortion to be morally wrong.
And public displays of the “Choose Life” slogan already have ample precedent. Currently, 32 states allow drivers to display “Choose Life” license plates on their vehicles. In fact, Russ Amerling, founder of the popular “Choose Life” license plate campaign, has endorsed the pro-life postage stamp initiative.
As the petition states: “We need a Choose Life stamp that will serve as a reminder that worldwide, fertility rates have been cut in half since the late 1960s (in the United States, the fertility rate in 2015 was 1.84, well below the replacement level of 2.1), that each year there are 56 million abortions worldwide (900,000 to 1 million in the U.S. alone) and that the Declaration of Independence proclaims the rights to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ among humanity’s inalienable rights.”
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