HR 1797, a bill heard by the judiciary committee on May 23, is a piece of legislation proposed by Representative Franks of Arizona. In it, he seeks to ban abortions after 20 weeks except in cases of maternal physical endangerment.
The District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Franks later stated on May 17th that he intends to expand the bill to encompass the entirety of the United States) would provide federal protection to any unborn child after 20 weeks. The twenty-week marks the point at which a fetus will develop the ability to experience pain. Some may experience pain much earlier.
Call your representative today and ask them to do their part to help spare unborn children from the agonizing pain of abortion.
Find your representative here: http://www.house.gov/
To read the full statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte: http://judiciary.house.gov/news/2013/05232013.html
Additionally, you can view the committee hearing on the May 23rd bill here (WARNING: some graphic descriptions and images): http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/113th/hear_05232013.html
In response to anti-religious sentiment from secularists, the Obama administration released documentation that would make soldiers and even chaplains second-guess their urge to share their faith, for fear of court-martial, prison, or dishonorable discharge. The trouble brews around vaguely-defined ‘proselytization.’ These offenses would be tried on a case-by-case basis.
This is part of continuing persecution against Christianity and religious freedoms led by the Obama Administration, and it has the U.S. Congress demanding answers.
What can you do? Speak to your local and national legislators and express your desire for them to do everything in their power to protect and advocate for military personnel’s right to religious liberty, including the right to talk about their faith.
Also, you can sign an FRC-hosted petition, urging Sec. Hagel to protect the religious freedoms of the American military servicemen.
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, May 9, 2013 - Americans in Contact PAC (AICPAC) and ccAdvertising send their congratulations to Mark Sanford for his victory in the special election in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, the open congressional seat vacated by Senator Tim Scott.
AICPAC was active in the race supporting Sanford by retaining ccAdvertising to use its interactive “Artificial Intelligence Call” (AIC) system and its databases to educate independent and democratic voters on the record of Sanford and his opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
“Over the past ten years ccAdvertising has accumulated a significant amount of respondent data from previous surveys conducted in that district. We used that data, along with voter file information, to target over 130,000 homes that we knew would be critical for victory. We were amazed at the number of undecided voters we found and how open they were to learning the facts about Busch and Sanford,” said Gabriel Joseph, President of ccAdvertising.
“Our data showed this race to be tied on May 1, 2013. The fact that Sanford won by 10% and that 140,000 people chose to vote in this Special Election is a testament to the campaign Mr. Sanford ran and the independent efforts like those executed by AICPAC that worked diligently to identify supporters and urge them to vote, especially via the Mobile Phone Channel,” concluded Joseph.
It reads like this:
“Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”
That’s a quote from Mikey Weinstein, one of the advisors to the military upon religious issues. His idea of a victory is to attempt to court-martial Christians for espousing their beliefs to subordinates.
But what can you do? You can contact your federal legislators and urge them to fight Mikey Weinstein and his anti-Christian activist colleagues, and to do all in their power to help protect the rights of American service members to practice and share their beliefs with the people around them… Even if they’re an Evangelical Christian.
Read a Breitbart article by Ken Klukowski on the dangerous and rabidly anti-Christian agenda attacking our nation’s military here: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/04/28/Pentagon-Consults-Extremist-Who-Calls-Christians-Monsters-and-Enemies-of-the-Constitution-to-Develop-Religious-Tolerance-Policy
An opinion column from April 3 in USA Today did an excellent job of encapsulating the argument about why the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) should not be forced by any means — financial or social — to accept openly homosexual leaders and members.
“For us, it is a fundamental principle that parents must have the exclusive right to raise issues about sex and sexuality with their own children in their own time and in their own way, in the privacy of their own homes and not around a campfire.
Changing the long-standing policy at the Scouts would inject a highly-charged political issue into the heart of this traditional, faith-focused organization, an organization that is not interested in politics at all but in people — in the boys it was founded to form and serve.”
In response to increasing social and government pressure, such as California’s SB 323, the BSA is contemplating allowing local chapters to reverse the long-standing rule that helped to protect the BSA from this highly charged and deeply personal discussion.
Please contact your state legislators today and urge them to protect the BSA’s right to uphold its traditional stance and for parents to address human sexuality and — by extension — marriage within their own homes and own timeframes.
Now that that the media has woken up and begun reporting some pieces of the Gosnell trial, Planned Parenthood has again ended up in the spotlight. This time, it’s for its knowledge of the grisly operation and its failure to do anything at all. Breitbart writes:
“This week, Planned Parenthood Southeast Pennsylvania president and CEO Dayle Steinberg, speaking at a fundraiser, no less, admitted that she knew what was going on at Gosnell’s butcher shop.”
Is this really what you want your taxpayer dollars supporting? Planned Parenthood has repeatedly failed women and girls — from encouraging minors to receive abortions without notifying their parents to turning a blind eye to dangerous conditions within abortion clinics — and yet we continue to allow government funding because they profess to be serving those women?
To defund Planned Parenthood is about more than just protecting the unborn. It is also about protecting the health of women all over America who are being subjected to these horrific and dangerous conditions.
Anyone who receives updates from pro-life organizations, such as National Right to Life, was well aware of the gruesome details of the Kermit Gosnell trial long before mainstream media began to wake up and cover the story.
Perhaps the story really did just slip under their collective noses until social media began to explode with searing discussions about the very obvious absence of the story from the national news agencies. Perhaps the agencies were hoping the story would slip by, finding it too gruesome for their stomachs. Or perhaps the largely liberal media felt that even the most stalwart Pro-Choice supporters might be so repulsed by the horrific tale that it might cause them to re-evalute their position on the abortion issue.
It’s hard, isn’t it? It’s hard to be confronted with the fact that abortion ends the lives of infants who rely upon us to protect and defend them. It’s so much easier to call them “specimens” or “blobs of tissue” and discuss the matter intellectually, but that’s not the truth of it. That takes our attention from the real horror of what is happening around us,
We must be willing to stand up and fight for the lives of the unborn, and we must be unwilling to allow national media to dominate the way we discuss the devastating toll of abortion upon this country.
And it’s up to you, too. Support policies and politicians who understand and fight to protect the fundamental right of the unborn to live, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
Californians, contact your state senator to tell them that you want them to condemn Senate Bill 323 which would remove tax-exempt status to the Boy Scouts of America in their state. The bill is supposed to go before committee sometime today.
This bill is intended to radically change the rules of the Boy Scouts by financially pressuring them — levying corporate taxes against donations and other income — to change their by-laws to change their position on the following stance:
“While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.”
Tell your state senator that these sorts of highly-charged and deeply personal politics do not belong in a youth organization, and that parents should maintain the right to discuss human sexuality with their sons in their own way and timing!
Find contact information for your state senator here: http://senate.ca.gov/senators
Last week, the media was filled with very conflicting accounts of what was happening on the floor of the Supreme Court with regards to their consideration of two cases. One case dealt with the legality of DOMA (the Defense Of Marriage Act) to refuse federal marriage benefits to couples who have been married legally in states that recognize and perform same-sex marriages. The other dealt with the legality of the hotly contested Proposition 8, passed by popular vote in California 8 to ban same-sex marriage only to be later overturned by a California federal judge.
The truth of the matter is that the Supreme Court may not pass a decision in either case. It only takes four justices’ votes to review a case, but it takes five justices to pass a decision. There is speculation running the gamut as to the justices’ likeliest decision, and who will vote what.
If SCOTUS makes a decision rather than putting it off for later cases, one possible outcome is that it will strike down DOMA, which was signed into law in 1996 under President Clinton, on the grounds that it overrides state law with federal law. It could then either not rule on Prop 8, or uphold it.
In that case, it might be unfortunate, but it would not be a total loss for those opposing same-sex marriage. Rather, it would increase the already-vital importance for voters to make their voice heard in state elections, especially with regards to legislation that would ban or permit same-sex marriages.
Regardless of bias, most sources seem to be in agreement that we’re not likely to see a decision — or a decision to not make a decision — until their deadline in early summer.
On March 26, Governor Dalyrmple of North Dakota signed legislation making North Dakota the leader in rights for the unborn, banning abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected by external ultrasound. This typically occurs around six weeks’ gestation. Any physician in violation of the legislation could face hefty fines, but the woman would not be charged.
Also signed was legislation that would ban abortions based on genetic defects such as Down syndrome and a measure to require any abortion-providing physician to have hospital-admitting privileges.
An even stricter personhood amendment, defining life as beginning at conception, is set to go before voters in 2014.
Contact your state legislators and thank them for defending life! http://www.legis.nd.gov/