The last few weeks have been a whirlwind in the political world, especially when it comes to the subject of abortion. What has been going on?
Most recently, President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett for a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Barrett is a solid conservative, with a history of textual interpretation of the Constitution and making decisions that are based on judicial interpretation, not the activist court track record that we have been subjected to for decades. A mother of seven, she lives out her support for family values including life. Family Policy Alliance is thrilled that President Trump chose Judge Barrett as his nominee; it provides a great hope for preserving the foundational Christian values our country was founded upon.
Another noteworthy event, perhaps somewhat overshadowed by the nomination news, was that President Trump issued an Executive Order requiring the Health and Human Services Department to ensure that federally funded facilities provide life-saving medical care for all infants born alive – including those who survive abortions. This is a huge step in the right direction as some states, like Rhode Island, have already passed laws that effectively allow infanticide, by removing protections for babies born alive after a botched abortion.
The third development on the abortion front is the election itself. Never have abortion lines been drawn so sharply between candidates. As we move towards November 3rd, this difference will be further highlighted in debates, the media, and through campaigning. This election will be crucial for determining how our country treats babies in the womb.
Those are just a few of the major developments on the abortion front in the past few weeks. There is a lot riding on the next steps on all these issues. So, what can you do?
First of all, VOTE! Exercise your most important duty as an American citizen. This applies not only to the presidential race, but also state and local races. This year you have the option to vote early, by absentee ballot or in person. To get information on all these options, go to our Secretary of State’s website and decide what works best for you.
Secondly, make your voice heard in DC. Feel free to let our state Senators Reed and Whitehouse know how strongly you feel about the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. You can contact them through our Action Center and emphasize how important this vote is to you and your family when it comes to preserving our Christian values.
Third, get involved at a local level. Our friend, Barth Bracey at Rhode Island Right to Life has worked hard researching the voting records of the candidates. You can view his endorsements here. While these are not Family Policy Alliance endorsements, and we encourage you to do additional research, this list may serve as a good starting point to help you vote pro-life!
Finally, PRAY! Pray that God’s will be done in all these processes. It is only through His grace and sovereignty that change will occur on the abortion issue as well as religious freedom and other family issues.
We at Family Policy Alliance thank you for your engaging in the election process here in Rhode Island. Please consider supporting us monthly so we can work together with you to make Rhode Island a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes and life is cherished.
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island