Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, a critical case that represents the best chance at overturning Roe v. Wade that the pro-life movement has ever seen. The seven Supreme Court justices who decided Roe v. Wade had no idea the decision would cost 62 million American lives and counting. They didn’t know what we know from ultrasounds. And they certainly didn’t know about the incredible pro-life movement that would rise up. But now they do.

After 49 horrific years, Roe’s reign of terror may soon end — either with this Dobbs case or another future case. But that doesn’t mean abortion will end right away. Instead, the battle for life could quickly shift to the states. Many legal experts believe that the Justices will not completely ban abortion in America. Rather, they will return the issue to every state.

Each state would be responsible for regulating abortion. Each state would decide the destiny of their unborn children.

Our mission? Plan for a pro-life America and a pro-life Rhode Island after Roe.

In 2019 the Rhode Island Senate passed the Reproductive Privacy Act, H5125B, a bill to codify the protections of Roe v Wade into Rhode Island State Law. Like New York and Virginia, all restrictions on abortion up until birth and even after were essentially removed. To pass the bill, the Senate had to stand firm against a series of proposed amendments from 2 courageous legislators, Senators Jessica de la Cruz (Republican) and Elaine Morgan (Republican).

  1. An amendment requiring the anesthetization of the fetus before beginning the abortion procedure.
  2. An amendment requiring that late term abortions be done “in cases of emergency” rather than “in the judgement of the physician.”
  3. An amendment requiring abortion clinics to maintain facilities comparable to those in hospital surgical units.
  4. A state level “Hyde” Amendment, that would prohibit state funding for abortions except in the case of rape, incest or the life of the mother.

A new opportunity may be forthcoming! The Pro-life community came together back in 2019 with rallies numbering 300-400. We will need those courageous voices once again when the time comes. Remember this is a spiritual battle, and the Word of God and Prayer are our weapons in this battle for the lives of the unborn.

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The Family Policy Alliance chapter in our state is proud to partner with the other state family policy councils across the country to launch the After Roe campaign, dedicated to raising up a movement of people ready to protect the most vulnerable in more powerful ways than ever before.

After Roe, your pro-life vote matters even more. Our lawmakers are even more responsible for the lives protected or the lives lost in Rhode Island, without Roe to blame. And, we have more work to do than ever supporting babies and their mothers in embracing the sanctity of life.

Even before Roe ends, the work of After Roe has already begun in RhodeIsland.

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For Faith, Family and Life,
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David Aucoin

Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

P.S. Our vision is a nation of 50 pro-life states, including Rhode Island! But we can’t do this without YOU. Join After Roetoday!

 

Dear Friends,

This week, I am thrilled to announce a new initiative towards our goal of seeing life cherished in New Mexico. It is an initiative that brings to mind Ezekiel’s vision in the valley of dry bones. Ezekiel’s vision was a promise that God would restore his people. You see, we are dry; void of life because of sin. But God brings life in one powerful breath and brings dry bones to life! New Mexico is currently a pile of dry bones when it comes to our current legislation regarding life. We need a revival. We need dry bones to come alive and I believe God is preparing a way for that very revival. It is possible, but we need you!

What’s coming?

As you know, Roe set the precedent for our country in its recognition of ‘abortion before viability’ as a constitutional right. Today, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could lead to the overturning of this precedent. If Roe is overturned, Roe’s viability standard no longer holds up. While this will be a great victory for our country in the stand for life, it unfortunately does not change anything for New Mexico.

In 2021, New Mexico repealed a pre-Roe trigger law that would have banned abortion in the state if Roe is overturned. This trigger law required that abortion could only take place if it was a justified medical termination and could only be performed by a licensed physician, using acceptable medical procedures in an accredited hospital. The repeal of this law stripped our state of all protections for the unborn. In fact, we have been called, by some, the late-term abortion capital of the nation. The 2021 repeal also stripped conscience protections from healthcare workers. We have no delay requirements, no parental consent for minors, no counseling requirements for a woman desiring abortion, and no standards of care. This means that we have a lot of work to do in order to gain ground in the fight for life.

We Must:

There is a long road ahead of us, but we are determined to stay the course. Now we have to fight like our lives depend on it because there is an unborn child’s life that does.

We need your help!

This organization is able to make a difference because of the generosity of people like you. We run solely on the donations of our ministry partners and this month I am asking for your help. We have set a goal of raising $25,000 to help our organization continue to be the active voice for the issues that matter most.

Are you with us? Will you support a revival that could be as life-changing as dry bones coming alive?

Standing Firm,

 

 

 

Jodi Hendricks
Executive Director

Today marks “Giving Tuesday!”

We had many generous friends of Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey join us for our annual “Guardians of the Family Gala” earlier this month on November 10th.

The evening started out by an amazing Star-Spangled Banner performance from Rachel Christenson, a young upcoming performer who blessed us with her wonderful talents.

We heard from Family Policy Alliance President & CEO of FPA Craig DeRoche as he described the relationship between the state-based Family Policy Councils (like our organization) and the national organization, which brings synergy to the movement.

Leo Terrell 2.0 was our guest of honor and keynote speaker who energized the crowd and talked about his transformation from a left leaning activist (1.0) to an advocate for things on the right (2.0).

Receiving the Legislative Award was Assemblyman Robert Auth, a longtime advocate for family values and the life issue. He has been there for us when we needed him to advocate for good legislation and oppose bad legislation at our state capitol.

We awarded Bishop David Anba Bishoy the “Receiving the Family, Faith & Freedom Award” for leading the charge in New Jersey to fight for family values. The Coptic Christian community in NJ engaged their congregations and were responsible for over 35,000 letters being sent to Governor Murphy and legislators to support a bill that protects the rights of parents to opt their children out of lessons and materials that violate their fundamental religious beliefs regarding sex, sexuality, and gender identity, or receive a voucher to attend a school that will respect their family’s beliefs and culture.

I shared about the many issues facing our organization, including the Reproductive Freedom Act which enshrines into law abortion up to the moment of birth. This allows for non-medical personnel to perform abortions and other egregious issues relating to abortion on demand in New Jersey. This is an assault in our schools and the LGBTQ+ activities threaten our children, indoctrinating them as young as kindergarten.

I also shared the opening for a new executive director since, Shawn Hyland, former executive director, has left to run for Congress in 2022.

The evening closed out with a Free Will Offering that topped the evening’s goal and triggering a matching gift, thanks to generous partners like you.

If you were not in attendance, would you consider supporting the activities of FPA and FPF of NJ by clicking the donate button below?

On #GivingTuesday, I’m thankful for your generosity, prayers, and support. We couldn’t do this work without you.

With thanks,

Len Deo

 

This Thanksgiving, I have something I need to say: I’M THANKFUL FOR YOU.

This job isn’t easy, but I am blessed to have a profound source of encouragement – knowing that faithful Wyoming Christians like you are standing with us for His glory.

Your prayers, generous contributions, work to spread the message – however you choose to “Advance Biblical Citizenship” – gives me hope and provides me the fuel I need to keep up the fight for our families.

I cannot begin to describe the gratitude I feel. In Wyoming, we’ve seen a change in the political climate because of your faithfulness in partnering with us to elect godly leaders. We’ve also taken a big step with our recent court victory in Cheyenne, where we fought for parental rights in education. Every victory comes as a result of your partnership.

THANK YOU!

My family and I wish you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving and a joyous time as you reflect on all the good things the Lord is doing in your life and in those around you. We serve an AWESOME God!

With Thanksgiving for all of you,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

So often in the public square, we are reminded by the oh-so-wise gatekeepers of American culture that our history is a secular one and our nation was founded on the principles of the secular European Enlightenment.

Nowhere is the religious devotion of the earliest Americans more evident than in the search for religious freedom that first brought the pilgrims to our shores. The Pilgrims fled first from England to Holland seeking escape from an Anglican regime that allowed no dissent, then from Holland to America when they found that the worldliness of Amsterdam was luring their children away from the fold.

But the Pilgrims’ courageous quest for religious liberty was nearly doomed at the outset because of the hard winter they encountered at Plymouth, which killed 46 of their original 102 members (not all of whom were English separatists, we should note). The entire migration would likely have died out after that first winter if it were not for the help of a man named Tisquantum, or Squanto.

Squanto’s life up to this point had been marked by violent disruption and tragedy. He had grown up as a member of the Patuxet tribe in what is now New England, but was kidnapped as a young man by an Englishman named Thomas Hunt, who tried to sell him into slavery in Malaga, Spain, in 1614, but some local friars intervened. It was they who instructed Squanto in the Christian faith. He convinced them to let him try to return home. He got as far as London, where he fell in with a shipbuilder and learned English, but it took him two attempts at joining exploratory expeditions before he returned to his homeland in 1619.

What he found when he arrived was empty land. His people were nowhere to be found. They had, in fact, been wiped out by diseases brought over from Europe, to which their immune systems had no resistance. Squanto was the last living representative of his tribe, only alive because of his cruel kidnapping. He took up residence with the Wampanoag, a neighboring tribe whose chief, Massasoit, eventually became friendly with the Pilgrims.

When the Wampanoag sent Squanto to investigate the newcomers, he knew their language. He moved to live with them after their grueling winter and taught them how to farm maize in the hard, rocky soil of New England. When the Mayflower immigrants invited the natives for a feast of Thanksgiving, they could truly be thankful for the remarkable providence that sent Squanto ahead to be their deliverer in a land they did not know.

The contemporary holiday of Thanksgiving did not descend in a direct line from that first Pilgrim feast in celebration of the harvest. But days of thanksgiving were observed at various times throughout American history as different presidents sought to commemorate significant events with appropriate thanks to nature’s God. Thanksgiving was instituted by President Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the Civil War. Lincoln invited the country to observe the day with him out of gratitude to “the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, has nevertheless remembered mercy.” Read the full text of Lincoln’s beautiful Proclamation of Thanksgiving here.

As for Squanto, we do not know whether he felt the sense of poetic justice that we now attach to his story. As he was dying “he begged the Governor [William Bradford] to pray for him, that he might go to the Englishman’s God in heaven.”

God prepared the way for Squanto and for the Pilgrims, and he will do the same for each of us until our life’s end. God bless you and your families as you celebrate this holiday of grace, and may He give grace to our nation. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Yours for the family,

Len Deo
Founder

This was the title of an article by my friend Nathan Winters who leads the Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming. It jolted me when I read it and I hope it does the same to you. It literally made me stop and realize that despite all the craziness in today’s world, we must slow down and celebrate a truly American holiday.

I needed to be reminded that of the 102 original Mayflower passengers, only 44 survived. It was the kindness of the local Native Americans that saved them from a cold, wintery death. The Pilgrims’ modeled remarkable courage and faith in a God of providence that we could learn from. Did you know that the following Spring (1621) when the Mayflower returned to Europe, not a single Pilgrim deserted Plymouth? Read about it here.

Nathan’s piece further reminded me that George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789, a few years after the Revolutionary War and two years after our Constitution was enacted. This holiday was important to our founding fathers. Here is the Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789

“Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.”

The last two years has made us more aware than ever before that the governments of this world are flawed but we can still be thankful. Thanksgiving is a reminder that Christmas is coming, and that Child born 2,000 years ago will one day set things right….

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the
government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to
uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and
forevermore.” – Isaiah 9:6-7

My prayer for you is that despite the losses you may have experienced these last few years, you will be reminded that God’s love and promises will ultimately be fulfilled in His Son Jesus Christ.

Blessings,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

Dear friends:

I wish I could say that Thanksgiving for our family consists of an early morning in which the turkey goes into the oven at 4 am, cinnamon rolls freshly baked, the kid’s paper turkeys on display, delicious food that we don’t overeat, and perfect portions of dessert. In reality our thanksgiving is actually PJs till lunch time, the kid’s paper turkeys missing feathers or eyeballs (or both), and a pre-cooked ham that takes twenty minutes to heat. We have lots of laughter as we have mishaps in the kitchen or as my husband and kids chaotically run around the house chasing each other, laughing hysterically and constantly poking their fingers in the mashed potatoes. However chaotic and silly it all is, our home is full of love and laughter. And while many things might not be held in perfect tradition one thing has remained consistent: we take turns sharing the things we are thankful for, knowing that we are thankful for them every day – but that Thanksgiving is a day to make sure we say it out loud!

This year, one of the things I’m thankful for is you!

I am deeply and sincerely thankful for you and your support. As our ministry partners, you continue to bless the hearts of all involved with Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. Your support, whether by prayer, guidance or giving, makes it possible for us to go above and beyond in our efforts to unleash biblical citizenship in New Mexico. Your generous hearts inspire us and drive us to think outside the box and find fresh ways to continue making a difference. Thank you, from the depths of our hearts, for all you do.

We pray that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! One that allows you to eat too much, snooze on the couch, and be surrounded by love and laughter.

With a thankful heart,

Jodi Hendricks
Executive Director

Dear Friends:

Four years ago, a vision was born for a New Mexico where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. With great hope, grace and determination, Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico has worked diligently toward this vision by promoting good public policy; equipping pastors and church leaders to be active citizens; engaging in government on behalf of our Biblical values; and raising the funds needed to support our efforts. Under the prior leadership of Vince Torres, we have made great strides in having a real effect in the Land of Enchantment.

During the 2019 legislative session we saw the radical abortion bill, HB51, defeated in the Senate. We stood as an advocate for seven-year-old Twila as her family fought to pass “Simon’s Law”.  We celebrated as the Assisted Suicide bill, HB90, was tabled in the House. We continued to play significant roles as thousands of New Mexicans rallied for life, Charter School moratorium and enrollment cap efforts failed, and the Hypersexualized Sex Education Bill was defeated!

The 2020 legislative session brought its own set of victories as well as we defeated attempts to pass anti-life legislation and helped pass protections for pregnant women in the workforce. Each of these victories has driven us forward in our vision of a greater New Mexico, and they have spoken loudly and clearly that we will not stand by and watch our state freedoms and families deteriorate at the hands of those who would seek to destroy them. It is in the inspiration of these victories and the reality of the continued battle ahead that I am honored to hold the position as the new Executive Director for Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. Please, allow me to introduce myself…

My name is Jodi Hendricks. As a native New Mexican, I was raised in Albuquerque by my parents who instilled in me the values of faith, freedom and family. After high school, I attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina, where I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in writing and speech. I later earned a master’s degree in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University. While attending Bob Jones University, I met my wonderful husband, Michael, and we’ve now been married over 14 years. We have 4 beautiful children – Isabella, Tristen, Lilly, and Addyson – and we have made our home in Albuquerque where I have worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for several years.

In 2020, my husband and I made the decision to homeschool our children. A bit more transparency here… If you had spoken to me even five years ago about the possibility of homeschooling my kids, I would have laughed. I never wanted to be, nor imagined myself as a homeschool mom. But, as our children have gotten older, I have become more keenly aware of how federal, regional and local politics affect our family unit. As my parental rights began to be threatened in the classroom and my children’s education began to be bombarded by a liberal agenda, the choice to homeschool was an easy one. That simple choice to protect my family, my faith, and my freedoms has been an incredible journey. But it is a journey that not everyone has the opportunity or means to embark upon.  Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico stands in the gap. In the past, our family has partnered with Family Policy Alliance both at the national level and in the state of New Mexico. We have seen and experienced first-hand what it is to fight, not only for our family, but for the families of all New Mexicans.

2021 has been a difficult year for Biblical values in New Mexico policy. As many of you know, we have gone nearly a year without a physical presence in New Mexico as our fearless founder, Vince, has continued his journey of affecting change through new opportunities. It is here and now that I pick up the mantle of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico and lift my voice in response to the call to defend our faith, families, and freedoms.

Thank you for your continued generosity in supporting our vision. I look forward to a continued partnership with you as we gain full momentum in our active presence in the fight for New Mexico’s religious freedoms, thriving families and cherished life.

In His service and for His glory,

Jodi Hendricks
Executive Director
Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico

 

 

Thanksgiving is next week. This historic American celebration feels very different than it did 18 months ago.  From riots to political hate, and of course our ever-present COVID virus, we’ve seen our world unravel. Last year, we even heard health experts suggesting that we have family members use something like Zoom to be part of our Thanksgiving celebration, instead of coming over in person. Are you kidding me? And they’re not talking just about high-risk persons, which I could understand. They were talking about any relative or friend.

This year, the attacks on personal liberty have grown to the point where some are calling for the end of freedom and personal liberty. Because of unprecedented spending from Washington, inflation has grown to its highest level in 31 years.

Still, we are called to be a people of thanksgiving.

George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789, just a few years after the Revolutionary War and two years after our Constitution was enacted. The fact that it was proclaimed almost contemporaneously with the founding of our country tells you something of its importance to our founding fathers. In case you’ve never read the Proclamation, I’ve included it below. It is fascinating, particularly given our current circumstances [bold text and brackets are mine].

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the [i]ncrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Source
: Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789

What a statement about what our country should be thankful for! Does that sound like us right now? I’m afraid it doesn’t in many respects. But before we start pointing fingers and complaining, keep in mind that Washington had just been through a war, seen many of his men killed for these beliefs, and spawned a fledgling nation that was essentially a big experiment. He knew what mattered: that God was the source of his nation’s thanksgiving.

When I compare my situation to that of Washington’s, I have much to be thankful for, including being able to live in this nation birthed over 200 years ago. Our duty is to make sure we preserve that nation and what it stood for. To protect our ability to gather with our families and celebrate holidays. To worship and conduct business according to our religious beliefs. To protect all life, given that it’s a gift from God.

Preserving this nation gives rise to the thankfulness Washington expressed. It is both a strong foundation and a delicate thing that can be lost. Let’s make sure that never happens.

With Thanksgiving for all of you,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

 

Last week, an election heard ‘round the country’ demonstrated that families care about the agenda the radical left has been pushing. We have heard from pollsters and prognosticators that conservatives have fallen into race-baiting and anti-school attitudes – and that the leftist agenda would continue. The Virginia election results showed us that these voters care a lot about the cultural issues and rejected the left’s radical propaganda.

Elections are a lot like an x-ray machine in the doctor’s office. The x-ray moves the conversation from speculation to real objective evidence. Parents have heard the radical left’s arguments that push a new form of racism disguised as “anti-racism.” The school-districts would rather cut parents out of the conversation on what their children are taught, and the left wants to see a new, more socialist anti-family movement. What the Virginia elections tell us is that parents and families have heard the arguments and have rebuffed this anti-family vision, or as some call it the “modern family.”

Sometimes, politicians will speak as though the only thing that matters is business and economics. I have heard people say we should stop “wasting time” on social issues. What the Virginia, and for that matter, the New Jersey elections tell us is that while economics matter, people are rejecting woke indoctrination and telling us that social issues matter – a lot. They really don’t like it when their kids are taught that they are inherently racist because of the color of their skin and that boys must be allowed in girls bathrooms. The moral dimension matters. What Glen Youngkin did is he listened to parents and kids and fought against the education establishment.

Voters in Virginia rejected the extreme abortion position that has been promoted in Virginia. Just a few years ago, the current governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, went on a talk show and expressed his support for what can only be described as infanticide – that is, the death of a child after birth! During the race, Terry McAuliffe agreed, declaring himself to be a “brick wall” to any efforts to reverse such a terrible view of human life. Voters in Virginia saw that brick wall and refused to allow it to remain in their state.

The ideologies of the left that we’re seeing pushed so hard in Virginia are present in Wyoming too. The way we have seen the educational industry introduce curricula and books into Wyoming schools in recent years tells us that parents must stand up now – before it gets worse.

Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, which stands for parents and families, won a court battle against one school district in Wyoming last month because that district chose to cut the parents out of the conversation about sex and race. We know that this attitude is present in other parts of Wyoming as well, so we must fight against the indoctrination of our children and teens.

I am asking you to consider giving to Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming so we can continue to fight for families. As we come to the end of year 2021, we are asking for you to partner with us in this great cause!

Thank you,

 

 

Nathan Winters
Executive Director