Yesterday, President Trump made a big announcement: “I will be signing the born alive executive order to assure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve. This is our sacrosanct moral duty.”

This is huge.

Since 2003 there have been over 300 publicly documented cases of infants born alive after abortion, at least 143 of whom died after being born (not stillbirths).

While the text for the Executive Order has not yet been released, the President’s announcement is encouraging for those of us who believe in the inherent value of all human life. Following last month’s announcement from the Trump Administration encouraging the Supreme Court to uphold regulations on the abortion pill, this is yet another affirmation of the President’s stand for life.

Meanwhile, the Biden-Harris ticket has made its pro-abortion stance clear.

Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris voted against the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” in the Senate. This Act aimed to protect the same infants President Trump hopes to protect with his Executive Order. And the House, led by Speaker Pelosi, has refused to even take up a vote on protections for babies who survive botched abortions.

The lines could not be clearer.

Biden himself has also indicated his radical pro-abortion stance, going so far as to include it on his campaign website: “Biden will work to codify Roe v. Wade, and his Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate Roe v. Wade.

What are these “radical” laws? They’re laws like the Louisiana statute that ensured women at abortion clinics receive a basic standard of care – like requiring abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges. When the Supreme Court struck down that law, Biden described laws like it as “extreme.”

Life is on the ballot. Are you ready to engage?

Here are three things you can do to make your voice heard in this critical election cycle: 

  1. Register to vote.* You can register – and even check to make sure you’re registered – by visiting https://familypolicyalliance.com/vote.
    *North Dakota does not have voter registration, so skip steps 1 and 2 if you call North Dakota home!
  2. Make sure your church members are registered to vote! Host a voter registration drive at your church before your state’s registration deadline! Find all the details here.
  3. Make a plan to vote. In many states you will be able to vote early, absentee, and/or in person, so be sure to make a plan and encourage fellow church members to do the same!

This year, it’s all hands on deck to stand for family values. Are you in?

 
 

Meridian Baldacci
Policy & Communications Strategist

P.S. If you’re passionate about the pro-life cause, don’t miss out on Focus on the Family’s “See Life” event tomorrow (September 26) at 8 PM ET! All the details here.

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ALERT! President Trump, Senator Perdue, and Senator Loeffler are taking MAJOR heat from the radical Left for their commitment to DO THEIR JOBS and FILL THE SEAT on the Supreme Court. Tell our President and our Senators that you stand with them as they fight to restore the Court!

That’s why we’re asking you to make your voice heard by SIGNING THE PETITION TODAY. They need to hear from you how much you support this pivotal action to restore the Court, protect the Constitution, and OVERTURN Roe v. Wade! Here’s the text of the petition:

Dear President Trump, Senator Perdue, and Senator Loeffler,

We stand with you as you move through the process in nominating a new justice to the Supreme Court before the November election. There are a multitude of examples of Supreme Court Justices being appointed in an election year when the same party control the Senate and the Presidency. We support you doing the job that you were elected to do and filling the seat.

This nomination is too important to be left up to chance. As we’ve seen time and time again, the questions that are most important to the American people are being resolved in the Supreme Court. Questions like the protection of babies in the womb, the religious freedom of business owners and adoption care organizations, the structure of the family, and educational freedom for our kids.

We are thankful for your commitment to doing your job even in the face of enormous pressure to cave to the political whims of the Left. Now is the time to defend the values we hold dear. We stand alongside you as you continue to stand strong in doing what the people of this state elected you to do – filling the seat and doing so quickly.

This is a pivotal time in our nation’s history. And, the Left is bringing all the hate, vitriol, chaos, and fearmongering they can muster. Please SIGN THE PETITION TODAY to tell our President and our Senators how much we appreciate them for standing up and standing firm!

For a Full Court of 9,

Cole Muzio
president and Executive Director

The issues surrounding the November election have never been clearer. Justice Ginsberg’s passing just 46 day before the election (one event that no political party could control or predict) has only heightened the importance of this election and what happens in the weeks leading up to it.

In the last several generations we’ve seen activist courts block good legislation and insert their desired policy goals into the Constitution. This has meant that women considering abortion have been denied the protection and benefit of numerous health and safety provisions because the Court created their own laws. It has meant that the integrity of the family has been slowly eroded. It has meant that our first amendment religious freedom rights have been relegated to the role of an exception rather than a rule.

This all could change with the addition of another justice who believes in, and works to defend, the original meaning of our Constitution.

That is why it is so important for our sitting Senators to do their Constitutionally mandated job and to consider the President’s nominations for vacant Court seats.

The Senate would be following its own example by confirming a new Supreme Court Justice before the end of 2020. In fact, the Senate has confirmed Supreme Court nominees 17 times in Presidential election years, when the president and Senate majority were in the same party. There is nothing out of the ordinary about what Senator Majority Leader McConnell has proposed.

Our current Kansas Senators have already pledged their support for the nomination and confirmation process. However, they are receiving intense pressure from the Left to cave to its political whims.

It’s imperative that they hear from you TODAY! Take a moment sign our petition to Senators Roberts and Moran and encourage them to continue to support the process. It’s easy in our action center.

The Left is pulling out all the stops to block this nomination because the last thing they want is to lose their ability to pass their policy agenda through an activist court. We can’t let this happen. The issues before the Court are too important this term. It’s time to take a stand and #filltheseat.

For life,

Brittany Jones
Director of Advocacy

“…and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” –Deuteronomy 16:18

Dear Friends—

On Friday, September 19, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, passed away following complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87. Upon learning of her passing, President Donald Trump said of Justice Ginsburg, “She was an amazing woman” who “led an amazing life.”

The passing of Justice Ginsburg further enflamed what was already an extremely heated election season. Democratic leaders immediately called for a delay in the nomination process until after the election. Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate, however, have stated their intent to commence the confirmation process immediately upon the President’s nomination.

Earlier this week, President Trump indicated that he will announce his Supreme Court Nominee this Saturday at the White House, and according to multiple sources, there are three women at the top of his shortlist.

Meet Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett sits on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated top of her class at Notre Dame Law School and clerked for the late-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Judge Barrett is a devout Catholic and a married mother of seven children (2 adopted).

Meet Federal Judge Barbara Lagoa. Judge Lagoa currently sits on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School, and prior to joining the federal bench, she was the first Hispanic woman to sit on the Florida Supreme Court. Judge Lagoa is a devout Catholic and the married mother of three children.

Meet Judge Allison Jones Rushing. Judge Rushing sits on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law and previously clerked for Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch. Judge Rushing is also a devout Catholic and the married mother of one child. At age 38, she would be the youngest confirmed Justice since the early 1800s.

For those committed to the pro-life cause, this nomination represents perhaps the most significant moment in our history since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Some legal scholars suggest that one more conservative Supreme Court Justice may finally pave the way for the Court to overturn Roe (without relying on Chief Justice John Roberts), and thus, overturn one of the gravest human injustices in American history.

Will one of these women be the next Supreme Court Justice? Will one of these women be the vote needed to protect future generations of unborn babies in the womb?

All eyes will be on the White House this Saturday and on the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks.

During this time, I ask you to join me in prayer for our Nation; for our President and members of the U.S. Senate; for these potential nominees and others; and for the upcoming election. While some may use this time to further promote fear and chaos, let us sow hope and faith – knowing that God Almighty is in control, and that we can rest because He never does.

Prayerfully,


Vince Torres
President & Executive Director

When Justice Ginsburg passed away yesterday, it crystalized battle lines for this election.

Indeed, those lines were already pretty clear:

Furthermore, legal scholars have long believed that one more conservative justice could (finally) pave the way for the Supreme Court – without relying on John Roberts – to put an end to the legal “mass grave” Roe v. Wade has been for babies in the womb.

Justice GinsburgThis is why the passing of Justice Ginsburg marked a sea change in the dynamics of the 2020 election. Both the pro-life and pro-abortion sides felt the weight of the moment, with life and death more profoundly in the balance than ever before.

The abortion lobby, led by Planned Parenthood, is ruled by fear that their taxpayer gravy train and blood money might at last come to an end.

Pro-lifers, who have faithfully worked year after year to cut away at Roe v. Wade’s death grip, were already feeling the momentum of living in the most pro-life generation since the 1973 Roe decision. Now, at long last, overturning one of the gravest human injustices in world history could finally be only one President Trump Supreme Court nominee, one Senate confirmation, and one decision away.

Feel the weight of the moment.

In 2020, we must vote like their lives depend upon it—because they do.

You’ll see candidates’ names as you cast your votes this year, but life itself is really on your ballot.

Even as our nation faces pivotal decisions that will shape the Court and the country for generations, we ask that you engage in the process of politics like never before—not for the sake of any political leader or to over-spiritualize politics. But for the sake of the 60 million lives already lost to abortion and the mothers left at the mercy of the abortion industry.

In addition to your prayers for our nation, here are three very practical ways to engage now:

  1. Use our Voter Registration Tool to make sure you’re registered to vote—and send it around to your friends, family and church members as well. We know about 25 million Christians didn’t vote in the 2016 election, and we need the family of believers to change the tide!
  2. Work with your church to participate in one of the upcoming Voter Registration Sundays. You can use the same voter registration tool, and we have an easy downloadable guide for participating churches as well. Join on:
    Sunday, September 20th
    Sunday, October 4th
    Learn more here.
  3. Consider a gift to Family Policy Alliance’s election efforts this year and rest assured that your gift will be used to rally more voters to #VoteForLife.Donate now

#VoteForLife

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Autumn Leva
Vice President, Strategy

We have more stories of successful chemical abortion reversals for you. As you know by now, hundreds of healthy babies have been saved through reversal, even though their mothers took the first chemical abortion pill. There are countless stories of mothers regretting a chemical abortion as soon as they took the first pill, but the great news is that there is hope for these mothers. Here are another two stories Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics do not want told.

Tina

Though married, college-educated, and in her mid-30s, Tina didn’t want to have her baby because of the stress of her job and the disapproval of her work associates. However, she felt extreme remorse and inability to sleep after taking the first chemical abortion pill. A doctor helped her successfully reverse the abortion using progesterone. “I thank God every day when I look at him. He is a healthy, beautiful boy! Without the option of the abortion pill reversal, he would not be here today.”

Shashana

After beginning her chemical abortion protocol, Shashana regretted her choice and successfully pursued abortion reversal treatment. She did this based on her own research, as her abortion clinic gave her no information about reversal options when she called to ask. She gave birth to a healthy boy.

These are just two more of the many stories across America, including right here in North Dakota, showing how children were given life, not death. Please pray that expectant mothers will hear this news and make the right decision.

If you are an expectant mother, you can go to the national abortion pill reversal website (https://www.abortionpillreversal.com/) or call 877-558-0333 to get immediate help on potentially reversing your chemical abortion!

Approximately 1,000 babies have been saved through chemical abortion reversal in the U.S.

For life,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

One of the most exciting days of my life was the day I finally got to vote. One-hundred years before, I could have been jailed for the simple act of casting my ballot. This week we celebrate the official ratification of the 19th Amendment – the Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that protects the right to vote for both men and women. The ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 was a huge step forward in our nation in creating a more perfect union.

While the political Left has tried to hijack women for their cause – saying they have to think a certain way or support certain candidates – the 19th Amendment is not about identity politics. The 19th Amendment is about recognizing the dignity and worth of women to our society. Just like the 15th Amendment further worked out the philosophy of the Founders to include all races, the 19th Amendment was a further unveiling of the original ideas of the Founders.

Women have pushed back against the Left’s attempt to hijack us for their cause. Women like Phyllis Schlafly,who stood up against the push to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that would have eradicated our ability to regulate the abortion industry and erased hard won victories for women. She paved the way for so many women to advocate for their conservative belief systems. While not perfect, God used her to help wake up the church and women all across the nation from their apathy about politics.

But the Left is at it again trying to erase women from the story. Maleness and femaleness are gifts from God and therefore defined by Him. But the Left wants to buck God’s design and re-write truth. They are pushing not only the ERA on a national level but are also working to reverse or stop all state initiatives to protect life and girls’ places in our society. In fact, a major goal of the of the Biden-Harris ticket for 2020 is to stop state laws that protect life.

This is exactly what our state Supreme Court tried to do through its radical abortion ruling in 2019 that took away our ability to regulate the abortion industry for the safety of women and girls in Kansas. While pro-life advocates worked to give Kansans a say in the process, Governor Kelly and the Democrats tried to silence the voices of women and men across our state by blocking Value Them Both – a constitutional amendment to correct what the Court declared.

The wonderful thing is that we have strong female legislators in Kansas that fight for babies in the womb, who advocate for the safety of all women, that will stand up for fairness in sports, and who do not cower when the Left tries to mandate who they have to be, what they have to believe, and what they have to say to be deemed a woman. It is an honor to stand alongside these women to fight for life, religious freedom, and families every day. Together we are a force to be reckoned with as we continue to work to pass Value Them Both this next legislative session.

I am thankful for the opportunities that I have and do not take them for granted. I can only pray, that like Phyllis Schlafly and our female legislators in Kansas, that the work I do leaves a legacy for each woman in Kansas to be free to become who God intended for her to be. May we never take for granted the gift of womanhood or the ability to vote in our country.

For the women of Kansas,

Brittany Jones
Director of Advocacy

Have you heard of a group called The Satanic Temple (TST)? While they proclaim not to believe in Satan (which I found confusing to say the least), they state, “Satan is a symbol of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority, forever defending personal sovereignty even in the face of insurmountable odds.” I presume the insurmountable odds they mention is God, which is ironically affirming for those of us who are Christian.

If that wasn’t bad enough, now they also champion the pro-choice movement. They state that the mother seeking a surgical or chemical abortion must look in the mirror and recite phrases that include “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone”, and that, “By my body, my blood, by my will it is done”. Creepy and disturbing? You bet.

To take this even further, they recently launched a campaign to celebrate this abortion ritual and raise money. TST is raising funds through a raffle, with the grand prize being an abortion. It states that it will cover up to $2,500 for an abortion procedure.

What does this have to do with us here in North Dakota? Well, in case you thought those of us in the Midwest were immune, our next-door neighbor of Minnesota has a chapter of The Satanic Temple in their state. That’s a bit too close to home for me.

When a group of Satanists is endorsing a certain procedure, one needs to think long and about its moral implications. Will this introspection happen by Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers? Not in our lifetime. Will they accept the money from the raffle winner? I’m pretty sure they will.

In case you ever wondered who was behind abortion and approved of it, there you go. “It’s all about you” is the mantra of the abortion industry, and the abortion movement operates on the false premise that women have to choose between their dreams and their children. TST simply reinforces this lie.

What can we do? First, we can bring these facts to light. We cannot allow this horrible alliance to go unnoticed.

Second, we can pray. We need to pray that satanic influences in our world may diminish and not increase. Pray that these entities stop their support of killing preborn children.

Finally, we must pray that abortion itself not be “safe, legal, and rare”, but gone from this nation altogether.

There is plenty of evil to go around in this world, but by God’s grace, He has already prevailed on the cross. In that assurance, we must take the moral high ground and continue to fight for what is right.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

In Christ,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

By Vince Torres, President & Executive Director

Last week, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released a rough draft of their 2020 Democratic Party Platform, and if you are a pro-life New Mexican like me, this platform is “rough” indeed. Each year, the platform highlights the Democratic Party’s priorities and political agenda for the nation, and this year, the DNC was not coy about their support for radical policies that will expand abortion, overturn pro-life legislation, and ultimately continue the slaughter of millions of American babies – over 60 million since 1973.

Consider these problematic statements:

“We will repeal the Hyde Amendment…”
(2020 Democratic Party Platform, pg. 29, lines 43-44)

Though most Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortions, the DNC platform states an intent to repeal the federal Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment, which passed in 1976, prevents federal funding, including Medicaid, from being used for abortions except in cases of rape or incest, or when the mother’s life is at risk. According to a recent poll, 60 percent of Americans “oppose using tax dollars to pay for a woman’s abortion,” including 43 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Independents.

“We will restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood…”
(2020 Democratic Party Platform, pg. 29, lines 39-40)

In years past, Planned Parenthood, which performs over 300,000 abortions every year, utilized a regulatory loophole to access $50-$60 million annually in federal funds designated for pre-conceptive family planning services. Under the Trump Administration’s “Protect Life Rule,” the loophole was removed, forcing Planned Parenthood to withdrawal from the Title X family planning program. According to the DNC platform, these federal dollars would be restored to Planned Parenthood, allowing the abortion industry giant to again use taxpayer dollars to promote, perform, and refer women for abortions as a method of “family planning.”

“We will…protect and codify Roe v. Wade.”
 (2020 Democratic Party Platform, pg. 29, lines 43-44)

The future Roe v. Wade has never been more in question than it is today, and the DNC recognizes that one more U.S. Supreme Court appointment may very well lead to the overturning of the Court’s erroneous 1973 decision. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the DNC wants to both “protect” Roe (with pro-abortion judges) and “codify” Roe (with pro-abortion legislation) to secure elective, taxpayer funded abortion up to the moment of birth for decades to come.

“We will fight to enact the Equality Act…”
(2020 Democratic Party Platform, pg. 38, line31) 

Among the DNC’s top legislative priorities is the pro-abortion Equality Act. In addition to stripping conscience protections for medical professionals who object to performing abortions, this dangerous federal proposal could essentially gut every piece of pro-life legislation ever passed by establishing a federal “right” to taxpayer funded abortion on demand. In 2019, the Democratic-controlled House passed a version of the Equality Act with every single Democrat – including New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Lujan, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small – voting in favor of the bill. The legislation has since stalled in the Republican-led Senate.

“Democrats oppose and will fight to overturn federal and state laws…”
(2020 Democratic Party Platform, pg. 29, lines 42-43)

 With states continuing to pass and enact more pro-life legislation than ever, the DNC platform boldly asserts that Democrats will overturn pro-life laws at the state and federal levels. Imagine if the federal “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act” was repealed, allowing for the intact dilation and extraction of an unborn child. Imagine of all pro-life state laws across the country – including late-term abortion bans, parental notification requirements for minors seeking abortions, and born-alive infant protection legislation – were suddenly wiped off the books.

Pro-Life Democrats Push Back

In response to the DNC’s radical, pro-abortion platform, some pro-life Democrats are now pushing back. Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life of America, publicly chided the DNC for its “discrimination” and intolerance towards those who “support a whole life ethic.”

Meanwhile, a group of more than 100 “left-leaning, pro-life” clergy members penned a letter calling on the DNC “to recognize the inviolable human dignity of the child, before and after birth…. to reject a litmus test on pro-life people of faith seeking office in the Democratic Party…. [and] to end the explicit support in your platform for abortion extremism, such as taxpayer-funded abortion in America and overseas.”

#VoteProLife

At Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, we are proud to have the support of Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Independents, and others in our effort to fight for the unborn children of New Mexico and our nation. Like the aforementioned clergy letter states, we believe “we have an obligation to speak truth to power in the face of injustice and inequality” and “to play a particular role in moving the conscience of the American people to end unjust discrimination against certain classes of people, as in previous civil rights movements.”

To that end, we invite you to join us – by speaking up, by taking action, and by voting for pro-life candidates this November. We will soon know whether or not the DNC amends their pro-abortion platform, but ultimately, it is up to the individual candidates to state their positions and many already have.

In New Mexico, for example, Planned Parenthood has already released most of its pro-abortion endorsements for President (Joe Biden); the U.S. Senate (Ben Ray Lujan); the U.S. House (Deb Haaland, Xochitl Torres Small, and Teresa Legar Fernandez); and the New Mexico Legislature.

Meanwhile, Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico® released its New Mexico Legislative Pro-Life Scorecard, which documents the pro-life or pro-abortion position for every incumbent New Mexico State Senator and State Representative.

Please take some time to review these resources and stay tuned for more voter education tools in the coming weeks and months. Together, let’s #VoteProLife this November and ensure that the DNC’s “rough” draft on abortion does not become our “rough” reality in New Mexico.

 

Do you want your federal tax dollars to used promote abortion and to provide new grants to Planned Parenthood?

That’s what the U.S. House is considering this week, and we are urging all Americans who care about life to make your voice heard in Congress.

These pro-abortion maneuvers are part of a major appropriations bill that funds several departments, including Defense, Commerce, Education and Health & Human Services. It follows on the heels of another funding measure last week that weakened pro-life protections against abortion funding overseas. Despite all Republicans plus seven Democrats voting “no”, the Pelosi House passed that bill, sending it on to the Senate.

This week’s bill, H.R. 7617, goes even further:

It’s clear that the Democrat-controlled House is committed to undermining pro-life policies at every turn.  They have used the appropriations process to gut pro-life rules and roll back life-affirming executive orders.  While Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) clearly has a tight grip on the Democrat caucus, all Members of Congress need to hear from their constituents about the importance of protecting life in legislation.  It is true that the life issue is a mostly partisan one today, but it need not be that way forever.

As Rep. Chris Smith, chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, said during debate last week, “Someday, future generations of Americans will look back on us and wonder how and why a society that prided itself on its commitment to human rights precluded virtually all protection to the weakest and most vulnerable – unborn children.”

If you believe life should be protected in law by all lawmakers, will you contact your representative and ask him or her to vote against H.R. 7617 because of the many anti-life provisions it contains? It only takes a few moments on our Action Center.

Thanks for speaking up and spreading the word!

John Paulton
Mobilization Manager