This month, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on whether to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. The bill is even worse than you may think: please contact your representative TODAY through our Action Center.
Currently, marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law. (While some states have legalized recreational marijuana in their own states, this only “works” to the extent that federal law enforcement turns a blind eye to offenses.) Still, the federal status of marijuana hasn’t stopped Pelosi’s House from trying to support Big Marijuana: last fall they attempted to fund the illegal industry through the SAFE Banking Act, and they tried the same trick with emergency COVID funding this spring.
Now, Pelosi’s House wants to go further by legalizing marijuana at the federal level. While that doesn’t automatically make marijuana legal throughout the states, it would certainly send a strong message that marijuana just isn’t a big deal. But we know it is a big deal. That’s why it’s on Schedule I, a federal list of drugs that have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”*
Indeed, marijuana is not the harmless drug some paint it to be. Here are the facts:
- One study found that regular recreational marijuana users had psychotic disorders at a greater rate than users of any other drug (more than cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, LSD, PCP, or alcohol).
- Following legalization, central Oregon hospitals saw a nearly 2,000% increase in emergency room visits due to marijuana poisoning.
- When THC (the psychoactive, “high”-inducing substance in marijuana) is present in vaping products, it can be dangerous and even fatal: as of this February, states reported 2,807 hospitalized cases (including 68 confirmed deaths) of a lung disease linked with vaping and in particular with products containing THC.
And it’s not just medical concerns. Here’s what happened in Colorado when it legalized pot:
The bill would open the floodgates for what happened to Colorado to begin to happen nationwide. And the bill isn’t just about removing criminal penalties. Here are some of the other things the bill would do:
- Eliminate criminal penalties for the manufacture and distribution of marijuana
- Expunge records for previous marijuana offenses, including manufacture and distribution
- Legitimize Big Marijuana by charging the Small Business Administration with creating a “Cannabis Opportunity Program” giving loans to the cannabis industry, and an “Equitable Licensing Grant Program” designed to “minimize barriers to cannabis licensing”
The bottom line? This bill is dangerous.
Representatives have been asked to indicate by Thursday whether they will support the bill. Please visit our Action Center today to contact your Representative and ask them to NOT support this dangerous legislation!
*Hemp, a cannabis plant with a very low content of THC, is sometimes used for medical reasons and is already exempt from the Controlled Substances Act.
The NJ Department of Education is drafting the Student Learning Standards to be implemented in the 2020-2021 school year. Several subjects currently under review include Comprehensive Health and Physical Education (CHPE), Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), Science, Social Studies, and World Languages.
Garden State Equality’s lesson plans inject LGBT curriculum into all these subjects! However, school districts are not required to use their indoctrination program.
Garden State Equality, a political LGBT lobbying group, pressured legislators to pass the law, launched a Pilot Program that 200 schools showed interest in, was scheduled to host the LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Conference at Monmouth University in May, and has been working with the Department of Education to help write the guidelines for school districts to follow.
But now it’s your turn to speak!
The NJDOE values input from parents and educators on the development of these learning standards. The deadline to submit your views is Monday, March 30. You can easily share your thoughts with the NJ Department of Education by using our Action Center.
The radical left’s sexual indoctrination should not be forced upon our children!
Facts About New Jersey’s LGBT Curriculum Mandate
- This law violates the fundamental and constitutional rights of parents to direct the moral and educational upbringing of their children. It was written with no opt-out protection – nor protections for families who have religious and moral objections to the content.
- This law forces radical sexual ideology and it’s indoctrination into the minds and hearts of our children – again, without parental recourse.
- This law encourages revisionist history and teaches children that they’re no more than the sum of their sexual desires and feelings.
- This law removed the word accuracy that was in the original bill language and replaced it with inclusive instructional material. In other words, positive feelings – not proven facts – are fundamental to the lesson plan development.
Don’t delay. Public comments end Monday, March 30. Use our action center to contact the NJ Department of Education.
Director of Advocacy
Governor Little’s announcement last night of the first confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) case in Ada County has made members of the legislature pretty jittery. They understandably want to finish up legislative business and get back home as soon as possible—possibly as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday.
Unfortunately, three important pro-family bills are in the final stage of the legislative process, awaiting a vote in the Senate after having passed the House with overwhelming support:
- H578 (Simon’s Law): Prevents doctors from withdrawing a child’s life-sustaining treatment or putting secret “do not resuscitate” orders in a child’s file without parental notification
- H500 (Fairness in Women’s Sports Act): Protects girls’ sports by requiring that children play in the sports of their biological sex
- H509 (Vital Statistics Act): Defends the sanctity of state vital records by prohibiting changes to birth certificate information, including biological sex, place and time of birth, and length and weight of baby
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO: Send a message to Senate leadership, asking them to hold a vote on these three bills before they adjourn for the year. It only takes a minute of your time when you use our Action Center—but your messages could have a big impact on whether these bills come up for a vote on the Senate floor this year.
Standing with you,
Director of Advocacy
P.S. President Trump has declared Sunday, March 15th, a National Day of Prayer amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. “We are a country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these,” the president said yesterday.
Will you join with us in praying for providential protection of our families, our neighbors, our state, and our nation?
The 2020 Legislative Session just drew to a close and it was an exciting year for the Inaugural Session for the new Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming!
At about 6:30 PM, after a full day in the legislature, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a Born Alive Infant Protection Act (SF 97) by a margin of 44-16!
This bill, if signed by the Governor, will prohibit doctors from allowing babies to die if they’re born alive after a botched abortion. Born Alive requires that doctors must provide the same life-saving medical care as they would for any other infant.
In addition to Born Alive passing, legislation was also passed that would prohibit the University of Wyoming from funding elective abortions. Governor Gordon has approved this effort and thankfully it is now law!
We’re proud of the Wyoming Legislature and Governor Gordon for showing that they believe in the dignity of human life.
But we still need the Governor to sign the Born Alive Infant Protection Act! Please politely encourage Governor Gordon to sign Born Alive (SF 97) into law by clicking here! Our easy action message will also thank him for approving the prohibition of elective abortions by the University of Wyoming.
After you have sent the message through our Action Center, please forward or share this message with other pro-life family members and friends in your area. It is important that Governor Gordon hear from as many people as possible.
Finally, if your State Senator and Representative supported these bills, please let them know how much you appreciate them. In Wyoming, we have the privilege of being represented by our friends and neighbors, we can get to know them personally. I encourage you to get to know your Legislators. Consider inviting them for coffee and find out how you can pray for them and bear their burdens with them (Galatians 6:2).
We know we can make a difference in Wyoming because we just saw what God did through you over this past month!
Thank you for making your voice heard and for standing for the unborn children of Wyoming.
The Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming Team
David Copperfield’s most famous trick of all was when he made the Statue of Liberty disappear in front of a live audience in 1983. To pull off the trick, Copperfield raised a giant screen in front of the statue. When he dropped it, the statue was gone, and a helicopter camera crew showed spotlights passing through the vanished statue.
So how did Copperfield move the statue? He didn’t! He actually moved the audience instead. When the sheet was lifted, the stage the audience was standing on shifted to the right, blocking the statue from view. Loud music covered up the noise and vibration of the moving stage.
What was Copperfield’s reason for this particular trick? He explained that he wanted to make the 310-foot statue disappear to remind us all how precious liberty is and how easily it can be lost. He said, “I can show with magic how we take our freedom for granted, by making Lady Liberty disappear.” Copperfield was no prophet, but he was right about how we can easily we can lose our freedoms if we take them for granted.
Last year, unborn children lost their freedom as Rhode Island legislators passed an extreme abortion law that removed any of their legal protections. They did this even though reliable surveys showed 74 percent of Rhode Islanders were against late-term abortions.
That was bad enough, but now legislators want to force taxpayers to pay for those abortions. Identical bills in the House and Senate (H7618 & S2476) will provide for abortion coverage in the Medicaid program and repeal abortion coverage exclusions for state employee insurance plans.
What I also found interesting as I read this legislation was that there was another sleight of hand to conceal an injustice not just against the unborn but against the traditional family itself. Pregnancy has always been naturally associated with women, as only a woman can carry a child and give birth. And yet, throughout the legislation, wherever the word “woman” occurs it is crossed out and replaced by “person” – an obvious accommodation for women identifying as men. Don’t be fooled by the absurdity!
Please email your legislators and voice your opposition to taxpayer funded abortions. You can reach both your state senator and representative in just seconds on our Action Center, which will send the message to your legislators automatically, based on your address.
Finally, as this theater of the absurd continues in the culture around us, I invite you to join us for The Bible, Gender & Sexuality Seminar. You’ll be informed and energized – and you’ll get a discount if you register before April 10th.
Together we can make Rhode Island a state where God is Honored, Religious Freedom Flourishes, Families Thrive and Life is Cherished.
Chairman, Board of Advisors, Rhode Island
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The Fairness in Women’s Sports legislation has passed the House—but we need your help to get it through the Senate and to the desk of the governor for his signature.
This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) and Sen. Mary Souza (R-Coeur d’Alene), would end the Idaho policy allowing biological boys to play in girls’ sports after receiving cross-sex hormones for one year.
The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act recognizes the common-sense truth that boys should not play on girls’ teams. Our girls should not be deprived of athletic opportunities, victories, and scholarships because they were forced to compete against men.
Ask any student athlete, high school coach, or parent—allowing biological men to perform in girls’ sports unfairly puts biological girls at a competitive disadvantage. The size, strength, bone structure, lung volume, and heart supply of the average male far outpaces even the most elite female athletes, even after the biological male undergoes hormone therapy.
This legislation doesn’t exclude anyone from sports. Instead, it simply requires that boys compete with boys and girls compete with girls—and that’s something we all should agree on.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO: Use our Action Center to send an email to your senator and the governor. Ask them to support this important legislation protecting girls’ sports. It only takes thirty seconds of your time, but you can make a difference by acting now!
Standing with you and our daughters,
Director of Advocacy
A few years ago, marriage was redefined. Now, some Rhode Island politicians want to redefine parenthood.
A bill before the House Judiciary Committee would do just that – turning parenthood into a sci-fi playground that is disconnected from biology.
Called the Parentage Act, H 7541 would, among other things:
- Divorce child birth from parentage, completely obliterating the definition of parent and child in natural law and biology – and making the family entirely a creature of state contract law;
- Allow sperm and egg donors to be secret, thus deliberately creating children who will never know a biological parent – unlike adoption, in which an already-existing child has need of a home;
- Allow commercial surrogacy, to a degree, as financial contracts could be entered into that would allow for limited payments to a woman for gestating and birthing a baby;
- Encourage the use of Artificial Reproduction Technology – in which many extra embryos are created and, in most cases, eventually killed – thus adding to the loss of pre-born babies in our state.
Please make your voice heard to Rhode Island legislators today. In just 30 seconds on our Action Center, you can send a message to all 16 members of the House Judiciary Committee, asking them to oppose this bill.
Ingenuity can be wonderful if directed in the right places. But we need to be careful that our ingenuity and innovative technology doesn’t cross a line into ethical areas reserved for God – or we may regret the unintended consequences.
Please speak up today – and then be sure to pass the word to other Rhode Islanders. Thank you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island
Here in Georgia, we believe in protecting the vulnerable and defending the innocent. Yet, here in our beloved state, a horrifying truth exists: surgeries are being done and chemicals are being given to children that harm their bodies, remove their ability to have their own children one day, and inflict permanent bodily conflict on these young ones.
My friends, this is beneath the dignity of our state. The idea of adults harming vulnerable children, permanently, is one that should rally and unify the entirety of our state in opposition.
That’s why I’m so thankful for Rep. Ginny Ehrhart and her leadership in authoring the Vulnerable Child Protection Act – HB 1060. TAKE ACTION TODAY by contacting your representative in support of this common-sense and compassionate measure.
Radicals who care more for their own agenda than the wellbeing of children are already lying about this bill and have leapt in opposition. I want you to read for yourself what this bill does – and stand in horror at the very notion that, because this IS HAPPENING NOW in our state, we need this legislation. Here’s what this bill prevents and, therefore, protects vulnerable children from:
- Performing any surgery that sterilizes children with healthy reproductive systems, including, but not limited to, castration, vasectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, metoidioplasty, orchiectomy, penectomy, phalloplasty, or vaginoplasty;
- Performing a mastectomy;
- Removing any otherwise healthy or non-diseased body part or tissue;
- Administering or supplying medications that induce transient or permanent infertility, including, but not limited to: Puberty-blocking medication to stop or delay normal puberty; Supraphysiologic doses of testosterone to females; or Supraphysiologic doses of estrogen to males.
All of these actions – taken by adults and performed on young children – do irreparable harm to a child who cannot get Tylenol without parental permission. Struggling children, who studies have shown will almost certainly, if left alone, find contentment in their bodies, should not have life-altering permanent harm done to them so that a radical, unscientific agenda may advance.
TAKE ACTION NOW. Your representative needs to hear from you. They are under immense pressure to oppose this pro-children bill or to punt on the issue entirely. Should they do so, they will allow more lives to be destroyed in our state – on their watch – denying children the ability to have children and enjoy a healthy life.
Stop the horror. Protect the children. Stand for truth. TAKE ACTION NOW!
Protecting the Vulnerable,
President and Executive Director
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On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate failed to approve the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. It is a sad commentary on our nation when we must even consider such a proposal. It is an outright travesty when not enough elected officials vote to extend basic protections for the most vulnerable among us—babies who somehow miraculously survive abortions.
In the U.S. Senate, in order to avoid a filibuster, 60 senators must vote for what is called cloture on any legislation before it can advance. In other words, without 60 senators voting to agree to continue with debate, any given bill will fail.
The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was no different from any other legislation in this respect – without 60 votes, the bill will fail.
That is what happened on Tuesday – on a bill to stop infanticide, fewer than 60 of 100 U.S. senators voted to protect survivors of botched abortion.
It failed on a 56-41 vote, with 41 senators voting to kill it.
We want to make sure you know how your senators voted on this most basic bill because it serves as a barometer of just how far some elected officials will go to protect abortion. Failing to vote to protect abortion-injured babies makes it abundantly clear where 41 U.S. senators stand on the issue of life in general.
We have also made it easy for you to communicate with both of your senators about this vote. Once you find out how they voted, we have provided an option for you to “Take Action” to thank them or to ask them to reconsider their position on the Born Alive Bill. Our system will automatically generate the appropriate messages that you can simply personalize as desired.
It is important to note that three senators running for President were not even present Tuesday to vote on the matter, although they have already been outspoken in their radical support for abortion on the campaign trail. We have set up a message addressing their failure to vote as well.
Thank you for standing strong, being informed and taking action on this matter.
That’s a rhetorical question, right? Unfortunately, no. Many would debate whether newborns have a right to life – and just such a debate will ensue in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday when the body votes on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). Make your voice heard today by asking your senators to vote for life!
When it comes to infants born during attempted abortions, some actually believe it’s okay to kill a newborn. You may recall Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s infamous words last year when speaking about late-term abortions: “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
To be blunt, those comments – and the arguments made by other pro-abortion extremists – are not about abortion at all, but rather about infanticide.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require that babies born alive after a failed abortion receive medical care. It seems simple enough. After all, babies are routinely and consistently provided medical care upon birth. There is no litmus test for how wanted the baby is or for any other qualification; medical care is given because newborns require it. Sen. Ben Sasse’s bill would affirm that truth and make clear in federal law that babies born during attempted abortions are no less human or worthy of life than other infants.
Sen. Sasse (R-NE) has said, “Everyone in the Senate ought to be able to say unequivocally that killing [a] little baby is wrong. This doesn’t take any political courage.… There should be no politics here that are right versus left, or Republican versus Democrat.” We couldn’t agree more!
The Senate is also poised to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) on Tuesday. This bill, authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization, when scientific evidence tells us an unborn child can feel pain. It is noteworthy that the United States is one of just seven countries worldwide which permit abortions after 20 weeks; the others are China, North Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada and the Netherlands.
More than 20 states have so far enacted laws to protect babies older than 20 weeks. We applaud Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin for passing such laws. Yet we must work to protect unborn babies in EVERY state of the union.
Please take a few moments today to call and email your two U.S. Senators to urge them to vote in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311).
Thank you for standing with us to protect life!
For the babies,
The Family Policy Alliance Team