Ever since liberals made the court system their chief means of achieving policy outcomes, pro-family conservatives have struggled to play catch up. Our side has failed to place enough emphasis on restoring the courts, and vetting has largely been a failure – with pro-life presidents appointing SCOTUS justices like O’Connor (not so good), Souter (a disaster), and also Kennedy and Roberts (unreliable).

In the last 39 months, that’s begun to change.

President Trump has placed a tremendous emphasis on the courts. He’s partnered with conservative groups to ensure strong, constitutional judges are picked. And, he’s partnered with Mitch McConnell and the Senate to ensure swift confirmation of his choices.

Just one term in, Trump already has as many SCOTUS appointments on the court as any other president (Obama, Bush, and Clinton also have 2). His selections of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have undoubtedly shifted the court in a constitutional direction. Already, he has appointed roughly the same number of appeals judges (51 versus 55) in his 3 years as Obama did in a full 8. His record-setting pace has already redefined the appeals level – where most consequential decisions are made – as more than ¼ of appeals judges are now Trump appointees.

These new judges will be charged with hearing complex issues for the first time – with more assaults on religious freedom than ever before, unthought of challenges to fundamental scientific reality like gender, and new frontiers created by technology and a changing world.

These new judges will also be charged with looking at cases that are an affront to decades of bad, often horrific, precedent. In a recent concurring opinion, Justice Kavanaugh pointed to Roe v. Wade as an instance of bad precedent – one possibly meeting criteria that, in his mind, the court should consider overturning.

Clearly, the momentum is there. But, while we don’t vote for judges, that momentum is on the line this election cycle, and the path forward runs through Georgia.

That’s one of the many reasons we support Senator Kelly Loeffler, who is abundantly clear on where she stands:

“During my short time in Washington, I have proudly backed President Trump’s appointments – including numerous conservative judges. Looking ahead, we must support pro-life jurists as vacancies occur. The Highest Courts should be filled with those who believe in the U.S. Constitution and the undeniable right to life.”

Having a strong, unequivocal pro-life woman in the United States Senate who stands eager to vote for President Trump’s judges (she’s already voted to confirm 9 of them) is an imperative as we seek to restore the courts. And, here in Georgia, we are the only state where every voter can cast 3 votes to affect change in the judicial system.

Vote Trump-Pence

Vote David Perdue

Vote Kelly Loeffler

The winner of the presidency is almost certain to appoint at least one new Supreme Court justice and could conceivably pick a couple more. Moreover, Trump could have a footprint on the appellate courts that would surpass all others or Biden would be able to reverse course. The only thing standing in the way of a second-term President Trump being able to restore the courts is the loss of key seats like Perdue’s and Loeffler’s. The only thing standing in the way of a first-term President Biden (it hurt typing that) are conservative stalwarts like Perdue and Loeffler standing in the gap.

It’s remarkable how much progress has been made in a short period of time. As we race toward November, our votes in Georgia matter more than ever – as we determine the future of the White House, all of our congressional delegation, all of our state legislators, and, in a very real way, the judicial system.

Because judges matter,

Cole Muzio
president and Executive Director

PS. On an entirely different note, Georgia is slowly beginning on the road back to normalcy starting tomorrow. See Governor Kemp’s interview on Fox News. Please continue to pray for our state and our Governor as he strives to balance save lives while ensuring the freedom of all Georgians to earn a living.

 

 

Family Policy Alliance President Paul Weber with new U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer after last night’s election in Fargo, N.D.  Family Policy Alliance supporters made possible a major investment in this critical prolife, pro-family victory.

It was supposed to be a blue tidal wave. The media said so, and history said so. But good people who love our country and biblical values just kept working. In the spirit of Daniel, they stood firm and took action (Dan. 11:32).

The result wasn’t victories everywhere. The Left scored big wins in parts of the country, and the likely reality of a Speaker Pelosi will be a hard reminder of some of the damage from last night’s election.

But there was enormous good news as well, and that balance was a dramatic change from the last three midterm elections, in which the party in control of the White House suffered cataclysmic losses.

Topping that list of victories was the strong list of pro-life reinforcements joining the U.S. Senate. The Senate will be more pro-life, more conservative and better able to continue confirming the outstanding judicial appointments that the President has been making.

One of those victories that Family Policy Alliance invested heavily in – thanks to your support – was Kevin Cramer’s victory over Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. Eight months of hard work on the ground – accompanied by targeted messaging to tens of thousands of voters via mail, phones and video ads – helped lead the way to a resounding win last night.

Paul Weber, President & CEO of Family Policy Alliance, was in Fargo last night and gave thanks to the people who made this win possible. “Congratulations to the volunteers and supporters of Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota – people who put in countless hours and made this enormous outreach to North Dakota voters possible.  Because of their hard work and sacrifice, North Dakotans finally have a pro-family conservative representing their values in D.C. This was one of the most closely watched races in the country, and it should be an encouragement to all that voters – not Planned Parenthood money or a liberal agenda – ultimately have the final say.”

Your support also played a role in other national victories like that of religious-freedom champion Josh Hawley, who now goes to the U.S. Senate from Missouri.

You helped make conservative wins in the Senate possible even before election day by urging your Senators to confirm Justice Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court! It was clear that the Kavanaugh vote played a major role in pro-family victories last night. Of the five most-watched Senate races, four incumbents who voted against Justice Kavanaugh lost their races to a more conservative Senator—like Kevin Cramer in North Dakota. Only incumbent Senator Joe Manchin in West Virginia, who voted for Justice Kavanaugh, won his re-election. So thank you for helping tee up these major wins—even before election night!

All across the country, your support also made possible dozens of victories in important state-level races.

For example, on a challenging night, only three alumni from our Foundation’s highly selective Statesmen Academy lost their bids for re-election. That means nearly 50 of these outstanding Statesmen Academy graduates will be serving this January when state legislatures (and Congress) reconvene.

Also, Georgia and the nation will likely secure a critical victory in the governor’s race, where Family Policy Alliance of Georgia played a key role in an effort to defeat Stacey Abrams, a Hollywood-backed progressive. Soon, our team in Georgia should be able to advance much-needed pro-life and pro-freedom protections.

In addition, the network of allied state organizations that we serve enjoyed huge victories. Among many examples, the people of West Virginia – with backing from the Family Policy Council of West Virginia – passed a momentous measure that ensures that abortion is not a “right” found in the state constitution.

Thanks for your investment that made these victories possible! Now, on to more wins as together we continue to “stand firm and take action.”

Standing firm with you,

Paul Weber,
President & CEO

 

 

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota makes it a priority to keep you, our ministry partners, informed on key local and national political issues. Toward that end, we covered the Judge Kavanaugh confirmation hearing with regular updates and asked for your help when most needed.

First the good news. Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is a victory for all of us in the faith community. In addition, we asked if you would send a note of encouragement to Judge Kavanaugh during the confirmation hearings. You came through in record numbers. We were able to deliver over 6,500 notes and letters of support to Judge Kavanaugh and his family! As I said, that’s the good news.

Now for the other side. The entire confirmation process and the aftermath truly exposed the dark underbelly of those opposed to biblical values. The most obvious was the shameful confirmation process itself, which showed the worst of many legislators. Sadly, my son Chris asked me, “Has it always been this bad, Dad?” I assured him that there were decades of respectful debate and bipartisan support of legislation for the good of our country, not just for a particular party (the Reagan era comes to mind).

If this was not enough, we heard the hecklers from the Senate gallery as the confirmation vote was taken. Then there are the extreme Kavanaugh haters. They threatened to shoot members of Congress and their families if they voted to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, encouraged people to “take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh”, and let’s not forget the witchcraft event planned for this Saturday to put a hex on Justice Kavanaugh (they also did this against President Trump in 2017). If there ever was a spiritual battle, doubt no longer.

I am so saddened by these hostilities from those who oppose our faith and the foundation it provided for our great country. When did civility and respect for those with opposing viewpoints get drowned out by hate speech and threats? The past decade has certainly driven a wedge between us and those who militantly stand against our biblical values, although I’m pretty sure the seeds of this problem were planted decades ago.

What can we Christians do? We certainly don’t want to lower ourselves to their level and “repay evil for evil”. Our best recourse is through the political process and one of the most influential acts you can undertake is voting for candidates who support your pro-life and pro-family values. Send a clear message on November 6 that you and your family will not stand for mob mentality and hostility cultivated by those who despise you and your values. Voting is a right and responsibility for those blessed to be part of this country; please make it count.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

P.S. In preparation for the upcoming election, you can see how your state legislators voted on key family bills last session by going here. Just enter your address and the senator and representatives for your district with their voting records will pop up. Please note that some legislators did not get higher ratings because they were absent on certain votes, so I encourage you to review the detailed voting records for your district legislators.

 

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“The Sergeant at Arms will restore order to the gallery!”

How many times did we hear that throughout the Senate vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court?  Just once would have been too many, as a requirement of being able to sit in the chamber is remaining silent. Yet well-orchestrated disruption ensued with follow-up personal threats against select senators who voted to confirm now-Justice Kavanaugh.

Is this what we’ve come to?

Throughout this confirmation process we have witnessed:

Over the last several weeks, we asked you to contact your Senators about Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation. And then last week, we wrote a letter in support of Justice Kavanaugh and encouraged you to co-sign that letter.  And YOU did! Between these two action alerts, they were two of the highest responses we have ever seen to a request of you – in fact, our Action Center records show that almost 43,000 emails were sent to Senators in support of his confirmation, and more than 7,000 concerned citizens sent a note or letter of support to Justice Kavanaugh. We promised to pass along your outpouring of encouragement to the Justice, and we did. Reports back to us indicate he was indeed appreciative.

Now I ask you to do three more things:

  1. Pray for Justice Kavanaugh, his wife Ashley, and their two daughters, Margaret and Liza – that they may put this ugliness behind them. Also, that he would serve our nation faithfully in his role and apply the rule of law in his interpretation of the Constitution.
  2. Pray for the next Justice who will be nominated to the Supreme Court – that they would not endure the same spectacle of a confirmation process that we just witnessed. Pray for our elected leaders, for the midterm elections on November 6th, and that our President has the opportunity to name at least one – perhaps two – more Supreme Court Justices of the caliber of Brett Kavanaugh.
  3. Finally, please get out the vote! Please vote yourself and encourage your friends and family to do likewise. It is not only our civic duty and privilege, but it is also our responsibility to restore civility to our nation. And that starts with prayer and sincere dialogue within our own families and circles of friends.

Ultimately, the right outcome – according to the Constitution – was achieved. The duly elected President has the authority to nominate jurists to the Supreme Court. The duly elected Senate has the authority to vote up or down, and the “ayes” carried the day. Now, you have the authority to select our leaders in four weeks. Let’s together bring about the right outcomes with the right methods.

Standing for the family today for a better tomorrow,

Paul Weber
President & CEO

Today, the U.S. Senate advanced the Kavanaugh nomination to final passage, which is expected to happen tomorrow.

The 51-49 vote was on a standard procedure to limit floor debate to 30 hours. Passage today was essential and is an encouraging sign that Kavanaugh will be confirmed, but it is no guarantee. Senators can and sometimes do change their vote on final passage. All eyes are particularly on Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who voted no.  Encouragingly, two swing senators, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), just announced on the Senate floor that they plan to vote for Kavanaugh.

In addition, Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican who supports confirmation, will be in his home state of Montana for his daughter’s wedding, but plans to take a private jet to D.C. immediately after the wedding to vote for Kavanaugh if needed. The vote would be held open to allow him to cast his vote.

For Americans who care about this critical nomination, there is plenty to be done. Above all, that starts with prayer – both for the nomination and for God’s mercy and healing for our bitterly divided nation.

It’s also not too late to speak up to your senators. You can send a message to both of your senators here, and you’ll get a follow-up message with their specific phone numbers. Or you can call the U.S. Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senators. Please respectfully ask them to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

Thank you for being salt and light in our nation at this critical time!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

Dear Friends,

Like many Americans, I spent last week glued to the coverage of the testimonies of Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Now, as we wait for the FBI to complete its investigation of Ford’s claims, I noticed something troubling: progressive activists opposed to Kavanaugh’s confirmation are laying the groundwork to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

After relying on the Supreme Court to implement their desired policy goals, from Roe and Casey on abortion to Windsor and Obergefell on marriage, the Left is suddenly singing a different tune.

Ian Millhiser, Justice Editor for ThinkProgress, wrote that “Brett Kavanaugh is an existential threat to the Supreme Court.” He went on to recommend “an array of tools” to respond to Kavanaugh’s confirmation, including “pack the Court,” “strip the court’s jurisdiction over certain cases,” and “wipe out the Supreme Court’s budget, strip its judges of their staff and their law clerks.”

Zack Beauchamp, writing for Vox, said that confirming Kavanaugh “could lead to a collapse in faith for the Court – with dire consequences for American democracy.”

I saw the same thing in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Daily Beast, The Nation, Slate, and more. With the balance of the court on the verge of shifting to a conservative majority for the first time in a generation, the Left is seeking to undermine its authority. Ultimately, it’s not about Kavanaugh’s qualifications, or justice for Ford, it’s about politics.

No one understands the stakes for the Supreme Court better than pro-life and pro-family conservatives. We’ve lived under an activist court that undermined our values with unjust, unconstitutional rulings for decades. You know what we never did? We never threatened the Court. We never questioned the Court’s legitimacy. Instead, we took our lumps, got back up, and got back to work electing the kind of people who would appoint and confirm just judges.

If Kavanaugh is cleared of these allegations and confirmed to the Supreme Court, the fight won’t be over. We need to stay vigilant. Our democracy hangs in the balance.

Thank you for partnering with Family Policy Alliance of Kansas in that fight.

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President and Executive Director

p.s. It’s election season. (You probably noticed.) Family Policy Alliance of Kansas aims to make knowing who to vote for as easy as possible with our election page. Check it out!

 

 

By Brittany Jones, Esq.

Last week, we told you about the letter that Family Policy Alliance – along with over 40 pro-life organizations – sent to Alex Azar, who heads the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We asked Secretary Azar to cancel a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources that procured aborted baby parts for research in mice.

The response was swift! In response to the letter we sent, HHS rescinded the contract. This is a huge win for the pro-life movement and shows that our voice can and does make a difference. By your support, we are able to use our collective voices to affect departmental policies like this. Importantly, the Press Release from the department states:

“[The Advanced Bioscience Resources’] contract has been terminated, and HHS is now conducting an audit of all acquisitions involving human fetal tissue to ensure conformity with procurement and human fetal-tissue research laws and regulations. In addition, HHS has initiated a comprehensive review of all research involving fetal tissue to ensure consistency with statutes and regulations governing such research, and to ensure the adequacy of procedures and oversight of this research in light of the serious regulatory, moral, and ethical considerations involved.”

There is still much more to be done. HHS is still doing research using aborted babies, just not with this specific company. It is important that you ask them to end all research that requires aborted babies. They are investigating their practices, which will hopefully lead to them banning all research of this nature. However, they need to hear from you.

Please thank Secretary Azar for cancelling this contract and call on him to end all research using aborted babies. It only takes a moment on our Action Center.

Let him know this not how the HHS should be using your tax dollars, but rather these funds should be used to fund ethical alternatives. This is a fantastic first step and shows that the Trump Administration is listening. But there is more to be done to protect the dignity of the pre-born.

 

Brittany Jones, Esq., is policy manager for Family Policy Alliance

Dear Judge Kavanaugh,

We as Americans just witnessed your powerful speech – a speech that will long be remembered. It was powerful, moving and compelling. Most of all, it was a passionate defense against the salacious last-minute charges that have been alleged against you.

Your accuser spoke before you, and the contrast was striking. She was uncertain of many things, including important facts related to her allegation. Perhaps most tellingly, she was surrounded by attorneys who carefully guarded her from questions that would draw her credibility into question.

You, in contrast, spoke powerfully and with great conviction – but also deep emotion as you recounted the destructive impact that these unsupported attacks have had on you and your family. Yet the grace of you and your family toward your accuser shown through as well, as you related through tears how your daughter Liza said, “We should pray for the woman.”

Judge Kavanaugh, we believe you – and we are doing everything we can to support your nomination.

Sincerely,

Paul Weber and the Family Policy Alliance Team


If you would like to send your own note to Judge Kavanaugh, you can do so here. Your note will be delivered to Judge Kavanaugh so that he knows the wide and deep support that he has from the people of America.

And now would be a great time to urge your two U.S. senators to support his nomination, even if you have done so before. You can do that in just moments right here on our Action Center.

Thank you for your action – and your prayerful encouragement – for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

 

When the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh began two weeks ago, Family Policy Alliance sent an email summarizing the positive progress of the nomination to that point.

But that email also listed three factors indicating that the confirmation wasn’t a done deal. The first point read as follows:

“First, the Left is willing to do anything. Are surprise accusers – a la the Clarence Thomas hearing in 1991 – in the offing for this hearing? At this point, nothing from the Left should be shocking.”

Just eight days later – with the hearings done and a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee imminent – came the first whispers of a letter from an accuser. Over the weekend, the whole story broke, and we now know that a woman has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while they were in high school in about 1982. As a result, the committee vote has been postponed and a special hearing has been scheduled for Monday to hear from the accuser and Judge Kavanaugh.

It is appropriate that the accuser be heard and that all known facts – if there are any – are considered in advance of the vote.

It is also appropriate to question the merits of this allegation in light of the circumstances:

The bottom line is that this accusation was predictable, not in its specifics but in the timing and the impossible burden to disprove a negative from decades ago.

Please pray for this process, and if you wish to encourage your senators to support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, you may do so quickly and easily at our Action Center.

The Family Policy Alliance Team

If it wasn’t evident already, this morning made clear that the Left is holding nothing back to defeat Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Kavanaugh’s first day before the Senate Judiciary Committee was marred by angry protests and about two dozen arrests – mainly of pro-abortion and LGBT protesters who interrupted the hearing with yelling.

But Democrat senators were in on the act, too. Democratic senators on the committee repeatedly interrupted the committee chairman, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, with demands that the hearing be delayed. The antics seemed to carefully follow a “chaos strategy” that was agreed upon over the weekend, as reported by NBC.

If the Left seems desperate, it may be because their efforts to smear Judge Kavanaugh for the last several weeks have been fruitless. His reputation as a brilliant and well-qualified jurist stands untarnished.

However, three factors indicate that this confirmation battle is not a done deal.

First, the Left is willing to do anything. Are surprise accusers – a la the Clarence Thomas hearing in 1991 – in the offing for this hearing? At this point, nothing from the Left should be shocking.

Second, the Left is spending millions of dollars to oppose Kavanaugh, much of it from pro-abortion groups. In fact, Planned Parenthood just announced this morning an additional six-figure TV and radio ad buy in select locations.

Third, with Republicans holding a slim 51-49 majority, any waffling by Republican members could be disastrous.

That’s why it is critical that supporters of Judge Kavanaugh keep the heat on their senators.

Even if you have spoken up before, please take a moment to send a message to both of your U.S. senators. It only takes a few moments on our Action Center.

Thank you for praying, speaking up, and spreading the word!

The Family Policy Alliance Team