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.
This seems like an odd question to ask because, surely, all people are against killing a baby after birth, right?
Well, as it turns out, some in Congress have tried to vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act nearly 30 times this year alone. And sadly, each time, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has blocked the full House of Representatives from voting on the bill.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962) is not a complicated bill. It simply requires that any infant who survives a botched abortion be given proper, life-saving medical care. As shocking as it sounds, this care is not required by law, nor does it necessarily happen. Though rare, babies do survive late-term abortions, and while most states do not report these cases, five states do—Florida, Michigan, Arizona, Minnesota and Oklahoma. In these five states alone, 25 babies survived botched abortions in 2017.
Sadly, when a baby does miraculously survive a botched abortion, there is often no effort to care for them or give them medical attention. Presumed to be “unwanted,” these babies are either left on the abortion room table to die from neglect; placed in closets until they bleed or starve to death; or killed by other means.
Because the Democrat leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives refuses to allow a vote on H.R. 962, the House Republican leadership has decided to take charge by introducing a discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act–a seldom-used option to force a vote on legislation in Congress.
- Where does Congressman Ben Ray Luján stand on infanticide?
- Where does Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small stand on infanticide?
- Where does Congresswoman Deb Haaland stand on infanticide?
We want to know, and my guess is, you would like to know as well. This discharge petition will tell us, and all Representatives Luján, Torres Small, and Haaland have to do to express their opposition to infanticide is add their names. The discharge petition requires the signatures of at least 218 Members of Congress to force a vote on the bill, and we need your help to urge our Representatives to sign on.
Together, let’s send a message to our Members of Congress—that we want the law to protect the most helpless among us.
Thank you for standing for life.
President and Executive Director
It seems like an odd question to ask – surely anyone would be against infanticide, right??
Turns out, some in Congress have tried to vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act nearly 30 times this year alone. Each time, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has blocked the entire House of Representatives from voting on it.
The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (HR962) simply requires that any infant that survives an abortion should be given proper, life-saving medical care. As astounding as it sounds, such care is not required by law and does not necessarily happen.
While it is rare, babies do survive late-term abortions. And while most states do not report on these instances, five states do (Florida, Michigan, Arizona, Minnesota and Oklahoma). In these states alone, 25 babies survived abortion attempts in 2017. In other states, it is possible that as many (and more) survive attempted abortions.
Sadly, when a baby who was supposed to die in a late-term abortion does miraculously survive, there is often no effort to care for them or give them medical attention. Presumed to be “unwanted” in the first place, these babies are left on the abortion room table to die from neglect, are placed in closets until they bleed or starve to death or are killed by other means. It’s a terrible, horrific scar on the character of our nation.
If the scourge or abortion was not bad enough already, to further devalue life by refusing any care to a newborn is perhaps as appalling as human nature can possibly be.
Because the Democrat leadership of the US House of Representatives refuses to allow a vote on HB962, the House Republican leadership has decided to take charge by introducing a discharge petition for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act – a seldom-used option to force a vote on legislation in Congress.
Today, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Minority Whip, along with Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) are asking their Congressional colleagues to sign the discharge petition to bring this bill to a vote. The discharge petition requires the signatures of at least 218 Members of Congress in order to force a vote on the Floor of the House.
We need your help! In order to end the killing of abortion survivors, please send a message to your Representative asking them to sign the discharge petition for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. It only takes a few seconds in our Action Center.
Your Representative needs to hear from you on this matter – let them know that you want the law to require that we protect the most helpless of the helpless in our nation.
So, where does your Representative stand on infanticide? Whether they sign the discharge petition or not will tell you what you need to know.
Yours for life,
P.S. Please find this story on our webpage and share it with your friends and family on social media. When you do, remember to use these hashtags: #letusvote and #endinfanticide – your work to increase awareness of this travesty will only help to turn the tide in the long run.
It seems like an odd statement, of course North Dakotans will not tolerate infanticide, right? Certainly, at the state level, we have passed numerous laws protecting preborn children, the most recent being House Bill 1336 which now requires expectant mothers to be told that there is a chance to save their baby from a chemical abortion, should they seek on and then change their mind after the process begins. However, those same level of protection for preborn children do not exist at the national level.
In fact, it turns out, pro-life members of Congress have tried to vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act nearly 30 times this year alone. Each time, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has blocked the entire House of Representatives from voting on it.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (HR962) simply requires that any infant that survives an abortion should be given proper, life-saving medical care. As astounding as it sounds, such care is not required by federal law and does not necessarily happen.
Sadly, when a baby who was supposed to die in a late-term abortion does miraculously survive, there is often no effort to care for them or give them medical attention. Presumed to be “unwanted” in the first place, these babies are left on the abortion room table to die from neglect, are placed in closets until they bleed or starve to death, or are killed by other means. It’s a terrible, horrific scar on the character of our nation. If the scourge of abortion was not bad enough already, to further devalue life by refusing any care to a newborn is perhaps as appalling as human nature can possibly be.
However, I know that we North Dakotans will not stand for this. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® is proud of all three members of our Congressional delegation and their strong pro-life stances. We want to especially call out Representative Kelly Armstrong, who we endorsed in his 2018 run for Congress and is actually a co-sponsor of HR962. His strong stance for life, not only on this bill, but co-sponsoring bills such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, makes us proud he is representing North Dakotans in an environment that is often unfriendly to pro-life and pro-family values.
Because the Democrat leadership of the US House of Representatives refuses to allow a vote on HB962, the House Republican leadership has decided to take charge by introducing a discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act – a seldom-used option to force a vote on legislation in Congress. Once again, Rep. Armstrong has showed his strong stance on the issue, stating on his twitter feed, “I signed discharge petition on the House floor today. All we need is 218 signatures to bring this bill to an up or down vote.”
Please thank Representative Armstrong for his co-sponsorship of HR962, for signing the discharge petition, and for his strong pro-life stance by emailing him through our action center or by calling his office at (701) 354-6700. He is representing our biblical values on the issue in Washington. Rep. Armstrong is telling DC in a loud and clear voice that North Dakotans will not tolerate infanticide!
President and Executive Director
It is odd that we live in an age where that question almost seems normal. Aren’t we all against killing an infant?
As you may know, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has blocked the entire House of Representatives from voting on a bill that would protect babies from infanticide over 21 times. So now the members of the House are taking a drastic action to force Speaker Pelosi to let the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act (HR962) come to the floor.
The Born-Alive Act simply requires that any infant that survives an abortion should be given proper, life-saving medical care. As astounding as it sounds, such care is not required by law and does not necessarily happen.
House Republican leadership has decided to take charge by introducing a discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act – a seldom-used option to force a vote on legislation in Congress.
This week, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Minority Whip, along with Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) are asking their Congressional colleagues to sign the discharge petition to bring this bill to a vote. The discharge petition requires the signatures of at least 218 Members of Congress in order to force a vote on the Floor of the House.
This action has special significance for Kansas. We have shown time and time again that we are a pro-life state. Therefore, we should have representatives in Washington who reflect those pro-life values. We thank Rep. Ron Estes, Rep. Steve Watkins, and Rep. Roger Marshall for signing the petition already. If you live in her district, please ask Rep. Sharice Davids to stand for life and sign this petition. We need bipartisan support if we are going to make this action happen.
In order to end the killing of abortion survivors, please send a message to your Representative asking them to sign the discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. It only takes a few seconds in our Action Center. Even if they have already signed it, they will appreciate the encouragement of knowing that Kansans from across the state support their efforts.
Your representative needs to hear from you on this matter – let them know that you want the law to require that we protect the most helpless of the helpless in our nation. You can track who signs the discharge petition on the website of the Clerk of the US House of Representatives.
So, where does your Representative stand on infanticide? Whether they will sign the discharge petition or not will tell you what you need to know. As we stand for a Kansas where all lives are cherished, let us lead the way to a nation where the same is true.
Standing for all lives,
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy
PS. Please share this webpage with your friends and family on social media. When you do, remember to use these hashtags: #letusvote and #endinfanticide – your work to increase awareness of this travesty will only help to turn the tide in the long run.
Earlier this week, we asked you to encourage Rep. Kevin Yoder to support a bill to protect the religious freedom of faith-based adoption providers in their vital work to place kids in forever families. Dozens of you reached out to Rep. Yoder via our Action Center. Thank you!
I’m happy to report that yesterday Rep. Yoder voted in favor of this important measure. We appreciate his support that helped move these protections one step closer to passage. Please take a moment to thank him on our Action Center.
President and Executive Director
By Autumn Leva, VP of Strategy
As Christ-followers, by now we know what love looks like at the very beginning of life. We’ve learned how to fight for preborn babies for the last 45 years of Roe v. Wade’s existence.
But what does love look like at the end of life—when you or a loved one receives the medical diagnosis no one expected, when there’s pain and suffering?
We believe that love looks very much the same at the end as it does at the beginning. We believe that every life is worth fighting for—regardless of medical diagnosis, health condition, age, disability, socioeconomic status, or any other factor.
Sadly, proponents of legalizing assisted suicide do not believe this—they believe that the solution for loved ones who have been diagnosed with a serious medical condition and (in theory) six months left to live is for a doctor to provide a prescription for their patient to take a lethal dose of pills at home.
Rather than working with family members, counselors, medical professionals, and others to provide the best care when a loved one needs it most, it seems easier to give him or her access to a lot of pills to end it all. But that’s not caring—that’s abandonment.
We believe that we can do better than assisted suicide when it comes to caring for those approaching the end of life.
Our friend Jean has an amazing story of how God proved His love to her after a terrible accident—and she says better than anyone that we need to find policy solutions that “eliminate the problem, not the patient.”
Thankfully, 30 States have rejected over 200 attempts to legalize assisted suicide since 1994. Now, Representative Brad Wenstrup, who represents Ohio’s 2nd District in D.C., has introduced a resolution in Congress (H. Con. Res. 80) declaring the position of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate as opposed to assisted suicide. The last words of Rep. Wenstrup’s resolution are:
“[I]t is the sense of the Congress that the Federal Government should ensure that every person facing the end of their life has access to the best quality and comprehensive medical care, including palliative, in-home, or hospice care, tailored to their needs and that the Federal Government should not adopt or endorse policies or practices that support, encourage, or facilitate suicide or assisted suicide, whether by physicians or others.”
But, Congress won’t prioritize passing Rep. Wenstrup’s resolution without our help and encouragement.
Family Policy Alliance is sending a letter to Congress this week, asking them to swiftly pass Rep. Wenstrup’s resolution. Will you help by asking your own U.S. House Representative to pass Rep. Wenstrup’s resolution?
Simply fill in your contact information for the letter, click send, and your letter will be automatically sent to your Representative.
Thank you for your help, and thank you for helping our leaders understand what love looks like at the end of life!
Every life is worth fighting for.
There are a few encouraging developments in the battle to protect preborn children from the violence of abortion!
Thanks to the brave work of David Daleiden and The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), Americans can no longer deny the depth of evil within the abortion industry.
Two developments demonstrate that the true depravity of Planned Parenthood and its corporate partners captured in the CMP videos can no longer be ignored.
The U.S. Justice Department and FBI announced a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood! As Alexandra Desanctis says in National Review, “This is not a hyper-partisan inquisition manufactured by anti-abortion extremists. It is a completely justified investigation of a group that portrays itself as a trustworthy women’s health organization and accepts half a billion dollars in government money each year — all while accepting illegal payment for the organs of unborn children.”
The Orange County, CA District Attorney’s Office has reached a $7.8 million settlement against 2 sister companies for their role in the unlawful sale of fetal tissue and stem cells for profit. DaVinci Bio one of Planned Parenthood’s leading brokers of preborn baby body parts admitted guilt for selling aborted baby parts.
As the largest abortion provider with its layers of cultural, financial, and political protection; Planned Parenthood has been able to avoid deep scrutiny. These developments represent a first in the battle to save preborn children.
For decades we have fought alongside other pro-life leaders in Idaho to push back against the horrors of abortion. The CMP video series added irrefutable evidence of that which we have been testifying about for so long. Our work drafting and passing legislation to protect babies and their moms from the brutality of abortion and commodification has been fortified by the CMP video evidence.
We will continue in 2018 with our pro-life policy efforts in Idaho. We have been a voice for the preborn because of prayers and support of pro-life Idahoans like you.
Your gift today will help us to continue to stand for life and help Idaho become a state where life is TRULY cherished. You can join the battle with your donation today.
Positive developments like these remind us that we must NEVER give up and NEVER surrender in our fight to protect life, religious freedom, and family.
Leaders from 10 pro-life groups, including Family Policy Alliance, sent a letter to members of the U.S. House and Senate asking them to honor their promise to stop taxpayer funding of abortion.
“This Republican Pro-life Congress made a promise to American voters to stop taxpayer funding for the largest abortion chain in the nation, Planned Parenthood,” the letter explains. “It is now well past time to deliver on that promise.”
It spells out how legislation to stop Medicaid funding to abortion was vetoed by then-president Obama. Seeing that only the White House stood in the way, the letter makes the case that that’s one of the reasons America elected President Trump, who had pledged to sign such legislation.
Paul Weber, president and CEO of Family Policy Alliance, signed the letter. He said If we learned anything from this past election, it’s that we’re all tired of talk and political spin.
“We want to see action. Defunding Planned Parenthood is one of the biggest actions Congress can take to show that they’re not out of touch with our families in America,” he said. “That’s why we’re proud to join with other pro-life leaders in sending this letter to Congress — calling on the House and Senate to follow through on legislation defunding Planned Parenthood that they were able to pass even under the Obama Administration.
“As the letter makes clear, this isn’t a piece of pork barrel legislation that doesn’t matter. Ending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood means ending the taxpayer-funded gravy train that subsidizes the killing of 900 pre-born children every single day.”
Also signing the letter were leaders from Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women for America LAC, Students for Life of America, March for Life Education and Defense Fund, Live Action, Family Research Council, Americans United for Life, American Values and the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
Read the letter to Congress.
Our faith makes us “the wicked,” … at least according to a gay activist who has spent more than $425 million to advance the homosexual agenda, fight religious freedom laws and “persecute Christians along the way.”
Lest you think that the focus of those dollars will be on traditionally blue, less evangelical states, this effort is being focused on more conservative states, with Georgia at the top of the target list.
It’s rare that a convergence of stories come together to highlight the aggressive and (sadly) successful nature of what we are up against. However, several news items this week underscore the need for our unity in standing up for God’s design. Consider the following:
- Women who sign up to join our nation’s military are not only laying their lives on the line, they are being forced to expose their bodies as well. In the U.S. Army Training Guide, it is made abundantly clear that gender and biology apparently have no relationship.
- An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, the Hartzler Amendment, that would have protected tax dollars and the Defense budget from being used to fund gender reassignment surgeries failed when 24 Republicans representatives voted with a united front of Democrats to impose their agenda on our budget and our military.
- The Republican Party, the only major party that has generally acknowledged God’s design for the family, may nominate Bruce (who goes by Caitlyn) Jenner as its nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018 for California. Before you shrug this off as “California Being California,” consider that the party with which most evangelicals identify possesses such a big tent that it encompasses transgender activists who believe our girls should be forced to use the same bathroom as men.
- Right here in Atlanta, $196,000 of taxpayer money is being used to fund permanent rainbow crosswalks to honor the homosexual movement. Beyond the abuse of taxpayer funds, consider the message that sends to our children, that the homosexual community is considered so worthy of honor that the city will spend more than the median value of Atlanta homes to pay for these crosswalks! Consider also that, some are angry because only the “Gay Pride Flag,” and not the “Transgender Pride Flag” is being used!
It’s easy to read these – and countless other – stories and be dismayed. However, as is always the case for the Christian, we have many reasons for hope.
First, when we are called “wicked” for our faith and we feel displaced in our own communities because of the rapid advance of the Left, we are merely experiencing the biblical truth that we are “aliens and sojourners” and “if the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”
Second, among the votes in the House of Representatives against gender reassignment surgeries paid for by the Defense Department was Congresswoman Karen Handel. Yes, that’s only one vote, but it’s a vote that our movement won with hard work and unity just a month ago – a vote that would have been radically different if concerned Christians had not made their voices heard at the ballot box.
And third, we have finally developed the model needed to combat the Left. The Family Policy Alliance has built state-based organizations (as we have here at Family Policy Alliance of Georgia) designed to identify, recruit and elect godly candidates; train and equip leaders; and advocate for good, pro-family policy with sound messaging, professional communications, and strong relationships with policy makers. And, empower Christians to Unleash Biblical Citizenship. This model is what will lead us to victory!
Thank you so much for standing with us and for your encouragement. Now, we ask that you encourage those Georgia members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted for the Hartzler Amendment – that includes every Republican House member in the Georgia delegation – by calling their office to thank them for their efforts. You can find contact information and send a message through our Action Center.
Together, we can push back against the discouraging news! We serve a great God, have the right plan, and are lovingly standing for truth. It’s an honor to partner with you.
In His Service,
TAKE ACTION – Make sure our House of Representatives members in Washington are encouraged for resisting the tide of the Left. Call the offices of those from Georgia to thank them for their vote supporting the Hartzler Amendment.