U.S. Representative Jim Banks of Indiana spoke on the floor of the House recently congratulating fellow members on the passage of the “No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion” act. He also encouraged Congress to continue to press for more laws that protect preborn babies and their mothers.

Banks was a 2016 graduate of the Statesmen Academy. The program, founded by Family Policy Foundation, trains young legislators or those interested in running for office how to maintain their faith after being elected.

paul-weberThe vice-presidential debate is now long over and forgotten. But toward the end of the debate, both candidates—self-proclaimed Christians—were asked to “discuss in detail a time when you struggled to balance your personal faith and a public policy position.”

Democratic candidate Tim Kaine responded: “I try to practice my religion in a very devout way and follow the teachings of my church in my own personal life. But I don’t believe that in this nation, a First Amendment nation, where we don’t raise any religion over the other, and we allow people to worship as they please, that the doctrines of any one religion should be mandated for everyone.” He went on to say that he and Hillary Clinton support Roe v. Wade and “a woman’s right to choose.”

In contrast, Republican candidate Mike Pence, now vice president-elect, said: “I would tell you that for me the sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief that . . . where God says before you were formed in the womb, I knew you, and so . . . I sought to stand with great compassion for the sanctity of life.” He continued, “so for me, my faith informs my life.”

One’s natural response was to paraphrase the Constitution and a Supreme Court ruling to justify his support for abortion on demand. The other’s was to cite God’s Word and how it directs his steps.

Both men’s faith teaches personhood at conception. Yet, only one aligns his actions with his faith.

We saw during that debate the contrast between a politician and a statesman—a person who stands firm and takes action (Dan. 11:32b) regardless of the personal consequences.

Your sacrificial gifts are training and discipling people like Mike Pence as Family Policy Foundation Statesmen. What a hopeful future we are building together!

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Paul Weber
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Family Policy Alliance

He served in Afghanistan – Now, he’ll serve in Washington.

Today, you’ll hear from freshman U.S. Rep. Jim Banks about his goals and what he hopes to see from a conservative majority in both chambers of Congress.

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A federal judge has blocked an Indiana law banning abortions on babies with genetic disorders, such as Down Syndrome. The Dignity for the Unborn law makes it illegal to perform abortions because of a genetic disability, the baby’s race or sex.

While the Indiana attorney general’s office said it will not appeal the temporary injunction, it will continue to fight for the law that protects preborn babies.

Bryan Corbin, a spokesman for the attorney general, told the Associated Press that after review, there would be no appeal “at this point.” If the judge makes the injunction permanent, they “would likely appeal that.”

Indiana Right to Life isn’t surprised Judge Tanya Walton Pratt put a hold on the law.

“Abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood turn to activist judges anytime they believe their lucrative businesses are threatened,” Mike Fletcher said. “It is no surprise that a judge appointed by Obama with a history of ruling against pro-life measures would block the Dignity for the Unborn law.”

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is the apparent choice for Trump’s vice president. Pence, who has famously introduced himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican – in that order,” has been a champion for conservative values in Indiana. What does his selection mean for the Republican Party and for Trump’s campaign?

We talked with Curt Smith of Indiana Family Action, who told us he thinks it’s a good thing for life, family and religious freedom.