As you know from recent Family Policy Alliance® reports, Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby have been in high gear throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, doing all they can to seize the “opportunity” to perform more abortions and bolster their bottom line. From defying state orders to stop elective abortions, to requesting valuable personal protective equipment when it was desperately needed by frontline healthcare workers, to announcing telehealth abortions available in all 50 states, they have shown they will stop at nothing to expand their life-destroying business.
Last week, the news continued. Fox News first broke the story that Planned Parenthood affiliates erroneously received $80 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. While they weren’t eligible for these taxpayer funds, they found a way to secure them – at least for now.
Thankfully, the Trump Administration is working to get the Planned Parenthood money back, and there are legislative proposals in both chambers of Congress to respond to pro-abortion power grabs.
In the House, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) has introduced the Protecting Life in Crisis Act (H.R. 6742) to explicitly prohibit federal COVID-19 response funds from going towards abortions or abortion coverage. Conaway’s bill – which has 99 co-sponsors, including Statesmen Academy alumnus Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) – extends existing Hyde Amendment protections to any COVID-19-related bills. It also prevents federal tax credits from being used to cover any post-employment healthcare (COBRA) premiums that include abortion coverage.
In the Senate, Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced legislation to prohibit chemical abortions without the supervision of a healthcare provider. The Teleabortion Prevention Act (S. 3252) would make it a federal offense for healthcare providers to perform a chemical abortion without first physically examining the patient, being present during the procedure, and scheduling a follow-up visit for the patient. It would also stop attempts by pro-abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood that use teleabortion to work around state law.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) recently introduced the Limiting Infant Fatality and Empowering Nonprofit Organization Workforces (LIFE NOW) Act. This bill would prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding abortion providers while also expanding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to make more 501(c)(3) organizations eligible for federal funding. The LIFE NOW Act, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), will eliminate the affiliation rules and 500-employee cap to allow larger nonprofits and churches to receive PPP loans. This legislation would immediately help large churches, YMCAs and other worthy organizations that need assistance to stay afloat during this difficult time.
What can you do to advance pro-life policies in Congress and around the nation? One of the most important ways is to partner with Family Policy Alliance in electing solid prolife leaders to office—so they can carry the banner for life in state capitols and the U.S. Capitol. In recent elections, your support mobilized millions of pro-life voters to help elect a dozen pro-life U.S. senators, including most of the senators mentioned above. For example, in 2014, together we helped elect Bill Cassidy to the U.S. Senate with more than 300,000 mailers and a million phone calls to educate and mobilize Louisiana voters. Most recently, in 2018 we assisted Kevin Cramer in North Dakota with mail, on-the-ground phone banks, digital ads and video.
Now, several key U.S. Senate races are among our top election priorities for 2020. Will you help advance pro-life policies with your donation today?
Brittany Jones, Esq.
P.S. As we reported to you last Friday, President Trump declared churches “essential” and called on governors to allow all houses of worship to open immediately. As many churches make plans to do so this Sunday and in the coming weeks, the CDC has issued Guidance for Communities of Faith to assist. The guidance includes detailed suggestions for how to achieve social distancing, help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain a healthy environment for congregants and staff. Please consider reviewing this information and sharing it with your pastor and church.
Late last month, the Pelosi-led U.S. House of Representatives passed the SAFE Banking Act (H.R. 1595) by a 2-to-1 margin. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. Specifically, it will be sent to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – the committee on which our Senator Kevin Cramer sits.
Innocuous as it sounds, the SAFE Banking Act would financially legitimize the marijuana industry at the federal level. It would allow banking, real estate, and other businesses to receive federal legal protections even though they accept money from marijuana growers and distributors. This is legal protection for engaging with businesses that are in violation of Federal and North Dakota state laws where recreational marijuana is illegal.
Fundamentally, this comes down to whether we as a state want to help facilitate financial transactions for business that produces something which is a verified health risk. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a warning against e-cigarettes containing THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. This is in addition to documented cases of traffic fatalities and other disastrous impacts of marijuana usage.
Now is NOT the time to prop up a dangerous industry through massive financial investment. This legislation is the antithesis of “SAFE.” That’s why your action is needed to ensure the so-called SAFE Banking Act is defeated in the Senate.
Please call and email Senator Cramer and respectfully request he withdraw his support from and vote against the SAFE Banking Act, S. 1200. You can send the message in just a few moments on our Action Center. Our Senators are also on break until October 15th, so if you happen to see them somewhere in the state such as a town hall meeting, please let them know you oppose the SAFE Banking Act.
Thanks for Speaking Up!
President and Executive Director
Do you sometimes wonder if your vote matters? Do you believe that politicians are often all talk and no action? Perhaps you’ve seen far too many campaign promises broken and have become cynical. Well, I want to highlight one vote last November that definitely did matter. You elected someone who does what he promises and lives out his biblical beliefs in D.C. – Senator Kevin Cramer.
Senator Cramer has always been very upfront and unapologetic about his faith, and specifically, how his beliefs directly affect his political life. He stands for the things you hold most dear.
- Protection on life, from conception to natural death
- Sanctity of marriage being between one man and one woman, as defined in Scripture
- Protection of religious liberty for all
- Importance of the family as the “glue” which helps holds our nation together
However, it’s one thing to say you stand for something as a politician; another to vote and work every day to advance those causes. The good news is that Kevin is doing just that – acting on his convictions.
A clear example of this is when Senator Cramer recently introduced the Patient Rights Act, Senate Bill 1993. The bill would prohibit federal funding to health care entities “that do not respect all human life and patient rights”. It would require all federally funded health care entities to recognize the unborn as patients, prohibit abortions, prohibit physician assisted suicide, and prohibit Do-Not-Resuscitate orders and withdrawal of life sustaining treatment on minors without parental consent.
Senator Cramer also just joined three other senators to introduce the Never Again Education Act which would create a specific fund to provide education about the Holocaust to school-aged children, by giving teachers the resources to teach students about this atrocity. As Kevin stated, “The story of the Holocaust must always be taught, so the experience of the Holocaust may never be repeated.”
It is precisely because of Senator Cramer’s strength of character and pro-life and pro-family stances that we at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota endorsed his candidacy for Senate in 2018, and we are very happy to report he is delivering on his promises. Our organization helped his election efforts through calls, in-person engagements, social media, email, and many more ways. However, most importantly, you voted for Kevin and are now able to see what this dedicated Senator is doing in Washington to represent your biblical views. Your vote did count!
We want to thank Senator Cramer for all he is doing, and in particular, for his strong stance for the family and for life, from those not yet born to those nearing the end of life. North Dakotans should be proud to have him on Capitol Hill, letting the nation know what we stand for. It’s definitely Kevin for the win!
President and Executive Director
It’s over, the votes are in, and we North Dakotans have spoken. Before going into the results, just think about the fact that you voted. You had the opportunity to directly elect federal and state candidates to office, vote on important ballot measures, and make your voice heard on local issues. It’s a privilege that billions of people around the world do not have. Let’s thank the Lord for the privilege to guide our country through this democratic process.
The following table summarizes results of North Dakota’s key federal and state races, as well as the two state-wide ballot measures on which we took a position.
As you can see, of the eight candidates Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota endorsed, seven won their races. That represents 88% — fabulous results by any measure. While all the races were important, we are thrilled that Kevin Cramer and Kelly Armstrong were elected to represent North Dakota in Washington. Your biblical values will now be represented in the highest legislative body in the land by all our state’s senators and representatives!
In addition to the two federal races, there were many other candidates who, while not explicitly endorsed by us, are God-fearing men and women and were elected into leadership positions. However, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota didn’t get these men and women elected, you did that. We simply did the research and made recommendations to help identify candidates that held biblical values consistent with yours.
As the legislative session begins, it will be all about integrating faith into public policy for these successful candidates. This is precisely why we have our Statesmen Academy – to help train legislators in how to best accomplish this task. Michelle Strinden, a graduate of our Statesmen Academy, won her race, and we hope to have many more North Dakota statesmen in the legislature over the coming years.
Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota will now shift our focus to the upcoming 2019 legislative session. There are going to be good and bad bills for families introduced into the legislature. We are committed to fight for your deeply held beliefs on all of these bills!
Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota and our allies will also be working on bills that further protect and advance your biblical values. We will pro-actively find bill sponsors in the legislature who will introduce and shepherd these bills, and we will work with Senators and Representatives on both sides of the aisle to get these bills signed into law.
As with the election, we will need your help accomplishing all this. You can help us in many ways.
- Pray: We need your prayers to sustain our work and the work of legislators who will often come under attack for standing firm on biblical values.
- Train Statesmen: We need your support for our Statesmen Academy, so that we can continue to train and inspire legislators to speak and act boldly on their faith. If you want to help us train more statesmen in North Dakota, you can go here to contribute to this amazing program.
- Financially Support our Work: We particularly need your generous support to fund our activities during the legislative session. It is an enormous amount of work to analyze 1,000+ bills, identify those that most impact biblical values, strategize how best to act on each bill, coordinate with legislators, keep you notified on the most recent happenings with each bill, and ask for your active participation acting on these bills (e.g., our Action Alerts). Please prayerfully consider helping underwrite our work and support our legislative efforts on behalf of your values [Support Biblical Values]. Remember, donations up to $5,200 will be matched dollar-for-dollar from now until the end of this calendar year, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to “give twice”.
Thank you again for voting on Tuesday. This election was a shining example of how Christians in North Dakota can make a difference for pro-life and pro-family biblical values!
President and Executive Director
PS. Family Policy Alliance invests heavily in North Dakota—for the 2018 election, but also year round. This is because we believe in North Dakota, and we are committed to restoring a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. That vision starts in the states—it starts in North Dakota. We are honored to put our full support behind Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota because we know that is what it takes to achieve a big vision—it takes leaders on the ground who live and work in North Dakota, partnering with pastors and churches, Christian business leaders, pro-family elected leaders, families, and you.
While elections are important, we are committed to seeing God’s people “stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32) in North Dakota every day—not just for any single election. May God bless you and your family, and know that we are a movement of states working together nationally, standing with and supporting you in North Dakota.
Standing with you,
Paul Weber, President & CEO
Family Policy Alliance
We North Dakotans know that we live in a “red state” – and one might expect that our pro-life and pro-family values are represented in Congress. But that is not always the case.
While some of our elected officials have ignored the values of North Dakotans, Congressman Kevin Cramer has thankfully not forgotten us. Because of his commitment to fighting for our values in Washington, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is proud to endorse Kevin Cramer for the U.S. Senate.
Since his election in 2012, Rep. Cramer has been the pro-family leader we hoped he would be. More than simply a reliable vote, Congressman Cramer has established himself as a leader in the movement and a true champion. In his words, “The people of our state have given me a great privilege by allowing me to serve God by serving them .”
Congressman Cramer has also been genuinely concerned about representing North Dakotans, as evidenced by his in-state “town hall meetings” he has held for years. He truly wants to hear from us and cares about the values we hold dear. He uses the forums as one way to ensure that he is representing us to the best of his ability.
Leaders like Congressman Cramer are rare, and our state has been profoundly blessed by his leadership. He stands out, and we are honored to stand with him as he runs for the U.S. Senate. Let’s elect Kevin Cramer and send a signal that those who stand on principle will be rewarded at the ballot box. Let’s work to deliver a resounding victory for Kevin Cramer!
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