The pro-death folks are at it again, and your voice is needed to stop them!

Once again, Maryland legislators have brought forward a bill to legalize assisted suicide. This bill (SB 701) will be heard in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Friday afternoon.

This assisted-suicide bill will allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to anyone who has been “qualified” to end their own life. The so-called “protections” in these bills are weak, leaving our most vulnerable people – the disabled, the mentally ill and our teens – at higher risk for abuse.

Sadly, suicide tends to generate copycats among the emotionally vulnerable via a phenomenon called suicide contagion, where one suicide leads to many. Suicide is already the second leading cause of death for teens, and suicides among veterans far outnumber combat fatalities.

This bill sends a very bad message to our most vulnerable teens and veterans – that suicide is okay in some instances.

We need your help to encourage the senators on the committee to vote NO on assisted suicide. In just 30 seconds, you can send a message to all of the committee members – that in Maryland every life is worth fighting for.

Thank you for speaking up for life!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

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One of the most common questions people ask is, “How did my legislator vote?”

I am pleased to share this report card for the 2018-2019 New Jersey state legislature. Here is a snapshot of how your representatives in the Assembly and the Senate voted on key social and moral legislation related to life, education, family, marijuana, marriage, and other issues.

Guided by our mission of building a state where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished, this report card shows the votes of your lawmakers on seven central bills heard and voted upon in the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. A bill is passed by a simple majority in the Senate (21 votes needed out of 40 senators) and the Assembly (41 votes needed out of 80 assembly members.)

Lawmakers earned letter grades ranging from A to F based on how they voted on these seven top bills. This report card is not an endorsement of any candidate or political party. It does not measure any lawmakers’ integrity, commitment to their faith, work ethic, or rapport with Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey®. It does, however, accurately report how your representatives voted on seven bills that harm or protect your family values.

The bills scored include:

A printed version of this informative scorecard will be sent to 1500 pastors across New Jersey who are part of our network. In addition, each legislator will receive the scorecard for their own purposes. Please pray for the 219th legislative session that started on Jan. 14th.

The best is yet to come!

Sincerely,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy


Len Deo
Director of Alliances, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council

 

Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, 1977 N. Olden Avenue, Suite 241, Trenton, New Jersey, 08618. This expenditure was not made with the cooperation or prior consent of, or in consultation with, or at the request or suggestion of, any candidate, or person or committee acting on behalf of the candidate.

 

My wife had an interesting encounter in a coffee shop recently that reminded our family that not everyone thinks all lives are worth fighting for.

Here is her story:

Our daughter Stephanie and I like to go out for coffee. It makes for great mother-daughter time and we often go to a coffee shop nestled inside a bookstore.  That’s a win/win for us. However, sometimes things come up that you do not expect. This was one of those occasions.

One of these “coffee dates” found us hunting for a table, because it was particularly crowded that day. We found a table and shortly thereafter a young man dressed in all black approached the table and sat down next to us.  Oh well, I thought, I guess it can’t hurt to be sociable, and space is limited after all.  We struck up a pleasant conversation, but then things took a disturbing turn.

He told me how he currently worked as a store clerk, but that he wanted a different job.  He then went on to explain with enthusiasm that he had a college degree in death/dying and that he wanted to work in a retirement community to see death up close.  I could feel my skin crawl.  He even tried to tell me that Alzheimer’s patients have lucid moments in which they can request death and understand what they are doing.  I was upset and angry by then.  My mother-in-law, a beautiful Christian woman, had died of Alzheimer’s. From my experience, nothing could be further from the truth.

I figured at this point I had three options: simply leave, tell him in an emotional way how I really felt about what he wanted to do, or pray and try to calmly speak truth into the situation.  Thankfully I chose the latter.

I paused, prayed, and then spoke.  I told him of my experience and how I knew that in my mother-in-law’s situation, his theory did not hold water.  From our interactions with her, we could tell that even in her most lucid moments, there was no way she could comprehend such a choice.  I followed it up with saying that therefore I did not believe his hypothesis at all.

I went on to say that as a Christian I could not agree with what he wanted to do.  God gives life and we should choose life.  I then used a quote from The Lord of the Rings (something he might give more credibility than the Bible!) where Gandalf says, “Can you give life?…Then don’t be so quick to take it.”

The young man just stared at me, in a bit of shock.  I then excused us, and we left.  Stephanie and I went into the bookstore and found a quiet place to talk and pray over it.  Most of all we prayed for this young man’s soul and that God would thwart any attempts he made to fulfill his dream.  After all, all life should be cherished.


As my wife Ruth so vividly describes, our culture has rapidly devalued human life and has in many ways become a culture of death. Abortion, infanticide, physician assisted suicide, and the list goes on. But we at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® join you in recognizing God’s gift of life as well as the hope of eternal life in Christ Jesus.

Do not be discouraged my friends. We will fight beside you to help transform our culture into one that honors God, protects religious freedom, ensures families thrive, and cherishes life from conception to natural death. Thank you for joining us in praying for our country and state, responding when we ask for your active participation, and financially supporting our fight for life and other values you hold dear. You are a point of light in what can often seem like a very dark society, but you are not alone.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Our Christian Civic League of Maine allies report that the battle over assisted suicide has been very active in Augusta recently.

Despite narrowly losing votes this week in the House and the Senate regarding Physician-Assisted Suicide (LD 1313), this battle is far from over.

CCL expects that on Monday, the House will again be voting on LD 1313. That is why it is critical this weekend that certain House members hear from Mainers who do not want to see doctor-prescribed death legalized.

Please take time to email or call folks from the lists below.

As you can see, there are two lists. The first list is individuals who did not vote last Tuesday. When contacting these Representatives, simply ask them to vote against LD 1313 when it returns to the House.

The second list is Democrats who stood strong opposing their party majority and voted against physician-assisted suicide last week. When contacting them, thank them for their vote and ask them to hold firm in their opposition when LD 1313 returns to the House.

If you are from the representative’s district, give their name, your name, town, and message (please vote against LD 1313 or thank you for voting against LD 1313).

Similarly, please consider contacting a number of these folks even if you are not in their district. When you reach out to them by phone or email, give their name, your name, and leave your message.

The phone number to reach all these representatives is the House switchboard: 800-423-2900. If possible, please email and call this weekend.

List One: (ask to oppose)

List Two: (thank and ask to continue opposition)

Thanks for making your voice heard!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

Our Christian Civic League of Maine allies report that the battle over assisted suicide has now moved to the Governor’s office as the House of Representatives approved it by one vote (73 to 72) on Monday.

We let you know late last week that this critical vote was going to happen and many of you took action over the weekend.  Now, Physician-Assisted Suicide (LD1313) is headed to the Governor’s desk and we need you to act once more asking her to veto the bill.

Here is that you need to know about this legislation

Physician-Assisted Suicide’s most profound injustice is that it violates human dignity and denies equality before the law. Our culture must believe all people have immeasurable worth and dignity.

Because LD1313 has been sent to Governor Mills for her signature, we need your quick help!

Please call Governor Mills at 207-287-3531 today to encourage her to veto this legislation and send the message that in Maine every life is worth fighting for.

Thanks for making your voice heard!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

I’ll be honest. This is one of the most difficult articles I’ve ever had to write for Family Policy Alliance®. But it’s also one of the most important.

Three years ago, we introduced you to Elizabeth, a wife and mother of two from Minnesota. I first learned about Elizabeth’s story when she bravely testified against an assisted suicide bill in her state. As I got to know Elizabeth and meet her beautiful family, she agreed to share her story with us so that people around the country could learn what it’s like to advocate for your own life.

Elizabeth shared with me that she was an adventurer at heart, and her marriage began with traveling, exploring, skiing, and more. But what she certainly never expected out of life was a brain cancer diagnosis—shortly after her first child, a daughter, was born.

The doctors gave her three to five years to live, and so Elizabeth prayed and asked for the doctors’ help to see her daughter off to her first day of kindergarten.

When I met Elizabeth, her daughter was seven years old. Elizabeth had already outlived her prognosis and even given birth to another child, a son.

Her children, though young, were already full of their parents’ adventurous and fiery spirits. And perhaps what was most remarkable about meeting Elizabeth was her deep understanding about life, suffering, and helping others.

She shared with me the most beautiful words describing every person created in God’s image—worth fighting for and worth advocating for. She said we are all “unique and unrepeatable people.”

And Elizabeth certainly was.

This past weekend, Elizabeth went home to her Savior, with this verse as a final reminder to all of her faithfulness, joy, and the One in whom she placed her hope and trust:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Watch Elizabeth tell us her story 3 years ago:

As the Family Policy Alliance team considered how to best honor Elizabeth—and her husband and two young children—we rededicated ourselves to the fight against assisted suicide that led us to Elizabeth and her family in the first place.

Proponents of legalized assisted suicide paint a picture of an easy, painless and dignified way to honor a suffering loved one’s last wishes and say goodbye.

But Elizabeth taught us that every life is worth fighting for—and that our loved ones suffering from serious illnesses deserve far more than abandonment to hopelessness, depression and suicide.

She taught us that people who say they want to end their own lives should receive proper care and intervention—no matter who they are. We should absolutely intervene when the healthy want to end their lives. Those suffering from illness should be treated no differently—not abandoned to suicidal thoughts.

And our medical professionals should continue to be trusted as healers—not complicit in acts of suicide.

If all we can offer those who suffer is a bottle of pills and a stamp of approval on their suicide, we have lost all compassion and dedication to the sanctity of human life.

Elizabeth’s life was worth fighting for till her Savior took her home. And Family Policy Alliance will continue to honor her—and every person who suffers from a serious illness—by fighting for policies that affirm the life and worth of each person. And we will unashamedly oppose efforts to legalize assisted suicide.

Seven states, including New Jersey this year, and D.C. have legalized assisted suicide, and 21 others considered doing so this year.

Thank you, Elizabeth, for helping every person who knew you—and many who didn’t—understand that every life is worth fighting for.

And to your beautiful family, we pray you know your wife and mother was—and continues to be—an inspiration to all. We will never abandon the fight for life, from conception to natural death.

Thank you, Elizabeth.

Autumn Leva,
Vice President of Strategy

 

P.S. Will you help us honor Elizabeth and her family today? Will you share her video story on your social media using the hashtag #WorthFightingFor or by simply forwarding this email to your friends? We pray Elizabeth continues to inspire countless lives, even from Heaven, and that her impact will be a source of comfort to her husband and children.

This past Monday, two crucial votes were scheduled in both the NJ Assembly and the NJ Senate.

I was on hand to talk last-minute to legislators who were still undecided and to continue to persuade them to vote no on both bills.

The two bills were measures to legalize physician-assisted suicide and recreational marijuana. These were both very controversial and hotly contested.

The good news is that the recreational marijuana bill did not have enough votes to pass. Faced with certain defeat, the Senate did not even hold a vote on recreational marijuana.

The bad news is that the physician-assisted suicide bill did pass both houses, but only by the slimmest of margins – receiving the minimum number votes. While eight Democrat senators did not support the bill, three Republicans did. Had the Senate Republican Caucus held strong, the bill would not have passed!

The bill is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature or veto, either of which could happen at any time. This is where you come in!

You see, Governor Murphy knows that this bill was passed on the slimmest of majorities and he also knows it’s a polarizing issue for many. He has indicated that his decision about whether to sign the bill or not will be determined, in part, by the sentiment being communicated to his office. He is listening to see what New Jersey has to say before he decides what to do with the physician-assisted suicide bill.

There is still hope to stop physician-assisted suicide in New Jersey. To do that, however, we need you to take action and pray.

Here is what you need to do:

Thank you for standing strong with us!

Len Deo
Founder & President

New Jersey Family Policy Council

Assisted suicide is already a major threat to pass the New Jersey Assembly this month.  Now, a State Senate committee is about consider the bill. Your help is urgently needed to stop this attack on our elderly and on the sanctity of life!

On Thursday, the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee will hold a public hearing on S1072. The bill would allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to anyone who has been “qualified” to end their own life.

There is nothing in this measure that would prevent abuses from taking place. That puts the disabled and the elderly particularly at risk.
Here’s what you can do:

  1. Please make your voice heard to the members of the committee! We’ve made it easy on our Action Center, where you can send a message to all of them in just moments.
  2. If you’re able, please attend the committee hearing. It will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, in Committee Room 6 on the first floor of the State House Annex in Trenton.
  3. Please multiply your impact by passing this message along to others and by sharing the link to our Action Center message.

Let’s let our senators know that we believe every life is worth fighting for!

The Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey Team

On Monday, the House Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to consider HB 90 which would legalize assisted suicide in New Mexico. HB 90 has been described by many as the most radical assisted suicide legislation that has ever been proposed in any state!

Consider these facts about the bill:

HB 90 is scheduled for a committee hearing Monday morning, at 8:30 a.m., in Room 315, and your quick help is needed to urge the following committee members to vote “NO.”

Representative Deborah Armstrong – (D-Bernalillo) (505) 986-4344

Representative Joanne Ferrary – (D- Doña Ana) (505) 986-4338

Representative Gail Armstrong – (R-Catron, Socorro, & Valencia) (505) 986-4242

Representative Karen Bash – (D- Bernalillo) (505) 986-4210

Representative Zach Cook – (R- Lincoln & Otero) (505) 986-4243

Representative William Pratt – (D- Bernalillo) (505) 986-4248

Representative Gregg Schmedes – (R- Bernalillo, Sandoval & Santa Fe) (505) 986-4453

Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson – (D-Bernalillo) (505) 986-4425

Please contact these Representatives TODAY and urge them to vote “NO” on HB 90.

We have made it simple to communicate this request. Simply click here and you can send this message in 30 seconds!

Also, please forward or share this message with friends. It is important that these Representatives hear from as many people as possible.

Finally, after you have sent the message through our Action Center, please call the Representatives at the numbers provided above and leave the same message.

Thank you for making your voice heard!

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team

We just got word that the New Jersey legislature could be voting on Monday on a bill that would legalize assisted suicide. Please take action today – even if you’ve contacted your legislators before!

The bill (A1504) would allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to anyone who has been “qualified” to end their own life.

There is nothing in this measure that would prevent abuses from taking place. That puts the disabled and the elderly particularly at risk.

Please contact your Assembly member and state senator today and ask them to oppose assisted suicide (A1504). We’ve made it easy through our Action Center.  You can make your voice heard in seconds, even if you don’t know your district or the name of your legislators.

Let them know that you believe every life is worth fighting for!

The Family Policy Alliance Team (in alliance with New Jersey Family Policy Council)

P.S. Please forward this email to family and friends so they can make their voice heard, too!