I want to thank the hundreds of people who joined pro-life organizations and speakers from across New Jersey last week in Trenton. Your voice is being heard! Governor Murphy and the pro-abortion legislators assumed the so-called Reproductive Freedom Act would easily pass through committee, quickly receive majority support for a full floor vote in both chambers, and be on the governor’s desk within weeks of the bill being introduced. That was October of 2020. It is now June 2021, and the bill has not received a committee hearing in either the Senate or Assembly.
If Governor Murphy wants to borrow 4 billion dollars even though the state does not need it, the supermajority of his party approves his reckless fiscal management.
If Governor Murphy wants to extend his emergency powers until the end of December 2021, but at the same time officially end the state health emergency in June 2021, the supermajority of his party approves his relentless thirst for unchecked power.
However, if Governor Murphy wants to pass the so-called Reproductive Freedom Act, the supermajority of his party is not on board. Why?
Because it really is the most radical and dangerous abortion law ever introduced in any state!
It specifically says the preborn baby has no rights under state law, and therefore all abortions without restrictions of gestational development – up to the point of birth, will be forever legal in this state. Furthermore, if anyone, including non-residents of the state of New Jersey cannot afford a late term abortion, you will have to pay for it!
That would cause anyone with a conscience to pause and reassess their blind allegiance to their party’s leader’s demand for an unnecessary abortion bill. We are thankful to be working with Democrats for Life to try to convince legislators on both sides of the aisle to not allow this bill to move forward.
On a tragic note, the vote we alerted you to last week did not go our way. The Senate Health Committee voted to erode parental rights: schools will no longer be required to ask for a parent’s consent before administering student surveys regarding their sexual activities and beliefs.
Here are the votes of the Senate Health Committee from last Thursday:
YES vote = I do not believe schools should ask parents for their permission
NO vote = I believe schools should ask parents to actively grant permission
|Joseph Vitale, Woodbridge (D) – Chair||James Holzapfel, Brick (R)|
|Fred Madden, Turnersville, (D) – Vice-Chair||Holly Schepisi, Westwood (R)|
|Richard Codey, Livingston (D)||Robert Singer, Lakewood (R)|
|Vin Gopal, Freehold (D)|
|Joseph Lagana, Paramus (D)|
Thank you for the action you took on this issue. We continue to fight for you!
Protecting your family,
Your voice is needed to oppose a proposed rule from the Biden-Harris Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would authorize abortion groups to receive Title X Family Planning funds. The proposal also mandates that grant recipients refer for abortions.
Under the Trump Administration, Title X grant funding was prohibited from being used for abortion referrals, protecting taxpayers from funding the abortion industry. This proposed rule will overturn these taxpayer protections if finalized.
Taxpayer dollars should never be used to promote the killing of innocent life – yet that’s exactly what the Biden Administration is planning to do through this rule.
The Administration will use this rule to boost Planned Parenthood’s bottom line with taxpayer dollars. A footnote in the rule even states that funding Planned Parenthood through Title X would result in cost savings – not for the taxpayer – but for Planned Parenthood.
The proposed rule would also force Title X recipients to provide abortion referrals – proving just how committed this Administration is to its pro-abortion agenda.
Not only is the Administration determined to fund an abortion giant, but they want everyone else to get on board with the abortion agenda as well.
Please click the link and write a comment to the Department of Health and Human Services telling them that you do NOT want to fund Planned Parenthood!
Here are a few points you can pick and choose from in your comment:
- I do not want my taxpayer dollars funding abortion referrals and Planned Parenthood’s bottom line.
- HHS must remove the abortion referral requirement because it is prohibited by statute.*
- No federal grant recipients should be forced to violate their conscience by referring abortions.
- HHS should include adoption counseling, not abortion counseling, in the Title X program.
- HHS should include adoption referrals, not abortion referrals, in the Title X program.
The comment period for this rule ends on May 17. Your comment can help make a difference by pushing back against this radical abortion agenda. Please be sure to share this information so the Department of Health and Human Services hears from as many people as possible!
*If a program refers a client to abortion, it is in fact a program where abortion is considered a “family planning related service,” (as acknowledged on page 19818 of the proposed rule) and thus specifically is prohibited by statute.
Yesterday pro-life organizations, including Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, participated in our state’s second “Day of Outrage.” We stood together to protect babies in the womb from the most atrocious and radical abortion bill ever introduced in our state, and possibly in any state – the so-called Reproductive Freedom Act! This time we gathered outside the offices of three primary sponsors – Senator Vin Gopal in Freehold, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey in Maplewood and Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo in Northfield. Thank you to those who were able to join us!
The so-called Reproductive Freedom Act would codify into law the right to abort a baby minutes before birth, prohibit the prosecution of individuals who attempt to terminate the life of their preborn child, and eliminate the requirement that a medical and legal investigation be done in cases where the aborted baby’s death occurs without medical attendance. This is an open door to state-sanctioned infanticide. Governor Murphy, along with the sponsors of this bill, are responsible for this gross assault on human life and we must hold them accountable.
I want to encourage you to view this video and share it on social media to inform others about this dangerous bill. People across this state should be outraged that elected state officials would use the office their constituents have entrusted them with to push this dangerous legislation. It threatens women’s health, jeopardizes children’s safety, and removes conscience protections for medical health professionals.
I believe every child has the right to live. Tragically, our governor, six state senators, and twenty-one assembly members do not believe every child has the right to live. Therefore, the current pro-abortion lawmakers want to end this debate in New Jersey once and for all. Abortion at any time, for any reason, without any restrictions – without end.
Clearly, the soul, and stability of our state is on the ballot in 2021 when the office of governor and every state legislative seat is up for reelection. But we can not wait to hold them accountable; we must speak up now as if lives depend on it – because they do.
Let’s win back NJ,
Just a week ago, we were celebrating some major wins in the Wyoming legislature where we were able to protect babies born alive and make sure that our tax dollars would not be used to fund abortions. Since then, the conversation has changed most dramatically. With constant talk of COVID-19 spreading across the planet, we have seen the extremes of human behavior in ways that boggle the mind. It is interesting what matters.
I find it fascinating what some people hold dear. The “Toilet Paper Crisis of 2020” will go down in the history books as one of the strangest cases of misplaced priorities in consumer history and sociologists will be studying it for years to come.
One of the more horrifying misplaced priorities is that of Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, trying to push her radical abortion agenda into an emergency funding bill aimed at helping citizens cope with health issues and unemployment insurance. Speaker Pelosi tried to amend the COVID-19 related legislation to remove the Hyde Amendment, which for decades has ensured that our tax money would not go to the killing of babies in the womb.
Thankfully, pro-life Congressional Leadership, like our own Liz Cheney, spotted this effort and worked hard to remove it from the bill. The exploitation of fear in this way is one of the most disturbing episodes in the sad history of those who believe that society has the right to kill its most vulnerable citizens.
Yet, Speaker Pelosi has continued her efforts and introduced a different bill that would accomplish her reprehensible objectives.
Even in the midst of this crisis, I am asking you to contact our Congressional delegation and encourage them to oppose any effort to allow taxpayer funding of abortions through the Speaker Pelosi’s exploitation of the COVID-19 crisis.
I thank you, our ministry partners, for engaging when asked to help. This means financially, through prayer, and through Action Alerts. This is your chance to engage through the latter. You can send this important message to our congressmen in seconds, through our Action Center.
All three of our members of Congress have been strong pro-life advocates in DC, ever since they were elected, for which we are extremely thankful. Let’s make sure they know this life vote also really matters to Wyomingites!
David Copperfield’s most famous trick of all was when he made the Statue of Liberty disappear in front of a live audience in 1983. To pull off the trick, Copperfield raised a giant screen in front of the statue. When he dropped it, the statue was gone, and a helicopter camera crew showed spotlights passing through the vanished statue.
So how did Copperfield move the statue? He didn’t! He actually moved the audience instead. When the sheet was lifted, the stage the audience was standing on shifted to the right, blocking the statue from view. Loud music covered up the noise and vibration of the moving stage.
What was Copperfield’s reason for this particular trick? He explained that he wanted to make the 310-foot statue disappear to remind us all how precious liberty is and how easily it can be lost. He said, “I can show with magic how we take our freedom for granted, by making Lady Liberty disappear.” Copperfield was no prophet, but he was right about how we can easily we can lose our freedoms if we take them for granted.
Last year, unborn children lost their freedom as Rhode Island legislators passed an extreme abortion law that removed any of their legal protections. They did this even though reliable surveys showed 74 percent of Rhode Islanders were against late-term abortions.
That was bad enough, but now legislators want to force taxpayers to pay for those abortions. Identical bills in the House and Senate (H7618 & S2476) will provide for abortion coverage in the Medicaid program and repeal abortion coverage exclusions for state employee insurance plans.
What I also found interesting as I read this legislation was that there was another sleight of hand to conceal an injustice not just against the unborn but against the traditional family itself. Pregnancy has always been naturally associated with women, as only a woman can carry a child and give birth. And yet, throughout the legislation, wherever the word “woman” occurs it is crossed out and replaced by “person” – an obvious accommodation for women identifying as men. Don’t be fooled by the absurdity!
Please email your legislators and voice your opposition to taxpayer funded abortions. You can reach both your state senator and representative in just seconds on our Action Center, which will send the message to your legislators automatically, based on your address.
Finally, as this theater of the absurd continues in the culture around us, I invite you to join us for The Bible, Gender & Sexuality Seminar. You’ll be informed and energized – and you’ll get a discount if you register before April 10th.
Together we can make Rhode Island a state where God is Honored, Religious Freedom Flourishes, Families Thrive and Life is Cherished.
Chairman, Board of Advisors, Rhode Island
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Most of us are familiar with the iconic opening line of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
But that sentence goes quite a bit further, including “it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness….”
It sounds like Dickens could be writing in our own time, and about two states in our nation: Texas and New Jersey.
Several years ago, Texas defunded Planned Parenthood by excluding any provider that performs abortions from the Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which was jointly funded by state and federal tax dollars. Shortly thereafter, the Obama administration pulled all federal funding for Texas’ program—then $9 federal dollars for every $1 state dollar—endangering the services provided for poor and low-income women.
In response, Texas decided to make up the difference—fully funding the program since 2012—till the Trump Administration announced last week that it would restore federal funds even while Texas continued to ban Planned Parenthood from these family-planning dollars.
Meanwhile, as 2019 was coming to a close, New Jersey faced a major budget crisis and was slashing or freezing spending for public schools, senior services and hospitals. Despite this, however, New Jersey managed to nearly double funding for Planned Parenthood—increasing funding from $9.5 million to $20 million—in order to replace federal Title X family-planning funds that Planned Parenthood decided to forgo rather than stop performing or referring for abortions.
An “age of wisdom, an age of foolishness, the season of Light, the season of Darkness,” indeed.
But lest we offer overly quick congratulations to Texas and grimace when we consider New Jersey, we must bear in mind that Planned Parenthood has just announced the biggest election plan in its history. The nation’s largest abortion business plans to spend $45 million in the presidential, congressional and state races this year.
And quite apart from the fact that we know those dollars will be spent advancing the most radical pro-abortion candidates Planned Parenthood can find, we know that every tax dollar they receive—even for non-abortion services—frees up a dollar they can spend to influence elections and lobby legislators to restore and expand their own funding.
Thus, government funding—at the state or federal level—compounds the evil that Planned Parenthood commits each day its clinics are open, by making every taxpaying American participate in their business and their election efforts.
And that’s why Family Policy Alliance remains committed to unleashing biblical citizenship to protect life—from conception to natural death—in policy and in elections. It’s why we are engaged in advancing pro-life legislation, efforts to protect preborn babies at earlier and earlier stages of pregnancy, and to stop your tax dollars from flowing to abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood. And it’s why we are Targeting 2 Win in Election 2020—in key states and districts across the nation.
Will you stand with Family Policy Alliance to protect life and push back against Planned Parenthood this year? Thank you in advance for your partnership for life!
For a nation where life is cherished,
Chief Operating Officer
“Abortion is not a fringe issue. Abortion is liberty.”
That statement is from a 2017 column extolling the virtues of a political litmus test for abortion. Surprisingly, the author is not targeting pro-life politicians. Instead, the writer is making the case that liberal politicians should be subject to a litmus test on abortion if they want to remain in the Democrat party.
This means two things:
First – The pro-life message is making so much headway that pro-abortion activists and politicians are desperate to “out” their own who do not toe the line on abortion.
Second – On a more spiritual note, Americans could not be confronted with a clearer choice about where candidates stand.
Since the Roe v Wade decision, voters, reporters and pundits have been trying to buttonhole candidates and lawmakers about their position on abortion. The classic approach was to ask candidates whether they had a “litmus test” on abortion when it came to appointing or confirming judges. It was a nuanced way to try to “out” pro-life candidates back when pro-abortion activists still emphasized the rare part of their “safe, legal and rare” abortion mantra.
The media and activists would be quick to exploit the pro-life position of any candidate in efforts to smear them as anti-choice, anti-woman or part of the “religious right. ”It was an effective strategy for many years.
Despite facing liberal courts, the Obama and Clinton administrations and politicians who ignored the pro-life platform, the pro-life movement marched forward through the 70’s, 80’s and into 90’s. It was at this time in the early 90’s that things began to change, and more and more pro-life candidates actually began winning elections.
The pro-life movement has taken on such momentum, the Left itself has now been forced to take on the “litmus test” – once a cherished cudgel – to identify and promote its own pro-abortion extremism in order to save the pro-abortion agenda.
Partially driven by numerous pro-life advances and judicial appointments under the Trump administration—including the President’s court victory yesterday affirming that he can defund Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer money found in federal family planning grants—all of the 20-or-so Democrat candidates for president have come out in support of abortion, late-term abortion and public-funded abortion. All of the candidates who are currently in the US Senate (and a few more) do not believe that medical care should be required for infants surviving botched abortions. And here is the big one…many have taken the unprecedented step of expressing their intent to only appoint judges who will affirm Roe v. Wade.
These positions at the top of the ballot make it very plausible that every 2020 down ballot candidate will be asked at some point whether they support the all-in pro-abortion position of the Democrat presidential nominee—despite the fact that their local electorate likely does not support such radical positions.
The Christian, pro-life movement must realize the shift that has happened here.
A whole truckload of candidates who seek to lead this nation have declared their undying support for radical abortion-on-demand, and they will drag an entire political party with them, if they can. That contrasts the historic, steady drumbeat of pro-life lawmakers and leaders who have achieved much progress in the nearly 50 years since Roe was handed down – despite being “outed” as pro-life.
The distinction is stark, unprecedented and overt. At this time in history it could not be more clear: Pro-abortion politicians are backing themselves into a pro-death corner and voters get the final say.
Protecting the preborn is a spiritual battle that lies close to the heart of our nation. God is at work on this issue and despite whatever confusion or deception that might have blurred voters’ clarity in the past, things could not be more apparent regarding the direction of those seeking to lead our nation.
Our theme verse at Family Policy Alliance® is Daniel 11:32 “but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” It is time to stand firm and look at this issue and the truth surrounding it with clear eyes.
Every Christian voter must ask themselves these questions:
- Am I pro-life or not?
- Does my chosen political party respect my views?
- Can I ignore pro-abortion positions when I vote for any candidate?
- What am I going to do to share this information?
- Will I take the time to vote in the 2020 election?
At a time when candidates are willfully and pridefully making their pro-abortion positions known – every pro-life voter must know the answer to these questions.
The Maine Legislature is considering a bill that would – for the first time in the state’s history – use taxpayer money for abortions. Your help is needed to stop it!
LD 820 would force Maine taxpayers to pay for abortions. This bill could be heard in the House as early as tomorrow – Tuesday, May 7th.
Our close allies at the Christian Civic League of Maine have made it easy for you to make your voice heard. Click here to send a message to your legislators. You’ll see a way to easily personalize your message (preferred).
Also, please call your state representative and ask them to vote against LD 820. If you call your representative during business hours, use 207-287–1400. If you are calling on the weekend or after hours, use 800-423–2900. Give your name, your town, and ask your state representative to vote against LD 820.
Also, here’s a printable handout that can be shared with others to encourage them to contact their legislators.
Finally, if you’re able, please come to the capitol on May 7th (Tuesday) to assist Christian Civic League in lobbying against this bill. Contact Mike McClellan, CCL Maine Policy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-329-6148 for details.
Thank you for speaking up for the unborn!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
Congress will likely decide this week whether to allow taxpayer funding for abortion in Obamacare, and your voice is needed to urge your senators and representative to vote against this scheme.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a pro-abortion Republican, last week demanded – as a condition of her supporting the Republican tax-cut bill – that Obamacare bailout funding be added to the must-pass appropriations bill that will be voted on later this week. Her bailout package contains no language to guard against the use of taxpayer funds for plans that cover abortions.
Such pro-life language – often referred to as the Hyde amendment – is estimated to have saved more than two million lives since it was first enacted in 1976.
Family Policy Alliance has signed on to a letter advising every U.S. senator that any vote in favor of an appropriations bill without Hyde protections will rightly be seen as a pro-abortion vote.
Now it’s critical that senators and congressmen hear the same thing from voters like you. Please take a moment to send a message now, as time is of the essence. We’ve made it simple on our Action Center – with just a click you can get that message to both U.S. senators and your member of Congress.
And then, if you would, please share this widely with friends so that Congress gets an unmistakable pro-life message in this week before Christmas!
Thanks for making your voice heard!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
TAKE ACTION- Send your message to Congress today.
As you may have read in national news stories, Illinois continues to go through one of the worst state budgetary crises in history. The financial mismanagement is so bad that it’s taken the state over three years to pass a budget. Three years!
Despite a looming “junk status” credit rating, pension plans not being paid out, and hundreds of state employees being laid off, lawmakers have made it a 2017 legislative priority to increase abortion funding.
House Bill 40, if signed by Governor Rauner, will allow Medicaid coverage of elective abortions and give state employees access to abortions under the state’s health insurance plans.
With what money, you may ask? In all likelihood, it will just add to the already overwhelming debt burden on Illinois taxpayers. After all, Illinois is already carrying $251 billion in unfunded liabilities for its state pension plans – plus another $15 billion dollars in other unpaid debt.
One thing is certain, the Left is intent on ensuring abortion remains funded no matter what funding crisis may be at hand.
Other states are taking similar steps to protect Planned Parenthood’s resources in advance of the Republican healthcare bill. For example, the governor of Oregon has pledged to sign what will be the most intrusive health insurance coverage law in the United States. HB 3391, which has already passed the legislature, requires insurance companies to provide – at no cost – for any person (citizen or not) the following: contraceptives without a prescription, vasectomies, abortions and gender-identity related health services.
Christian business owners in Oregon will be forced to cover sex-reassignment surgeries and abortions for their employees. And, because insurance companies would be forced to spread the cost of these “free” services over all insured, the reality is that every Oregonian will pay for them.
The good news is that many more states in the last few years have taken action to dramatically cut funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses. It’s evidence of something we say often here at Family Policy Alliance: “Elections matter.” Thanks for your investment in FPA’s critical work to elect pro-life lawmakers. And most of all, whether you live in a pro-abortion or a pro-life state, thank you for making your voice heard in support of life!
TAKE ACTION – Speaking of at last ending Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded gravy train, if you haven’t yet asked the Senate to make sure any Obamacare replacement bill they put forward cuts Planned Parenthood funding, please take just a few seconds to send an email to them instantly through our action center here.