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,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

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.

But you can tell HHS to STOP using YOUR taxpayer dollars from funding Planned Parenthood!

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:

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!

Write Comment to HHS

For life,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

 

*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.

 

Our bill to ‘defund’ abortion providers is making its way through the Idaho Senate. Please sign our petition now to voice your support!

The “No Public Funds For Abortion Act” (HB 220), which is sponsored by Sen. Christy Zito (R-Hammett) and Reps. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa) and Brent Crane (R-Nampa), would achieve four things:

1.  Prevents state and local money from being used to promote or provide abortions. A transition report issued under the auspices of Mayor Lauren McClean (D-Boise) broadcasted the City of Boise’s intention to offer free abortions to city residents, something that would not be allowed if HB 220 becomes law. Abortion should never be subsidized with our tax dollars.

2. Ends the current practice of public colleges and universities dispensing abortifacients and referring students to abortion providers. Every public university in Idaho – including Boise State University and the University of Idaho – currently offers abortifacients that can end a pregnancy after conception. Our public institutions of higher learning should not be promoting abortion and abortifacients to students with our tax dollars.

3. Keeps Planned Parenthood out of public schools. Planned Parenthood is one of the largest providers of radical ‘comprehensive sexual education’ instruction in public schools nationwide. This bill would make sure Idaho public school students don’t learn about sexuality from the abortion industry.

4. Prohibits abortion providers from receiving grants through the Title X Family Planning program and other non-Medicaid federal programs. Although the Trump Administration excluded abortion providers from the federal family planning program, the Biden Administration has started the process to allow abortion providers to reenter the program. Furthermore, President Biden recently signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package which includes more than $450 billion that can be used to pay for abortion and support abortion providers. We want to make sure abortion providers in Idaho can’t access that money!

Sign our petition right now to tell your state lawmakers that abortion providers should never receive taxpayer dollars!

We don’t want our state or local government sending our hard-earned money to abortion providers—and we certainly don’t want abortionists providing services in our public schools and universities. Please sign our petition today to make your voice heard!

Standing with you,

Blaine Conzatti
Executive Directyor

Friends,

It is the eighth week of legislative session, and things are really beginning to heat up. The legislature may stay late this year, possibly until mid-April even later (legislative session is usually adjourned the last week of March).

Here are a couple updates:

  1. The “No Public Funds For Abortion Act” cleared the State House of Representatives today.
    This legislation (HB 220) would prevent abortion providers from accessing state and local money. It would also make sure abortion is not promoted in our public schools, colleges, and universities.The bill is sponsored by Rep. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa), Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa), and Sen. Christy Zito (R-Hammett). It passed the House this morning and is now on its way to the Senate.Do you want to help get this bill across the finish line? Please sign our petition right now to ask state lawmakers to protect our hard-earned tax dollars from organizations that provide or promote abortion!
  2. The “Abortifacient and Contraceptive Mandate” was killed in the State Senate yesterday.
    This Planned Parenthood-supported legislation (SB 1089) was defeated on the Senate floor yesterday. It would have required insurance companies cover twelve-month prescriptions of contraception, and was sponsored by Sen. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise).A more radical version of the bill, which would have mandated coverage of abortifacients, was pulled earlier in the session after hundreds of you answered our “Action Alert” and contacted key senators. Abortifacients are drugs that can end a pregnancy after fertilization.Even with the removal of abortifacient mandate from the bill, Family Policy Alliance of Idaho remained opposed to the legislation, voicing concerns about religious freedom and unnecessary regulation of private insurance companies. We are thankful that you exercised biblical citizenship, which proved instrumental in stopping this flawed legislation!

We will keep you updated as the legislative session keeps progressing!

Standing for you and your family,

Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director

The “No Public Funds For Abortion Act” (HB220) was introduced in the Idaho House of Representatives last week. Rep. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa), Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa), and Sen. Christy Zito (R-Hammett) are all bill sponsors.

Sign our petition right now to let the state legislature know that you don’t want your hard-earned tax dollars flowing to abortion providers!

The “No Public Funds For Abortion Act” would ‘defund’ abortion providers by cutting off their ability to receive taxpayer money. It would also:

  1. Prevent state and local money from being used to promote or provide abortions
  2. Keep Planned Parenthood sex education curriculum and student programs out of public schools
  3. Forbid public schools from promoting abortion or referring girls for abortion procedures
  4. End the distribution of abortifacients (like “Plan B” and “Ella”) at public college and university health centers

It is easy to make your voice heard and support this pro-life legislation. Make sure you sign the petition to state lawmakers today!

Standing for life,

Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director

Friends,

One of the Trump administration’s top priorities was defunding abortion providers. Although the president redirected federal family planning money away from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, he was unable to exclude the abortion industry from receiving federal funds entirely, in part because of inadequate support in Congress.

With an incoming Biden administration, it is time to turn our focus on this issue to local politics. We need you to tell your state lawmakers that abortion providers should never receive Idaho taxpayer dollars.

We don’t want our state or local government sending our hard-earned money to abortion providers—and we certainly don’t want abortionists providing services in our public schools and universities. Please sign our petition today to make your voice heard!

Standing with you for life,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

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,

Shawn Hyland
Advocacy Director

 

Dear Friends:

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!

 

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

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.

Sincerely,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors, Rhode Island

P.S. Please use the buttons below to share this alert with others in our state who oppose funding abortions with their tax dollars.

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,

Sonja Swiatkiewicz
Chief Operating Officer