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
As I talk to people about abortion related laws, most people are shocked that they still have to pay for abortions through their taxes under federal and state law. Many people are confused about how abortion providers still receive tax dollars especially in a state like Kansas where our legislature has repeatedly passed laws stating that state revenue should not go to fund abortions.
It happens in a couple different ways. First, it happens because federal dollars can still go to abortion providers through Title X Family Planning Services. The Hyde Amendment, which has been attached to every budget since 1976, is meant to ensure that federal funds don’t directly fund abortions. However, Title X funding has been used as a slush fund for abortion providers. Essentially, the government subsidizes certain work of these businesses – family planning services – so the businesses can then use other funds to provide abortion services.
This year the Trump Administration issued the Protect Life Rule which would prohibit Title X funds from going to abortion providers or those that refer for abortions. Even though the Supreme Court has repeatedly said that the right to abortion that the Court established in the Roe decision did not provide for government funding for abortion, courts on the West Coast have enjoined this rule meaning that for now, Title X funds can still go to abortion providers. The appeals are still in process but it could be years before this issue is resolved*.
As far as Kansas-specific laws go, in 2015 our legislature passed a law that would have kept state Medicaid funds from going to pay for abortion. Unfortunately, once again a federal court struck down this law. The Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of this case, allowing the injunction to stay in place.
So we haven’t been able to completely block funding abortion through the federal government and blocking state funding has also hit some difficulties. These complications became even more apparent in May when the Kansas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Hodes and Nauser creating a fundamental right to abortion in the Kansas Constitution.
Not only did the Court go even further in protecting abortion than the U.S. Supreme Court did in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, but it also implied that even under the state law we would have to provide funding for abortion.
The Court relied on three court opinions from other states that required those states fund abortions and one even required a private hospital to provide abortion if the hospital took government money. This doesn’t definitively say that Kansans would have to pay for abortions, but it is a very strong indicator that state-funded abortions are what the Kansas Court had in mind when it created a right to abortion in our Constitution.
Now this may seem very complex and an impossible web to untangle. But it isn’t.
In Kansas we can take a first step to right our own court’s bad opinion. We need to pass a constitutional amendment that says that there is not a right to abortion in our constitution and that our government is not required to pay for it.
These are not simple problems, but if we are willing to consistently work on these issues and ask the Lord for guidance, we may indeed see a day where not only is paying for abortion unthinkable but so is abortion.
Praying alongside you,
Director of Advocacy
- – [NOTE: Since the writing of this article the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals has reversed the lower court and allowed the Protect Life Rule to go into effect.]
“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
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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.