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Record High 245 Members of Congress Score 100 percent on FRC Action’s New Scorecard

by FRC Action

January 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Family Research Council (FRC) Action released its scorecard today for the First Session of the 115th Congress. A record number — 245 Members of Congress — scored a perfect 100 percent for votes cast last year. Next month, FRC Action will honor these 245 Members with its “True Blue” award for displaying unwavering commitment and consistent support of faith, family, and freedom.

Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins made the following comments:

It is very encouraging that a record number of Members of Congress have achieved a perfect pro-life, pro-family voting record in the year following President Trump’s inauguration. It is evident that the positive and productive focus on values issues in this Congress is due both to the 2016 election and the Trump administration’s emphasis on the planks of the GOP’s conservative platform. As a result, we now see Congress following the will of the American people when it comes to pro-life and pro-family issues.

We thank these Members of Congress for consistently voting to defend and advance faith, family and freedom. These ‘True Blue Members’ have voted to repeal and replace Obamacare, deliver long-needed tax cuts that are already providing much needed relief to working families, stand for religious liberty, overturn Obama’s transgender military policy, end the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood, and protect pain capable babies.

Americans should be encouraged to know that they have so many Members of Congress and a president who have begun the work of rebuilding our nation, and protecting the very values that made America great,” concluded Perkins.

Votes in the U.S. House and Senate included:

• No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

• Disapproval of Obama’s HHS Title X Rule

• Obamacare Repeal and Replace

• Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

DOD Transgender Funding (Blocking Funding for Sex-Reassignment Surgeries)

D.C. Budget Autonomy

D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment

• Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

• Independent Payment Advisory Board Repeal

• Confirmation of Amy Barrett to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

• Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

Click here to download a copy of the Vote Scorecard.

Urgent Action Needed - Your Senators to Vote for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311)

by FRC Action

January 25, 2018

On Monday, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311) sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), which is identical to the bill passed by the House in October. The bill would prohibit brutal abortions on unborn babies after 5 months post-fertilization, the point at which science tells us the children feel excruciating pain from being ripped apart in the womb. The bill would likely save over 13,000 human lives each year and directly challenges Roe v. Wade precedent.

After the House passed the bill in October 2017, President Donald Trump said he would sign this bill into law. Senators need to be held accountable on whether or not they believe pain-capable unborn babies should be aborted.

We know that abortionists like Dr. Kermit Gosnell, convicted of murdering born-alive babies and illegally performing late abortions, too often kill unborn children late in development. We should not be one of only seven countries in the world, along with North Korea, China,and Vietnam that have legalized abortion on demand after 20 weeks of development.

Unborn babies at this stage can feel pain as is evidenced by the fact that unborn children at this age routinely are given anesthesia during prenatal surgery. Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand testified before Congress that “the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks gestation, if not earlier and the pain perceived by the fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or children.”

Medical advances have enhanced our understanding of unborn human life and it’s time for the law to catch up.

Your two U.S. Senators need to hear from you! Please call your Senators and urge them to vote FOR the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311) next week! After you’ve called, you can also email them by following this link

Thank you for your vital work in defense of innocent human life.

Tell Your Senators to Extend the Child Tax Credit to Unborn Children

by FRC Action

November 30, 2017

The Senate just released their version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) and will vote on it this week! The House version passed before Thanksgiving with a strong vote. Like the House bill, the Senate bill includes a provision allowing parents to open up an education savings account starting when their child is “unborn.” However, more can be done to ensure that the tax code— specifically the child tax credit — covers all children including unborn children. Doing so will have an immediate and meaningful impact on families who are pregnant and who are preparing for their child’s birth!

Moms and dads start planning and preparing for their baby’s birth as soon as they learn about their pregnancy. Parents take off time for doctor’s appointments, stock up on diapers, formula, clothes and swaddles. And, they plan financially to take time from work to care for and bond with their baby. 

Adding the ability of parents to obtain the “child tax credit” for their unborn child would be a huge pro-life and pro-family win! It will help individual families and the economy by helping parents better handle the new costs of raising their children. Congress should not only increase the child tax credit –the Senate bill increases it to $2,000—but also apply to unborn children as well.

Please email these requests to your two U.S. Senators, urging them to do everything they can to make this pro-life and pro-family provision a reality.

 

URGENT: David Daleiden under attack from Planned Parenthood

by FRC Action

October 5, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE: We wanted to share the following information with you from our friends at AbortionEmpire.com:

Courageous video investigator David Daleiden is under vicious new attacks from Planned Parenthood and its political allies after he exposed their barbaric aborted baby body parts trafficking business.

To help combat this onslaught, you’re invited to join an urgent online event this Thursday, October 5 at 9 PM Eastern (6 PM Pacific) where David will share the latest news … and reveal an enormous breakthrough which could help turn the tide and defeat the abortion Goliath:

David Daleiden spent 30 months conducting an undercover investigation that caught Planned Parenthood’s top leadership on video callously negotiating for the harvesting and sale of aborted baby body parts.

The result? Fifteen felony charges filed in California.

But those 15 felony charges were not filed against Planned Parenthood … they were instead filed against David Daleiden — by California’s Democrat Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, whose political campaign was funded by the abortion business.

Please click here to sign our petition.

Planned Parenthood’s political puppet filed these 15 bogus felony charges in an effort to crush David and silence all pro-life opposition.

If not cleared of the charges, David faces massive fines and decades locked up in one of California’s notorious state penitentiaries, along with the consequences of being a convicted felon … all because he caught the politically-connected abortion Goliath red-handed in its violent crimes against humanity.

David stood up to the abortion giant. Now we need to stand up for him. Register to attend this webcast and sign our petition to stand with David!

Register for the online event here at AbortionEmpire.com. During the live webcast, you’ll hear from:

  • David Daleiden: Founder, Center for Medical Progress
  • Marjorie Dannenfelser: President, Susan B. Anthony List
  • Steve Cooley: Former Los Angeles County District Attorney
  • Brent Ferreira: Former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney
  • Tom Brejcha: President & Chief Counsel, Thomas More Society
  • Royce Hood: Attorney, Entrepreneur, Activist
  • David Bereit: Former CEO of 40 Days for Life, Webcast Host

And you’ll discover:

  • The latest behind the scenes revelations about Planned Parenthood’s inhuman aborted baby body part harvesting and trafficking business …
  • Stunning victories that David’s undercover investigations have already achieved — including accelerating efforts to defund the abortion chain of the half billion taxpayer dollars it rakes in each year …
  • Breaking news of how Planned Parenthood and its political puppets have just ramped up their vicious attacks …
  • Why it’s imperative to ensure that the abortion empire doesn’t succeed at silencing David and his life-saving work …
  • … and how a huge, new breakthrough in this case can help David win his epic struggle against the abortion giant!
  • SPECIAL BONUS: During the live webcast, you can ask David your questions, and get answers straight from the source!

David Daleiden put it all on the line to expose Planned Parenthood’s horrific baby part scandal. Now the abortion giant is striking back with a vengeance. Let’s stand with David to ensure that good ultimately triumphs over evil.

Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Passes House — Let their Voice be Heard

by FRC Action

October 4, 2017

By Bailey Johnson, FRC Action Intern

When we hear something over and over again, we tend to become numb to the actual meaning of what we are hearing. We become so used to hearing the concept that it no longer has the same effect on us as it did at its outset. This is true for amazing and terrible topics alike. One amazing thing I am sometimes hit with is the overwhelming realization that Jesus actually died for me. I have heard it millions of times, but when I sit back and really ponder this reality, it brings my soul to its knees. Conversely, it’s terrible that I have become used to hearing conversations concerning the topic of abortion. Terms like “termination of pregnancy,” “late term abortions,” and “fetus” have become so commonplace that they no longer phase me. I don’t want this to be the case.

I do not wish to be so accustomed to the reality of abortion that I no longer consider the humanity of the baby whose life is ending. We as a nation are in a position to act. H.R.36 was voted on in the House of Representatives yesterday. Thankfully it passed, which means it is going to the Senate. This bill would make abortions at 20 weeks post fertilization or later illegal, with a few exceptions. It has been found that an unborn child can feel excruciating pain at the point of 20 weeks in the pregnancy. The womb was designed by God to be one of the safest places on earth. Yet children in their mothers’ wombs at this age can still legally be aborted. Think about what that really means. We aren’t talking in hypotheticals. An estimated 58 million unborn children have been aborted. Thousands, if not millions, of these children have felt the pain of this procedure before dying horrible deaths. This bill is a step towards protecting these children.

Please contact your Senators and urge them to vote “yes” on this bill! As the body of Christ, we are called to stand for the least of these (Matthew 25:34-40). Today, we have a chance to step out and say that these abortions are wrong. When we think about what is being discussed, it opens our eyes to the plight of those who cannot speak up to defend themselves. We must be a voice for the voiceless. Let’s not allow ourselves to become used to the topic of abortion. Let it be something that always pulls at our hearts. Let it push us to act and advocate for the rights of all babies. Contact your Senators right now asking them to vote YES on H.R.36 — the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Why FRC Action Supports the Graham-Cassidy Legislation Repealing Obamacare

by FRC Action

September 19, 2017

 

Family Research Council Action along with FRC and Susan B. Anthony List (SBA) support the FY17 reconciliation legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). The Graham-Cassidy legislation would reapply to federal health care law the principle contained in the Hyde Amendment that abortion is not health care and should not be subsidized. It redirects taxpayer funding away from abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood and provides better state-based health insurance solutions for families than Obamacare.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser released the following joint statement in support of the Graham-Cassidy legislation:

We applaud Senators Graham and Cassidy for their leadership and strongly endorse the bill they have crafted. This legislation offers Republicans the best chance to fulfill their promises to repeal and replace Obamacare, stop taxpayer funding of abortion, and redirect tax dollars away from the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, to comprehensive health care alternatives.

It is now well past time for Republicans in Congress to deliver on those promises. The Graham-Cassidy bill offers them the best chance to do that, with only 51 votes needed in the Senate to pass it before the September 30 deadline. The prior Congress passed legislation to repeal Obamacare and fund alternatives instead of Planned Parenthood that would have become law had it not been vetoed by President Obama, and now they have a commitment from President Trump to sign it. The pro-life majority controls both chambers of Congress and the White House. The GOP is without excuse. We urge them to keep their promise and repeal Obamacare and end the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood. Failure to keep their promise to voters will bring into question whether this Congress can truly be called the ‘pro-life Congress.’ Rhetoric must be translated into verifiable action.

Should robust efforts to enact the Graham-Cassidy legislation through the FY2017 Reconciliation bill run out of time, then the fight to redirect funds from Planned Parenthood must move immediately to the FY2018 Tax Reconciliation bill. Planned Parenthood proudly self-reports taking the innocent lives of 328,348 unborn children last year and nearly one million over the past three years. That is 900 lives snuffed out before their first breath every single day by a single taxpayer-funded abortion chain. This tragedy is compounded every day that passes with inaction. The time for results is now. Lives depend on Congress’ leadership and action to enact the Graham-Cassidy bill.”

4,000 Texas homes and facilities still without power. Here’s how you can help.

by FRC Action

September 15, 2017

The scale of flooding that inundated Houston and the surrounding region of Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is shocking.

After five straight days of rain when Harvey made landfall on August 25th, Texas Gov. Abbott estimates there are still 4,000 homes and facilities without power.

As Christians, we are called to help those in need, first through prayer, and second through charitable work if we are able.

Here is a list of reputable organizations to donate to that are currently on the ground providing much needed aid:

Thoughts About 9/11 from a Christian Millennial

by FRC Action

September 12, 2017

By Bailey Johnson (FRC Intern)

I was quite young on September 11, 2001. I know from my mother that we sat and watched the television in shock along with the rest of the world. Remembering those who lost their lives, and those who willingly gave them 16 years ago, is very sobering. I think of the men and women who were at work in the towers and at the Pentagon, the firefighters, policemen, boat and ferry drivers, those on Flight 93, and others who became heroes that day.

Each time I reflect on 9/11 I become saddened, but also proud. I am proud to be a citizen of a county where we band together in turmoil. We care for one another and put the needs of others before our own. That is the America that I know and love. It shone beautifully despite the destruction and animosity shown us that day. There was bravery and honor shown by hundreds. I hear all of these things talked about often in regard to 9/11, as they should be. But now, as I think about the attacks, another perspective comes to mind.

I am sure we have all asked how people could fly planes into buildings, taking their own lives and those of thousands of innocents. I sit in utter disbelief of the reality of such evil. While studying history, there were many times I sat in amazement of the depravity of humanity. I don’t believe I will ever find the answer to many of my questions. However, I came to the realization that I was born with the exact same sinful nature as all the people I read about. This realization brought me to my knees.

As humans, we are born into a state of depravity we ourselves cannot comprehend. Yet there is salvation; there is hope. God loves us despite our depravity. That fact is astounding to me. What is often surprising is the fact that there is still good in this world. These realizations make me want to praise the Lord for who He is and the vast nature of His love. When I look at 9/11 through this lens, I see more than I ever did before.

There is no excuse for the evil that was displayed that day. We are engaged in a fight with this evil, but it is important to remember that we also fight this fight on a spiritual level, not a just physical one. We fight for the reconciling of hearts to Christ. Because of the depravity of our human nature, salvation is the only real solution to the evil in the world. September 11 was a very sad and devastating time in our history, but it is also a call to share the gospel.

September 11, 2001 should never be forgotten, I pray it never will be. However, we must do more than simply remember. America today needs people willing to follow the example of the heroes who arose that day. We need to unite as a nation, but we also need to unite under God. We must come together and put the needs of others before our own, as many did on that fateful day, and let beauty shine amid the dark times and good times.

We do not have to wait for disaster to strike to seek the Lord. Let us stand for our beliefs at all times. “…[I]n your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…” (1 Peter 3:15). May we always remember that we do not place our hope in the circumstances around us, but in our Lord Jesus.

Will Your Tax Dollars Pay For “Sex Change” Surgery?

by FRC Action

August 24, 2017

We wanted to share the following information with you from our friends at Cornerstone Action, an allied field partner, known as a Family Policy Council, (FPC) which accomplishes at the state level what FRC Action does at the national level. To find out your local FPC, visit our map for more details!

If you are a New Hampshire resident or know someone who is, we encourage you to join Cornerstone Action in making your voice heard on Thursday, August 24, as the New Hampshire Department of Justice will hold a hearing on how their Medicaid tax dollars could be spent on “sex change” surgeries! Let’s continue to fight at every level of government their overreach and social experimentation.


Will Your Tax Dollars Pay For “Sex Change” Surgery? The N.H. Department of Health and Human Services Wants to Hear From You!

A concerned parent whose family is served by the N.H. Healthy Families program has come forward with a July 31 letter from the program, which was sent separately to his children, ages 11 and 17. The letter was titled “Changes to Your Health Insurance Plan.” Among the changes, which the letter states were effective July 1, is this: “We will not limit or exclude health services related to gender transition.”

Why are children being told that the change is effective July 1, when a hearing on the rule change isn’t until August 24?

Who: N.H. Department of Health and Human Services

What: The DHHS will hold a hearing on the proposed rule change

When: Thursday, August 24, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

Where: DHHS Brown Building Auditorium, 129 Pleasant Street,Concord, NH.
             (Note that this is NOT near the State House.)

  • Written testimony will be accepted by DHHS via email, fax, or postal mail until August 31. Email michael.holt@dhhs.state.nh.us, fax to 603-271-5590, or send written testimony to DHHS Administrative Rules Unit, 129 Pleasant St., Concord NH 03301.

If Cornerstone learns of any schedule change, it will be noted on their web site. (nhcornerstone.org) Thank you for standing with us and Cornerstone Action to protect and defend Faith, Family, and Freedom!

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Record High 245 Members of Congress Score 100 percent on FRC Action's New Scorecard
by FRC Action (Jan. 30, 2018)

Family Research Council (FRC) Action released its scorecard today for the First Session of the 115th Congress. A record number -- 245 Members of Congress -- scored a perfect 100 percent for ...

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