Category archives: Abortion

Defending the Free Speech Rights of Pregnancy Centers

by Worth Loving

May 22, 2018

Pregnancy can be one of the most vulnerable times in a woman’s life, especially when the pregnancy is unexpected. It’s extremely important that a woman have a strong support group during such a time. For many women facing unplanned pregnancies, pregnancy resource centers provide the support needed for the woman to carry her baby to term and equip her to raise the child in a loving home.

There are two types of crisis pregnancy centers, licensed and unlicensed. Unlicensed pregnancy centers are authorized to provide any type of non-medical support including pregnancy kits, education, support groups, clothing, and so on. Licensed pregnancy centers provide all these services as well but are also authorized to provide limited medical services. Unlike Planned Parenthood, pregnancy resource centers charge nothing for their services. Oftentimes, pregnancy centers are strategically located in poor communities where medical care is hard to find. No one seeking their services is turned away.

Now, the very mission of these pregnancy centers is under attack in California through a law known as the California FACT Act. Passed in 2015, the law requires pregnancy centers to promote a message directly contrary to their mission. For licensed facilities, the law requires a state-approved message regarding abortion referrals to be posted in the pregnancy centers. Interestingly, the law doesn’t require licensed pregnancy centers to promote wellness and nutrition programs for women, infants, and children or anything of the sort. For non-licensed facilities, the law requires that the pregnancy center post a message explaining that they are not a licensed medical facility and therefore cannot provide any related services, something these pregnancy centers have never claimed to do.

Shortly after the passage of the California FACT Act, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, arguing that the law violated the free speech rights of pregnancy centers. After working its way through the lower courts, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of NIFLA v. Becerra in November 2017. Oral arguments were heard on March 20, and a decision is expected to be announced at the end of the Court’s term next month.

It certainly appears that precedent is on the side of pregnancy centers. Several cases have been decided in favor of private individuals and institutions who were being compelled to promote or participate in a message or action contrary to their beliefs or mission. It also appears that the current justices have serious reservations about the constitutionality of the California FACT Act. During oral arguments for NIFLA v. Becerra, several of the more liberal justices voiced concerns that the law was not only burdensome but specifically targeted pregnancy centers, something Justice Elena Kagan called a “serious issue.”

Defendants in the case, including the state of California, argue that pregnancy centers are willfully deceiving women into believing that abortion is not an option and that they must disclose abortion services. In the end, though, Attorney General Becerra’s legal team conceded that no charges have ever been filed against a single pregnancy center in the state of California; and they have yet to bring forward a woman who has been harmed by a pregnancy center.

Pregnancy centers have never claimed to be full service. Their goal is to provide services to a mother in need so that her baby may develop fully and that she may love and nurture the child. What’s at stake in this case is the First Amendment right of pregnancy centers to refuse to promote a message directly contrary to their mission. Last week, Congressman Andy Harris, a medical doctor from Maryland, spoke on the importance of this case at FRC. As he said, “The First Amendment gives you the right to say things. It also gives you the right not to say things, and that’s what this case is about.” To find out more about this critical case and how you can support pregnancy centers in your area, watch Rep. Harris’ full lecture.

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.

10 Reasons Why We Marched for Life

by Patrina Mosley

January 22, 2018

This year marked the 45th annual March for Life to protest the Roe v. Wade decision that changed the course of human dignity in America forever. Forty-five years ago, seven Supreme Court justices ruled that it was perfectly legal, and in fact a right for a mother to kill her own child in the womb. The first March for Life was just a year after this 1973 decision and advocates for the right to life haven’t stopped marching since! 

Unlike the Women’s March, which had no clear purpose or goals (and if you were not a liberal, pro-choice, secular humanist who didn’t vote for Trump, you were not welcomed), advocates for life gathered for a purpose that extends beyond Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Here are ten reasons why we marched for life:

    1. Life is precious and we are made in the image of God. That image gives glory to God. Genesis 1:26-28 shows that people, human beings, are the crown of God’s creation because He patterned our design after himself. God did this for nothing else in His creation. We have His attributes and divine involvement in the procreation of life and all its stages. Psalms 139:13-16 beautifully records:
      “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

      Through this intimate account by the psalmist David, we see the attributes and glory of God as being all-powerful, all-knowing, and always present. This account only affirms what modern science can tell us today about the development of a baby in the womb.

    2. The abortion industry was built on a genocidal philosophy, and this philosophy is still succeeding today. Martin Luther King wasn’t the only one with a dream. The dream of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was to weed out what she called “the unfit” from society. This included the poor, the sick, the disabled, and minorities. In her own plans to market to the “unfit,” she cautioned, “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” Today, over 79 percent of Planned Parenthood facilities are located within walking distance of black or Hispanic neighborhoods. Coincidence? I think not. Though abortion industry advocates might tell you that they are just concerned and want to provide access to those who are most vulnerable to unintended pregnancies or economic hardship, there is a reason this type of family planning started in these communities and continues to this day. How is it that the African-American community has been a part of this country as early as the 1600’s and represent less than 13 percent of the population today? This is true systemic racism.
    3. Abortion masquerading as “healthcare” is the biggest lie in America right now. Abortion poses an undisputed risk to women’s physical and mental health. After an abortion, it’s not uncommon to develop blood clots, hemorrhaging, and infection due to injury to the cervix. Abortion also increases the risk of breast cancer and premature births. Immediate medical complications affect approximately 10 percent of women undergoing abortions, and approximately one-fifth of these complications are life-threatening.
    4. The emotional and psychological harm done to women due to abortion is overwhelming—we must protect them both. The risk of suicide is three times greater for women who aborted than women who have not. Forty-two percent of women who aborted their child reported major depression by the age of 25. In a recent study done on 987 post-abortive women, only 6.6 percent of respondents reported using prescription drugs for psychological health prior to the first pregnancy that ended in abortion, compared with 51 percent who reported prescription drug use after the first abortion. A pro-life activist shared a statement she heard from post-abortive women that still sticks with her today: “Not a day goes by when the first thought that comes to my mind upon waking is ‘I actually PAID someone to kill my child.’”
    5. Abortion is neither empowerment nor a blessing. Abortion destroys life, glamorizes selfishness, enables reckless behavior, brings emotional trauma to both the man and the woman, and places an endorsement of complacency in building families.
    6. Convenience or coercion from others to abort a child does not determine inherent value or worth. Of the 987 women who participated in the study from above, 58.3 percent of the women reported aborting their child “to make others happy,” while 73.8 percent disagree that their decision to abort was entirely free from even subtle pressure from others to abort. A person’s value and worth should not be determined by if they are wanted or even healthy, but simply by being made in the image of God, and with that comes a plan for their life and the lives they will impact.
    7. It’s the right thing to do. To know the right thing to do and not do it is sinful and wrong for us to ignore (James 4:17). The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. even said: “The time is always right to do what is right.” Abortion is the most horrific injustice we could ever see—killing someone before they even have a chance to breathe. An estimated 60 million children have been extinguished from our society due to abortion.
    8. The hundreds of thousands who come to the March for Life annually have the power to change the hearts and minds of the American people, which can ultimately lead to changes in policy. Because we haven’t given up, we’ve seen massive pro-life legislation passed at the state level, and much of this legislation is gaining momentum at the federal level. On the day of the 45th March for Life, we saw the U.S. House of Representatives pass H.R. 4712, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require any health physician present to administer life-saving care to a child who survived an attempted abortion. We also saw the biggest showing of White House support for the pro-life movement than ever before! For the second year in a row, Vice President Mike Pence addressed the crowd, stating “My friends, life is winning in America because Love Saves Lives,” referencing the theme of this year’s March for Life. Also, for the first time ever in American history, a sitting president, Donald J. Trump, visually addressed the March for Life. He said: “Americans are more and more pro-life… In fact, only 12 percent of Americans support abortion on demand at any time. Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”
    9. Because we love. The March for Life is one of the most selfless acts of compassion one can be a part of. Not only are you marching to save lives, but you are marching to remember the lives that are no more—many of whom you don’t even know. But that doesn’t matter because all you need to know is that it was a life—a life that was taken for the sake of profit and a mother who is now left to deal with the emotional trauma. We love them both, and that love compels each of us to march and be the defenders of life and the broken.
    10. We are not alone. At the March for Life, you get to see other people from all different backgrounds from across the country, even from other parts of the world, that value life just like you and are willing to brave the cold and go the distance to see the sanctity of life restored. It’s a brotherhood and sisterhood of a love of another kind. At this March, you didn’t have to be a “Never-Trumper,” a Republican, a religious person, or heterosexual. People from all walks of life were united in a simple belief: that every life has value and was created just as God intended, and therefore deserves justice.

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.”

10 Things to Ask Your Member of Congress During the Congressional Recess

by FRC Action

February 24, 2017

Congress has adjourned for President’s Day week, and Congressmen and Senators are traveling throughout their Districts and states hosting town halls and public forums. Asking questions at these events is a great way for you to help your elected representatives understand issues of concern for you and your family. For town hall schedules, call or visit the website of your Senators and Congressman (click here if you don’t know who your members of Congress are). Use this issue guide to raise topics related to the sanctity of life, marriage, family, and religious freedom.


To Ask Your Congressman and Senators:

 

  1. Do you support repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood as Congress did in 2015 only to have President Obama veto it?
  2. Will you commit to oppose abortion funding or subsidies for health insurance in any Republican plan to replace Obamacare? The House just passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act to make the Hyde Amendment ban on funding and subsidizing insurance with abortion coverage permanent and government wide. These principles should be applied to any new GOP plan to replace Obamacare in the coming weeks.
  3. Will you support efforts to stop the onerous abuse of the “Johnson Amendment” by supporting the Free Speech Fairness Act sponsored by Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), and Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.)? This legislation ensures pastors and non-profits can engage in speech about political candidates so long as they do so during their normal non-profit activities and spend no more than a minimal amount on the candidate-related speech. It prevents liberal activist organizations and the IRS from threatening pastors and churches for speaking up on political issues.
  4. Will you support legislation to stop government discrimination against people who still believe that marriage is between one man and one woman? While the Supreme Court overturned the natural definition of marriage adopted into law by over 30 states, many people still respectfully believe marriage is between one man and one woman and should not be punished by the government for acting in accordance with that belief.
  5. Will you support passage of the “Conscience Protection Act” sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) to ensure the federal government does not discriminate against pro-life health care entities who object to being forced to participate in abortion?
  6. Will you support a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which bars abortion on 5-month-old unborn babies when they begin to experience severe pain? This bill is sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and has previously passed the House twice.
  7. Will you oppose the so-called “Equality Act” which would force special protections for homosexual and transsexual lifestyles in 25 areas of federal law—with no religious liberty protections for people of faith who disagree with these lifestyles and same-sex marriage?
  8. Will you support the Born Alive Survivor’s Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ark.) and Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebr.), that requires doctors to provide the same care for infants born alive after an abortion that is otherwise provided to born alive infants? 

To Ask Just Your Senators:

  1. Will you support a vote on the recently House-passed “Disapproval Resolution” to block the Obama administration’s Title X regulation issued last December which punishes states that redirect family planning funds from Planned Parenthood to more holistic community health centers?
  2. With the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy of Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court, will you vote to approve him since he will defend the original meaning of the Constitution and overturn Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges that forced abortion and same-sex marriage on all 50 states?

Pro-Life Bills You Should Know About in 2017

by FRC Action

January 26, 2017

As we approach the March for Life tomorrow, we have an unprecedented opportunity before us to advance the culture of life with a unified pro-life House, Senate, and president. Here are some bills you should know about for 2017 that will defend the innocent and protect the consciences of the American people. This year, like never before, let your representatives know of your support for these crucial measures that will save lives.

1. S.184/H.R.7 - No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would permanently codify the Hyde Amendment and apply it across all federal government programs, preventing federal funds from paying for elective abortion and health care plans that include elective abortion coverage. This bill (H.R.7) passed the House on January 24, 2017, and its Senate companion bill (S.184) is currently pending a vote in the Senate.

2. H.R.37/S.220 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

This bill requires health care practitioners to treat babies born alive after failed abortion attempts with the same care they would provide to a baby born at the same gestational age. Additionally, it includes penalties for the intentional killing of infants born alive. The bill also gives the mother of a child born alive a private right of action to seek relief in case an abortionist were to kill her born-alive infant.

3. H.R.36 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

This bill will ban abortions after 20 weeks’ post-fertilization, the point at which science tells us a child can feel excruciating pain.

4. Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (pending introduction)

With this budget reconciliation bill, a special legislative vehicle that can pass the Senate with just 51 votes, pro-lifers can see Obamacare gutted, stopping subsidies for health care plans that cover abortion and see over $400 million rescinded in annual mandatory spending that currently funds Planned Parenthood. These taxpayer dollars would then be reallocated to other federally-qualified health centers that do not provide abortion. This bill passed the House and Senate in 2016, but unfortunately former President Obama vetoed it. President Trump has indicated that he would sign this legislation.

5. Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act (pending introduction)

This bill would ban dismemberment abortions in which unborn children are brutally torn apart limb from limb (also known as dilation and evacuation abortion).

6. Conscience Protection Act (pending introduction)

This bill would stop discrimination against pro-lifer Americans, by the government and entities it funds, who object to being forced to participate in abortion (such as doctors). This bill would codify abortion conscience laws like the Weldon Amendment that have to be re-added to annual spending bills, and the bill would give pro-life victims of discrimination the right to sue in court.

A Vote for Hillary Clinton is a Vote for Abortion

by Arina Grossu

August 9, 2016

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Blogger Rachel Held Evans is disingenuous when she states that you can vote for Hillary Clinton and still be “pro-life.” This is simply not true. While we don’t know exactly what we’re getting with Donald Trump, we surely know what we’re getting with Hillary Clinton. It should not only raise red flags but also sound loud sirens that both Planned Parenthood and NARAL are heavily endorsing Clinton. Back in January Planned Parenthood announced that it was endorsing Clinton and dropping at least $20 million this election cycle, saying:

We’re proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. No other candidate in our nation’s history has demonstrated such a strong commitment to women or such a clear record on behalf of women’s health and rights.”

Planned Parenthood has shown time and time again that its interests as an organization are primarily financial. The abortion industry makes a huge profit from selling abortions and baby body parts, while receiving over $500 million in taxpayer funding annually. Planned Parenthood and Hillary Clinton are two peas in a pod.

The Democratic platform itself lines right up with Clinton in codifying her progressively aggressive abortion stance: both have now embraced repealing the Hyde Amendment and forcing taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. The Republican platform, on the other hand, is pro-life, solid, and conservative. There is a night and day difference between these two.

Held Evans also claims that outlawing abortion won’t necessarily reduce abortions. That’s incorrect, based on inflated and ideologically-driven data provided by the abortion lobby. Further, studies have shown that access to contraceptives may actually increase teen pregnancy. Abstinence education, on the other hand, actually works. More abstinence means fewer unplanned pregnancies and fewer abortions.

Being pro-life is being pro-women and their children, before birth and after. You can’t be pro-life if you support the intentional killing of innocent human life, in the womb or outside it. Voting for someone who does support the intentional killing of vulnerable, unborn humans is as anti-life as it gets. Hillary’s words speak for themselves on where she stands on abortion: “I believe we need to protect access to safe and legal abortion, not just in principle, but in practice.”

In a democratic society we have the unique privilege of voting in accordance with our beliefs and values. By supporting pro-abortion candidates, we not only compromise our values, but also support the killing of unborn baby humans.

Sure, there are other values that are pro-human dignity that we should want in our candidates. But let’s keep in mind that the most fundamental of these rights is the right to life. We cannot exercise other rights without first being able to exercise our right to life and to ensure that every single person’s right to life is protected and defended, not only by our Congress and our laws, but by our next president. A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for abortion. If she is elected president, she is going to do everything in her power to push the most radical pro-abortion agenda that the U.S. has ever seen, most notably by her nomination of pro-abortion Supreme Court justices and support for Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby’s destructive agendas. The lives of millions of unborn babies are at stake. Don’t be duped.

For more reactions to her inflammatory blog post, see these commentaries at the Federalist and National Review.

A Comparison of the Democrat and Republican Platforms

by Andrew Guernsey

July 25, 2016

Last week, the Republican Party ratified its 2016 platform that includes key socially conservative planks on life, marriage, and religious liberty, which FRC Action, in tandem with our partner delegates, helped to improve from the 2012 platform. This week, the Democrats approved their platform, which swings them even farther to the extreme left on their radical social agenda.

While platforms are non-binding documents, research shows they matter—significantly. One study found that in the past 30 years, Republicans in Congress voted for positions supported by their party platform 89 percent of the time, while Democrats did so at a rate of 74 percent. If Republicans and Democrats in Congress make good on their party platforms’ promises, people of faith heading to the polls in November can be confident that Republicans will defend life, marriage, and religious liberty, while Democrats will continue to put those same values under direct assault.

The difference between the two parties’ platforms could not be clearer on values issues. Here are some concrete instances:

 

MARRIAGE

On the Redefinition of Marriage

Democrats support the Court’s judicial activism in Obergefell “that recognized LGBT people … have the right to marry the person they love.”

Republicans, on the other hand, “condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor … [and] Obergefell v. Hodges, which … robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. To echo Scalia, we dissent.” Republicans “urge its [Obergefell’s] reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the states.”

On Supporting Marriage and Family

The Democrats look to government and “social support services,” not marriage and family as the foundation of American society. Without mentioning the family or natural marriage, Democrats “are committed to creating a society where children … can thrive physically, emotionally, educationally, and spiritually … [through] civil structures that are essential to creating this for every child.”

The Republicans, on the other hand, affirm that “the American family … is the foundation of civil society, and the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman.” The platform affirms the numerous benefits of natural marriage to human flourishing, and supported by overwhelming evidence from social science, concludes that “every child deserves a married mom and dad.” Republicans believe that “strong families, depending upon God and one another, advance the cause of liberty by lessening the need for government in their daily lives,” and conversely, “the loss of faith and family life leads to greater dependence upon government.” The Platform also discourages cohabitation and calls for “marriage penalties to be removed from the tax code and public assistance programs.”

 

ABORTION

On Pro-Life Laws

The Democrats say they “will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion … We believe unequivocally that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured.”

The 2016 Republican Platform is arguably the most pro-life platform in the history of the Republican Party. It states in unequivocal terms that “the Democratic Party is extreme on abortion … Because of their opposition to simple abortion clinic safety procedures, support for taxpayer-funded abortion, and rejection of pregnancy resource centers that provide abortion alternatives, the old Clinton mantra of ‘safe, legal, and rare’ has been reduced to just ‘legal.’ We are proud to be the party that protects human life and offers real solutions for women.”

The Platform applauds the U.S House for passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, declaring, “We strongly oppose infanticide.” It also supports a human life amendment to the Constitution, abortion clinic regulations, federal and state bans on abortions at 20 weeks, when pre-born babies can feel pain, bans on abortions based on sex or disability, and bans on “the cruelest forms of abortion, especially dismemberment abortion procedures, in which unborn babies are literally torn apart limb from limb.” It calls for a ban on human cloning and the creation of or experimentation on human embryos for research, and also applauds Congress for banning research involving three parent embryos.

On the Hyde Amendment

For the first time in history, the Democrats and their nominee, Hillary Clinton, call for “repealing the Hyde Amendment” to allow the government to fund abortion on demand.

On the Hyde Amendment, the Republicans oppose the Democrats’ extremism directly: “As Democrats abandon this four decade-old bipartisan consensus, we call for codification of the Hyde Amendment and its application across the government, including Obamacare.” Republicans also “will not fund or subsidize healthcare that includes abortion coverage.”

On Planned Parenthood and the Selling of Baby Body Parts

The Democrats support taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood by name: “We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people.”

The Republicans, for the first time, denounce Planned Parenthood by name for committing abortions, selling baby parts, and deceiving women with faulty fetal harvesting consent forms: “We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare.” It calls on Congress to enact a ban on any sale of fetal body parts.

 

JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS

The Democrats promise to “appoint judges who defend the constitutional principles of liberty and equality for all, protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion … and see the Constitution as a blueprint for progress.”

The Republicans “support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life.” Such appointments would “enable courts to begin to reverse the long line of activist decisions—including Roe, Obergefell, and the Obamacare cases—that have usurped Congress’s and states’ lawmaking authority, undermined constitutional protections, expanded the power of the judiciary at the expense of the people and their elected representatives, and stripped the people of their power to govern themselves.”


RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

On Recognizing God in Government

Short of mentioning “God-given potential,” which elicited boos and controversy at the 2012 Democratic Convention, the Democratic Platform includes no direct reference to God. The Democrat platforms speak frequently of rights, but only as they come from government, never as coming first from God. They give lip service to religion—that “our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith in many forms and the countless acts of justice, mercy, and tolerance it inspires.” But there is one major exception—the Democrats only support a “progressive vision of religious freedom” that “rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate” on LGBT issues—such as the millions of Christians who support natural marriage.

The Republican Platform affirms that God is central to American government, society and our way of life, saying: “every time we sing, ‘God Bless America,’ we are asking for help. We ask for divine help that our country can fulfill its promise.” The Platform affirms what the Declaration of Independence sets forth: “That God bestows certain inalienable rights on every individual, thus producing human equality; that government exists first and foremost to protect those inalienable rights; that man-made law must be consistent with God-given, natural rights; and that if God-given, natural, inalienable rights come in conflict with government, court, or human-granted rights, God-given, natural, inalienable rights always prevail.” As Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his Letter from Birmingham Jail, the Republican platform affirms that God, not the government, is the final authority, even above human laws, and sets the highest law we must follow. In light of this fact, Republicans “support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

On Religious Freedom on Abortion

The Democrats’ radical push for abortion makes no exception even for religious organizations or conscience protections for doctors or nurses who object to abortion. The Platform pledges to “defend the ACA … including no-cost contraception, and prohibits discrimination in health care based on gender.” This alludes to the Obama administration’s contraception/abortifacient mandates against Christian businesses like Hobby Lobby and religious groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor, and HHS’ redefinition of “sex discrimination” in Obamacare to include abortion and possibly sex change operations.

The Republicans, on the other hand, insist on protecting “the rights of conscience of healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and organizations, especially the faith-based groups.” This includes “the ability of all organizations to provide, purchase, or enroll in healthcare coverage consistent with their religious, moral, or ethical convictions without discrimination or penalty” and “the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children.”

On Religious Freedom on Marriage

The Democrats call to “end discrimination on the basis of … gender, sexual orientation, gender identity,” etc. and they promise to “fight for comprehensive federal non-discrimination protections for all LGBT Americans, to guarantee equal rights in areas such as housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, jury service, education, and federal funding.” Democrats claim that without these special LGBT protections, “a restaurant can refuse to serve a transgender person, and a same-sex couple is at risk of being evicted from their home.” Continuing their undermining of religious freedom, Democrats insist that they only “support a progressive vision of religious freedom that respects pluralism and rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate.”

The Republicans calls for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act, “which will bar government discrimination against individuals and businesses for acting on the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman,” and it sides with the rights of florists, photographers, bakers, and especially adoption agencies who do not wish to violate their consciences or religious beliefs by supporting same-sex marriage. Republicans oppose the Democrats’ “effort to undermine religion and drive it from the public square” and “strongly support the freedom of Americans to act in accordance with their religious beliefs, not only in their houses of worship, but also in their everyday lives.” Republicans support “the right of the people to conduct their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs and condemn public officials who have proposed boycotts against businesses that support traditional marriage.”

 

EDUCATION

On Transgender Bathrooms in Schools

Following the Obama administration’s redefinition of sex discrimination in Title IX, the Democrats “will fight for the continued development of sex discrimination law to cover LGBT people.” They pledge to “improve school climates” to advance gay and transgender rights, claiming in defense that “LGBT kids continue to be bullied at school.” They specify creating “federal non-discrimination protections for all LGBT Americans … in areas such as … education.”

Republicans call out the Obama administration’s Title IX transgender bathroom edict, which “impose[s] a social and cultural revolution upon the American people by wrongly redefining sex discrimination to include sexual orientation or other categories,” as “at once illegal, dangerous, and ignores privacy issues.” The GOP Platform denounces the liberal social agenda, which is “determined to reshape our schools—and our entire society—to fit the mold of an ideology alien to America’s history and traditions.”

On Teaching the Bible in Public Schools

The Democrats insist on promoting “high-quality STEM classes,” “computer science education,” and to “engage students to be critical thinkers and civic participants.” Yet Democrats also insist on banning prayer from the public sphere even in our public schools.

Recognizing that “a good understanding of the Bible [is] indispensable for the development of an educated citizenry,” the Republicans encourage, on a voluntary basis, for “state legislatures to offer the Bible in a literature curriculum as an elective in America’s high schools.” The Platform also “affirm[s] the rights of religious students to engage in voluntary prayer at public school events and to have equal access to school facilities.”

On Common Core and School Choice

In their platform, the Democrats “believe that a strong public education system is an anchor of our democracy” for “all children.” “Democrats are also committed to … high-quality public school options and expanding these options for low-income youth.” They offer no support for families, even poor ones, who want private or faith-based schooling for their children.

The GOP Platform promises Republicans will “fight for school choice” and “local control of our schools.” It recognizes that “parents” not the government, “are a child’s first and foremost educators, and have primary responsibility for the education of their children.” Therefore Republicans support “home-schooling … private or parochial schools … Education savings accounts (ESAs), vouchers, and tuition tax credits.” Republicans also favor “implementing alternatives to Common Core, and congratulate the states which have successfully repealed it.”

On Sexual Education

The Democrats promote what they wrongly call comprehensive or “evidence-based sex education,” which, in fact, encourages young children and teens to use contraception and engage in risky sexual behavior. Even though the federal government funds condom-based approaches to sex education 16 to 1 compared to Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education, since 1991 the percent of high school students who have never had sex has increased 28%. The reason is largely due to SRA and the fact that parents and teenagers largely support waiting until marriage to have sex.

Recognizing the success of SRA, the Republicans call for “sexual risk avoidance education that sets abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior. That approach—the only one always effective against premarital pregnancy and sexually-transmitted disease—empowers teens to achieve optimal health outcomes. ”

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

On the Obama Administration’s International Abortion and Homosexual Rights Agenda

The Democrats “will support sexual and reproductive health and rights around the globe” including repealing “the ‘global gag rule’ [ie. the Mexico City Policy] and the Helms Amendment that bars U.S. assistance to provide safe, legal abortion throughout the developing world.” They also “will promote LGBT human rights and ensure America’s foreign policy is inclusive of LGBT people around the world … including combating efforts by any nation to infringe on LGBT rights or ignore abuse.”

The GOP Platform opposes the federal government funding abortion overseas, and it calls for restoring the Mexico City Policy, to prevent federal money from going to NGOs like Planned Parenthood or the U.N. population fund, which “provide or promote abortion,” or are complicit in “China’s barbaric program of forced abortion.” It condemns the Obama administration for “impos[ing] on foreign recipients, especially the peoples of Africa, its own radical social agenda while excluding faith-based groups.”

On Genocide of Christians in the Middle-East

The Democrats say, “We are horrified by ISIS’ genocide of Christians and Yezidis and crimes against humanity against Muslims and others in the Middle East. We will do everything we can to protect religious minorities and the fundamental right of freedom to worship and believe.”

The Republicans complain that Obama’s “State Department has, belatedly, labeled genocide” the killing of Christians in the Middle East. It continues: “At a time when China has renewed its destruction of churches, Christian home-schooling parents are jailed in parts of Europe, and even Canada threatens pastors for their preaching, a Republican administration will return the advocacy of religious liberty to a central place in its diplomacy, will quickly designate the systematic killing of religious and ethnic minorities a genocide, and will work with the leaders of other nations to condemn and combat genocidal acts.”

On Terrorism

In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, the Democrats singled out the LGBT community in response to violence for special protections: “Democrats believe that LGBT rights are human rights and that American foreign policy should advance the ability of all persons to live with dignity, security, and respect regardless of who they are or who they love.” And they insist “we must condemn hate speech that creates a fertile climate for violence,” and that “we will protect transgender individuals from violence.”

The Republicans also oppose any violence on all people, but without dividing victims into identity groups, instead naming the enemy, “radical Islam”: “Radical Islamic terrorism poses an existential threat to personal freedom and peace around the world. We oppose its brutal assault on all human beings, all of whom have inherent dignity. The Republican Party stands united with all victims of terrorism and will fight at home and abroad to destroy terrorist organizations and protect the lives and fundamental liberties of all people.”

 

MILITARY

On Social Engineering in the Military

The Democrats cheer the “repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and claim without evidence that “our military is strongest” when it includes “people of all … sexual orientations and gender identities,” including transgender people, ie. those with gender dysphoria.

The GOP Platform insists, on the contrary, “We reject the use of the military as a Platform for social experimentation and will not accept or continue attempts to undermine military priorities and mission readiness. We believe that our nation is most secure when the president and the administration prioritize readiness, recruitment, and retention rather than using the military to advance a social or political agenda. Military readiness should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.”

On Women in the Military

Democrats claim “our military should be the best-trained, best-equipped fighting force in the world” yet Democrats in Congress want to force women to have to register for the draft. Democrats also want to “make certain that the VA provides … women with full and equal treatment, including reproductive health services” which includes abortion.

The Republican Platform opposes “compulsory national service and Selective Service registration of women for a possible future draft.” It also “reiterate[s] our support for both the advancement of women in the military and their exemption from direct ground combat units and infantry battalions.” Republicans in Congress have repeatedly sought to protect our military hospitals from being turned into abortion clinics.

On the Religious Freedom of Chaplains

Democrats emphasize “we must condemn hate speech that creates a fertile climate for violence” and claim that “our military is strongest when people of all … sexual orientations, and gender identities are honored.”

In light of “attempts by the Obama Administration to censure and silence … particularly Christians and Christian chaplains,” Republicans “support the rights of conscience of … and will protect the religious freedom of all military members, especially chaplains, and will not tolerate attempts to ban Bibles or religious symbols from military facilities. A Republican commander-in chief will also encourage education regarding the religious liberties of military personnel under both the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the current National Defense Authorization Act.”

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