Category archives: Human Rights

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.”

WATCH - The Battle for Humanity: How Conservatives Can Fight Human Trafficking

by FRC Action

August 1, 2017

In a free country such as ours, it’s easy to forget that slavery still exists: human beings are being trafficked and sold for sex against their will. Human trafficking is a horrifying scourge that continues to haunt America, particularly through the proliferation of illegal online transactions between traffickers and buyers.

In this timely policy lecture, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) discusses congressional anti-human trafficking initiatives and how the conservative community can best be engaged in combatting this horrific crime. Congresswoman Wagner, who introduced the highly anticipated Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 in April, focuses on online sex trafficking via Backpage.com and other websites, the need to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and how to confront the demand for sex trafficking in American culture.

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.

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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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