| Terri Schiavo and the Slippery Slope of Assisted Suicide | . On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo died after nearly 14 days without food or water. Over 14 years have passed since her court-ordered death by starvation and dehydration. Even as I write this, Vincent Lambert, dubbed the “French Terri Schiavo,” is facing the same death that she faced unless the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities intervenes. Recently, a so-called “right-to-die” or “death with dignity” bill was passed by the New Jersey legislature and signed by Governor Phil Murphy. In Maryland, a similar bill passed the House of Delegates but failed in the state Senate by one vote. Last month, the Nevada legislature defeated a bill that would have legalized assisted suicide. Amid the renewed debate on such legislation, it’s important to understand the implications of such laws and how the story of Terri Schiavo relates to them. In the early morning of February 25, 1990, Terri Schiavo collapsed at her home in St. Petersburg, Florida. Although no diagnosis was made, her medical records indicate a deprivation of oxygen to the brain. After being placed on a ventilator for the first few weeks following her collapse, it was soon removed, and she was able to breathe on her own for the rest of her life. The collapse left Terri with limited ability to communicate or move. Due to difficulty swallowing, a feeding tube was inserted to keep her nourished and hydrated. Continue reading her story at link in bio. Also at blog.frcaction.org. . . . . #TerriSchiavo #assistedsuicide #prolife #starvation #dehydration #deathwithdignity #righttodie
| Biden: I'm Not a Hyde Maintenance Guy | . The frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination has gotten a lot of exercise sprinting to the Left since his announcement in April. First, he threw a fellow member of the Second Family club -- Mike Pence -- under the bus. Then, he turned himself inside out to show his far-Left cred when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) challenged his environmental record. Now, he's sealing the deal as just another Democratic extremist by reversing his longtime position on taxpayer-funded abortion. So much for a reasonable, grown-up, middle-of-the-road campaign. . For someone like Biden, who'd held the same policy position for 40 years, his about-face on abortion should have been bigger news. Instead, Biden's answer -- captured by an ACLU activist on May 4 -- went completely under the radar until Washington Post reporter David Weigel made it a national story last Sunday. While the rest of his party moved farther and farther Left, the Delaware senator always maintained that forcing taxpayers to bankroll abortion was a step too far. . Back in 1973, the eventual vice president was practically conservative on life, arguing that the Supreme Court had overstepped in Roe v. Wade. Twenty years later, in 1994, that hadn't changed. I will continue to abide by the same principle that has guided me throughout my 21 years in the Senate: those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them, Biden wrote. As you may know, I have consistently -- on no fewer than 50 occasions -- voted against federal funding of abortions. Even as recently as 2007, Biden separated himself from his eventual boss. I've stuck to my middle-of-the-road position on abortion for more than 30 years. I still vote against partial birth abortion and federal funding, he added. . That all changed in 2019 -- the same year (not-so-coincidentally) that his party is trying to make infanticide the new abortion. Pushed twice by a liberal voter about his position on the wall between taxpayers and abortion, Biden finally replied, It can't stay. . Full article at frcaction.org. . . . . #Election2020 #JoeBiden #abortion #hydeamendment
| An Ivey League of Pro-Lifers | . Is that a threat or a promise? . When Alabama Governor Ivey signed the Human Rights Protection Act into law, the ACLU thought its tweet would have the state shaking in its boots. You can't say we didn't warn you @GovernorKayIvey. See you in court. Well, obviously, the Left wasn't paying attention, since that was whole point! When Governor Ivey signed the state's abortion ban into law, she did it with one eye on the unborn -- and the other on the U.S. Supreme Court. If liberals sue, she knows as well as we do: they'll be doing pro-lifers a favor. . Before the ink was even dry, radicals like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) were on the warpath, spouting all kinds of craziness about conservatives and the law. At one point, she appeared to be totally confused or outright lying, insisting that Alabama would be locking up mothers for ending their pregnancies. When people started calling her out, she blamed Twitter's limitations for the misunderstanding. Give me a break, Liz Wheeler replied. 280 characters is plenty of room to tell truth. It'd never be a felony for women. Period. The former bartender would not be deterred. This is the church's fault anyway, she dodged. U.S. religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology. Funny, I thought her party was the one on the sex strike. . For a bill supposedly so extreme, it had overwhelming support. Only nine out of all 108 legislators voted against it. That's as close to a consensus as it gets. . The timing is right, legal experts agree. Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973, Governor Ivey said. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter. Good for Alabama. Go for broke. . Full article at frcaction.org - Washington Update. . . . . #Alabama #AlabamaLovesLife #AlabamaAbortionBan #prolife #life #SCOTUS #RoevWade #abortion #GovernorKayIvey
| The Religious Freedom of Public Officials Is Under Attack. These Three Aren’t Backing Down | . In both their public and private lives, the American Founders were not shy about expressing their faith. But today, there is a growing movement to silence the religious expression of public officials, particularly Christians. On Easter Sunday, Arizona Governor @DougDucey, a born-again Christian, posted John 11:25 on his government social media accounts. Next to the picture was the caption “He is risen! Have a happy and blessed Easter!” The Arizona Republic quickly denounced the post as a violation of the separation of church and state, arguing that Gov. Ducey cannot use his government social media accounts to promote a particular religion. Yet when former President Obama wished everyone a “Happy Ramadan” in 2013 and 2015 from his official White House account, he was never criticized for endorsing Islam. But Gov. Ducey isn’t the only public official who has faced such unfair scrutiny. @NASA Administrator @JimBridenstine was attacked a few days prior for his comments about a Christian ministry. At a fundraiser for @CapitolMinistries, Bridenstine gave a few words of praise for the ministry: “I love what Ralph said earlier: We’re not trying to Christianize the US government. We believe in an institutional separation, but we also believe in influence. And that’s a big distinction and an important distinction, and that’s why I love this ministry.” Once again, leftist groups were quick to denounce Bridenstine’s comments, claiming that he used his government position to endorse a religion and violated the Establishment Clause. Yet these groups were silent when former President Obama spoke at fundraisers for Planned Parenthood and even called for God’s blessing on the abortion giant. The Left won’t even leave the Second Lady alone. In January, Karen Pence was lambasted for teaching at a Christian school that holds to a biblical view of sexuality. Apparently, the Left believes any association with Christianity by a public official is tantamount to violating the Establishment Clause. . Continue reading at blog.fraction.org. . . . #religiousfreedom #establishmentclause
#Repost @frcdc ・・・ The #EqualityAct, by now familiar to most of us, will finally be voted on in the House this week. If passed, its impact upon American life and culture can be summed up in one word: devastation. . It starts by being built upon a lie—that one's sexual conduct is substantially the same as an immutable characteristic like one's skin color. Biology, not ideology, dictates that we are men and women. Though physically different, we are equal in worth, and deserving of protection. Indeed, the very sex discrimination protections for men and women which we have had for decades are being steamrolled by the Equality Act's notion of gender identity, which dismisses the concerns of women being forced to violate their privacy or compete against biological men in sporting competitions. . Many Americans agree that #women shouldn't be forced to violate their privacy or compete against men -- but they need to find their voice; some are just too cowed and scared of those pushing the LGBT ideology right now to say anything. For the good of our children and our families, we need our fellow Americans who know the truth and agree with us to find their voice and speak up. . As if this embedded inequality for women was not enough, the Equality Act would expand #abortion throughout our healthcare system, and put in jeopardy the long-standing conscience laws protecting those opposed to abortion, and even the #HydeAmendment which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. There are no protections for those that object to abortion under the Equality Act—just a right to abortion. . Finally, the Equality Act would gut #religiousfreedom. Even some houses of worship would be barred from ensuring their leaders and other employees abide by their own beliefs. Under the Equality Act, women who identify as men would have to be accepted as men and therefore potentially eligible to serve in positions reserved for men (such as a Catholic Priest or Jewish Rabbi). . The vote in the House is next week on this coercive, anti-family, anti-faith, anti-freedom, and pro-abortion legislation. Find your voice and speak up. . Contact your representatives at frcaction.org
| Legal Infanticide: Biggest Mistake Evers | . It was a surreal segment of the Friday morning news. In Maryland, Fox 5 reporters were on the scene of a grisly homicide. I want to remind viewers, the anchor warned, that some of the details in this story are very graphic. There, in a quiet suburban neighborhood, police had stumbled on the body of a newborn baby -- dead, the anchor shook his head, just moments after being born. . From the Howard County police to the Fox 5 team, people on camera were appalled that anyone would be capable of such a thing. And yet, if this mother had been in a hospital -- and not her own home -- Democrats would be the first to argue: this wasn't a crime. It was a choice. . But what may be first-degree murder in Maryland is being championed as a personal medical decision in #Wisconsin. There, Governor #TonyEvers is perfectly okay with this kind of #infanticide as long as it's done neatly and under the watchful eye of a health care professional. If your unwanted baby survives, Democrats would prefer that you kindly throw him away at a hospital -- not your townhouse closet. At least then, as Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) pointed out in comments earlier this year, the infant would be kept comfortable. . Governor Evers wants voters to know: there are far more important things to worry about than the brutal killing of newborn babies. We have all sorts of issues to deal with in the state of Wisconsin, he told reporters, and to pass a bill [like born-alive] seems to be not a productive use of time. Tell that to the hundreds of grown survivors like #MelissaOhden, #ClaireCulwell, #GiannaJessen, and #JosiahPresley. Surely, their lives are worth the minute it would take Evers to sign on the dotted line? As for Governor Evers, he may have passed the test of the extreme Left, but he's failed the one on humanity. When it comes to the tragedy of infanticide, D.C.'s Fox 5 was right. It is graphic and disturbing. But as much as they'd advise viewer discretion, it might be VOTER discretion that makes all the difference. Full article at FRC.org - Washington Update.
The issue of abortion is emotional, heated, and fraught with passionate opinions on all sides, and rightly so—the lives of human beings in the womb hang in the balance. It's no surprise, then, that a lot of misguided, inflammatory, and patently false rhetoric inevitably surrounds the abortion issue whenever it is debated. Dr. Ingrid Skop, a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist for 22 years, is passionate about inserting some much-needed scientific truth and common sense into the abortion debate from the perspective of a medical professional who works with pregnant women on a daily basis. In FRC's new video series and corresponding publication, she dispels 10 common myths about abortion. . Visit frc.org/myths. . . . . #abortion #prolife #IngridSkop #truth #myth #harm #life #right #Constitution #fetus #pain #theyfeelpain #video #childbirth
| The Power of Pro-Life Citizen Involvement | . Does grassroots activism even work? Can citizen participation make a difference? . Several pro-life victories show the power of ordinary Americans taking action for the issues they care about. Although she was only 15 years old, Lila Rose began standing against Planned Parenthood through investigative reporting. Due in part to her efforts, the government has cut $60 million in Planned Parenthood support, and 8 states have stopped funding from going to the abortion giant. Similarly, Abby Johnson quit her Planned Parenthood career and made it her mission to rescue other abortion workers from the industry. Thanks to her organization, And Then There Were None, 400 abortion workers have left. Another 1 percent of American abortion workers quit after seeing Johnson’s autobiographical film Unplanned. . Voting for pro-life candidates also yields powerful pro-life victories. When Iowa voters elected pro-life officials who defunded Planned Parenthood, one third of the state’s Planned Parenthood locations closed. In Bettendorf, Iowa, the pro-life Women’s Choice Center moved into Planned Parenthood’s old building, redeeming a tragic location with compassion and care. Since pro-life legislators passed the Hyde amendment, the Charlotte Lozier Institute reveals that 2.13 million humans have been saved from abortion. On the flip side, after Illinois legalized taxpayer-funded abortions for state employees and Medicaid recipients, the number of taxpayer-funded abortions rose by 274 percent. . When citizens engage on the issues they are passionate about and become involved in the political process, change happens. Activists like @prolifeAbbyJohnson and @LilaRoseOfficial prove that concerned citizens can make a critical difference. Calling our legislators, showing up for demonstrations, and voting our values will help to determine the course America takes in the years ahead. . Full article at blog.frcaction.org. . . . . #prolife #vote #takeaction #UnplannedMovie #LiveAction #life #stand #pray #grassroots #citizen
| Tarheels Taking Strides for Life Legislation | . While House Democrats are busy blocking sensible, humane legislation like the #BornAliveAct (they have now refused to consider this measure 32 times), they are motivating states like #NorthCarolina to counter their callousness by taking a stand and attempting to protect babies born alive after a failed abortion attempt. . This week, two born-alive protection bills are moving in the North Carolina General Assembly: SB 359 and HB 602. . These two bills are identical and would require that babies who are born alive after a failed abortion receive the same level of care as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and that these babies be immediately transported and admitted to a hospital. . It is incredible to think that we have to clarify what should be understood as human decency, but unfortunately, now we do. We not only have to specify this type of decency, but we also need accountability for failing to comply with it. These two pro-life bills would accomplish exactly that; in other words, they have some teeth! As our friends at the @NCFamilyOrg explain, [f]ailure to comply with the provisions above would subject the practitioner to possible criminal and civil penalties. Additionally, these bills would establish a new murder charge for any person who performs or attempts to perform 'an overt act that kills a child born alive.'” . The N.C. Family Policy Council has been diligently working on this issue, and it is encouraging to see headway in the state despite the moral numbness Capitol Hill Democrats show toward protecting such babies. As the group's president John Rustin said, [w]e applaud the members of N.C. General Assembly who support these critical life saving measures...These bills are not about abortion, but are about recognizing, honoring and caring for the lives of newborn babies who are born alive. Suggesting anything less is barbaric, inhumane and indefensible! . If this bill passes, it will then go to N.C. Governor Roy Cooper (D) and we will see if he will stand for life, or for his party.