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Contact your Member of Congress today and urge them to support H.R. 4133.

Planned Parenthood Takes Your Money and Launders it in Filth
January 10, 2008

The infamous San Francisco branch of Planned Parenthood is at it again. In recent history they have used taxpayer dollars to produce television ads which mock Christianity and belittle families. These ads demonstrate which side is guilty of judging others and demonizing their opponents.

The latest ads from Planned Parenthood Golden Gate are no different. This ad features an extremely effete and ostensibly homosexual man prancing up and down the aisles of an airplane making sure that the passengers have all the condoms and contraceptives they need, "cause we're all about choices." Planned Parenthood receives millions of taxpayer dollars every year to advance an agenda that is anathema to social conservatives and this is how they decide to spend your money! We need to stop publicly subsidizing such partisan and ludicrous advertisements.

Thankfully, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN, 100% FRCA) is standing up for the American taxpaying family. Rep. Pence has introduced H.R. 4133 which will prohibit any organization that promotes or practices abortions from receiving federal funds, including Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood Takes Your Money and Launders it in Filth

Sincerely,

Tony Perkins
President

P.S. Please help us turn off the spigot of federal money gushing to Planned Parenthood. If they want to run lascivious advertisements they can do it then without an "in-kind" contribution from us, the American taxpayer. Tell your congressman to support H.R. 4133. Please forward this email to a friend (Click Here) so we can deluge the Congress with our message.

 

January 4, 2008

Values Voters Win Big in Iowa

Washington is reeling from last night's Iowa caucuses. A loud and clear message was delivered, but whether it will be heard is yet to be seen. On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee's huge victory can be attributed to two primary reasons. First, he is real and his style reflects it. He is engaging and he talks with people, not at them. He is a great campaigner; he is the communicator in this presidential election cycle. Second, evangelicals, dispirited by Republican indifference if not outright hostility to their concerns, cast their ballots for candidates who line up with them on their top priority issues (for example, all of the top five finishers contend that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be corrected). Significantly, the top two finishers on the Republican side, Huckabee and Romney, were also the top two finishers in the Values Voter Straw Poll at FRC Action's Washington Briefing in October. Four months ago the talk was that Rudy Giuliani was going to be the GOP standard bearer. The party establishment's push for Giuliani is an outright message to values voters that their issues will not only take a backseat, as they have in so many Republican administrations, but they will be thrown off the bus entirely. Iowa evangelicals' voting pattern says, "If that is the way we are viewed by the other members of the conservative coalition, we are going with one of our own whom we can trust on our issues." The road ahead will be filled with challenges, but one thing is clear: the values voter turnout has reshaped this presidential campaign in a very good way. On the Democratic side Barack Obama's victory last night sent a very similar message to a party that has grown accustomed to humoring its base. The message is: "Move over, we are taking the wheel." Like Huckabee, Obama comes across as real and he connects with his party's grassroots. On both sides, the next few months are going to be a contest between the party establishments and their respective bases. The presidential election will not be taking place in a vacuum; what happens here on Capitol Hill and in the White House is going to continue to influence this election. If each party continues to ignore the concerns of its core constituency, it will only fan the flames of change. More than any other election in recent time, this election has the potential to change the political landscape in America. One final note: there is less division on some issues in the land than our polarizing media often suggest. A Gallup survey that was released the day after Christmas and received little coverage reported that three in four Americans say that "family values" will play a role in determining their choice for president - for one in three Americans, "family values" are extremely important. Candidates who deny this fundamental "longing to belong" are the ones who are dividers, not uniters.

iPS Success: Hardly Skin Deep

From the looks of it, 2008 is shaping up to be the year of the stem cell. The news that researchers had developed embryonic-type stem cells from ordinary skin cells is still sending tremors through the scientific and political communities. In the brief two months since the announcement, the success with induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells has been replicated by three research teams. One such group, comprised of scientists from Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston, managed to extract skin cells from a volunteer rather than relying on commercial laboratories to grow the cells. Elsewhere, a new technology developed by Columbia's Osiris Therapeutics is putting the finishing touches on Prochymal, a drug created from adult stem cells that may soon treat everything from gastrointestinal disorders to heart attacks. Yet despite this surge of principled progress, some embryonic stem cell (ESC) supporters are still clinging to a method that may soon be obsolete. California's Institute of Regenerative Medicine easily houses the greatest number of these scientific holdouts, including President Richard Murphy. Although many of his colleagues are abandoning the ESC approach in favor of iPS, Murphy says, "We still think human embryonic stem cells are the gold standard." Before making such statements, perhaps Dr. Murphy should have read a copy of FRC's new Insight paper, "Adult Stem Cell Success Stories--2007." Authored by our own Dr. David Prentice, Bill Saunders, and Michael Fragoso, "Success Stories" catalogues the medical treatments using ethical alternatives that appeared in scientific literature throughout 2007. The scoreboard count of such successes is now 73, while successful embryonic stem cell treatments continue to hold steady at--zero.

Additional Resources
Adult Stem Cell Success Stories-2007 Update

Start the New Year Off Right--Tune into Washington Watch Weekly!

Don't miss our first guests of 2008! Terry Jeffrey, editor-in-chief for CNSNews.com, will join us to discuss what Congress is planning upon their January 15 return, as well as what we can expect from the field of presidential hopefuls as primary season kicks off. I'll also talk with Ron Prentice, chief executive officer for the California Family Council, about a new state law that would allow students to choose their gender, even when it's contrary to their biological sex.

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FRC Radio





Other Noteworthy News

Wed 12/12/07

The Grinches of Congress

Last night, the House of Representatives voted on a benign resolution, H.R. 847, "recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith." Not surprisingly, the initiative, sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), passed overwhelmingly--despite nine Democrats who voted against it and ten members (nine Democrats and one Republican) who voted "present." Interestingly, the 17 Democrats who voted either "nay" or "present" weren't motivated by the so-called "separation of church and state," since they were seen formally recognizing Islam back in October. H.R. 635, sponsored by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.), recognized the "commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and commended Muslims in the United States and throughout the world for their faith." Perhaps these congressional scrooges took issue with the wording of the Christmas resolution. Or did they have a bigger problem rejecting "bigotry and persecution directed against Christians, both in the United States and worldwide"? Maybe they disagreed with the expression of their "deepest respect to American Christians and Christians throughout the world." Whatever their reasoning, these 17 Democrats have some explaining to do. How can they possibly promote Islam in the same breath that they attack Christianity, the very faith that buoyed our nation at its founding? The following voted "no" on H.R. 847 and "yes" on H.R. 635: Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Diana DeGette (D-Co.), Alcee Hastings (D-Fl.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Fortney Stark (D-Calif.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.). Those who voted "present" on H.R. 847 and "yes" on H.R. 635 include: Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Donald Payne (D-N.J.), Janice Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.).

Additional Resources
House vote Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith
House vote Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan

Heisman Winner Makes Forward Progress on Life

According to his mom, football sensation Tim Tebow came very close to missing his run at the Heisman Trophy. Pam Tebow says it wasn't because of his performance, but because her doctors had advised the couple to abort him. Back in the '80s, when she and her husband Bob were in the mission field, Pam was diagnosed with a medical condition that could only be treated with drugs that risked harming her unborn child. To avoid "irreparable damage" to her baby, doctors suggested that she abort the future Heisman winner. She refused. Today, Pam, Bob, and the entire University of Florida football team are glad she didn't. Despite the doctor's prediction, Tim was born completely healthy--and remains so. In his acceptance speech for the Heisman, Tim said, "I just (want) to first start off by thanking my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave me the ability to play football, gave me a great family and support group..." Sadly, not every unborn child is as fortunate as Tim. For every baby like him, whose parents embrace the gift of life, there are countless others whose lives are ended before they begin, all in the name of "choice." Of the 49 million who never lived to realize their potential, imagine the number of future leaders, inventors, doctors--and, yes, even Heisman trophy winners--among them. We are grateful to the Tebow family for sharing their testimony and pray that it helps persuade other women of the inherent value of their unborn children and the great promise that lies within.

 

 

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