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Dear Friends:

Sometimes it's easy, as conservatives, to get discouraged. We're not happy with the current Administration, the drift of our culture, or what's happening in some of our churches. I fear we look like the man described by P.G. Wodehouse: "He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom."

But there's still a lot of good news, primarily in the states. Earlier this month, my FRC colleagues, Dr. David Prentice and Anna Higgins, J.D., testified before the North Dakota legislature about key pro-life measures under consideration. Subsequently, North Dakota lawmakers passed five of six pending pro-life bills. Or consider this from our friends at LifeNews and the Alliance Defending Freedom:

A newly completed U.S. Department of Health and Human Services investigation of New York's Mt. Sinai Hospital has resulted in additional policy and procedure changes to ensure that medical personnel are not forced to participate in abortions. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Mt. Sinai nurse requested the HHS Office of Civil Rights investigation after the hospital forced her to assist in an abortion in violation of her religious beliefs in 2009.

These victories are not comprehensive and final, but they are real and, in their spheres, important. We must never lose sight of the fact that big victories derive from small ones - and right now, it's at the state and local level where we have the greatest chance of making change.

On top of that, last time I checked, Jesus is still Lord, and "is the same yesterday, today, and forever." That's permanent good news we can always celebrate - and without ever finding a beetle in the cup.


Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to take a look at a new study by Dr. Henry Potrykus of how public policy causes change in the real world. It's technical, but also - for policymakers and analysts, especially - important.

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