May 30, 2013
With the IRS it's now your money and your life
FRC President Tony Perkins recently wrote an op-ed that appeared on Fox News discussing the recent IRS scandal. Perkins noted that it is not just the IRS investigating conservative groups, but the overreach into our personal lives as well.
The vast powers of this agency are not limited to taxing us. They can demand and get a vast amount of information about our personal lives. Applicants seeking to register with IRS were required to divulge what they read, whom they hired, what they talk about, even what they pray about. One pro-life group was instructed to abstain from protesting the abortions performed by Planned Parenthood. In short, they had to agree to give up their constitutional right to petition for redress of grievances as a condition for exemption from taxes. As the editors of the Associated Press are learning, under this administration, First Amendment freedoms of religion, press, assembly, and petition are all at risk.
Preventing the suffering that abortion inflicts
Anna Higgins, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at FRC, wrote an op-ed that was featured in The Washington Times today regarding the pain that is inflicted on unborn children through late-term abortion. Higgins mentioned, in the light of the Gosnell trial, we should be actively trying to stand for the sanctity of human life by eliminating the practice of late-term abortion.
For too long, we have accepted the violent and inhumane practice of late-term abortion as a “reproductive right” instead of condemning the practice for what it is — a violent assault on the most vulnerable among us. Late-term abortion places women at high risk and violently ends the life of an unborn child who is capable of experiencing pain. Studies have shown that unborn infants can experience pain by at least 20 weeks gestation. This is why fetal anesthesia is routinely administered to unborn children who undergo pre-natal surgery. Killing a child in the second or third trimester, and thereby inflicting excruciating pain on him, is unconscionable and disturbing. More compassion is bestowed on animals and convicted criminals.