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News Conference On H.R. 3, ‘The No Taxpayer Funds for Abortion Act’

by FRC Media Office

May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - WASHINGTONDC

News Conference On H.R. 3, ‘The No Taxpayer Funds for Abortion Act.’ The legislation was approved by a vote of 251-175 in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL), authored the bill that would codify and make permanent the Hyde Amendment across the federal government. The legislation makes permanent multiple restrictions on abortion funding that have been passed for years, and it would also close the abortion-funding loopholes created by the new health care law. It also makes permanent the Hyde-Weldon conscience clause protecting health care workers who object to being forced by the government to participate in abortion.

Speakers:

Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J.

Rep. John Fleming, R-La.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.

Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C.

Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn.

Day Gardner, President of The National Black Pro-Life Union

Rev. Dean Nelson, Vice President of Underserved Outreach at Care Net

Nancy Tanner, Silent No More

Jabriel Ballentine, Chair of DC Council of Black Republicans

FRC Praises U.S. Supreme Court for Upholding Parents’ Rights, Religious Liberty in Education

by FRC Media Office

April 4, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2011

CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Darin Miller, (866) FRC-NEWS or (866)-372-6397

Family Research Council Praises U.S. Supreme Court for Upholding Parents’ Rights, Religious Liberty in Education

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Family Research Council praised today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court dismissing a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s provision of tax credits for contributions to private-schools - even religious schools. The 5-4 decision held that opponents of the 14-year-old program lacked legal “standing” to challenge the program as taxpayers objecting to a government spending program.

This decision protects the religious liberty of all Americans by restricting attacks on tuition tax credit programs that claim they unconstitutionally promote religion. The Court’s holding also advances parental rights in educational choice.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments on the decision:

Today’s decision shows that private citizens who voluntarily use their own money to send their children to religious schools should not experience discrimination in the tax code,” Perkins said. “Parents should have the primary role in choosing where their children are educated, and who educates them. Arizona ‘s 14-year-old tax credit has supported parents who chose to send their children to a private or religious school, or support other students who were attending such schools.

Choice in education is a matter of personal decision-making for parents. Allowing parents to claim a tax credit for supporting educational choice is not a joining of church and state. Rather, it respects the rights of the people to make their own choices in education, and defends the religious liberty of the American people.

Since the late 1960s, opponents of religious liberty have challenged government programs that spend money supporting organizations with religious components. If the government isn’t spending money, but instead simply allowing individuals to claim a tax benefit if they support a scholarship program for private schools, then there is no harm done to groups like the ACLU and opponents of religious liberty and school choice.

FRC applauds the work of its allies the Alliance Defense Fund, Liberty Counsel and the American Association of Christian Schools. We also thank U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), whose 1995 authorship of the Arizona Scholarship Tax Credit legislation while serving in the Arizona legislature set the groundwork for today’s historic ruling.”

Click here to read Family Research Council’s recent pamphlet on educational choice: http://www.frc.org/brochure/who-should-decide-how-children-are-educated

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Marcia Walden’s Story: Losing My Job for My Christian Beliefs

by FRC Media Office

March 29, 2011

Marcia Walden, a licensed counselor in Georgia, explains why she was fired after referring a homosexual client to a colleague. Marcia referred the client to another colleague because offering counseling services would conflict with her Christian beliefs on homosexuality. Under ENDA legislation currently before Congress, Christian employers and employees across the nation would experience similar attacks on their Constitutional right to freedom of religion, speech and association.

For more on how you can protect the religious liberties of employers and employees, visit FightEnda.org.

Sex Trafficking in America: from The Boulevard to Planned Parenthood

by FRC Media Office

March 15, 2011

A special live video webcast hosted by Family Research Council brought together leading experts to shed light on a growing problem that affects every corner of our nation — from neighborhoods, playgrounds, and malls to the local Planned Parenthood clinic. During the webcast, learn what actions you can take to help restore these victims, and stop those who prey on them.

Webcast participants:

  • Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
  • J. Robert (Bob) Flores, former Administrator of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJD)
  • Lila Rose, President, Live Action
  • Pat Trueman, CEO, Morality in Media and Founder, PornHarms.com
  • Samantha Vardeman, Senior Director, Shared Hope International
  • Tina Frundt, Founder and Executive Director, Courtney’s House
  • Lisa Thompson, Liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking at The Salvation Army

Lila Rose on Congress and Planned Parenthood

by FRC Media Office

February 17, 2011

Live Action’s Lila Rose explains in today’s Politico why Congress should defund Planned Parenthood particularly in light of her undercover investigation showing the abortion giant’s willingness to cover up child prostitution:

Americans are outraged by the abuse and an overwhelming majority has for years consistently opposed taxpayer funding of abortion. As the nations largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood receives one-third of its budget from the federal government, i.e. the American taxpayer. Last year alone Planned Parenthood received more than $350 million in taxpayers subsidies. Since 2002, Planned Parenthood has received billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies. In 2008-2009, Planned Parenthood performed more than 650,000 abortions and recorded profits of $63.4 million. This is outrageous given Planned Parenthood is legally organized as a “non-profit.”

Read the rest here.

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