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Tonight: FRC Action to Host National Townhall Webcast on Health Care Reform

by Jared Bridges

September 10, 2009

Here’s the press release fro FRC Action with information on tonight’s live webcast on health care reform:

WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Thursday, September 10 at 8:30 pm ET, FRC Action, the legislative lobbying arm of Family Research Council, will host a special one hour “National Townhall on Health Care Reform” Webcast. FRC Action President Tony Perkins will be joined by Congressional leaders and policy experts to discuss the moral, ethical, and financial dangers of President Obama’s health care plan.

Webcast viewers will be able to:

* get their questions answered.

* dissect the dangers inherent in the President’s proposed plan.

* and examine the life and death implications this will have for themselves and their loved ones

Who: Tony Perkins, President, FRC Action

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH)

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA)

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)

Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State

Doug Johnson, National Right to Life Committee

Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow for Legal Studies, Family Research Council

Bishop Harry Jackson, Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church

Wesley J. Smith, renowned ethicist

Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel

Dr. David Prentice, Senior Fellow for Life Sciences, Family Research Council

Tom McClusky, Senior Vice President, FRC Action

Where: www.frcaction.org/webcast

What: “National Townhall on Health Care Reform”

When: Thursday, September 10 at 8:30pm ET

Register for the webcast here.

In the Know…

by Krystle Gabele

September 4, 2009

Here’s some news articles of interest to help kick off Labor Day weekend.

Perkins on Point: Bearing False Witness on Health Care Reform?

by Tony Perkins

August 21, 2009

President Obama has accused FRC and others who are opposing the government takeover of health care of breaking the 9th commandment. Listen to this (clip).

Really Mr. President we are bearing false witness.

Mr. President this is what you said in a speech to Planned Parenthood in July of 2007. (Clip or transcript)

And your administration has made it clear that reproductive health care includes abortion (clip of Hillary)

Mr. President since you have taken to quoting scripture. Allow me to quote the words of Jesus, those Red Letters in the New Testament, where He says let your yes be yes and your no be no.

Mr. President if what you say is true, which the present House bill would suggest is not the case when it comes to government funded abortion, why not let your no be no and accept one of the dozen amendments that have been offered that make it clear that abortion will not be a part of the government healthcare plan.

Until you let your yes be yes and your no be no, Mr. President we can not have a true debate about the core ethical and moral obligation of insuring all Americans have access to affordable healthcare a discuss we look forward to having.

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

August 19, 2009

Here’s some news articles of interest for you to ponder this morning.

  • Clinical Trials Are Testing Stem Cells as Heart Failure Treatment,” Sarah Baldauf, U.S. News & World Report (August 18, 2009)
  • Researchers’ significant interest in using stem cells to treat heart failure arises, in part, because the disease is so prevalent. The American Heart Association estimates 5.7 million Americans live with the disease and 670,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. “When you put [stem cells] into a heart, some can differentiate to become blood vessel and others to become heart muscle cells,” explains James Willerson, president of the Texas Heart Institute in Houston and a principal investigator of a separate, National Institutes of Health-sponsored stem cell trial for heart failure. It is important, he says, that stem cells also “have substances that recruit other cells and promote life.” This combination holds incredibly powerful potential for not only rejuvenating but rebuilding organs and tissue and turning back the clock for ailing patients. Willerson is optimistic about the therapeutic future of stem cells, which can be extracted from fat cells, hair cells, and other diverse cell types. “I believe we will be able to regenerate the whole heart of a human being with stem cells,” he says.”

  • Medical Groups Promoted HPV Vaccine Using Drug Company Money,” Rob Stein, The Washington Post (August 18, 2009)
  • DART Driver Refused Bus With Atheist Sign,” KCCI-8 Des Moines (August 18, 2009)
  • Des Moines Area Regional Transit confirms a driver refused to drive a bus with an atheist advertisement Monday.”

  • Poll: Majority of Americans Understand Health Care Bills Mean Abortion Funding,” Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com (August 19, 2009)
  • The pro-life movement has been working overtime to educate Americans about the fact that the health care bills in Congress would result in massive abortion funding. Despite a slew of mainstream media stories to the contrary, the public appears to have received the message.

    A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released yesterday shows a majority of Americans agreed that the health care bills “will likely use taxpayer dollars to pay for women to have abortions.”

    The poll found 50 percent agreed that is true while 37 percent of Americans don’t believe that is likely.”

  • Law Requiring Ultrasounds for Abortions Is Struck Down,” Kari Lydersen, The Washington Post (August 18, 2009)
  • An Oklahoma judge decided Tuesday that doctors do not need to perform ultrasounds and offer women detailed information about the tests before performing abortions, striking down the strictest such law in the country.”

  • Study Using Embryonic Stem Cells Is Delayed,” Bloomberg News (August 19, 2009)
  • The Geron Corporation said on Tuesday that regulators had held up its study of a therapy for injured spinal cords before even one patient could be enrolled, delaying the first human trial using embryonic stem cells.”

  • Christian Law Firm Fights ‘Ridiculous’ Criminal Charges Against School Officials,” Nathan Black, The Christian Post (August 18, 2009)

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

August 14, 2009

Here’s some news articles of particular interest.

  • According to the New York Times, former President Bill Clinton defends end-of-life counseling that is included in the health care reform plan.
  • Steven Ertelt of LifeNews.com has a great article about a CDC study that shows teen abortion rates are lower in states that accept abstinence funding.
  • Cleveland is becoming a leader in adult stem cell research. Continue reading the article from The Plain Dealer.
  • David French of Phi Beta Cons reported Tuesday that the EEOC went after Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina for refusing to cover oral contraceptives in its employer provided health insurance.
  • Prisoners in the Rappahannock Regional Jail in Virginia will now be allowed to receive religious mail, after the ACLU sent a letter to officials demanding that these letters containing biblical passages be distributed, as The Christian Post reports.

Video: The White House Gone Fishin’

by Tony Perkins

August 6, 2009

(Transcript after the jump)

The White House apparently subscribes to Vince Lombardi’s idea that the best defense is a good offense. The widespread opposition to the Presidents proposed takeover of health care has apparently blind sided the administration and is causing panic over the prospects the whole plan could be sacked by the American public.

As a result the White House is striking back. Macon Phillips on the White House blog wrote, “Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet.” he goes on to say that “since we cant keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help.” Phillips goes on to ask individuals to send the White House any email or health care message on the web that seems fishy.

Fishy? If there is anything fishy it is the White House wanting people to help them keep track of those who oppose the government takeover of health care. Is the White House is simply wanting to keep a scrapbook of the emails that primarily quote the President and the legislation that he is pushing, or is it possible they are simply looking to use this information to intimidate and if possible silence their opponents?

Death is cheaper than life…

by Krystle Gabele

August 4, 2009

Patients deemed “terminally ill” by the state of Oregon are getting the sense that death is cheaper than saving their lives. Since Oregon offers a state-run health care plan, those who are terminally ill have been told that their treatments have been denied, but that they would be covered for assisted suicide.

Fox News aired a series called “America’s Future,” which is looking at the challenges we face in the 21st Century. One series featured a man from Oregon, who was denied chemotherapy treatment and was offered physician assisted suicide instead.

Oregon doesn’t cover life-prolonging treatment unless there is better than a 5 percent chance it will help the patients live for five more years but it covers doctor-assisted suicide, defining it as a means of providing comfort, no different from hospice care or pain medication.

It’s chilling when you think about it,” said Dr. William Toffler, a professor of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. “It absolutely conveys to the patient that continued living isn’t worthwhile.”

According to KATU, another cancer patient from Oregon shares a similar story, as she was being denied coverage for Tarceva, a powerful chemotherapy drug. Oregon’s health care plan offered her physician assisted suicide as well.

Since Oregon’s health care plan was created 15 years ago, this was prior to the advent of new life saving medicines. Instead of prolonging the life of a terminally ill cancer patient, Oregon is now sentencing them to death by denying coverage. If President Obama’s health care plan is passed, this will be the same message that millions across the country could be hearing.

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 23, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

  • Councilmen waver on new state gay marriage bill,” Jenna Chandler, The Porterville Recorder (July 22, 2009)
  • Abortion Opponents Criticize Health Reform Bills,” Dan Eggen and Rob Stein, The Washington Post (July 22, 2009)
  • President Obama, who has vowed to find common ground on culture-war issues, finds himself in the middle of a classic Washington dispute over abortion that is further undermining support among conservative Democrats for his ambitious health-care reform efforts.”

  • Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Is Not Health-Care Reform,” John Boehner, National Review (July 23, 2009)
  • The Obama administration contends the urgent deadline is necessitated by the suffering of American families who have waited too long for Congress to act to address the high cost of health care. But according to the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the bill the president supports won’t lower health-care costs; it will increase them. And as the veteran political operatives in the Obama White House well know, the frantic timetable conveniently leaves precious little time for the American people to know what’s actually in the bill.”

  • Obama Staffer Speaks at Planned Parenthood Event, Urges Pro-Abortion Lobbying,” Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com (July 23, 2009)
  • A top official with the administration of pro-abortion President Barack Obama spoke to gathering of Planned Parenthood activists last week. There, she promised leaders of the abortion business that Obama is a pro-abortion president and urged them to continue their pro-abortion lobbying efforts.”

  • Taliban cracking down on Christians,” Allie Martin, OneNewsNow (July 23, 2009)
  • According to Open Doors USA, raids against Christians, carried out by the Taliban, have increased throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan. Dr. Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors USA, says the Taliban does not tolerate anyone who thinks or believes differently than they do. Christians are being evicted from their homes, he says, and some are being forced to convert to Islam or pay special taxes in exchange for protection.”

  • Non-embryonic stem cells pass major hurdle in mice,” Seth Borenstein, Associated Press (July 23, 2009)
  • Two teams of Chinese scientists have made a major advance in mice in the development of a new kind of stem cell that doesn’t involve destroying embryos.

    Those cells are derived from ordinary skin cells, and when they were created two years ago from human skin and genetically reprogrammed, it was hailed as a breakthrough. But questions remained whether they could act as chameleon-like as embryonic stem cells and morph into any cell type in the body.”

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