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FRC in the News: January 28, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

January 28, 2013

The Most Important Policy Issue of Today

In his recent article in Religion Today, FRC Senior Vice President Rob Schwarzwalder reflects on the recent March for Life and the anniversary of the decision of Roe v. Wade. He presents abortion as the most the most critical and important issue of today, comparable to the issue of slavery in the 1860s. Schwarzwalder also shows how those who are pro-life must go beyond just belief in the pro-life movement. We must put our beliefs into action. As Schwarzwalder points out:

Adoption clearly is essential. So are public education efforts and legislative initiatives at every level of government. The more than 2,000 pregnancy care centers around the country offer practical hope to countless women who feel trapped in a pregnancy they do not want. Shelters and clothing orchards and ultrasounds and medical care and stay-in-school programs and being taken-in by caring Christian families: these and all things related to them should be advanced by believers in Christ with energy and love”

Why Women in Combat is a “Dangerous Social Experiment”

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is allowing women in the military to go into combat roles. Certainly women have been in combat roles already after the horrific events of 9/11 and many have already lost their lives. They are to be acclaimed for their courage and capabilities. So, should the new policy be commended? Absolutely not, according to Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.), Executive Vice President at FRC, who has served in the Army for 36 years and was an original member of the Delta Force. He says that, “Under the policy, women may end up being placed in infantry and Special Forces battalions and other front line combat units.” Boykin goes on to state in his recent article for CNN that:

This combat environment — now containing males and females — will place a tremendous burden on combat commanders. Not only will they have to maintain their focus on defeating the enemy in battle, they will have to do so in an environment that combines life-threatening danger with underlying sexual tensions. This is a lot to ask of the young leaders, both men and women, who will have to juggle the need to join and separate the sexes within the context of quickly developing and deadly situations.”

The “1 Percent” of Abortions Speak Out and Making a Difference

Bob Morrison, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, highlights the life of Ryan Bomberger, a key speaker at the recent pro-life gathering at the Virginia State Capitol. Bomberger was conceived through rape. Because of a brave and loving mother, he is alive, well, and exposing the lies of Planned Parenthood. As Morrison states:

Ryan’s life is dedicated to life. He and his wife have adopted some and given birth to some. They are the model for how God’s love transforms lives. Planned Parenthood says unplanned means unwanted and unwanted means unloved. And if you’re unloved, it’s better for you never to have lived at all. This is what my friend, the late Rev. Richard Neuhaus, called their ‘lethal logic.’”

You can read more of Ryan’s incredible story and how he exposes Planned Parenthood’s lies in Morrison’s recent article in National Review.

Ken Blackwell Comments on the GOP Message

Ken Blackwell, Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at FRC, comments on the message of the GOP as well as the need to keep the principles of limited government.  You can view his video here.

Rob Schwarzwalder Quoted in Article Commending New March for Life President

Rob Schwarzwalder is quoted in a National Catholic Register article about his former co-worker, Jeanne Monahan, who is now president of March for Life.

FRC’s MARRI Program is Cited in Steven Crowder Article on Fox News

Read this humorous and informative Fox News article that cites the research conducted by FRC’s own MARRI program.

FRC Experts in the News: January 24, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

January 24, 2013

Pro-Life Group Honors Unborn with Flags, but Vandals Tear Them Down

With permission from the university, pro-life students erected 500 blue and pink flags around DePaul University’s campus to honor the victims of abortion on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. During the night, a group of twenty students tore the flags down and threw them away in trash cans. It was an attack of vandalism on the free expression of pro-life students and their freedom of speech. Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow for Legal Studies at FRC responded in this Fox News article stating that, “The abortion lobby and their defenders increasingly run away from debate and try to shut down debate,” and “Destroying this display is just one example (assuming abortion supporters are behind the destruction).” She also states that, “Peaceful public displays like this one, using pink and blue flags to represent the individual girls and boys whose lives were taken unjustly but legally, are classic free speech: they invite discussion and debate, and that is all to the good.”

What the polls really say about Roe V. Wade

FRC’s Director of the Center for Human Dignity, Anna Higgins, exposes the truth concerning a recent poll by NBC and The Wall Street Journal. The poll shows that 70% of people don’t want to overturn Roe v. Wade. However, what is Roe and the ruling?  According to Anna, “The question asked in the poll states that Roe “established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy.” What the Roe decision actually legalized was abortion-on-demand in all nine months of pregnancy, as a result of the “health exception,” defined in Doe v. Bolton.

Planned Parenthood is Abandoning “Choice”

Cathy Ruse explains why Planned Parenthood is abandoning the word “Choice” in their PR campaigns. Parents can now see their children in each developmental stage and know what happens to mothers who have abortions.  The campaign word “choice” is losing in the so-called “war on women.” Click here to read Ruse’s article!

Anna Higgins to Planned Parenthood: Don’t Mess with Texas!

In her recent article on Townhall.com, Anna Higgins tips her hat to Texas and explains how the Lone Star state has defunded Planned Parenthood and still created a way to provide women’s health without discriminating against the taxpayers’ conscience. The Obama administration even threatened to take away Texas’ federal funding, but Texas won’t back down.

Join Us in Congratulating Tony Perkins on a Job Well Done!

Dr. James Dobson commended FRC President Tony Perkins in his recent newsletter for Perkins’ contribution of faith, family, and freedom to the Republican Platform.  Dr. Dobson stated:

The Republicans’ Platform, by contrast, was one of the finest conservative documents of this era. It was strongly pro-life, pro-marriage, and contained other components that conservatives cheered. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, chaired the writing committee and he is to be commended for his work.”

Should Women be allowed in Combat?

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s decision to intentionally allow women in direct combat positions raises the question as to whether or not it is in the best interest of the military and women. Lieutenant General (Retired) Jerry Boykin, FRC’s Executive Vice President, states this is not in the military’s best interest and “has nothing to do with [women’s] courage or capabilities.” He states that, “The people making this decision are doing so as part of another social experiment, and they have never lived nor fought with an infantry or Special Forces unit.” You can read Lt. General Boykin’s full response to Panetta’s decision here. He has also been featured in articles such as Fox News, Talking Points Memo, and the Star Tribune.

In the Know…

by Krystle Gabele

September 24, 2009

Here’s something for your news cravings today.

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

August 27, 2009

Here’s some news buzz to keep you informed on all of the happenings both here in D.C. and around the country.

  • Group that opposes gay marriage now targeting Iowa,” Michael J. Crumb, Associated Press (August 27, 2009)
  • The National Organization for Marriage has launched the Reclaim Iowa Project, targeting legislative races in the state in an effort to elect candidates who support putting the issue of gay marriage before voters.

    Iowa is important because the Supreme Court decision was so against the will of the people of Iowa and the Legislature and Gov. (Chet) Culver showed absolutely no backbone in giving the people the right to have their voices heard,” said Brian Brown, the organization’s executive director.”

  • NJ Catholic bishops campaign against gay marriage,” Associated Press (August 26, 2009)
  • Roman Catholic bishops in New Jersey have begun a new campaign opposing same-sex marriage.

    The push comes in anticipation of a possible vote on the issue by state lawmakers after the November election.”

  • Kansas abortion fight spills into Nebraska,” Associated Press (August 26, 2009)
  • Debate continues over Utah sex ed changes,” Lisa Schencker, The Salt Lake Tribune (August 26, 2009)
  • ” Educators, students and parents continued to debate Wednesday whether youth should learn more about contraception in school, at the latest meeting exploring a proposed change to Utah’s sex education law.

    Rep. Lynn Hemingway, D-Salt Lake City, presented a draft of his bill, which would require school districts to offer two tracks of sex education: one that would teach abstinence only and another where teachers would still promote abstinence but also include information on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and contraceptives. Parental permission would be required for students to take the second track.”

  • Condom Olympics at Miss Universe Pageant Blasted by Womens Groups,” Adam Brickley, CNSNews.com (August 27, 2009)
  • The Miss Universe pageant and an AIDS prevention group are under fire for staging a Condom Olympics for contestants just three days prior to last Sundays competition in the Bahamas.”

  • Christian Doctors Raise Flags Over New Pro-Suicide Bias in U.S. Law, Policy,” Aaron J. Leichman, The Christian Post (August 27, 2009)
  • As physicians, we recognize the value of advance planning and counseling and appointing a personal healthcare proxy, commented Dr. Gene Rudd, senior vice president of the 16,000-member CMA. The VA manual goes a step further, however, subtly raising with vulnerable patients the possibility that physical impairments might make their lives, in the words of the manual, not worth living.

    The 52-page manual, entitled, “Your Life, Your Choices: Planning for Future Medical Decisions,” lists scenarios such as being in a wheelchair, needing kidney dialysis, or requiring a feeding tube and then asks the patient to consider whether those situations might make his or her life “not worth living.”

  • Human Trial of Embryonic Stem Cell Research Stopped Due to Animal Problems,” Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com (August 27, 2009)
  • When used in animal research, injections of embryonic stem cells formed tumors afterwards and also prompted the immune system of the intended recipients to reject the cells.

    The FDA delayed the trials to review studies of the therapy, called GRNOPC1, in its use with animals.

    Now, new reports indicate problems associated with the animals in Geron’s studies prompted the FDA to halt the human trials. Specifically, the animals developed cysts at the injury sites after the injections.”

  • New Hampshire Court orders Christian homeschooled girl to attend public school,” Pete Chagnon, OneNewsNow (August 26, 2009)
  • A Christian homeschool girl in New Hampshire has been ordered into government-run public school for having “sincerely held” religious beliefs — and the Alliance Defense Fund is troubled by the ruling.”

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.

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

August 11, 2009

After a long hiatus, the Daily Buzz is back. Here are some news articles that I found particularly interesting today.

  • The Obama Administration has been fairly silent about the provisions for abortion in the health care bill. The Baptist Press has a great article about the Administration’s silence on the provisions.
  • Kansas is back in the news again. This time, The Wichita Eagle reports that the Governor and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has stripped funding from a program that gives state money to groups who provide alternatives to abortion.
  • This morning, I came across an interesting article by Eric Gorski of the Associated Press that discussed the conflict of young Evangelical Christians torn between premarital sex and waiting for marriage. Continue reading…
  • The controversial health care bill that will be debated in Congress will provide doctors incentive to push euthanasia. Read more about this on LifeNews.com.
  • The Christian Post reports that homeschoolers are scoring well above those attending public schools in reading, math, social studies, and language.
  • If you haven’t already done so, read Nonie Darwish’s article in FrontPage Magazine about Islam.

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 29, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

  • Pro-gay marriage group spent big in Vermont,” John Curran, Chicago Tribune (July 27, 2009)
  • The leading proponent of Vermont’s gay marriage bill spent about $294,000 on lobbying and advertising in advance of the Legislature’s vote — more than seven times as much as opponents did, according to disclosure forms filed Monday.

    Through its task force and an action committee, Vermont Freedom to Marry spent $65,866 of that in the week before the April 7 vote by the Democrat-controlled Vermont house, which passed the bill in a 100-49 vote to override the veto of Republican Gov. Jim Douglas.”

  • Will proposal promote euthanasia?,” Carrie Budoff Brown, The Politico (July 28, 2009)
  • Backers of Gay Marriage Rethink California Push,” Jesse McKinley, The New York Times (July 27, 2009)
  • Discouraged by stubborn poll numbers and pessimistic political consultants, major financial backers of same-sex marriage are cautioning gay rights groups to delay a campaign to overturn Californias ban on such unions until at least 2012.”

  • Clash of worldviews - coming to a wedding near you,” Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow (July 29, 2009)
  • That’s why this, I believe, is going to be the biggest threat to our religious liberty in our near future,” the Christian attorney remarks. “We are facing a clash of worldviews; a collision between the same-sex agenda and a moral and religious worldview. Those two are incompatible in these kinds of conflicts. If we go down this road of same-sex unions, [it] will continue to escalate.”

  • Obama’s Science Czar: Babies Aren’t Human Until They’ve Been Socialized,” Van Helsing, Right Wing News (July 29, 2009)
  • A large part of the horror of abortion lies in the monstrous presumption of liberals declaring that human life begins not at conception, but whenever they say it does. Maybe that’s six weeks, maybe six months. Maybe it’s years. Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren (the guy who wanted to put a sterilizing agent in our drinking water) gives us an idea of how slippery this slope can get. From his book Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions, via Patterico’s Pontifications:

    The fetus, given the opportunity to develop properly before birth, and given the essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food during the crucial early years after birth, will ultimately develop into a human being.”

  • States with more Catholics more favor gay rights,” Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today (July 29, 2009)
  • The bishops have campaigned long, loudly and clearly against same-sex marriage but the Catholic Church also offers a pervasive message of social justice, an umbrella many liberal Catholics stand under when they argue for marriage equality or life issues such as abortion, contraception and end-of-life decisions.”

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.”

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 21, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

  • Students Embed Stem Cells in Sutures to Enhance Healing,” PhysOrg.com (July 20, 2009)
  • Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have demonstrated a practical way to embed a patients own adult stem cells in the surgical thread that doctors use to repair serious orthopedic injuries such as ruptured tendons. The goal, the students said, is to enhance healing and reduce the likelihood of re-injury without changing the surgical procedure itself.”

  • Mayo Clinic calls House plan bad medicine,” Christina Bellantoni and Jennifer Haberkorn, The Washington Times (July 21, 2009)
  • A world-renowned clinic that President Obama held up as an example of good medicine said Monday that the American people would be “losers” under the House’s health care proposal, joining the growing chorus of critics the Obama administration is trying to fend off as the debate intensifies from Capitol Hill to Main Street.”

  • Neural stem cells offer potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease,” PhysOrg.com (July 20, 2009)
  • If you look at Alzheimer’s, it’s not the plaques and tangles that correlate best with dementia; it’s the loss of synapses - connections between neurons,” Blurton-Jones said. “The neural stem cells were helping the brain form new synapses and nursing the injured neurons back to health.”

  • Health Bill Might Direct Tax Money to Abortion,” Robert Pear and Adam Liptak, The New York Times (July 19, 2009)
  • Peter R. Orszag, the White House budget director, asked whether he was prepared to say that no taxpayer money will go to pay for abortions, answered: I am not prepared to say explicitly that right now. Its obviously a controversial issue, and its one of the questions that is playing out in this debate.

  • Mail policy questioned at jail,” Tracy Bell, Stafford County Sun (July 21, 2009)
  • The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia in conjunction with several other ally groups, late last week demanded that officials at the Rappahannock Regional Jail immediately cease censoring religious material sent to prisoners.”

  • Young Americans plan to be married,” Cheryl Wetzstein, The Washington Times (July 19, 2009)

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