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Eli’s Story | Unleashing Citizenship

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:53pm

Eli had been old enough to vote for several years, but because he felt unsure about the issues and candidates, he never registered or took part in elections.

But after Eli attended an event with our president Paul Weber, he made a decision: He voted in a mid-term election. And now he’s teaching his students the importance of engaging.

Join us in our efforts to motivate pro-family voters.

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Helping Voters Know Where Candidates Stand on Life | Family Policy Briefing

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:53pm

Voters need to know when a candidate is pro-life and when one is not.

Victoria Cobb, president of Family Foundation Action in Virginia, wants everyone to understand where the state attorney general stands on the life issue.

Family Policy Alliance has been assisting her organization in reaching voters who, if they knew, might make an extra effort to vote.

If you appreciate our work, please join with us in informing voters where candidates across the country stand on the issues you care about.

 

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Let Parents Parent: My Child. Our Path.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:50pm

by Stephanie Curry

Can you imagine a time when the state can come into your home and take away your child – because you loved your child enough to help him find counseling to work through unwanted same-sex attraction? Can you imagine a place where the state can put your daughter in foster care, because together you hired a therapist to help her heal from feeling like she was born in the wrong body? Currently, that time and place is right now in Canada, and rapidly approaching the United States.

This year, many states proposed and passed bills that would prohibit children from receiving counseling from licensed mental healthcare professionals for unwanted same-sex attraction or feeling like they were born the wrong sex. The Left deceptively refers to it as “conversion therapy”. Under such therapy ban laws, mental healthcare professionals can only provide counseling that is supportive or encouraging of a child’s same-sex attraction or gender confusion.

A few months back, Family Policy Alliance shared the story of Carlton. In his childhood, Carlton was abused by a male church leader, and for many years he wasn’t able to discern that his feelings of same-sex attraction had been forced upon him by his abuser. Therapy ban laws prevent parents from allowing their child to seek out a professional to discover why their child is experiencing gender and sexual identity struggles beyond the one size-fits-all, “born this way” approach. Even worse, some Massachusetts legislators are arguing that counselors who provide access to faith-affirming therapy for children to work through feelings of same-sex attraction and gender identity struggles should be reported and treated as child abusers. We believe children should have the unequivocal right to find licensed mental healthcare that is in line with their moral and religious beliefs.

Family Policy Alliance needs your continued support in striving to protect a time and place where parents are able to freely act to shield their child from emotional and psychological harm. The state should not be stepping into the place of parents when it comes to our children’s mental health.

This is part 4 of 5 in our Let Parents Parent series on the importance of protecting parental rights for families.

Part 1 My Child. My Rights.

Part 2 My Child. My Care.

Part 3 My Child. My Decision.

Part 4 My Child. Our Path.

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Was That You? | Stoplight

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:47pm

The Trump Administration proposed that life begins at conception. The opposition quickly declared that’s not a scientific statement, but a matter of belief.

In his Stoplight® commentary, Stuart Shepard asks a single question that brings it all into clarity. It’s a question you should ask yourself.

Thank you for sharing Stoplight with your friends.

Family Policy Alliance affirms that life should be cherished at every stage. Would you partner with is in this effort?

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Unexpected Veto Spares Christian California Employers | Family Policy Briefing

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:56pm

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill on Sunday that would otherwise have forced Christian organizations and institutions to face a devastating choice: Betray your faith or be prosecuted by the state.

Jonathan Keller, president of California Family Council, explains to Stuart Shepard in the Family Policy Briefing why AB 569 would have brought so much trouble to the state. Specifically, it aimed to criminalize any contracts or employee codes of conduct related to abortion and sex outside of marriage.

“Every organization that promotes a pro-life message must be able to require its employees to practice what they preach,” Keller said. “The right to freely exercise one’s religion is enshrined in our Constitution, and has always protected every American’s ability to freely associate around shared beliefs and practices.”

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HHS: Life Begins at Conception – Ask the President to Nominate a Secretary Who Agrees

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:54pm

“Respecting the inherent dignity of persons from conception to natural death”: That’s just one way a draft policy by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) affirms a pro-life worldview.

The “HHS Strategic Plan, FY 2018-2022“contains multiple references to life beginning at conception. It recommends that department policy reflect that scientific fact.

During the Obama Administration, every new action by the White House seemed to decrease protections for preborn babies. And it sent billions of our tax dollars to organizations that promote or provide abortion – in the U.S. and overseas.

But the Trump Administration is weaving a culture of life back into the federal government.

“HHS accomplishes its mission,” the draft plan explains,” through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of 61 activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.”

The HHS Strategic Plan sets the agency’s policy goals for the next four years. As well as affirming life, the Plan consistently acts to protect people of faith. It seeks to remove, “barriers for faith-based and other providers, in order to expand access to health care.”

The position for Secretary of HHS is currently vacant. It’s important to ensure that HHS continues to protect life through the selection of a someone who is firmly committed to pro-life values.

TAKE ACTION

Ask President Trump to nominate a defender of life to be Secretary of HHS. We’ve made it quick and easy to send a message through our Action Center.

 

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Please Pray for California’s Fire Victims

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:52pm

For days now, we’ve all been seeing the images: orange blazes, dense smoke, and homes reduced to stark rectangles of ashes.

Would you join us in praying for the families impacted by the California wildfires? Pray for the firefighters who run toward the flames while others are running away. And for the first responders attending to those who are hurting.

And please say a prayer for the churches that have opened their doors to provide shelter and for the many church members who are offering disaster relief.

Thank you.

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Freedom is What America Looks Like | Stoplight

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:31am

We’re seeing a refreshing reaffirmation of the importance of faith in American life. Specifically, a directive for government to let people of faith live their lives.

In his Stoplight® commentary, Stuart Shepard puts in context and explains why it’s a good and necessary change.

Read the “Federal Protections for Religious Liberty.”

Family Policy Alliance actively supports legislation that protects your religious freedom. Would you consider partnering with us in that important work?

 

 

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Let Parents Parent: My Child. My Decision.

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:25am

by Stephanie Curry

If your child has a terminal illness and stops breathing in a hospital, should a doctor have the right to refuse to administer CPR against the parents’ wishes? We believe the answer to this is a resounding No. It is parents who love their children who shoulder the overriding responsibility of guarding their child’s health and very life. As we discussed in Part II of this series, hospitals should work in partnership with families to fight for the life of a child, no matter their prognosis.

When life and death decisions regarding your child’s health are at stake, it seems obvious parents should be involved. But, should your child be able to make decisions about their own care that are far more routine? Consider a simple physical for school, an appointment for glasses, or receiving antibiotics for a sinus infection. Should your 15-year-old be able to make an appointment and get treatment for these things without your consent? Without your knowledge? For legislatures, the answer to these questions are becoming more ambiguous.

Over the past several years, states have begun muddying the waters as to how involved a parent should be in their child’s health care decisions. Most states allow children to receive contraceptives or treatment for substance abuse at ages far younger than 18, without their parents even knowing their child is being treated. In Wisconsin, a child of 12 can receive treatment for a drug addiction. In Oregon, all children 15 and older can consent to medical treatment — from physicals to abortions. In Alabama, the age of consent is 14, and in Idaho, any age child who comprehends the risks of treatment can consent to their own medical care.

While Family Policy Alliance recognizes there are situations in which parental involvement may not be desirable, we believe most parents are in the best position to know and support their child’s healthcare journey and aid in their child’s medical care long-term. We believe healing doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Family, not government, is an integral part of a child’s journey to health and healing. In that vein, Family Policy Alliance will continue to fight alongside parents who want to be free to love and protect their children the way they know best.

This is part 3 of 5 in our Let Parents Parent series on the importance of protecting parental rights for families.

Part 1 My Child. My Rights.

Part 2 My Child. My Care.

Part 3 My Child. My Decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Allies Tour the White House

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:20am

A group of our state allies got together for a tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, today.

From left to right: John Helmberger, Minnesota Family Council; Eric Corcoran, Palmetto Family Council; Jeff Laszloffy, Montana Family Foundation; Carroll Conley, Christian Civic League of Maine; Michael Geer, Pennsylvania Family Institute (and an FPA board member); Jonathan Saenz, Texas Values; Joseph Backholm, Family Policy Institute of Washington; Jonathan Keller, California Family Council; and John Stemberger, Florida Family Policy Council.

John Rustin, North Carolina Family Policy Council; Nicole Theis, Delaware Family Policy Council; Allen Whitt, Family Policy Council of West Virginia; Victoria Cobb, The Family Foundation of Virginia; Jason McGuire, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms; Len Deo, New Jersey Family Policy Council; Peter Wolfgang, Family Institute of Connecticut; Bob Vander Plaats, The Family Leader of Iowa; Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone Action of New Hampshire — along with family and colleagues.

Family Policy Alliance is proud to be allied with each of these organizations.

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Surprisingly Good News Comes Out of Washington | Family Policy Briefing

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 2:37pm

After eight years of mostly bad news for pro-family values coming out of Washington, we’ve been hearing a lot of surprisingly good news in just the past week.

Autumn Leva, Director of Policy for Family Policy Alliance, highlights recent positive advances on the life issue, religious freedom and the rule of law.

You can send a message to your U.S. Senators quickly and easily through our Action Center.

That’s also where you can send a thank you note to President Trump.

 

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Rep. Jim Banks: ‘An Unborn Child is Able to Feel Pain as Early as 20 Weeks’ | Video

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 2:20pm

Pro-life members of the House offered clear, medically sound insights into why elective abortions should be ended after a pre-born baby reaches 20 weeks.

Jim Banks is a U.S. Representative and an alumnus of Family Policy Foundation’s Statesmen Academy. He has advocated for such protections his entire career, voting for it as a state lawmaker in Indiana and now as a Congressman.

In a speech on the House floor on Oct. 2, he said the legislation is projected to save between 12,000 and 18,000 lives each year.

“Ten years ago, studies began to emerge proving that an unborn child is able to feel pain as early as 20 weeks post-fertilization,” Banks explained to his House colleagues. “Let’s ensure that all 50 states have protections for vulnerable pain-capable children.”

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Today I spoke in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which the House is scheduled to vote on tomorrow.

Posted by Congressman Jim Banks on Monday, October 2, 2017

The bill easily passed the House, but now a more difficult fight begins. Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the Senate on Oct. 5. The bill failed to garner enough support in that chamber twice before in the face of a veto threat by then-President Obama.

But if it passes this time, President Trump has pledged to sign it into law.

Your Senators need to hear from you right away. Urge them to vote for this vital bill to protect innocent lives.

TAKE ACTION
Urge your U.S. Senators to support and vote for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

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Thank President Trump for Expanding Religious Freedom on the ‘Abortion-Pill Mandate’

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:59pm

Today, President Trump announced that his administration kept his promise to protect religious freedom by providing relief to employers who have a faith-based objection to providing contraceptives, including drugs that can sometimes cause an early abortion!

The Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby brought the Obamacare violation of religious freedom to the national spotlight when they fought the mandate at the Supreme Court.

But some may not be aware that the Hobby Lobby case was paired with another case involving Conestoga Wood Specialties, which played heavily into Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion upholding religious freedom. The Conestoga case was initiated and taken to the U.S. Supreme Court by one of our state allies, Pennsylvania Family Institute.

“We went to court in 2012 to fight this unjust mandate on behalf of the Hahns, a Mennonite family and owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties,” said Michael Geer, President of the Pennsylvania Family Institute and a board member of Family Policy Alliance. “Thankfully, in 2014, the Supreme Court victory granted relief for the Hahns and the Green family (owners of Hobby Lobby) in a landmark ruling. We’re glad now to see that other religious employers and ministries will be protected as well, thanks to the President’s actions.”

“President Trump deserves to be thanked for upholding his promise on religious freedom,” said Paul Weber, President of Family Policy Alliance.  “And we’re grateful to Michael Geer and his team for helping pave the way to this victory through their outstanding work that led to the Supreme Court win.”

Please take a moment to thank President Trump for his action in support of religious freedom.  We’ve made it quick and easy to send a note through our Action Center.

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House Moves to Stop Most Abortions After 20 Weeks – Thank Your Lawmaker | Family Policy Briefing

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:20am

Thousands of you sent messages to members of Congress urging them to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – and they did.

Brittany Jones, policy analyst for Family Policy Alliance, explains what the bill would do, why it’s needed, and what happens next.

THANK YOUR LAWMAKER if they voted for the bill – or express your disappointment if they did not. We’ve made it simple to find out how they voted and easy to send a message through the Family Policy Alliance Action Center.

 

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Let Parents Parent: My Child. My Care.

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:18am

by Stephanie Curry

Recently, two families burst into the international spotlight because the law did not defend the parents’ ultimate rights to protect the very lives of their children.

The first story centers around infant Charlie Gard, who was born with a fatal genetic disorder in London. The hospital treating Charlie refused to allow his parents to move him to the U.S. to seek pioneering medical treatment. The hospital aggressively argued it would be inhumane to keep Charlie alive because of his condition, and life-sustaining treatment was withheld despite his parents’ desperate battle in court. Charlie died at 11 months old, after his ventilator was removed by medical workers.

The second story involves Simon Crosier, who was born in Missouri with a genetic condition. Like Charlie, treatment for Simon’s disorder was considered by doctors to be “futile,” and he was not expected to live long. At three months, he struggled to breath. His oxygen levels plummeted. Yet, no one rushed to his aid. Hospital staff remained eerily quiet and distant as Simon’s parents watched him die. Simon’s doctors, without his parents’ knowledge or consent, had placed a “do not resuscitate” order into his file. The Crosiers were stunned when they discovered that doctors could secretly decide their son’s life was not theirs to protect. Since that time, the Crosiers have worked diligently to pass laws that will give parents the legal right to make the final decision regarding life-sustaining treatment for their child.

In fact, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas worked with allies in that state to pass the very first “Simon’s Law” earlier this year. It will protect babies like Simon.

Family Policy Alliance and our state allies will be working hard in 2018 to ensure children can be lovingly protected by their parents through “Simon’s Law” legislation. If Charlie’s parents or Simon’s parents had had the benefit of such laws, they would have had the final word on their child’s life-giving medical care – not hospitals.

We believe children are given by God to, intimately known by, and lovingly protected by their parents — first and foremost. That means it is the parents’ God-given responsibility to protect and preserve the lives of their children. Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we fight to let parents parent across the country.

This is part 2 of 5 in our Let Parents Parent series on the importance of protecting parental rights for families. Here’s Part 1: My Children. My Rights.

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Pennsylvania: Eva’s Life Has Value

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:12am

Family Policy Alliance is proud to work alongside our ally Pennsylvania Family Institute.

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and this year Pennsylvanians have a simple and direct opportunity to express support for children with Down syndrome.

Nineteen State Senators, led by Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) have sponsored Senate Resolution 174 (SR174), which calls for the respect and protection of children with Down syndrome in the wake of the CBS News report on Iceland “eradicating” Down syndrome babies by aborting them.

In support of SR174, watch and share this interview: A Father’s Joy – A conversation about children blessed with Down syndrome

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Praying Over Those Killed and Hurt in Las Vegas

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 1:24pm

 

We are hurting for the families affected by the senseless shooting in Las Vegas. It was an act of incomprehensible evil.

Like you, we’ve been asking questions: “Why would anyone do this?” “Could anything have stopped it before it happened?” “How would I respond if I had been sitting in the middle of that packed crowd of concertgoers?”

At the end of the day, we will find no rational answers for the irrational murder of so many people. But we can discover something about the value of life and the peace that comes only from God.

Would you join us in praying for the families who lost loved ones? And pray for those who survived and are hurting right now? Pray for the first responders who now must live with the images from that night. Pray that, in this time of somber reflection, our nation would look to God for solace and comfort. And that we would become a nation where God is honored and life is cherished.

Thank You,

The Family Policy Alliance Team

 

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If Kneeling is Protected Speech, Then… | Stoplight

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:56am

In his Stoplight® commentary, Stuart Shepard shares 14 things that are unassailably true about the NFL protest, the First Amendment and Mr. Trump.

Whether you agree or disagree with the players who are kneeling during the anthem, whether you think President Trump’s coarse language in saying they should all be fired was spot on or not fitting for a president, you’ll want to consider this sharp opinion on how all of this should play out in a free society.

And most of all, what this says about some other people who are fighting for the right to protest, but who are not getting nearly as much attention.

Thank you for sharing Stoplight with your friends.

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Let Parents Parent: My Children, My Rights

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 6:50am

by Stephanie Curry

Every night, I talk with my four-year old twin boys before bed. Everyone gets a turn to share and any topic is on the table. The other night, my sons wanted to talk about a fire-car with wings, driving on the sun. We raced each other, but then all burned up. That was memorable. I cover a lot of topics — the difference between respect and disrespect, gardens and deserts, hot and cold. But one thing I make sure to tell them every night is how much joy they bring me. If my boys forget everything else, they’ll remember they’re the most important thing in our lives. Of course, like most parents, my husband and I would sacrifice anything to protect them, and we work daily to make sure they know they are loved.

All parents love their children and spend their child’s entire life learning to know them and sacrificing to protect them. When you first lay eyes on your child’s face, you know right away your child has been given to you, to be known and protected by you and you alone.

As parents, we have considerable freedom in directing the nurturing, education and upbringing of our children, but the government can still make laws about what our children can or cannot do, regardless of our personal feelings. This is simply because children lack the decision-making capability of their parents. We see this government influence every day — when we sign medical paperwork for our children, fill out school forms or buy them cough syrup. Though the government creates laws to protect the greater majority of children, only we, as parents, are in a unique position to protect our children from more immediate and personal harms.

In continuing to safeguard your ability to protect your children, Family Policy Alliance is making it a top priority to fight for your right to continue to make decisions that protect your children. In the coming months, you’ll see us working on two specific areas to protect the integrity of your family: health care and education.

Our Children. Our Health Care.

Families are the gatekeepers of health, and parents are on the frontlines of keeping our children healthy. I don’t want anyone else able to make major medical decisions for my twin boys other than their Dad and me. I’m sure you agree, and Family Policy Alliance wants to see your family thrive by ensuring the state honors your role as the primary decision-maker for your child’s health care.

Our Children. Our Education.

Family is the launchpad of a child’s success. I value the freedom of choosing educational opportunities for my sons. Family Policy Alliance wants to support your ability to guide your child’s upbringing and make pivotal educational decisions on behalf of your child.

Our Children. Our Gift.

We believe children are given to us by God. They thrive when they are known and protected by their parents. Family Policy Alliance will continue to be a voice for your family’s right to make loving decisions on behalf of your child. We hope you’ll partner with us as we fight for policies that let parents parent in states across the country.

This is part 1 of 5 in a series on the importance of protecting parental rights for families.

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Everybody’s Protesting – Exercise Your Freedom to Speak

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 3:49pm

College students are shouting down conservative speakers, breaking windows and smashing cars. NFL players are taking a knee during the national anthem, wanting their protest to be seen every week on national television.

Whatever you may think of these highly publicized protests, it says something about America, and it also says something about your freedom to speak up and bring about change – whether as an individual, a business owner or a church.

Paul Weber, president and CEO of Family Policy Alliance; Tom Minnery, our president emeritus; and other members of our team made this video to encourage you to exercise your right to free speech, to engage the debate and to unleash your citizenship.

 

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