ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC noted that Richard Land was “honored during the first Weyrich Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.,” commented on the vote by the Senate to table the Nelson-Hatch amendment, reported on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case “of the University of California Hastings College of the Law’s refusal to recognize the Christian Legal Society as a ‘registered student organization,'” discussed the vote in the House in the omnibus spending bill that would “drop a longstanding ban on government funds for abortions in the District of Columbia,” and discussed in detail decision made by the woman who quit her job at Planned Parenthood because of a “turn of heart.”

The latest Life Digest post from the group commented on the Berkley City Council’s decision to send coat hangers to pro-life members of Congress and on secret videos on Planned Parenthood “deceit.”  The group also reported on a new “pro-life study” from the World Economic Forum that “showed countries with more restrictive abortion laws have better maternal mortality rates than those with liberal policies.”  Here is some of the evidence they offer:

Ireland, a strongly pro-life country, ranked No. 1 in the world with only one death for every 100,000 live births, according to the report. The United States has a maternal mortality ratio of 17 deaths per 100,000 live births.

ERLC and Richard Land

by  Jessica Bryan

The most recent ERLC posts included a discussion comparing abortion in the U.S. to a holocaust and arguing that there are three victims of an abortion, linked to an analysis of abortion statistics, and argued that humans are an endangered species because of abortion.

On his show, Richard Land discussed the “Fight for Life” at both the beginning and end of life, Nelson Mandela and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and President Obama, and lastly Ahmadinejad’s “evil regime” and health care reform.

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

This week, the ERLC noted that the Senate was soon to vote on the Nelson-Hatch amendment that would restrict federal funding for abortion in health care reform, and urged readers to contact their senators to tell them to vote for the amendment.  The same message is contained in an Action Alert email from the group.

The group also discussed approval of the first embryonic stem cells for use in federally funded experiments, and the possibility of a mandate in health care reform to provide coverage of abortion.

In the latest Life Digest post, the ERLC commented on the Baltimore law requiring pregnancy centers to post signs listing services they do not offer, discussed the use of adult stem cells to help heart attack patients, reported on the third death of a woman who had a legal abortion in India, and the failure of a bill in France that would have legalized euthanasia.

The ERLC also argued that the “opt out” and “trigger” options being considered for health care reform are just a stealthy way for liberals to achieve government-run health care, and linked to an interview with Cal Besiner on “Climategate.”

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC discussed legislation in the House that would grant domestic partnership benefits to federal employees and their partners (Richard Land and the ERLC are opposed to this legislation),  criticized the D.C. City Council vote to legalize gay marriage in the district and also talked about other movements toward legalization in other states,  and conveyed Richard Land’s hope for Obama’s new Afghanistan plan as well as concern for the troops since Obama did not approve as many troops as Gen. McChrystal requested.

On his show, Richard Land talked to Cal Beisner about climate change and also discussed “creation care,” asked “Did socialism land in the green movement?” and discussed “greenies” and “socialists” and Al Gore.

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC discussed the moral justification for organ donation and Richard Land’s call for people to consider whether they want to be an organ donor.

In the latest Life Digest post, the group  noted that Planned Parenthood dropped a lawsuit they had filed against the former employee who quit working for them after a “spiritual conversion” caused her to oppose abortion.  They also talked about Rick Warren’s Nov. 29th appearance on Meet the Press where he publicly opposed the “mantra” that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.”  Finally, the ERLC discussed anti-abortion legislation (and a possible constitutional amendment) in Mexico.

The ERLC also criticized D.C. City Council for not allowing D.C. voters to decide whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage in the District.

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC wrote about the Senate vote to allow debate on the health care reform bill which supposedly includes funding for abortion.

In the latest ERLC Life Digest post, the group discussed a man who was in a coma for 23 years but was conscious the whole time, the passage of a Baltimore, MD law that requires pregnancy help centers to post signs displaying services (like abortion) that it does not provide, the decision by an ethics panel to continue to provide life support for an infant with a genetic defect and pulmonary vascular disease, the failure of a bill in Australia that would have allowed voluntary euthanasia, and, finally, the distribution of over $64,000 to pregnancy centers and adoption agencies in Louisiana from profits made off of the state’s Choose Life license plate.

The ERLC also discussed the film The Blind Side,  the drafting and signing of the Manhattan Declaration on life, marriage, and religious liberty in response to “a genuine increase in the threat, especially on the sanctity of life front,” and citied pro-life leaders criticism of the decision by pro-life Democrats who voted to allow debate on the health care reform bill, saying they “let down the movement.”

An email from Richard Land notes that he joined the signers of the Manhattan Declaration.  The email links to an article which includes excerpts from the Declaration.

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC discussed the debate about abortion funding in health care  reform and the uncertainty of the pro-life gains made in the House by the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, the Senate vote to begin debate on the health care reform bill that “includes federal funding of abortion as part of a government takeover of health care,” linked to the ERLC’s analysis of how the Senate’s health care bill will directly and indirectly fund abortion, and discussed Richard Land’s joining onto the “Manhattan Declaration, which addresses the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty.”

Richard Land discussed health care and the 9/11 trials, and has an interview with Joi Wasill.

An ERLC action alert email  urges subscribers to ask their senators to vote no if the Senate health care bill does not ban funding of abortion in language as strong as the Stupak-Pitts Amendment.