Liberty Counsel: Personhood amendment gets extra time to obtain signatures

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel writes that Mississippi’s secretary of state will allow for extra time for signatures to be gathered on Personhood Mississippi, a measure which would include the unborn in a definition of “person” in an amendment to the state constitutition, due to inclement weather around the state.

Supporters of Personhood Mississippi now have until Tuesday, Feb. 16 to gather the required signatures.

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.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus announced that the number of signers to the Manhattan Declaration has reached 265,000, accused GLSEN for their “pornographic” book list for young children, noted that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the freedom of association case of Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, and discussed the suit Michael Newdow is bringing against Chief Justice Roberts for adding “so help me God” to the end of President Obama’s oath of office.

An email from Focus talked about the new conservative women’s PAC called The Kitchen Cabinet.

A second email from the group discussed Stupak’s contention that a pro-life amendment is needed in heath care reform legislation.

A third email from the group discussed the FBI letter about internet gambling and the potential for fraud and addiction, arguing that overturning the UIGEA ban would have negative consequences.

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.

ADF: ADF president proudly signs the Manhattan Declaration

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that its president, Alan Sears, along with nearly 150 Christian leaders, has signed the Manhattan Declaration, “a groundbreaking statement calling on Christians to take a stand and decline to comply with any policies that would violate their sincerely-held religious beliefs with regard to the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.”

“It’s a great privilege for me to join with Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians,” Sears said, “in adding my signature, as an individual, to this historic document, and I hope others will join in support of this effort.”

The Manhattan Declaration: Christians Unite on Life, Marriage, & Liberty

by Tobin Grant

Yesterday, a coalition of Christian leaders (some political, some not) announced the “Manhattan Declaration“.  Most of the leaders were Evangelicals, but conservative leaders from Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox churches were also signatories.

The Declaration is a call “to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good…These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.”

You can read more about the Declaration at the NYT.

Most of the signatories are conservatives, both politically and religiously.  However, there were many influential conservative groups that are part of this coalition.  Here is a breakdown of which of the groups we tracked signed the Declaration.

Groups that were original signatories:

  • ADF
  • Al Mohler
  • Chuck Colson/Break Point
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Richard Land
  • Evangelicals for Social Action
  • Family Research Council
  • Focus on the Family Action
  • Institute on Religion and Democracy
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • Susan B. Anthony List

Groups that were not original signatories:

  • ACLJ
  • AFA
  • AUL
  • CBN
  • Center for Just Society
  • Center for Moral Clarity
  • CWA
  • Faith in Public Life
  • Liberty Counsel
  • National Right to Life Committee
  • Relevant’s “Reject Apathy”
  • Sojourners
  • Traditional Values Coalition

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC discussed abortion in health care reform, reported on Richard Land’s call for sanctions on Iran, interpreted some of the results of the elections from last Tuesday, provided a copy of the letter Land sent to  Sen. John Boehner opposing health care reform, and discussed the ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project and “crisis pregnancy.”

On his show, Richard Land discussed last week’s elections, interviewed Fred Thompson, and talked about health care reform and the abortion ban amendment.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus posted about a commentary by  in the Washington Times ADF President Alan Sears about the Obama Administration’s lack of action against the pornography industry. 

The group also commented on the supposed “pro-life” amendment offered by “pro-life” Rep. Brad Ellsworth (Democrat) with little objections from other Democrats; Focus argued that “you know there’s something amiss when pro-abortion Democrats have zero objections to a “pro-life” amendment.” 

Focus discussed Obama’s troubled appellate court nomination of Judge Hamilton and asked readers to contact their representative and ask him or her to vote “no” on Hamilton’s nomination.  The group also reported some statistics about how American’s view pornography and argued that the fight against pornography is “still a winnable war.”

An email from Focus discussed Tuesday’s election results, arguing that “The off-year elections were ‘an unmistakable rebuke of Democrats.”

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus reported on results on public opinion about the Supreme Court from Rasmussen’s latest poll, advertised a short film called The Butterfly Circus, praised “the citizens and elected officials of Rhode Island for closing a loophole in state law that allowed “indoor” prostitution to flourish,” reported that most Americans do not support the Democrats’ plan for health care reform, and accused Democrats of supporting fake “pro-life” amendments in health care reform but not real “pro-life” amendments.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus posted about legal trouble for the Girls Gone Wild franchise.  The group also discussed human trafficking and the recent child sex ring bust.

An email from Focus discussed health care reform, religious freedom, and upcoming elections in several states.  The email also asks for donations.

A second email from the group notes that some pro-life Democrats are trying ” to force a vote on the abortion funding issue” in health care reform.

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC’ discussed Richard Land’s view on recent health care proposals, saying:

“While Richard Land has admitted some of his analogies between Nazi Germany and proposed elements of health care reform were “imprecise,” he is certain there are connections to be made between some ideas under discussion in the health care reform debate today and some underlying philosophies held by the Germans and others, particularly American eugenicists, in the first half of the 20th century.”

The group also reported on activities of the pro-life group 40 Days for Life, a middle schooler being allowed to wear an “Abortion is not Healthcare” shirt and other pro-life apparel at school, and the near death experience of a Canadian teenager who had an abortion.

The group also discussed Kevin Jennings, and accused GLSEN of using their Ally Week “anti-bullying message as a springboard to indoctrinate students with the homosexual agenda.”

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus commented on a woman’s blog post about the problems of gambling, reported that Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the “Harvey Milk Day” bill into law, and notedthat an NAACP supports Bob VanderPlaats (a pro-one-man, one-woman marriage only) for Iowa governor.

An email from Focus discussed pro-life groups’ opposition to the health care reform bill.

A second email from the group talked about the Senate considering expanding benefits for federal employees, including domestic partnership benefits.

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC Life Digest post discussed the possibility of human immortality in 20 years, the fate of “pro-life” laws in an Arizona court, and stem cells.   The group also discussed President Obama’s decision to wait on meeting with the Dali Lama (a.k.a. Dalai Lama), and the group said that while the public option appears to be out of health care reform, “authorization to federally fund abortion in the name of health care” appears to be “in.”

BreakPoint: Pro (Panda) life

by Ruth Moon

“For the first time since polling on the subject began in 1995, America appears to have a chance of becoming a pro-life nation.” Another abortion post here.

Muslims can gather on the steps of the Capitol in D.C., but couldn’t do that in a Muslim country.

Don’t kill the pandas!

ERLC: Stop the Hate (Crime Legislation…)

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC is urging citizens to contact their senators and tell them to not support new hate crime legislation, alleging that:

The years-long battle over hate crimes legislation is entering its most critical hour. Both the House and Senate have passed such bills, which threaten to criminalize thought against homosexuality, while granting homosexual victims of violent crimes a preferred place under the law. Now congressional liberals, armed with the homosexual lobby, are hoping to prevail with final negotiations and votes necessary to send the dangerous measure to the White House for a signing victory…

No one should engage in an act of violence against someone because of that person’s sexual orientation, but neither should anyone be prosecuted because of their religious beliefs about homosexuality. Yet that is what is at stake under a federal hate crimes law. The freedom for pastors and Sunday School teachers to preach and teach the biblical truth about homosexuality hangs in the balance.

The group’s latest Life Digest  post includes short discussions with the following titles: Woman chooses life for child wrongly implanted, Black pro-lifers decry endorsement of health-care plan, Ultrasound pioneer dies, and Dominican Republic protects unborn in constitution.

A third postfrom the ERLC encourages President Obama to take action against Iran’s aggression.

FRC

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC reported that the wrong embryos were implanted in a woman at a fertility clinic.  The couple, according to the FRC:

Because of their strong support for life, they will carry the baby to term and then relinquish him to his genetic parents.

The Washington Updateemail from the group discusses a bailout for newspapers, the consequences of health care reform on Medicaid, and the symbolic significance of ENDA.

ERLC Pro-Life Posts

by Jessica Bryan

Three posts from the ERLC deal with their “pro-life” agenda. 

The first discusses Richard Land and 30 others “endorsing a statement that supports the sanctity of all human life in health-care reform.”

The second notes that Planned Parenthood will be closing five of its’ Indiana clinics.

Finally, the group reports that the “pro-life Susan B. Anthony List has targeted 12 members of Congress up for re-election in 2010 who it says are out of step with their constituents.”  The 12 targeted Democrats are as follows:

Sens. Michael Bennett of Colorado, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Harry Reid of Nevada, as well as Reps. Alan Grayson of Florida, Debbie Halvorson of Illinois, Suzanne Kosmas of Florida, Frank Kratovil of Maryland, Walk Minnick of Idaho, Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello of Virginia, Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire and Harry Teague of New Mexico.

Note: No links are provided because I was only able to access the posts through the RSS feed.  I was unable to locate them on the blog.  For the full text, see the ERLC RSS feed or contact me (or another subscriber to the ERLC RSS feed).

CBN Update: Illegalizing divorce and more

by Ruth Moon

Friends and relatives of anti-abortion activist James Pouillon held a prayer vigil in his honor last weekend, and CBN notes that no pro-abortion groups have spoken out against Pouillon’s murder.

California resident John Marcotte wants to pass a law making divorce illegal.

Rifqa Bary’s claims that her life was threatened after her conversion to Christianity are unsubstantiated, according to the Florida Dept. of Law and a teacher at her high school.

A New York lawmaker wants to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Roman Catholics are helping fund an advertising campaign supporting traditional marriage in Maine.

Pro-Life Groups 9/14/2009

by E. Carroll

National Right to Life Committee: Reported on Condition Red” which is what they are calling government funding for “on-demand” abortions if the current health care bill passes.

Democrats for Life: “Assert” that abortion is included in Obama’s health care reform.

Feminists for Life: In mourning over the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Americans for Life: Launched “Back to the Hill” campaign to “educate lawmakers and Americans on the current health care proposals’ threat to the lives of the elderly,ill, and unborn”.

Christian News Wire: Reported on the murder of pro-life activist Jim Pouillon.  The article encourages activists not to be intimidated and to continue the fight against Planned Parenthood.

Life News:  Obama to meet with pro-life leader to discuss abortion funding.

Pro-life community upset that Obama waited 2 days before releasing a brief statement about the shooting of pro-life activist James Pouillon.