Liberty Counsel: Personhood amendment on Miss. ballot in 2011

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel reports that after a furious effort to gather enough signatures, a personhood amendment to the Mississippi state constitution will be placed on the November 2011 ballot.

The amendment reads, “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”

The Liberty Counsel praised the efforts of those gathering signatures, as well as pledging to defend the amendment.

“We stand ready to defend this amendment against all those who would seek to undermine the fundamental right to life for the most innocent among us,” the Counsel writes. “We are preparing for legal challenges against the amendment.”

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC discussed  using adult stem cells to treat for multiple sclerosis, reflected on Lee Eaton who recently passed away, posted on the “coffee is good for you” stories, compared the Christmas specials from Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, posted a “New video exposé of U.S. Department of Education Safe & Drug-Free Schools “Czar” Kevin Jennings,” discussed the expansion of legal prostitution in Nevada to include male prostitutes, reported on results from a survey indicating that “adults who attend religious services at least weekly are more likely to report that being married is personally very important to them than those who worship less frequently,” wrote about the “realities” of foreign policy and how it is different from President Obama’s “utopian” idealism, commented on Kevin Jennings and the group Media Matters who is defending him, commented on how the “mainstream media is spinning the Pope’s World Day of Peace message” and incompletely reporting on his stance on environmentalism, talked about mending bones using adult stem cells, and criticized the Federal Trade Commission‘s for filing a suit against Intel for anti-competitive practices.

A Washington Update email from the FRC discussed Sen. Harry Reid’s effort to expand Medicare to people aged 55 and over, argued that “the Omnibus marks the first direct government-sponsored abortion bill of 2010,” listed some of the taxes included in Sen. Reid’s health care bill, and advertised a “Stop the Abortion Mandate” broadcast and the deal with the Christian Values Network to donate to the FRC when you shop through their online “portal.”

A second Washington Update from the group commented on the health care reform effort by Democrats, argued that “it can be stopped,” and advertised their “PrayerCast.”  The group also discussed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act and efforts by the D.C. City Council to legalize gay marriage, and commented on the cost of expanding Medicare.

A third Washington Update reported that President Obama has reached out to Sen. Bob Casey to “draft an abortion compromise that will win over Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D-Nebr.) support for health care before Christmas,” criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to travel to the Copenhagen climate talks, commented on the AARP and Sen. Reid’s effort to close the gap in Medicare prescription coverage, and again advertised their “PrayerCast,”

In a final Washington Update the FRC criticized supposed tax-payer funded abortion included in the 2010 omnibus bill that was signed into law yesterday, commented on Sen. Nelson’s rejection of Sen. Casey’s proposed new language on abortion funding in health care reform, and argued that the “real agenda of radical environmentalism” is “population control.”

The group also sent out an email reminder to watch their “PrayerCast.”  The email included this message:

Tonight, December 16, FRC Action and The Call to Conscience will host a live video webcast entitled “An FRC Action PrayerCast: Government Takeover of Healthcare”. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. (EST), this PrayerCast will feature a powerful line-up of speakers, including:

  • Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council Action
  • Lou Engle, Founder and President, The Call to Conscience
  • Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family Action
  • Dr. James Dobson, Founder, Focus on the Family Action
  • Hon. Sam Brownback, United States Senator, Kansas
  • Hon. Randy Forbes, United States Congressman, Virginia
  • Hon. Jim DeMint, United States Senator, South Carolina
  • Hon. Michele Bachmann, United States Congresswoman, Minnesota
  • Bishop Harry Jackson, President, High Impact Leadership Coalition
  • Pastor Jim Garlow, Skyline Church, San Diego, Calif.
  • Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Leadership Conference

During the webcast, you will hear the latest on the threats to the God-given right to human life through government funding of abortions, our health from rationing, our family finances from higher taxes, and our general freedom posed by the government plan to take over healthcare.

We will enter into a time of prayer for the nation, and our leaders. Your engagement and urgent prayer is more critical than ever as Congress will very soon vote on a final health care bill. Register now and join us this evening!

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC talked about more uses for adult stem cells, noted that one plant scholar is saying there are more carnivorous plants than we think (the post links to the trailer for Attack of the Killer Tomatoes), interpreted results from a recent GSS survey to say that “adults in always-intact marriages who attend religious services at least weekly are the most likely to believe in the importance of having their own children,” argued that private sector research on cancer will  decrease if the Democrats’ health care plan passes and discussed potential uses for adult stem cells to fight HIV.

An email from the FRC urged subscribers to tell their senators to vote for the Nelson-Hatch amendment to health care reform.

A Washington Update email from the group discussed funding for abortion in health care reform and the Nelson-Hatch amendment, efforts in New Jersey to legalize gay marriage and in Virginia to give benefits to the partners of state employees, and the potential effect of current health care reform legislation on the Medicare Advantage program.

A second Washington Update email from the FRC criticized Sen. Reid for his comments about health care reform and slavery on the Senate floor, commented on the cost of health care reform, and criticized the “shocking record” of EEOC nominee Chai Feldblum.

A third Washington Update talked about the failure of the Nelson-Hatch amendment and the funding for abortion in health care reform, commented on the 2010 Omnibus bill, and argued that Sen. Reid is trying to cover up the fact that the current health care reform bill would fund abortion.

An email asking for donations said that “Two deeply committed supporters have offered a $300,000 Matching Grant that will double your gift and give it twice the impact in the fight to defend and advance faith, family, and freedom!”

Chuck Colson: Matters of life and death

by Ruth Moon

The shootings in Washington last week are evidence that criminals should serve full jail sentences, and the justice system is flawed.

Embryonic stem cell research is not ethical.

A British judge ruled recently that belief in global warming can count as a religion. Chuck Colson says that could happen in America, and “the earth could soon enough take the place of that archaic idea of an ancient God of the Bible.”

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.”

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC discussed their “New Study On How Pornography Threatens Marriages, Children, Communities, and Individuals,” compared Obama to a Vulcan (Tuvok not Spock), noted that the chilly political climate in the U.S. about global warming may make it difficult for liberals to push for environmental reform while at the conference in Copenhagen, gave Obama some advice about how to create jobs, and posted a video from Tony Perkins about health care.

A Washington Update email from the FRC praised Obama for his decision to increase the troop presence in Afghanistan, argued against the nomination of Judge Louis Butler to the federal district court, and argued that the proposed health care reform legislation would provide health care to illegal immigrants.

An email from Tony Perkins asked subscribers to contact their senators and tell them to support the “Stupak-Pitts anti-abortion funding amendment.”

A second Washington Update discussed the failure of the vote to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, the negative impact of porn on families and society, funding for stem cell research, argued that the full force of health care reform will not take effect until 2014, and linked to the FRC blog post about the conference in Copenhagen.

A third Washington Update from the group discussed gambling reform and Sen. Bachus’ letter from the FBI about the potential for cheating in online poker, talked about indirect funding for abortion in health care reform, advertised this week’s FRC Radio broadcast Washington Watch Weekly, and linked to Tony Perkins’ video about health care reform.

An email from Tony Perkins asked subscribers to participate in the FRC Family Photo 2009 Contest.

Center for Moral Clarity

by R. Burge

The CMC sent out an email today with a headline about the pitfalls of health care reform. They write, “We are concerned with all aspects of the legislation, but our overriding concern is whether it would permit or require federal funding of abortion, or have the government authorize benefit plans that cover abortion, or both.” Additionally the CMC criticizes the Obama administration’s stance on stem cells, saying that scientific research should not destroy life.

The CMC is also concerned with the recent activity in Washington D.C. over the issue of gay marriage. 11 of 13 council members voted in favor of recognizing gay marriage in the District. It still needs to be approved by the Congress. The CMC believes that this recent activity is in violation of DOMA. They however laud the recent decision made in New York state to vote down a proposal that would allow for gay marriage.

The CMC is also in favor of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2009, which would bring the sentences for crack and powder cocaine into parity, while currently those who are convicted of dealing crack are subject to much harsher penalties.

The CMC endorses the Manhattan Declaration, saying that it “majors in the majors,” but wishes however that it included statements about reducing poverty.

Finally, the CMC is in support of the recent Supreme Court decision which did not allow the state of New York to use eminent domain powers to expand Columbia University.