Volume 8, Issue 6
June 7, 2012
The Pennsylvania Family Institute's weekly update to concerned citizens.
Michael Geer, President
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Quote of the Week
"You are about to embark upon a great crusade. ... The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. ... You will bring about ... the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe. ... Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely. ... And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking." ~ Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight Eisenhower, June 6, 1944
Pennsylvania Family Council has been working hard to assist legislators on some important pro-life legislation this year:
Planned Parenthood Gendercide. Lila Rose and the Live Action team have released three videos showing gendercide at Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics. These videos are part of a new series titled "Gendercide: Sex-Selection in America," exposing the practice of sex-selective abortion in the United States and how Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry facilitate the selective elimination of baby girls in the womb. Six studies in the past four years indicate that there are thousands of "missing girls" in the U.S., many from sex-selective abortion.
Planned Parenthood is waging a war on women, and in Pennsylvania, we can stop funding them with our tax dollars! The Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act prioritizes state family planning funding (currently going to Planned Parenthood) to go to legitimate healthcare providers who can provide true comprehensive health services. And who are not in the abortion business! Click here to view a fact sheet on the bill.
Use our Citizen Action Center to contact your legislators to support this bill!
Give Pennsylvania Women the Right to Know! House Bill 1077, The Woman's Right to Know Act, is currently sitting in the PA House, legislation that would make sure that a woman seeking abortion would first be offered an ultrasound image of her unborn baby. The bill passed the House Health Committee with a vote of 15-7. View the roll call here. Your help is needed to pass it! Take Action and contact your state representative and state senator! Use our Citizen Action Center.
News posted daily at www.PAFamily.org!
New Mexico Says 'No' to Religious Freedom. With New Mexico's Court of Appeals ruling on Tuesday, June 5, religious liberties protected by the First Amendment took a severe blow. The Court upheld an opinion from the New Mexico Human Rights Commission that a photography company could not discriminate clients or refuse services centered on religious beliefs. In 2006, Elaine Huguenin was asked by Vanessa Willock to photograph her same-sex commitment ceremony, she declined. Willock filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, citing sexual-orientation discrimination. Huguenin fought the suit, with the help of the Alliance Defense Fund, but lost. The New Mexico Court of Appeals just ruled against the photographer. This scenario could happen in Pennsylvania if we don't pass a Marriage Protection Amendment.
Please contact your state senator and representative and ask them to support the Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment.
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2) Followup with an email - Use our Citizen Action Center!
Behind China on Human Rights. In a move that ought to (but likely won't) outrage women's rights advocates everywhere, President Obama announced last week that he opposes proposed legislation that would ban gender-selective abortions (the bill failed in the House). The president's position defies commentary to the extent that it is difficult to find words appropriate to such a reprehensible stance. Notably, sex-selective abortion is practiced most extensively, but illegally, in China, where couples under the one-child policy use the practice to ensure that their only allowed child is a boy. Indeed, the Chinese government vowed in August of 2011 to crack down on sex-selective abortion, according to the Huffington Post. When an American President lags behind China in his defense of human rights, Americans should be more than worried–they should be outraged.
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Worldview Training for Youth — Register by July 1st! Our 12th annual City on the Hill Youth Leadership Conference will be held July 22-28, 2012, on the campus of Lancaster Bible College! City on the Hill is a fantastic opportunity for high school students ages 15 through 18 to participate in training designed to uncover God-given leadership ability. This year's dynamic speaker lineup includes Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family; Dr. Alberta Wilson of Faith First; Mike Adams, professor, author and pro-life activist; Matt Batzel, COTH alum and leader of American Majority Action in Wisconsin; Randy Wenger of the Independence Law Center; Pennsylvania Family Institute president Michael Geer, and others. Click here to watch our promo videos and download the application.
Religious Freedom Rallies — This Friday! Many cities across the country are holding rallies for religious freedom on Friday, June 8. Tom Shaheen, VP for Policy for Pennsylvania Family Institute, will be speaking at one on the capitol steps at 12 noon.
Welcome summer interns! Pennsylvania Family Institute is proud to have Chris Wetzel, graduated senior from Grove City College, and Eleanor Linton, incoming sophomore at Grove City College, as our summer interns.
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