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HB 40 - State Abortion Insurance / Public Aid Act -  ACTION ALERT Status: Passed the House and Senate, now goes to the Governor Sum...

June 22, 2017

A new draft Senate bill will defund Planned Parenthood and replace Obamacare

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and President Trump
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and President Trump
A draft of the Senate version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) indicates that it will defund Planned Parenthood.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Senate Republicans are in the final stage of negotiations for Obamacare's replacement.  The draft " removes language restricting federally-subsidized health plans from covering abortions, which may have run afoul of complex budget rules," the Post indicated.    A version of it passed the U.S. House on May 4.

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Congressmen seek pro-life focus at NIH

petri dish
Under the direction of Dr. Francis Collins, NIH has directed millions of dollars toward research on human embryos.

David Prentice of the Charlotte Lozier Institute tells OneNewsNow that Congressmen Jim Banks and Dan Lipinski have introduced the Patients First Act to change the agency's course.

“The whole point of the bill," says Prentice, "is to prioritize NIH funding for adult stem cells that are going to be able to help patients, first, in the near term, be able to get them into the clinic and help these people. And that, again, is adult stem cells, not embryonic stem cells."

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This pro-life talk at Google's headquarters was a hit

Stephanie_Grays_Google_talk_April_20_2017
A pro-life activist walks into Google’s headquarters and delivers a speech so compelling that within 24 hours, the online video of it surpassed a similar speech given by the head of Planned Parenthood.

It may sound like the start to a far-fetched joke, but on April 20th, pro-life speaker and activist Stephanie Gray did just that.

Gray’s talk centered around the idea that there are three qualities that lead us to call someone “inspiring:” They place others ahead of themselves, have “perspective” on their sufferings and situation in life, and do the right thing even in difficult situations. She linked these criteria to the process of dialoguing with others about abortion, emphasizing question asking.

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June 21, 2017

Ashton Kutcher’s Show Stars Character Who Rejects Abortion: ‘I Can’t Do This’

Ashton Kutcher on The Ranch
In a media world that guarantees applause (and headlines) for abortion plotlines, Ashton Kutcher’s Netflix sitcom is revolutionary.

On June 16, Part 3 of The Ranch premiered on Netflix. Besides serving as executive producer, Ashton Kutcher starred in the show as Colt Bennett, a football player-turned-rancher. Colt is a character who strives to do the right thing, including, most recently, trying to talk his ex-girlfriend out of an abortion.

In a recent interview with Parade, the 39-year-old actor first hinted that his sitcom would confront controversial social issues like abortion.

“None of these issues are cut-and-dried and simple,” he told contributor Amy Spencer. “If it were easy, people would just fix it! What this show gets to do is unpack these issues in a different way—and empower people to laugh while exploring them.”

Kutcher didn’t disappoint. The topic of abortion proved a major plotline, beginning with the very first episode, when Colt finds out his ex-girlfriend Heather is pregnant with their baby.

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Pro-abortion actress Lena Dunham, tweets, ‘You don’t need a father’—on Father’s Day

Lena Dunham
Leave it to leftist, pro-abortion feminist actor Lena Dunham who tweeted on Sunday: "You don't need a father--so many families work so many ways--but if you have one, he better werk."

Among those blasting Dunham’s tweet was President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who tweeted: “It never ends. Would be great to have just 1 day without the unnecessary SJW commentary. Doubt there was a similar comment on Mother's Day.  Dunham later deleted the no-fathers-necessary tweet, Breitbart reported. but her recovered tweet was “saved for posterity” by conservative YouTuber Mark Dice.

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June 20, 2017

Liberal denominations beg Congress to protect Planned Parenthood

I love planned parenthood sign
Protestants take diametrically opposing views of abortion in America. While the Southern Baptist Convention just "declared war" on Planned Parenthood, calling on Congress to defund the nation's largest abortion business of tax dollars, other denominations are urging Capitol Hill legislators to continue giving half a billion tax dollars to the country’s largest abortion provider.

More than 150 liberal organizations, including the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church as well as Presbyterian and Jewish organizations, signed a letter calling for U.S. senators to keep Planned Parenthood on the government dole. The letter also champions support for Obamacare and Medicaid expansion.

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Harvard legal journal just shattered arguments for legal abortion

Harvard University
The nation’s “leading forum for conservative and libertarian legal scholarship,” according to its website, said in its report that unborn children do in fact fall under the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections.

The Fourteenth Amendment, adopted in 1868, holds that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

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Liberal shooter had a hit list of pro-life congressmen

Arizona Congressman Trent Franks
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks
The man who shot and critically injured Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA, last week had a hit list of pro-life members of Congress that he apparently intended to assasinate.  The congressmen that James T. Hodgkinson targeted were:

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-AL
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-SC
Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH
Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-TN
Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

All six have co-sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban late-term abortions when a baby can feel pain. Franks is sponsoring the 2017-2018 version of the bill.

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World Health Organization elects new Director General, Dr. Tedros

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
The 70th annual World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO), elected Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia to be its new director general on May 23. Selected on the third ballot, he will replace retiring WHO Director General Margaret Chan.

Dr. Tedros, as he likes to be referred to, ran a two-year global campaign for the position complete with paid public relations consultants, a strong social media presence, and the iron-clad support of the African Union nations. Although the balloting for WHO Director General was secretive, most nations made their support of one of the three candidates in the race well known. Each member nation may cast one vote in the election, and Dr. Tedros had a wide lead over his two competitors. Dr. Tedros won the election outright on the third ballot.

The election of Dr. Tedros is cause for great concern for pro-lifers. As the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues commented, “In a letter signed by 122 pro abortion NGOs including IPPF, Marie Stopes International, Ipas and ‘Catholics’ for Choice, Tedros–known to support the sexual and reproductive health agenda– is ‘warmly congratulated’ as the groups urge him as incoming WHO Director General ‘to fully support, pursue, and defend a comprehensive approach to women’s health, accounting for the full spectrum of women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health issues, needs, and rights.’”

Dr. Tedros has a long personal history of supporting and legalizing abortion in his own country of Ethiopia. Other reasons to be concerned include his advocacy of a “rights based” approach to health care and his determination to implement United Nations development goals which call for sexual and “reproductive health and rights,” code words for abortion.

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Early Registration rates for NRLC 2017 ends June 22

The National Right to Life Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is coming soon–June 29th – July 1st.

 In just a few short days, early registration rates end.

Be sure to visit nrlconvention.com/register ASAP to take advantage of the early bird rate, before it’s gone!

June 19, 2017

Meet Autumn: Star Wars star’s family wanted abortion, her mom chose life

Autumn is the grandchild of Star Wars star Mark Hamill.
The mother who was pressured to abort by the famous family of her baby’s father is going about the business of raising her child that she welcomed into the world last fall.

Maegan Chen was dating Nathan Hamill last year when she became pregnant. Hamill, some of his friends and family members – he’s the son of actor Mark Hamill and his wife Marilou – tried to coerce Chen or manipulate her into aborting.

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House pro-lifers warn Senate: Don't fund PP

US Capitol Money
Fox News reports that "several" GOP senators may be willing to back a healthcare bill that funds Planned Parenthood. No senators were identified, but if a Republican-backed measure includes funding for Planned Parenthood, it would be counter to the House-approved American Health Care Act which temporarily defunds Planned Parenthood.

"That's very concerning to me and a number of other pro-life conservative members in the House who worked hard to implement a number of strong pro-life protections in the American Health Care Act, including a one-year defunding of public funding to Planned Parenthood," says Congressman Jim Banks (R-Indiana).

"If those provisions are stripped out," Banks continues, "it would make it very difficult for conservative members in the House of Representatives to vote for a bill that comes back from the Senate that would do that – [and] that's why many of us are expressing our concerns to the Senate leadership that if they do that, that would make it harder to ultimately pass this bill and get it to the president's desk."

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Vision 2020 - Week 20 - Rep. John Cabello (R) and Rep. John Cavaletto (R)


Recently, I heard a pastor tell the story of a United States Senator.  The Senator told the pastor, "I feel like the church prayed me into this Senate seat but now they have left me to do the job on my own."

Have we, God's people, done just that?  Have we prayed that God would put Godly men and women in our city, county, state and federal government offices and then failed to cover them in prayer?

Perhaps it's time to renew our commitment to pray for them!

Will you join us in praying that God will give our Godly leaders boldness and courageous to fight courageously each day for a government that honors God in their words and their deeds?

Will you step up to be a guardian of our cities and our state?  Will you be the watchman on the wall?  Will you be the prayer warrior and the superhero that Illinois is so greatly in need of today?

Email: Cabello@ilhousegop.org
Pro-Life

Pro-Life

Vision 2020 would like to invite you to join us in praying for our state legislators.  We will send out information about a couple different state representatives each week for you to pray over.

Consider sharing this information with your ministry partners, your church family, on your website and/or your Facebook page.

We know that prayer changes things.  And we know that NOTHING is impossible with God. So let's join our hearts and voices together and petition heaven on behalf of the great state of Illinois!

Some of our legislators need prayer that God will open their eyes and change their hearts (or move them out of their positions) and some need prayers that they will have the strength, courage and boldness to be able to stand firmly against the opposition as they fight for life and family values.

The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, "Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!"

Judges 6:12

June 15, 2017

Washington Post fact-checker downplays link between abortion and breast cancer

Abortion Breast Cancer Link
Donald Trump’s recent appointment of Charmaine Yoest to a position within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) received considerable media coverage. Yoest, who once served as President of Americans United for Life (AUL), a prominent beltway pro-life group, has stated on previous occasions that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer. This position was prominently mentioned and criticized in articles run by a number of media outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cosmopolitan, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

Last month, Washington Post fact-checker Michelle Ye He Lee conducted an analysis of the link between abortion and breast cancer. To the Post’s credit, Lee’s analysis is fairer than most media coverage of this topic. Lee acknowledges that academic studies dating back to the 1950s show that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer. Lee also contacted both the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) and the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute (BCPI), both of whom support the abortion–breast cancer link. Lee presents both their arguments and links to their studies.

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Pro-life senators must deliver on promises and defund Planned Parenthood

Marco Rubio
The Senate is considering whether or not to fund Planned Parenthood with your tax dollars in the reconciliation bill. This legislation requires only a majority vote because it’s not subject to a Senate filibuster, but a reconciliation bill limits the Senate’s actions to measures related to the budget.

Withholding Medicaid reimbursement for 12 months will make a significant difference to the future of this abortion giant. Their infrastructure would immediately begin to deteriorate. Bills wouldn’t be paid and payroll could not be met. Employees would quickly find other jobs and clients would find alternate sources for non-abortion-related services.



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June 14, 2017

Community Health Care Centers Offer Full Spectrum of Primary Care, Unlike Planned Parenthood

woman at a clinic
“If Planned Parenthood is defunded in the health care bill currently before the Senate, won’t this deprive women of vital health care services?”

FRC has recently received a number of comments along these lines. While admitting that Planned Parenthood “has done some bad things,” some are still concerned that millions of women will be deprived of vital health care if the primary provider of abortions in America loses federal funding.

It is important to know that there are 13,540 federally-qualified, low-cost, high quality health care clinics and rural health centers, which outnumber Planned Parenthood 20 to 1 nationally. (By August 2017, there will be 620 Planned Parenthood facilities, down from 662 in 2015.)

Women have real choices when it comes to healthcare, and they can find one of these clinics at GetYourCare.org. These federally-qualified health centers not only offer screening and prevention services, pap smears, cancer screenings, breast exams, and prenatal services, but they also offer a full spectrum of other primary care services that Planned Parenthood fails to provide

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Actress Sally Field: ‘I Won’t Stay Silent’ on abortion

While much of the Tony Awards Ceremony was focused at either Trump or the actual Broadway plays, one of the nominees used the event as a reason to show her “celebration of Planned Parenthood.” Huffington Post reporter Jenavieve Hatch gushed over the star’s attempt to make her public appearance political.

Sally Field, nominated for Best Leading Actress for her role in The Glass Menagerie, posted a picture of herself sporting a Planned Parenthood pin on her outfit.

And as if that wasn’t enough, she captioned her photo with: “Sick of hearing actors talk re politics? 2 bad I won’t stay silent while politicians attack our rights. Proud to #StandwithPP.”

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June 13, 2017

Ohio tries again to ban abortions after heartbeat begins

28-year-old Rep. Christina Hagan introduced the bill.
On Tuesday, two Ohio representatives reintroduced legislation protecting babies with detectable heartbeats from abortion. Last year, Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed the measure when it came to his desk.  (The human heart begins to beat around 21 days after conception.) 

Usually called the "Heartbeat Bill," if passed, this legislation would make Ohio the state with the most protections for children in the womb.

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How millennials are impacting the pro-life movement


March for Life

In the 2016 March for Life, the youth made up 80 percent of approximately the half-million marchers. The pro-life movement is mostly a youth movement. As the most tech savvy of all the generations, they are perhaps the least likely to be fooled by pro-abortion rhetoric. Their first baby pictures were most likely sonogram images or even 3D ultrasound pictures. They have access to YouTube, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, VSCO, Instagram, etc. and they know how to use it. There is no topic they don’t know how to Google search within seconds for answers.  They know what abortion is and they don’t like it.

It’s easy to understand why. This generation is not just standing up for babies in danger of being aborted — they are also standing up for themselves. They understand that they are survivors. They know that when they were in the womb, they were not protected. Millennials experience "survivor syndrome," like soldiers back from the war in which their comrades were killed. In fact, during the gatherings of the Silent No More campaign (a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life), we have a growing awareness of siblings holding signs that say, I mourn my aborted sibling.

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Latest Gallup numbers very encouraging for pro-lifers

Gallup
An analysis of the 1,011 adults queried by Gallup to various dimensions of abortion issue appeared June 9. What does the latest survey tell us? Let’s start at the end with what the author Lydia Saad calls the “Bottom Line” and work backwards:

There is no consensus among the American public for making abortion completely legal or illegal. Rather, the largest segment falls in the middle, saying it should be legal but with restrictions. Nearly half of U.S. adults also consider abortion morally wrong.

This helps explain how the states have been able to pass a vast array of laws limiting when, where and how abortions can be performed. It also sheds light on how citizens can shift from electing a staunchly pro-choice president in Barack Obama to electing an avowed pro-life one in Donald Trump. For most Americans, the issue involves shades of gray, not black and white.

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June 12, 2017

Pro-lifers not resting case against Chicago bubble zone

protest outside PP clinic

Chicago enacted a bubble zone rule of 50 feet from abortion clinic entrances, stating that once in that bubble, pro-life counselors could get no closer than eight feet from someone entering the clinic. Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League says his organization filed suit against that rule about two years ago.

"We have documented the many ways that this law has been abused – the way it's been used harass pro-lifers," he tells OneNewsNow. "Plus, the fact that it's been only actually used in any kind of police action a couple of times, and in every instance those cases have been dismissed."

In contrast to the restriction on pro-lifers, abortion proponents – including clinic escorts – can enter into the same bubble zone and confront pro-lifers, screaming and yelling at them if they choose. Scheidler contends that one form of speech is restricted while another is not.

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Judge who censored undercover Planned Parenthood videos was on pro-abortion group’s board


U.S. District Judge William Orrick

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) is seeking to disqualify the judge who censored its undercover footage of an abortion conference because of his ties to a pro-Planned Parenthood organization that lets the abortion company run a clinic on its premises.

When David Daleiden began releasing his now-famous exposé on the abortion industry's participation in the baby body parts trade, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) took him to court. Daleiden had undercover recordings of its abortion trade show. NAF succeeded in getting U.S. District Judge William Orrick to issue a gag order preventing the release of this footage.

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Vision 2020 - Week 19 - Rep. Mark Batinick (R) and Rep. Thomas Bennett (R)


Recently, I heard a pastor tell the story of a United States Senator.  The Senator told the pastor, "I feel like the church prayed me into this Senate seat but now they have left me to do the job on my own."

Have we, God's people, done just that?  Have we prayed that God would put Godly men and women in our city, county, state and federal government offices and then failed to cover them in prayer?

Perhaps it's time to renew our commitment to pray for them!

Will you join us in praying that God will give our Godly leaders boldness and courageous to fight courageously each day for a government that honors God in their words and their deeds?

Will you step up to be a guardian of our cities and our state?  Will you be the watchman on the wall?  Will you be the prayer warrior and the superhero that Illinois is so greatly in need of today?

Pro-Life
 Rep. Thomas Bennett (R)
106th District

Pro-Life


Vision 2020 would like to invite you to join us in praying for our state legislators.  We will send out information about a couple different state representatives each week for you to pray over.

Consider sharing this information with your ministry partners, your church family, on your website and/or your Facebook page.

We know that prayer changes things.  And we know that NOTHING is impossible with God. So let's join our hearts and voices together and petition heaven on behalf of the great state of Illinois!

Some of our legislators need prayer that God will open their eyes and change their hearts (or move them out of their positions) and some need prayers that they will have the strength, courage and boldness to be able to stand firmly against the opposition as they fight for life and family values.

The Lord will march forth like a mighty hero;
he will come out like a warrior, full of fury.
He will shout his battle cry
and crush all his enemies.

- Isaiah 42:13

June 9, 2017

‘Wonder Woman’ filmed epic fight scene while five months pregnant

Wonder Woman Movie
Israeli actress Gal Gadot was five months’ pregnant with her second child last November while she did reshoots that involved a battle scene for the superhero Wonder Woman film.

Gadot — an international model and former Miss Israel who served two years in the Israeli Defense Forces beginning at age 20 and also performed her own stunts acting in three installments of the "Fast and Furious" movie franchise – illustrated the folly of a feminist culture that tells women they can’t have a life and children.

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June 8, 2017

Texas bans mutilating babies in abortion, selling their body parts

Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law Tuesday protecting babies from dismemberment abortions, preventing aborted babies' bodies from being sold, and requiring that babies killed via abortion are buried or cremated rather than treated as medical waste.

Senate Bill 8, the Texas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, also makes partial-birth abortion illegal. A federal law aleady bans partial-birth abortion. The procedure involves delivering all of a live baby except her head and then stabbing scissors into the base of her skull, sucking her brains out, and then removing her head after it's been destroyed. It's a form of late-term abortion that is illegal under federal law; other methods of late-term abortion are legal even hours before a baby is to be born.

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Insurance companies are refusing to pay for treatment… but offering to pay for suicide

Euthanasia Treatment
A Nevada doctor has said that insurance companies in states where assisted suicide is legal have refused to cover expensive lifesaving treatments for patients — but have offered to pay to end their lives.

Dr. Brian Callister, associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Nevada, told the Washington Times that two separate insurance companies refused his request to transfer patients to California and Oregon for procedures not performed at his hospital.

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