Equal Rights Amendment
Equal Rights Amendment UpdateWe are happy to report that the ERA was not called for a vote this week. Thank you for all your hard work to contact your legislators and reach out to others to engage their help on this important issue. Your efforts combined with divine intervention kept the ERA from moving forward. Your voices were truly heard in Springfield this week!
The resolution to ratify the ERA still remains on the table and can still be voted on, but the Illinois Senate and the Illinois House will not meet again until mid January 2018. Click here for more
October 19, 2015
U.S. House to Vote Friday October 23 on Fast-Track Bill to De-Fund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Some Obamacare Rationing Provisions
The Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives has announced that the House will vote on Friday, October 23, on the “pro-life reconciliation bill” — a fast-track bill (H.R. 3762) containing multiple pro-life provisions.
H.R. 3762 is a special once-a-year measure called the “reconciliation bill.” Unlike almost every other kind of bill, the “reconciliation bill” cannot be filibustered in the U.S. Senate — so it can pass with only 51 votes, rather than 60 (of 100 senators). Republicans currently hold a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate, 54-46.
But before the bill can be considered by the Senate, it first must pass the House on October 23.
The bill contains two major sections:
-The bill would block, for one year, most federal payments to Planned Parenthood. At least 89% of federal funding of Planned Parenthood would be blocked by this bill.
-The bill would repeal a number of major components of the Obamacare health law, including two of the major provisions that will lead to rationing of lifesaving care — the “Independent Payment Advisory Board” and the “excess benefits tax.”
Please act now — urge your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives to support the “reconciliation bill” (H.R. 3762), to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal two major health-care rationing components of Obamacare!
It takes just minutes to send an email to your representative, employing the easy-to-use tools at the National Right to Life Legislative Action Center. When you enter your address, you will automatically be directed to the correct representative. You’ll even be given a model message about the pro-life reconciliation bill, which you can modify as you see fit. Click here to go to the Legislative Action Center now.