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
September 22, 2016
The Battle Before Us on November 8
In a little more than a month, we will be electing leaders at all levels of government to determine the course of our country for many years to come. On the ballot this year will be candidates for president, 34 states will have candidates for U.S. Senate, every state will have candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, some of you will be voting for Governor, Attorney General, and other state offices, and most of you will have state legislative races.
The contrast between presidential candidates is so very clear.
Donald Trump wrote in a news column earlier this year, “Let me be clear — I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.”
Donald Trump has stated his commitment to signing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which will protect unborn children who can feel pain, essentially ending late-term abortions. Trump opposes taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers, and has repeatedly expressed his commitment to appointing pro-life judges.
Hillary Clinton is exactly the opposite. As a U.S Senator, she voted 100% against the babies. There was no limit on abortion that she would accept. We had a 12-year battle to ban partial-birth abortion. In this procedure, the abortionist grabs the unborn baby’s leg with forceps and pulls the baby into the birth canal. The abortionist delivers the baby’s entire body, except for the head. He jams scissors into the baby’s skull and opens the scissors to enlarge the hole. The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child’s brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed.
Horrifying? Gruesome? Hillary Clinton voted repeatedly to keep partial-birth abortion legal. Thankfully, in 2007, the Supreme Court upheld a ban on partial-birth abortion.
Many states have laws requiring parents be notified, or give consent, before an abortion is performed on their minor daughter. The laws are often circumvented when minors are transported, often by older boyfriends, to other states that do not have parental involvement requirements. Congress tried to protect the rights of parents in these situations, but Senate Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, blocked the bills. Clinton doesn’t care about your rights as a parent. She apparently has no problem with someone taking your daughter out of state to get an abortion so you don’t have to be told.
The State Children’s Health Insurance program, or SCHIP, is a federal program that provides funds to states primarily so they may provide health services to children of low-income families. In 2002, the administration of President George W. Bush issued a regulation giving states the option of covering unborn children under the program, a policy known as the “unborn child rule.” The Senate, in 2007, held a vote to codify the “unborn child rule” so it couldn’t be changed by a future administration. The amendment would have written explicit language into the SCHIP statute to guarantee that a covered child “includes, at the option of a State, an unborn child.” Hillary Clinton voted No. This woman, who wants us to think she really cares about health care, didn’t think unborn children should get health care.
In contrast to Trump, Hillary Clinton opposes the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. She apparently thinks it’s okay to kill unborn babies who have developed far enough that they can feel pain.
And, of course, Hillary Clinton is Planned Parenthood’s favorite candidate. The nation’s largest abortion provider announced it will spend around $20 million to elect Clinton and pro-abortion Senators. In return, Clinton and the Democrat Party platform calls for the repeal of the Hyde amendment so that abortion on demand is funded by our tax dollars.
When Bill Clinton was president, he said that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Hillary doesn’t bother to say rare. She just wants it legal. In fact, she has said the unborn child has no constitutional rights up until the day of birth. When you think Hillary Clinton, think abortion for all nine months for any reason. No limit or restriction is to be permitted.
In addition to a critical presidential race, we need to elect pro-life Senators and Representatives to pass bills to send to a pro-life president; or do what is necessary and possible to stop pro-abortion efforts by a pro-abortion president. We need to elect pro-life governors and attorneys general and legislators so that states can continue to enact and defend pro-life legislation, giving the Supreme Court opportunities to overturn Roe v Wade.
The battle before us is to elect pro-life candidates so that we may continue our push forward to protect those babies.
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