September 19, 2008
Senator James Inhofe Introduces Amendment Which Directs the EPA to Establish and Properly Consider the Statistical Value of the Conceived, Unborn Life
On Wednesday, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), introduced an outstanding pro-life amendment to S. 3494. This is the bill which was under consideration this week and which was offered by Senator Boxer. It had to do with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that assign a dollar value to human life in environmental policy making. Senator Inhofe attempted to amend the Boxer bill to include a valuation of unborn human lives.
During debate on the issue, Senator Inhofe commented, â€œMy amendment directs EPA to also establish and properly consider the statistical value of the conceived, unborn life. Given this Committeeâ€™s recent focus on childrenâ€™s health it seems only consistent that we would want EPA to also properly value the life of the least protected class -- the unborn children.â€
A congressional staffer said that: "Consideration of the amendment was complicated by technical problems with the drafting of the amendment and with a pro-abortion majority on the Committee the Inhofe language did not pass." Twice in the midst of the debate, Boxer stated that pregnant women carry children.... Boxer stated, â€œYou can talk about it any way you want, but sheâ€™s carrying a child.â€ She also said, â€œI would just like to state the obvious. When a woman is pregnant, and I was, youâ€™re carrying a child and if you protect the pregnant woman, youâ€™re protecting that whole entire pregnancy.â€
Ironically, during a colloquy with former Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum in 1999, Senator Boxer had a difficult time responding to questions about at what point these children deserve protection.
ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!
Good News Clubs won a great victory over the radicals in the education establishment and their allies in the ranks of the ACLU-types; the Anti-God types, etc. Recently, a federal court ruled against a school district in Williamsburg, Virginia, and in favor of the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Virginia (CEF) and the CEF's Good News Clubs.
The Liberty Counsel reported that the Williamsburg school district "will rewrite its policy and pay more than $20,000 in damages. We told school officials before we filed the lawsuit that their policy was unconstitutional. They refused, so we filed suit and they learned the hard way that the First Amendment forbids religious discrimination. We are grateful to the Lord for another victory. This victory opens the door for additional Good News Clubs in the local public schools."
The Liberty Counsel says that the after-school Good News Clubs teach children respect, good citizenship, moral values and character development from a biblical perspective. They said that every school in America needs a Good News Club and that Churches are helping sponsor and provide teachers for these clubs in many cities, but more teachers and volunteers are needed.
Both presidential candidates are saying they want every American to volunteer in some way. What better way is there to volunteer to teach children respect, good citizenship, moral values and character development from a biblical perspective?
Academic and Policy Studies Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Parental-Involvement Laws in Reducing Abortion Rates Among Minors
Most people know that commonsense abortion restriction laws save lives, not only the lives of the innocent unborn children, but sometimes the young girls who are being forced or persuaded to have abortions. And parental involvement laws do save lots of lives.
Dr. Michael New reported in LifeNews.com on Wednesday that pro-lifer voters should insist that candidates for office support pro-life parental-involvement laws. Dr. New said: "Such laws enjoy broad support and unlike other laws limiting abortion, they can be easily justified as a parental-rights issue. He goes on to say that a recent study he conducted: "provides evidence that well designed parental-involvement laws have been surprisingly effective at reducing abortion rates among minors."
He says that, "Indeed, there are a number of academic and policy studies which demonstrate the effectiveness of pro-life parental-involvement laws. Four studies in peer-reviewed academic journals use time-series, cross-sectional data to simultaneously analyze all the enacted pro-life parental-involvement laws over an extended period of time." Dr. New added that his study is actually the first study that compares the effect of different types of pro-life parental-involvement legislation and that the "results indicate that parental-involvement laws reduce the minor abortion rate by 13 percent â€” a finding that is consistent with other research on the subject.
"However, state laws that require parental consent instead of parental notification are even more effective, reducing the abortion rate by an average of 19 percent. This finding held true for all age groups that were analyzed â€” 17-year-olds, 16-year-olds, and 15-year-olds. Interestingly, those parental-involvement laws that require the involvement of two parents instead of one are even more effective. The regression model indicates that these laws reduce the minor abortion rate by 31 percent."
A Congressional staffer said this about Dr. New's study today: "In addition, his study also highlights the relevance and need for bills like the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (HR 1063 in the 110th Congress) which would prevent minors from being taken out of their home state in order to circumvent parental involvement laws. Dr. New points out in his study that 'It is possible that some of these in-state abortion reductions could be offset by minors who obtain abortions in neighboring states where the laws are more permissive. However, federal legislation has been introduced that would considerably strengthen these state-level parental involvement laws'"
The conservatives and pro-gun moderates in the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmngly passed a bill to protect the Second Amendment rights of the people of the District of Columbia in line with the decision by the Supreme Court wiping out the onerous gun control laws passed by the left-wingers in the nation's capital. The bill -- entitled the "Second Amendment Enforcement Act" and passed after the D.C. Council passed a very weak gun rights bill for their citizens -- was defended Wednesday by President George W. Bush's press secretary, Dana Perino. In her statement she said:
"The President strongly supports the Second Amendment Enforcement Act, which the House today passed with broad bipartisan support. Congress's proposal guarantees the Constitutional rights of law-abiding individual Americans living in the District of Columbia to keep and bear arms. The President wants to sign the bill this year and urges the Senate to take action on the House-passed bill as quickly as possible to ensure that the residents of the District are able to exercise their Second Amendment rights in a robust and meaningful way."
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell Delivers a Statement Regarding Financial Security for all Americans and the Need for a Bipartisan Approach to Accomplish this
Christian Coalition of American believes that much of the financial crisis is more of moral crisis; out-of-bounds greed and selfishness and lack of discipline. The solutions to this crisis should NOT be put on the backs of the 95% of Americans who are responsible and pay their mortgages and debts on time. The Republican Leader in the Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky, delivered a statement on the Senate floor on Wednesday regarding the economy and the need for a bipartisan approach to financial security:
â€œFamilies all across America are concerned about their financial security. As Congress, the administration and Federal Reserve consider the appropriate measures to strengthen our capital markets, I believe itâ€™s imperative that we do so in a bipartisan manner. Now more than ever is the time to rise above politics and work together.
"Our constituents donâ€™t want campaign speeches and hyper-partisan accusations - they want security for their home and savings. They want energy security and lower costs for gas and oil. And they want protection from future tax hikes on their income.â€œGovernment should be focused on bipartisan efforts to address the fundamental problems in the credit markets and must be cautious in putting taxpayer dollars at risk. And we should work together to help all Americans.â€
Christian Coalition Activists Need to Encourage 110th Congress to Pass Both "Net Neutrality" and "Multicast-Equal Access" Legislation to Prevent Discrimination Against Religious Broadcasters - Democrat-controlled Congress Expected to Pass "Net Neutrality"
"Multicast/Equal Access" (formerly called "Multicast/Must-carry") will go a long way to preventing discrimination against religious broadcasters. Without a "Multicast/Equal Access" law, the cable and satellite companies would probably not add new Christian channels and the influence of current Christian channels will be diluted.
ACTION ITEM: Please all your Congressman at 202-225-3121 or you can go visit our Contact Your Elected Officials area of our website to urge your Representatives to co-sponsor the Net Neutrality legislation introduced by Republican Congressman Charles "Chip" Pickering and Democrat Congressman Edward Markey called the "Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008," H.R. 5353.
Please keep the above issues in prayer. Through prayer and action great and mighty things can be accomplished.
Psalm 33:12 â€œBlessed is the nation whose God is the Lordâ€¦â€
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