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Webcast of Thousands (of Petitions)
Today Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) officially filed her $1.3 trillion-plus health care bill, signifying the start of the House debate may be just three days away. Of course, that doesn't mean you should wait until Friday to contact your Representatives! To hear more about the problems plaguing Pelosi's bill, tune in to our video webcast tonight done in partnership with American Family Association (AFA). You'll hear from the brightest experts in and outside of Congress, who will explain the issues facing America in this overhaul and what you can do.
As part of tonight's event, we'll also deliver your 150,000 signed petitions to Representatives Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Charles Boustany (R-La.), who will also be speaking. The line-up also includes health care specialists from FRC , AFA, National Right to Life, Conservatives for Patients' Rights, and Americans for Prosperity.
At over 1,900 pages, the bill leaves plenty of room for discussion -- particularly on the necessity of the 111 new federal bureaucracies Pelosi's legislation would create. Unfortunately, none of them would police whether taxpayer funds will be used for abortion, since the mandate to cover the procedure still exists. Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) are rumored to be behind some phony "compromise" amendments, which won't change the fact that the abortion industry stands to make millions of dollars from this bill. Call your Member of Congress right now at (202) 224-3121 -- and tune in tonight for the latest.
For One Abortion Leader, Seeing Was Believing
The former director of Planned Parenthood in Bryan , Texas stood in a clinic room watching the ultrasound of a baby who would never be born. As the doctor snuffed out another life, Abby Johnson decided to change hers. On October 6, the eight-year veteran of the abortion movement turned in her resignation. "I just thought I can't do this anymore, and it was just like a flash hit me. [A]nd I thought, that's it." The "business" had been weighing on Abby for awhile. She told a local TV station that Planned Parenthood had become more aggressive in peddling abortion, especially with its branches. "It seemed like... the money wasn't in family planning, the money wasn't in prevention, the money was in abortion, and I had a problem with that."
For months, bosses had been leaning on Abby to "bring in more women" for abortion. Instead, Abby decided to lead more women to the truth. She teamed up with the Coalition for Life ministry and says she's never felt better. "I don't have this burden on me anymore," she says. Now her only burden is promoting the value of human life -- a passion that she and FRC share. Our new pregnancy resource center report is an in-depth look at how the pro-life movement is not only saving lives -- but changing them. Log on to FRC's new site for more information on how you can volunteer to help.
For Liberals, Hamilton Is 7th Heaven
When President Obama nominated David Hamilton to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, his staff said the selection "is a kind of signal" about the kind of judge this White House is seeking. If that's the case, then the signal must be: left turn ahead! Judge Hamilton is an anti-faith extremist whose cases are only notable for their blatant religious prejudice. In the suit for which Hamilton is most recognized, the judge struck down 188 years of prayers "in Jesus' Name" to open the Indiana legislature claiming it unconstitutionally "advanced Christianity." It was a decision that was later reversed by the same court to which Hamilton is now nominated -- the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. What Hamilton lacks in Christian tolerance he makes up for in Islamic hospitality. The judge may have struck prayers in Jesus' name but has welcomed any in Allah's.
As for his interpretation of the law, Hamilton is on record suggesting that America 's judges "writ[e] footnotes to the Constitution." He's ruled against abortion waiting periods and tougher penalties for sex offenders. The Washington Times warned readers, "This judge is a radical's radical," whose past jobs have included fundraising for ACORN and heading up Indiana 's chapter of the ACLU. Senate leaders are hoping to slip a vote on Hamilton's confirmation past conservatives this week.
Our sources on the Hill tell us that Democrats may be persuaded to postpone the vote if the grassroots make enough noise. You know what that means! Pick up the phone today and call your Senators. Remind them that a vote for Hamilton is a vote for a judicial activist who is committed to driving a political agenda that's out of step with mainstream America. For more ammunition, check out FRC's letter to Senators explaining why we're scoring the bill.