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On Tuesday's edition of "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) joins Tony to discuss significant premium increases in Obamacare plans. Also, Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) joins Tony to give his analysis on the effect openly transgendered troops will have on our nation’s military. 

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Urgent: Please Oppose Obama's Proposed Planned Parenthood Rule

The Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a new proposed regulation blocking states from defunding Planned Parenthood from federal Title X family planning funds. The HHS regulation would effectively create a backdoor handout for the abortion industry.

Title X is a federal grant program that provides funds for family planning services. Many states have passed laws to exclude such funds from going to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. While many Title X grants go to private entities, many states are the main grant recipient of these funds. Those states realize that money is fungible. When Planned Parenthood or other abortion clinics receive Title X grant funding, it frees resources for them to spend more on abortion. The Title X law itself prevents funds from being used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning, but nowhere does the law say that grant recipients must include abortion providers. HHS’ new rule is an executive overreach that is simply without basis in the law.

States should be free to prioritize awarding Title X funding to health care providers they find most effective at offering comprehensive healthcare services, including family planning services, without being forced to comply with a new federal mandate to fill the coffers of abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood. ... (more)

2016 Party Platform Comparison

Why do party platforms matter? Every four years, Republicans and Democrats decide on the policies and values that define their party. From pro-life issues, gun control policy, and gay marriage, the stances on policy issues inform the public on which party aligns with their own values. See why platform matters in this election, and how it influences candidates and their behavior.


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Q&A on the Abortion Facility Regulations Decision

by Family Research Council

What does Texas’ H.B. 2 law say? This basic, commonsense law required that 1) abortion facilities be held to the same standard as ambulatory surgical centers and that 2) abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital not further than thirty miles from the abortion facility. These regulations protected women from lax abortion industry safety standards by requiring that abortion centers meet necessary health and safety standards, including the presence of trained staff, corridors that could accommodate stretchers in ... (more)

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Families, Churches, and Crime Prevention

by Mr. J. Kenneth Blackwell

Ken Blackwell is Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Heritage Foundation's 2016 Index of Culture and Opportunity. Politicians often argue that the solution to reducing crime is more government programs or building bigger jails. Yet government cannot adequately address the underlying problems of criminal behavior or fill the holes in people’s lives. What families need more than government programs are married fathers and mothers together in the home ... (more)

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We Need to Amend the Johnson Amendment So the IRS Will Allow Free Speech

by Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins is President of Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Daily Signal on September 29, 2016. Millions of Americans will go to the polls Nov. 8 and vote. These Americans are a cross section of society; they are diverse, with many different opinions, political views, areas of interest, and sources of knowledge that inspire their choices. Such a robust civil society is part of what makes our country great. This civil society and the organizations that compose it should be allowed to inform their followers with ... (more)