Family Research Council


Dems Invite Lifers to the Party

August 03, 2017

When the GOP stumbled on its biggest priority of the year, most people thought they'd handed the Left a huge political opportunity. Unfortunately for Democrats, they're too busy fighting over abortion to seize it. While the Republicans walk a rocky road after the health care collapse, it's not exactly a picnic at the DNC, where a civil war is brewing over the party's decision to back 2018 pro-lifers.

Ben Ray Lujan, who has the unenviable job of trying to win back the House from the GOP, knows that picking up 24 seats means a major reboot on the party's social agenda. November should have been proof enough, but, like most liberals, Lujan didn't really get the message until pro-life Democrat Heath Mello lost a mayoral race in Nebraska -- the casualty of a fierce inner-party squabble over abortion. Not anxious to repeat that mistake, Lujan's Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) may as well have detonated a bomb when he announced, "There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates... As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district -- that can win in these districts across America."

Feminists, abortion groups, and celebrities blew a gasket, demanding that Lujan walk back the diversity their party was supposedly built on. An outraged Rosie O'Donnell tried to start a grassroots rebellion on Twitter, calling on women to leave the Democratic Party. "Fight the men who want to take away women's rights IN OUR OWN PARTY? [Expletive] them for even considering it. Seriously." Lujan, meanwhile, insisted that toning down the extremism that cost Hillary Clinton the White House was the only path to victory. "To pick up 24 [seats] and to get to 218, that is the job. We'll need a broad coalition to get that done. We are going to need all of that, we have to be a big family in order to win the House back."

Abortion zealots like Lindy West disagree. In a shrill column for the New York Times, she ranted about the White House being run by "19 hyenas and a broken vacuum cleaner," then turned her attention to "indefensible" pro-lifers, whose cause, she insists, kills women. On that we agree. Abortion has destroyed the lives of tens of millions of unborn girls, who will never have the chance to write surly op-eds about the "virtues" of a procedure that most Americans (including abortion supporters) consider "morally wrong." Then, with the same ideological condescension that turned off voters last year, she insists, "Abortion is normal. Abortion is common, necessary and happening every day across party lines, economic lines and religious lines. Abortion is also legal and, contrary to what the pundit economy would have you believe, not particularly controversial."

Abortion? Normal? The American people don't think so. Overwhelming majorities on both sides want the procedure significantly limited. And that includes 80 percent of millennials, who support the GOP's push to ban abortion at the 20-week mark, when babies feel pain. That's a far cry from Hillary Clinton, who talked about the dismemberment of babies like she was discussing a routine colonoscopy. Her party eventually followed her down that dark path, approving a Democratic platform of over-the-top extremism that not only wanted no limits on abortion -- but demanded Americans pay for them!

For the first time in history, Democrats called for overturning the Hyde and Helms amendments, a position so radical that even President Obama refused to endorse it. If you thought the last two Democratic platforms alienated moderates, the 2016 edition was an eviction notice for anyone in the party not pledging allegiance to Planned Parenthood. And that's no empty threat. As experts from Stephen F. Austin University noted in a blockbuster study, parties vote in line with their platforms 80 percent of the time.

The incredible shrinking tent ended up having a major effect on the base, which let Democrats know in no uncertain terms on Election Day that the country is nowhere near its fanatical approach to abortion. "'Safe, legal, and rare' is so far away at this point that we'd need the Hubble Space Telescope to catch a glimpse of it..." Alexandra DeSanctis wrote on NRO. "Can Democrats be pro-life?" she asks. Not when they're under the thumb of women like West, who, she says, are losing their marbles over Lujan's "big family" agenda. It's a delicate dance for Democrats. "If they lighten up a little, they will incur the wrath of the death industry. Just ask Rep. Luján. If they don't lighten up, they may wind up unemployed," the Catholic League's Bill Donohue argues. "Just ask Hillary."

One thing's for sure: the Democrats have a major platform problem on their hands in 2020. Despite the Supreme Court's insistence that its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision would settle the abortion issue, the issue of life is at the center of American politics now more than ever. The Left will have to decide whose support matters more -- voters' or Planned Parenthood's.


Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


The Perfect Pair of Genes?

August 03, 2017

Nobody's perfect -- but scientists are working on it. For the first time on U.S. soil, a team of researchers announced that it had successfully "edited" the DNA of a human embryo to fix a genetic heart problem. Although the scientists are insisting the tests are very basic, the ethics surrounding them are anything but. The goal, they explain, is to correct disease-causing genes in embyros before the babies are born. And while it sounds like an honorable pursuit, the path to get there is filled with moral landmines.

As the Washington Post points out, this is just the latest development in the kill-to-cure community, where scientists discard human life to improve others'. "The embryos were allowed to grow for only a few days, and there was never any intention to implant them to create a pregnancy," reporters note. Apart from the systematic destruction of embryos, the Post goes on to warn, "This most recent work is particularly sensitive because it involves changes to the germ line -- that is, genes that could be passed on to future generations. The U.S. forbids the use of federal funds for embryo research, and the FDA is prohibited from considering any clinical trials involving genetic modifications that can be inherited."

While some cheered the breakthrough, others were horrified. After all, experts wonder, where do you draw the line? First genetically-modified genes, then what? Animal-human hybrids? Human clones? Designer babies? Manufacturing young humans in a Petri dish with genetic modifications is an abuse of science -- but it also takes resources away from groundbreaking treatments for people who are already suffering from diseases.

The irony of these trials, FRC's Arina Grossu argued on WUSA 9, is that "People are afraid of GMO food, and here we are creating genetically-modified human embryos. And not only are we creating them, we're manipulating them and killing them. In fact, in this process... 12 human embryos were created, manipulated, and then killed. This is not ethical." Even the scientific community has no idea what kind of genes will result from these tests -- and yet it is willing to change the human genome forever.

People aren't guinea pigs. And if anything goes under the microscope, it should be how the government responds. When President Trump decided to keep Obama's NIH director, Francis Collins, pro-lifers were understandably concerned. Led by Congressman Jim Banks (R-Ind.), dozens of conservatives wrote a letter to the White House, asking him to appoint a director who "aligns with [Trump's] own priorities." Among their biggest concerns, the members warn that Collins "has a record of supporting human embryonic stem cell research, science that involves the dismemberment and instrumental use of human embryos from fertility clinics;" and "supports the unethical and scientifically-questionable practice of human cloning" (which creates embyros for the sole purpose of harvesting their cells before killing them).

"We believe the American people deserve a leader at this agency who is your appointment, whose principles align with your pro-life values, and your new administration's policy goals." That has never been more important than now, when research like this has created a legal and moral vacuum that President Trump should fill with guidance and oversight. Otherwise, if we're not careful, science's slippery slope will be on the verge of a moral avalanche.


Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


Princeton Tests the Gender Limits

August 03, 2017

By Chris Gacek, FRC Senior Fellow

Things seem to be going off the rails at Princeton University lately. The venerable Ivy League university founded in the 1740s to train Presbyterian ministers seems to have a growing social disconnect in all things pertaining to biological sex differences and any related topic.

Just recently it was learned that the school is looking to hire an "interpersonal violence clinician and men's engagement manager." Apparently, the holder of this position will be working to eradicate cases of sexual harassment, stalking and other forms of sexual aggression with the standard Leftist approach. In this person's toolkit will be a Maoist "re-education" program in which the new manager will seek to groom male students to embody "healthy masculinity" and reject the apparently all-pervasive "toxic masculinity."

Well, now comes a new form of Tiger derangement. Princeton students are now able to change and choose their gender identity or identities in the official school records. So, the available choices are: "Cisgender," "Genderqueer/gender non-conform[ing]," "Trans/transgender," "Man," "Woman," "Other," or any combination of these options. (It is not clear presently if having multiple gender identities allows a student to purchase additional tickets for home basketball and football games at the student discount price.)

Given the optional nature of the gender identity question, one has to suppose that these answers supplement a sensible answer to the question of the student's "sex" -- where "male" and "female" would be the only possible answers.

It can only be considered a great tragedy that one of the world's great universities has been brought so low – that it has been completely conquered by cultural and sexual Marxists. All along it has been the goal of this ideology to promulgate the lie that there are no differences between men and women. Some feminists have spent over 50 years attempting to annihilate the universal intuitive understanding of these differences that all people once shared, and they have probably been successful beyond their wildest dreams.

Of course, it came at the expense of having men no longer respecting the dignity and special nature of female sexuality. Thus, Princeton will likely be left with some gender cop trying to stamp out the "toxic masculinity" of the few remaining male unicorns. Simultaneously, the university is doing its best to inject doubt and confusion in the minds of the students regarding the nature of their sexuality.

Christians don't have this problem. There are two sexes, two genders: male and female. Genesis 1:27. Period. Interestingly, enough it is Princeton, the feminists, the sexual Marxists, and other gender benders who are the anti-science flat-Earthers here. True sex-difference deniers, they are. For we know, that every cell of your body identifies us as male (XY) or female (XX). And these biological sex differences run much deeper than we could have ever imagined before the discovery of DNA.

A recent paper from Israel's Weizman Institute described how scientists had identified 6,500 genes that were "expressed" -- "copied out to make proteins" -- differently in men and women. So, for example, "they found genes that were highly expressed in the skin of men relative to that in women's skin, and they realized that these were related to the growth of body hair." Similarly, the "gene expression for muscle building was higher in men; that for fat storage was higher in women."

It seems long past due for some reality-based education at Princeton.


Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.



Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC s enior writers.


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