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Unborn in the U.S.A.

October 05, 2017

The House did its job to protect life, and now it's time for Senate leaders to do theirs! That was the message at a press conference I joined today with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), and James Lankford (R-Okla.) as well as other prolife leaders. The trio of pro-life Republicans announced that they'd just introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) in the Senate -- the bill's last stop on its way to the White House. As I wrote yesterday, the same legislation sailed through the House 237-189. Two months before he won the White House, President Trump promised the American people that he would sign this law if it came to his desk, saving thousands of unborn children every year from an excruciating and barbaric death. Senator Graham is now leading the charge to get this legislation through the Senate so the president can fulfill that pledge.

Fifty-four senators voted for the measure the last time around, but pro-lifers will have to work even harder to climb the bill's biggest hurdle: a 60-vote threshold. In the 1970s, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion on demand, and created a trimester framework for when the state could protect life. Two decades later, the Supreme Court shifted the trimester framework and said the state had a compelling interest in protecting unborn life at "viability," when it upheld Pennsylvania's 24-week ban on abortion. However, as Senator Graham pointed out today, the point of viability is shifting with modern science. In other words, our laws are outdated. We now know children as young as five months can survive -- and more importantly, suffers through the abortion process.

We know unborn children's pain receptors are developed at five months, but their brain doesn't develop the ability to suppress painful stimuli until even later, sometime after 32 weeks. As I said at the press conference today, this isn't rocket science. A baby at five months in utero feels pain. That's why children who undergo surgery in the womb receive anesthesia. The contrast is inhumane.

Our country is in a scandalous league of only seven nations when it comes to such treatment of the unborn. Only seven countries allow abortion past the 20-week mark. And ours is one of them. If America wants to draw distinctions between itself and rogue nations like North Korea, this would be a good place to start. Call and email both of your senators and urge them to take up and pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act!


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


Atheists Won't Go Easy on Hymn in Band

October 05, 2017

Past Super Bowl half-time shows have sparked considerable controversy for crossing the line of what should be a family-friendly event. A high school football half-time show is grabbing headlines in Alabama this week -- but this time, the complaints are coming from militant secularists upset over Christian instrumental music. Yes, you read that right. According to the Freedom from Religion Foundation, even performing instrumental music to hymns like "Amazing Grace," "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee," and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is enough to run afoul of the so-called "separation of religion and government."

Are these secularists really worried that those watching the marching band might know the words to the hymns and therefore be tempted to have a 'religious' thought -- or maybe even go so far as to sing the words out loud? No doubt the Freedom from Religion Foundation thinks such a scenario trumps all other half time show controversies -- and therefore must be stopped!

Thankfully, the school's principal told Fox News's Todd Starnes that the band will keep marching on. "We are going to keep the music as is," Principal Brent Shaw told Todd. "We have evaluated our props to see if we need to adjust those, but we are not changing the music." Thank you Mr. Shaw for not bowing to political correctness and allowing the band to keep marching. The principal's words do prompt one "religious" thought for me -- actually reminding me of an old hymn: Onward Christian Soldiers. The Freedom from Religion Foundation needn't worry. I'm only humming it to myself.


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


Bannon, Moore, and Gorka to Join Jam-Packed Summit!

October 05, 2017

The latest additions to next week's Values Voter Summit are no strangers to today's news! Steve Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, and his pick for U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, Judge Roy Moore, will be adding to the who's who of the conservative movement at next week's Summit. This is Bannon's first time on the big stage at VVS. For Judge Moore, who made plenty of fans with his longtime defense of religious liberty, the Summit is familiar turf. We look forward to hearing from both men, who are behind one of the biggest grassroots efforts to hold the Republican Party accountable. We're also happy to announce that Dr. Sebastian Gorka, national security and counter-terrorism expert, will be tackling some of the biggest issues of the day in his session on Friday.

If you haven't signed up for the biggest gathering of pro-family conservatives, what are you waiting for? Tickets are just $119, and free scholarships are still available for students. Don't miss compelling speakers like House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.); Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), and Mark Walker (R-N.C.); best-selling author and radio host Dana Loesch; Michele Bachmann; Dr. Bill Bennett; "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson; Lt. Colonel Oliver North; Fox News's Todd Starnes; David Daleiden; Lila Rose; and many more! For more information or to register, visit the website ValuesVoterSummit.org.


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



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


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