Social Conservative Review: An Insider's Guide to Pro-Family News July 16, 2015

July 17, 2015

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The events of the past few days have been hard not just for conservatives but everyone with a sense of decency..

We have seen the repulsive video of Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, talking happily about her group's practice of selling the body parts of late-term, aborted babies. She boasts, "We've been very good at getting heart, lung, (and) liver" of unborn children.

We have seen a growing attack on Christian liberty as some policymakers and advocates of radical sexual autonomy openly ponder churches and religious institutions losing their tax-exempt status.

The good news is that there are brave national leaders working to address these issues. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) gave a moving speech in the Senate today on Planned Parenthood's brutality, and conscientious Members of Congress like ‎Fred Upton (R-MI) are planning to hold hearings on the organization's activities.

Sen. Mike Lee's (R-UT) First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which would prohibit any kind of federal penalties against churches or individuals practicing their faith with respect to marriage, was the subject of an address he gave this week here at FRC. The historical case for religious liberty received a powerful review, also this week, at an FRC lecture by distinguished historian Dr. Mark Hall of George Fox University.

And FRC led the successful charge to have the House leadership cancel "a vote … on H.R. 2722, the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act, a measure that would have poured up to $4,750,000 into the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a major donor to Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider." Instead, all of the funding went to non-controversial breast cancer research organization.

The news can be overwhelming. The fight for faith, family, and freedom can be exhausting. And the results are often unpredictable.

But whatever the outcome, unborn children are worth defending, religious liberty is worth sustaining, and prudent, principled political action can make a difference. Maybe not a final or comprehensive difference in the here-and-now, but for Christians, the battle is far more than temporal.


Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. FRC’s Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, the Hon. Ken Blackwell, was featured on C-SPAN on Monday of this week.  Be sure to watch and gain wise counsel from a distinguished Christian statesman.

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