Killer Party: Dems Stand Alone on Infanticide

Killer Party: Dems Stand Alone on Infanticide

February 05, 2019

Years from now, when history looks back on the Democratic Party, one date will almost certainly stand out: July 25, 2016. That was the Tuesday, in the capital of the Revolution, when everything changed. For the first time in America's 240 years, a major political party threw its full support behind one of the most savage and violent practices of the modern age: full-term, no-apologies abortion.

It's just a party platform, some said. It doesn't mean anything. Try telling that to Americans today, who watched in stunned silence last night as a leader of the U.S. Senate walked to the same floor where giants of freedom have stood and defended the killing of a perfect, fully-born child. It was not just a party platform when another senator, Ben Sasse (R-Nebr.), looked at the other side of the aisle and saw a group of men and women willing to "betray the universal truth of human dignity and [turn] the stomachs of civilized people... in every country on earth." And it wasn't just a party platform when, the only other time this issue came up for a vote, every Senate Democrat agreed: infanticide is wrong.

The moment Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) rose to her feet and objected to protecting the survivors of abortion will be a defining one for Democrats. It should have signified to everyone that the radicalization of the party that started in 2016 is now complete. And like so many others, Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) could only look on in horror. "This is the world's greatest deliberative body," she said. But "there is nothing great, there is nothing moral or even humane, about the discussion that we have before us today."

New Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) stood in disbelief. "Is this really the extremism of the Democratic party?" After decades of proving that there was still some scrap of moderation in their abortion agenda, liberals have thrown off any pretense of solemnity or restraint. And just like the Brett Kavanaugh debate, they've significantly overplayed their hand. "I can't imagine a vision less just or less consistent with the goodness and compassion of the American people," Hawley argued.

He's right. "Gallup polling from 2018 found that only 13 percent of Americans favor making third-trimester abortions 'generally' legal, and only 18 percent of Democrats shared that position," Alexandra Desanctis warns. Less than a quarter of their own party is willing to follow them into the most radical terrain on abortion ever broached. "Women reject late-term abortion at an even higher rate than men. A Marist survey from earlier this year found that 75 percent of Americans would limit abortion to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy, and majorities of Democrats and those who describe themselves as pro-choice agreed."

With almost an eerie detachment to the issue at hand, Murray tried to frame the bill as unnecessary. "We have laws against infanticide in this country," she claimed in her brief justification for stopping its passage. But, as so many have pointed out, only 26 states have "affirmative protections" for born-alive babies. Even if all 50 did, what's the harm in reaffirming the Senate's commitment to protecting these innocent survivors? Surely a party that can eat up hours of the legislative clock with a passionate plea to save the Delta Smelt can spare some sympathy for endangered children.

Even after yesterday's disgrace, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has no intentions of walking away from survivors like Melissa Ohden and Gianna Jessen, who wouldn't be alive today if Democrats got their way. Before the vote, McConnell cautioned that if the other side stopped the bill, it "would make quite a disturbing statement." If they do, he vowed, "I can assure them that this will not be the last time we try to ensure that all newborns are afforded this fundamental legal protection."

To almost every American, "health care" does not include the killing of innocent newborns. "But in defending bills that expand the right to abort [living children], Democrats are giving away the game," Desanctis predicts. "Most people, even those who favor some abortion access, instinctively recoil from what they see. These late-term abortion bills do more than reveal Democratic radicalism. They draw back the veil of euphemism to expose abortion for what it is: At every stage of pregnancy, it is the taking of a human life. For the anti-abortion movement, it is a pivotal moment to insist upon that truth."

That's where you come in. If you haven't contacted your senators about the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act, make sure you do today. Let them know that extremists like Patty Murray stand alone!

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

SOTU 2019: What to Watch For

February 05, 2019

There's probably never been a State of the Union address that's gotten more media attention before it was delivered than this one! Thanks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who thought she could score political points by postponing the president's speech, more eyes will be on this year's event than ever. Before Donald Trump takes his second turn at the joint session of Congress, what should Americans expect?

Last night, I got a preview of that answer in a meeting of about two dozen conservative leaders at the White House. Together with Vice President Mike Pence and President Trump, we talked about some of the major themes of tonight's address. Some of that vision has already been spelled out in a few messaging soundbites that the administration released as a sneak peak. The theme, we're told, is "Choosing Greatness," and the opportunity Congress has to reject the politics of division and embrace a spirit of cooperation.

"Together, we can break decades of political stalemate," the president will remind Americans. "We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forget new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America's future." But, as everyone knows, the issues before us loom large. President Trump will make a point of featuring the crisis on everyone's minds: our broken immigration system. He'll highlight the humanitarian emergency on our southern border and how stopping the trafficking of women and children -- and blocking the influx of drugs -- across the border is the right and moral decision.

He'll also focus on one of his other major priorities -- protecting American workers, especially through the trade deals the president has been able to renegotiate with key world leaders. He'll discuss health care, infrastructure, and his national security goals – some of which he's already met by rebuilding our military and loosening the grip of Obama-era social engineering.

I encouraged him to speak about the crossroads America finds itself in after the passage -- and celebration -- of extreme abortion laws like New York's. Do we want to be a culture of life or death? On behalf of the country's millions of pro-lifers, I urged him to promise that he'll protect the rights of all Americans -- born and unborn. Like us, he's greatly disturbed by what's transpired in the Empire State and Virginia over the last two weeks, so I do expect him to address it.

As much as the president talked about bipartisanship and unity, know this: the president is not seeking unity at any cost. The unity this president is hoping for is with the American people -- not the politicians in Washington who despise what our country stands for and spends their days trying to stop this White House from succeeding.

The next year is crucial -- not just to our country, but to our identity and future as Americans. Join me in praying for the president tonight, and every day -- as he and his team continue the incredible progress they've made in restoring our country's goodness and greatness.

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

Pope and Change

February 05, 2019

It was a sight the world had never seen before -- and many believed, never would. For the first time in a thousand years, the pope was invited to the Arabian Peninsula to speak. And speak he did -- to a packed stadium of 180,000 in the center of United Arab Emirates (UAE), the heart of the Islamic world. For a nation that declared 2019 the "Year of Tolerance," UAE certainly seemed intent on proving it.

It was a scene few could have imagined: Pope Francis leading mass before an audience that included the crown prince and hundreds of imams, ministers, and rabbis. His message, which included discussion of Jesus Christ, was also one of religious harmony. "God is with those who seek peace," he promised as part of his homily encouraging a better relationship between Christians and Muslims. "There is no alternative: we will either build the future together or there will not be a future," he insisted.

Back in October, during my trip to UAE, I learned firsthand that the crown prince has an appreciation for the freedom of religious worship and exercise that's rare in the region. Under his leadership, the UAE is a more tolerant nation, where Christians are allowed to worship freely and openly. Obviously, the country is still an Islamic nation, but unlike most, freedom of worship is a principle they take seriously.

And that's no accident. Decades ago, when the crown prince's father and mother lost two children, it was missionaries from the United States who helped his family at a medical clinic they'd established. That launched a long-term relationship that resulted in a Christian hospital and a church that exists in the UAE to this day. It was through that mission work that there was an acceptance of Christianity and its humanitarian aspect -- and, as a result a respect for the Christian people.

Today, we're seeing the fruit of that mission work in a culture that's more accepting of other faiths. While some would caution not to read too much into the pope's visit (there are still severe restrictions on public displays of other religions), it is incredibly significant that a Muslim nation would embrace the world's most prominent Christian leader in such a public way. Clearly, their actions are matching the crown prince's words on religious tolerance. As FRC's Travis Weber points out, "While it's not full religious freedom as we understand it, what the UAE is doing is very promising -- and we encourage similar steps toward religious freedom elsewhere in the region."

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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