House Dems United in Death

House Dems United in Death

September 24, 2021

People say it's hard to find consensus in Washington, but Democrats have found plenty on one issue: abortion. At least in the House, the idea of middle ground has vanished. When it comes to the taking of innocent life, the battlelines are clear: Republicans are 100-percent opposed, and all but one Democrat is in favor.

With all that's going on in the world, you'd think Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would have better things to do than reignite a vicious debate over late-term abortion. But with very little for the Democratic Party to agree on these days, the California radical decided it was time to bring everyone back together with a vote on her disingenuously named "Women's Health Protection Act" -- a bill so radical that it would wipe away every state restriction on abortion and legalize it right up to the moment of birth.

No one thought an abortion law more barbaric than New York's was possible, but Joe Biden's party is bent on proving them wrong. In an astonishing move, House Democrats made history Friday morning by passing a bill that allows any kind of abortion, at any time, for any reason. Gone would be the states' partial-birth abortion bans, protections for newborn survivors, conscience rights, ultrasound requirements, parental consent, and so much more. If the Senate were to follow suit, everything the pro-life community has worked for over the last 50 years would evaporate. It is, as Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.) said with horror, "completely radical and evil."

When the speaker defended the legislation, saying God gives people "free will to honor our responsibilities," the Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, fired back that it was "nothing short of child sacrifice." Republicans agreed, offering speech after passionate speech in opposition on the House floor. "Quite frankly," an emotional Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) said, "the Democrats don't care if the unborn child has a fully developed heart. They don't care if it has arms or lungs or fingers or toes. They don't care if it feels pain. They want abortion -- period -- and they want to finance it with your tax dollars."

It is, without a doubt, the fiercest attack on the unborn since Roe was decided, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) warned. And obviously, with the Supreme Court set to take up the groundbreaking case on Mississippi's abortion law, there's a reason for that. When Democrats started pushing this bill to make abortion-on-demand permanent, they weren't just pursuing wildly unpopular legislation, they were exposing the fact that abortion was never law to begin with. Instead, it was a Supreme Court invention that has unjustly claimed the lives of more than 60 million children. And what Mississippi has said -- and we hope the justices uphold -- is that abortion should be an issue the people and their state leaders decide. Not the courts.

And yet, as unified as House Democrats may be on abortion, the country is anything but. According to a Harvard Center for American Studies poll, only eight percent of the country sides with Pelosi on third-trimester abortion. Any far-Left leaders who think this barbaric crusade is a winning strategy are kidding themselves. Even two out of every three "pro-choicers" are appalled at the idea of destroying a baby in the womb after the fifth month. "They are overriding the will of the people," Miller shook her head. "They are crushing the rights and freedoms that states have to implement their own laws in this area."

If there is a bright side to Friday's vote, it's that Republicans are just as determined to protect life as Democrats are to destroy it. And that's significant. Prior to 2018, there were still a number of pro-abortion Republicans. That's not the case anymore. If they support it, they certainly aren't open about it -- and that's the result of a lot of Christians being involved and voting. If the debate has elevated to the highest legislative and judicial levels, Miller said, it's because of the good work "being done by what I call the grounds troops -- the people who are working to inform Americans about the truth of this... and the Left is afraid because they know we're winning -- and we're not going to give up."

There is no doubt in my mind that we are at this point before the Supreme Court because of the decades of prayer, of repentance, and of the practical work of people walking alongside those who find themselves in unplanned pregnancies. There have been times, Mary agreed, where our country has admitted we were wrong and changed course. And while the Democratic Party seems to be more determined than ever to destroy human life, we have to "keep speaking truth into this issue." It's time to fear God, she said. "The scriptures say that mercy has triumphed over judgment, but we need to enter into that mercy and to repent and turn away from this grave national sin."

For more on the Democrats' obsession with the culture of death, check out Connor Semelsberger's new piece, "Pelosi and Biden Give Human Life a One-Two Punch."


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


Women Feel Draft through the House

September 24, 2021

The shiver that ran down your spine last night could have been the chill in the air -- or the draft in the House. Last night, over Republican opposition, Democrats passed a measure requiring all women ages 18 to 25 to register for the Selective Service, just as men are currently required to do. Or rather, Democrats stuffed that measure inside a gigantic, must-pass bill called the National Defense Authorization Act to soften Republican opposition with a cushion of $24 billion in increased defense spending.

House Republicans from the Freedom Caucus tried everything to remove the provision that would force young women to register for the draft. "We offered amendments to strip that provision out. We offered amendments then to say we should abolish the draft, whatever it would take to try to end this foolish policy," said Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas). "The Democrats refused to even entertain those amendments," he said, although 476 other amendments were voted on. Roy said Democrats refused even to allow a debate on this issue. Pushing through watershed changes without debate, hiding them under billions of dollars in defense spending -- is that the way democratically elected governments are supposed to work? Only when a radical faction seeking to erode people's norms finds itself in power with only a narrow margin.

Radical indeed is the provision that would require women to register for the selective service. Innate physiological differences make men, on average, more fit to fight and win our nation's wars. In exercises designed to simulate the experiences of "direct ground combat units that attack the enemy with deliberate offensive action," the pass rate for males was up to ten times higher than the pass rate for females, while the injury rate for females was six times higher than the injury rate for males. Such high-casualty, frontline combat roles are precisely the positions a draft serves to replenish. Calling women and men equally into these roles is unjust, because they are not equally able to meet the physical requirements. Nor is there a need, since America's current population of young males is more than sufficient to meet the needs of a draft.

Why then, are House Democrats intent on making it law? For them, the question is one of ideology. Since the beginning of this Congress, they have devoted themselves to eliminating all gender distinctions and even all gendered language from U.S. law. Current law regarding the selective service requires all "males" to register; the Democrats want to change it to require all "persons" to register, thus forcing it on women, too. As always, ideology makes bad policy.

It's a normal tactic for Democrats to exploit a must-pass bill like the NDAA by "jamming it full of social engineering," said Roy, who voted against the bill. He said Democrats know Republicans "can never oppose the NDAA because it has a troop pay raise or because it's for something we all believe strongly in, which is making sure our military is strong. But we can't allow that to become the standard," said Roy. "That's how we ended up with a woke military."

Normally, it's prudent to take anything passed by Nancy Pelosi and the radical democratic majority with a grain of salt. After all, most of their hare-brained schemes will die unconsidered in the U.S. Senate. But that logic doesn't hold for this provision because it has already passed in the Senate version of the bill. Unless the provision is stripped out of both bills in conference, Roy warned "it would for the first time in the history of our country, force conscription upon women."

Stop, Drop, and Role Play? Minn. Students Told to Act LGBT

September 24, 2021

Richfield, Minnesota parents and citizens have reported for duty, standing up to inappropriate and overly explicit content in their school system's sex ed curriculum. At this week's school board meeting speakers were civil, clear, and strong in their rejection of Advocate for Youth's 3Rs curriculum for their community, which is a notorious sex education curriculum that teaches children how to become sexually active.

As we observed in our new FRC publication, Advocates for Youth is an example of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). Comprehensive sexuality education programs seek to change society by changing sexual and gender norms and teaching youth to advocate for their sexual rights. Most CSE programs promote acceptance of diverse sexual identities and orientations and have an almost obsessive focus on sexual pleasure, instructing children and youth at the earliest ages on how to obtain sexual pleasure in a variety of ways.

In Minnesota, parents were objecting to role playing assignments where students negotiated with each other for sex. Students are assigned partners in scenarios where sexual activity is discussed and the students decide whether or not they will have hypothetical sex. Disguised as a lesson on giving "consent" for sexual activity these kinds of situations are awkward for students and teachers, inappropriate for educational settings, and demeaning to participants.

To add insult to injury, studies have proven these programs fail to reduce unprotected sex or delay sexual debut, which are a few of the primary reasons for implementing sex education in schools. As reported in Alpha News: "Programs like 3Rs are not effective," said Julie Quist, a Child Protection League board member.

"The Institute for Research and Evaluation conducted a comprehensive study on the effectiveness of programs such as this," she told the Richfield School Board. "Out of 60 school-based studies, no credible evidence of effectiveness was found for sustained reductions in teen pregnancy or STDs. There was no evidence of effectiveness for increasing consistent condom use. Failure rates included 88% failure to delay teen sexual initiation and 94% failure to reduce unprotected sex. 12% of these programs found significant negative effects on adolescent sexual health and/or risk behavior."

"Claims that explicit sex education has been proven effective are not supported by the evidence," Quist concluded.

This didn't stop the school board chairman from defending 3Rs while admitting the school board didn't know what was in the program. Like so many other school systems, elected officials rely on health education experts in the district to recommend programs. Frustration with this attitude and blame shifting is leading more and more parents to consider running for school board themselves. FRC Action has helpful information for those interested in serving the families of their communities this way. Visit www.frcaction.org/schools for our School Board Boot Camp video and other materials on engaging your local school board. To report troubling curricula on sex education or other subjects, email tipline@frc.org. Read more on schools here. America's school children deserve our very best!