With Biden in Crisis, Less Is Less

With Biden in Crisis, Less Is Less

October 4, 2021

Republican Members of Congress on Thursday sent a letter to President Biden eviscerating the administration's heavy-handed attempt to force coronavirus vaccination on health care workers who don't want it. Last month he directed the CDC "to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities" as part of his whole-of-government approach to vaccinate "96, 97, 98 percent" of Americans.

The members who wrote the letter were less confident. "According to the United States Census Bureau, 15.7% of American adults are hesitant about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine with 7.2% reporting that they 'definitely' will not receive the vaccine," they wrote. Those numbers could be even higher, as some respondents may have been unwilling to reveal their opposition to the vaccine to a stranger on the phone. "There are going to be health care workers who are going to be fired or who are going to just quit," said Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) on "Washington Watch." In fact, some over-eager hospital systems have already begun firing employees who refuse to get the coronavirus vaccine, even before the federal government stepped in. "A vaccine mandate will inevitably push a significant portion of healthcare workers out of the industry," the letter warned. Some health providers are even punishing the spouses of employees who refuse to be vaccinated.

Such a shock could hardly hit the health care system at a worse time. "Several states are already nearing or exceeding hospital capacity," the letter added. "Many Medicare and Medicaid providers... are struggling to hire and retain enough employees to comply with state and federal staffing requirements." The Biden administration will force health care facilities from hospitals to nursing homes to fire staff while their resources remain stretched to the limit. Carter said forcing out health care workers makes no sense. "Six months ago, they were our heroes. Now they're running the risk of being fired. How much sense does that make?"

The Biden administration has been consistently implementing a "less is more" approach to dealing with nearly every crisis. Do hospitals need more resources? Fire unvaccinated staff. Do businesses need more workers? Fire unvaccinated employees. Do border agents need reinforcements against a human tsunami crossing the border? Pretend the problem doesn't exist. Do the human rights abuses of the Taliban deserve condemnation? Ask them to include women in their government. Does Congress lack leadership and direction? Provide none; condone cheap attacks. In solving crises like these, less is truly less.

Carter emphasized that the issue isn't about the vaccine, but about forcing it on people. "I'm a strong advocate for the vaccine," he said. "I went through the clinical trials myself." (Carter ran a pharmacy for 32 years and is a member of the GOP Doctors Caucus.) "But," he continued, "I am respectful of Americans who, for whatever reason, don't want to get the vaccine. I wish they would. I hope they do. It is safe and effective. But it's a decision between them and their physician."

That's more than can be said for the Biden administration, which has repeatedly shifted the goalposts on how many Americans must be vaccinated and when life can return to normal. Just this Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said it's "just too soon to tell" whether Christmas family gatherings can return to normal. Instead of answering obvious questions, like whether natural immunity is sufficient, which could persuade Americans on the fence to take the vaccine, the Biden administration is increasingly turning to mandates, without regard to their legality, to impose its will upon the American people. How could this strategy not backfire?

Respect Life Month Comes at a Pivotal Time for the Pro-Life Movement

October 4, 2021

The month of October is nationally recognized as Respect Life Month; according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), this marks a 31-day opportunity to contemplate "why every human life is valuable and reflect on how to build a culture that protects life from conception to natural death." This year, Respect Life Month arrives as the national conversation on the future of abortion has reached a fever pitch -- and fortunately, the progress to build a culture that protects life is making great strides.

While pro-life prayer efforts display the faith of believers in God's blessing of their mission, they also provide an avenue for abortion extremists to demonstrate their moral depravity. As peaceful prayer rallies took place outside of the Supreme Court this weekend, hosted by pro-life organizations such as The Moral Outcry and Bound4LIFE, they were disrupted by pro-abortion protestors that sat in the street until they were arrested. Women's marches organized by abortion advocates in protest of the successful Texas Heartbeat Act prove the current tension within their ranks, signaling the universal agreement that the culture of life in the United States is winning.

October 1 marked not only the start of Respect Life Month, but also the one-month anniversary of the Texas Heartbeat Act being enforced to prevent all abortions past six weeks in the state. This monumental piece of legislation saved 4,500 lives throughout the month of September, or about 150 unborn lives each day. It has also caught the attention of legislators across the nation, serving as model legislation for states such as Florida where copycat bills are garnering support.

The Supreme Court has also announced that on December 1 it will hear oral arguments for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case, which has the potential to overturn Roe v. Wade and return jurisdiction over abortion legislation to the states. This fresh opportunity to end the shameful legacy of abortion law in the United States has sparked renewed prayer efforts and unity among the pro-life movement.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said in a statement about prayer rallies at the Supreme Court that after three decades of full-time national pro-life advocacy, "now I am more convinced than ever that the days of legal abortion in America are numbered."

In a unique prayer effort to promote the sanctity of life, Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco has organized a "massive and visible campaign of prayer and fasting" for a change of heart in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The campaign came as a response to Pelosi's advocacy for the ironically named Women's Health Protection Act, or H.R. 3755. This extremist piece of legislation seeks to codify Roe v. Wade and overturn state-level abortion restrictions ranging from the Texas Heartbeat Act to commonsense ultrasound requirements. Archbishop Cordileone highlighted the "Rose and a Rosary for Nancy Pelosi" campaign, which sends a rose to Pelosi for each participant as a symbol of those who are in prayer for her repentance.

Respect Life Month conveniently coincides with Down Syndrome Awareness Month, which seeks to raise public understanding about the facts of life for those with Down syndrome and to celebrate those individuals. With the upcoming Senate vote on H.R. 3755, which would strike down state protections banning abortion on the basis of a pre-natal diagnosis for conditions such as Down syndrome, it is essential to continue educating the nation about the inherent dignity and equal worth of all humans. In a popularly cited study, 99 percent of people with Down syndrome stated that they were happy with their lives; this statistic is particularly poignant when considering the vast number of individuals with Down syndrome who never had the opportunity to be born and enjoy life.

As the war to protect the unborn from the horrors of abortion rages on, Respect Life Month provides a needed reminder that the nation is making progress to create a culture of life where all humans receive the rights that they are due -- as well as a reminder that the fight to end abortion is not over yet.

**See our pro-life prayer guide for guidance on how to pray about the life issue during Respect Life Month.

**See our Biblical Principles for Pro-Life Engagement resource for more information about what the Church has historically taught on the life issue.

Tanner Cross to Speak at Pray Vote Stand Summit

October 4, 2021

Teaching physical education in Loudoun County, Virginia, Tanner Cross likely never thought he would rise to national prominence and find himself at the center of a heated debate over school policies. Yet, Cross's commonsense remarks before the Loudoun County school board propelled him to exactly that position.

"I love my students," Cross told the school board, "but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. I'm a teacher, but I serve God first -- and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa... It's against my religion, it's lying to a child, it's abuse to a child, and it's sinning against our God." His statement prompted the school to put him on administrative leave as they conducted an investigation for his refusal to use transgender pronouns with students. Tanner Cross was eventually reinstated as a teacher when the Virginia Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that ordered Loudoun County Public Schools to allow him to return to work.

To share about his experience and the importance of standing up for the truth despite the consequences, Tanner Cross will be joining Family Research Council and FRC Action at the first annual Pray Vote Stand Summit taking place October 6-8, 2021. He will appear on a panel titled "Power to the Parents: Virginia's Education Uprising," alongside Loudoun County High School teacher Monica Gill, ADF Senior Counsel and Director of the Center for Academic Freedom Tyson Langhofer, Executive Director of Fight for Schools Ian Prior, and Smart's Mill Middle School teacher Kim Wright.

Announcing the summit, FRC President Tony Perkins stated, "The assaults on faith, family, and freedom have never been more pronounced and severe. From pronoun police, to indoctrination in our classrooms, to the lock-down of our churches, to the vaccine mandate in the workplace, the core values and ideals that birthed America are at risk of being overrun by political and cultural Leftists. We recognize that while we contend for these ideals in the political arena, the hope for America is not going to be found in political elections. Politics is downstream from the culture, and the culture is downstream from the church. The PVS Summit is focused on equipping and encouraging Christians to live out their faith with boldness and courage in such a way that it impacts EVERY aspect of our society."

As heated cultural debates threaten to alter the future of our country, it has never been more important to gather with like-minded Americans to pray, vote, and stand for biblical values. Notable speakers at the Pray Vote Stand Summit include high-profile political leaders, experts, and public figures including Allie Stuckey, Nancy Pearcey, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and many more. For a full list of speakers, click here.

Taking place at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia, the Pray Vote Stand Summit will explore the growing hostility to the truth of God's Word in our culture, and will look at the current issues facing the church and our nation -- such as the right to life, religious freedom, strengthening families, developments in our education system, and more -- and share how we can act from a biblical worldview.

To learn more about the Pray Vote Stand Summit and to join us in-person or stream the event online, visit PrayVoteStand.org.