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The Love that Belongs to Parents

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 3:38pm

By Stephanie Curry, Esq., policy manager for Family Policy Alliance

Alfie Evans is only 23 months old, but he has been on life support in a UK hospital for nearly half of his young life because of a degenerative brain disease. The doctors at the UK hospital determined baby Alife is in a vegetative state and that it is in his “best interests” to have his life support removed.

Katie and Tom are fighting desperately for their child’s life in the UK Court system to stop the hospital from removing Alfie’s life support.  Alfie’s parents have lost appeal after appeal to prohibit the hospital from making a choice that should only belong to the parents.  Sadly, the UK Court of Appeals agreed that keeping Alfie alive was “inhumane”. The UK Supreme Court ruled that Alfie’s life support would be “futile.” And, ironically, even the European Court of Human Rights sees nothing wrong with these decisions and rejected Alfie’s case.

This case may remind you of baby Charlie Gard, whose parents also unsuccessfully fought a UK hospital last summer to give their child a chance at life through experimental treatment. It also may remind you of Simon Crosier, who was born here in the United States. Missouri hospitals made the same decision, that Simon’s condition was futile, and he was denied life-sustaining treatment when doctors placed a do-not-resuscitate order on his file without even notifying his parents.

Alfie’s Dad, Tom Evans has described the pain his family is facing –Little Alfie is “about to be murdered.” Who can blame this father’s heart? Tom and Katie have a fierce desire to protect their child’s life. The heart of a parent fills with hope and love for their child that can only belong to parents. A love that doesn’t belong to doctors, or hospitals, or governments.

Family Policy Alliance and our state allies, along with likeminded legislators, determined that parents should never have to go through what Charlies, Simon’s, and now Alfie’s parents have faced.

Family Policy Alliance of Kansas supported passing Simon’s Law, the first in the nation, that gives parents ultimate authority over whether or not a hospital can remove life-sustaining treatment from a child.

Simon’s Law legislation was also introduced in Georgia by Senator Chuck Payne, a legislator who was trained at Family Policy Foundation’s Statesmen Academy last year. Unfortunately, Simon’s Law legislation did not pass in Georgia this session. Elected leaders in Georgia thought Simon’s Law was too controversial for a vote.

This is a powerful reminder of why we need elected leaders who are willing to protect life and parental rights. The purpose of the Statesmen Academy is to train elected leaders to hold fast to their faith and principles in public office and to advance the values—like life and parental rights—that we care about through the laws they pass.  Senator Chuck Payne advances these values in his position, but he can’t do it alone.

We still have a chance in America to fight for the right of parents to parent. Simon’s Law will be coming up again in Georgia next session, and other states. As elections draw nearer, be looking for candidates who cherish life and believe parents are in the best position to love and protect their children!

And, if you’d like to support the Statesmen Academy, a generous Christian family has provided a matching grant for this June’s Statesmen Academy, so every dollar given now will be matched—up to $80,000!

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DELAWARE: Stop the Legislature from Pushing Kids to Change Gender

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 9:06pm

The Delaware House could vote any day now on a bill that would push many minors towards transgenderism.  Your quick help is needed to stop it!

Senate Bill 65 is what is known as a “therapy ban.”  It would ban professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity.  But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.

In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender – even to go through irreversible sex-change operations – would be protected by the state.  But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.

Incredibly, such laws have already passed in California and a few other states.  But it has also been stopped in many.  That’s why your voice is so critical!

The bill would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction.  This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which often arises out of sexual abuse.  But if SB 65 passes, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Please click here to send a note to your state representative. It’s quick and easy on our Action Center – even if you don’t know who your state representative is.
  2. Please pass this email along to friends and fellow church members so they can make their voice heard as well. It’s important that the legislature gets the message loud and clear!

Thank you for making a difference!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

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COLORADO: Adoption & Religious Freedom Are on the Line on Monday

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 1:59pm

As you may have heard, LGBT activists around the country have been ganging up on faith-based adoption agencies – forcing them to either violate their beliefs by placing children with homosexual couples … or to shut down.

Already, they have forced such non-profit groups to close their doors in Massachusetts, Illinois, D.C., and parts of California.  They are actively suing in several other states, and Colorado faith-based agencies are feeling tremendous pressure.

That’s why state Sen. Kevin Lundberg sponsored SB 241, a bill to protect the right of conscience of Colorado’s faith-based adoption agencies.  His bill will be heard in a key state senate committee on Monday afternoon, and the outcome could very well depend on which Coloradans those senators are hearing from.

Will you speak up for adoption and religious freedom by sending a quick note to the committee members today?  It’s quick and easy on our Action Center.

How does the attack on faith-based adoption agencies affect kids?

First, the more adoption agencies there are to walk alongside birth moms and to assist adopting families, the greater the number of children who will be able to find a forever home.  Specifically, faith-based agencies are especially successful at finding homes for children who are hard to place – the severely abused, older children, and those with special needs.

Second, birth moms often select faith-based agencies because they want their child placed in a home that aligns with their faith, or because the agency was the one that took time to really listen and walk with her through a difficult time.

Please protect these vital ministries by asking the senate committee members to support SB 241.  And please share this friends and fellow church members so they can make their voice heard, too.

Thank you for making a difference!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

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COLORADO UPDATE: Stop the Legislature from Pushing Kids to Change Gender

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:58am

We have good news and bad news to report on the stunningly bad Colorado bill that we told you about a few weeks ago.

First, the bad news.  House Bill 1245 — which essentially pushes sexually confused kids toward gender change — advanced through the state House, though that’s not a huge surprise considering the political situation there.

But now, the good news.  The bill is going to be heard on Monday in a Senate committee that is more favorable and gives us the best shot to defeat it.  Together, we must win this battle on Monday!  The further good news is that HUNDREDS of you responded to our last alert.  If you make your voice heard again – and spread the word – there is a strong chance it can be stopped in this committee.

As a reminder, this bill is what is known as a “therapy ban.”  It would ban professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity.  But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.

In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender – even to go through irreversible sex-change operations – would be protected by the state.  But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.

Incredibly, such laws have already passed in California and a few other states.  But it has also been stopped in many.  That’s why your help is so urgently needed!

The bill would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction.  This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which often arises out of sexual abuse.  But if HB 1245 passes, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Please click here to send a note to each committee member that will be voting on this bill on Monday, plus your own state senator. You can reach them all with just a click at our Action Center.
  • Please pass this email along to friends so they can make their voice heard as well. Let other Coloradans know that this is where they can draw the line and stop the drift toward California nonsense!

Thank you for taking action!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

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Punishing the Kids: The LGBT Reality and How You Can Push Back

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 2:27pm

By John Paulton, Mobilization Manager for Family Policy Alliance

Last year, the leading funder of the LGBT movement warned that they were going to “punish the wicked.”  Of course, he meant people like you and me – people who believe in God’s design for sexuality.  But ten months later, it appears that the reality of the LGBT movement is mostly about punishing the kids.

The latest battleground?  Adoption.  Specifically, forcing faith-based adoption agencies to either abandon their convictions (about placing kids with married moms and dads) or to shut down.  Already, they have forced such non-profit groups to close their doors in Massachusetts, Illinois, D.C., and parts of California.  And they are actively suing in several other states.

But as stunning as this is, it actually fits a trend with the LGBT movement:

  • First, by advancing same-sex marriage, they intentionally robbed many children of the enormous social advantage of being raised by a married mom and dad.
  • Second, in working to ban counseling for children who are confused about their sexuality or gender, they are consigning many children to a lifetime of unnecessary pain and heartache.
  • Now, they are pushing for and celebrating the closure of adoption agencies!

Thankfully, members of Congress are taking action to stop this latest LGBT attack on kids.  Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) have sponsored legislation to protect faith-based adoption agencies.  It’s called the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, and their bills already have a combined 77 co-sponsors.

But in order for this Act to move forward, it’s critical that thousands of people turn up the heat on their members of Congress.  Will you speak up for the kids today?

How does the attack on faith-based adoption agencies affect kids?

First, the more adoption agencies there are to walk alongside birth moms and to assist adopting families, the greater the number of children who will be able to find a forever home.  Specifically, faith-based agencies are especially successful at finding homes for children who are hard to place – the severely abused, older children, and those with special needs.

Second, birth moms often select faith-based agencies because they want their child placed in a home that aligns with their faith, or because the agency was the one that took time to really listen and walk with her through a difficult time.

Those benefits will be gone throughout the country if the LGBT movement gets its way.

Please help ensure that doesn’t happen by reaching out to your member of Congress and your two U.S. senators today.  You can send all three of them a message in just seconds on our Action Center.

Thank you for standing up for the kids!

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The Canary in the Coal Mine is Trying to Get Your Attention!

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 3:56pm

By Stephanie Curry, Esq., policy manager for Family Policy Alliance

At the turn of the century, miners brought canaries deep into coal mines as a test for the toxicity of the surrounding air.  Canaries are more sensitive to changes in the air than people. If the air was toxic, the canary would show symptoms before the miners.  This gave miners an opportunity to get out of the mine fast, before being poisoned themselves. Nowadays, to talk about the “canary in the coal mine” is to refer to a symbol for anything that can be viewed as an early warning sign for things to come.

Politically, we should all have our eyes on the canary in the mine – California. California’s extreme Leftist politics can often be an indicator of where progressive politics is headed over the next decade. If bad policies are accepted in California, they usually start to spread to other states. For years, California has been testing the atmosphere around “sexual identity politics”.

Right now, California has three bills on the table that have stunned observers around the country.

The first bill is California AB 2943.

This bill has the potential to censor Christian resources like books and conference materials, and even the Gospel itself.

If passed, this bill would outlaw any communication that is seen as an attempt to influence someone away from transgenderism or homosexuality –if that communication involves money passing hands.

The second bill is California AB 1779.

This bill would ban mental health care providers from providing counseling that would influence an adult away from transgenderism or homosexuality.

This bill targets adults that have guardians or conservators. Yet, we know many adults with severe disabilities should still have complete autonomy to make decisions about their own bodies and their own sexuality. This bill would take away that right.

The third bill is AB 2119.

This bill targets another vulnerable population, foster care children.

The bill would prohibit the state and foster care families from providing services that help a child to embrace their biological sex. Instead, the bill requires only services that affirm the beliefs of a child about their gender, pushing them towards transgenderism and medical treatments.

The primary benefit of the canary is that if something is wrong, it propels the people around it into action. Family Policy Alliance – in concert with our allied state organization, California Family Council – is calling Californians to action to oppose these dangerous bills.

If you live in California, please take action today!

If you live in another state, please pass this along to California friends, and be on the alert for similar schemes that will likely be coming to your state.  Make sure you and your friends are signed up for Family Policy Alliance alerts in your state, and get connected with our allied organization in your state.

Together, let’s stand united in support of the freedom to share our beliefs and, ultimately, the Gospel!

 

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MAINE: Stop the Legislature from Pushing Kids to Change Gender

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 4:46pm

The Maine House of Representatives is about to vote on a bill that would push many minors towards transgenderism.  Your quick help is needed to stop it!  The vote is likely to happen on Thursday.

LD 912 is what is known as a “therapy ban.”  It would ban professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity.  But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.

In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender – even to go through irreversible sex-change operations – would be protected by the state.  But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.

Incredibly, such laws have already passed in California and a few other states.  But it has also been stopped in many.  That’s why your help is so urgently needed!

The bill would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction.  This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which often arises out of sexual abuse.  But if LD 912 passes, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality.

Here’s what you can do:

Thank you for taking action!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

 

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Porn Isn’t a Joke—It’s a Crisis

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 3:17pm

By Brittany Jones, Esq., policy manager for Family Policy Alliance

Pop culture would have us believe that pornography is funny, normal and ok to use, and doesn’t really hurt anyone. The reality is that viewing pornography is linked to a host of mental and physical health issues. It is also linked with the horrible exploitation of human beings in the sex trafficking industry. Pornography is used to increase demand for sex trafficking victims, to groom victims, and creates additional revenue streams for traffickers. This industry continues to devastate men, women, and families—and it’s no joking matter.

Several states are calling pornography what it is: a public health crisis. Ten states – Arkansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Louisiana, Kansas, Idaho, Florida, and Pennsylvania – have already passed resolutions declaring pornography as a public health crisis. These resolutions recognize the destruction that the consumption of pornography wreaks on the brain, the family, and especially its horrific impacts on children. These resolutions urge members of state and federal leadership to take action to protect children and families. At least nine other states have introduced similar resolutions this year. Family Policy Alliance and our state allies have been working with state legislatures to pass these resolutions with the goal of helping our leaders understand the porn crisis across the country.

However, state legislators must do more than just pass a resolution if there is ever going to be true progress in combatting industries that exploit human beings. Our ally, Minnesota Family Council, decided to take the next step towards ending sex trafficking and America’s addiction to pornography by introducing legislation that recognizes the link between human trafficking and pornography, requires that statistics about the use of pornography in human trafficking be added to the state’s already existing human trafficking report, and assesses an additional fine on those convicted of child pornography crimes and the dissemination and display of harmful materials to minors. Funds the state receives from this additional fine will be given to Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Program, which helps victims of human trafficking.

Meredith Campbell, Policy Director for Minnesota Family Council, explained how legislators on both sides of the aisle are working together to prevent sexual exploitation in her state:

“Legislators are increasingly recognizing the massive role pornography plays in contributing to human trafficking by driving the demand and grooming victims. Now they’re taking action to publicly acknowledge the link between these horrors. Bills like this one are uniting legislators in their fight against exploitation, for the good of all Minnesotans.”

There is also movement on the federal front through legislation known as the FOSTA-SESTA Act. The bill amends current federal law so that host sites can be held legally responsible for illegal activity that occurs on their websites. In response to the bill’s passage, Craigslist already ended their “personal ads” section. Just last week, Attorney General Sessions shut down Backpage.com, a major site that has helped fuel prostitution and sex trafficking of minors.

With pornography fueling trafficking and exploitation—and of course creating personal and family crises—it will take the family of believers working together to really restore dignity, human worth, and life back into our culture. No one can stop trafficking on their own, but we’d like to ask you to commit with us to three simple steps you can take in your community:

  1. Commit to exhorting your church to NOT ignore the porn crisis, but instead to stand in the gap for those who are struggling. Does your church have a ministry to help victims or users of porn? Does your pastor (or other teachers) address pornography? Will your church be willing to support a good bill, like the one led by our friends at Minnesota Family Council, by encouraging legislators to pass the bill? These are conversations the Church needs to have.
  2. Commit to supporting good bills like the one in Minnesota in your own state. You can do this by asking legislators to support it. Part of our mission at Family Policy Alliance (and our state allies) is to keep you informed when good bills to help end the porn crisis (or bad bills) come up in your state. Please be sure you and your loved ones are signed up so you can receive state-specific action alerts!
  3. Consider donating to support our policy work, including research and drafting of good policies to help stop the porn crisis.

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CA Bill Tells Believers to Hush Up. Please Speak Up Now!

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:02am

A California legislative committee is about to consider a bill that has truly stunned observers around the country.  Will you join a rising chorus of voices who are speaking out to stop it?

Assembly Bill 2943 essentially outlaws ANY communication that is seen as an attempt to influence someone away from transgenderism or homosexuality – if such communication involves any kind of financial transaction.

What would California look like if AB 2943 passes?

  • A therapist or pastoral counselor could be prosecuted for helping a 20-year-old who is struggling with her gender and pays for counseling to help her accept her God-given birth sex.
  • A Christian college could face punishment if a professor teaches about God’s design for sexuality.
  • Even a Christian bookstore owner or non-profit ministry that sells a book that contains similar messaging could face the long arm of the law.

As an organization with deep California roots, Family Policy Alliance is thankful that Californians are speaking up against AB 2943!  Will you join them?

Here’s what you can do:

Thank you for making your voice heard!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

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MARYLAND: Last Chance to Stop the State from Pushing Kids to Change Gender

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:14am

The bill that would push many minors towards transgenderism is now at the Governor’s desk.  If he signs it, it will become law.  Your quick help is needed to stop it!

Senate Bill 1028 is what is known as a “therapy ban.”  It would ban professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity.  But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.

In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender – even to go through irreversible sex-change operations – would be protected by the state.  But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.

Incredibly, such laws have already passed in California and a few other states.  But it has also been stopped in many.  That’s why your help is so urgently needed!

The bill would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction.  This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which often arises out of sexual abuse.  But if SB 1028 passes, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Please click here to send a note to Gov. Hogan.
  • Then please also call him at (800) 811-8336 and ask him to veto SB 1028.
  • Please pass this email along to friends so they can make their voice heard as well.

Thank you for taking action!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

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NEW HAMPSHIRE: Stop the legislature from pushing kids to change gender

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 9:52am

A New Hampshire Senate committee is about to vote on a bill that would push many minors towards transgenderism.  Your quick help is needed to stop it!

House Bill 587 is what is known as a “therapy ban.”  It would ban professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity.  But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.

In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender – even to go through irreversible sex-change operations – would be protected by the state.  But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.

Incredibly, such laws have already passed in California and a few other states.  But it has also been stopped in many.  That’s why your help is so urgently needed!

The bill would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction.  This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which often arises out of sexual abuse.  But if HB 587 passes, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality.

Here’s what you can do:

Thank you for taking action!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

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Perfect Values & Imperfect Leaders

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 7:50am

Politics is painful at times…

And in these times of division, scandal and seamy exploits by our leaders paraded on television in the form of journalism—it can be particularly painful for our families and for our nation. Never has there been a time where this has been more apparent than with the Trump Presidency.

Christians who voted for Donald Trump knew exactly what we were getting… a morally flawed candidate who made promises that largely aligned with our values.

Christians who didn’t vote, or voted against Donald Trump, knew exactly what we were risking… a morally flawed candidate in Hillary Clinton who made promises that absolutely violated our values.

That was our choice—neither one ideal. Yet prayerful Christians came thoughtfully to either choice with a clear conscience.

As a ministry working in the public square on behalf of the family, we often find ourselves advocating for the pro-family policies we support, advanced by a leader whose behavior we do not.

This is why we cheer when President Trump promises to end tax payer funding for abortion (we’re still waiting Mr. President), nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and advocates for more like him, appoints Cabinet members that affirm Christian values and implements fiscal policy that helps strengthen the family.

But we groan in frustration with his tweets, his school-yard bullying and reject his deplorable behavior with and toward women. Oh, how we pray—and we do pray—that He would come to faith and that the many faithful men and women around him would successfully guide him toward Christlike behavior.

The critical midterm elections—in which Family Policy Alliance and our state allies across the nation are actively engaged—will be a referendum on the President’s ability to deliver results thus far, weighed against his current & past character flaws.

At the same time, Family Policy Alliance, is actively searching for, training and working to elect the next generation of Statesmen—men and women dedicated to carrying their faith to the public square and standing for the values that will benefit us all—even for those who oppose them.

Our unique form of government is not perfect. Neither is any candidate. But we will always strive to advance the values that are. Won’t you join us?

To support our efforts to keep or bring in new elected leaders to public office who will represent your values—and be driven by principle, not politics—please consider a non-tax-deductible gift to Family Policy Alliance’s efforts in the critical midterm 2018 election.

Support Electing pro-family leaders

Standing for the family of believers,

Paul Weber
President and CEO

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What Happens When Even Conservatives Trade Protecting the Most Vulnerable for Sexual Politics?

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:13am

By Eric Teetsel, President of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Months before the 2018 legislative session, a coalition of groups came together and agreed on the need to pass legislation to protect faith-based adoption agencies in Kansas.

Followers of Christ believe that God has adopted us as sons and daughters. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called Children of God; and so we are,” (1 John 3:1). When a person adopts a child into their family they reflect the love God shows us. Adoption is a way we fulfill our mission to “bring justice to the fatherless” (Isaiah 1:17) and to “look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27).

For these reasons, adoption has been practiced by Christians since the time of Jesus. The early Church preached against rampant infanticide, prohibited members from practicing it, and adopted babies who had been left to die by exposure by their parents.

Christians continue to lead the adoption movement today. Bethany Christian Services is the largest faith-based agency, with 120 offices spread across 36 states providing domestic and international adoption, foster care, pregnancy counseling, and post-adoption support. Catholic Charities helps over 30,000 individuals every year with foster care, adoption placement, and other services. Perhaps the single most important contribution of these groups is their excellence at placing special needs or hard-to-place older children. About 45 percent of adoptions by Catholic Charities and 32 percent by Bethany Christian Services involve finding a forever family for these hard-to-place kids.

Tragically, battles over sexual politics are infringing on the ability of faith-based agencies like these to help kids. Activist groups like the ACLU are determined to use the coercive power of the state to stamp out beliefs they do not like. In states like Massachusetts and Illinois, faith-based providers have been forced to close because they declined to violate their sincerely-held religious beliefs about the meaning of family and rights of kids to a mom and dad.

That is why our Adoption Protection Act is so important. The Act codifies what has been practiced in Kansas for decades, ensuring that faith-based adoption providers will be allowed to continue to help kids find forever families.

We are struggling to get it passed, despite having large Republican majorities in both the House and Senate. In the most recent failed vote in the House, four members of Republican leadership and several Republican committee chairmen voted no.  Kansas isn’t alone; my colleagues in Georgia and Oklahoma have experienced similar obstacles.

This fight is far from over, but the experience has been revealing. If a state like Kansas faces such resistance to a simple, common sense law protecting ministries that help kids finds parents what does that say about the broader fight for religious freedom?

It says we need to elect principled and competent statesmen who will use the powers of public office to preserve fundamental freedoms.

It says we need to identify and train the next generation of political leaders who will hold fast to what is right—even when not politically popular

And, it says that we, as believers, need to engage in the political process. When our ability to even care for orphans as God calls us to do is threatened, the Church can’t afford to not have its voice represented in the public square or by our elected leaders.

This is why Family Policy Alliance’s sister ministry created the Statesmen Academy—to equip and train godly leaders who will advance religious freedom, life, and family values at every level of government.

This is why Family Policy Alliance continues to fight for common-sense policies like protecting faith-based adoption agencies in D.C. and in the states.

And, this is why Family Policy Alliance and all our state allies, including Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, will continue to equip voters to select the candidates who will advance the values we share in state and federal elections.

We firmly believe that we don’t need Republican leaders, and we don’t need Democrat leaders. We need leaders who will defend our values—especially basic ones like making sure kids have a chance at finding a forever family.

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HAWAII Update: Stop the Legislature from Pushing Kids to Change Gender

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:11am

The Hawaii bill that would push many minors towards transgenderism has moved one step closer to passage — but is now facing a second committee hearing tomorrow.  Your quick help is needed to stop it!  (If you reached out to the previous committee, thank you!  Now, the members of the House Judiciary Committee also need to hear from you.)

Senate Bill 270 is what is known as a “therapy ban.”  It would ban professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity.  But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.

In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender – even to go through irreversible sex-change operations – would be protected by the state.  But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.

Incredibly, such laws have already passed in California and a few other states.  But it has also been stopped in many.  That’s why your help is so urgently needed!

The bill would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction.  This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which often arises out of sexual abuse.  But if SB 270 passes, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality.

Here’s what you can do:

Thank you for taking action!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

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Hawaii: Help Stop Assisted Suicide!

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:29am

Hawaii Governor Ige will very soon decide whether or not to sign House Bill 2739 that would allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to anyone who has been “qualified” to end their own life.

The so-called protections in this bill are weak and will do little to prevent abuses from taking place. That puts the disabled and the elderly particularly at risk.

Please contact Governor Ige today and ask him to veto the assisted suicide bill. We’ve made it easy through our Action Center.  You can send an email with just a click through our Action Center.

Let the Governor know that you believe every life is worth fighting for!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

P.S. Please forward this information to family and friends so they can make their voice heard, too!

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Resurrection Joy…and Politics?

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:19am

On Sunday morning, believers across our nation – and around the world – will join in proclaiming: “He is risen!  He is risen indeed!”

In that call & response is the summation of our joy. As Christ-followers, we share the certainty that Jesus is alive, His sacrifice atones for all our sins and He has gone to prepare a place for us… to live with Him forever!

…and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9)

 As followers of Jesus, we call sin for what it is. First, within the family of believers and then within the culture around us. We do so not to be judgmental or “holier than thou,” or as “haters” as the world tries to label us.

We do so out of love as our Lord commanded and as He, Himself demonstrated. We stand for the values that promote love, and stand opposed to sin that destroys lives forever.

In other words, Family Policy Alliance stands on behalf of the family in the world of politics because we want others to know the joy that comes from knowing our risen Savior who bore our sin on His cross so that we could trade our destruction for His abundant life (John 10:10).

As a result:

We work to enact policies that protect life from conception to natural death – out of love for our neighbor and respect for all human beings who are made in God’s image.

We honor marriage between one man and one woman, and for children to be raised in a home with a mother and father– because this is God’s best for men, women, children, the family and society.

We fight to protect parents’ right to raise and train their children according to their values, rather than the government imposing its views, because God called upon parents to carry this honor and responsibility.

And, perhaps most importantly, we protect and advance the freedom to proclaim the Name above all names in the public square – because not doing so violates our very faith and prevents our neighbor from hearing about the Savior who gives us our joy

May the joy we have in our risen Savior never be confined to only Easter Sunday. John 3:16 makes clear that God gave His only Son for the world. So, as we rightly rejoice with our family of believers this Sunday, let us also renew our commitment to carry the joy of the Gospel to our work, our communities, our families…and, yes, even to the way we do government and politics!

The joy of Easter is for all of us!

Rejoicing with you,

Paul Weber, President & CEO

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ANCHORAGE: Why Your YES Vote on Prop 1 Could Be Crucial

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:00pm

How important is your vote for privacy this Tuesday?

For women and girls who live in or visit Anchorage, your vote could make the difference between their privacy being violated or not.  Even if the polls weren’t close, that’s a huge reason to make your voice heard with your vote – simply because it’s right.

But the polls are close – close enough to remind me of two previous elections.

  • One was last fall in Virginia – a state House race that would determine which party controlled the entire House. After recounts, it ended in an exact tie.  Thankfully – for life and religious freedom – a coin flip to decide the race went the right way.
  • Rare?   But not that rare.  I know, because a number of years ago, I voted in another state legislative race that also ended in a tie.  Instead of a coin flip, this race went to the state legislature to decide, and they chose in favor of the pro-life, pro-family candidate.  I’ve never been so glad that I voted!

And countless races – including major races – have been decided by a single vote per precinct.

Will you be that vote?  Be sure your ballot is postmarked no later than this Tuesday, April 3.

And even if you’ve already voted, will you remind friends, family and church members to vote YES to protect privacy in Anchorage?  If they need more information, here’s a helpful article to share with them.

This vote is critical.  That’s why Family Policy Alliance has invested so much in this effort, joining with our allies at Alaska Family Action.

And thank you for making a difference with your vote!

John Paulton
Family Policy Alliance

P.S.  Please also forward or share this information with others, as every vote is critical!  If you live outside of Anchorage, please share with Anchorage voters.  Thank you!

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WASHINGTON: Stop the State from Pushing Kids to Change Gender

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 3:32pm

Gov. Inslee is about to decide on a bill that would push many minors towards transgenderism.  Your quick help is needed to stop it!

Senate Bill 5722 is what is known as a “therapy ban.”  It would ban professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity.  But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.

In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender – even to go through irreversible sex-change operations – would be protected by the state.  But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.

Incredibly, such laws have already passed in California and a few other states.  But it has also been stopped in many.  Regardless of what Gov. Inslee does with this bill, it’s critical that we make our voices heard!

The bill would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction.  This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which often arises out of sexual abuse.  But if SB 5722 passes, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Please click here to send a note to the Governor. You can reach him with just a click at our Action Center.
  2. Please pass this email along to friends so they can make their voice heard as well.

Thank you for taking action!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

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Transgender Service Undermines the Mission of the Armed Forces

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:28am

By Stephanie Curry, Esq., policy manager for Family Policy Alliance

This past August, President Trump issued a memorandum giving the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security (the “Departments”) the opportunity to extensively study the impact of allowing transgender individuals into the military.

Now the Departments have completed their extensive studies, after assembling a Panel of Experts and pouring through mountains of data. Their findings, which were submitted to the White House, are not surprising.

Medical History Causes Substantial Risk

The Departments concluded that there are “substantial risks associated with allowing the accession and retention of individuals with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria and require, or have already undertaken, a course of treatment to change their gender.” The military explored the extensive treatment related to gender transitions such as cross-sex hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery. Since these treatments have not been shown to cure or even reduce the mental health problems associated with gender dysphoria, the Departments were concerned persons with gender dysphoria, even if being “treated,” could not be mentally or physically “ready” to serve.

The medical findings alone show how gender transitions cause insurmountable obstacles to military “readiness”. The Departments cite the Endocrine Society guidelines, where 91.5% of transitioning persons are taking cross-sex hormones, which requires continuous medical monitoring—monitoring that could not take place on deployment or on a mission.

In addition, the recovery time from sex reassignment surgery is 3-6 months (assuming no complications) and requires a strict hormone regime at least a year prior to surgery. In many cases, a transitioning individual could be non-deployable for two to two-and-a-half years! The Departments’ Panel of Experts concluded that this exposes all troops to harm because of a transitioning individual’s inability to perform combat required skills while deployed, in which instance that individual would be sent home. Yet, sending individuals home renders a unit more vulnerable because it now must operate with less manpower. The Department noted “it is imperative that the force be manned with Service members capable of meeting all mission demands. . . including the ability to deploy rapidly, without impediment or encumbrance.”

Privacy and Unfairness

The Departments’ report found many other reasons for not accepting transitioning individuals, such as violations of privacy (e.g. allowing men who self-identify as women into female showers, which raised complaints) and fundamental unfairness in physical requirements and competition. Perceived unfairness affects unit cohesion, good order and discipline. For example, a situation in which a male (who identifies as female) is held to female standards, is unfair not only for biological males who see another male receiving exceptions, but also for biological females who are forced to compete against a male. The report stressed that vigorous physical competition is “central to military life and indispensable to the training and preparation of warriors.”

Medical Costs

Finally, the Departments’ report cited the medical costs for serving transitioning Service members is nearly 300% percent the medical costs of an individual without these concerns. The military expects the costs to rise as more and more members request medical support for their transitions and noted 77% of transitioning individuals in the military have requested transition-related surgery.

The Departments’ Conclusion

The Departments concluded “the clear sex-differentiated lines with respect to physical fitness; berthing, bathroom, and shower facilities; and uniform and grooming standards, which have served all branches of Service well to date, risks unnecessarily adding to the challenges faced by leaders at all levels” and fundamentally interfering with the mission of the Armed Forces. Therefore, the findings recommended those individuals who are transitioning or will want to transition should not be eligible to serve in the Armed Forces.

The Trump Administration Memo

In light of these extensive findings, the Trump Administration issued a new memo on March 23rd that allows the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland security to implement any appropriate policies that support their findings. These policies would allow individuals who have already transitioned to remain in the military, only under certain conditions, such as having been admitted into the military under the Obama directive. Yet, unlike the former Obama directive, it does not require the military to accept new recruits who are transitioning genders or have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

Why This Matters

The reason this is important for all Americans is because the military defends our nation. We have the right to expect a certain level of physical and psychological health from all military members. It is not discrimination to deny entrance into the military because of medical standards that apply to everyone based upon their biological sex. The military must be free to maintain its stringent entrance requirements because that is how it best protects our nation. The Department of Defense wrote 71% of Americans are disqualified from service and “transgender persons with gender dysphoria are no less valued members of our Nation than all other categories of persons who are disqualified from military service.”

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Are We Seeing the Eugenics Movement Again Under a Different Name?

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:26am

We usually hear about “eugenics” in history lessons on Nazi Germany, but could we be seeing a new brand of eugenics here in the U.S.? Check out our latest Facebook Live video with Stephanie Curry & Brittany Jones, attorneys and public policy managers with Family Policy Alliance to learn more!

And don’t forget to sign the pro-life pledge in our Action Center.

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