2013 Weekly Updates

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February 22, 2013

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Kansas Senate Supports Ban on Sex-Selection Abortions
Kathy Ostrowski - LifeNews.com

The Kansas Senate on Tuesday debated and passed, on a voice vote, Senate Bill 141, an act to save our littlest children from violent gender discrimination through sex-selection abortion. A recorded vote on final action will take place Wednesday*.

 

Sen. Garrett Love, (R-Montezuma) carried the bill and referenced testimony he heard in the Senate Public Health and Welfare committee.

 
Perennial abortion supporters offered two amendments to "protect abortion providers." Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City) wanted to eliminate oral evidence and Sen. Laura Kelly (D-Topeka) wanted to create a special crime of lying about someone's reason for abortions. Both amendments failed, Haley's by a vote of 7-33 and Kelly's by 12-28.

 

Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer (R-Grinnell) commended Sen. Love for bringing the bill forward and said that it is our duty to speak up for the unborn. Sen. Julia Lynn (R-Olathe) also spoke in support of the bill saying gender-based abortion is "an anathema."

 

After final action, SB 141 heads to a receptive House, which overwhelmingly passed the sex selection ban as part of a larger bill, the 2012 Pro-Life Protections Act.

Read more HERE.  

 
* UPDATE
Senate Bill 141 passed on final action in the Kansas Senate Wednesday afternoon, by a vote of 37-2, with one abstention.  Senators Oletha Faust-Goudeau (D-Wichita) and David Haley (D-Kansas City) were the two senators voting against the bill, while Senator Marci Francisco (D-Lawrence) passed on voting. 

 
 SB141 now goes to the House for committee consideration.  

FRC Action Announces True Blue Awards
Entire Kansas House Delegation Honored
Earlier this month, Family Research Council Action and Citizenlink honored Members of Congress for standing strong on socially conservative issues.
The True Blue award honors Members of Congress who have exhibited extraordinary leadership and commitment to the defense of family, faith, and freedom, according to the two groups' new scorecard covering House and Senate votes in the Second Session of the 112th Congress which concluded at the end of 2012.

Recipients of the award are those who have voted consistently for pro-family issues and have stood courageously in Congress in defense of life. "True Bluers" held strong on measures important to families such as protecting marriage, repealing the national healthcare plan, and legislation restricting abortion.
 
Kansas House of Representative members Mike Pompeo, Kevin Yoder, Lynn Jenkins and Tim Huelskamp all received the True Blue Award.  Kansas stands out at the only state in the nation with 100% of its House of Representatives delegation receiving this honor in the 2nd Session of the 112th Congress.
 
Click HERE to send your Representative an email congratulating them on their True Blue award, thanking them for standing strong for family values and encouraging them to continue.
 
You can view the entire scorecard HERE t0 see which votes were counted in the rating as well as how the rest of the nation stacked up against Kansas.
 
Scorecards for prior years can be found HERE.
FRC Panel a Barna Burner for Religious Liberty
FRC - Washington Update 2-21-13
Religious liberty is called America's "first freedom" because the source of our rights is God, not government, and the right to follow Him freely is the foundation of every other right. Over the last couple decades, this basic understanding has come under attack. That's why three legal scholars spoke yesterday at FRC headquarters on the state of religious liberty in our country. The director of FRC's Center for Religious Liberty, Ken Klukowski, hosted Adele Keim of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Kellie Fiedorek of the Alliance Defending Freedom in discussing the erosion of our religious freedom under the current administration. Ken noted that "this President and this administration are the most hostile towards religious liberty in all of American history," a claim backed-up by the report recently issued by FRC and our partners at the Liberty Institute.
Read more HERE (scroll down at link for story).
  
Obama Admin. 'Most Hostile' to Religious Freedom in US History, Says Expert
By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post 2/20/13
WASHINGTON - A conservative expert on religious freedom issues believes that President Barack Obama has headed "the most hostile" administration to religious freedom in American history.
 

Ken Klukowski, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, told The Christian Post at an FRC event on Wednesday that he believes the administration has been unprecedentedly hostile to religious liberty.

 

"I think the record is clear that this president and this administration are the most hostile towards religious liberty in all of American history," said Klukowski.

 

"I say that without exaggeration. There are all sorts of lines that previous presidents have just not crossed...political operators around the president strongly encouraged him with regards to this HHS mandate that this is just a bridge too far. And yet the president chose to go after it anyways."

Klukowski's remarks came as he was part of a panel event sponsored by FRC titled "Religious Liberty in America," which focused on pressing issues surrounding the freedom of religion in the United States.

 
Read more HERE.
Shock and VAWA
FRC Washington Update 2-13-13
Despite the best efforts of our friends on the Hill, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) glided through the Senate yesterday on a 78-22 vote. The Left succeeded in making the GOP pawns in its political game--forcing many to vote for a bill, not because it accomplishes anything--but because of its name. In reality, the legislation is more pro-spending than anti-violence. Unfortunately, most Senators refused to stand up to the politically correct crowd and instead helped them replenish a feminist slush fund that extends special rights to people based on their sexual behavior.

Senator Pat Roberts was one of those who stood strong against this badly flawed legislation.


The 22 Senators voting against VAWA
Barrasso (R-WY) Grassley (R-IA)
Risch (R-ID)
Blunt (R-MO) Hatch (R-UT) Roberts (R-KS)
Boozman (R-AR) Inhofe (R-OK) Rubio (R-FL)
Coburn (R-OK) Johanns (R-NE) Scott (R-SC)
Cornyn (R-TX) Johnson (R-WI) Sessions (R-AL)
Cruz (R-TX) Lee (R-UT) Thune (R-SD)
Enzi (R-WY) McConnell (R-KY)
Graham (R-SC) Paul (R-KY)
The Power of Fathers in Raising Considerate Kids

Glenn Stanton - Focus on the Family 2-18-13

Child development experts call it "empathic development." Regular people call it "learning to be mindful of others."  Few would disagree that this is one of the most important qualities we want to teach our children. Nobody wants a Veruca Salt, the spoiled narcissist of Willy Wonka fame. We want to raise considerate children who are rich in compassion and considerateness.

 

But if you asked who is more likely to instill this virtue in our children - mothers or fathers - which would you guess? Mothers, right? They are more relational, more interested in fairness and equity.

 

Surprisingly "Who is dad?" would be the right question if we were on "Jeopardy!" Probably the most sophisticated study on the subject found that the strong influence fathers have on children in developing a strong sense of empathy was, as these scientists explained, "quite astonishing."

 

Read more HERE.

9 Weeks of Prayer for Marriage Continues
The Alliance Defending Freedom has launched a prayer initiative leading up to March 26th when the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in 2 important cases regarding the definition of marriage.
Each week, ADF is asking us to pray for different attorneys on both sides of the marriage issue, one Supreme Court Justice and one issue pertaining to the supreme court case. 
KFPC will include a link to the updated list each week so that you can be in prayer with thousands of others across the nation leading up to this very important cultural decision.
(Includes video and links to current and past prayer lists)

Click HERE  for the prayer list for this week.

Previous Week Prayer Lists
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

 
 Students Who Refuse to Affirm Transgender Classmates Face Punishment
Todd Starnes - FoxNews Radio 2-20-13
Parents across Massachusetts are upset over new rules that would not only allow transgender students to use their restrooms of their choice - but would also punish students who refuse to affirm or support their transgender classmates.
 

Last week the Massachusetts Department of Education issued directives for handling transgender students - including allowing them to use the bathrooms of their choice or to play on sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify.

 

The 11-page directive also urged schools to eliminate gender-based clothing and gender-based activities - like having boys and girls line up separately to leave the classroom.

 

Schools will now be required to accept a student's gender identity on face value.

 

"A student who says she is a girl and wishes to be regarded that way throughout the school day and throughout every, or almost every, other area of her life, should be respected and treated like a girl," the guidelines stipulate.

 

According to the Dept. of Education, transgender students are those whose assigned birth sex does not match their "internalized sense of their gender."

 

They said gender nonconforming students "range in the ways in which they identify as male, female, some combination of both, or neither."

 

Read more HERE.
Issue: 13-8
In This Issue

KS Senate Supports Ban on Sex-Selection Abortion

FRC Action Announces True Blue Awards - KS Delegation Honored
Religious Liberty in America
Shock and VAWA
The Power of Fathers in Raising Considerate Kids
9 Weeks of Prayer for Marriage Continues
MA Students Who Refuse to Affirm Transgenders Face Punishment
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