Pro-Life Leaders Meet with Pence to Urge Planned Parenthood Defunding

Leaders of many national pro-life organizations met with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday to discuss the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and to emphasize the importance of eliminating taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.  All of the GOP/Obamacare repeal/replace proposals have included a provision to eliminate most of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding and redirect that funding to community healthcare centers that outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics 20 to 1. These facilities do not provide abortions but do offer more comprehensive healthcare services for women and families than the abortion provider. The GOP Senate bill would also prohibit Americans from purchasing health insurance plans that cover abortion with tax credits.  Most Americans support the defunding of Planned Parenthood, whose primary service for women is abortions. 

The meeting with Pence was on the same day that the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that the pro-life provisions in the GOP bill could not be included because they violate the reconciliation rules and would require 60 votes, instead of the 52 vote majority. Senator Ted Cruz argues that Vice President Pence, and not the Senate Parliamentarian, has the last word on this issue.

Read more from Breitbart.com:

The leaders gathered with Pence Friday as Republicans’ proposals to repeal Obamacare have failed thus far, largely because of a desire on the part of liberal GOP members to keep much of the onerous healthcare reform intact.

“SBA List’s hundreds of canvassers knocked on over 1.6 million doors over the last two election cycles to deliver a pro-life Senate majority and a pro-life President,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “They have done their job. It’s time for the Senate to do theirs.”

“Obamacare has been a disaster for unborn children through its unprecedented expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion,” she added. “The 2015 reconciliation bill that was sent to President Obama’s desk or the Better Care Reconciliation Act would roll back this damage and help return us to the principle that abortion is not health care.”

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Mom loses lawsuit against school that secretly gave her son ‘transgender’ treatment

A mother has lost her lawsuit against a Minnesota school system for secretly helping her son change genders. The school and government refused to give the mother her son's medical or educational records and information about his "transition", and even a life changing operation.

A district judge dismissed the case, after admitting to major flaws in the school's argument. Ultimately, this decision is a blatant disregard for parental rights. This is a minor child being used as a pawn for LGBTQ activist groups without the consent of their parent. This dangerous precedent cannot be tolerated. 

Read more from Lifesitenews.com:

Anmarie Calgaro of Iron Junction discovered all too late last November that her son's school was secretly giving him female hormone treatments with funding from the government. She sued the school district, the county health board, and a local health care entity for violating her rights as a parent.

But the school countered that the boy was “emancipated” from his mother because he had been living on his own, and was therefore legally able to make his own medical decisions.

The 15-year-old had previously moved in with his father — with the mother's permission — to go to a better school (Calgaro is divorced from her husband). The boy then moved in with friends before eventually living on his own. The school interpreted the boy living on his own as "emancipation" from parental influence, determining that the minor teen could make his own elective medical decisions.

Unbeknown to the mother, the boy had also filled out an emancipation form and filed it with the help of a homosexual advocacy group.

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NC Values Statement on ACLU HB 142 Lawsuit

"ACLU and Lambda Legal file suit against North Carolina and Gov. Roy Cooper over HB 142 —the repeal of HB2—proving they won’t stop until they force little girls to shower with grown men, share bathrooms, and indulge their fantasy."

“The ACLU and the transgender people they represent won't stop until they force little girls to shower with grown men, share bathrooms, and indulge their fantasy. We've already seen what this leads to in other states and in Target, where bathroom policies like this facilitate peeping and require women and girls to "just get over it" when it comes to men in their bathrooms and showers.  This is insanity, and it defies common sense!”

 – Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director

                


Former AG Eric Holder Declares North Carolina “Ground Zero” for National Liberal Push to Takeover State Legislatures

Former Attorney General, Eric Holder, has declared North Carolina to be the "Ground Zero" of the battle for liberals to take over state legislative bodies. The reason that this is so important is that state legislatures determine where district lines are drawn every 10 years for the census. Losing the state legislature to left-wing progressives before the lines are drawn would be a disaster.

If Democrats like Eric Holder hold the keys to drawing district lines, you can expect to lose the House to radical progressives. The NC Values Coalition is working hard to ensure we elect strong candidates that share our values.

Read more from First In Freedom Daily: 

North Carolina is “ground zero” for a new national Democratic Party push to win state legislative seats around the country between now and the 2020 census, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday.

These Democrats hope to counter gains Republicans secured in 2010, when a wave election swept the GOP into power not just in Congress, but in the legislatures that draw the congressional and legislative maps every 10 years.

Draw the maps, decide how voters are divvied up using computer software that knows how people tend to vote, and you can draw districts that lean so heavily left or right that the other side has little hope in a general election.

“This is the most gerrymandered state in the country,” Holder said Saturday, after headlining the North Carolina Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner.

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City Council member says Trump supporters ‘have no place’ leading Charlotte government

Dimple Ajmera, a member of Charlotte's City Council appointed in January by the other members of the City Council, recently made an outrageous statement that has many conservatives in Charlotte upset with her. In her own words, "Republicans that are supporting Trump, they should have no place on city council whatsoever or in the mayor’s race". 

Dimple Ajmera is running for the At-Large seat on the city council and yet she seems unwilling to represent those who support President Trump. When you serve in public office, you represent 100% of your constituents, not just those who share your political beliefs. Her comments demonstrate an intolerance and disrespect for those with different views than her's.

The question for voters in Charlotte is whether the other members of the Charlotte City Council knew at the time they appointed Dimple Ajmera to the Council that she held such discriminatory and exclusionary views?  She seems to be to be too extreme to lead the City of Charlotte.

Read more from the Charlotte Observer:

Charlotte City Council member Dimple Ajmera drew the ire of the local Republican Party after she said that Republicans who support Trump should not be leading local government.

“Republicans that are supporting Trump, they should have no place on city council whatsoever or in the mayor’s race,” Ajmera said on the news show Flashpoint on WCNC, which aired Sunday.

Ajmera, a Democrat, was appointed to the council in January to replace John Autry, who left council to join the N.C. General Assembly. Ajmera is running for one of four at-large seats this fall.

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Barber, GOP trade charges over praying for Trump

Reverend William Barber, North Carolina's NAACP President and the organizer of left-wing groups' Moral Monday protests, appears to be confused on where the Bible stands on praying for elected officials. An MSNBC host recently asked him what he thought about people praying for President Trump in the Oval office. He responded by calling it, "Theological malpractice that borders on heresy.". 

Reverend Barber is well known in our state for criticizing Republicans and conservatives in government. While it is acceptable to hold an opposing opinion, the Gospel instructs us to pray for those in positions in power. Even if we disagree with them.

Read more from WRAL.com:

Is it a sin to pray for President Donald Trump?

Rev. William Barber, state president of the NAACP and arguably the loudest voice of protest against North Carolina's Republican power structure, suggested it might be over the weekend during a national television interview that ginned up some GOP anger back home.

MSNBC's Joy Reid asked Barber about a widely shared picture of Trump in the Oval Office, where he is surrounded by pastors laying hands on the president in prayer.

"What do you make of this laying on of hands and this embrace of Donald Trump by the evangelical right, of the Christian right?" Reid asked.

Barber started with a reference to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and their "very, very, very extreme agenda." Then he called the Oval Office prayer session "a form of theological malpractice that borders on heresy."

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LGBT Group Threatens Johns Hopkins Over Study on Homosexuality, Transgender

The LGBT community's radical agenda against free speech and religious liberty appears to be expanding it's assault against science now as well. One of the country's largest LGBT groups is threatening action against John Hopkins University for their academic studies concluding that there is no evidence for men and women being born gay. 

Fortunately, the University is standing by their research, but the threat continues to escalate against those that have any difference of view than the LGBT community. 

Read more from Breitbart:

In a remarkable case of agenda politics eclipsing science, America’s largest LGBT group has threatened harm to Johns Hopkins University if it doesn’t censor the scientific findings of leading scholars on the origins of homosexuality and transgenderism.
In a recent major study titled “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences,” researchers from Johns Hopkins found that there is virtually no scientific evidence that people are born gay or transgender.

In response, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the most powerful lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocacy group in the country, labelled the report an “attack on LGBT communities” and threatened to penalize Johns Hopkins University if it does not distance itself from the study.

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Despite HB2, Wake sees record-breaking visitors, tourism growth

The fear mongering and myths built around stopping HB2 (the bathroom bill) continue to fall apart as reality and the facts come in. Many feared that after the passage of HB2 that tourism would plummet in North Carolina. As it turns out, the opposite has occurred. In fact, Wake county has seen an over 4% growth in tourism since the passage of the bill.

While the media continues to attempt driving a narrative that the bill has been bad for North Carolina's economy, it would seem that reality is on our side. 

More from WRAL.com:

Wake County welcomed an all-time high number of 15.6 million visitors last year, according to the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The 15.6 million visitors who traveled to Wake County in 2016 spent $2.4 billion, officials said, which is an increase of 4.2 percent from 2015.

The number is the highest the GRCVB has ever reported, despite House Bill 2, a state law that required people to use public bathrooms that match their birth gender and excluded gay and transgender people from discrimination protections.

Numerous concerts and conventions were canceled in the Raleigh area following the March 2016 passage of the controversial law. State lawmakers repealed the law this spring.

"Despite growing competition in the marketplace, Raleigh and Wake County continue to rise as a destination of choice amongst visitors,” said Denny Edwards, president and CEO of the GRCVB. “Every sector of the hospitality community from our hotels and restaurants, attractions and retail stores benefit from the influx of outside money being spent in our area by visitors annually.”

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Religious Freedom Advocates Fire Back After ‘Hate Group’ Smear Over Jeff Sessions Speech

It appears that the media and Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) recent attacks on the Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF) have failed and even backfired. ABC and CBS are receiving a great deal of heat for having labeled ADF a "hate group". The Alliance for Defending Freedom is a well respected organization that provides legal aid to those dealing with cases that have to do with religious liberty. 

The SPLC has a record of making false claims of racism or hatred against those whom they simply disagree with. The NC Values Coalition is an ally of ADF and we are pleased to see how much people are pushing back against these claims. 

Read more from the Daily Signal:

The Southern Poverty Law Center, once revered but now often ridiculed, again attacked a prominent religious liberty organization as an “anti-LGBT hate group” after Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at its conference in California.

“The Southern Poverty Law Center is the real hate group here,” @Vadum says.
The Christian legal aid group, Alliance Defending Freedom, fired back Thursday in a statement criticizing both the Southern Poverty Law Center and media coverage that adopts “cut-and-paste false charges” from the SPLC’s charged rhetoric.

“Alliance Defending Freedom is one of the most respected and successful Supreme Court advocates in the legal profession, having won seven cases at the High Court in the last seven years,” Kerri Kupec, communications director for Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF, said in the prepared statement, adding:

Southern Poverty Law Center spends its time and money attacking veterans, nuns, Muslims who oppose terrorism, Catholics, evangelicals, and anyone else who dares disagree with its fringe ideology. Meanwhile, ADF works every day to preserve and affirm free speech and the free exercise of religion for people from all walks of life and all backgrounds, because we believe freedom is for everyone.

Read more here.

 


Here’s The Speech Jeff Sessions Delivered To Christian First Amendment Lawyers

Attorney General Sessions has proven himself to be a strong ally to those concerned with religious liberties and First Amendment issues. Over the last decade, the radical left has escalated their war against public expressions of faith, school prayer, and even free speech that simply opposes their ideas. As Sessions states in his remarks, faith inspired many individuals in our history to take action for the greater good. Our Founding Fathers and Martin Luther King were inspired by their faith to do great things.

Sessions has made a commitment to uphold our religious liberties and the First Amendment. You can read his speech given to the Alliance for Defending Freedom below.

Read Attorney General Jeff Sessions' speech below:

Thank you for that introduction. And thank you for the important work that you do every day to uphold and protect the right to religious liberty in this country. This is especially needed today.

While your clients vary from pastors to nuns to geologists, all of us benefit from your good work—because religious liberty and respect for religion have strengthened this country from the beginning. In fact, it was largely in order to enjoy and protect these rights that this country was settled and founded in the first place, as those in this room especially know.

Our concepts of religious freedom came to us through the development of the Western heritage of faith and reason. In America, Madison and Jefferson advanced those concepts. Their victory was to declare religious freedom to be a matter of conscience inherent in each individual, not as a matter of toleration granted from the top. I propose that in America our understanding of religious freedom can only be understood within that heritage.

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