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All Pro-life Bills Pass Senate

Wonderful news!  All three pro-life bills that we have supported this legislative session passed the Senate today.  They now head to the Governor’s desk for signature.

1.  The Healthcare Rights of Conscience bill (religious freedom for healthcare providers who object to abortion, cloning, stem-cell research) by Rep. Arnold Mooney/Sen. Paul Sanford

2.  Ban on Assisted Suicide bill by Representative Mack Butler/Senator Phil Williams

3.  Right to Life Constitutional Amendment (a constitutional amendment to go on the ballot declaring that abortion is not a protected right in Alabama)  by Rep. Matt Fridy/Sen. Phil

Williams

Thank you to everyone who turned out to lobby for life, and especially those legislators that voted to protect it!

 

Most Important Pro-Life Day of the year

Alabama House designates “Pro-life Day” for March 16, 2017
Next week on Thursday, March 16, 2017 there will a special opportunity for the pro-life community in Alabama. We need your help!
March 16 this year has been designated as “Pro-Life Day” by the Alabama House of Representatives. This is a special opportunity.  Important pro-life legislation will be on the calendar. We will not have a rally outside as in earlier years. We need to have a presence inside the statehouse. To do that we need as many people as possible to be there that day. People need to call on their House member and sit in the gallery or overflow rooms to watch the debate.  We need to show the House we respect their willingness to support pro-life legislation. This is one of the most important pro-life days for Alabamians this year. We need every Eagle Forum of Alabama member and pro-lifer to be present to ensure successful passage of important pro-life legislation this year.
For more information on pro-life day this year, please contact us at (205) 879-7096. We are happy to help answer any questions about this important event. Eagle Forum of Alabama would like to see the successful passage of these bills this year.  The first three bills with asterisks listed below are pro-life bills that have been promoted for years, but have not yet passed.  We need your help to make sure all these pro-life bills pass this year.  All that is needed is your presence. You standing up for the voiceless.
Join the social media campaign for life on the Pro-Life Day next week.  Use the hashtag #prolifeAL and the phrase “Defend All Life in All Stages” starting Thursday morning.
Assisted Suicide Ban Act*
HB96 Rep. Mack Butler/SB198 Sen. Phil Williams
Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act*
HB24 Rep. Rich Wingo/SB145 Sen. Bill Hightower
Health Care Rights of Conscience Act*
HB95 Rep. Arnold Mooney/SB185 Sen. Paul Sanford
Right to Life Constitutional Amendment
HB98 Rep. Matt Fridy

Pro-Life Bills Pass Out of House Health Committee

Great news!  All three of the pro-life bills that Eagle Forum of Alabama is promoting were reported out of the House Health Committee on Feb. 8th, after public hearings on all of them.

HB24 – Adoption by Rep. Rich Wingo (334) 242-7681
This bill would establish the Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act.  It would prohibit the state from discriminating against child placing agencies on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child placement that conflicts with the religious beliefs of the provider.

HB95 – Conscience by Rep. Arnold Mooney (334) 242-7744

This bill would give health care providers the following: The authority to refuse to perform or to participate in health care services that violate their conscience; immunity from civil, criminal, or administrative liability for refusing to provide or participate in a health care service that violates their conscience. It would declare it unlawful for any person to discriminate against health care providers for declining to participate in a health care service that violates their conscience. The bill would also provide for injunctive relief and back pay for violation.

 

HB96 – Suicide by Rep. Mack Butler (334) 242-7446

This bill would establish the Assisted Suicide Ban Act to prohibit a person or a health care provider from providing aid in dying to another person and would provide civil and criminal penalties for violations.

 

We are asking Representatives for a “Pro-life Day” for all three bills to come up in the House. Senate sponsors should be dropping companion bills in the next few days. Please call the numbers listed above, and thank the sponsors and Rep. April Weaver, chairperson of the Health Committee for the completion of this first step.  She can be reached at (334) 242-7731.

Take Action Now to Promote Pro-Life Legislation

Act now before the end of the session to ensure pro-life legislative victories! Your voice is needed to protect human life. All you have to do call or e-mail. Your legislators need to hear that you support the pro-legislation below.

<< HB376/SB363 (Butler, House and Willams [Senate]): The Alabama Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act would, if enacted, end dismemberment abortions – This bill would stop this barbaric practice and protect babies from the harmful pain when this type takes place.

<<SB205 (Sanford, Senate): Ban on Abortion Clinics 2,000 ft. away from a school.  If enacted, this legislation would protect students from being targeted by abortion clinics.

<<HB157 (Mooney, House): Ban on Assisted Suicide outlaws assisted suicide in Alabama. Currently, Alabama has no protection to protect individuals from this practice.

<<HB158 (Wingo) Child Care Provider Inclusion Act protects adoption agencies from being closed by unfair government license requirements which violate the First Amendment.

Please find your legislators and let them know of your support for these important pieces of legislation and your support of pro-life efforts. Remember to be polite but passionate in your request for their support.

Call List:
First step – Please call your Representative and Senator.  Tell them you are their constituent and ask them if they are sponsoring any of the above bills.  Thank them if they are a sponsor.  Go to Eagle Forum of Alabama’s website to find your legislators at http://alabamaeagle.org/find-your-legislators.

Second step – Please call the leadership.  Ask Senate and House leadership to support these pro-life measures.
Speaker Mike Hubbard: 334-242-7668
Pro Tem of the House, Rep. Victor Gaston: 334-242-7663
Pro Tem of the Senate, Del Marsh: 334-242-7877 (Montgomery)
Senate Rules Committee Chairman, Jabo Waggoner: 334-242-7892 (Montgomery) (Thank Jabo for his support of Dismemberment Bill).

If you have further questions on pro-life legislation this session, please contact Eagle Forum of Alabama at (205) 879-7096.
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America is waking up to the truth: NO ONE NEEDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

 CEC for Life

  Sat. Oct. 10

Join the largest national protest of Planned Parenthood this country has ever seen!

By now, you’ve most likely seen the undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors callously discussing how to dismember aborted babies and sell their body parts for profit.
Perhaps you even watched the recent hearings, where Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, finally had to admit on public record that 86% of Planned Parenthood’s revenue comes from one thing: abortion.
The truth about the nation’s largest abortion provider is finally being revealed — and not just to Congress.Like never before, people all over this nation are waking up to a sobering realization…

No one needs Planned Parenthood.

Not in our nation.

Not in our state and federal budgets.

And certainly not in our city of Birmingham.

That’s why you are invited to join Alabama citizens of compassion and conscience for the National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood!

This protest will be one of HUNDREDS of events coast-to-coast on October 10, in cooperation with a coalition of more than 40 pro-life groups.  It will be the largest national protest of Planned Parenthood this country has ever seen. You don’t want to miss it!

Mark your calendar and bring your friends — especially those who haven’t been out on the front lines like this before.  Let’s be the truth tellers in this nation!

We may never have a better opportunity to strip Planned Parenthood of their massive $500 million taxpayer subsidy and expose the truth about this corrupt organization.  Plan to attend today.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Bishop Emeritus David Foley

Diocese of Birmingham

Joy Pinto

Her Choice Birmingham

Cindy Harless

Abortion Recovery Alabama, with Mitch Kelley leading songs of worship.

 Please forward this invite to all of your friends!

For more information on the national event, visit www.protestpp.com.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK

 

“Not to speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act.” 

   
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Eagle Forum of Alabama Press Release on Planned Parenthood’s harvesting fetal organs for profit

July 24, 2015

Official Press Release from Eagle Forum of Alabama

Deborah Garrett, Executive Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama

“It is critical that the State of Alabama immediately open an investigation into Planned Parenthood in light of recent and past discoveries about the disturbing practices of this organization. Our state leaders at all levels of government should call for immediate defunding of this organization. Selling human tissue and body parts of aborted babies is a clear human rights violation. It is in violation of federal law, Alabama State law, and public policy.   Without an investigation into the Planned Parenthood’s practices and the money trail behind these black market sales, they will continue. At this time we have no idea how many women in Alabama were directly impacted by this horrible practice and how this impacted the abortion procedures carried out in the Planned Parenthood Clinics in Alabama. The women who were directly impacted by this practice have a right to know how their services were negatively impacted and their bodies were used for illegal profit. The taxpayers of the State of Alabama have a right to know how much of their Federal tax dollars are going to support illegal black market sales of human body parts. Without human rights we have no others rights. The time to act is now.”

Busy Week For House Committees

Fresh off spring break, Alabama legislators will jump right in with a committee meeting on the charter school bill(HB541) in House W&ME. The committee will also look at a proposed fix to the PACT program (HB603).  On Wednesday, the House Health Committee will have public hearings on the Healthcare Rights of Conscience Act (HB375), Healthcare Compact legislation (HB43), and an opt-out of abortion coverage by state run exchanges (HB112).  Don’t forget to let your legislator know where you stand on these important pieces of legislation!

Wisconsin Cuts Funding For Planned Parenthood

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a budget yesterday that eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood.  The Daily Caller reports:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, signed a state budget Sunday that cut spending on education and health clinics, including Planned Parenthood centers, reported National Journal.

Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin denounced the budget. The group, which runs 27 centers statewide, says that services like cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control will be cut back. Conservatives have targeted the group because it also provides abortion services.

Julaine Appling of the organization Wisconsin Family Action said, “If organizations want to do that, we’re not saying they don’t have the right to do that under the law. While we disagree with abortions entirely, they do have that right … [But] we don’t have to use taxpayer money to do that.”  Read More

Wisconsin is the fourth state to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, following Kansas, North Carolina and Indiana.  Unfortunately, a U.S. District Judge in Indiana has halted enforcement of their law.

Planned Parenthood funding is also under fire on the federal level.  Back in February, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a budget amendment to cut funding to the organization.  The Senate, still under Democrat control, has not yet followed suit.  Stories like this clearly demonstrate why funding to the organization should be cut.

Coming Up This Week In The Alabama Legislature

On the Senate side…

In Committee:

SB196–Sen. Paul Bussman’s Shared Parenting bill:  Changes the custodial presumption in child custody cases from 80%/20% to 50%/50%

HB58–Rep. Mike Ball’s Ethics Disclosure Requirements:  Requires public officials/candidates and spouses of public officials/candidates to disclose if they are employed by the state or federal government or have a contract with the state or federal government.

HB64–Rep. Kurt Wallace’s Secret Ballot Protection Act:  Constitutional amendment protecting the right to a secret ballot in employee representation.

SB46–Sen. Cam Ward’s Health Care Rights of Conscience Act:  This legislation will provide a conscience exception for health care providers and pharmacists who believe in the sanctity of life and choose not to perform procedures or provide medication that do not comply with that belief.

SB310–Sen. Trip Pittman’s Teacher Tenure Law and Fair Dismissal Act:  Reforms the state’s tenure system for teachers in order to improve the quality of education in Alabama.

On the floor:

SB301–Rep. Phil Williams’ pro-life legislation:  Redefines person to include all humans from the moment of fertilization.

SB172–Sen. Del Marsh’s legislation to prohibit the use of gas chambers when euthanizing cats or dogs.

SB112–Sen. Arthur Orr’s legislation to remove racist language from the Alabama Constitution of 1901.

SB256–Sen. Scott Beason’s Immigration Reform Legislation–reforming the state immigration laws to provide for enforcement of federal immigration laws.

On the House side…

In Committee:

HB98–Rep. Kerry Rich and Rep. Wayne Johnson’s legislation to impose term limits on legislators in Alabama:  Limits to three consecutive full terms in the House and/or Senate.

HB206–Rep. Jack Williams’ legislation to increase the distance campaign materials and candidates can be to a polling location to 300 ft.

HB427–Rep. Paul DeMarco’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights:  This legislation will, among other things, amend the Alabama Taxpayer Bill of Rights to conform to the federal Taxpayer Bill of Rights including certain aspects like an “innocent spouse” defense.  It will also increase the time period in which a taxpayer has to file an appeal of a preliminary or final assessment.

HB193–Rep. Mike Jones’ legislation to prohibit lawsuits against restaurants for obesity or weight gain.

On the floor:

HB123–Rep. Jay Love: Education Budget for fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2012

Abortion Bills Get Out Of Committee

The Senate Health Committee voted to pass the following legislation out of committee:

SB301–Recognizing “life” as beginning at the point of fertilization

SB308–Requiring a doctor to show ultrasound pictures to a pregnant woman before performing an abortion.  Called the Right to Know and See Act

SB298–Requiring a doctor to examine a woman both before and after an abortion-inducing drug.  Called the Abortion-Inducing Drug Safety Act.

SB202–Prohibiting coverage of abortion by any health care plan offered in Alabama through federal health care legislation.