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EAGLE FORUM PRAISES THE PASSAGE OF THE ALABAMA HUMAN LIFE PROTECTION ACT

EAGLE FORUM OF ALABAMA PRAISES THE PASSAGE OF THE ALABAMA HUMAN LIFE PROTECTION ACT
 
Eagle Forum applauds the Alabama legislature for passing the Alabama Human Life Protection Act (HB314).  HB314 was passed Tuesday evening and is now the most restrictive abortion bill in the country. 
 
The author of the bill, Rep. Terri Collins, wrote the bill as a challenge to the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Row v. Wade.  That court case ruled that the fetus growing inside the mother was not a person and therefore was not guaranteed protection under the U.S. Constitution.  Since that decision more than 50 million babies have been aborted in America. 
 
Through modern technology like 4-D ultrasound we now know without a doubt that the fetus is an actual person, and we also know that babies do feel pain at an early stage of gestation.  This new technology motivated the bill’s sponsors to challenge Roe v Wade by establishing personhood.  An amendment added for rape or incest would have destroyed the personhood argument.  It would have been inconsistent to argue that the unborn child IS a person, but that if he is conceived as a result of rape or incest, he is NOT a person.  The fact that this bill was passed in its original form is a testament to how hard the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Collins and Sen. Clyde Chambliss, worked to educate their colleagues on why a clean vote was so important.  
 
Becky Gerritson, Eagle Forum of Alabama Executive Director said, “This is an historic day for Alabama.  The Alabama Human Life Protection Act is a monumental piece of legislation to protect the unborn, and we are grateful to Representative Collins and Senator Clyde Chambliss for their passion for the unborn and for sponsoring this historic legislation.”  Eunie Smith, President of Eagle Forum, added her praise by saying, “We are grateful to all Alabama legislators who said with their votes that every life is sacred.  We are grateful to Gov. Kay Ivey who has pledged to sign the bill. We are grateful to the countless Alabamians who supported this timely and timeless move.  It is our prayer that it will be used to overturn Roe v. Wade and stop the slaughter of the innocent in America.”

Legislative Update Week 8

General Legislative Information
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Dear Members,

Week 8 was very busy as the legislature has increased their legislative days from two days a week to three. The bills we are tracking are listed below. The descriptions and Eagle Forum’s positions have not changed but in most cases the bills’ status has. We have also added a Yoga bill and a vaccine bill to our watch list. See details below.

Thank you, Patriots!

Becky Gerritson
Executive Director, Eagle Forum of Alabama

Week 8: May 7 – May 9

ALABAMA HUMAN LIFE PROTECTION ACT HB314

DESCRIPTION: This bill would make abortion and attempted abortion felony offenses except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother. This bill would provide that a woman who receives an abortion will not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable for receiving the abortion.

STATUS: The Senate will vote on HB314 at 4:00 on Tuesday, May 14th. You can watch the Senate video live here beginning at 4:00PM on Tuesday, May 14th.

EF’S POSITION: We support it. (EF 2019 priority bill)

ACTION: See more detailed info and a video on the status of this bill here. Find and contact your senator and tell him/her to vote “YES” on HB314 with NO Amendments.

BORN ALIVE “GIANNA’S LAW” HB491

DESCRIPTION: This bill is cited as Gianna’s Law. This bill would require a physician to exercise reasonable care to preserve the life of a child born alive after an abortion or attempted abortion.

STATUS: On Wednesday, May 8, it passed out of the House Health Committee and was placed on the House Regular Calendar.

EF’S POSITION: We support it.

CAMPUS FREE SPEECH BILL (HB498)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would require state two-year and four-year colleges and universities to protect and uphold free speech rights for students and faculty, and would provide a cause of action for violations. See Eagle Forum’s press release here which describes why we need this bill and what it will accomplish.

STATUS: Eagle Forum testified in support of this bill during the public hearing on Wednesday. HB498 passed the House Education Policy Committee on May 9th and has been placed on the House Regular Calendar.

EF’S POSITION: We support this bill. (EF’s 2019 priority bill)

APPOINTED STATE SCHOOL BOARD (SB397)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would propose an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to rename the State Board of Education as the Alabama Commission on Elementary and Secondary Education and to provide that the members of the commission are appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

STATUS: It will be in the Senate Education Policy committee on Wednesday at 2:45PM in room 825.

EF’s POSITION: We believe that elections are the best way to hold officials accountable.

REMOVE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION FOR VACCINES (HB592)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would remove the religious exemption for immunization of children in schools.

STATUS: This bill was introduced but the sponsor got so much blow back that he said he is not moving forward with the bill.

EF’S POSITION: We are glad the sponsor the pulled this bill. Parents should have the right to opt their children out of vaccines.

YOGA BILL (HB449)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would authorize local boards of education to offer yoga to students in grades K to 12.

STATUS: HB449 had a public hearing in the House Education Committee on May 8th. The committee will vote on May 15th.

EF’S POSITION: Several people testified at the hearing about Yoga’s spiritual aspects which pushes it too close to teaching religion. Eagle Forum also testified about how the meditation aspects of Yoga cannot be removed from the exercises themselves. We hold the position that if parents want their children to engage in the practice of yoga that they do it on their own time and not in public schools with tax payer money.

ACTION: Contact the House Education Policy Committee members and ask them to vote no on the Yoga bill HB449.

ALABAMA RELEASED TIME CREDIT ACT (HB291)

DESCRIPTION: Relating to public K-12 education; to authorize local boards of education to allow released time for student participation in religious instruction in an elective course for purposes of satisfying certain curriculum requirements in public schools.

STATUS: It has passed the full house and passed out of the Senate Education Policy committee. It is on the Senate Regular Calendar and ready for debate and a vote on the Senate floor.

EF’S POSITION: We support it.

APPOINTED SUPERINTENDENTS (SB222)

DESCRIPTION: Under existing law, a county superintendent of education may be elected if authorized under a local law or amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901. This bill would require all county superintendents to be appointed by the county board of education, except as otherwise provided by the Constitution of Alabama of 1901. ( ALL local county superintendents will be appointed NOT elected by the people.)

STATUS: This bill has already passed the Senate, has been placed on the House Regular Calendar, and is awaiting a floor vote for final passage.

EF’S POSITION: We oppose this bill as we believe elections are the best way to hold public officials accountable.

ACTION: Find and contact your House member and ask them to vote NO on SB222.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA SB236

DESCRIPTION: This bill would exempt from the crime of unlawful possession of marijuana a person with a qualifying condition who has a valid medical cannabis card for the medical use of cannabis. EF has no problems with people using CBD oil for their health as it has been shown to be effective especially in pediatric epilepsy cases. Almost every state that has allowed for medical marijuana has opened the door to full blown recreational use.

STATUS: This bill has passed the Senate and is now in the House Health Committee but no hearing/reading has been scheduled.

EF’s POSITION: We oppose this bill. (EF’s 2019 priority) Here is a link to more marijuana information from our national Eagle Forum website. View marijuana flier here.

LOTTERY (SB220)

DESCRIPTION: Proposing an amendment to Section 65 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to establish an Alabama Lottery statewide; to provide for the sale of lottery tickets including instant tickets and multi-state lottery games; to provide for the distribution of lottery proceeds; and to require the Legislature to pass general laws to implement the amendment.

STATUS: This bill has passed the Senate and has been placed in the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee.

EF’s POSITION: We oppose this bill for these reasons.

ACTION: Contact the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee members ask for a “No” vote on the lottery bill SB220.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING BILLS

DESCRIPTIONS:
HB260 This bill would require health care facilities to require certain employees to receive human trafficking training. There was a public hearing but there has not been a vote in committee yet.

HB261 This bill would require any trade school or junior college offering certain truck driving courses to offer training on the recognition, prevention, and reporting of human trafficking. This bill was strongly supported by Truckers Against Trafficking. It passed out of committee and is awaiting debate and vote on the House floor.

HB262 This bill would allow the disclosure of a certain person’s photograph after an arrest for prostitution. The idea behind this bill is to focus on the “Johns” i.e. those who are caught soliciting a prostitute. Their arrest pictures will become public record in hopes of detouring their behavior. HB262 passed out of committee and has been placed on the House Regular Calendar.

HB264. Under current law, the penalty for a first violation of failing to post human trafficking hotline information in certain establishments is a warning, and the penalty for a subsequent violation is $25. This bill would increase the penalty to $250 for a first violation and $2,500 for a subsequent violation.

EF’s POSITION: We support all of these bills. (EF’s 2019 priority bills)

BANNING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (HB421)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would establish the crime of female genital mutilation, would provide criminal penalties, and would provide an exception only under limited circumstances when medically necessary.

STATUS: On Wednesday, May 1, it passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and was placed on the House Regular Calendar.

EF’S POSITION: We support it. (EF 2019 priority bill)

ACTION: Find and contact your House member and tell him/her to vote “YES” on HB421.

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2016 Eagle Forum of Alabama Education Foundation Banquet Photographs

Banquet guests had the great opportunity to hear and meet special speakers Michael Reagan and Associate Justice Glenn Murdock during the reception at the banquet. Click on this link https://flic.kr/s/aHskPUhqdi to see photographs from the banquet at The Club now! Share your photos on Facebook and tag @Eagle Forum of Alabama. Make sure to not miss upcoming Eagle Forum of Alabama events and breaking policy updates by signing up for alerts and membership today at alabamaeagle.org.

 

 

 

AL House of Representatives passes resolution mourning the death, celebrating the life of Phyllis Schlafly

Eagle Forum of Alabama would like to thank Representative Arnold Mooney for his sponsorship of Alabama House Resolution mourning the death and celebrating the life of Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly.  Phyllis passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016.

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Andy Schlafly on a Compact for a Balanced Budget Article V Convention

The following letter regarding a Constitutional Convention was sent from Eunie Smith to Alabama Legislators on May 6, 2015. 

To:  Alabama Legislators
From:  Eunie Smith, President Eagle Forum of Alabama

Apparently you have received misinformation regarding Eagle Forum’s position on an Article V Convention.  Please read carefully Eagle Forum Board Member Andy Schlafly’s short statement following, forwarded to me on 5/3/15:

“I completely oppose an Article V Convention.  It is a dangerous threat to our values and our Nation.  Congress or judicial activism would likely require that the voting at such a convention be in proportion to population, and thereby dominated by liberal states.  They would probably put a right to abortion and homosexual marriage into the Constitution, and repeal the Second Amendment.  There is nothing good that can result from an Article V Convention, because Congress and the Courts will not feel restrained by a new amendment any more than they comply with existing text.  Even proposing an Article V Convention has the harmful effect of devaluing the Constitution we cherish.

The original Constitutional Convention was made possible by rules of secrecy against media interference.  That is impossible today, and thus the liberal media would obtain the result it wants.  Pinning one’s hopes on an Article V Convention today is like a bankrupt man turning to gambling to solve his family’s financial problems.  Hard work, in electing good people who defend our existing Constitution, is what is needed.  The pie-in-the-sky, dangerous proposal of an Article V Convention should be rejected.  (11/16/2014)”

Andrew L. Schlafly, Esq.
Attorney who practices before the U.S. Supreme Court and twelve U.S. Courts of Appeal; General Counsel of the Assn. of American Physicians & Surgeons (oldest conservative group in the U.S.); A leading attorney in federal litigation against abortion; For six consecutive years, 2009-2014, have led busloads of teenagers to the March for Life in D.C.; Contact:  [email protected]

Proponents of a Constitutional Convention have insisted that a Convention could be limited to the one issue of a Balanced Budget.  However, Yellowhammer quoted the House Sponsor as saying that the “Convention would be limited to a small set of issues….”  Unfortunately, such limiting is wishful thinking because a convention once convened, is a law unto itself.  All it takes is a majority proclaimed by the chairman of the Convention, and anything goes.

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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

There is NO Internet Sales Tax Legislation Pending

There is an email alert circulating regarding an internet sales tax bill asking people to make calls on it. This is an alert we sent out LAST year during the legislative session. There is NOT a bill introduced on the internet sales tax this year and it is not possible to use it to close the shortfall in the general fund budget. If you have any questions, please call or email our Exec. Dir. Brooklyn Roberts at 205-441-9879 or [email protected]