Tag: Sanctity of Life

Students For Life Rally

Eagle Forum was honored to take part in the Students For Life rally at the capitol in Montgomery, AL. These AMAZING speakers told incredible personal stories and also refuted the myths about abortion. We encourage you to watch these courageous people, from all walks of life, who are standing for life. Their stories will strengthen your resolve and arm you with facts to help you defend life as you engage others who support abortion.

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Nancy had 2 abortions. 10 years later she was raped and impregnated with twins. She birthed and raised them. Hear her AMAZING story.

Ryan is a “product of rape”. Listen to his powerful story. He will motivate you in your quest to promote life no matter the circumstance of conception.

Tijuanna shares her courageous story of healing after 2 abortions. Listen how her second abortion opened her eyes to the truth that a fetus is NOT just a “clump of cells”.

Becky refutes the myths that are being told about rape and abortion. She shares facts that pro-lifers can use when when defending life.

Rep. Terri Collins celebrates the passing of the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. 

Kristan shares the mission of and the strides being made by Students for Life across the country.

Elizabeth explains how abortion has devastated minorities. “This is a civil rights issue!”

Joy shares the resources available to women in crisis pregnancy situations.

Sarah explains the crimes of Planned Parenthood in Alabama.

Kay runs a home for homeless pregnant moms In Alabama.

 

Piers Morgan SCOLDS Eagle Forum Exec Director in Abortion Debate+ Week 9 Legislative Update

General Legislative Information

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Piers Morgan Slams Eagle Forum Executive Director on Good Morning Britain T.V. Show

Dear Members,

We are heading into week 10 of the legislative session. I was on Good Morning Britain (like our Good Morning America) this morning with Piers Morgan to talk about the Alabama abortion bill that was signed into law last week. He harshly scolded me for being “pro life” and for supporting capital punishment. He was clear in his position that he would rather kill babies than criminals. Watch here.

Only a few weeks left before the session ends. The statewide lottery bill is up for a final vote in the House tomorrow. See other details on bills below.

Thanks for your support, Patriots!

Becky Gerritson
Executive Director, Eagle Forum of Alabama

LEGISLATIVE WEEK 9 (May 14-16)

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 is awaiting final passage on the House Floor. Vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st.

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

ACTION: Find and contact your representative and ask for a “No” vote on the lottery bill SB220.

ALABAMA HUMAN LIFE PROTECTION ACT HB314
It PASSED and was signed into law on May 15th! A special Thank you to our legislature and our governor.

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: Waiting for a vote on the House floor.

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 passed the Senate on May 16th and is headed to the House Education Policy Committee.

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

REMOVE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION FOR VACCINES (HB592)

This bill has been pulled and will go no further.

YOGA BILL (HB449)

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

STATUS: Passed the House Education Committee on May 15th and was placed on the House Regular Calendar-waiting for a vote.

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.

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 Judiciary 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.

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 – waiting for a vote on the floor.

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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Students for life Pro-Life Rally this Wednesday

Join us for a rally as we celebrate LIFE this Wednesday, May 22nd, at 11AM on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. Students for Life will be hosting the event. Eagle Forum Executive Director Becky Gerritson will be one of many dynamic speakers. Others include:

Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life (Emcee)
Ryan Bomberger, The Radiance Foundation
Sarah Howell, CEC for Life
Joy Pinto, Her Choice Birmingham
Nancy Kelly, courageous mother who chose Life after conceiving in rape
Elizabeth Parker, Minority Outreach Coordinator for Students for Life
Janet Lee Marino, conceived in rape

The Alabama State Capitol’s main front steps area is on the west side of the building, facing the intersection of Bainbridge and Dexter Avenue.

We will celebrate how pro-life and pro-woman Alabama is with the recent passing of the toughest anti-abortion law in the country.

Vote Yes on Amendment 2

Pro-abortion forces have raised over $940,000 mostly from out of state Planned Parenthood affiliates to flood Alabama airwaves with false information in an attempt to defeat the Alabama Sanctity of Unborn Life Amendment which is on Tuesday’s ballot.

Under current law, the Alabama constitution does not include any language that directly relates to the importance of unborn life or the rights of unborn children, nor does it include any language that directly relates to abortion or the funding of abortions using state funds.

The proposed amendment does not identify any specific actions or activities as unlawful. It expresses a public policy that supports broad protections for the rights of unborn children as long as the protections are lawful.

If a majority of voters vote “Yes” on Amendment 2, the public policy of this state will be to support and protect the importance of unborn life and the rights of unborn children.

To advocate for this amendment, Eagle Forum has joined forces with the Alabama Policy Institute, the Southeast Law Institute and several Pro-Life organizations including: Alabama Pro-Life Coalition, Alabama Pro-Life Education Fund, Choose Life, Inc., Cameron’s Choice, and the Alabama Citizens’ Action Program. Under the banner of Alliance for a Pro-Life Alabama, the coalition is chaired by three pro-life champions: Former State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, State Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan, and Public Service Committee President Twinkle Cavanaugh.

To refute the lies in the pro-abortion ads, click here for the document Myth Busters or see below.
Please share this email with your contacts and ask them to vote for Amendment Two to protect babies in the womb.
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Parents Beware: Teens Enticed by Suicide Tale, “Thirteen Reasons Why”

by Krissie Allen

In 1995, Pope John Paul II issued his widely acclaimed encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), warning Christians of an emerging “culture of death.” Pointing to various political, social, and cultural norms that offer a perverse idea of freedom that sacrifices the inherent value of life in favor of individuality, the encyclical affirms that the Gospel of Christ is indeed a Gospel of life. Christians are therefore called to resist the culture of death and embrace a culture that respects, protects and serves every life because “[o]nly in this direction will [one] find justice, development, true freedom, peace and happiness.”

At times the culture of death’s attack on life is easy to identify and thereby resist. (One need only ponder the struggle over abortion-rights or euthanasia to see the menacing culture of death at work.) Other times, however, its attack seems more insidious yet equally dangerous. And one of the most recent examples is Netflix’s most tweeted about show geared towards teens:13 Reasons Why.

Based on Jay Asher’s debut novel of the same name, the series tells the story behind the suicide of a young teenager named Hannah, and according to the show’s producer Selena Gomez, is intended to offer an “honest” view of suicide so it “should never be an option.”

With teen depression and suicide on the rise, such a purported intention sounds noble enough. The series’ questionable (if not unconscionable) methodology, however, has proven to be far from noble.

Essentially, each of the 13 episodes reveals a new audiotape Hannah left behind and allows young viewers to progressively uncover (and essentially experience) the multiple mistreatments that led to her tragic decision. Viewers are accordingly lured, episode after episode, into witnessing just about every shocking teen trauma imaginable: Hannah’s homosexual kiss that becomes fodder for teen bullying, her witnessing of a friend’s rape, her own sexual assault and eventual rape, her failed attempt to receive help from a dismissive guidance counselor, and most disturbingly, her final hopeless and graphic act of slitting of her wrists in the bathtub.

Countless experts have already rung the alarm on the show and criticized its depiction of suicide as explicitly dangerous.  Everyone from suicide prevention groups, mental health experts, educators, youth ministers, and even mainstream reviewers have warned that the series’ graphic images and sensational plot lines could potentially result in harm to young viewers who have previously dealt with these serious issues and could work to desensitize people to suicidal acts in general.

One initial take away from this controversy for Christians is that the culture of death is very much alive and willing to manipulate young people. It might feign concern for human tragedy and difficulty and might even claim to pursue justice and peace. Unwilling to acknowledge Christ’s love and His redemptive powers, however, its solutions always—always—fall short. Instead of offering hope, it offers despair. Instead of offering love, it offers wrath. Instead of offering faith, it offers skepticism or doubt. And instead of seeking to raise children of light, it seeks to raise children of woe.

The more imperative take away, however, is that our culture is in desperate need of hearing, seeing and experiencing the gospel of life. While Netflix and others of its ilk might choose to capitalize off of teen tragedy and continue to promote shows such as 13 Reasons Why, Christians have unyielding power to combat its influence by living Christ-centered lives that bear witness to Jesus, as The Ultimate Reason Why Not.  

 

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
 

Eagle Forum Of Alabama Strongly Supports Bill To Ban Assisted Suicide In Alabama

Contact your State Senator and State Representative now.  Tell them you support the Assisted Suicide Ban Act HB96 (Rep. Mack Butler) and its companion bill SB198 (Sen. Phil Williams).  House Information: (334) 242-7600  –  Senate Information: (334) 242-7800, to voice your concerns with your legislators NOW!

Ask them to pass this legislation to insure that Alabama protects life until natural death.  Alabama must not join the five states plus the District of Columbia who have already legalized assisted suicide and the other 21 states that are currently considering legislation to legalize “assisted suicide” which redefines the concept of medical good as never before.  Our state has long supported its commitment to protect and preserve all human life at every stage. As this legislation states, the state has an interest in protecting vulnerable groups, such as the impoverished, the elderly, and disabled persons from abuse, neglect, and mistakes.  The state also has an interest in protecting the integrity and ethics of the medical profession.

Assisted suicide laws clearly violate fundamental medical ethics. Without protections from assisted suicide in Alabama, the elderly, individuals with special needs, and the mentally ill will become targeted for assisted suicide as they have in other states.  Alabama is one of the few states that currently has no statute directly addressing assisted suicide.  The U. S. Supreme Court has upheld state bans on assisted suicide, and it is time for the Alabama Legislature to take action by passing the Assisted Suicide Ban Act.

In states that have legalized physician assisted suicide (PAS) there are few protections for those with mental health problems.  Even in Oregon and California, where the law calls for counseling where the physician thinks the patient may have psychiatric or psychological disorder or depression, less than 4% of those who received a prescription were referred to counseling.  Inadequate pain control was identified as a concern in only 1/4 to1/3 of the cases.  If the reason for the decision is not physical, it is safe to assume that more patients should have received professional counseling other than from their physician.  With such laws, there is nobody to hold the physician accountable.  The laws allow too much latitude for physicians to rely on their own opinions in their practices.  PHYSICIANS NEED TO HELP SUCH DISTURBED PATIENTS, NOT KILL THEM.

In a recent U. S. Senate hearing, Dr. G. Kevin Donovan, professor of pediatrics and director of clinical bioethics at Georgetown University, stated: “In medicine we know that what is permissible becomes habitual, and what is habitual becomes standard care, and what is [the] standard of care becomes obligatory.”  We must protect life at all stages and remember the oath doctors take to “first do no harm.”