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Friday, October 13th, 2017

Renewed Push to Pass ERA in Illinois

the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
There is a renewed push to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the Illinois veto session that begins on October 24th, 2017.  Supporters of the ERA are targeting legislators and threatening to run candidates against them in the upcoming elections if they don't vote for the ERA. 

To counter these tactics, your Illinois state legislators need to hear from you.  They need to hear your continued encouragement for them to vote against the ERA, and they need to know you will support them if they vote no on the ERA.  Please remind them that the poorly worded ERA will harm women, harm our unborn children, and harm our society.

The ERA will harm our unborn children by overturning all restrictions on abortions and mandating taxpayer funding for elective medicaid abortions.  

Please contact your state legislator and state representative by phone and email and encourage them to vote no on the ERA (Bill #SJRCA0004).  If they have previously told you they will vote against the ERA, please contact them and encourage them to stay firm in their conviction to vote against the ERA.  Let them know you will support them in their no vote and in the elections.

Click here for contact information for your Senator and Representative.

Vision 2020 - Week 33 - Sen. Antonio Munoz (D) and Sen. Ira Silverman (D)

Pray for our legislators...

The LORD watches over you--
the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
Psalm 121:5-6

Vision 2020 and the Illinois Federation for Right to Life would like to invite you to join us in praying for our state legislators.  We will send out information about a couple different state representatives each week for you to pray over.

Consider sharing this information with your ministry partners, your church family, on your website and/or your Facebook page.

We know that prayer changes things.  And we know that NOTHING is impossible with God. So let's join our hearts and voices together and petition heaven on behalf of the great state of Illinois!

Some of our legislators need prayer that God will open their eyes and change their hearts (or move them out of their positions) and some need prayers that they will have the strength, courage and boldness to be able to stand firmly against the opposition as they fight for life and family values.

News Summary:

Department of Health and Human Service may define human life as ‘beginning at conception’

Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a draft of its new strategic plan for 2018-2022, and with the addition of a few small words, it’s clear that there is a major change.  The Plan states: HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conceptionClick here for more

Media forced to admit Trump is right about horrific U.S. abortion laws

Donald Trump
President Donald Trump after he stated in announcing his support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on October 2: 

    “The United States is currently out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only 7 out of 198 nations allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Washington Post decided to fact check the president. Their conclusion? He is "backed by data."  Click here for more

Ruling May Create a Right to Abortion for Anyone on Earth who Enters the U.S. Illegally

Federal District Judge Laurel Beeler
Federal District Judge Laurel Beeler is hearing an emergency request from the ACLU of Northern California to order the Office of Refugee Resettlement to allow a pregnant undocumented teenager–“Jane Doe”–to leave ORR custody to have an abortion.  Click here for more

UPDATE: U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler dismissed a request by the ACLU for a temporary restraining order to force HHS to either transport an undocumented pregnant 17-year-old teen to an abortion clinic or allow here to be taken there. Click here for more

Senator: 60-vote rule protects pro-life agenda

Senator Lindsey Graham
The House last week passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) by a vote of 237-189, sending the bill to the Senate where it will take 60 votes even to consider the measure. While proponents of the bill want to change the filibuster policy so only a majority vote will be required, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) (pictured) explained during a press conference why he's opposed to doing so.  Click here for more

Why did Twitter reject this pro-life ad?

A political advertisement for pro-life Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has been blocked by Twitter for statements about Planned Parenthood selling fetal body parts for medical research.

“I’m 100 percent pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood, and we stopped the sale of baby parts, thank God,” Blackburn says in her video.  Click here for more

New survey paints false picture of webcam abortions

The study was conducted by Daniel Grossman and Kate Grindlay of the University of California-San Francisco. UCSF has continued to produce studies generally in support of abortion, but those studies have repeatedly proven to be highly flawed, according to Dr. Randall K. O'Bannon of the National Right to Life Committee.  Click here for more

Bad News for Milwaukee’s Most Vulnerable

does Planned Parenthood need tax payer money again?
The terrible news broke Friday afternoon: Planned Parenthood will open a new, $8 million, state-of-the-art abortion facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Tuesday, October 10th. Adding to this shocking news is the fact that the abortion giant is paying for the new killing center entirely with private donations.

The new facility will be located in Milwaukee’s trendy Third Ward, home to some of the city’s most expensive real estate.  Click here for more

David Daleiden: More Planned Parenthood baby parts videos coming ‘very soon’

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) will soon release “some of the most damning and incriminating tapes that we ever recorded,” the man who led its undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts said Thursday.  David Daleiden, project lead at CMP, told viewers of a Thursday night webcast, “Close to half of the video footage that I ever gathered still has never seen the light of day.”  Click here for more

Trump administration will protect religious liberty and takes positive steps regarding abortion-covering insurance plans

Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reiterating that qualified health plan issuers must segregate collected premiums to pay for abortion coverage; that enrollees be informed if abortions are covered by a qualified health plan; and that HHS intends to fully enforce these requirements as a step toward ensuring that federal tax dollars are not used to subsidize coverage for elective abortion.  Click here for more

Other News:

Trump signs executive order gutting part of Obamacare
Iowa district judge praised for upholding three-day wait for abortions
Federal Judge will not hear ACLU case to allow 17-year-old undocumented teen to have abortion
Stem cells derived from the umbilical cords of newborn babies show promise in repairing damaged hearts
WashPost: True–US 1 of Only 7 Countries With Elective Abortions Past 20 Weeks
Video of pro-life speech by brave young woman with Down’s syndrome goes viral
Board of Directors Reaffirms Father Frank Pavone as National Director of Priests For Life
Abortion clinic failures highlight governor's bias NRL News Today
Mom, why didn’t you kill me, too, asks 3 year old sister of aborted sibling
More than a month after Hurricane Harvey, Houston abortion clinics still offering free abortions; Pro-Life pregnancy centers work to meet needs
Why doesn’t Texas law protect preborn babies with Down syndrome from abortion?
BREAKING: Trump pulls U.S. out of pro-abortion, pro-LGBT UN agency NRL News Today
“Indiana Judge Forbids Treating Aborted Babies Like Human Beings”
Mother of triplets refused selective reduction for son who would die: ‘He was in me and he was safe’
'Right to know' abortion law challenged in MO
“Uterine Contents Shower”–who is kidding who?
Being pregnant with third child enough to get woman dropped from panel debating abortion in Great Britain
The forgotten victim in China’s anti-life, one-child policy: men
Planned Parenthood praised by CEO violates multiple state laws
Arkansas AG asks appeals court to reject PPFA’s attempt to block implementation of State’s law regulating chemical abortions

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