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What’s Next for Values Voters?

Posted by thelamp on November 22, 2006

The 2006 mid-term election is history. Both of the two major political parties are developing their agendas and posturing for the inevitable tug-of-war to establish the nation’s priorities. As much as people may want to focus on the 110th Congress, there is still important work for legislators to do before the current session comes to an end.

“Right now, values voters must redirect their attention away from electing righteous leaders and concentrate on enacting laws that reflect God’s plan for governing His people,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity. “There are specific bills pending in Congress that need Bible believers’ support. If there isn’t action on them this year, they might not ever become laws. Our times demand that God’s people speak up and be silent no more.”

Important bills worthy of action during the next month include:

  • The Public Expression of Religion Act: It’s time to stop judges from awarding lawyers’ fees to people who would squander taxpayers’ money by suing the government over displays of faith, such as the Ten Commandments or nativity scenes.

Click here to send an-email to members of your congressional delegation urging them to support the Public Expression of Religion Act.

  • The Pregnant Women Support Act: This proposed legislation would reduce the chances for uninformed or coerced abortions through required counseling that would inform pregnant women about how the abortion is performed, the potential risks and what alternatives – like adoption – are available. The act would also promote more taxpayer-funded medical assistance for pregnant women and unborn children. Since the measure has bipartisan support, it has a good chance of becoming law.

Click here to send an e-mail to members of your congressional delegation urging them to support the Pregnant Woman Support Act.

  • National Cord Blood Inventory Act: This bill would help to encourage medical research that does not threaten human life. It would create a national cord blood stem-cell bank network, making more cord blood stem cells available for stem-cell therapies. This is an ethical, Christian alternative to using embryonic stem cells. Want to know more? Read a recent CMC article on promising umbilical cord blood stem-cell research.

Click here to send an-email to members of your congressional delegation, and ask them to support the National Cord Inventory Act.

  • Child Custody Protection Act: It should be illegal for adults to transport a minor across state lines to get an abortion in a state with no parental notification laws. This bill would make such a deplorable practice a federal crime. The House passed this legislation months ago, but it is being held up in the Senate.

Click here to send an e-mail to your senators urging them to support the Child Custody Protection Act.

Considering the leadership that Democrats and Republicans have selected for the upcoming Congress, it’s better to push for action now, rather than waiting until next year. Although Republicans in the House of Representatives tapped pro-life lawmakers to head their party, the chamber will be under the control of Democrats, lead by Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi, a staunch advocate for abortion.

On 10 votes related to the sanctity of life, Pelosi voted against them all. Joining Pelosi in setting her party’s agenda is  Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who will become the majority leader when the 110th Congress convenes in January. Hoyer also is pro-abortion and has a voting record consistent with Pelosi’s. The scenario in the Senate is pretty much the same.

If these life-preserving bills are going to become law, the time to act on them is now.


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