Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Protecting Against Sex-Selection and Race-Selection Abortion

On September 23, 2008, Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) introduced H.R. 7016, the Susan B. Anthony Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act. If enacted, the bill would prohibit discrimination against the unborn on the basis of sex or race.

"Sex-selection and race-selection abortions trivialize the value of the unborn on the basis of sex or race, reinforcing sex and race discrimination, and coarsening society to the humanity of all vulnerable and innocent human life, making it increasingly difficult to protect such life. Thus, Congress has a compelling interest in acting--indeed it must act--to prohibit sex-selection abortion and race-selection abortion."

The bill states that "Whoever knowingly performs an abortion knowing that such abortion is sought based on the sex, gender, color or race of the child, or the race of a parent of that child; uses force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion, or attempts to do so; or solicits or accepts funds for the purpose of financing a sex-selection abortion or a race-selection abortion; shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

Currently, this bill is before the House Judiciary Committee. Please contact members of this Committee and ask them to vote for the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act. A complete list of members can be found at http://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.html.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Proposed Legislation to Repeal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act

On September 16, H.R. 6870, the Payment System Protection Act, passed out of the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 30-19. This bill prevents enforcement of pending regulations for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act ("UIGEA") and requires any interim regulations of Internet gambling to only block sports betting. A similar attempt to repeal UIGEA was rejected by the Committee earlier this year.

Internet gambling has always been illegal, but prior to UIGEA, state and federal law could not be enforced because the sites offering the gambling services were located outside of the country. UIGEA aids in the control of the socially adverse effects of Internet gambling, and strengthens our national security. Internet gambling sites can be havens for drug traffickers and terrorist financiers, as well as contribute to gambling addictions. UIGEA is a very pro-family piece of legislation that must not be repealed.

The Payment System Protection Act is an attack on family values and encourages illegal gambling. This bill may come before the House next month, so please contact your Representative and ask that he or she vote against this piece of legislation. A complete list of members of the United States House of Representatives is available at www.house.gov.

Protecting Religious Freedom in the Home

H.R. 6932, the Freedom of Religious Expression in the Home Act of 2008, was introduced by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on September 17, 2008 and has received bipartisan support in the House. The bill aims to amend the Fair Housing Act in order to prevent discrimination related to the displaying of religious symbols.

If passed, the bill would make it an unlawful practice “to establish a rule or policy that prevents a person from displaying, on the basis of that person's religious belief, a religious symbol, object, or sign on the door, doorpost, entrance, or otherwise on the exterior of that person's dwelling, or that is visible from the exterior of that dwelling, unless the rule or policy is reasonable and is necessary to prevent significant damage to property, physical harm to persons, a public nuisance, or similar undue hardship.”

This bill is currently before the House Judiciary Committee. A complete list of Committee members can be found at http://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.html. Please contact these members and ask them to protect religious freedom by favorably passing this piece of legislation out of committee.