Chris Christie Proves America is Indeed Pro-Life

LifeNews.com: “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pro-life and vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times before he ran for re-election in a state that is not known as a bastion of conservatism. While abortion activists and the media elite claim Republicans can’t win on a pro-life platform — saying they are supposedly engaging in a War on Women instead, Christie proved them wrong. Christie decisively won a second term in office in a heavily Democratic state and media outlets wasted little time calling the state for him almost immediately after polls closed. He defeated pro-abortion Democrat Barbara Buono handily, despite the kind of attraction groups like Planned Parenthood, NARAL and Emily’s List say pro-abortion women are supposed to have. Christie won 56% of women, 45% of Hispanics, and 21% of black voters, according to CNN exit polling data.”

These election results blow all the abortion industry talking points out of the water. Women overwhelmingly supported Christie, so did minorities. Once again the message that Americans are pro-life is coming through loud and clear. I wonder why more West Virginia lawmakers don’t run a strong pro-life campaign and then follow it up by vetoing bills that make tax payers pay for abortions? Currently, every citizen in West Virginia helps to fund the abortion industry and our lawmakers don’t seem interested in changing that. Perhaps we need our own Chris Christie to run. Click here for original article.

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Are We Entering “A Brave New World”?

Brave New WorldIf you’ve read Aldous Huxley’s near prophetic tale “A Brave New World” you are familiar with the term Bokanovsky’s Process.

For those unfamiliar with this term let me explain. Bokanovsky’s Process refers to a process of creating children that does not involve humans. The process allows the controllers and creators to manipulate every aspect of conception including eye and hair color, height, weight, and intelligence. So precise is the process that there is no need for a mother and father.

In fact, the concepts of mother and father are so foreign in this tale that just the mention of the word elicits expressions of horror from the young students receiving an education.

You see, in this tale the children are not raised by families, mothers, and fathers, in homes where they can be taught the values of their parents. Children are raised by the collective in institutions; where they are “taught” the “correct” version of everything from history to the reason for their social status. So engrained are these ideals that trying to work against them is like trying to breathe without inhaling oxygen.

These children are taught that they should never aspire to be anything other than what they are, to loathe those in lower social classes, that promiscuity is normal, and that “everyone belongs to everyone else.” Does that sound familiar? It was not too long ago that Melissa Harris-Perry said the same thing. She told the world parents need to stop thinking of their children as just theirs, and start considering that children belong to the community. [Read more...]

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Do You Know if Your Insurance Plan Covers Abortion?

The Congressional Pro-Life Caucus: Wednesday, the D.C. HealthLink posted a new Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) clarifying which plans on the D.C. HealthLink will cover elective abortions and which ones will not.  This information is consistent with information from other sources. The FAQ says:

Question: Which health plans offered through DC Health Link include coverage for elective abortions and which plans do not?

Answer: Health plans that do not provide coverage for elective abortions include all Aetna health plans, as well as the multi-state plans (MSP) offered by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (only the plans that include “Multi-State Plan” in their name).   All health plans offered by Kaiser Permanente, United Healthcare, and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield plans that do not include “Multi-State Plan” in their name include coverage for elective abortions.

Background: This FAQ was made available in response to an article by  Anna Higgins, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council.  Anna tried to identify which plans in the D.C. HealthLink excluded abortion.  Telephone representatives for the D.C. HealthLink erroneously informed Anna that all plans on the D.C. exchange include elective abortion.  When Anna published her article about her experience, she was quickly contacted by D.C. officials who apologized, gave the information included in the FAQ, and informed her that their staff would be retrained on the subject. The FAQ is a step in the right direction although abortion coverage is still not easily identifiable when browsing plans on the D.C. exchange.

Such lack of transparency regarding abortion coverage is not isolated to D.C.  It has proven to be a nearly universal problem in the exchanges.  Even Secretary Sebelius was unable to give a clear answer on the subject when asked by Rep. John Shimkus at the Energy and Commerce Hearing yesterday.  To address this problem, Rep. Chris Smith has introduced the “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act”, H.R. 3279.  This bill would reverse the secrecy clause in the ACA and require that all plans on the exchanges disclose whether or not the plan includes abortion.  If the plan includes abortion, the plan must also disclose the amount of the abortion surcharge.

Question: Which plans in West Virginia cover abortion and which do not? Does anyone know?

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Virginia Governor’s Race About More Than Just ObamaCare

Here’s how one article reported the support for a liberal running for Governor in Virginia: “Obama’s pitch for McAuliffe constituted a last-minute push by the White House and prominent Democrats to close the deal in the race’s final days. McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, has had help from former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Vice President Joe Biden was to do his part Monday, and first lady Michelle Obama lent her voice to radio ads backing McAuliffe.”

It seems McAuliffe has all the President’s men (and women) supporting him. I can only speak for myself, but that would be enough to make me want to hear from “the other guy.” McAuliffe is a liberal that supports abortion on demand, ObamaCare, marriage redefinition, and big government. What interests me is that he is very different than many of our lawmakers in West Virginia, and yet Virginia has common sense health and safety restrictions on abortion. While all most of our lawmakers claim to be pro-life, we still don’t even measures similar to a state that supported President Obama in the last election. That’s a problem. Click here for original article.

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Engaging Weekend: Baptists in Kentucky Consider Hiring Homosexuals, Court Reinstates Texas Abortion Laws, Rally Held to Expose Abortion in ObamaCare

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Engaging Weekend is a collection of articles you might have missed over the weekend. But we thought they were important and wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.

Hiring of homosexual employees being considered by Ky. Baptist child care agency

A Baptist ministry to children is considering changing its hiring policy to allow for hiring homosexuals. A recent article states: “The president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s children’s services agency has recommended that the organization amend its hiring practices to ban discrimination against homosexuals, according to a PowerPoint presentation posted on the agency’s website… Trustees were scheduled to vote on the proposal during their Nov. 8 meeting. One trustee, Rick Fyffe, resigned in protest. Another, Stan Spees, is being threatened with removal from the board for voicing his opposition publicly to the change.” The heart of the issue is…federal funding. The ministry receives most of its annual budget from the federal government and while it won’t openly admit that funding is the issue, it is clear that such is the case. The embattled president of the ministry said: “A church or religious organization can hire all Christians and hold them to their standards…but they cannot accept state/federal monies. Sunrise cannot meet the needs of today’s abused and neglected children without public assistance.” First, he is dead wrong. The federal government cannot discriminate in handing out funds just because an organization is religious and adheres to the tenets of its faith. Second, you cannot serve God and money. This is a sad situation in which a leader appears willing to compromise his convictions in order to secure money. What next? Click here for the original article.

Federal appeals court reinstates most of Texas’ abortion restrictions [Read more...]

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Do You Have Fecundophobia?

A recent article explains: “In her recent article at The Federalist, Hemingway points to a headline in the sports blog Deadspin about San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, whose wife is about to give birth to their seventh child—unusual, perhaps, in these days of ‘family planning,’ but definitely not weird.” Well, not unless you have a phobia known as “fecundophobia.” Never heard of it? The article goes on to explain what it is:

“…fecundophobia, the irrational fear of—or, better, contempt for—people who have lots of kids. In other words, those who don’t like people unusually fertile or fecund.” In a culture that now sees children as a punishment or curse, those with large families are looked at as strange. And yet it was not long ago that an average family would easily have 5, 7 or 10 children. The culture of death spread by people like Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, has taken such a hold that even those who believe children are indeed a “blessing and a gift” are thought odd. Sad, isn’t it? Click here for original article.

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Don’t Fix the Website – Repeal ObamaCare

LifeNews.com: “Obamacare is a disaster for American families coast to coast. We don’t need a website fix. We need real healthcare reform — starting with an end to Obamacare. In her testimony to Congress this morning, Sebelius did her best to best minimize the problems, pledging to fix the website. But no amount of spin can change the nightmare just now beginning…As the country continues to debate the botched rollout, I have included 5 simple reasons to share with your family and friends why Obamacare is bad for America.”

1) Taxpayer-funded child killing

2) Assault on religious liberty

3) An end to privacy

4) Slow road to single-payer, socialized medicine

5) Millions losing their current coverage. Lower quality care, fewer doctors, rationing of care

Click here to read the original article and to see the expanded explanation of each of these common sense arguments against ObamaCare. The pressure is one many vulnerable lawmakers seeking re-election. We must continue to hold them accountable for this nightmare and for the fact that they exempted themselves from it. If ObamaCare is so good, why are lawmakers exempt?

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Considering Adoption as a Pro-Life Cause

Many Americans proudly claim to be pro-life. A majority of Americans in fact now claim to be pro-life. But I wonder how many have ever considered adoption? This aspect of being pro-life is essential in order to have a fully developed pro-life outlook. We cannot place all our efforts into saving the lives of unborn children while ignoring the plight of those already born. This makes the criticism that pro-lifers only care about unborn children all the more credible.

To be sure there is cause for caution in adopting. A recent article explains: “Some evangelicals are so enamored of international adoption as a mission of spiritual salvation — for the child and the adoptive parents — that they have closed their eyes to adoption-related fraud and trafficking, and have not fully embraced alternatives that would help orphans find loving families in their home countries.” Then again, we cannot close our eyes to the fact that many children are being trafficked either. The bottom line is that if we are going to be pro-life, we must care about every life, born and unborn. But like any good conviction it has to come with action, not just words. Click here for original article.

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Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

From Mars Hill to the Holy See – Speaking Against Abortion

unborn babyI’ve been encouraged lately by the number of prominent people and organizations speaking up in defense of life. In my home state of West Virginia several dozen pastors and churches recently celebrated Illuminate Sunday; a day of praying for those harmed by abortion.

Though these pastors might be on a small stage in a country church somewhere lost in the hills, they represent a vast majority of people that believe abortion is a great immoral injustice perpetrated on our society by a rogue Supreme Court decision more than 40 years ago. But these humble Mountaineer pastors aren’t alone in their defense of the unborn.

Prominent West coast pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church recently penned an op-ed in which he reiterated the teaching of Scripture that abortion is murder, murder is sin, and therefore abortion is sin. Driscoll wrote:

“Both science and Scripture are absolutely clear that life begins at conception. Taking a human life is murder, by definition, which makes abortion a murderous act…Thanks to ultrasound technology and pro-life advocacy, our culture is beginning to accept the fact that an abortion doesn’t just remove “tissue” but ends a human life. Yet many persist in not only killing their child but also their conscience…this is a matter of justice—for the one million babies slaughtered every year as we play God and determine who lives and who dies…Abortion is not a matter of politics. It’s a matter of life and death, for 55 million and counting. Enough. You shall not murder.” [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Where is West Virginia When it Comes to ObamaCare?

A recent article writes: “South Dakota is joining 17 other states in a lawsuit against Obamacare’s employer mandate. The suit challenges a lower court’s decision that the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act does not violate religious principles in the operation of family-owned businesses. The plaintiffs, however, say the mandate infringes on individual and state rights. They also argue that the U.S. Supreme Court did not authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to implement the mandate and therefore it infringes upon people’s freedom of religion.”

A total of 18 states are now suing against the ObamaCare employer mandate. They are doing so because the mandate violates individual and states rights, along with the religious freedoms of individuals. Last I checked we have business owners with religious convictions against abortion in West Virginia. We certainly have individuals with religious convictions against abortion. Is West Virginia doing anything to protect the religious freedoms of citizens and business owners? According to this list I found, nope.

Why is West Virginia not protecting the religious freedoms of its citizens? Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.