Engaging Weekend: Major Decisions After the SCOTUS Rulings, Hobby Lobby Wins Injunction, Pro-Life Men Reject the “BroChoice” Argument

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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.

Major Decisions

In this piece for Citizenlink.com, Karla Dial asked FPCWV president Jeremy Dys about the state of marriage in West Virginia after the SCOTUS rulings on DOMA and Prop 8. Jeremy told Karla that homosexual activists want to see marriage redefined in West Virginia and are making moves in that direction. He said: “Activists have been preventing the people of West Virginia from voting on the definition of marriage for years. They even tried to block opportunities for our state to improve marriage by reforming our state’s divorce laws.  Instead, they continue to press for these nondiscrimination laws that we already know are as bad for business as they are bad for religious liberty.” The Citizenlink article focuses on how the Supreme Court rulings will impact marriage on the state level. In some states we are already seeing challenges to state DOMA laws and the future of those laws in light of the SCOTUS ruling is uncertain. West Virginia does not have the strong protections for defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman that many states have. So what will happen in West Virginia in light of these rulings? Click here for original article.

Hobby Lobby Wins Injunction Stopping Enforcement of HHS Mandate [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.

Pro-Life Groups Respond to House Passing 20 Week Abortion Ban

While liberals and their organizations blast the House of Representatives for passing a common sense measure aimed at protecting women and children from the torture experienced at the hands of Kermit Gosnell. Pro-Life groups are praising lawmakers for what they call the most important pro-life bill passed in a decade. The issue of life often gets more attention during election cycles than during actual legislative sessions; as lawmakers tend to focus on economic and security issues. But this bill sends a message to the minority of Americans that support abortion on demand that Americans want stricter abortion laws. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council commented:

“I applaud the House vote on a bill that is truly informed by modern science, which shows unborn children are fully capable of experiencing pain by 20 weeks after fertilization. Unborn children in their sixth month of pregnancy or later are routinely given anesthesia during prenatal surgery, so this legislation conforms federal abortion law to modern science. It’s disappointing that the president is stuck in the Roe v. Wade science of the ’70s and has threatened to veto the bill. Ignoring modern science is harmful to both unborn children and mothers, as we know babies can survive as early as 22 weeks after gestation. The horrific pain of being ripped apart limb by limb must be stopped.” 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.

A Picture of Truly Being Pro-Life

LifeNews.com recently reported: “Aaron and Erin Ruskamp were supposed to celebrate the news that they were expecting their third child. The parents of two active boys, they were excited to learn they would be blessed with a third. But joy turned to sorrow when an ultrasound showed their third child suffered from anencephaly and would die shortly after birth. Such a diagnosis naturally left the couple with many tearful and sleepless nights — until they decided to turn sorrow back into joy. The Ruskamps decided to start 100 Miles for Jude — a Facebook group to celebrate little unborn baby Jude’s life he won’t be able to live.”

I highly encourage you to click the link and read the rest of this story. These parents are showing the world what it means to truly be pro-life by preparing to spend whatever time they have with their little one together as a family. When many would opt to kill this child and rationalize that it’s what is best for the child so he doesn’t suffer, these parents understand that being pro-life is more than a bumper sticker or conviction of convenience. Read the story. Pass it on. Let’s stand with Jude. 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.

Foster Care Adoption On the Rise

As someone planning to adopt a child in a few years when my own are a little older, I find information like this very helpful. Statistics say that if every Christian family in America would adopt just one child, there would be none left in the adoption care system. That’s staggering. Consider adoption as a way of fulfilling the Great Commission, and living out the book of James in a very real way. If the video below doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser. 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.

Confused About Stem Cells: Start Here

The discussion over stem cells matters for anyone claiming to be pro-life. it is not pro-life to kill viable human embryos for the sake of research, yet many companies do this in order to seek cures for illness and disease. To date, not one person has ever been helped through the use of destructive stem cells. And while adult stem cells continue to rack up an impressive list of people helped, illnesses and diseases treated or cured, our government keeps throwing money at destructive stem cell research while ignoring adult stem cells. But many people are still not sure what stem cells are or why they should care. So here is a primer of sorts to get you acclimated to the discussion. It begins with this:

“Much of the confusion over stem cell research involves misunderstanding of terms, so let’s begin with some definitions. Stem cells are immature cells that are undifferentiated (i.e., they have not yet ‘decided’ what kind of cell to be). A stem cell divides into two cells: (1) a duplicate of itself and (2) a cell that develops into a more specialized cell type (i.e., an eye, liver, skin or blood cell). Since stem cells replace themselves every time they divide, they are capable of long-term self-renewal.” 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.

Black Pro-Life Leaders: Gosnell is the Worst Racist

Black pro-life leaders are blasting Kermit Gosnell as the worst sort of racist, the kind that preys on his own race. A recent article reports: ”Kermit Gosnell is a racist of the worst kind because he preyed on women and young girls of his own race,” Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union, said. “For more than 30 years, Kermit Gosnell participated in and perpetuated the epidemic of black-on-black crime.”

They are now calling for a full investigation into the abortion industry to determine if the practices of Gosnell are happening elsewhere. Of course Planned Parenthood and other groups are terrified that such an investigation will actually happen, because they know what Gosnell did is normal in every clinic. As the leaders pointed out, Planned Parenthood was founded upon racism and most of their clinics are intentionally located in inner cities in minority population centers. They target poor, minority women because they know they can make money off women with no other options that won’t ask a lot of questions. 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.

Reaction to Gosnell Conviction from Pro-Life Leaders

Reactions from pro-life leaders across the country on the conviction of Kermit Gosnell have been shared via a recent article from LifeNews.com. Leaders such as Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, Bryan Kemper of Stand True, Charmaine Yoest of American United for Life, and Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. The efforts of these pro-life giants cannot be understated as they lead the charge and encourage all of us to take up the banner of defending the unborn. Live Action president Lila Rose said:

“Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s gruesome and inhuman crimes in Philadelphia cried out for justice, and now – for three of his four born and struggling victims, at least – justice has been served.  Even as we celebrate this verdict, we honor and mourn as well those innocents who did not receive ‘their day in court’ – and we must remember that Gosnell is not an outlier within the abortion industry.  We cannot allow these ‘guilty’ verdicts, welcome as they are, to make us complacent when it comes to the continuing abuses happening even now in abortion facilities throughout our nation. We call upon Congress to investigate all those participating in or willing to participate in this kind of brutality toward vulnerable women and children, and end it.” 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.

Will Gosnell Get the Death Penalty?

Now that Gosnell has been convicted on more than 260 charges, including first degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, the lingering question is whether or not he will get the death penalty. One recent article ponders: “Late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three infants born alive. He could face the death penalty. Gosnell’s gruesome case highlights a terrible problem in America: partial-birth abortion is not limited to Gosnell’s house of horrors. But his case may change the debate over abortion.”

Already the blogosphere and Twitter world are rife with debate on whether Gosnell will get the death penalty, or even should. From a purely civil perspective if one considers the penalty handed down to others who have been convicted of killing multiple people it would seem almost inevitable that Gosnell should be given the death penalty. What such a sentence would do to the abortion debate in America is interesting. If Gosnell is not only convicted of murder, but given the death penalty for killing these babies then the abortion debate moves to “when is a baby a baby?”

Perhaps no other aspect to this trial has abortion advocates more worried, because science and medicine continue to show the humanity of unborn children at earlier stages of development. No doubt they worry that abortion will be further restricted nation-wide and as well it should. At least until it is eradicated altogether. 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.

PRESS RELEASE: FPCWV Calls for Immediate Safety Stand-Down of Abortion Industry in WV

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Lawmakers urged to reject a self-regulating abortion industry to protect innocent human life.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A day following the murder conviction of notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell by a Pennsylvania jury, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) sent a letter to Governor Tomblin asking him to protect the health and safety of West Virginia’s women by issuing a stand-down order and safety review of the state’s abortion industry.

“Gosnell’s clinic shows the stark reality of an unchecked abortion industry,” said Jeremiah Dys, president and general counsel of the FPCWV.  “We call upon Governor Tomblin to issue an immediate stand-down of the abortion industry until state regulators have sufficient time to ensure the abortion industry is protecting the women of our state.”

“As a state, we would not tolerate a self-regulated coal industry, why would we allow a self-regulated abortion industry to continue its operations outside of the health and safety authorities of West Virginia?” Dys asked.  “We would rather no woman would be used by the abortion industry, but so long as it is legal, our top priority as a state ought to be protecting our daughters and sisters.”

“Is there a state agency willing to engage its responsibility to regulate West Virginia’s growing abortion industry?”

Gosnell operated a clinic in Philadelphia that even the National Abortion Federation (NAF), the self-regulating arm of the abortion industry, refused to endorse.  However, even though NAF knew of the unsafe, unsanitary, and illegal conditions of Gosnell’s clinic, they failed to report Gosnell’s violations to law enforcement and state health and safety agencies.  In West Virginia, the state’s largest abortion clinic – one that commits an average of six abortions per day – is regulated by the NAF.

“We can no longer rely upon a self-regulated abortion industry,” said Dys.  “Every innocent human life in West Virginia is worthy of protection.  Our lawmakers must take decisive and immediate action to ensure the safety of the abortion industry in this state.”

Read the Family Policy Council of West Virginia’s letter at www.FamilyPolicyWV.com/action/stand-down.

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The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is a servant organization that advocates for policies that embrace the sanctity of human life, enrich marriage, and safeguard religious freedom.  We are passionate about advancing, defending, and equipping West Virginia’s families through policy, politics, and preparation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2013
CONTACT: Jeremiah Dys, 304-553-7616, info@familypolicywv.com

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Who’s to Blame for Gosnell Actions and Conviction? Pro Lifers!

A recent article shares a statement from NARAL immediately following the conviction of Kermit Gosnell. The statement reads: “From the lack of funding available for low-income women to access abortion services, to the sharp decline of reputable providers in Pennsylvania, to the gross negligence of authorities to enforce the law after complaints were filed against Gosnell, each aspect of this case must be a teachable moment for lawmakers: until we reject the politicization of women’s medical care and leave these decisions where they belong – between a woman and her family and her doctor – women will never be safe, ”

This is NARAL’s sly way of blaming the efforts of pro-lifers for Kermit Gosnell. Nope, he isn’t responsible for his own actions. Nope, it wasn’t Gosnell that made the decision to sni babies’ spinal cords. It was the fault of those awful pro-lifers. What groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood are trying not to say is that they accept what Gosnell did and simply wish it was all funded by tax-payers so “poor” women wouldn’t struggle to pay for it. These pathetic groups care more about killing and money than they ever did about women. 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.