Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Join Others in Supporting Religious Freedom on Friday!

March 21, 2012

From Citizenlink:

Before the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing three days of arguments on the constitutionality of the new federal health care law on Monday, thousands of people are expected to make their voices heard in rallies taking place nationwide, saying the law violates their religious freedom.

Nearly 60 groups, including the Pro-Life Action League, Citizens for a Pro-Life America, Students for Life of America and the Alliance Defense Fund, have joined forces as the Coalition to Stop the HHS Mandate, and are sponsoring rallies in more than 120 cities nationwide at noon local time on Friday.

There are several locations in Pennsylvania. Find out more at

Voter Registration Deadline Days Away! Are You Registered?

March 16, 2012

This year, the Pennsylvania Presidential Primary is a competitive one. Make sure you get out to vote in April!

You’ll get to vote for president of the United States, but will also vote on offices closer to home: your state representative and state senator, US representative in Congress and US senator.

Read the news on any given day and you’ll find that often it is local officials that make decisions that directly affect you, your family, your business, your church and your neighbors.

How are your elected officials doing to represent your values? You can become part of the answer only if you’re firstregistered to vote by March 26th, then get out and vote on Election Day! If you’ll be 18 by Election Day, make sure you register as well!

Are you registered to vote? How about your family, friends and church? Did you know polls show that as many as half of those sitting around us in our churches either are not registered to vote or don’t show up at the polls?! You can help change that!

Hold a “Voter Registration Sunday.” The registration deadline is next Monday, March 26, so you only have this Sunday, March 18 and next Sunday, March 25, advertise it in your church bulletin with the help of your pastor, set up a small table with the forms and information and you’re set! Just be sure to get those forms back to the county elections offices by March 27th.

You can find voter registration forms at your local County board of elections or online at

Watch for Pennsylvania Family Institute’s 2012 Primary Voters’ Guide for the April 24 Primary Electionavailable online at before the election.

Women’s Right-to-Know Act: Ultrasound gives more information

March 5, 2012

The following was published in The Patriot News on Saturday March 3.

There is one area of Pennsylvania health care that allows doctors to routinely withhold some of the best information from their patients — information that women deserve — and we now have an opportunity to stop this from continuing.

A doctor just told my father-in-law he might have thyroid cancer. He went for a biopsy and now a specialist wants to run further tests to get a better look.

Every step of the way, the doctor is showing him the results of these tests. In the same way, if you tear your ACL or are planning to have your wisdom teeth out, the doctor will show you the X-ray and other information prior to performing any procedure.

Why? To let you know exactly what is happening and to best inform you of what the doctors are recommending. That way, people like my father-in-law can feel confident in making a decision — a choice — about a surgical procedure. It’s called informed consent. Unfortunately in Pennsylvania, women are often denied this right.

Abortion clinics should offer women the best information technology can provide about what is happening inside their womb and about the abortion procedure so she is fully informed when making her decision.

It’s with that right in mind that Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering the Women’s Right to Know Act (House Bill 1077). Ultrasound technology is an amazing advancement. It allows doctors to see the gestational age of the unborn baby, observe any health concerns and give insight into important information related to performing an abortion.

That is why abortion facilities nearly universally conduct ultrasounds already.

However, this information is rarely shown — or even offered — to the woman.

HB 1077 would provide every woman the opportunity to see their ultrasound, but it remains her choice. It’s an effort to ensure the opportunity for a woman to receive the best information available to help her in making this important, life-changing decision.

20 states in the U.S. have ultrasound laws in place. This is evidence of the resourcefulness that this technology provides — to doctors and to women seeking abortions.

Each woman is capable and should be empowered to make her own decisions.

Part of that empowerment is providing complete information.

With abortion clinic operators already performing ultrasounds for the benefit of the doctor, why not allow for that information to be provided for the benefit of the patient as well?

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in Pennsylvania and nationwide, claims in its mission that it believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility. If Planned Parenthood truly means that, there’s no reason it should deny women the full information that they deserve, including the chance to view a routine ultrasound.

Without the passage of the Women’s Right to Know Act, many women across the state of Pennsylvania will continue to be denied the opportunity to base their health care decisions on full information.

A woman seeking an abortion would only be affected by this law in one way: the doctor would offer her the chance to view the ultrasound of her developing baby.

I certainly hope and pray my father-in-law doesn’t have cancer. But I also hope his doctor — and every doctor — makes it a standard of care to provide the best information possible.

National Pray for Marriage Day – Feb. 26, 2012

February 16, 2012

Pennsylvania Family Institute along with Pennsylvania For Marriage and other organizations are encouraging you to take time to pray specifically for the protection of marriage on Sunday February 26th.

A federal lawsuit from California (the ‘Prop. 8’ case) threatens to destroy the future of marriage, crush your religious freedom – and radically change the world in which your children or grandchildren will be raised.

But the threat is even closer to home. There is a federal lawsuit right here in Pennsylvania challenging the state and federal Defense of Marriage Acts. Attorneys for a woman who was “married” to her same-sex partner in Canada have petitioned the court to declare Pennsylvania’s marriage law to be unconstitutional. It is a case not unlike this one that led the high court in the state of Iowa to legalize same-sex marriage there in 2009.

Much is at stake – for Pennsylvania and for the country – but much can still be done if We, the People take action and stand firm for marriage, for families, and for our nation.

Will you commit to take action by joining PFI – and thousands of others across America – on Sunday, February 26th to pray for the future of marriage and families?

We’re encouraging you to sign-up for a specific time-slot(s) to help us be in prayer throughout the entire day on Feb 26. To sign-up, go to

For a specific prayer request list, click here.

To download a bulletin insert or 1-page prayer request list, click here.

School Choice – So You Can Decide What Your Child Eats for Lunch

February 15, 2012

Now the government wants to tell you what you should feed your children for lunch? Is this communist China?

A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition to their lunches brought from home.

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162 Reasons to Marry

February 15, 2012

Valentine’s Day was yesterday, but in going with that theme, here are 162 reasons to marry from Family Research Council.

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Thank Your Legislator for Making 2012 The Year of the Bible

February 6, 2012

Late last month, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution to declare 2012 “The Year of the Bible.” This is a statement from Rep. Rick Saccone, the sponsor of the resolution:

“As not only Pennsylvania, but the United States, continues to face great tests and challenges, House Resolution 535 serves as a reminder that we must look to our faith in God and the Holy Scripture to provide us with the strength, wisdom and courage to conquer these great trials,” said Rep. Rick Saccone. “All over the Pennsylvania Capitol, one can easily see the tremendous influence that Christianity and the Bible have had over our founders and predecessors. These images and quotes illustrating the beliefs and morals that have shaped our great Commonwealth must never be forgotten.”

Supported by many members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, legislation similar to House Resolution 535 was passed by the U.S. House and Senate to allow President Ronald Reagan to declare 1983 as the “Year of the Bible” at the national level.

How wonderful that a State Legislator can take such a stand and offer this resolution, and that his colleagues would vote unanimously in support! Isn’t it nice, for a change, for our public officials to acknowledge God at a time other than a grave national disaster?

This morning, I took a quick glance at Facebook this morning, and found this post from a State Representative:

Inbox filling with demands to repeal our House Resolution naming 2012 “Year of the Bible” – but >99% of emails from other states/areas

Friends, the secular left is going after this resolution with both barrels blazing. Newspapers have editorialized against HR 535, sometimes with a mocking tone.

This is yet another example of the ongoing, concerted effort to erase any public recognition or acknowledgement of the role of God and Christianity in our nation’s existence. Once again we face a time like that described by President Lincoln as he called for a National Fast Day in March, 1863.

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

I hope we are not now too proud, or more correctly put, too afraid to publicly stand up for truth in the public square, and to defend our lawmakers against these attacks that seek to silence them and silence us.

Today, I am asking you to send an email and/or make a telephone call to your State Representative, and to Rep. Rick Saccone (717-260-6122), and thank them for passing HR 535, declaring 2012 “The Year of the Bible.” And please recruit some friends and family to do the same. Can I count on you to take a stand?

It’s about time we’re the ones filling up our legislator’s inboxes, and not the radical secularists, don’t you think?

To read the HR 535 resolution, click here.

Click here to contact your state representative.

School District Gets Invitation to Court after Denying Elementary School Student

February 1, 2012

Religious Liberty & Free Speech Over Christmas Party Invitation

Randy Wenger, Chief Counsel of the Independence Law Center and attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund were in court again this morning here in Pennsylvania fighting for your religious liberty and free speech.

The case involves an elementary school student at the Pocono Mountain School District in Pennsylvania who was told by school officials that she could not invite classmates to a Christmas party at her church. We’ve gone to bat for this little girl, and for the principles involved.  Our liberty is at stake.

Sometimes when the government is confronted with the unconstitutional and frankly preposterous nature of their restrictions they quickly back down and change their policies—and no court action is necessary.

Here, Federal Judge Richard Caputo had already ruled once in favor the elementary school student, but the school district pushed back, arguing that they need the power to place restrictions because such invitations can create a “disturbance in the community.”  Really?
This is a case where government doesn’t understand its appropriate limits. However, lawyers with the Independence Law Center and Alliance Defense Fund were available for this case—and plan to continue their involvement as long as necessary.

For more information on the work of the Independence Law Center, visit us on the web at

New Education Report Recommends Sex-Ed Starting in Kindergarten

January 19, 2012


“Ideally, comprehensive sexuality education should start in kindergarten and continue through 12th grade,” says the “National Sexuality Education Standards” report, drawn up by a range of advocates, academics and public education officials.

These officials include the American School Health Association, the National Education Association Health Information Network – the non-profit arm of the nation’s largest teacher’s union, the NEA – the American Association for Health Education and the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education.

An advisory committee includes senior officials from Planned Parenthood and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

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School Choice Needed for PA Students

January 16, 2012

From Commonwealth Foundation President, Matt Brouillette:

Instead of a one-size-fits-all system of education, we need to fully embrace an education marketplace where choice and competition is the rule rather than the exception.

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