Pro-Family Priorities for the 109th Congress (1/05)

As President Bush makes last-minute edits to his State of the Union speech it seems an opportune time to touch on some of the priorities Family Research Council will be pursuing in the 109th Congress. This list is certainly not exhaustive and I expect it to grow, but these 10 legislative initiatives speak to a spectrum of issues important to life, marriage and religious freedom. Judges Judicial activism has threatened the constitutional form of representative democracy. The approval of judges who will uphold the law is the top priority for FRC.   U.S. Constitutional Amendment to Protect Marriage 2004 saw the passage of 13 state amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman (bringing the total up to 17). These amendments are vulnerable to activist judges who will only be curbed by an amendment to the United States Constitution. Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act Science now shows us the obvious, that when an abortionist ends a baby’s life the baby feels pain. Potential mothers need to know this fact before they make a decision about an abortion. Child Custody Protection Act Even though over thirty states have consent or notification laws in effect for parents before a minor can obtain an abortion, nefarious non-parent adults circumvent these laws, usually concealing criminal activity such as statutory rape. In a decision so life-altering, children need their parents involved. This measure would ensure that minor children cannot be transported across state lines for an abortion without their parents’ knowledge. Cloning Prohibition Act Basic ethics requires the protection of human life from the Frankensteinian science of human cloning. Tied intrinsically to...