Joe Ortwerth's
 Jeff City Update
Missouri Family E-News July 8, 2009
Will Your Health Care Dollars Pay for Abortion?
As the United States Congress debates President Obama's plans to establish a new government-managed health insurance program, many questions linger about the details of such a plan.  A key concern for Christian families is whether a new government-run health care financing package would include coverage for abortion.  Allies
of the abortion industry are pushing hard to include "reproductive health care" in mandated coverage, which are long-time code words for abortion on demand.  Pro-life advocates have succeeded over the years in preventing tax dollars from subsidizing the abortion industry through the Hyde Amendment and riders to various appropriations bills.  The Family Research Council is mobilizing opposition to the inclusion of abortion benefits in any health care proposal.  They have established a website called Clear Conscience Health Care, where you can learn more about their efforts.  We encourage you to visit this link:
clearconscience  and sign the petition objecting to the inclusion of abortion "services" in any federal health care financing system.
Jeff City Update Airs on Bott Radio Stations
We are pleased to report that the Bott Radio Network is airing broadcast versions of the Jeff City Update on their radio stations throughout Missouri.  Bott Radio executives have provided the Missouri Family Policy Council with prime placement of 60-second segments during the network's 10AM and 5PM newscasts Monday through Friday.  We are very blessed to have Bob Ditmer as the announcer for these broadcast news updates.  Bob's voice is a very familiar one.  He formerly served as an announcer for the Family News in Focus newscasts produced by Focus on the Family.  Bob is a very skilled journalist and has done a superior job packaging our Jeff City Updates for on-air use.  We are grateful to our good friends at Bott Radio for this partnership, including
Chief Operating Officer Trace Thurlby and General Manager Eben Fowler.  You can locate a Bott Radio Network station in your area by clicking this link:
Make Your Voice Heard in Support of Christian Values
The goal of our Jeff City Update is to provide you valuable information about issues and people in state government from a Christian perspective.  This information equips you to be an active and engaged Christian citizen in communicating your concerns to your elected representatives.  It also helps you focus your prayers on specific leaders who need intercession, and specific subjects that call for measures of God's Grace.
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Dr. King to Headline Midwest Conservative Grassroots Conference
Dr. Alveda King
, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr, will be a headline speaker at an upcoming conference co-sponsored by the Family Research Council and the Missouri Family Policy Council.  The all-day event, billed as the American Conservatives Training Conference, will be held on Saturday, July 25th, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.
Dr. King is the Director of African American Outreach for the national Priests for Life organization and for Gospel of Life Ministries.  She has been an ardent advocate for the sanctity of human life, and has been outspoken in her criticism of the exploitation of women by the abortion industry. 
Alveda King was active in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, and experienced the bombing of her home and her father's church office as a child.  She went on to serve as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives.  She has been grieved by the genocidal impact of abortion on the black community.  While African-Americans comprise approximately 10% of the population, 37% of abortions are performed on black women.
Dr. King was in the news recently following the killing of late-term abortionist George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas.  She was responding to comments by another late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart of Nebraska, who compared Tiller's killing to the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the attack on Pearl Harbor.
"For Leroy Carhart to mention the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who worked through peaceful and non-violent means, in the same breath with that of George Tiller, whose work ended peace and brought violence to babies in the womb, is offensive beyond belief," Dr. King said.
She also reacted to Carhart's call for the federal government to treat all activities of pro-life supporters as hate crimes:  "When Dr. Carhart speaks of hate crimes, I would simply ask him, is it not hateful to regard an entire class of people as non-human because they're unwanted?"   
Dr. King will appear on a panel that includes Lila Rose, another prominent pro-life activist.  Rose is a 20-year old  student at UCLA who is the President of a group called LiveAction.   Rose has personally spearheaded an undercover expose of unethical practices at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.  Hidden camera investigations by Rose and her associates have revealed the ugly business side of Planned Parenthood's operations, including apparent cover ups of what would be statutory rape and sexual abuse incidents, as well as alleged racist conduct.
The undercover videos are part of what Rose calls the Mona Lisa project.  She says the videos document "the willingness of Planned Parenthood to repeatedly violate mandatory reporting laws for statutory rape in order to obtain secret abortions for young girls."  The LiveAction videos have already led the state of Tennessee and the Orange County (California) Board of Supervisors to withdraw funding for Planned Parenthood.  For more information about Lila Rose's efforts, you can go to the LiveAction website at this link:  www.liveaction.org
Planned Parenthood performs over 300,000 abortions each year at its abortion clinics.  One-third of the organization's revenues come from the government to the tune of approximately $350 million.  Less than one-fourth of Planned Parenthood's revenues come from charitable contributions.  The "non-profit" organization had net income in its most recent year of nearly $100 million.
The conference includes presentations by a number of other leading Christian conservative voices.  They include:
*Dr. David Prentice of the Center for Human Life and Bioethics, who is an expert on the subject of embryonic stem cell research
*Austin Nimocks of the Alliance Defense Fund, who is an authority on religious liberty issues
*Connie Mackey, who is the President of the Family Research Council Political Action Committee
*Rich Bott, Executive Vice-President of the Bott Radio Network, who will speak on efforts to reinstate the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" for radio and television broadcasting
*Rob Arnakis of the Leadership Institute, who will speak on grassroots development, blogging, and contemporary media tools
*Bishop Robert Finn of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic diocese, who will address our moral responsibility as Christian citizens
The conference was the brainchild of Dr. Karladine Graves, a Kansas City area physician, and Cynthia Hill, the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs for the Family Research Council.  For more information on the conference, or to register, click this link:  www.frcaction.org/get.cfm?i=EV09F01
The conference will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The registration fee is $25.  The Kansas City Hyatt Regency Crown Center is located at 2345 McGee St. in downtown Kansas City.
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