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Missouri Family E-News August 23, 2010
Pro-Life Pharmacists Condemn Decision on Abortion Drug

A nationwide group of pro-life pharmacists is deriding a decision by the federal Food and Drug Administration to approve the distribution and sale of the new drug Ella. The new drug is being marketed as an "emergency contraceptive," but actually functions as an abortifacient. Proponents of the drug claim it can be used as a contraceptive for up to five days after sexual activity. However, the drug is designed to break down the endometrial lining of the uterus so that it is no longer receptive to implantation of a newly conceived embryo. Pharmacists for Life International says Ella is "a chemical cousin" of RU-486, which is designed to induce abortions and has resulted in severe, and at times lethal health complications for its users. "We vehemently denounce and condemn the FDA for this inappropriate use of its drug regulatory power to destroy life rather than approve and regulate medicines which actually are life-saving and preserve health." Pro-life advocates are concerned that the drug will be used, like RU-486, for the express purpose of abortion. "By misclassifying Ella as 'emergency contraception,' this administration has paved the way to covertly allow federal funding of abortion," says Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey. Smith has called on President Obama to issue an executive order prohibiting the use of federal taxpayer dollars for Ella. Pharmacists for Life is concerned that the drug will be used by men who want to conceal their sexual activity with minors. "This will lead to additional life-endangering problems for the targeted adolescent girls and women, as well as giving continual cover for sexual predators of underage girls and incestuous abusive relationships." "The FDA would have served the citizens of the United States better by adequately addressing the current shortages of truly lifesaving and essential medications, rather than chemicals whose main intent is to snuff out a nascent life in the first few weeks of its existence."

Lawyers Group Challenges ABA Decision on "Gay Marriage"
A nationwide group of attorneys is objecting to recent actions by the American Bar Association to endorse efforts to redefine marriage to include same-sex "couples." The National Lawyers Association contends that the ABA's position does not reflect the views of attorneys across the country. The American Bar Association adopted the resolution at its recent national convention in San Francisco. The resolution claimed that "no minority views or opposition had been identified." "This sojourn by the ABA into social engineering is not based on scientific facts," says John Farnan, President of the National Lawyers Association. "This is the same ABA which ignored biological facts when it voted to deny basic civil and human rights for the unborn when it supported legalized abortion." Doug Napier, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, says the ABA decision does not reflect thinking within the legal profession. "The ABA is purporting to represent American lawyers, when in fact they only represent a quarter of American lawyers. In the 90's, when they came out in favor of abortion on demand, thousands of members resigned, because we didn't feel it was appropriate for our dues to be pushing a political agenda. ADF has joined the National Lawyers Association in calling on the ABA to refrain from adopting political positions. "We urge the association to abandon its divisive political agenda and return to its original non-partisan mission of advancing jurisprudence, strengthening the administration of justice, upholding the profession's honor, and encouraging friendly interaction among bar members."

Rebelution Conference Coming to St. Louis
A national Christian youth movement known as Rebelution is bringing its "Do Hard Things" campaign to the St. Louis area this weekend. The leaders of Rebelution, Alex and Brett Harris, say their purpose is to challenge teens to rebel against low expectations and set high personal standards of character and competence. "The word 'rebelution' is a combination of the words 'rebellion' and 'revolution,' the Harris brothers explain. "So it carries a sense of an uprising against social norms. But in this case, it's not a rebellion against God-established authority, but against the low expectations of our society. It's a refusal to be defined by our ungodly and apathetic culture. Actually, we like to think of it as rebelling against rebellion." Sarah Greek, the local organizer of the conference, says the "Do Hard Things" conference is designed to equip young people to get serious about faith, family, and future. "The teen years are the time in every person's life to get direction, develop purpose, and gain momentum. Unfortunately, many young people have bought into the lie that the teen years are a vacation from responsibility, and as a result are wasting some of the most valuable and productive years of their lives." The conference will be held from 9AM to 5 PM this Saturday, August 28th, at Church on the Rock in St. Peters. You can learn more by visiting this link: Rebelution
Prop 8 Judge Attacks Christian Worldview

When U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued his recent decree striking down California's Proposition 8, he did more than order the redefinition of marriage in that state. He also issued a calculated attack on the personal beliefs and Biblical worldview of Christian citizens. State Attorney, Chris Koster Walker ruled that Proposition 8 violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, and in so doing set aside the decision of the people of California to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Voters approved Proposition 8 to amend California's constitution to protect marriage after the California Supreme Court had mandated so-called same-sex "marriages." In his ruling, Walker stated that "Proposition 8 enacted a private moral view," and that "religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful...harm gays and lesbians." He quoted witnesses at the trial who contended that "there is a religious component to the bigotry and prejudice against gay and lesbian individuals" and that "religion is the chief obstacle for gay and lesbian political progress." State Attorney, Chris Koster
Judge Walker's pronouncement that private moral views cannot be enacted into law calls into question numerous laws on the books in every state in the nation, not the least of which are murder and theft. The fact is every law that is adopted reflects a consensus about what is right and wrong on that issue. In this instance, Judge Walker has asserted his private moral views and sought to impose them on the people of California, and ultimately the entire nation.
State Attorney, Chris Koster During the highly choreographed "trial," Judge Walker allowed the advocates of same-sex "marriage" to read excerpts of the theological statements of various church denominations on the subject of homosexuality. Attorneys and observers in the courtroom laughed and snickered as the doctrinal positions of the Catholic, Southern Baptist, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Evangelical Presbyterian, Free Methodist, and Orthodox Church of America were read out loud. Same-sex "marriage" proponents castigated the involvement of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Proposition 8 campaign If Walker's judicial decree is that moral and religious views cannot be enacted into law, then that means only immoral and non-religious views can be considered in the laws adopted in the United States of America. If people of religious belief cannot voice their values because they may "harm" or offend someone, then the hour has arrived in our country that people of religious conviction will be silenced.

State Attorney, Chris KosterIf religion is the major obstacle to "political progress," then religion must therefore be banished from political conversation and social discourse. Charles Cooper, the lead attorney for Proposition 8 supporters, had this observation: "From the dawn of the American Revolution, which was preached from the pulpits, to the abolitionist preachers who rallied the antislavery cause, to the religious leaders who inspired the civil rights movement, religion and morality have always played a prominent role in American political life. [Judge Walker's philosophy would bring] this long tradition to a grinding halt and expel from the political process Americans whose views on issues of profound social and cultural importance are entwined with their faith or moral values." Judge Walker also declared in his decision that there is no rational basis for defining marriage exclusively to be between a man and a woman. He contends that this "exclusion exists as an artifact of time when the genders were seen as having distinct roles in society and marriage. That time has passed."
State Attorney, Chris Koster He then pontificates that "gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage." Here Judge Walker makes it clear that his goal is not just to require that homosexual "couples" be allowed to "marry," but also to destroy the institution of marriage itself according to God's intentions and design. Alan Sears, president of the Alliance Defense Fund, says that Judge Walker has declared that the state has no legitimate interest in protecting marriage as a stable environment for children. "Once you remove that connection--that marriage has nothing to do with gender, male/female roles, procreation, or the parenting of children--you remove not only any and all barriers to marriage, but the need for secular marriage of any shape, form, or kind."
State Attorney, Chris Koster It is incomprehensible that Judge Walker can declare that marriage as it has been known throughout time has no "rational basis." In effect, he has asserted that the millions of voters and legislators in 44 states that have acted to preserve traditional marriage are irrational. And that the countless generations that have preceded us were all populated by irrational people. Judge Walker also "concludes" that "children do not need to be raised by a male parent and a female parent to be well-adjusted, and having both a male and female parent does not increase the likelihood that a child will be well-adjusted." He falsely states that "the evidence shows beyond a reasonable doubt that parents' genders are irrelevant to children's developmental outcomes." This is a preposterous assertion which flies in the face of the heavy weight of decades of sociological studies that demonstrate that the active presence of a father and mother are the major contributors to successful outcomes in a child's life.
State Attorney, Chris KosterAustin Nimocks, another attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund, says Walker's "conclusions" are a slap in the face to parents around the world. "Judge Walker has declared to every mother in the country--you no longer matter for your kids, and you, as a woman, bring nothing unique to the table of child-rearing. According to Judge Walker, any average American man can adequately fill your shoes. Yet, we all know that all the love in the world doesn't turn a man into a mother." ADF attorney Daniel Blomberg argues that if Walker's legal theories are upheld, they will lead to yet other perversions of marriage. "The same playbook will be used to try to institutionalize group marriages, polygamy, and every other iteration of human relationships until marriage is utterly obliterated.
State Attorney, Chris Koster Polygamists are doing just that in a Canadian lawsuit right now." ADF attorney Kevin Theriot says that if Judge Walker's philosophy is affirmed by higher courts, religious liberty in America is in tremendous peril. "If believing what the word of God says about homosexual conduct is irrational, we're just one step away from courts holding sermons articulating that belief are not protected speech at all. And if orthodox teaching on sexuality is irrational hate speech, what's next? It's likely to be biblical teaching on creation, proper discipline of children, and Christ's position as the only path to the Father."
State Attorney, Chris KosterMaggie Gallagher, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, has this assessment: "The majority of Americans are not bigots or haters for supporting the commonsense view that marriage is the union of husband and wife, because children need moms and dads. If this ruling is upheld, millions of Americans will for the first time face a legal system that is committed to the view that our deeply held moral views on sex and marriage are unacceptable in the public square, and should be stigmatized, discredited, and repressed. Parents will find that their own children will be re-educated using their own tax dollars to disrespect their parents' views and values." "Those in power call it tolerance, they will call it pluralism, but in truth same-sex "marriage" is a government takeover of an institution the government did not make, cannot in justice redefine, and ought to respect as essential to the common good."
State Attorney, Chris Koster The only meaningful recourse to the judicial tyranny of federal judges on the issue of marriage is a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage to be the union of a man and a woman. We encourage you to contact your Congressman and your U.S. Senators to urge them to introduce and pass such a measure for ratification by the states. You can write your Congressman at this link: Your Congressman You can contact Senator Kit Bond at this link: Senator Bond

You can contact Senator Claire McCaskill at this link: Senator McCaskill We urge you to pray for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. If this case makes its way to the High Court, or even if it doesn't for procedural reasons, Justice Kennedy will be the key decision-maker. Pray that he will respect the family values of the people of this nation, and that he will honor God's plans and purposes for the institution of marriage. The future spiritual and social welfare of our children, grandchildren, and future generations is at stake.
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