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Missouri Family E-News October 18, 2010

Komen Race for Cure Increases Support of Planned Parenthood

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has admitted that it is contributing millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country. Komen Race for the Cure is a popular organization that raises funds for breast cancer research through widely attended "Race for the Cure" events.

John Hammarley, a spokesman for Komen, acknowledges that 20 Race for the Cure affiliates contributed a total of $7.5 million to Planned Parenthood last year. Hammarley says the money is used by Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening projects.

Dorina Bordlee, an attorney with the Bioethics Defense Fund, says that Komen's support of Planned Parenthood is unacceptable. "People who respect the dignity of human life and are trying to save people with disease don't want any part of their money going to an organization that is subsidizing an abortion provider."

LifeNews reports that the connection between Komen and Planned Parenthood may be impacting Race for the Cure fundraising efforts. Komen's annual report for 2009 reveals that its revenues were down $22 million from the previous year.

It is sadly ironic that an organization which professes to be on the frontlines against breast cancer would be funneling money to an abortion industry that is increasing the risk of breast cancer for many women.

You can read more about the link between abortion and breast cancer by visiting the website of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists through the following link: AAPLOG

Federal Court Upholds Religious License Plate
A federal appeals court has slapped down a Vermont motor vehicle law that prohibits the issuance of license plates with a religious reference.

Shawn Byrne had applied for a specialty license plate with the letters and numbers "JN36TN," a reference to the familiar Scripture from John 3:16. The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles responded that his request was "deemed to be a combination that refers to a deity and has been denied based on that reason." A state administrative law judge upheld the decision, pointing to a state statute on the subject.

The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the Vermont law is unconstitutional. The court stated that "Vermont's ban on all religious messages in a forum it has otherwise broadly opened to comment on a wide variety of subjects... discriminates against a specific perspective and standpoint, and as such, is impermissible."

David Cortman, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, said the Vermont law was a clear case of viewpoint discrimination. "The 2nd Circuit rightly concluded that it's unconstitutional for the government to decide that car owners can only identify who they are and what they believe on personalized plates if their identity and beliefs are non-religious. Christians shouldn't be censored from expressing their beliefs while others are freely allowed to express theirs."


Voters Guide Available Online

The Missouri Family Policy Council has posted online a voters guide for the upcoming general election. The guide provides the views of candidates for statewide and federal office on 16 prominent issues of public concern.

Questionnaires were sent to all candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, and State Auditor. Regrettably, many candidates chose not to participate in the survey, and other organizations report a similar lack of response by candidates to their surveys.

Nonetheless, you will find the views of some candidates who demonstrated their interest in sharing their positions and convictions with Missouri families. You can access the Voters Guide by going to the Missouri Family Policy Council website by clicking this link: Voters Guide
Defense Secretary Chastises Federal Court Decision on Homosexual Military Service

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has criticized a federal court decision ordering the U.S. Armed Services to open its ranks to active homosexuals. U.S. District Judge Vickie Phillips of California has issued a permanent injunction State Attorney, Chris Koster against a law adopted by Congress in 1993 which enshrined the longstanding military policy prohibiting avowed homosexuals from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Phillips ordered military officials to cease enforcement of the law immediately.

"I feel strongly this is an action that needs to be taken by the Congress and that it is action that requires careful preparation, and a lot of training. It has enormous consequences for our troops." Gates is overseeing a comprehensive study which is due by December 1st which examines the impact of a change in the policy on the nation's military branches. The leaders of each of those branches of the service State Attorney, Chris Koster have expressed firm opposition to the change, saying that the current policy works.

Clifford Stanley, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, says that "a number of service members have expressed concerns about, or opposition to, the repeal of [the law] and its replacement with a policy that would permits gays and lesbians to serve openly. An immediate court injunction would send a very damaging message to our men and women in uniform that their views, concerns, and perspectives do not matter on an issue with a direct impact on their lives." State Attorney, Chris Koster
Judge Phillips ruled that the military policy on homosexuality violates the U.S. Constitution. As is customary in federal courts these days, Phillips provided no credible constitutional or legal basis for her decision, but instead asserted her own personal views of justice based on false premises and fictitious claims. A single judge has taken it upon herself to overrule the decision of the elected representatives of the people and the longtime standards of the U.S. military with regard to the morals, morale, and discipline of U.S. troops.

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, and himself a former Marine, commented: "Once again, an activist federal judge is using the military to advance a liberal social agenda, disregarding the views of all four military service chiefs and the constitutional role of Congress. "

State Attorney, Chris KosterThe U.S. Department of Justice has filed a motion asking Judge Phillips to stay (or set aside) her injunction until the case is heard on appeal by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It appears that the Obama Administration is playing it straight in defending the law, as it is legally obligated to do. In fact, the Justice Department says that it will ask the 9th Circuit to intervene and block Judge Phillips' injunction if she refuses to grant the stay.

The Justice Department's filing states that the judge's decision "will irreparably harm the public interest in a strong and effective military." It states further that a sudden change in the military policy "will be enormously disruptive and time-consuming, particularly at a time when this nation is involved in heavy combat operations overseas."

While the Obama Administration may be performing its proper duties in court, State Attorney, Chris Koster President Obama has reiterated his determination to homosexualize the U.S. military. The President recently promised an MTV audience that the policy on homosexuality would be repealed, and that "it will happen on my watch." Obama announced in his State of the Union address earlier this year that opening the U.S. military to active service by homosexuals was one of his top priorities.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted earlier this year to repeal the 1993 law, enacted during the Clinton Administration, and often incorrectly referred to as State Attorney, Chris Koster "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The U.S. Senate recently voted to rebuff a change in the law when supporters of the change failed to rally the votes to overcome a threatened filibuster. Congressional leaders have stated that they plan to bring the issue up again during a "lame-duck" session following the November election.

Senator John McCain, a strong opponent of the change, has questioned the legitimacy of the study currently being conducted by the Defense Department. McCain claims that the study is focused not on whether the policy should be changed, but how it should be changed, and ignores the impact of a change on morale and effectiveness.

A previous Military Working Group study conducted in 1993 concluded that "the presence in the Armed Forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standard of morale, good order, and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability."

 You can read an excellent analysis of this issue prepared by the Family Research Council called "Mission Compromised" by following this link: Mission Compromised  
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