FRC helping state lawmakers fight the Left

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Planned Parenthood logo blackA veteran conservative group is working at the state level to help legislators tackle hot-button issues.

Legislation to fight the black-market sale of aborted baby parts is just one issue that concerns the Family Research Council, which assists lawmakers in drafting legislation.

Quena Gonzalez, FRC director of state and local affairs, says the organization went to work after pro-life activist David Daleiden released his undercover videos alleging Planned Parenthood was reselling aborted body parts for profit after already enjoying taxpayers' money. 

Gonzalez described FRC’s efforts on the “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” radio program.

"We have seen some excellent bills -- a couple of them already moving in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania,” Gonzalez told the program. “We think they should be moving in a lot more states (because) virtually, no state has full protections against that black market and we'd like to see that change."

Another piece of model legislation from FRC aims to address the "growing concern about minors who are being pressured to consider themselves transgender,” Gonzalez advised.

counseling therapy session"(There are) boys considering themselves girls, and girls being pressured to consider themselves boys,” he cautioned, “and even being pressured into hormone treatment, and premature surgical alterations that have profound effects on an individual's emotional, psychological and physical well-being for the rest of their life.”

OneNewsNow reported in a Jan. 14 story that a Georgia lawmaker has introduced a bill that would keep doctors and their surgical tools away from minors. It was unclear if FRC was involved in that legislation. 

Doctors and policy experts contributed to FRC's work on model legislation, said Gonzalez.

FRC also addresses efforts by homosexual activists to label faith-based counseling “conversion therapy” and to lobby lawmakers to ban licensed counselors from working with minors struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions or what's known as "gender dysphoria."

Such laws and ordinances technically mean homosexuals and lesbians unhappy with their lifestyle are banned from seeking a counselor if they choose to, an effort viewed as treasonous in the LGBT community, and Gonzalez says that banning effort has backfired.

“What the enemy has intended for evil, God is using for good,” Gonzalez told the radio program. “People are coming forward and telling their story in very powerful ways, and at FRC it is just a privilege to work with these folks and tell their stories."

Born-alive bills

On the pro-life front, two states with born-alive bills are West Virginia and Ohio.


"We are seeing some good bills move forward to protect the unborn if they are born during a botched abortion," said Gonzalez. "[But] West Virginia has no Born Alive protections today, and Ohio has what we consider strong but not the very best. These two bills would bring them up to par with seven states that have top of the line protections for the unborn.

"We're also looking at 20-week bans on dismemberment abortion, which is dismembering the unborn in the womb to kill them," Gonzalez continued. "Defunding Planned Parenthood is already moving in Kentucky and we're looking for that in other states."

FRC has an online map of pro-life laws in the states. It deals with both "Born-Alive Protections" and "Later Term Abortions."


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