Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Restoration Has Begun
With abortion champion Barack Obama out of office in a couple of days (Friday at noon) and Hillary denied the opportunity to continue his agenda; and the Senate and House under Republican control---restoration has begun.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has introduced the "Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017"---the first of its kind on the federal level.
King's legislation will prohibit abortion in cases where a fetal heartbeat is detectable. The legislation also requires doctors to check for the unborn child's heartbeat, which is detectable as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy.
There is no legitimate reason why this bill should not become law.
The bill has one exception for the life of the mother. It states, "A life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, but not including psychological or emotional conditions."
The bill also clarifies that "a mother upon whom an abortion is performed" is not liable and may not be prosecuted under this legislation.
King said in a statement, "Since Roe v. Wade was unconstitutionally decided in 1973, nearly 60 million innocent babies' lives have been ended by the abortion industry, all with a rubber stamp by the federal government."
He said, "Human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is sacred in all forms and today, I introduced a bill that will protect the lives of voiceless innocents."
King said what millions of pro-life people have said since Roe v Wade: "America was founded on the concept that our rights come from God. All human persons have a right to life. How then, can we confer that those rights allow the killing of a baby? I believe our most important responsibility that God has bestowed upon us is to protect innocent human life, and I will continue to dedicate my life to that responsibility."
This is clearly not a "new" conviction for Rep. King, but the changing face of the White House and Congress presents a new opportunity to do the right thing.
King's office confirmed that this is the first bill of its kind, attempting to ban abortion after the detection of a heartbeat, introduced on the national level in Congress.
North Dakota legislature passed a similar bill which was challenged in court. The Supreme Court of North Dakota eventually struck down the bill on the basis that Roe v Wade "unequivocally said no state may deprive a woman of the choice to terminate her pregnancy at a point prior to viability."
A similar bill was passed in Ohio a few months ago. I wrote about it and discussed it on our daily live radio program.
You may recall that Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican and professed Christian, vetoed the bill( link 4 )---his veto was supported by Ohio Right To Life.
Many of us were stunned by the governor's action and the state Right To Life group's support of his action.
Their explanation was weak at best---many pro-life Christians and conservatives were also stunned---the push back was significant.
Kasich explained it was "complicated" but allowing the bill to become law would hurt the ultimate goal of abolishing Roe v Wade.
This is the same kind of wrong thinking that some were advocating regarding legalizing domestic partnerships for homosexuals in Washington State a few years ago. Some pastors in the state worked tirelessly against those of us who worked to defeat then Senator (now Seattle Mayor) Ed Murray and his bill. Those Christians who supported domestic partnerships, one pastor, and one Christian organization in particular, told everyone who would listen that they were doing the right thing---the Christian thing, by giving the homosexuals everything except the name "marriage."
The morning after the domestic partnership law passed---the Seattle Times published a feature story telling Washingtonians to now go ahead and "give them the name" explaining that the citizens had already given them "everything but 'marriage'."
Within 2 years, they had successfully 'redefined marriage" according to WA state law.
I mention the domestic partner fiasco in Washington, only to underscore the deception.
No question the now minority progressive Left in Congress will attack Rep. King on all fronts.
I am also certain there will be those who will echo John Kasich's words regarding this federal bill. The narrative will go something like this: "This is not the best approach to reversing Roe v Wade---let's put this heartbeat bill aside and focus on Roe v Wade."
Kasich, who has said he will not be attending the Inauguration this Friday, last month changed the explanation for his actions in vetoing the heartbeat bill. Now he says he was avoiding costly litigation that his state could not afford.
They call it strategy. I call it deception.
I will be surprised if Congress does not pass this bill. I am equally certain President Trump will not veto it.
The bill, if passed, will be challenged and will likely end up before the Supreme Court of the United States.
President-elect Trump said yesterday that he will name a pro-life, originalist US Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Scalia within 2 weeks of his Inauguration.
Trump will likely nominate several justices during his presidency.
The Heritage Foundation and other Christian/conservative organizations and individuals are counseling and helping vet nominees. Vice President-elect Mike Pence is leading the Trump transition and the decision-making process.
Christians and conservatives will certainly not agree with every decision President Trump will make.
However, we have turned the corner politically.
I sincerely believe that this effort by Rep. King is a snapshot of the immediate political future. It is the first of much legislation that will be directed at restoring the moral mess Obama is leaving behind.
However, the Christian Church must lead. Pastors must lead if America is to experience true restoration---the spiritual awakening, so many have been praying for, for so long.
While the Trump presidency will reverse much of the attack on our religious freedom, and even assist in passing moral legislation such as that proposed by Rep. King, he will not---he cannot provide spiritual leadership.
Following the election of Trump, Pastor Jeffress of the 20,000 member First Baptist Church in Dallas Texas said:
“No matter how you feel about the outcome of this election, I hope you’ll join me in praying for my friend President-elect Donald Trump.
“For those who didn’t choose to vote for President-elect Donald Trump and may carry a measure of uncertainty about the future, there’s no need to fear and no reason to be discouraged. In Daniel, chapter 2, it’s clear that God alone establishes our leaders. As Christians, our hope does not reside in kings, presidents or any authority other than God and God alone.”
This is our time to advance the gospel. Turn on the Light. Administer the Salt. Speak the Truth to the culture.
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be A Blessing. Be Blessed.