The University of Washington’s Birth Defects Research Laboratory (UWBDRL) sold brains from aborted babies for $200 each to Indiana University, according to an invoice recently uncovered by Indiana Right to Life. The invoice, dated July 25, 2013, records the sale of two shipments of brain tissue. The Birth Defects Research Laboratory at the University of Washington often acted as a middleman between abortion clinics and medical researchers, securing aborted fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics in Washington State that it then sold to other medical researchers across the nation. Some critics have questioned whether UWBDRL violated federal human trafficking laws that prohibit the sale of fetal tissue. The recently released invoice showing UWBDRL’s sale of aborted fetal tissue to Indiana University is concerning, especially since there are questions still remaining about UWBDRL’s business arrangement with Planned Parenthood clinics in Washington State. When Zach Freeman, FPIW’s Communications Director, filed a public records request soliciting the business agreement between Planned Parenthood and UWBDRL, Planned Parenthood sued, effectively delaying the release of the business agreement indefinitely. Without the business agreement, which is not being made public because of Planned Parenthood’s ongoing federal lawsuit, we cannot know whether UWBDRL engaged in illegally selling […]
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President-elect Donald Trump has selected pro-life champion Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to run the Department of Health and Human Services. Price, a physician, is a known opponent of Obamacare, signaling the incoming administration’s intention of following through with its campaign promise to “repeal and replace.” “Some Republicans have attacked the Affordable Care Act without proposing an alternative,” reported the New York Times. “Mr. Price, by contrast, has introduced bills offering a detailed, comprehensive replacement plan in every Congress since 2009, when Democrats started work on the legislation.” Price’s piece of legislation, the Empowering Patients First Act, would repeal and replace Obamacare and create tax credits for the purchase of individual and family health insurance policies. If passed, it would also create new incentives for people to contribute to health savings accounts, offer grants to states to subsidize insurance for “high-risk populations,” and promote competition by allowing insurers to sell policies across state lines. His legislation also provides explicit protections for religious freedom and rights of conscience related to the practice of abortion and the dispensing of abortion-inducing drugs. As an added bonus, Price has consistently — 100% of the time — voted to Defund Planned Parenthood. He is an outspoken critic of abortion, calling it a “barbaric” practice. Planned Parenthood and […]
It’s Thanksgiving this week, which means we’re all looking for things to be thankful for. One thing I’m thankful for is that our friends on the left may be coming around to the idea that freedom is cool again. Over the past eight years, we have seen a massive shift away from an emphasis on individual rights to an environment that prioritized a subjective concept of “tolerance” in the hopes of eradicating a subjective concept of “discrimination.” The cost has been a significant assault on conscience rights and individual freedoms. In 2007, few of us could have imagined: Forcing nuns to pay for birth control, Allowing government to discriminate against Christian organizations that require it’s leadership to be Christians Making it illegal for private individuals to choose not to pay for health insurance, or Forcing a wedding contractor to participate in a wedding they had moral objections to. But all of those became priorities of the Obama Administration. Previously, it was understood that First Amendment protected people in cases like these. Beyond that, however, conservatives and liberals agreed that it was wrong for a political majority to compel a political minority to do things that violated their sincerely held beliefs. In fact, […]
Colleges and universities are widely known to be hotbeds of liberal progressivism, but one public university administrator’s recent comments about supporters of traditional marriage are beyond the pale. Andrew Bunting, George Mason University’s Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, shared his feelings about supporters of traditional marriage, calling them “worthless pieces of trash.” The incident began last week when Bunting shared on Facebook a blog post written by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a grassroots organization that advocates for traditional marriage. The blog post shares NOM’s desire to work with the Trump administration to protect religious liberty, nominate conservatives to the Supreme Court, overturn President Obama’s gender identity directives, and oppose efforts to redefine marriage. Commenting on the blog post, Bunting parroted the Southern Poverty Law Center’s claim that NOM is a “hate group.” He went on to write, “If you agree with [NOM about traditional marriage] then that is your opinion. Just know that to the rest of us, you are a worthless piece of trash.” The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a far-left political group known for designating as a hate group any organization that supports traditional marriage. According to SPLC, mainstream, pro-family organizations like the American Family Association, Family Research Council, and […]
The Satanic Temple’s efforts to infiltrate public schools seem to be making headway. Point Defiance Elementary School, a public school in the Tacoma School District, has approved the Satanic Temple of Seattle’s request to start an “After School Satan Club” at the school. An informational meeting about the club will be held for parents, students, and teachers on December 14. Point Defiance Elementary School’s decision to approve the “After School Satan Club” comes as Centennial Elementary School, a public school in Mount Vernon, WA, tries to decide how to respond to the Satanic Temple’s request to open a chapter at their school. I’ve written before about the Satanic Temple’s attacks on “Good News Clubs,” an evangelical after school club that offers a forum for students who voluntarily want to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Satanic Temple contends that it is unconstitutional for a school club to promote any religious belief. Responding to the success of “Good News Clubs” in schools across the country, the Satanic Temple has been targeting any school that allows a chapter of the evangelical club to meet after school by requesting that these schools also permit Satanic after school clubs. The implication, of course, is that […]
In his first interview since winning the presidential election, President-elect Donald J. Trump assured the American people that he won’t advocate reversing the Supreme Court’s decision last year requiring states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Speaking with CBS News correspondent Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes, Donald Trump indicated that his administration will abandon efforts to overturn the controversial Obergefell decision. The news media has interpreted Trump’s support for same-sex marriage as a sign that the conservative movement has surrendered on the contentious issue. “I’ve been a supporter [of the LGBT group],” Trump said in the interview this past Sunday. “[Marriage equality] is already settled. It’s law… These cases [regarding same-sex marriage] have gone to the Supreme Court, they’ve been settled, and I’m fine with that.” In Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), the Supreme Court interpreted the Fourteenth Amendment as requiring states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Court’s decision to force states to give equal treatment to same-sex marriages “has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in his dissent. “Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be…. Five lawyers have closed the debate [about same-sex marriage] and […]
Yesterday, Barronelle Stutzman, the florist from eastern Washington, had her day at the Washington State Supreme Court. She argued that the First Amendment’s protects her right to choose which messages she communicates with her art and which events she chooses to participate. On the other side, Attorney General Bob Ferguson argued that, “The state’s interest overrides constitutionally protects individual rights”. In addition to being alarmed that the Attorney General believes the state’s interest always override the interests of individuals, there’s something else you should be concerned about. As has been customary at every hearing involving this case, Mr. Ferguson sent a fundraising email to his list of supporters immediately after walking out of court. Here is what he said. I went to court today, _____. Here’s why: Three years ago, a florist in Richland refused to serve a gay man who wanted flowers for his wedding. That’s discrimination, pure and simple. If a business provides a service, it must provide that service equally and cannot discriminate. This morning, I argued before the state Supreme Court in support of our state’s anti-discrimination laws. Here in Washington, it’s against the law to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation. Just like a restaurant […]
Barronelle Stutzman had her day in court. Accused of violating the state’s law against discrimination for declining to decorate for a same-sex wedding, today Mrs. Stutzman went to the Washington State Supreme Court to argue that the First Amendment protects her right to decide the kind of messages she supports with her art. She had appealed a lower court ruling concluding that once an artist sells their work to the public, they must agree to do any art someone is willing to pay them to do, regardless of personal objections. The lower court concluded that declining to decorate for a same-sex wedding is always discrimination based on sexual orientation regardless of the fact that Mrs. Stutzman has employed people who experience same-sex attraction, sold them flowers in the past, and repeatedly emphasized her willingness to do so in the future. Because the state has sued her in her personal and professional capacities, she stands to lose her home, life savings, retirement, and business to the government in this case. A crowd of approximately five hundred people showed up to support Mrs. Stutzman. The crowd filled the three-hundred person auditorium and two overflow rooms at Bellevue Community College, where the arguments […]
Last week’s election results may have brought a bit of relief for Christians concerned about the government’s assaults on their religious freedom, but it’s critically important — now more than ever — that we remain vigilant in keeping our leaders accountable to their promises, and to the values we all hold dear. In case you missed it, we released a new video last week, entitled, “Why Christians Must Remain Vigilant and Involved,” featuring Pastor Brant Bosserman from Trinitas Presbyterian Church in Everett.
Following this week’s elections, FPIW’s Joseph Backholm, Zach Freeman, and Chris Plante sat down to talk about why Washington State’s elections didn’t go as well for conservatives as other elections did nationally. It all comes down to one thing: high voter turnout in Western Washington, and low voter turnout in Central and Eastern Washington. Listen here: