At Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), we look forward to the day when abortion is not only unthinkable but unnecessary – when women in crisis know that there are real alternatives to cutting a life short. HB 425 by Rep. Katrina Jackson is a simple affirmation of the Louisiana pro-life ethic, stating that, “to protect human life, nothing in the Louisiana Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
The citizens of Louisiana are well known around the country for our pro-life principles. Louisiana consistently ranks highest in the nation for our pro-life statutes protecting the unborn. For the first time since the 1973 Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton Supreme Court decisions, both pro-life and pro-abortion forces are anticipating that the makeup of the current Court, or the Court in the near future, could mean a change in abortion law in our nation. The Louisiana Legislature and LFF are preparing for this eventuality.
It is possible that once Roe v Wade is overturned, a future Louisiana Supreme Court could fashion a right to abortion or abortion funding in our state constitution. (Like the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 “found” a right to abortion in the 14th amendment.) This has already happened in 12 other states around the country. Should Roe v Wade ever be reversed, pro-abortion forces would turn to state courts to ensure that abortion remains legal. An amendment to our state constitution would prevent such action.
Many look forward to the day Roe v Wade is overturned. A constitutional amendment to be approved by the voters of Louisiana would be the ultimate assurance that the will of the people of Louisiana to protect life at all stages would be enforceable.
How can public school educators teach about Easter's religious aspects? Well, as article author Eric Buehrer has written about Christmas, you can teach all about the religious nature of a holiday as long as it's done academically and objectively - not devotionally. Besides its religious value for Christians, the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus has historical and cultural relevance for non-Christians. Teaching students the New Testament story has academic value.
As part of World History, states across the country expect students to learn about the teachings and beliefs of Christianity. Of course, the death and resurrection of Jesus is the central teaching of Christianity. Teachers can (also) help students make cultural connections, whether its history, literature, art or social movements.
If you want to control people's thoughts, begin by controlling their words. That's totalitarian thinking. It was once completely foreign to America. Not anymore.
Increasingly, Americans are forced to use language against their will or even their conscience or be prepared to suffer the consequences. And those consequences can be dire.
Take, for example, the issue of transgenderism, the newest "civil rights battle" of our time. A decade ago, few people could even tell you what the word "transgender" meant. Today, expressing the "wrong opinion" on the issue can cost you your business or job – or both.
To the extent that the transgender movement seeks to promote compassion for those who struggle with their biological sex, we should be grateful for it. To the extent that it seeks to use government power to regulate our perspectives – commanding that we ignore biology and common sense – we should resist it.
Today is Tax Freedom Day –105 days into the year! This is a significant date for taxpayers and lawmakers because it represents how long Americans must work to pay the nation’s tax burden.
In 2019, Americans will pay $3.4 trillion in federal taxes and $1.8 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of over $5.2 trillion, or 29 percent of the nation’s income and will collectively spend more on taxes in 2019 than they will on food, clothing, and housing combined.
It’s nice to have more money in your pocket. And thanks to the 2017 tax cuts, the typical American is now paying less in taxes. But that’s not to say we’re not still sending a hefty sum of money to Washington. Tally up all the payroll and other taxes on earnings and income, and you’ll find that the average American household forks over more than $26,000 to the feds each year.
Some believe most of it goes to foreign aid and defense. Others think corporate subsidies dominate the budget.
Health entitlements—Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare—and Social Security are the largest and fastest-growing programs. Unless Congress fixes these four programs, they—and the ever-growing interest payments on the national debt—will consume every dollar of taxes paid by 2041. That leaves no money for anything else. Uncle Sam couldn’t spend a penny on defense, food assistance, highways, or education without driving the country further into debt.
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