On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 224 to 206 to pass the so-called "Equality Act" (H.R. 5), which would enshrine “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as legally protected classes in a myriad of federal laws. The vote fell along party lines, with only three Republicans voting with the Democratic majority, and two Republicans not voting.
Posted in Federal, Religious Liberty, Sexuality
Tagged Adam Kinzinger, Bill Foster, Bobby Rush, Brad Schneider, Brian Fitzpatrick, Cheri Bustos, Chuy Garcia, Danny Davis, Daren LaHood, Equality Act, H.R. 5, Jan Schakowsky, John Katko, Lauren Underwood, Marie Newman, Mary Miller, Mike Bost, Mike Quigley, Robin Kelly, Rodney Davis, Sean Casten, Tom Reed
The SAFE Banking Act is a federal bill that would give the “medical” and recreational marijuana industries (and cartels) access to banking privileges, such as checking and savings accounts, credit lines and loans, enabling and legitimizing what has been an all cash trade to make real estate deals, payroll, insurance and operating costs much easier.
Posted in Federal, Marijuana
Tagged Adam Kinzinger, Bill Foster, Bobby Rush, Brad Schneider, Cannabis, Cheri Bustos, COVID–19, Crain's Chicago Business, Cresco Labs, Daniel Lipinski, Danny Davis, Dick Dubin, Dina Rollman, Donald Trump, Ed Perlmutter, Green Thumb Industries, Jan Schakowsky, Jesus Garcia, John Sullivan, Lauren Underwood, Mike Bost, Mike Quigley, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Recreational Marijuana, Robin Kelly, Rodney David, SAFE Banking Act, Sean Casten, Tammy Duckworth
We are pleased to report that Illinois Family Institute, along with three other Christian organizations, filed an amicus brief this week to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in the case of June Medical Service, LLC v. Gee. The brief supports a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic.
With a vote of 237 to 189, the U.S. House voted yesterday to pass H.R. 36, the 20-week ban on abortion. The official title of this important legislation is the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," which restricts most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, with limited exceptions. It also specifies that any baby born alive in the process of an abortion should be given the same care as a baby born prematurely.
In light of the possibility that Governor Bruce Rauner may renege on his commitment to veto HB 40—the bill that would require taxpayer-funding of abortions through Medicaid and state employee insurance plans through the entire 9 months of pregnancies—and the moral gravity of such an obscene (and costly) requirement, Illinois Family Institute Executive Director David Smith sent a letter to Illinois’ Republican congressmen requesting their help in persuading Governor Rauner to veto HB 40.
Posted in Illinois Politics, Sanctity of Life
Tagged Adam Kinzinger, Bruce Rauner, Darin LaHood, HB 40, John Shimkus, Mike Bost, Peter Roskam, Randy Hultgren, Rodney Davis, taxpayer-funding of abortions
This week, U.S. Representatives Peter Roskam (R-West Chicago), Randy Hultgren (R-Campton Hills), Daniel Lipinski (D-Chicago), Mike Bost (R-Belleville), Rodney Davis (R-Decatur), and John Shimkus (R-Effingham), joined dozens of their colleagues in the U.S. Congress in calling for an investigation into the shocking revelations that a top Planned Parenthood executive was caught on video discussing dismembering babies and selling their body parts.
(Read more: Click HERE to read Laurie Higgin’s article.)
This recently released video exposes Dr. Deborah Nucatola, a Planned Parenthood executive, negotiating with tissue brokers to determine what organs they would like to “procure” and offering ways to alter …
Every year in America, more than 18,000 perfectly healthy babies – developed enough to feel pain and, in many cases, survive outside the womb – are brutally killed in their mother’s wombs.
Can you imagine the public outrage if 18,000 babies died every year from faulty baby formula or substandard infant car seats? Liability lawsuits would flood the court systems and manufacturing companies would shutdown in bankruptcy and disgrace.
These particular 18,000 babies have been growing for 20 weeks or more in their mother’s bodies.
“These are innocent and defenseless children who can not only feel pain, but …
Posted in Sanctity of Life
Tagged Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, Barack Obama, Bob Dold, Dan Lipinski, Frederik De Buck, George W. Bush, Jamila Perritt, Jill Stanek, John Shimkus, Marc Van de Velde, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Bost, Peter Roskam, Planned Parenthood, Randy Hultgren, Trent Franks
IFI readers, please, whether you have children in schools or not, take seriously the assault on the minds and consciences of students, and take action against the newly amended and completely unnecessary anti-bullying bill: HB 5290.
IFI has requested that a provision be added that would guarantee students and school employees the right to opt out of any programs or activities that promote ideas that conflict with their personal or religious beliefs. If such a provision were added, IFI has agreed to adopt a neutral position on the bill, but so far the bill’s sponsors and the ACLU have …