Legislative Update for November 8, 2013

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The Senate plays while the House is away.

The House will be back in session on Tuesday, November12. Next week, the House will be considering the “Keep Your Health Care Plan Act of 2013,” H.R. 3350. CWALAC has been sharing stories that you gave us with our friends on the Hill. They will be highlighting some of these when the bill is brought up. For more information on ObamaCare, click here. To submit your story, please e-mail mystory@cwfa.org.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): The Senate finished this week with a 63-32 vote on ENDA, passing this threatening bill over to the House, where Speaker John Boehner said he will not bring the bill up for a vote.

ENDA seeks to create special privileges for a few individuals based on their self-described “sexual orientation” and/or gender identity. The legislation elevates these preferences above our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms, like the freedoms of speech, religion, and association.

This bill, if passed by the House of Representatives and signed by the president would prohibit any organization of 15 employees or more from “discriminat[ing] against any individual … because of such individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.” Such broad, subject language opens the door to many sensitive issues of concern to families, especially as they relate to women and children.

For more information:

Click here for CWALAC’s ENDA opposition letter.

Click here to read Dr. Janice Crouse’s article on ENDA.

Action: The outcome of ENDA in the Senate was disappointing to say the least. Click here to find out how your senators voted. Please call them and thank them for their “no” vote or tell them how displeased you are with how they represented you on this vote.

Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: The Senate introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670) this week. The bill seeks to protect women by limiting abortion after five months. Penny Nance joined Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) at a press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday to discuss it.

Click here for CWALAC’s press statement.

Action: Please call your senators and ask them to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Your senators can be found by calling 202-224-3121 or by clicking here.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): If ratified, this treaty will erode parental consent. Language is included within the treaty that would, for the first time in any binding law, contain the phrase “sexual and reproductive rights.” Just this past May, the United Nations Children’s Fund interpreted the CRPD as giving children as young as 10 years of age the “right” to sexual and reproductive health services without any consent from their parents.

Action: Call your senators at 202-224-3121 and urge them to oppose ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.