by Ellen Foell, Heartbeat International Legal Counsel
I love to study the Bible. There are two rules I try to follow in studying or teaching.
1) I try not to take verses out of context when I am teaching.
2) I try not to build a teaching around one verse.
Today I am breaking both rules. I break the rules, because I think you, dear pregnancy help organizations across America, are worth it.
This is the verse: but the people who know their God will display strength and take action. (Daniel 11:32)
This issue of Capital Matters is a call for you to rise up, display strength and take action. The November elections, whether by whim or by design, whether in retrospect or foresight, sent out a very clear clarion message across America...the people of America are more pro-life than the media, the left, the White House and pro-choice politicians like to think. Pro-life politicians have taken the Senate and kept the House. Who would have thought it?
As the proverbial saying goes, strike now, while the iron is hot.
Friends we have an opportunity. You have an opportunity in your state to display strength and take action. Jeanneane Maxon from Americans United for Life has written an article on Pregnancy Center Resolutions, their efficacy, the process, and the benefits to a center. Further, her article makes it abundantly clear that such a resolution can be reality in your state.
The positive pregnancy help center resolution is a wonderful and effective tool to wield. It worked as a shield in West Virginia in 2013 when State Delegate Stephen Skinner sent a letter to almost every Crisis Pregnancy Center (his terminology) in West Virginia demanding documentation and answers to a span of questions to be answered within thirty days. Heartbeat International's Action Alert went out to every affiliate advising that the letter was not a subpoena and further recommended that centers who received the letter could send a copy of the 2013 Pregnancy Center Resolution to Mr. Skinner. His inquiry went no farther. What would your center do if you received a letter similar to Mr. Skinner's?
Tweet this! You may ask, if the resolution is such a great idea, why doesn't every state have one?
You may ask, if the resolution is such a great idea, why doesn't every state have one? Great question! Here are the top six reasons given:
- It's political so it is illegal and will threaten my 501(c)(3) status
- I don't have time to spearhead another project
- It's expensive
- It makes pregnancy centers a target for the pro-abortion lobby
- There is no point to it
- It's too complicated
It's political so it is illegal and will threaten my 501(c)(3) status.
The PHC resolution commends the work of pregnancy centers. It highlights the good works done and the help in the communities served by centers. Communications with a legislative body on matters that directly affect the existence and mission of your organization is acceptable and not considered to be influencing legislation.
I don't have time to spearhead another project.
This is probably true...no one has time. Maybe your center can recruit someone who wants to volunteer to coordinate with AUL. Maybe there is a coalition whose director would like to undertake this project. This isn't just another project. It is a fairly uncomplicated and fairly inexpensive way to create an effective shield in your arsenal of defense weapons against the ever increasing attacks of the pro abortion forces.
It is expensive.
Not really. See Jeanneane Maxon's article.
It makes pregnancy centers a target for the pro-abortion lobby.
Don't look now. Your center already is on their radar, and a resolution can be the best shield against an attack.
There is no point to it.
It stopped a possible disaster in West Virginia.
It is too complicated.
AUL has taken the complication out of it.
Friends, the time is now. You have at your disposal a tremendous opportunity to rise up, display strength and take action.