Please post and circulate immediately:
U.S. Coalition for Life National Alert 11/17/09
$375 Million for Classroom Sex Instruction in Senate “Health Care Reform Bill” – SIECUS and Other Anti-life/Homosexual Groups Promoting “The Personal Responsibility Education for Adulthood Training” [Senate] and the Healthy Teen Initiative [House] Amendments.
This is what the enemies of life are up to – Read’ em and weep – Then consider that the American Bishops have said nothing about these deadly amendments to the Senate Health Care Reform Bill even though Planned Parenthood states the primary purpose of sex instruction is to increase sexual activity among the young, but in such a way as to prevent babies and that the only way to secure abortion rights is through classroom sex instruction.
The American bishops are meeting November 16-19, 2009, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel (Phone: 1-410-385-3000, Fax 1-410- 895-1900), but discussion of the Bacus Sex Education Amendment is not on the agenda. We need to get it on the agenda! The hotel staff will deliver your fax. You can also leave a brief message on your bishop’s room phone. If you cannot contact your bishop at the hotel, please do so after he returns home on the weekend.
Please contact your Senators immediately and urge them to vote “NO” on BOTH the $375 million Bacus Amendment and the $250 million Hatch “Abstinence Only” Sex Instruction Programs in order to get the federal government out of the sex instruction/anti-baby/pro-homosexual business.
Dueling Amendments on Sex Education Pass Senate Finance Committee
Senate Finance Committee Votes to Fund Comprehensive Sex Education
Failed Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding Also Restored
Washington, DC – Late last night, the Senate Finance Committee approved an amendment offered by Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) to fund a comprehensive sex education funding stream, The Personal Responsibility Education for Adulthood Training. The amendment provides $75 million annually [FY2010- FY2024] for states; $50 million of which would be geared to evidence-based, medically accurate, age-appropriate programs to educate adolescents about both abstinence and contraception in order to prevent unintended teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. The remaining funds would be for innovative programs as well as research and evaluation. The amendment passed 14–9 with Republican Senator Olympia Snowe (ME) joining all the Democrats voting in favor.
“We would like to thank Chairman Baucus and his staff for their strong support of a comprehensive approach to sex education, ensuring that all young people have access to information so that they can make responsible decisions and lead healthy and safe lives,” said William Smith, vice president for public policy at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). “The Baucus Amendment creates a new comprehensive sex education program for the states and can be easily reconciled with a similar measure, the Healthy Teen Initiative, on the House side. This is a huge step in putting evidence and common sense over hypermorality and will get states the money they need to support good programming….”
FYI - Bishops’ Agenda
USCCB News Release
October 1, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bishops To Meet Nov. 16-19, In Baltimore; Agenda Includes Votes On Liturgical Texts, Letter On Marriage, Document On Reproductive Technologies, Revision Of Item In Ethical And Religious Directives
WASHINGTON—The annual Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be November 16-19, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.
In a change from the usual schedule, the meeting will begin with Mass on Monday morning, followed by regional meetings. The public plenary session will not open until early Monday afternoon.
At the assembly, the bishops will hear an address by the president of the USCCB, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago; and elect the USCCB chairs-elect of the Committees on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations; Divine Worship; Domestic Justice and Human Development; Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; and Migration.
Other action items include votes on
• Sections of the New Roman Missal
• Pastoral letter, “Marriage: Life and Love in the Divine Plan”
• Document on reproductive technologies, “Life-giving Love in an Age of Technology”
• Revision of directive no. 58 in “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services...”
The agenda is not finalized until immediately prior to the meeting so items may change…