One of our event banners describes us well: “We’re watching your state capitol.” Today – January 20th – is the first day of the 2015-2016 legislative session. And we’re already on the Hill, in the halls of power, fulfilling our partnership with YOU to protect the Sanctity of Life, Religious Freedom and Marriage & Family. As our policy team walks the halls and visits offices, here are some highlights of what we’re watching. You’re sure to hear more from us on what you can do at home to help win these battles in the weeks ahead.
Sanctity of Life
1) GOOD BILL – Fighting Sex Trafficking: Representative Matthew Baker (R-68) will be introducing legislation that looks to help human trafficking victims who are forced into various forms of exploitation.
- Did you know a convicted sex-trafficker in PA can run a strip club, or what the FBI calls “a haven for prostitutes forced into sex trafficking”? This proposed bill would prevent adult-oriented businesses from being run by or employing those involved with sex trafficking, prostitution or the exploitation of children.
- This legislation would also provide victims with a more efficient mechanism for bringing a claim against an adult business where they were victimized.
2) GOOD RESOLUTION – Led by Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-143), a resolution is seeking support to recognize January 2015 as “National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.” Public awareness is a key element in battling sex trafficking and this is an example of trying to do just that.
3) BAD BILL – Doctor-Prescribed Suicide: We expect a push for the statewide legalization of doctor-prescribed suicide. We will be there, along with many others, vigorously opposing any push.
4) BAD BILL – HB / SB 300: Representative Dan Frankel (D-23) is reintroducing controversial legislation which would grant special status on the basis of sexual orientation and “gender identity” while making Pennsylvania not at all welcoming to those who believe there’s something special about marriage between one man and one woman.
This exact type of law in other states resulted in:
- Small businesses being fined and forced to close.
- Men being permitted to use women’s restrooms and locker rooms.
- Religious organizations being forced to stop assisting with adoptions.
Marriage & Family
GOOD SIGN – The Supreme Court of the United States declared on Jan. 16th that it will hear four cases related to state rights on defining marriage. The outcome will either uphold a state’s right to define marriage or declare same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. With a good ruling, our PA marriage law – redefined by one federal judge to include same-sex couples – could be revisited. A decision is expected this summer, probably in late June.
We will continue to be your watchdog in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania Family Council (PFC) is your voice in the state capitol and provides a platform for informing, inspiring and motivating those who care deeply about the family to greater involvement.
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