This week's edition of "The 3" spotlights American involvement in a constitution vote in Kenya, legislation introduced into the Senate that could limit free speech of various organizations regarding political campaigns, and another step in the march toward confirmation for the President's latest Supreme Court nominee.
3 - Christian and pro-family leaders stand in opposition to new Kenyan constitution
Perhaps you're aware that on August 4, voters in the African nation of Kenya will be going to vote on a new constitution. Why is that of concern to citizens of the United States? Well, for one thing, language in the proposed constitution overturns the current law prohibiting abortion in all instances, except to save the mother's life. Pro-family leaders believe the proposed wording would allow abortion in all circumstances at any time during pregnancy.
Also, reports have surfaced that U.S. taxpayer dollars are being used to support the new pro-abortion constitution. Yes, it seems that the Obama Administration has committed some $23 million of public funds to promote approval of the constitution. So, the U.S. has arranged to have a stake in the outcome, and American taxpayer funds are a mechanism being used to promote the termination of pre-born Kenyan babies.
The World Congress of Families has been collecting signatures from pro-life leaders across the globe, and over 170 such leaders in 21 countries have signed on in opposition to this new proposal. WCF issued this press release earlier this week.
This is another example of activity by U.S. governmental officials that is working to promote the destruction of lives on foreign soil.
2 - New version of DISCLOSE Act introduced into Senate, set for Tuesday vote
A few weeks ago, by a narrow margin, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a sweeping new campaign finance bill, requiring that organizations which broadcast or publish announcements regarding a candidate reveal certain donor information, including information about the person at the head of the organization. This past week, a version of this DISCLOSE Act was introduced in the Senate, designed apparently to limit political ads run by various organizations and, as it's charged, perhaps even aid the leadership party, the Democratic party, to retain seats that it may be in danger of losing.
A vote was suddenly scheduled by Majority Leader Harry Reid for this Tuesday at 2:45PM ET. It would take 60 votes in order to cut off debate on the measure and proceed for a final vote on passage. CitizenLink has a synopsis of the bill, its free speech limitations, and how you can be involved in speaking out against restrictions on political activity by various groups. This could have strong negative implications for pro-life and pro-family organizations, which routinely call attention to the positions of candidates on various issues of concern.
1 - Kagan nomination one step closer, despite reservations
This week, along party lines, with the exception of one Republican (Sen. Lindsey Graham) voting with the Democratic majority, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved sending the Supreme Court nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the entire U.S. Senate, where she would be presumably approved.
Kagan has a history, not as a judge, but in various capacities, as an activist - from her promotion of partial-birth abortion while in the Clinton administration to her limitations placed on military recruiters while dean of Harvard Law School. She has apparently played a significant role in the promotion of health care legislation, but has stated she would not step aside if the court challenge to the constitutionality of the law by a number of state attorneys general reaches the high court.
A "Memo for the Movement", released earlier this month by the Conservative Action Project, lists a number of the concerns about Kagan's nomination. Even though the confirmation of Kagan is all but certain, nevertheless the discussion of judicial philosophy and the exposure of areas of judicial activism can be helpful, for it illustrates where officials stand on these issues, for voters to keep in mind when they elect leaders.
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