Monday, January 29, 2018

Shak Hill for Congress: Important dates

For each of these events you can RSVP on Facebook (click the links below) or email

Loudoun County Shak Hill Meet & Greet
Bungalow Lakehouse
46116 Lake Center Plaza,
Sterling, VA
Hosted by Eugene Delgaudio
Thursday, February 1st
7 pm - 9 pm

Winchester America First Event with Shak Hill
Donato's Touch of Italy
1361 N. Frederick Pike
Winchester, VA
Hosted by Jeff Krizan
Thursday, February 22nd
7 pm - 9 pm

An Evening with Ron Maxwell - Writer-Director of the Motion Picture Gettysburg
The home of Jeff Phillips
324 W. Market St.
Leesburg, VA
Hosted by Ron Maxwell and Jeff Krizan
Sunday, March 4th
5 pm - 7 pm

St. Patrick's Day with Congressional Candidate Shak Hill
Lion and Bull Sports Pub
5351 Merchants View Square
Haymarket, VA
Hosted by Dennis Connelly, Kathleen Katz, Richard Kessinger, John Hinkle, Robert Wyman, Tim Lund, and Jose Cossio
Friday, March 16th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Family Research Council Statement on the Senate Falling Short of Votes Needed to Proceed on Pain-Cap

January 29, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) expressed disappointment over the Senate's failed vote on the motion to proceed to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1922) today. This procedural motion received a majority (51 to 46) but fell short of the 60 votes required in the Senate to end debate and proceed to a final vote. This Pain-Capable bill, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), would have saved over 13,000 human lives each year. This bill would have prohibited brutal abortions on unborn babies after five months post-fertilization, when they feel excruciating pain according to the testimony of medical experts.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said of the failed Senate motion to proceed:

"American should not be forced to remain in the company of nations that engage in the aborting of viable unborn children. Because of Democrat opposition to the Pain-Capable bill America will remain one of seven countries in the world, along with North Korea, China, and Vietnam that have legalized abortion on demand after 5 months of development. The American people will not forget the extreme position taken by Senate Democrats to block this commonsense legislation to stop barbaric late abortions, which is supported by nearly 60% of Americans," Perkins concluded.

Friday, January 26, 2018

FRC's Tony Perkins Travels to Guatemala, Meets with President Jimmy Morales

January 26, 2018

GUATEMALA CITY - On Thursday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins traveled with a small delegation of evangelical leaders to Guatemala City to meet with President Jimmy Morales, Vice President Jafeth Cabrera and key members of the Morales administration to commend Guatemala for recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided, eternal capital of Israel, and discuss other vital issues such as his administration's support for the sanctity of human life, and religious freedom. The delegation was organized by the Latino Coalition for Israel and included evangelical leaders such as Mario Bramnick, President of Latino Coalition for Israel; Dr. Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of Skyline Church; former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann; Pastor Ramiro Pena, Senior Pastor, Christ the King; and Lourdes Aguirre, director, Latino Coalition for Israel.

After his dinner and visit with President Morales, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"I appreciate the opportunity to meet with President Morales to discuss his government's leadership role in defending Israel and becoming the first nation to follow President Trump in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"In the face of strong international opposition and even some resistance within the U.S. State Department, Guatemala has remained a true friend of Israel by publicly proclaiming the biblical and historical fact that Jerusalem is the undivided, eternal capital of Israel.

"He and the Guatemalan people have bravely established laws and public policies to defend the sanctity of human life. The president put pro-life principles into action just last year when he prevented a floating abortion clinic from operating in Guatemalan territory, setting an example for all the nations of the Americas.

"I was very encouraged to learn more about President Morales' parallel efforts to President Trump in seeking to protect and enhance the religious expression of Guatemala's citizens. President Morales is setting an example for other world leaders as a champion of faith, family and freedom," concluded Perkins.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Family Research Council Praises President Trump's New HHS Policies on Conscience, Tax Dollars for Ab

January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council today applauded President Trump and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for announcing a new policy that will allow states to defund abortionists from state Medicaid programs. HHS is reversing an Obama era Medicaid policy that prohibited states from removing certain types of providers, including abortion providers, from their state Medicaid programs despite federal authority for states to determine standards for qualified providers. HHS also released a new regulation that will give enforcement tools to HHS's Office of Civil Rights to handle conscience violations related to 25 federal laws that pertain to the beginning of and end of life.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"President Trump is paving the way for states to finally be free to end the forced partnership between taxpayers and the nation's largest abortion organization, Planned Parenthood. It is past time for states to be free to cut ties with abortion providers within their Medicaid program, especially Planned Parenthood which has been referred for criminal prosecution and is currently under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for profiting off the sale of unborn baby body parts.

"I applaud President Trump for allowing states to bring this Obama era partnership with abortion providers in Medicaid to an end," concluded Perkins.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Family Research Council Urges House Passage of Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Friday, the same day hundreds of thousands descend on the city for the annual March for Life, the House of Representatives will vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712). This legislation would require health care practitioners to provide life-saving medical care to babies born alive who survive an attempted abortion, just as they would do for other babies born at the same age of development. It will create criminal penalties to enforce what is currently only a definitional provision in federal law. The bill expressly prohibits any prosecution under this act of the mother of a child born-alive, and gives her a private right of action to seek relief if an abortionist were to kill or neglect her born-alive infant. Although a similar measure was signed into law by President Bush in 2003, it never had the teeth needed to hold the abortion industry accountable. Family Research Council (FRC) announced plans to score in favor of both the rule to consider the legislation and final passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

Also, on Friday, prior to the March for Life, Family Research Council is hosting its 13th Annual ProLifeCon Digital Action Summit featuring House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), House Select Panel on Infant Lives Chairman Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) among other speakers.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"The recent atrocities involving born-alive infants in Pennsylvania, where Kermit Gosnell 'snipped the necks' of babies born-alive combined with the horrifying videos exposing Planned Parenthood workers dissecting and selling the body parts of babies, possibly who were born-alive, it is essential that we make clear that born-alive infants are American citizens entitled to the full protection of our laws. America's abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood has worked hard to dehumanize unborn children, which has resulted in infanticide. This atrocity must stop. With Republicans in control of both Congress and the White House, it is time to restore and protect the humanity of all children and the passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act is a good start.

"On Friday, the massive crowd, which is anticipated for the March for Life will come excited to hear from a president who is following through on his promise to roll back Obama's devastating pro-abortion policies. House Republican leadership and lead sponsor Rep. Marsha Blackburn deserve praise for their effort to build a society in which all human life is a gift to be treasured," Perkins concluded.

In September 2016, Family Research Council provided congressional testimony in support of this legislation:

To see a full list of speakers at this year's ProLifeCon, please see:

To read FRC's score letter, please see:

Trump Administration Delivers Again on Religious Liberty Through New HHS Division

January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council today applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for announcing the formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). HHS announced that the division "will provide HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom, the first freedom protected in the Bill of Rights."

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"Religious liberty isn't found in political proclamations, but in the policies they inspire. Today is another moment in which President Trump's promises are becoming a reality. The formation of a new HHS division devoted to enforcing civil rights and conscience laws demonstrates that we have a president committed to the Constitution and the values it protects.

"Under President Obama, the federal government failed to enforce federal laws in place to ensure hard working Americans aren't unfairly punished by the government for simply seeking to live their lives according to their beliefs. This is a freedom that has been a fundamental part of our society since the beginning of our nation and is cemented in federal law.

"Healthcare providers and others protected under federal conscience laws should be greatly encouraged that HHS will address any government actions taken against those who have objections to participating in an abortion or purchasing health insurance that includes abortion. Americans should not be forced to choose between their faith and their desire to help patients.

"As President Trump continues to follow through on his promises on these core issues, he will continue to have the support of social conservatives on his policy initiatives," concluded Perkins.

FRC Commends Senate Foreign Relations Committee for Approving Gov. Brownback's Nomination for Ambass

January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council today commended the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for approving the nomination of Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) to be the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, a job then-Senator Brownback was pivotal in creating in 1998 to address religious persecution and genocide around the world.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"I commend the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for moving Governor Brownback's nomination to the Senate floor. Now, it's time for the full U.S. Senate to act on Governor Brownback's confirmation, so that Americans can start giving the world's persecuted new hope -- first, that they aren't alone, and secondly, that help is on the way.

"From the very beginning of his administration, President Trump has been intentional about his desire to pick up the torch for religious liberty, first trying to secure it for Americans here at home through executive order and other directives. But with his nomination of Sam Brownback to Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom, the administration has shown its sincerity on restoring the United States' reputation as a voice for the voiceless.

"Today's committee approval comes on the eve of Vice President Pence's trip to the Middle East, a region of the world where religious liberty has an opportunity to advance with the retreat of ISIS and the rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood. The sooner Gov. Brownback is confirmed as ambassador, the sooner the U.S. will be able to expand its efforts to help the persecuted and those targeted for genocide," concluded Perkins.

Click here for Tony Perkins' Fox News Opinion column: Christians in the Middle East are suffering. When will aid promised by Team Trump arrive?