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Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke Co-Sponsored Abortion to Birth Bill

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Newly announced 2020 presidential candidate Robert O’Rourke has some pretty radical views on abortion, from abortion on demand up to birth to the United States paying for overseas abortions.

O’Rourke has a long history of voting in support of pro-abortion bills, but perhaps the most radical bill on his list was the co-sponsorship of H.R. 1322 in 2017. The “Women’s Health Protection Act” was also co-sponsored by 169 other people including presidential candidates like Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders. The proposed bill would have done away with most state and federal regulations on abortion.

With the removal of common sense abortion laws, there would no longer be an informed consent requirement (documentation that the patient is aware of medically accurate information about the procedure), no waiting period, and no ban on sex-selection abortions.

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Life News did a roundup of Beto’s voting history on previous abortion legislation, thanks to Texas Right to Life:

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H.R. 3471 (2013): (Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013) O’Rourke co-sponsored this bill which sought to strip states (and any government) of their ability to write any Pro-Life laws whatsoever.  This would legalize abortion until birth, and make abortion the mandatory standard in all 50 states.

Details: https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3471

H.R. 448 (2015): (Women’s Health Protection Act of 2015) This is basically the same bill as the above, denying states their right to protect preborn babies.

Details: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/448

H.R. 36 (2017): (Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act) O’Rourke voted against this bill, which would have made abortion illegal after five months (20 weeks) of pregnancy.

Details: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/36

O’Rourke wrote a press release/blog about why he voted against the bill: https://medium.com/@RepBetoORourke/h-r-36-endangers-the-lives-and-health-of-women-91de756fc4b3

  • In this press release/blog, O’Rourke defends his vote against prohibiting late-term abortions by:
    • Praising Roe v. Wade as a woman’s constitutional protection to a safe and legal abortion.
    • Suggesting only 1.3% of abortions occur after five months, many of which are due to severe fetal abnormalities.
      • O’Rourke cites a story of a constituent of his, Jeni, who was 21 weeks pregnant and was “elated” to go in for a check-up. After the doctor told her than her baby had severe defects, according to O’Rourke, Jeni’s attitude shifted to thinking that choosing Life would be too hard for her, and she decided that “it seemed far worse to make the baby suffer too when he would ultimately not survive.”
      • Even though the bill provided an exception for rape and incest after five months, O’Rourke maintained that this wasn’t enough.

Letter to President Obama concerning Helms Amendment (2015): The Helms Amendment, named after the late Senator Jesse Helms (R- NC), was enacted shortly after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.  The Helms Amendment dictated that U.S. foreign aid cannot be used to pay for the “performance of abortion as a method of family planning,” or to “motivate or coerce any person to practice abortion.”

O’Rourke signed on to a letter urging President Obama to fund abortions in foreign countries through American foreign aid.

Details: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/12/obama-urged-to-re-interpret-helms-amendment-for-fo/

H.R. 7 (2014): (No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2014) O’Rourke voted against this bill that would reinstate the federal ban on taxpayer dollars being used for abortions in light of the new Obamacare legislation.

Details of bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/7

O’Rourke Press Release about voting against the bill: https://votesmart.org/public-statement/845255/voted-no-on-the-no-taxpayer-funding-for-abortion-act-hr-7#.W779lGhKjZs

O’Rourke has a 100% score from Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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Fairfield University Will Force Students to Take Mandatory COVID-19 Tests in Order to Attend Class

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Fairfield University has announced its plans to be operational for the fall semester amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, tossing the privacy rights of students completely to the wayside.

“As Fairfield University plans to Bring its Stags Home for the fall 2020 semester, a safe return to campus life is our most important priority. We want to make sure our community members have all the information they need to maintain the vibrancy of our campus life but do so as safely as possible,” Fairfield University wrote in an email to their student body.

The university plans to force students to report their health data and submit it into an invasive cell phone app, monitor themselves for any close contact with individuals who have the virus, wear masks at all times while attending class, and subject themselves to mandatory COVID-19 testing to be allowed on campus.

Journalist Alex Berenson noted Fairfield’s proposed plans in a Twitter post, highlighting the absurdity and apparent illegality of the scheme:

Berenson has drawn attention to how the COVID-19 pandemic is adversely impacting children, who are losing educational opportunities and having their rights systemically violated because of mass hysteria.

Big League Politics has reported on the growing mass exodus from public schools that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic:

A recent poll of over twenty one hundred voters is showing that the future of public schools could be in great jeopardy when communities and states come out of lockdowns across the nation.

A survey of 2,122 registered voters by RealClear Opinion Research shows that support for educational choice is very strong, and that a plurality of parents are more likely to pursue homeschooling opportunities after COVID-19 lockdowns end.

The polling results show that 40% of families are more likely to homeschool or virtual school after lockdowns, and that 64% support school choice.

John Schilling who serves as the president of the American Federation for Children had this to say about the stunning results of the survey:

“Every single family with kids in school has been incredibly disrupted by the lockdowns. With fifty five million students no longer in their normal educational setting, families are clearly considering new options and many are seeing the benefits of homeschooling and virtual schooling. This is the time for leadership and for desperately needed bold reforms to be implemented across our K-12 education system.”

Homeschooling may be the only way for parents to protect their children from the Big Brother “solutions” to the COVID-19 pandemic in the classroom.

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