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Statement on Kermit Gosnell Verdict

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 13, 2013) —David Fowler, President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee and original state Senate sponsor of Amendment 1 on next year’s November ballot related to abortion in Tennessee, made the following statement in response to the verdict in the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell:

The verdict of the jury today, finding Dr. Kermit Gosnell guilty on three counts of murder, serves as an indictment against our nation.

We have turned a blind eye to what goes on in abortion clinics around the country. In the name of nice-sounding euphemisms like ‘choice’ and ‘reproductive health care,’ we have allowed babies, born alive, to be murdered across this nation.

It is time for Americans to look the abortion industry, members of Congress, and our judges in the eye and say, ‘Enough.’

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit factn.org.

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Statement on Federal Judge Granting Minors Access to ‘Morning-After’ Pill without Prescription

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 5, 2013) —David Fowler, President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee, made the following statement in response to U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn, N.Y., ordering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make the “morning-after” pill available to girls of all ages without a prescription:

“This ruling is another attack on the integrity of the family unit, an unsafe disregard for individual and public health, and a tyrannical usurpation of the legislative branch’s constitutional prerogative to make public policy.

“The judge’s ruling shows an utter disregard for the important role parents play in their upbringing of their children. It drives just one more wedge between a parent and child, treating children as autonomous individuals from the time they are physically able to conceive.

“And by allowing a minor to access this drug without the consent of a parent or even the benefit of a physician’s counsel, the judge has put the sexual health of young girls at even greater risk. It is outrageous for one federal judge to determine that a minor needs no adult or medical input regarding sexual activity when the latest data (for 2008) from the Centers for Disease Control reports 19,700,000 new STIs in one year, with most of them among young men and women aged 15-25. Making Plan B available over-the-counter for any age will put many young girls at increased risk because it circumvents the kind of medical screening and advice that sexually active young girls need.

“That this federal judge believes he can trump the policy making process created by Congress for the regulation of medications deserves condemnation by every member of Congress. His actions are an affront not only to them but, more importantly, to the people who have entrusted to Congress, not federal judges, the enactment and execution of the policies that are to govern us.”

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit factn.org.

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Statement on American Academy of Pediatric’s Support of Same‐Sex Marriage

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (March 21, 2013) —The recent announcement that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has come out in favor of same-sex marriage is the final destination on a journey begun in 2001 by a small group within the AAP who wanted to use the organization to promote homosexual parenting.

The position the AAP has reached is not science. As Loren Marks, an associate professor of child and family studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, said, “Many studies compare wealthy, well-educated lesbian mothers to single heterosexual mothers instead of married couples. This matters, because children from married families do better on numerous outcomes including psychological and physical health and avoidance of high-risk behaviors than children of single-parent families.”

The AAP’s position is social activism wrapped in science used to serve as propaganda in the cultural war against the natural family, which is the foundational unit of humanity.

All who are committed to the integrity of science should be saddened by the fact that such a well-known organization would betray its historical reputation of care for children to play politics with their future. Their well-being and health are far too important.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit factn.org.

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FACT Launches 2012 Tennessee Voter Education Headquarters

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (July 12, 2012) —The Family Action Council of Tennessee, Inc. announced today the launch of its non-partisan 2012 Voter Education Headquarters.

“With voters heading to the polls tomorrow, we want to do our part to make sure that they know as much as possible about the candidates running for the state legislature,” said David Fowler, President of the Family Action Council of Tennessee. Mr. Fowler said that the website’s information is nonpartisan, including answers from every candidate, Democrat and Republican, who responded to their survey, as well as links to the candidates’ websites.

Mr. Fowler said that he believes “the Voter Education Headquarters page on our website is a great tool for anyone looking for information about those running in the state legislative primaries because of the multiple features it offers.”

With redistricting shifting voters to new legislative districts, Mr. Fowler said that one important feature is that voters will have at their fingertips the tools they need to quickly find out what district they are in.

The website also allows citizens to find the surveys of just those candidates who are running for office in their district, along with an easy to read side-by-side comparison of the candidates’ answers.  “We want to eliminate the frustration I’ve experienced myself of having to read through a long list of candidates in an effort to find the ones in your district, and then having to read small, jammed together lines of answers requiring you to remember what each numbered question was about.”

Another feature Mr. Fowler noted was direct links to every state legislative candidate running in the primary that has a website or Facebook page. “We think this feature is important to help voters easily find out additional information about a particular candidate without having to spend time surfing the web. With our great team of volunteers, we’ve been able to do that surfing for them,” Mr. Fowler said.The 2012 Tennessee Voter Education Headquarters website is available at www.FACTn.org

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Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling Profoundly Wrong

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (June 28, 2012) —David Fowler, President of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare.”

“Today’s decision should be alarming to all Tennesseans, as it undermines freedom of conscience based on religious beliefs, limits individual liberty, increases the federal debt, and advances the Obama administration’s pro-abortion agenda.

Tennesseans’ tax dollars will now be used to subsidize insurance coverage of elective abortions, and insurance plans will be required to provide free abortion-inducing pills. Our citizens will be forced to comply with this law and abandon their religious freedom, or resist and be punished with crippling fines. The decision is profoundly wrong both morally and legally.”