TO: Pennsylvania Friends of the Family FROM: Thomas J. Shaheen, Vice President for Policy DATE: Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Here are 2 items important to families and concerned citizens like you:
1. STEM CELL RESEARCH ON TV TONIGHT. Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN)'s live call-in show tonight will deal with a critical sanctity of life issue: embryonic stem cell research. Pro-life, Pro-family State Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair County) will debate State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-Phila.), who is pushing for $500 million for experimental embyronic stem cell research in PA.
PCN from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (check your local cable for channel listing). Please consider tuning in and calling in to express your view and question the guests. The PCN call-in number is: 1-877-726-5001.
Note: All major pro-life groups, including the PA Family Institute, adamantly oppose experimental stem cell research, by which thousands of human embryos are created or cloned for the sole purpose of killing them for research. We also therefore oppose taxpayer funding for such experimentation.
Note these important election dates: October 11, 2005: Last day to register before the November election November 1, 2005: Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot November 8, 2005: Municipal election
Remember: There won't be much fanfare about this year's elections, but they may be no less important in their effect on you and your family. Depending on your county, Pennsylvania's Nov. 8th elections include school board directors (that make your schools policies and set your property tax rates), local trial judges (deciding on family and criminal laws) and retention votes for two state Supreme Court justices--Newman and Nigro--who decide on challenges to state laws such as gambling or legislative payraise, and important future family, religious liberty and constitutional questions such as "same-sex marriage," homosexual adoptions, eminent domain, anti-pornography laws, etc.