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March 23, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Back in 2019, LifeSiteNews reported on data indicating that Spain was experiencing what some called a “demographic suicide.” According to the Spanish National Statistical Institute, during the first six months of that year, 215,478 citizens died, while only 170,074 were born. During the same year, Spain had an abortion rate of 11.53 per 1,000 women. It was the lowest birthrate in 80 years. A death rate higher than the birth rate was not only demographic decline — it was a death spiral.

In nation after nation, legalized abortion combined with the collective decision not to reproduce has resulted in aging populations. This, in turn, has placed enormous strain on the healthcare system, as an increasingly smaller pool of taxpayers funds a rapidly growing number of elderly people needing more care. Combined with the fact that people are living longer, predictable crises have arisen — in accessibility (or presence) of long-term care, palliative care, and the funds necessary to sustain a healthcare system in nations where the population is not replacing itself.

In response to this, Western nations have begun to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, beginning with the Netherlands. Canada, where the brutal and scandalous state of long-term care was exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic — the military had to be sent into homes to care for old men and women lying helpless in their own waste after being abandoned by their caretakers — recently expanded government-funded and government-facilitated suicide to the mentally ill.

State broadcaster CBC had said the quiet part out loud during the 2015 debate on initial legalization, when it noted that the healthcare system would save an enormous amount of money from euthanasia. Body bags are cheaper than palliative beds.

Spain has become the fourth European nation (after Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands) to legalize euthanasia, with socialist prime minister Pedro Sánchez tweeting after the vote, “Today we have become a country that is more humane, fairer, freer.” (Socialists are known for their commitment to sacrificing some for the greater good.)

Both left-wing and so-called centrist parties voted in in Spain’s lower house of parliament to permit euthanasia when adults with “serious and incurable” diseases with “unbearable suffering” ask for it. It bears mentioning that these are the circumstances each nation begins with—but once death is established as a “right,” this is inevitably expanded.

The law will take effect in June, a stark shift from a previous standard where killing someone at their request could land the perpetrator ten years in jail. The vote was 202 for, 41 against, with two abstentions, with Christian and conservative groups condemning the move and protesting outside the parliament buildings while the vote was underway. Vox, the much-maligned populist right-wing party, has promised to overturn the decision, holding up electronic devices in parliament following the vote, stating, “We will repeal it.

A recent attempt by Portugal’s parliament to legalize euthanasia was overturned by the nation’s top court. Vox has vowed to appeal to Spain’s Constitutional Court, as well.

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The so-called 'Equality Act' contains deadly poison for Christian democracy in the United States. And, its harmless-sounding name tries to hide this insidious reality.

But, unfortunately, Pelosi and company have JUST PASSED this morally repugnant bill in the US House of Representatives.

Pro-life and pro-family organizations, as well as Christian churches and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and freedom-loving groups everywhere, are now sounding the alarm.

Wake up, America, this is RED ALERT time!

This petition, therefore, calls on every US Senator to vigorously oppose and reject this bill.

Yes, it's THAT important.

The bill has nothing to do with "equality," or with extending the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which is how it is being touted by the leftists in the mainstream media.

It is, rather, one of the MOST EXTREME anti-life, pro-LGBT indoctrination bills ever proposed.

It has been described as a short-list of the worst possible elements of the Radical Left's agenda in Congress...and, REMEMBER, it has just passed the House!

We need to tell all US Senators, in no uncertain terms, that WE WILL NOT ACCEPT this outrageous attack on our freedoms and on life, itself!

SIGN AND SHARE THIS URGENT PETITION, TODAY!

And, after you have signed this petition, please CLICK HERE to DIRECTLY CONTACT YOUR U.S. SENATORS, and tell them to oppose this assault on our freedoms of thought, speech, conscience and religion.

Thank you!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Below are some of the devastating critiques of 'Equality Act,' leveled by some of the best conservative, Christian minds in the country.

ON LIFE:

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), has written that the 'Equality Act' will include, "the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion this country has ever seen.” 

"Under this big new umbrella of 'discrimination,'" continued Perkins, "any American who doesn’t want to fund, offer, perform, or participate in abortion on demand will have no real choice. They can conform — or they can be punished."

"Every wall that’s been built between abortion and the government would come crashing down, including the Hyde Amendment, the pro-conscience Weldon Amendment, and several international barriers that keep our country from exporting abortion."

ON CHRISTIANITY, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM and LGBT INDOCTRINATION:

Lloyd Marcus, of the American Thinker publication, has written about the 'Equality Act' in the following terms:

"LGBTQ enforcer and homosexual Democrat congressman David Cicilline is sponsor of the Equality Act. Cicilline's evil bill is the most aggressive assault on our constitutional religious liberties in U.S. history...If the Equality Act becomes the law of the land, every outrageous, tyrannical demand [of LGBTQ activists/enforcers] will become reality."

And, Liberty Counsel Action, a law and policy education, training and advocacy organization which, among other things, advances religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the family has extensively criticized the 'Equality Act'.

On their webpage, dedicated to analyzing the 'Equality Act', which you can access below, Liberty Counsel Action state: "The 'Equality' Act' elevates 'sexual orientation and gender identity' to the same protected category as race. It will violate the religious freedom of Americans in numerous ways."

The go on to list the areas of life which this will affect: "It will impact all employers, including religious and non-profit organizations; contractors; houses of worship; public, private, and religious schools; curriculum; bathrooms; sports; daycare providers; shelters; hospitals; places of gatherings; entertainment providers; counselors; foster care and adoption; biological parents; landlords; anywhere providing a “good, service, or program,” including those advertised online; transportation drivers; and all local, state, and federal entities and many other areas."

And, as they note: "[T]here is NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION to this bill!"

Taking into account all of these potential threats to Christian democracy, Life and religious freedom, it is easy to see how the so-called 'Equality Act' has been called a "poison pill."

It is imperative that the US Senate vigorously reject this bill, AND EXPOSE IT FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS.

Please SIGN this urgent petition, TODAY!

The following links will take you to more information about the 'Equality Act'

The House version of the so-called 'Equality Act' (HR 5): http://lc.org/PDFs/Attachments2PRsLAs/2019/031819EqualityActHR5.pdf

Liberty Counsel Action's full analysis of the so-called 'Equality Act': https://www.lcaction.org/HR5 and https://lc.org/newsroom/details/022421-equality-act-guts-religious-freedom-1

LifeSiteNews opinion and analysis of the so-called 'Equality Act':

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/demi-lovatos-rants-may-sound-crazy-but-trans-activists-get-the-last-laugh-if-equality-act-becomes-law

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/marjorie-taylor-greene-calls-equality-act-disgusting-in-epic-rant-against-it

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-us-house-passes-pro-abortion-equality-act

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/the-equality-act-is-the-biggest-threat-to-religious-freedom-in-us-history

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/radical-lgbt-equality-act-to-be-introduced-in-house-next-week-nancy-pelosi-announces

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/last-pro-life-house-democrat-votes-for-extreme-pro-abortion-equality-act

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-names-pro-lgbt-equality-act-as-top-priority-if-elected

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The law as passed by Spanish parliament permits either assisted suicide or euthanasia in the case of either “serious or incurable illness” or a “chronic or incapacitating [condition causing] intolerable suffering.” The person must submit a request in writing, twice, fifteen days apart, and be “fully aware and conscious” when doing so. At this point, doctors can reject requests if they feel the standards have not been met; a second doctor and medical evaluation body must also sign off on the procedure; and medical professionals with religious objections or conscience objections can decline to participate.

As other euthanasia regimes prove, these standards are inevitably loosened or eliminated, so we can only hope that Vox is successful and that this law is blocked by the Constitutional Court. If not, Spain will join Canada, Columbia, and fellow European countries in burning the candle at both ends: The killing of the pre-born and the killing of the sick and elderly.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.

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