Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood- Good News Friday: We call it Good News Friday because it’s a chance for David and Tim to share some good news from across the nation and around the world. In this episode, we talk about how the FDA tells scientist to stop making three-parent unborn babies. How Trump defunds Planned Parenthood. How a College revises policies against a conservative student group. And more!

Air Date: 06/22/2018

On-air Personalities: David Barton, Rick Green, and Tim Barton


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Faith And The Culture

Rick:

Welcome to the intersection of faith and the culture. This is WallBuilders Live! Where we talk about the day’s hottest topics on policy, faith, and the culture. We always do that from a biblical, historical, and constitutional perspective.

And today it happens to be Friday, so that’s Good News Friday around here at WallBuilders. It’s a chance for David and Tim Barton to share some of the great stories they’ve gathered over the last few weeks of good things happening in the culture. Sometimes it’s a state issue, sometimes a federal issue, sometimes it’s even outside the country, but good things happening in the culture. And most of it you probably haven’t heard of on the regular news, it gets buried out there. They usually only want to talk about the bad stuff that’s happening. But there’s a lot of great things happening and we want to share those with you today.

David Barton is America’s premier historian and our founder here at WallBuilders. Tim Barton’s a national speaker and pastor and our president here at WallBuilders. And my name’s Rick Green, I’m a former Texas legislator.

You can find out about all three of us and the radio program at WallBuildersLive.com. If you’re a first time listener, you can get all of those archives and go back to some previous programs. We’ve got some great guests Monday through Wednesday and then on Thursdays we do Foundations of Freedom. And then Fridays are Good News Friday. And then also visit our main website, WallBuilders.com, for a lot of great tools you can share with your family and friends. So, David, Tim, it’s Good News Friday. I’m looking forward to what you’ve prepared for us. I think David’s up first with some good news. Go ahead, bro.

Right To Try Legislation

David:

I’m going to a federal law that was passed and signed by President Trump. But to do that I want to back up to how it came to be. Do you guys know what Right to Try legislation is?

Tim:

Yes I do.

David:

What is it?

Tim:

Well, I only know because I saw the article. So, I actually– I saw when when President Trump signed when the little boy’s there and so I saw some of the story. And I did not know what Right to Try was initially by that title before. It was interesting because I’ve often thought in favor of the idea of this legislation he signed for various reasons. And so I’m only recently familiar. So, I would be cheating if I gave the answer because I only recently discovered it.

David:

So, Rick?

Rick:

No idea. Right to Work, I know Right to Work, but Right to Try?

David:

Right to try says–

Tim:

So the question would be, try what?

David:

That’s it. Try what? And it is try experimental drugs that might offer a cure for a malady that you have–

Rick:

Agghh.

David:

–that’s possibly terminal, or something serious, and maybe you’re not going to live till that drug is approved by the FDA when it goes through all the testing and approval process. So, can I have permission to be a human experiment? Can you try the drug on me before I die? Kind of stuff.

The Notion Behind It

Tim:

Essentially it’s for terminal patients, essentially, it’s people that have cancer that are kind of in end of life care based on–

David:

Cancer, or Lou Gehrig’s, or something else.

Tim:

Right. Based on what the disease is, but based on the terminal situation they find themselves in that they are already dying. And so what difference would it make at this point if I try an experimental drug that might kill me? I’m already dying. But this is a chance to to cure the disease, or to eliminate some of the side effects from the disease, at least let me try this. And that’s the notion of the right to try is that you can try things that the FDA has not yet approved, but that might help improve your situation. Or in some cases even cure your cancer or disease.

David:

And what happens is this goes back to a state effort. This is one of the things which trickled up from the bottom to the federal level and it also makes a difference with the administration as well. But at the state level there is what’s called the Goldwater Institute out in Arizona and they have been pushing model legislation that thirty seven states have passed that allow the states to say, “Hey, you have the right to try. If you’re in a terminal situation you have the right to see if these drug companies will use you as an experimental guinea pig, if you will, to see if it is going to work, human testing.”

And so back when Mike Pence, Vice President Mike Pence, when he was governor of Indiana he had this young man, Jordan McGlenn, there at the time he signed the bill for Indiana, the Right to Try legislation there. And Mike promised Jordan, he said, “I’ll do whatever I can to help you.” Well, that was when he was governor, he’s now vice president. So, on the Vice-President level he remembers this, “I’m going to do whatever I can to help you.”

From State to Federal

David:

And so on the federal level is behind pushing this legislation that makes it all the way through to Trump’s desk where it says now on the federal level the FDA, Food and Drug Administration, will give you permission for Right to Try. You still have to apply and get permission, but you have the right to try that even before a drug is approved by the FDA you can have the right to try. So, young Jordan McGlenn was at the White House with Mike Pence when President Trump signed this.

What amazes me is how much strident opposition there is to this measure. I find it absolutely amazing that so many democrats in the Congress, so many bureaucrats were opposed to this, “It’s not going to making any difference.” Well, if it doesn’t make any difference than why do you oppose it? If you think it really is not going to help cure anything then why do you care?

Tim:

And it seems ironic that the pro drug congressmen, the ones that are arguing, “We should legalize drugs anyway.” This should be like their banner legislation you would think right. You would think where generally the Democrats are the ones saying, “Hey, we should legalize all these kinds of drugs and we should legalize these various things.” This, to me, would be the one that would make the most sense that they would want to legalize, they would want to be in favor of this.

But it seems like just because President Trump’s in favor of it, even though this should be something logically lines up with their ideology, this logically would be something they would support because Trump supports it. Therefore, I’d better not support that because of President Trump even though it would make sense based on their position to support it.

David:

Even though this is not traditionally defined as a pro-life issue this clearly is a pro-life issue because we believe that from conception to natural death you do everything you can to preserve life. So, this literally is a pro-life issue that’s been signed by the Trump administration, which is great.

Something Else From the FDA

David:

And while I’m on the Trump administration, let me throw out one other piece of good news related to the Food and Drug Administration. It deals with– how do I want to say this– a notification they recently gave to a scientist. The notification from the Food and Drug Administration, the Trump Food and Drug Administration, told the scientist to cease and desist. Now, when I read this article I was reminded, man, Rick, this may be even before your day, but back in–

Rick:

Wait, what do you mean by that? Does that mean I’m really old now?

David:

Well, it means that you may not be old enough to remember this, but I am.

Tim:

It means that you’re not as old as he is.

David:

That’s right.

Tim:

That’s what that means.

Rick:

That’s good, okay.

David:

That’s right. So, back in 1977, there was an advertising campaign when– and, man, you’ve got to go way back to remember this– butter used to be the thing, sticks of butter, it wasn’t wooden tubs of butter, you had sticks of butter. And then they moved from butter to margarine. And the argument was, “Well, it doesn’t taste the same.” So, chiffon which is producing the margarine, a substitute for butter, came out and said, “It tastes the same.”

Mother Nature Loves Butter

David:

So, what they had was their ads featured Mother Nature. And Mother Nature loves butter because it’s made from nature and whatever. And the guy says, “Well, here, try this chiffon.” She says, “That’s not chiffon, that’s butter.” He said, “No, that’s artificial margarine.” And she goes into this thing of, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” and the big storm. So, listen to this clip out of the commercial, “Chiffon fooled you. It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature. You think it’s butter, but it’s not – it’s Chiffon.”

So, that was their commercial. You don’t want to–

Tim:

Yeah, that definitely sounds like the 1940’s.

David:

1977, bro.

Tim:

I think I heard like Jimmy Stewart, Angela Lansberry, as a child. Some– I’m not sure, but that was a long time ago.

David:

So, based on that don’t mess with Mother Nature. There is a current story about a guy who’s messing with Mother Nature in a very different way. And the FDA has come in and said, “No, no, no, don’t do this.” And it deals with a scientist in New York who has been creating embryos with three parents. He’s been messing with genetic material and implanting this genetic material from three adults into this this human embryo and trying to make three parent kids. And so the FDA essentially said, “No, don’t mess with Mother Nature. God made it with a male and a female. End of story. That’s it. That’s what we’re upholding.”

Tim:

And by the way, I would point out that we do understand that it is not Mother Nature, it is Father God who is over this. Nonetheless, in the context of what most people look at with the Earth, created order, and they say, “Oh, Mother Nature.” So, just using that vernacular is the Mother Nature. Obviously, we recognize that God does and God’s the one that that builds in the chromosomes and the various things that He Assembles together with the sperm and egg to make that human child.

But, yeah, the notion where you now have the government saying, “Look, don’t change what God created and try to do something different. You are not God. Stop doing that.”

David:

So, those are two recent things that have come out under the Trump administration, the Food and Drug Administration, that are really doing it right.

Rick:

Alright, guys, quick break. We’ll come back with more good news after this break. You’re listening to WallBuilders Live.

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Rick:

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Rick:

Welcome back. Thanks for staying with us on this Good News Friday. Tim Barton is up next with some good news. Tim, what you got?

Title 10 Funding

Tim:

Alright, guys, this one is something again from the Trump administration and this relates to Title 10 and the funding for it. And you guys, I know, have have seen this because we’ve talked about it. But for listeners, one of the things important is Title 10 funding, one of the things it does, is it provides money for family planning, among other things, for low income individuals.

So, roughly the government gives 260 million dollars every year for organizations that help with family planning. And one organization that has long been known, or at least advertises that they help with family planning, is Planned Parenthood. Which, so, one of the great ironies–

David:

Sure, they help with family planning. They will help you get rid of unwanted pregnancies, and have less kids in your family, and all those things.

Tim:

So, the irony of Planned Parenthood is planned not parenthood is what they do, right. They plan how you can not be a parent. Nonetheless, the government, one of the things that under President Trump, his administration, they announced new regulations for Title 10 funds.

One of the things about the new regulation is there is a Protect Life rule that is in place in the new Title 10 funding. If your organization does not protect life then you do not have access to the funds.

Planned Parenthood roughly gets 60 million dollars a year in federal funding even though the a great percentage of what they do– I was going to say the vast majority, they would argue it’s not, we would argue it is. Non-debatable, a huge number of abortions happen every year through Planned Parenthood, so certainly-

Money Is Fungible

David:

By the way, while Planned Parenthood can argue, “Well, that’s 60 million we don’t put it into abortions. We put it into family planning and curriculum.” Look, money is fungible. And when you infuse Planned Parenthood with 60 million dollars into this program, that allows some 60 million more they can transfer over and use for abortions. So, the argument is really kind of superfluous because you’re helping fund that activity.

Tim:

Yeah, they might say, “Well, we only use 20 million for abortions.” Okay, right, but it frees up money, it gives access to money, in other locations for them to do this.

But what’s interesting about this is they said, “We want to give money to organizations that will protect life.” And so essentially, if you want to protect life you can maintain this money. But as long as you continue abortions– and this is not just Planned Parenthood, right. This was multiple agencies that argue they’re family planning and they do abortions. And so this was across the board – if you don’t protect life, this is not part of how your organization runs protecting unborn life, then you do not have access to this funding.

Well, the vice president from Planned Parenthood came out and slammed the proposal as being absurd claiming that Planned Parenthood is one of the only places that women can go for health access. She said that, “This is an attempt to take away women’s basic rights. Period. Under this rule people will not get the health care they need, they won’t get the birth control, cancer screenings, * testing and treatment, and even general women’s health exams.”

Now, she’s saying they won’t get it because they provide abortions. But here’s the counterargument – if you want women to have all those things, then stop doing abortions and you can still provide all of those things. So, all it does is show their extreme commitment to abortion that they care more about abortion than they do anything else with women’s rights because they’re saying, “No, no, no, we’re not going to give up abortion, it’s too important to what we do, and you need to fund us anyway.”

What Studies Have Shown

David:

And by the way other studies have been done on that very claim she made and how that such a tiny percentage of what Planned Parenthood does is actually the screenings, and *, etc.. That’s a tiny– and she’s saying they’re going to lose all of this if we don’t do it. No, no, no, that’s very little of what you do. What you do mostly is abortions. And so outside studies have shown that to be really a crock kind of a statement.

Tim:

Yeah, there’s some good youtube videos with people doing kind of exposés on Planned Parenthood and calling in and asking, “Hey, where can I get this screening? Where can I have this procedure done?” They say, “Oh, we actually don’t do that.” “Oh, well you advertise you do this.” “Well, yeah, we actually don’t do those. You have to go somewhere else.”

And so it really– there’s a lot of games they play. Nonetheless, the good news in the midst of all of this is that the Trump administration is now saying, “We’re only going to fund those agencies, those organizations, that actually protect life.” And that has to be part of what they do or they don’t get the money. So, this is really good news that we’re no longer funding abortion facilities and the abortion industry.

David:

Not only is this good news, but it’s good news that it really is kind of a makeup in some ways. This is 60 million dollars that’s being taken out. But this goes back to what happened when the Democrats refused to allow funding bills to go through, particularly in the Senate side. They’ve not done any kind of mandatory federally required budgeting in 10 years. They just haven’t done it. And so the House was able to do it and so they defunded Planned Parenthood.

Well, when it gets to the Senate and they won’t do this they throw it into an omnibus bill and that’s what Trump signed. That one point three trillion dollar omnibus bill that increased the debt, it had planned parenthood funding in there. He signed the bill because he did not wanted to defund the military, he wanted to end the sequestration. And so that gave billions to Planned Parenthood.

Well, this is a way of taking part of that money back and this is what happens when you can stay away from those Christmas tree omnibus bills and actually do what federal law requires which is to have a budget where that every item in that budget has been through the process. That doesn’t happen when we have Christmas tree bills. So this is good news and that is helping make up for what was really bad with that one point three trillion dollar continued funding measure that the Senate forced on everybody.

Rick:

We say it on the program quite often – what a difference when you have good leadership that understands and has moral clarity. To make a decision like this that is, obviously, creates some backlash, but it’s the right thing to do and it takes more clarity to do that. Quick break, guys. We’ll be back with more good news. Stay with us, folks! You’re listening to WallBuilders Live.

Constitution Alive

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Rick:

We’re back on WallBuilders Live. Thanks for staying with us on Good News Friday. David Barton is next with some good news, David?

A Key Principle

David:

The Bible tells us of a very key principle in Romans 1. It says that when you accuse someone else of something, that’s often what you yourself have trouble with. And so when you look at how the left is so outspoken about how intolerant, and how bigoted,  and how narrow minded the right is, that’s really, they’re looking in a mirror in many ways. And so when they accuse the right of those adjectives I find it amazing that on the left they’re not willing to have discussions so often. What they want to do is shut down opposing speech.

And we see that particularly college campuses where that on the left the professors often help engage the students and even lead the students in protesting conservative speakers that come. Why don’t you have a discussion? You claim the right is not civil. Well, you’re the guys that won’t even allow discussion to go on and you teach students that if anyone disagrees with what I’ve told you you just automatically shut them out, shut them down, just stop it.

So, it’s interesting that what the left says about the ride is what they display so often themselves and you really see this on college campuses. And we’ve talked in previous programs about how that right now the polling shows that young people are the most pro-life group in America. The rising generation, the millennials, the Gen Z-ers, they’re more pro-life even than their grandparents are. And so it’s not surprising that on college campuses you find a lot of student pro-life groups. Well, you also find a lot on campuses in the professors that are not pro-life who will help organize students against it.

The Graveyard of the Innocents

David:

So, when you go into New Jersey in New Jersey is not a bastion of conservatism. That’s not a bright red state. You’re looking at best a purple state, generally a blue state. The College in New Jersey, they have a pro-life group there. And the pro-life group, Students for Life, got permission from the university to set up what’s called the Graveyard of the innocents. That’s an area where they plant all these white crosses showing how many innocent unborn children have been killed in abortions. And so they had permission to do that on campus last week and they can put flags there and a sign commemorating the lives lost to abortion, etc.

So, what did the guys on the other side, what did the pro abortion guys do? Well, of course, they come up and say, “Let’s have a civil discussion about this, let’s sit down and talk.” No, not at all. Over the course of just one day they tried to destroy that display six times. They kept tearing it down and they’d put it back up, tearing it down, putting it back up. They don’t even want conversation going on. And so to the credit of the college of New Jersey, they are disciplining those pro abortion students who keep vandalizing the pro-life property.

Now, this vandalization of pro-life displays is real common in college campuses. What’s not common is that the pro abortion kids who vandalized the property, who deface it, who paint on it, who knock it over, who tear it up, it’s rare when they get disciplined. So, kudos to the College in New Jersey for actually holding a standard that says, “You know what? We’re going to have civility, we’re going to talk about this, we’re going to allow discussion from both sides.” That’s a really good piece of news which does not often happen on college campuses with the pro-life issue.

So, that’s a great piece of news. Related to that, I’m going to jump to another college system – the Lone Star College System. Anybody got an idea where that college system is?

Rick:

I’m guessing that’s right here at home in Texas.

Right at Home in Texas

David:

That’s right here at home in Texas. And it has been a goofy system down there. At the legislators conference this year we actually showed a lot of things going on at that College as an example of how crazy it’s gotten. You had conservative students that in a Facebook discussion with a professor who is very, very, liberal, these these conservative students took a different position and expressed a viewpoint different than the professor. The professor then found out the employer of these students, called the employer, and demanded that they be fired and disciplined for having an opinion different from what she had. And she’s head of the department. This is unreal that a student having an opinion different from me, I’m going to get you fired if I can. So, that’s crazy stuff going on down there.

Well, in that college down there they have what are called the Young Conservatives of Texas. So, you have some conservative kids going to the school. Here’s the deal – to have a club on campus you have to have a faculty sponsor. So, with all of the faculty there in this Lone Star College system they need a faculty sponsor for the Young Conservatives of Texas. Guess what? They couldn’t get a single faculty member to be a sponsor for the club.

Rick:

That’s telling right there.

David:

Could not get a single faculty member who would associate with any Conservative Club. So, the college ordered a particular staff member to be their liaison because you have to have an official campus faculty.

Well, the Young Conservatives of Texas hosted a debate on campus, and taped the debate on campus, and then posted that debate online. Now, the debate was over abortion. The faculty sponsor signed by the college to be their representative did not agree with what they posted and decertified the club. Said, “You can no longer be a club on campus. You posted that, you didn’t have my permission, I don’t agree with that, you’re gone.” And there was no recourse for the students there’s no way for them to appeal that decision.

You Have to Have Due Process Somewhere

David:

So, Alliance Defending Freedom gets involved in that, they go after the college system there, Lone Star College System, said “That’s not right. You’ve got to have due process somewhere.” So, the colleges has now come up with new rules which now say, “You know what? You can protest this and we shouldn’t be able to shut you down just because we can’t find a single conservative on campus to sponsor you.”

So, good news coming out of a Texas college system.

Rick:

And full disclosure – I was a YCTer myself, Young Conservatives of Texas, when I was when I was in college and in law school both. They do great work and actually do good rating system as well for the legislators. They follow all the legislation, and rank them based on their conservative votes, and it helps voters to cast an informed vote. Good news that the lone star system’s having to make some positive changes there to give students a voice on campus.

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Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood- Good News Friday

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