Date: March 22, 2017
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Brad Mattes
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Brad Mattes is the president and CEO of Life Issues Institute headquartered in Cincinnati. Their mission is that of assuring through education, equal protection under the law for all living humans from the beginning of their biological life at fertilization until natural death.
Hearings are underway concerning Judge Neil Gorsuch, nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Democrats vowed to block his nomination before any questions or answers were brought forth, even before any papers were submitted. In fact, according to Brad, they vowed to block the nomination before they even knew who it was. What they didn’t count on was that the nominee would be such a spectacular candidate with astounding credentials and the temperment necessary for this court position.
Gorsuch won’t legislate from the bench and that seems to be a big issue surrounding him during the hearings. There’s also been mention of his ‘originalist’ judicial philosophy. 2 Democrats told him that it’s not a good thing for a Supreme Court justice to interpret the Constitution based upon the original intent of the founders. One communicated that he’s worried this goes beyond being a philosophy and it becomes an agenda.
Brad then commented on Senator Dianne Feinstein of California who was very concerned about Gorsuch’s belief that human life should be held in high value and it would be wrong to take life. Feinstein found that very disturbing which Brad mentioned should tell us a lot about some of the people that have been elected to high office.
Brad believes pro-abortion forces should be in full-panic mode because indications are that Gorsuch doesn’t support the abortion of babies throughout pregnancy for virtually any reason. In his book on end of life issues and euthanasia, Gorsuch indicated that he respects life and that the court has legislated from the bench. Brad also noted how Gorsuch appears to support religious freedom and that religion is under an all-out assault by the courts.
Brad encouraged listeners to pray about this situation and to contact their senators to let them know what we expect concerning their support of this nomination.
The next major topic dealt with a nationwide campaign plan that Brad has to ‘sock-it’ to Planned Parenthood. Life Issues Institute has joined with Students for Life, the organization that is the ‘brainchild’ of this idea.
Last year Planned Parenthood performed over 324,000 abortions. As Congress considers defunding them, Life Issues Institute and Students for Life want Congress to realize these aren’t just numbers, these are human beings that were brutally and violently snuffed out through abortion.
In response, they are collecting a baby sock to represent each of those lives. In other words, they are looking to collect 324,000 baby socks. These will be stitched to a huge canvas that measures 50 feet by 100 feet and put up at the Capitol building. All who send in a sock will be represented at a media event in late April.
Keep in mind that when you go to purchase your socks (or you have a pair from years gone by) Brad wants you to send them only one sock. You are to keep the other one to attach to an article of your clothing, a purse or briefcase or give it to a student to attach to their coat or backpack. This makes it a great conversation starter at which point you can tell people that the sock represents a life that was snuffed out by abortion.
To contact your senators concerning the nomination of Judge Gorsuch, go to www.senate.gov or call the Senate Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
For more information on the ‘sock-it’ to Planned Parenthood promotion write, call or e-mail:
Life Issues Institute
1821 W. Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45239