The blog for Massachusetts Citizens for Life: the pro-life movement in the Bay State since 1973.
Friday, June 18, 2010
H. R. 5175 is much worse...
A diligent member from Needham has found another dark side to the "Disclose Act", HR 5175.
Just imagine: a person makes a donation to MCFL to help to buy materials for us to distribute to students. At some point we run a radio ad asking people to call their representatives about some legislation. That forces MCFL to give that kind donor's name to the government which will post it on a web site to which we will have to link. And of course, it will be illegal to tell anyone about an incumbent's voting record for four months before an election. We would be forbidden even to send an email like this one.
The sponsors of this bill know it is unconstitutional. It will go into effect 30 days after passage and there won't be time for the Supreme Court to stop it before the 2010 elections.. They know cheating is their only defense against getting trounced this fall!
The vote is expected Friday. If you have not yet called your Congressman and Senators Brown and Kerry, please call NOW! Tell them HR 5175 is an infringement on your First Amendment rights and you expect them to vote against it. Leave your name and address with the request that he/she contacts you to tell you how he/she voted on HR 5175.
Senator Scott Brown, 202-224-4543
Senator John Kerry, 202-224-2742
Congressman John W. Olver , 202-225-5335
Congressman Richard E. Neal, 202-225-5601
Congressman James P. McGovern, 202-225-6101
Congressman Barney Frank, 202-225-5931
Congressman Niki Tsongas, 202-225-3411
Congressman John F. Tierney, 202-225-8020
Congressman Edward J. Markey, 202-225-2836
Congressman Michael Capuano, 202-225-5111
Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, 202-225-8273
Congressman William D. Delahunt, 202-225-3111
This could undo all the good the movement has accomplished in the past year. Please call!
Thank you, Anne
PS A letter that National Right to Life sent to all House members can be found here.