On the heels of the signing of Georgia’s “heartbeat bill,” lawmakers in Louisiana are now poised to pass their own legislation to prohibit abortions on unborn babies with detectable heartbeats. Last Thursday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards was publicly asked about the bill. Governor Edwards responded:
“In eight years in the legislature, I was a pro-life legislator, 100 percent with the Louisiana Right to Life. When I ran for governor, I said I was pro-life and so that’s something that’s consistent.”
In recent weeks, pro-life Governors across the nation have been signing pro-life legislation at a record pace. Governor Edwards, however, is different from the other pro-life Governors because…Governor Edwards is a Democrat.
Within hours of his public statement, my newsfeeds were flooded with headlines—“Louisiana Governor breaks with Democrats on Abortion.” But the headlines only tell part of the story. Most of the stories do not mention that:
- The Sponsor of the bill is a Democrat.
- Six of the Louisiana Senate’s fourteen Democrats voted in favor of the bill.
- The bill is expected to pass the Louisiana House with Democratic support.
As I was reviewing these facts, I was reminded of what took place during the recent Legislative Session here in New Mexico—when 14 Democrats in our State Legislature opposed the radical abortion bill, HB 51. Surely, the victories happening in legislatures throughout the country are encouraging. At the same time, I believe they represent a response to an even greater force at work—and that is, the power of culture.
For years, the radical, pro-abortion lobby has portrayed the life issue as a battle between Republicans and Democrats; between young people and older people; and between women and men. A recent poll, however, revealed that a majority of Americans now support laws that would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected; that younger voters are more supportive of the laws than older voters; and that women do not differ significantly from men on the issue.
You see, this issue not a matter of Republican versus Democrat, young versus old, or even woman versus man. It is simply a matter of life versus death; and, thank the good Lord, life is winning in America!
It’s time that life wins in New Mexico too, and soon, we will have our opportunity.
President and Executive Director
P.S. I want to personally thank every one of you who took time to read, forward, and reply to last week’s email – “Governor Lujan Grisham Sends a Message to Hollywood.” I have never received so many responses and I am deeply grateful for all your words of support!
As expected, by a vote of 236 to 173, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed HR 5, Nancy Pelosi’s so-called Equality Act. The bill, if enacted, will decimate religious freedom, conscience rights, women’s rights, parental rights and education policy all across the nation.
We have been updating you on the dangerous effects of this legislation for some time now. While the fight over HR 5 heads to the U.S. Senate, we will continue to keep you abreast of new developments. To that end, we have already set up a page where you can urge your two U.S. senators to oppose HR 5.
In a good development yesterday, the Trump administration announced that it was opposed to HR 5, noting its troubling provisions related to conscience rights and parental rights. However, the fight in the Senate remains critical, as it’s very important to minimize the number of Republican senators who declare their support for the bill. In the House vote today, only eight Republicans voted for HR 5, while 173 voted against it.
Many reading this email took action to let their member of Congress know that they wanted them to oppose HR 5.
How did your member vote? You can find out here. (If you are unsure who your representative is, you can find their name and contact information in our Action Center by entering your zip code and/or address.)
If your member of Congress voted against HR 5, please let them know that you appreciate their stand for religious freedom, parental rights and conscience protections.
The Family Policy Alliance Team
If you happen to be in downtown Boise during the Pride festival on June 14-15, you’ll see lots of rainbows – on clothing and banners and signs. But one thing you won’t see the rainbow on is the State Capitol.
That’s because the State of Idaho has decided not to allow the state capitol building to be lit up by organizations for their events.
For years, a growing number of organizations have taken advantage of the “come one, come all” policy of the state to light up the state capitol for their events. In fact, the “growing number” was part of the problem; it was becoming a burden to the state.
But of all the Capitol lighting displays, the one that always seemed like the biggest spectacle was the rainbow display. No matter how many times you reminded yourself that it didn’t represent an official state position, it always conveyed the sense that the state had come down on the side of a Far Left agenda.
Thankfully, the state recognized that the lighting displays were associating the state with controversial political agendas, and that was also part of the calculus in changing the policy.
But while the symbolism of rainbow lighting displays is now a thing of the past, the much more important substance of Idaho policies related to the LGBT agenda is very much in the present.
To get a glimpse of various examples of that agenda, just take a look at new laws passed in the last year in nearby states:
- Establishing a new graduation requirement that students learn about the “history, culture and social contributions” of “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.”
- Allowing minors to change the “sex” on their birth certificate – without their parents’ knowledge or permission.
- Mandating that foster parents support the “gender transition” or even surgical “sex change” of their foster kids.
And of course, that doesn’t even get into other core issues of the LGBT agenda: the attacks on religious freedom and the undermining of women’s privacy and safety.
With the involvement and support of people like you, we’ve made progress this year in pushing back against that agenda. Together, let’s keep standing strong and taking action – lovingly speaking the truth to a culture that desperately needs it.
Director of Advocacy
The United States House voted on Friday, 236-to-173, to advance the “Equality Act” which, if passed by the Senate and signed by the President, places “gay rights” in direct conflict with religious liberty. In fact, it actually elevates gay rights above religious rights. But then again, perhaps this was the goal all along.
In a widespread 2014 interview, then-Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum was asked if she could conceive of a legal matter in which religious liberty rights would trump gay rights. She answered: “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.”
Feldblum is openly lesbian. To her credit, she made no attempt to hide her agenda. And while progressives try to sugarcoat their poison pill in sweet expressions of “Equality,” Christians should take notice that it is anything but equality for those who express a Christian faith. The provisions of this legislation open the door to:
- Parents losing their right to direct medical care when their minor child seeks experimental “gender transition” drugs and genital reconstruction surgery
- Parents being kept uninformed when their child seeks counseling for struggles with gender identity or unwanted same-sex attraction
- Biological males competing in girls’ athletics and for girls’ scholarships
- Christian business owners being required to choose between their faith and their business
- Christian adoption agencies being forced to choose between their faith or continuing to serve children and birthmothers in need
While the Senate is unlikely to give a hearing to the so-called Equality Act, that’s not the end of the story. First, the House, under Speaker Pelosi’s leadership, is likely to tack it onto other legislation, potentially forcing big votes in the Senate.
And even with the threat of a Presidential veto, this is an all-too-familiar strategy of the Left—promote corrosive legislation in one session and get as many legislators as they can on record supporting it. Then actively press the issue forevermore in the court of public opinion to wear down people’s natural concerns and values. And finally, ensure the radical legislation passes in the most progressive states to lay the groundwork for passage in other states and eventually Congress.
To their shame, Nancy Pelosi’s House voted to subvert religious liberty to gay rights even though the former is fundamentally protected in our First Amendment. Strikingly, at the same time and for the 44th time, Pelosi prevented the House from voting on legislation to protect a child who survives an abortion. Instead, Pelosi’s policy allows that child to perish by withholding medical assistance. Where’s the equality for children born alive?
If that doesn’t awaken the church, what will?
Family Policy Alliance exists to be the voice for people of faith—in the church, the Christian business community and in legislatures across the nation and in D.C. We amplify your voice to stand firm and take action. But we can only stand for you when you stand with us!
Won’t you give today to have your voice—and those of your children—amplified today and heard tomorrow?
Standing for the Family,
President and CEO
In late-March, 80 actors and actresses sent a letter to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp threatening to boycott the State of Georgia if he signed the “Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act”—a bill which protects unborn babies from abortions once a heartbeat is detected.
Last week, Governor Kemp sent a clear message to those radical, pro-abortion Hollywood elites when he signed the bill and boldly stated: “We will not back down. We will always continue to fight for life.”
This week, our Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, also had a message for the pro-abortion Hollywood crowd. Her message: “Bring your cameras” to New Mexico.
“The situation in Georgia is appalling to me and, I know, so many New Mexicans. I hope film companies make the ethical choice and invest in states that are clear about baseline human rights, not least a woman’s autonomy over her own body. To those production companies and filmmakers across the U.S. and elsewhere I would offer a simple reminder: New Mexico is wide open for business. Bring your cameras.” -Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
It is a sad day in New Mexico when our Governor attempts to leverage the lives of unborn children for movies—when she publicly affirms that appeasing Hollywood is more important than protecting innocent life—when she describes pro-life legislation as “appalling”—and when she portrays abortion as both “ethical” and a “baseline human right.”
Has this really become our state’s best selling point? That we can kill unborn children up to the moment of birth in New Mexico?
Growing up, I always believed that one of our state’s best characteristics was our commitment to family and life. Never did I imagine a day when we would be infamously known for our culture of death.
We need change. We need it now. And we can make it happen.
Through faithful prayer and persistent action, let’s be the agents of change needed to reverse the culture of death in our state. Let’s be the answer to our own prayers. Together, let’s foster a New Mexico where life is cherished.
Standing for Life,
President and Executive Director
Friends, The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently ran an Op-Ed I wrote about the Heartbeat bill and why it is so important to Georgia and those without a voice – I hope you enjoy it.
When Alyssa Milano strolled into the Georgia Capitol a few weeks ago, the cameras immediately surrounded the liberal actress, giving her a platform to pontificate. It was a literal media circus.
She doesn’t live in our state, as Rep. Dominic LaRiccia pointed out. She doesn’t have a stake in the policies or directions our state chooses to take. But, she – and others of varied Hollywood fame – were given a voice to express their pro-abortion views.
Throughout the debate on the “Heartbeat Bill,” many expressed their thoughts on why our state shouldn’t be in the business of protecting the unborn. Lobbyists from the abortion industry spoke in hearings and various members of the aforementioned film industry paraded for the cameras. Politicians who took money from Planned Parenthood were heard alongside national Democrat Party figures looking for a quick score.
But, who wasn’t heard? Those this policy most affects – the unborn, the voiceless who cannot speak for themselves.
With all the debate on heartbeats, there was no opportunity for these beating hearts to be heard. Those who are financed and famous were given the stage and they chose not to advocate for those that society often does not consider.
That’s not the kind of state I want for my children. These notions run counter to the vision that Georgians voted for last November. Instead, we affirmed a vision of putting Georgians, all Georgians, ahead of special interests and ahead of politics.
Governor Kemp ran on a platform that was not simply “more conservative” or “more Republican.” Instead, he ran to fundamentally alter the way government prioritizes our state – policies that wouldn’t be determined by the wealthy, the powerful, and the connected. Putting Georgians first meant creating a state where right would be done by the voiceless and downtrodden.
HB 481 is a defining moment for Georgia – one that will determine whether we will fully embrace our commitment to putting the people of Georgia first.
Yes, these babies are people. At 6 weeks, they have a detectable heartbeat. They have all the DNA they will ever have. It’s already determined whether they will have grandma’s curls, grandpa’s chin, daddy’s ears, or mommy’s eyes. They are forming arms and legs, facial features, the neural tube, organs, and the cells that will determine whether they are male or female.
What they don’t have at 6 weeks? The ability to speak. No one profits financially from their life, and they cannot afford a lobbyist. And, unlike Alyssa Milano they don’t have fawning media ready for the next big story when they walk into a building.
They are, however, valuable. They are people. They are Georgians, and they deserve to be put first.
In passing this heartbeat bill – different from other states because it recognizes the rights of the unborn as people worthy of protection – our state is charting a bold course to defend the voiceless and innocent. This is a critical moment where we can determine what we want our future to be.
Governor Kemp’s promise to Georgians, all Georgians, was fulfilled in his first session with HB 481 and countless other pieces of legislation that were determined by their merit and rightness. Now, it’s up to us whether we embrace this as a path that will guide us in every policy decision for years to come.
With Governor Kemp’s signature, we know that the work for a Georgia where God is honored and life is cherished has only just begun. Please consider partnering with us with a generous gift today to help us keep up the fight!
President and Executive Director
Nancy Pelosi is not your child’s mom, but she’s certainly trying to be.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it is important to honor mothers and grandmothers—and the irreplaceable, God-given roles they have in children’s lives.
Mother’s Day is also a powerful reminder that children are given to their mothers by God to be intimately known and lovingly protected. That’s why Family Policy Alliance® believes that parental rights are also God-given, intrinsically known, and should be protected—not taken away—by our government.
Yet, Nancy Pelosi has made a bill that is one of the worst violations of parental rights we’ve seen one of her top-five priorities this year. By advancing H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act that promotes a radical LGBT agenda, Pelosi is choosing to please powerful special interest groups over honoring mothers and fathers.
We’ve shared with you about how Pelosi’s Equality Act would impact schools, businesses, churches and ministries, and healthcare.
We’ve shared with you how Pelosi’s Equality Act will work its way into your child’s curriculum—with no option to opt-out your child.
And, we’ve shared with you about how Pelosi’s Equality Act will harm your parental rights—including even the risk of losing custody if you don’t sign off on your child’s “gender transition.”
Yet, Pelosi is pushing her Equality Act forward for a final vote in the full U.S. House next week. That’s why we need your help.
This Mother’s Day, we honor, celebrate, and thank God for all mothers. But, we’re also asking every mom and grandma to join with us in opposing Nancy Pelosi’s Equality Act because it is a direct attack on God-given parental rights.
Here are 3 ways you can help RIGHT NOW:
- If you haven’t yet, send an automatic letter to your member of Congress asking him/her to vote NO on Nancy Pelosi’s Equality Act. It only takes 1 minute through our action center, and it doesn’t matter who your member of Congress is. EVERY member needs to know that moms are not behind this bill!
- Join us in using the power of social media to show Nancy Pelosi and the U.S. House that moms do NOT support the Equality Act! Share your short letter to Nancy Pelosi and use the hashtags: #MomsKnowBest and #EqualityAct.Here’s a great example from a mom we know, our very own attorney and policy manager, Stephanie Curry!
- Share this article with other moms and grandmas you know and invite them to take action too!
Because YOU, not Nancy Pelosi, know best how to raise your kids,
Vice President of Strategy
You may be familiar with the children’s show Arthur – it was a staple in our household when our kids were little. The show provides positive examples of how siblings deal with issues and is an uplifting and enjoyable cartoon. It has been on the air for 22 seasons, which is amazing by any standard. However, the show has finally capitulated to political pressure and produced an episode where one of its characters, a schoolteacher no less, “comes out” as gay and marries another man. It’s a very disappointing decision on the part of PBS and the show’s producers.
I mentioned in a recent weekly email how those in opposition to biblical values have successfully used the tactic of “inevitability of gradualness” to slowly wear down our society’s response to their message. This is another step in that direction, but what worries me more about this event is that it is targeted at children.
Arthur’s primary audience is elementary school children who typically lack the critical thinking skills to determine whether they independently agree or disagree with something. Instead, they follow by example, which in this case is a lovable animated character with whom they identify and have watched for years.
Sadly, Arthur got it wrong. The show has long been respected by parents in both Christian and non-Christian households, but it is now poised to imprint its new social agenda on our children. Let’s do what we can to stop it. Please contact PBS and let them know three things.
First, tell them that their introduction of a gay character is inconsistent with your family’s values and that you are very disappointed they are imposing the LGBT agenda on your children.
Second, inform them that your children will no longer be watching the show as a result of the message it is sending on this important issue and that you will also ask your friends and family that they not allow their children to watch the show.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, be sure they know that you are discouraging anyone else from donating to PBS until they change this storyline.
Will this work? Consider this; the show pulled an episode involving lesbian mothers in 2005 due to vocal opposition. So yes, it can work, but only if you act on this!
You can email the Senior Vice President for Children’s Media at PBS by clicking here to send a message to through our Action Center or by calling 1 (703) 739-5000. Also, be sure to use social media to spread the message, which is another key way to influence PBS. If your family values matter, then defend them! Thank you for speaking up to make a difference.
President and Executive Director
With Nancy Pelosi’s dangerous Equality Act facing a vote on Thursday in the U.S. House, it has become even clearer that this is a clash between D.C. lobbying powerhouses and grassroots America.
Two major factions are pushing the Equality Act: the LGBT lobby and big business.
The LGBT lobby, led by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has been ratcheting up pressure from the Left. But they are joined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been pushing Republicans to support the bill, despite the fact that it imperils religious freedom, parental rights and more.
The Chamber has even threatened to “score” this vote – meaning that each representative’s vote would be factored into the Chamber’s rating of how pro-business that member is.
But while this strange-bedfellow coalition works the D.C. swamp, grassroots America is heating up in strong opposition to the bill. Congressional offices report that this bill is generating the most constituent opposition to a bill that they have seen in a long time.
Family Policy Alliance® supporters like you have played a significant part in that growing grassroots opposition. And you still have a chance to make your voice heard!
You can send an email in just moments on our Action Center. Then you’ll receive a follow-up email with your representative’s name and number so you can easily make a quick call, asking them to vote NO on the so-called Equality Act.
Thanks for speaking up!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
This summer, Family Policy Foundation® will host its annual Statesmen Academy℠ and we need your help to ensure that New Mexico is represented!
The 2019 Statesmen Academy will be an intensive week of training for on-the-rise Christian legislators and aspiring policymakers. This annual conference is a pivotal part of our strategy to build a coalition of pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious freedom advocates locally and across the nation. Previous students include New Mexico Representatives Rebecca Dow, David Gallegos, and Rod Montoya, and this year, we have THREE spots to fill.
As we prepare for the upcoming Academy, passionate ministry partners have generously provided a matching grant to DOUBLE your gift TODAY. These gifts are tax-deductible, and they will help us equip our leaders with the training and resources they need to govern biblically and successfully.
Participation in the Statesmen Academy is a huge honor for our state, so please send your gift today!
Thank you for your support!
President and Executive Director
Previous Statesmen Academy Alumni
State Rep. David Gallegos State Rep. Rebecca Dow
Statesmen Class 2017 Statesmen Class 2018
State Rep. Rod Montoya
Statesmen Class 2018