It’s been three days since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Already, several states have enacted stronger pro-life laws, while lawmakers in others have announced their intent to stop such laws from going into effect.

On social media and in the news, you’ve probably seen a mixture of reactions. Joy, anger, thankfulness, fear. Beautiful posts about the dignity of life and the invaluable work of pregnancy care centers. Heartbreaking calls to action to fund Planned Parenthood, or help women seek abortions out of state. It’s all there, and it all points to the significance of the moment: Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Here at Family Policy Alliance, we know that’s good news, even the best political news of our lives. We are now living in a nation After Roe: a nation where, at last, we have the opportunity to truly protect human life.

It’s a moment to celebrate and praise God for his faithfulness. At Family Policy Alliance, we began our celebration with a livestream all afternoon on Friday, featuring pro-life leaders from around the country. You can still watch the live stream HERE!

We were honored to be featured by both Fox News and The Washington Times last week with articles highlighting AfterRoe.com.

If you’ve wondered….

  • Where your state stands on abortion
  • What pro-life leaders will do next to protect life in your area
  • How you can personally make a difference for the pro-life movement After Roe

…be sure to visit www.AfterRoe.com, and explore the whole site! There, you’ll find helpful information about your state (including, in many states, a message from state pro-life leaders!), pro-life merchandise, and a variety of ways to engage with the national pro-life movement.

Want it all in a quick, one-stop shop? Check out our brand-new Personal Pro-Life Profile! In just six questions, we’ll give you a personalized report on ways you can uniquely be involved in the pro-life movement, details about your state’s pro-life stance, and a free image to share on social media!

We’re entering a new phase of the pro-life movement in America, and your voice matters more than ever. Together, let’s make America a nation where life is truly cherished!

Sincerely,

Meridian Baldacci
Director od Strategy

Just this morning, the Supreme Court sided with the coach who lost his job for praying after football games.

Today, in a significant decision for religious freedom, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Coach Joseph Kennedy, a high school football coach who lost his job at a public school in Washington state after he prayed briefly at the 50-yard line. In the 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court held that Kennedy’s prayer was protected by the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, and that it was not in violation of the same amendment’s Establishment Clause.

After the ruling was announced, Craig DeRoche, CEO and President of Family Policy Alliance, issues the following statement:

“Today’s decision is a monumental victory, not only for Coach Kennedy, but for every American who wants to live their faith. The U.S. Constitution has never, and will never, require Americans to abandon their faith. We applaud the six justices of the Supreme Court who today firmly upheld that truth.”

In March, Family Policy Alliance filed an amicus brief in the case together with 29 state family policy councils from around the country, including Pennsylvania’s Independence Law Center (which authored the brief). Family Policy Alliance is pleased to host this alliance of independent state-based family policy councils around the country. Together, the alliance represents more than a million people across the nation.

A copy of Family Policy Alliance’s brief can be found at the Supreme Court website here.

The case has drawn significant national attention, especially from people of faith. In April, Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family called on Americans to pray for Coach Kennedy on 50-yard lines near them in advance of the case’s Supreme Court arguments. Americans across the country participated in the event.

Background

  • Establishment Clause: Modern Supreme Court cases have observed that the Constitution’s Establishment Clause is meant to foster a neutral approach toward religion.
    • Yet in Coach Kennedy’s case, the government’s approach was far from neutral.
  • Case background:
    • Today, teachers are permitted to make controversial statements on all kinds of topics, including critical race theory, sexuality, and other politically charged topics.
    • Yet Coach Kennedy’s short, individual prayer resulted in a “do not re-hire” recommendation from the school district.
    • Coach Kennedy began saying a brief prayer following games years ago. Initially he did so alone, but some students asked him what he was doing. When they asked if they could join, he responded, “This is a free country,” and “You can do what you want.”
    • When the school learned what he was doing, it demanded he stop, but he felt responsible to thank God for the games in that way. As a result, he lost his job.
    • This prayer hardly amounts to an establishment of religion, particularly when the school was clear that it had nothing to do with Kennedy’s activities.
    • Instead of neutrality, the school demonstrated hostility toward religion.
  • Lemon Test: Today the Court finally dispensed with the notorious “Lemon Test,” a deeply flawed, inhibitive legal doctrine that restricted American’s First Amendment rights. Instead, the Court has instructed that the Establishment Clause must be interpreted in the simple light of American history and tradition. This is an additional victory for Americans’ religious freedom rights.

Sincerely,

The Family Policy Alliance Team

Roe v. Wade has been overturned. Doesn’t it just thrill you to read that sentence?

Yesterday, June 24, 2022, will forever be known as one of the greatest days in our nation’s history. In its ruling on the Dobbs v. Jackson case, the United States Supreme Court stated:

We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution, but any such right must be “deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition” and “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.”

The Court came to this conclusion by determining that Roe v. Wade was “egregiously wrong” and incorrectly decided because a supposed right to an abortion is not deeply rooted in our nation’s history or legal tradition.

So, what does this mean? It means the fight for life has just begun. As the Court stated, “…We thus return the power to weigh those arguments to the people and their elected representatives.” It means that your state and federal lawmakers will be able to determine what happens to the lives of preborn children.

You can visit AfterRoe.com to find out where your state stands on the issue of life and how you can get involved in this next phase of the pro-life movement!

Our team was on the ground in front of the Court when the decision was announced – there were tears of joy, and even dancing! Then, we celebrated the historic ruling by hosting a 6-hour live stream with our friends and allies across the nation!

We were honored to be joined by GOP Whip Steve Scalise (LA), RSC Chairman Jim Banks (IN), Congressman Mike Johnson (LA), and Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ)! We also had incredible interviews with the Family Policy Councils of Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin! And we loved having our national allies join us, including Alliance Defending Freedom, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, the Human Coalition, March for Life, and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.

You can still watch yesterday’s live stream HERE!

It’s important to remember that the fight for life has just begun. The Biden Administration’s Department of Justice issued a press release yesterday stating they are urging Congress to codify abortion and are promoting abortion-by-mail drugs. Democrats in Congress were infuriated by the decision. Pro-choice organizations have threatened violence and rioting. And left-leaning states will fight hard to keep abortion legal in their states.

Option 1But today, as we prepare for the next phase of a post-Roe America, we must remember that over 60 million preborn children have been worth fighting for. We must honor the prayer warriors and pro-life heroes who have gone before us to pave the way so that this day would come. And we must continue helping women in need, engaging with state Family Policy Councils, voting for righteous leaders, volunteering at our local crisis pregnancy centers, and loving the women and families who need healing from the trauma of abortion.

Yesterday, Roe v. Wade was overturned. And today, we look to a future when abortion will be unthinkable.

For life,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe you’ve heard the amazing news.

As of 10:11 ET this morning, babies in America have a fighting chance.

After nearly 50 years, the Supreme Court finally overturned its travesty of Roe v. Wade!

This for certain is a moment to celebrate, to thank God – and also to thank you for your support and co-labors that have helped make this historic moment possible.

But this is not the end of the abortion battles. Truly, now it begins.

Like before, it will be a state-by-state battle. But now the stakes are much higher. With no court decision standing in the way, abortion can actually be ended state-by-state.

As the pro-abortion Left’s antics today show, they are going all-out to defeat pro-life candidates and stop every attempt to end abortion in the states. Already, pro-abortion ballot measures are popping up, and the fight for the control of state legislatures may be the most intense we’ve ever seen.

Will you stand with Family Policy Alliance as we go toe-to-toe to protect life?

Your gift today will help support pro-life candidates and defend life at every turn, working strategically with our network of allies at the state level.

Thank you, on this historic day, for standing for life!

Sincerely,

Carig DeRoche
President & CEO

Minutes ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. 

Today is a day that we will remember for our entire lives – and a day which, for many of us, we have spent our entire lives waiting. And now, because of today, millions more will have their lives.

We’d be remiss not to take this moment to reflect on the many, many heroes who have argued in court, passed laws, lobbied their elected leaders, prayed outside abortion clinics, offered a helping hand to women, and so much more to get to this moment.

And yet, really, we have been straining toward the starting line. Today, a unique race began in each of the 50 states and in the federal arena.

Our goal: that every person is treated as a person, no matter their age, size, location, abilities or any other characteristics. This means not only ending abortion but ensuring that children inside the womb have the same full legal status as children outside the womb, that parents and children receive the support they need, and that ours is a culture which comes to fully embrace life.

As of this moment, America has entered a new phase. We are a nation After Roe. We survived. Now, let’s help others thrive.

TO CELEBRATE THIS MOMENTOUS AND LONG-AWAITED VICTORY, WE ARE LIVESTREAMING ALL DAY, starting at approximately 12 pm ET (11 am CT / 10 am MT / 8 am PT)

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AFTER ROE CELEBRATION AND LIVESTREAM

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We’ll be giving live updates from the Supreme Court, providing decision analysis, and talking with state and national leaders. Plus, we’ll dive into what you can do to make a difference in the world After Roe. And, we’ll be answering your questions live! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

If you are ready to jump in and make a difference, visit www.AfterRoe.com for information about what’s happening in your state and to discover your place in the After Roe movement.

Praising God with you,

Craig DeRoche
President & CEO

Dear Friends,

In the midst of holding our breath for the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding Roe v. Wade, the nation has another reason to celebrate. This week, SCOTUS released a decision that will propel us forward in the fight for school choice.

The case, Carson v. Makin, was brought to the Supreme Court after a family in Maine was denied benefits from the state’s tuition assistance program because their school of choice was religious. The tuition assistance program was established for parents and students whose school district does not operate a secondary school of their own. Under the program, parents are able to choose the public or private school they would like their child to attend, and the school district then sends payments to that school to help mitigate the cost of tuition. That school choice, however, could not include a Christian school.

The decision from the court recognized that the denial of the tuition assistance was considered a violation of the First Amendment. Chief Justice Roberts states in the opinion, “In particular, we have repeatedly held that a State violates the Free Exercise Clause when it excludes religious observers from otherwise available public benefits.”

This decision has addressed a long-standing debate regarding school choice and state tuition assistance. Many would argue that the state cannot fund religious institutions, and therefore tuition assistance programs cannot be used for religious schools. However, this decision makes it clear that the state is not funding the school, but rather the child. The state, then, cannot discriminate where the child’s funds are used.

Why is school choice so important?

Here at NM FAM, we believe that a thriving society is a product of thriving families. When the government interferes in things like choosing where parents send their child to school, a family’s ability to thrive is diminished. When parents’ rights are threatened, a family can no longer thrive, but rather must fight to survive.

New Mexico families need to thrive. New Mexico parents must have their rights secure. New Mexico children must be able to receive good education, free from government ideals and control, and rooted in their family values.

SCOTUS has set the precedent; now let’s see it thrive in the Land of Enchantment! Will you join our efforts in protecting parents’ rights in New Mexico classrooms?

Standing Firm,

Jodi Hendricks
Executive Director

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, a federal law enacted in 1972 to ensure women and girls are given opportunities to achieve their dreams through education, sports and scholarships.

Prior to 1972, there were virtually no college scholarships available for women to play sports. Women were fortunate if they even had a sports team at their schools. They often had no locker rooms, low-quality uniforms, old training equipment, no travel stipends, absurd practice schedules, and no championship opportunities. It’s no surprise that only 1 in every 27 girls played sports.

Today, 2 in 5 girls play sports! Over 100,000 women play college sports and about 3 million play high school sports. These opportunities are in large part due to Title IX.

Now, 50 years later, women and girls are fighting for equal access to athletic opportunities again, just as they were when Joe Biden first ran for Senate..

Girls across the nation have been forced to give up their places on winner’s podiums to males who identify as females.

This is why Family Policy Alliance launched #SaveGirlsSports two years ago, and we’ve been partnering with our alliance of state family policy councils and other national allies to ensure that girls’ sports remain just for girls ever since.

Thankfully, 18 states have now passed Save Girls’ Sports laws to ensure girls can compete on a level playing field- without the threat of losing their opportunities to a male competitor.

But there is still more work to do. Any day now, the Biden Administration plans to issue a rule to redefine “sex” in Title IX to allow males to compete with females in school sports – and allow males access to girls’ showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms in public schools. We are ready to rally opposition to this woke rule, and we will need your help as soon as the Administration releases it.

Today, we’ll be outside of the White House at the with our friends and female athletes from across America. We’re joining together to call on this Administration to reverse its course and save girls’ sports! You can watch the event’s Live Stream here. And be sure to share it with a friend!

For the future of American girls,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

 

This is the moment we have been praying for. The Supreme Court will soon release their final ruling on the Dobbs case. This decision could once again allow states to promote and protect life without the federal bench restricting the will of the people. What a victory this will be for the pro-life movement!

The pro-abortion extremists are unhinged and resorting to acts of violence and vandalism to intimidate Supreme Court justices, prolife pregnancy centers, and churches. Gross and vile protests are on display outside the home of Justice Amy Comey Barret, and a man was recently arrested after traveling to the D.C. area to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Thankfully, New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith (R) has crafted a bill to protect pro-life pregnancy centers.

“The violence against religious institutions and pro-life women’s centers — which give expectant mothers diapers, baby clothes and, when they can find it, baby formula free of charge — does not so much represent a new threat as it does a transference of aggression. I’ve been in the movement for 50 years, and I’ve always believed when we got to the point where that so-called constitutional [‘right’ to abortion] was about to be eviscerated, you would see the violence which is directed at unborn children directed at the pro-life movement… America stands on the verge of reversal of Roe v. Wade. I think this is the beginning of the end.” Congressman Chris Smith, District 4, NJ

 However, as Congressman Chris Smith leads the way to protect pro-life pregnancy centers, seven other New Jersey members of Congress voted against legislation expanding security for Supreme Court justices and their families. Josh Gottheimer (D), Tom Malinowski (D), Bill Pascrell (D), Donald Payne (D), Mikie Sherrill (D), Albio Sires (D) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) all opposed the Supreme Court Police Parity Act. Despite their opposition, this bi-partisan bill passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives 396-27!

This is why the pro-life movement needs your voice and energy more than ever! We cannot allow radical voices to jeopardize this pivotal moment in history. I want to personally ask you to join us and a coalition of pro-life organizations this Saturday, June 25 from 11AM-1PM at the Statehouse in Trenton, NJ. (Information below)

Events like this often happen during the week when the legislature is in session, but many of you are at work. This is your opportunity on a weekend, when the media will be focused on the Supreme Court decision, to express your unwavering support for Life.

Fighting for your family,

Len Deo
Founder

 

Dear Friends,

Today, we are excited to announce that Rep. Jim Banks (R—IN), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) and an alum of our sister Foundation’s Statesmen Academy, introduced the Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice Act. We are also grateful that Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) will sponsor the bill in the Senate.

The bill reflects the principles from Family Policy Alliance’s Help Not Harm campaign. We believe children who are hurting and struggling need real help, not harm. We believe that children who have legitimate gender conflict have been pressured into transition by politicized medicine. We believe that every day, youth around the country are endangered by transgender interventions that can leave them sterile, missing healthy body parts, and filled with regret. And, we believe that children should be protected from politicized medicine and should have the right to recover for the damages done to them.

ASK CONGRESS TO COSPONSOR & PASS THE PROTECTING MINORS FROM MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ACT

The Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice Act will spare children a lifetime of regret and keeps politics out of their healthcare. We applaud Chairman Jim Banks and Senator Tom Cotton for their excellent leadership on this important issue to protect America’s children.

We are proud to strongly support the Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice Act, and we urge both the House and the Senate to cosponsor and pass this important piece of legislation to ensure America’s children receive real help, not harm when facing gender dysphoria. .

Join us in asking Congress to take action immediately on this bill!

More children are harmed every day by dangerous transgender ideology—we can’t afford to waste time. Congress must pass this bill.

Use the form below to immediately ask Congress to pass this bill—it only takes 1 minute.

For the Family,

Joseph Kohm

Joseph Kohm
Public Policy Director

 

 

Complete the form below to ask your Representative and Senator to Help not Harm today!


The pro-life movement stands at the door of a nation without Roe v. Wade. This moment is owed to so many pro-life heroes.

Today, we’re thrilled to invite you to join us online to meet one of those heroes: Senator James Lankford. In fact, he’s not only a pro-life hero, but he’s been a champion for families and religious freedom for years, taking on the biggest debates of our day in Washington, D.C. with grace and courage.

Meet a Pro-Life Hero

A Conversation with Senator James Lankford

WATCH HERE
(Video will be live at 2pm Eastern Time June 21st)

You can also want, share and comment on Facebook, or YouTube.

Join us to get the inside scoop on what’s happening in the Senate, what the pro-life movement’s next steps should be, and what to anticipate from proponents of abortion. Plus, hear Senator Lankford share why religious freedom matters to him and what it means for us today!

Senator James Lankford is a U.S. Senator for Oklahoma with a long background of service, including over 20 years in ministry. Senator Lankford has served in Congress since 2010 – first in the U.S. House, and in the Senate since 2014. During that time, Senator Lankford has been a stalwart leader on the issues closest to families, including life and religious freedom. Last summer, Family Policy Alliance honored Senator Lankford with our Coburn Statesman Award, our prestigious award for faithful Christian public servants who demonstrate their commitment to family and respect for colleagues and constituents. This year, Family Policy Alliance was pleased to endorse Senator Lankford in his bid for reelection.

Come ready for an engaging conversation and bring your questions to share in the chat!

We’ll see you soon on Facebook, YouTube, or Family Policy Alliance’s website!

Meridian Baldacci
Director, Strategy

 

P.S. Joining late? You can still watch on Facebook, YouTube, or Family Policy Alliance’s website.