This week the Department of Education has hosted a week-long hearing that included the topic of redefining “sex” in Title IX to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in national education policies.

What does this mean? We’re glad you asked! Click to watch the newest Ask Meridian video to find out more!

We want to say a big “Thank you!” to 10,000 of you who have engaged on this important issue! If you haven’t submitted a comment, TODAY is the LAST DAY to tell the Department of Education you STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY CHANGES in their education policies that redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” This is a dangerous agenda, and it must be stopped. Comments must be submitted before 5:00 pm ET Today.

Click here to submit your comment NOW! We’ve provided some comments for you to use, but the more personalized you can make your comments, the better!

Family Policy Alliance testified against revising the definitions of “sex” in Title IX during this week’s public hearing at the Department of Education this week and stated,

“Every girl should have the chance to compete on a level playing field. In today’s world, that means one that is reserved just for girls. Males naturally possess physical advantages over females. This natural advantage can result in them winning titles, scholarships, and other opportunities that should be reserved for girls.”The Department of Education has a responsibility to protect women and girls, not steal their dreams.”

“…Title IX itself explicitly allows educational institutions to maintain ‘separate living facilities for the different sexes,’ indicating binary, biological sex. Of course, this makes sense in the context of private spaces like locker rooms and showers.”

“No student should be forced into an intimate setting like a restroom or locker room with someone of the opposite sex. The Department of Education should not get to determine the first time a student is exposed to a member of the opposite sex while in a state of undress.”

You can read our full testimony here.

We were grateful for other excellent voices who spoke to the Department of Education urging the Department to protect the rights of women and girls in education, sports, and to protect parental rights. Here are a few quotes from the hearing:

Title IX was enacted to protect girls from discrimination based on sex, not “gender identity.” Article 7 of The Declaration [on Women’s Sex-Based Rights], consistent with Title IX, affirms women’s rights to participate actively in sports on a single-sex basis to ensure fairness and safety for women and girls.” – Lauren Levey, steering committee member, U.S. Chapter of the Women’s Human Rights Campaign

President Joe Biden’s policy, as stated in his Executive order, fails to protect the status and dignity of women as female and is a threat to every woman in America, especially female students and athletes.  ‘Gender identity’ does not equal sex.  Therefore, it should not be used to compromise Title IX protections for women. ‘On the basis of sex’ under Title IX should be based solely on the biological truth of being male or female.” – Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations for Concerned Women for America

“…the social transition of children directed by school officials should be instead considered medical treatment, because the reason for directing that behavior is usually alleged to be the mental health of the child. Only parents have the right to direct the medical treatment of students. School administrators lack the medical training and professional competency to address those needs. Medical interventions are the responsibility of the parent and the doctor of their choosingEvery child has dignity and value. Every child is born in exactly the right body. The protections enshrined in Title IX – including religious exemptions – benefit everyone just as they are.” – Meg Kilgannon, Senior Fellow for Education Studies for Family Research Council

Every American has a right to speak at these national public hearings- even if we disagree. One speaker called for the Department of Education to limit the religious exemption in Title IX in order to limit or prohibit Christian Universities from teaching or implementing Biblical principles related to sexuality.

Again, today is the LAST DAY to weigh in at this “national school board meeting” and tell the Department of Education you STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY CHANGES in their education policies that redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” It is critical that the Department of Education receives your perspective on this issue—otherwise, the only voices they hear will be the ones calling for an increasingly sexualized agenda in schools and an end to religious freedom.

Thank you again for protecting women and girls in schools!

Click here to submit your comment NOW!

Standing for Families and Children,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

Children are our most valuable resource. They are the next generation, and we need to protect and nurture them. With that in mind, here’s the good and bad news for our Rhode Island kids:

The Good News. I’m glad to share this from GoLocalProv News: “McKee has now directly inserted himself into the negotiations of the Providence teacher’s union, fired the old Providence superintendent, and has personally hired the new interim superintendent. Governors don’t usually take on such an active role. He also dropped the freeze on new charter schools that was in place before he became governor in Rhode Island.”

We may have a more family friendly governor than we have had in quite a while!

You can send him a personal thank you here and encourage him to remain this way!

At the same time, though, things are far from rosy for children here in Rhode Island.

Drag Queen Story Times. It’s Pride Month and Drag Queen Story Times are once again knocking on the doors of our public libraries. They are obscene, perverted, and nothing to be proud about. On June 26th, the West Warwick Public Library will host ‘Ninny Nothin’. He’s not a role model for your child, and this is certainly not an event that deserves our tax dollars.

Family Policy Alliance has joined with two other groups to stop this event from happening.

Here’s how you can help: Let the Town Council of West Warwick know that a child’s safety is more important than perverse fads that sexualize children right in our own libraries. Email and call David Gosselin, Jr. (Democrat) Council President to say NO to putting children at risk!

David Gosselin, Jr.
Council President
401-821-8994
dgosselin@westwarwickri.org

School curriculum update. Not far away in North Kingstown, RI a mom made national news in her quest to obtain records of Critical Race and Gender Curriculum in the school her daughter will be attending. Now the school committee may sue to stop her! This is the story.

Your voice has an impact. We can make a difference when we take a stand for Faith and Family. Our national office reports that in 2021, more than 30 states introduced legislation to preserve female sports and 8 of them are law today! That is in large part thanks to your voice along with the voices of Americans across the country, and to the hard work of many state Family Policy Councils! In addition, legislators in more than 20 states authored bills to prohibit puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and mutilating surgeries on minors. Rep. Robin Lundstrum, an alumna of Family Policy Foundation’s Statesman Academy, sponsored the SAFE Act in Arkansas. We hope bills like this will become law throughout the country – even in Rhode Island – next year and in years to come!

Please consider helping us continue to hold the Faith and Family flag high with your financial help during the summer months. We can’t do it without you!

Looking ahead,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors, Rhode Island

 

 The purpose of this chapter is to protect unborn human life and maternal health within present constitutional limits. It reaffirms the tradition of the state of North Dakota to protect every human life whether unborn or aged, healthy or sick.
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Yes, that is a quote, but where can you find it? It is the first paragraph of Chapter 14-02.1 of the state’s abortion laws embodied in our Century Code. It sets the tone and context of all that follows specifying our state laws around abortion, and also interestingly, speaks to end-of-life, value of the elderly, etc. Surprised? I was a bit.

I would certainly characterize our state as pro-life; that is hard to dispute. However, the aforementioned paragraph states that “every human life”, no matter the condition, deserves protection. That also translates, for example, into not enacting laws promoting assisted suicide (soundly defeated this session), and implicitly affirms that an unborn child represents a human life. Wow, what a statement. I am so proud of our state.

However, do we practice what we preach? Generally, yes. We’ve passed countless pro-life bills over the years, from heartbeat bills, to prohibiting abortions for genetic abnormalities, requiring chemical abortion reversal notification, banning dismemberment abortions, and others. As you might guess, some of these laws are now in the courts, but the point is that we held to our values. Just because something will be challenged, does not mean you compromise your values.

So, with all that, how do we rank among states in defending life? This is where the story gets a bit more interesting. In the latest state ranking by Americans United for Life, the de facto standard for this measure, North Dakota was ranked #12 in protecting life. This is in a deep red state, with a Republican Governor, and supermajorities of pro-life legislators in both the House and Senate – in a state that vows to, “protect every human life whether unborn or aged, healthy or sick”.

It’s not for lack of trying to be even more pro-life. There were multiple pro-life laws introduced in the 2013 legislative session and in many other sessions. Most recently, in this session, SB2030 ensured that challenge grant matching funding for public universities only went to universities that do NOT work with pro-abortion entities. I can attest that we have pro-life champions in our legislature who every session lead the charge on pro-life laws, and countless others who represent your biblical views by voting for life every time.

So, what can we do? MOBILIZE. What does that mean? It means making connections, building a network, sharing resources, and so much more. Being ready to make our voices heard in large numbers. Those on the other side of key issues already know how to do this – it’s about time we took a page from their playbook.

The second thing we can do is ELECT pro-life legislators. When I first came to North Dakota, I would have guessed we would be in the top five on that pro-life list I referenced, but then I started to look into votes on particular pro-life bills and it was a more sobering picture. Legislators I would have fully expected to support pro-life laws often voted against them. They, like all of us, need to be held accountable.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is coming out with a legislative scorecard next week: be sure to look up your senator and representatives and see how they voted on pro-life bills, as well as other important issues. Are they representing your values?

Mobilize and elect. If we do these two things, I guarantee that North Dakota will move up that ranking. We can be at the top and lead the country in the pro-life fight, but only if it’s important enough to us. Let’s make it happen.

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Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

P.S. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is here to help you mobilize and elect the right leaders, but that takes resources. If the bills we worked on this session, the voting scorecard that will soon be distributed, and speaking to and networking with likeminded groups is of value to you, please consider financially supporting us. We can’t do this without YOU.

Jack Ciattarelli has won the Republican primary and will face Governor Phil Murphy this November. New Jersey voters will have the opportunity to uphold Governor Murphy’s radical abortion agenda and sexualization of public education, or pivot to a more popular and mainstream position regarding life in the womb and children in the classroom.

Jack has a track record in the legislature that concerns many conservatives. He voted for assisted suicide and has generally considered himself a pro-choice candidate in the past. However, the extreme anti-life platform of Governor Murphy gives a traditionally moderate republican a strong upper hand in protecting preborn babies.

“Phil Murphy’s eagerness to sign legislation that would permit abortions up to the time of birth shows how extreme and out of touch he is with the values of the vast majority of New Jerseyans in both parties. The debate over Roe v. Wade is one that evokes passion on both sides whereby reasonable people can disagree, but a law that would allow the abortion of full-term babies, outlaw parental notification for minors, and authorize non-licensed physicians to perform abortions is radical by any measure.”
Jack Ciattarelli
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I have spoken to Jack on many occasions, including an hour-long conversation he had with pastors. He was clear in his objection to the social and sexual indoctrination happening in New Jersey public schools. He firmly believes these sensitive moral subjects should be left to parents, not activist teachers.

There are many months to go before the general election and a lot can happen. Please stay in prayer for our state, join us and other groups as we publicly gather to stop the so-called Reproductive Freedom Act, contact your legislators regarding their incessant erosion of parental rights, and speak out at your local board of education. We can not expect legislators to fight for our children if we do not first take a stand to protect them and the religious freedoms we cherish.

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

Do you remember the Heartbeat Bill? We are still fighting for that bill in the courts – this incredible legislation is the most pro-life bill in the country.

But, we were one vote away from the bill failing.

That means, had your representative at the time, Bert Reeves, been absent or flipped his vote from a Yes to a No, the Georgia General Assembly would have rejected the notion that preborn children with beating hearts should be protected.

This isn’t the only time a bill has been decided by one vote. SB 47, a key school choice bill this year, was also a 1 vote win for families.

That’s why this is so important!

You have a special election coming up in YOUR DISTRICT on June 15th (early voting has begun and continues through Friday), and we wanted to make sure you were planning to vote!

Early numbers indicate this will be a LOW turnout, CLOSE election. YOUR VOTE MATTERS!

There are 5 candidates running in this race. We have provided an informational graphic on where the candidates stand on some of the issues. We hope this will help you make an informed decision when you cast your vote.

Please review this information, do any additional research you feel is necessary, determine the best candidate that lines up with your values, and MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Please make a plan to vote on June 15th. The next big bill – one that has major policy implications for our state – could depend on it.

Because Your Vote Matters,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

 

 

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Dear Friends,

This Thursday, June 10, the Senate Health Committee will hear Senate bill 3801 and Assembly bill 5597. This bill already passed the Assembly Health Committee on May 20.

It would amend the current law that gives schools the ability to administrate student surveys on sensitive issues including sexual behaviors and attitudes, drug use, physical activity and eating habits. Presently, schools in New Jersey must send home forms for parents to grant permission for their student to participate in this personal and probing sexual health survey.

The proposed change in New Jersey law would remove the requirement for parents to actively opt their student into the health surveys. Instead, every student would be passively opted into the survey unless their parent in writing requested for them to be excused from the survey. If a parent overlooks an email, misplaces an unopened letter, or the child forgets or even intentionally does not give their mom the opt out form – then the student will be surveyed about their sexual beliefs and activity. A parent’s silence does not mean a parent’s consent.

What is the reason for this change? According to the language of the bill, not enough parents are giving schools the permission to ask their children these sex-based health questions. What do the bill sponsors recommend as the solution? Simple: stop asking the parents for their permission!

The level of mistrust and deception parents already feel in their interactions with public schools will only be exacerbated by this overreach of state government to remove the parent once again from the equation!

Tell the Senate Health Committee to respect parental authority by voting NO on Senate bill 3801 and Assembly bill 5597.

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

The battle to save women’s sports in Louisiana has reached its final stage: Gov. John Bel Edwards’s desk. The corporate and national pressure for him to veto this good bill is intense, and that’s why we – along with our allies at Louisiana Family Forum – are asking you to take a moment to email or call him today!

Legislators on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers understand the importance of protecting opportunities guaranteed to women through Title IX – and those include sports and scholarship programs. Allowing biological men to infringe on those protections is anti-woman and a violation of women’s rights.

Senate Bill 156 would protect female athletic opportunities from being hijacked by biological males. It’s about both science and fairness:

Please take 30 seconds to call and leave a message for Gov. Edwards, politely asking him allow SB 156 to go into effect which would protect girls’ sports.

 

(866) 366-1121

You can also send him an email here.

Thanks for speaking up!

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

I wanted to share that we will be at the Ball Ground Garden Festival this Saturday, June 12th.

So many of you have joined the fight against Critical Race Theory – and a host of our other issues – and we want to take the opportunity, at your festival, to spread the word about our efforts.

We would love to see you! Please stop by our table and say hello. See the details below and feel free to reach out with any questions.

What: Ball Ground Festival and Plant Sale

When: Saturday, June 12th – 10am – 4pm

Where: 215 Valley Street Ball Ground, GA

See you there!

Brittany Ellison
Deputy Director

 

A 9% increase for a state might normally be a good thing. Especially if it meant an increase in population.

But unfortunately, the exact opposite is happening in Kansas. Under Governor Kelly’s tenure, the increases we are seeing are not the good kind. New numbers show that Governor Kelly has overseen the largest increase in abortion in Kansas since 1999.

And Governor Kelly can’t talk her way out of the horrific reality of these numbers.

The KDHE released its abortion report showing an increase of 9% since 2019. 626 more abortions were performed in Kansas in the last year.

Until now because of our life-saving laws, most years we’ve seen a decrease in abortion. In 2020, we lost 7,542 babies through abortion. This is a heart wrenching number.

What caused this increase?

In the early days of the pandemic, Governor Kelly halted most elective medical procedures, but not abortion. While other governors treated abortion businesses the same way as other clinics, and despite the cries of thousands of Kansans, Governor Kelly staunchly refused to treat all elective procedures equally.

She claimed that she couldn’t close abortion clinics because there was a constitutional right to abortion. Sadly, without Value Them Both she could be right. Because of what our courts have done to our Kansas Constitution, the abortion industry was able to stay open when many legitimate businesses were closed. This allowed them to push women to come to Kansas to have abortions.

What happened in 2020 is just a small taste of what unlimited abortion will look like in Kansas without Value Them Both. This is not intended to scare you but is meant to let you know the gravity of the situation.

Without Value Them Both, not only will abortion be unlimited (meaning that even if we had a governor who wanted to protect life neither legislators nor governors would have much of any right to regulate the abortion industry) but you will likely be paying for this increase in abortion with your tax dollars, as we’ve seen in states like Alaska.

Every time our opposition has accused us of fear mongering over the last two years, we’ve actually wound up being right simply because we have read the case law and because we watch what happens in other states.

If we are going to reverse the course in Kansas and protect both women and children, we have one shot to pass Value Them Both.

We all know that an increasing abortion rate is NOT a Kansas value no matter how you label yourself politically. Will you join us in standing up for mothers and babies?

You can find more specific information HERE!

Because every life is valuable,

Brittany Jones, Esq
Director of Advocacy

 

P.S. With something so important as Value Them Both on the ballot, our current Governor will stop at nothing to protect the abortion industry. Last year it meant she would fight to keep the abortionists open no matter the cost. Currently it means she will even veto common sense election integrity laws. We need your help to fight back to protect our elections and our pro-family laws. Will you consider a donation to today?

Primary Election Day is upon us tomorrow.

Here are the facts:

Jack Ciattarelli, Phil Rizzo, and Hirsh Singh would reign in the Department of Education and curtail the sexual and cultural indoctrination happening in our public schools. All three candidates have repeatedly expressed their objection regarding controversial curriculum such as transgender diversity lessons in kindergarten, the explicit and inappropriate new Sex Ed Learning Standards, and the Critical Theory found throughout the pilot lessons developed by Garden State Equality.

All three candidates would sign the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and work to defund Planned Parenthood. In addition, they have all been outspoken in their opposition to the so-called Reproductive Freedom Act.

God is not the author of confusion…
1 Corinthians 14:33

Deceptive mailers and social media postings that claim only one candidate is the “true conservative” and the only “pro-life” candidate are not true. If any candidate claims they will sign an Executive Order banning late term abortions, that is a false promise. Such restrictions would have to be passed by the legislature. I would suggest you view the rating card from our friends at NJ Right to Life. Both Phil Rizzo and Hirsh Singh received an “A”. Jack Ciattarelli received a “B”.

The dishonesty that has been on display for months has damaged the social conservative movement. Intentional lies and mischaracterizations of fellow conservative candidates as a baseless attempt to appeal to the anger and the frustration of the grassroots should not be rewarded. A positive unifying vision rooted in conservative principles has the best chance to move New Jersey forward in the right direction.

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director