In the recent election in Virginia, issues like parental rights and abortion took center stage, which drew the interest of many social conservatives around the country. This was one of the most shocking off-year elections we’ve seen in a long time, so we invited an expert to break down the results and offer potential insight for future elections nationwide.

Joining the SoCon Report Podcast live today is Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation of Virginia, to help us break down what happened. With a remarkable seventeen years of experience fighting for pro-family values in Virginia, she is a valuable resource for dissecting this election. Ask her your questions in the comments of our livestream!

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At Family Policy Alliance, our vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. To stay up to date on the fight to protect families and learn how to take action, follow us on social media!

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Communications Specialist – Producer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are living in an intense time in human history.

The images out of the brutal attack on Israelis have forever been etched in the minds of all Americans who have been watching.

Many of you joined our prayer call with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, author Joel C. Rosenburg and Pastor Greg Laurie a week ago as we unpacked ways to pray for Israel and for “the peace of Jerusalem.”

Now, we must speak up and encourage our federal elected officials to continue to stand with Israel.

Please take a moment to send a quick email to your members of Congress, asking them not to give up in their defense of Israel and its right to exist.

It is astonishing today that some, like college students at liberal universities, are shouting support not for the innocent but for the terrorists who perpetrated these evil acts. This runs contrary to our basic human principles of protecting the innocent.

Ask Congress to shout louder in support of Israel and continue to fight terrorists like Hamas.

In late 2020, we launched Under God, One Nation to engage Christians in prayer regarding timely issues that were affecting our nation. That prayer initiative has continued over the years since then.

Submitted below for your prayer time (and also for sharing with your church or Sunday School) is our current list of prayer topics.

Israel

In case you missed it: last week we hosted a prayer and update call on Israel with author Joel C. Rosenberg, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Pastor Greg Laurie. You can still watch that here!

US House of Representatives Speaker Race

Life

Transgender Issues

Government

To learn more about the things that Family Policy Alliance has been praying about over these past few years, please visit Under God, One Nation. There, you can sign up to get these prayer alerts more frequently and also join our prayer initiative by signing up to pray for our nation at a designated time of day.

 


It’s been a busy time in the US House of Representatives. Over the past couple of weeks, the Speaker of the House was voted out, and Congressional members have spent the days since negotiating and voting over who should be the next Speaker – arguably the most powerful position in Congress.

What’s going on? What’s at stake? And what happens next? Join us as our very own Director of Government Affairs, Ruth Ward, shares the inside scoop from Capitol Hill.  She’ll be joined by Family Policy Alliance President Craig DeRoche, who formerly served as Speaker of the House in Michigan and will shed light on what’s at stake with this role.

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At Family Policy Alliance, our vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. To stay up to date on the fight to protect families and learn how to take action, follow us on social media!

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Emma Rarden
Communications Specialist – Producer

 

P.S. Have you checked out our NEW podcast? We pick the brains of newsmakers and experts to break down what’s happening now on the issues YOU care about. With new episodes weekly, you’ll be up to date on all things that affect your family. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have school-aged children, odds are they’re back in class by now. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or involved in another way, you may be asking What’s happening at my child’s school? In today’s woke culture, it’s a fair question.

No need to wonder any longer! At Family Policy Alliance, we’ve done the research for you in Back to School for Parents. It’s a condensed guide for busy parents about what’s happening in your child’s school, how to identify areas of concern, and how to advocate for your child and your rights.

In the guide you’ll learn about your rights and your child’s rights, gain suggestions about how to respectfully advocate for your child, and access links to additional helpful articles and resources.

Plus, the book is helpfully organized by the area of the school where you want to protect your child, so you can easily spot tips for areas of particular concern. You’ll learn how to protect your child:

• In the classroom
• In school locker rooms and bathrooms
• On sports teams
• In school libraries
• In school health rooms, clinics, and counseling offices
• In student-run clubs
• On school internet and Wi-Fi
• By exercising school choice

And best of all? It’s completely free! Download your guide here today to learn how you can start protecting your child at school.

We can’t wait for you to access this great resource!

Sincerely,

Meridian Baldacci
Director, Strategy

Ordinarily, when we think of loved ones or others that are having suicidal ideations, we would expect the medical community to direct them toward prevention and mental health before it’s too late. In fact, we expect the medical community to do no harm…

But, many states allow trusted medical professionals to offer assisted suicide to patients. And now, that offer is being made at a higher rate towards patients with a certain status, such as  those with disabilities.

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, Family Policy Alliance’s Ruth Ward sat down with Matt Vallière, Executive Director of Patients’ Rights Action Fund and Institute for Patients’ Rights, to break down the alarming truth about assisted suicide in America. Tune in today to learn more about what Christians can do to help.

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If you need someone to talk to, our allies at Focus on the Family offer a free phone counseling consultation with a licensed or pastoral counselor. Call 1-855-771-HELP (4357), Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM (MT).

At Family Policy Alliance, our vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. To stay up to date on the fight to protect families and learn how to take action, follow us on social media!

See you in the comments section!

Emma Rarden
Communications Specialist – Producer

 

P.S. Have you checked out our NEW podcast? We pick the brains of newsmakers and experts to break down what’s happening now on the issues YOU care about. With new episodes weekly, you’ll be up to date on all things that affect your family. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.

22,447 Comments Submitted!

Family Policy Alliance is sharing your concerns with the Biden Administration.

When the federal government proposes changes to its administrative rules, citizens have the chance to respond. Here at FPA, we’ve made it simple for you to submit your comments – and you’ve delivered! In five separate proposed rules, FPA provided a sample message and notified each of you that you could send in a response. Thousands of you responded! See below for the final tally of how many comments you submitted.

THANK YOU for letting the administration know your concerns with these rules. Each time you raise your voice, you make a difference.

FPA also submitted five in-depth comments of our own on these proposed rules that you can view below.

#1: CONSCIENCE RULE

In March, FPA submitted this comment to tell the administration that the Proposed Rule would open a pandora’s box for medical professionals who refuse to perform abortions. We also noted that the rule would strip strong conscience protections that the Trump administration established for medical professionals.

Comments YOU submitted: 6,277

#2: REJECTING RELIGIOUS CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS RULE

Also in March, FPA submitted this comment to the Department of Education when they released a rule that would unfairly leave religious student organizations at risk of being compelled to speak or operate under a standard outside of their core beliefs or even being completely removed from their campus.

Comments YOU submitted: 4,182

#3: CONTRACEPTION RULE

In April, FPA submitted this comment opposed to the administration’s actions to revoke protections for organizations with non-religious moral objections to Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate. This proposed rule would also create a contraception funding scheme without protections to keep funds from being diverted to organizations like Planned Parenthood.

Comments YOU submitted: 2,726

#4: TITLE IX RULE

In May, FPA submitted this comment in support of women and girls in sports, despite the administration’s attempt to force schools to include biological males in women’s sports. Thankfully, more than 20 states have passed bills to save girls’ sports, but the administration is now trying to sidestep those protections by this proposed rule.

Comments YOU submitted: 4,276

#5: HIPAA RULE

In June, FPA submitted this comment opposed to the administration’s attempts to redefine an unborn child as less than a human and reduce protections for women and children within the healthcare system. The rule would accomplish this by altering how doctors comply with HIPAA, the current law that protects patient privacy.

Comments YOU submitted: 4,986

For those of you counting, that’s a total of 22,447 comments!

The departments that release these proposed rules have a portal open for 30 to 60 days where the American public, including people like you and organizations like FPA, can make comments on rules.

It is extremely important that presidential administrations hear from people like you on how these rules will impact your everyday lives as they deliberate on how to finalize a proposed rule. We will continue to notify you of opportunities to speak out to the Biden Administration.

Please continue to stand, fight and make your voices heard!

Target and Bud Light apparently didn’t teach the Los Angeles Dodgers any lessons. Target and Bud have lost billions of dollars after catering to the transgender agenda. Bud Light featured a prominent male who identifies as female on their beer cans in an advertisement. Target decided to sell LGBT clothing for children and women’s apparel designed to “tuck” male genitalia.

Both companies forsook their target markets to appease the woke LGBT crowd, and they’ve paid for it with their bottom lines.

The Dodgers, also ignoring fans nationwide who simply want to watch good baseball, decided to host their “Pride Night” over the upcoming Father’s Day weekend. To make matters worse, they opted to invite a drag queen group that openly mocks Christians and Catholics called the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.”

These so-called “Sisters” are known for dressing in highly sexualized versions of Jesus, Mary, and Catholic nuns; using a cross to perform a pole dance; and living by their motto “go and sin some more.”  The Dodgers plan to award this group with the “Community Hero Award.”

Take Action Now – urge the Dodgers to reject the woke agenda

An unintentional admission of truth comes from their own website where the “Sisters” claim they “use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry.” Ironically, their highly offensive performances actually reveal their own bigotry toward Christians, particularly Catholics.

At first, the Dodgers seemed to understand that their invitation to the “Sisters” was a mistake and extremely offensive to Christians in their fanbase, so they uninvited them.

Then, they backtracked after caving to pressure from LGBT activist groups and reinvited the “Sisters,” moving forward with plans to name them “community heroes.”

Senator Marco Rubio, Catholic groups, baseball fans, and even Dodgers players themselves have been speaking out against the Dodgers’ woke moves to honor such a controversial group.

What can we do as the Body of Christ?

Family Policy Alliance has a petition to the Dodgers urging them to reject the woke agenda, restore common sense, and refuse to bestow honor on such a blatantly sexualized and anti-religious group. Drag performances that mock both women and Christians have no place in baseball.

Sign the petition now.

You can add your name to the petition to the Dodgers in less than 30 seconds through our action center, and we will instantly deliver every signed petition to the Dodgers’ email inbox.

Help us flood their inbox with your concerns! The Dodgers clearly haven’t learned from Bud Light’s and Target’s mistakes.

Your daughter confides in you that she feels like she is in the wrong body — that she should have been a boy. Or perhaps if she’s been exposed to gender ideology at school or elsewhere, she believes that she actually is a boy.

How do you respond? As a parent, chances are you’d want your daughter to get real help so she can feel comfortable in her God-given body. Unfortunately, though, activists would prefer that your child start puberty blockers and (depending on her age) cross-sex hormones. They may even advocate for surgeries like a double mastectomy — an operation no child should be subjected to, let alone a child in a perfectly healthy body. 

That’s why at Family Policy Alliance we, along with our state and national partners, have led the charge to protect children from these dangerous interventions and ensure that they have access to real help, not harm.

The national discussion on this topic is heating up. Here are 5 things you need to know about the current debate: 

  1. The American Academy of Pediatricians is backpedaling on transition for minors.
    For years, the American Academy of Pediatricians has pedaled gender ideology, including so-called “transition” for minors. But recently, after an article called out the organization in the Wall Street Journal, the Academy published its own reply. While the response stopped far short of abandoning gender ideology, it nonetheless attempted to backpedal its stance on supporting transgender interventions for “the vast majority of children.” While this may likely be more of a political move to save face than a real change of heart, it was an important indicator that supporters of these interventions are being forced to go on defense in the public eye — and that’s a step in the right direction.
     
  2. The ACLU is challenging an Arkansas child safety law.
    If you’ve been following this topic in the news, you may know that the ACLU is challenging the Arkansas law that protects children from “transition.” Recently, a federal court ruled against the law — but that’s not the end of the story. The litigation is ongoing. And, the ruling actually looks to allow arguably the most important part of the law to stand — the law that allows minors (or adults who were harmed as minors) to sue the medical professionals who harmed them with hormones and surgeries. That’s good news.Please lift up the law and those defending it in prayer, and pray that more states would pass laws to protect children from this irreversible harm.
     
  3. A federal court ruled in favor of counselors.
    One critical means of real help for struggling youth is counseling.

    Sadly, in many places across the country, counseling to help in these situations is legally banned. In these areas (see map below), LGBT activists have convinced leaders that “transition” is the only right answer for a child who feels uncomfortable with their biological sex — even when children want to pursue counseling to help them feel comfortable in their God-given bodies. These so-called “conversion therapy” bans not only prevent struggling youth from getting the help they need, but they also prevent licensed counselors from helping those who are struggling with same-sex attraction and desire change.

    Dark green and green stripes represent areas with partial or complete therapy bans as described above. Screenshot from LGBTmap.org.


    But there is good news on this front. Our friends at Liberty Counsel recently won a federal court case on behalf of licensed therapists whom they represent. The therapists practice in areas with the type of bans described above. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued injunctions against those laws — and when a lower judge would not comply, the 11th Circuit forced her hand to ensure that these therapists could provide the help their clients want. It’s a critical win for those who want to help people find healing! 

  4. Another federal court protected medical professionals.
    And that’s not the only recent win in this area! An Obama-era rule attempted to force physicians to engage in “transition” procedures, even if they had a religious or conscientious objection. But last week, another federal court ruled in favor of a Catholic healthcare system represented by our friends at Becket, a religious freedom-focused legal organization. These medical professionals will not be forced to perform these dangerous interventions, and instead can practice medicine in alignment with their consciences!
     
  5. Now is the time to protect children.
    2023 is gearing up to be a year for states to protect children like never before, ensuring that they get help, not harm. And we expect that — just as happened with laws to Save Girls’ Sports — we’ll continue to see more good laws and other actions to protect children. But the first step is electing government leaders willing to take the stand to make it happen. This November, you can use your vote to help put those good leaders in office.

Want to do more to help kids? Consider partnering with Family Policy Alliance. We are fighting to protect children across the nation, so that every child struggling in this area has the opportunity to get help and not harm. We have a critical need to build resources now so that we can help states prohibit dangerous “transitions” performed on minors, save girls’ sports—and ultimately stop the spread of radical gender ideology targeted at children.  You can partner with us here.

Want to learn more about this issue? Watch sessions from our Help Not Harm Summit here! You’ll find information on how to protect your child from the transgender agenda, understand the worldview behind the agenda, take action in your area, and more. 

Thank you for standing with us to protect vulnerable children. 

Sincerely,

Meridian Baldacci
Director, Strategy 

I know it probably doesn’t feel like it, but 2021 has truly been an amazing year of wins—wins that you helped bring about! And we didn’t want to close out 2021 without pausing to thank you, and the Lord, for the incredible momentum in the family policy movement we saw this year.

Thank you for partnering with Family Policy Alliance this year and for making this Top 10 list possible! We are praising God for these 10 wins and invite you to join us!

10. Your voice inspired lawmakers to remove “woke” language from the national defense funding bill.

Our federal lawmakers’ top priority in Washington, D.C. should be the nation’s defense. Instead, this year, some lawmakers tried to take advantage of the all-important defense spending bill to add in “Equality Act” language (elevating the LGBT agenda in the defense bill) and requiring women to register for the draft.

You took action through the Family Policy Alliance action center and made your voice heard—empowering some brave lawmakers to speak out against this radical language. The result? This harmful language was removed from the bill, allowing the defense funding bill to move forward in a much cleaner form!

9. You stopped the radical Left’s push to pack the courts.

In the early days of the Biden Administration, there was a lot of talk about “adding judges” to the courts—basically creating a scenario where the far Left could guarantee a win on their radical policies in court because they pick their own judges. You made it clear that this idea was wildly unpopular among American families, and it has gained no traction—even in the President’s own commission formed to consider such a court-packing proposal.

8. You are forcing lawmakers to take a stand on whether they will protect babies who survive abortions.

Of course, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is blocking a bill that would protect babies who survive botched abortions. So prolife House members initiated a procedural move called a “discharge petition” that would force the bill to come forward for consideration. A record number of lawmakers signed onto this petition this year—thanks to your advocacy calling on them to take a stand for these precious babies fighting for their lives!

7. You made it a rough year for Twitter!

You may recall that Twitter cancelled our friends at Focus on the Family earlier this year, and you helped us rally to their defense. Your voice elevated the issue all the way to Congress and national media. Later, they canceled Statesmen Academy alum and prominent U.S. House member Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03). Focus on the Family’s and Jim Banks’s crimes? Correctly identifying a Biden cabinet pick as a biological male who identifies as a woman.

You raised your voice to help us launch a campaign in support of Focus on the Family and Representative Banks, send a petition to Twitter, and build a coalition to stand against these cancelling policies. Now, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey has stepped down after a tumultuous year.

6. You set in motion the movement to save our kids from harmful “gender transition” procedures.

Just this year, Statesmen Academy alum Rep. Robin Lundstrum led the nation’s first successful effort to ban harmful and experimental “gender transition” procedures on children in her home state of Arkansas. It was a groundbreaking piece of legislation!

Your support for the Statesmen Academy, your advocacy in Arkansas, and your partnership with Family Policy Alliance and the network of state family policy council allies in standing for the truth that biological sex cannot change made this a win! Now, more states are ready to consider taking the same stand to protect children!

5. You are saving girls’ sports for our daughters and their daughters.

In 2020, you helped make Idaho the first state in the nation to reserve girls’ sports for only biological girls—as a matter of fairness. This year, over 35 states considered the same legislation to save girls’ sports—and a version of that bill is now law in 9 states! Plus, even mainstream media credits the movement to save girls’ sports (that you have made possible) as the reason the dangerous Equality Act is stopped in the U.S. Senate!

4. You stopped a far-Left takeover of elections nationwide!

The far Left made clear that legislation to “redo” elections (and thereby secure policy wins for their agenda) would be a top priority in 2021. Despite relentless attempts to take over elections at the federal level by one political party, these multiple bills have gone nowhere. No matter how many times they tried to bring forward these bills, you continued to engage and raise your voice, calling on them to vote NO every time. You are saving our country’s elections with generational impact!

3. You helped parents and families raise their voices—and change the future in their states.

It’s been a year where parents and families have faced unbelievable indoctrination in their children’s schools. Radical gender theory policies have touched the classroom, locker room, and sports field. Critical race theory has divided children and communities. And parents have been deeply concerned about the impact on their children.

After a number of deeply concerning incidents in Virginia—including sexual assault against a female student in the girls’ bathroom by a male student wearing a dress—parents had had enough. They raised their voices and voted against politicians that believe schools—not parents—should direct children’s education. They flipped control of their state from politicians who discount parents to leaders who pledge to honor the role of parents in their children’s education. It was a stunning win that caught the attention of the nation, especially ahead of the 2022 election.

We also recently learned that the National School Board Association, which has supported these radical curriculum proposals and treated concerned parents as “terrorists,” is at risk of losing millions as their own state chapters withdraw over the controversy.

You are changing the narrative and forcing lawmakers to return to considering parents and families before political agendas!

2. You stopped the #1 priority of the Biden-Harris Administration and the far Left.

The Biden Administration made clear that the Equality Act was their #1 priority for 2021—a “must-accomplish” in the first 100 days. Here we are in the waning days of the year, and the Equality Act has clearly been stopped in the U.S. Senate! Tens of thousands of you took action through the Family Policy Alliance action center calling on lawmakers to stop this bill.

We’ve identified this bill as the most dangerous piece of legislation we’ve seen come out of Congress because it would force the LGBT agenda into homes, schools, doctors’ offices, businesses, and nearly every area of law and life. THANK YOU for making clear to D.C. that this is a nonstarter for American families!

1. Life is winning!

And, for the #1 praise for 2021, at the end of the year and on the eve of the 49th anniversary of the deadly Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, we stand on the brink of seeing Roe overturned (perhaps even in 2022). This would give all of us in the states more power to protect the lives of babies in the womb than we’ve had in decades!

In addition, Texas passed a strong pro-life “heartbeat” law that, despite being challenged in court, has already saved thousands of lives. And  the Supreme Court allowed it to stay in effect by—despite the ongoing challenges against it by the abortion lobby and the Biden Administration. Life is truly winning in America.

As you and your family head into the Christmas season and wind down your year, we pray you are as encouraged by these wins as we are! And thank you for being an encouragement to us in our ministry! When you take action and raise your voice for family values, standing on biblical truth, you shine brightly—despite any level of darkness around us in our nation.

Thank you for your support and engagement that make these wins possible!

May God bless you and yours,

Craig DeRoche, CEO