It’s time to celebrate!
Texas recently passed its “Heartbeat Act,” which prevents abortions for babies with a heartbeat – a law that will save countless lives. The law was set to go into effect yesterday, but abortion activists sought for the Supreme Court to stop that from occurring. Late last night, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that it would NOT halt the law from enforcement. Because of that decision, babies with a heartbeat are protected from abortion across Texas.
Here’s our response:
“It’s a momentous day for human rights and babies in the womb. Because of the Supreme Court’s decision last night, babies throughout the state of Texas will have a chance to taste their first breath. We are grateful for our friends at Texas Values who worked tirelessly to make this day a reality. Now it is time for more states to follow suit. Together, we can end abortion and protect precious lives across the nation.”-Meridian Baldacci
Well done, Texas! It’s a great day to celebrate life!
Policy and Communications Strategist
I never pass up a chance to quote the Princess Bride. Never has this phrase been more applicable than in the case of the Wichita City Council’s discussion of a sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination ordinance.
On Tuesday July 13th, the Council voted 5-2 to delay discussing the ordinance for 90 days. This will give everyone in the community time to research the implications of this expansive ordinance. It is very important given that it wasn’t even clear which version of the ordinance the City Council was voting on, and several of the council members did not seem to understand the extensive impact of the public accommodation section of the ordinance.
Mayor Brandon Whipple has claimed that no one opposing the ordinance brought real problems with the actual wording of the ordinance. This is an absolute reinterpretation of events. In fact, there were several legitimate concerns expressed. The most repeated one, was how incredibly narrow the religious exemptions are. These exemptions would require a court to examine the inner workings of a church and dictate its behavior; things that courts generally refuse to do but that Mayor Brandon Whipple seems more than happy to do.
Further, as it is written, the ordinance does absolutely nothing to protect a business owner from allegations of discrimination. No matter how kind and reasonable he might be. Under this ordinance, allegations of discrimination could result in large fines, years of litigation, or ‘re-education’ by the City of Wichita.
Throughout the consideration of this ordinance, the mayor has portrayed his motives as pure while at the same time, turning this debate in to a personal matter first by attacking fellow councilmembers for opting to slow down the process on this proposal. Second, by claiming that Family Policy Alliance of Kansas only opposes the ordinance because we are we are using it as a fundraising opportunity. Yet, he has done these things while also using the issue for political gamesmanship, political gain and political fundraising (for his own campaign).
The majority of you reading this email don’t live in Wichita so you may feel like this doesn’t affect you. But it does. Activists have already pushed this through city councils in many of Kansas’ larger cities over the objections of the citizens who live there. They are pushing for similar language at the state level as well. So, if you haven’t seen it in your community – you likely will.
It is very important that we understand what this redefinition and reorientation of our nondiscrimination laws mean for everyday Kansans. If you want to read more, you can reference several articles we wrote several years ago. We can’t allow activist to redefine the terms or be asleep when they try.
It’s time to step up Kansans!
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy
That is a quote from Thomas Paine. He was trying to assure colonists that they had the ability to fight for freedom against Great Britain, despite overwhelming odds. We know how that story ended, and I’m here to tell you that by Christian unity of purpose, we have the strength to overcome what sometimes appear to be overwhelming odds.
This week I am in DC. We are having our annual conference of state Family Policy Councils (FPCs) and affiliates from across the nation – over 40 in total – of which we are a part. I am so excited to be here, reconnecting and exchanging ideas with my colleagues from across our country. One particular benefit we receive by connecting with other state directors is sharing best practices. They have often faced some of the same challenges we face in North Dakota and can provide guidance on how to best integrate faith into our respective state political processes.
We clearly operate in very different contexts. The California FPC faces very different challenges than the one in Georgia, in Texas, or us here at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota. However, we are unified in purpose: to advance the kingdom of God through the political process.
Each FPC values families and wants to ensure that pro-family and pro-life legislation is passed, as we do in North Dakota. We all want to further engage businesses, churches and individuals to become involved in the political process. We all share the passion to make our states ones where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. What an inspirational tie that binds us!
The one thing we definitely agree on is that we can’t do our work without the help of our state ministry partners, such as yourself. If you want to help us advance our pro-family and pro-life values in North Dakota, I encourage you to become a ministry partner. There are many ways to do this. It may mean responding to our action alerts, praying for our ministry, or helping financially support our work. For all the great ideas and help I receive from our brothers and sisters in other states, your backing enables us to actually fight the good fight right here in North Dakota. Thank you for your continued support as we advance our Christian values in the state Capitol in Bismarck and throughout North Dakota!
President & Executive Director
In recent years, the far Left has been pushing radical policies in local school districts. This agenda forces girls to share locker rooms with boys, allows boys to steal sports opportunities from girls, and forces children to learn about gender ideology at a young age.
Now, the U.S. Department of Education is working to do the same thing- nationwide.
But you can help STOP THIS.
Similar to a local virtual school board hearing, on June 7-11 the President Biden’s Department of Education will be hosting a public hearing about incorporating “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in national education policies. These policies will force girls to share locker rooms and showers with boys, impact girls’ sports opportunities, and punish those who disagree.
You can 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.” Biden’s Education Department has no place attempting to implement this radical agenda into every local school district in the country.
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!
Thank you for using your voice to protect children!
You can also sign up to speak for 3 minutes and tell the Department of Education to STOP their implementation of these radical and dangerous policies that violate children’s privacy, steal girls’ sports, and implement radical ideologies in schools.
- You can only choose 1 topic to speak on (We recommend speaking on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in K-12”)
- Registration is still open to be added to the waitlist.
- The Department states, “Even after all slots are filled, we anticipate that a small number of slots may become available prior to or during each day of the hearing as a result of cancellations. We encourage those who do not register in time to receive a hearing slot to recheck the registration link for slots that become available in this way.”
Don’t want to speak? No worries – simply submit your written comments here to make sure the Department of Education hears your voice!
For our children,
It’s fitting for Georgians to occasionally ask themselves
What Would Stacey Do?
Because, there’s a very good chance she’s got her eyes on the Governor’s Mansion, and we cannot take anything for granted.
That’s why we’re asking you to help us ensure we never give Stacey the opportunity to do what she wants to do – Please consider a generous $25, $50, $100, $250, or greater donation today!
Consider what happened in the last week: Governor Kemp took executive action against Critical Race Theory, vaccine passports, and mandatory masking in schools. (We wholeheartedly applaud these actions.)
Stacey Abrams is avid supporter of racial division and Critical Race Theory, would certainly impose vaccine passports, and would have schools closed and kids masked.
The Georgia General Assembly and Governor Kemp signed the election integrity bill months ago. Stacey Abrams would repeal it and impose H.R. 1 style laws that changed the goal from “easy to vote and hard to cheat” to “easy to cheat and impossible to verify.”
Stacey Abrams would have the economy still shut down – making Whitmer and Cuomo look like freedom-lovers as she imposed her tyranny on our beloved state.
And, let there be no doubt, if the Supreme Court takes pro-life action in the Mississippi case, Stacey Abrams’ first action would be to work to undo the Heartbeat Bill.
My friends, this is the tip of the iceberg. We can’t afford to find out all the wicked things Stacey will do!
Can you help us preserve our values, defend families, and advance freedom in Georgia? Any amount will make a difference. $25, $50, $100, $250 – whatever God is leading you to do – can help us keep Georgia a great place for families, a place you can love and a place you can recognize.
Our state is on the line. Now, we must stand firm and take action.
President and Executive Director
PS. I know I’m a bit of a tease. I’ve told you we have a big announcement coming soon. It’s coming VERY soon, and I cannot wait to share. Change is coming for our organization, and it’s all geared around positioning us to do exactly what we’re talking about – protecting our state from those who would do it harm. Please consider helping us on this journey with a generous donation of $25, $50, $100, $250 or greater TODAY!
The train is headed right for you and your family. Think fast. What do you do?
Step out of the way? Absolutely. Try to call ahead and get someone to help stop the train? Even better. You don’t want anybody else to have a close call, or worse, be hit.
Well, let me tell you, the train of the cancel culture and moral relativism is headed right for you, and you better do something, or you and your family will be the next victims.
The new social “woke” way of thinking is that you’re either on board our train, or you’re about to be run over by it. The train is huge and is pulling many cars. Train cars with names such as Gender Rights, Abortion without Restriction, Something for Nothing, Political Correctness, I’m a Victim, Media Bias, Kill Free Speech, and many others. They are all brimming with contents, already spilling out over the landscape of our country.
You and your family can certainly step out of the way. But I don’t suggest you try to escape this dreadnought barreling towards you on your own, for it will certainly squash you like a bug if you try.
Or, you can try to stop the train. Try to protect your family and other families. Stop the wanton spread of these concepts antithetical to your values in every way. But that’s hard isn’t it? It paints a target on your back, and I don’t blame you for not wanting to go there.
Let me clue you in on something. At Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota we already have a big target on our backs. In fact, the train sometimes will take a new track just to go out of its way and try to hit us and other organizations like us. But we’re not about to stop standing for our collective values.
We feel the pressure to simply “stop making trouble” during the legislative session. I’ve actually been told that! Many would have us quietly fade into the background until we’ve lost all our relevance and credibility.
That’s not going to happen.
We have testified and submitted written support or opposition on bills 41 times already this session. And that doesn’t include all the alerts, emails, discussions with legislators, etc. That is us protecting your values in the halls of Bismarck. We are trying to stop the train.
What can you do to help us stop the train? Two main things:
- Respond to our email and Facebook alerts to contact your Senators and Representatives on key bills. Doing this through our alert system truly takes less than a couple minutes and does make a difference. On one recent bill, each member of the Senate received over 100 emails from each of you. That’s 4,700 total emails that were sent out. Do you think that mattered? Absolutely.The key bill right now is HB1298, the Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill. If you haven’t already, take two minutes and please respond to our request for emails through our system.
- Please support our work. We receive no other financial help to do all this legislative work other than through your generous donations. Your financial support goes entirely to accomplish our work here in North Dakota, so please consider helping us out.
Whether you bury your head in the sand or not, the train trying to destroy the values you hold dear is well on its way and picking up speed, thanks to the Biden Administration and the resulting liberal arrogance it has ignited. Help us stop the train. It won’t be easy, but all our lives and those of the next generations are on the line.
President & Executive Director
While the Wyoming Legislative Session was slowed down by two snow days, it has finally reached the crossover point in the session. Crossover is the time in the middle of the session when the House Bills that passed all the way through the House “cross-over” to the Senate and the Senate Files “cross-over” to the House of Representatives.
Things are moving very fast in the legislature and so I will provide a chart to show where the legislation we are following is in the process.
Status of the Bill (Committee)
|HB 070||Abortion-Informed Consent||
|HB 085||Unlawful Dissemination of Intimate Image||
|HB 106||Wyoming Education Options Act||
|Died in Education Committee|
|HB 147||Education Expenses||
|Died in Education Committee|
|HB 161||Human Life Equality-Prohibiting Discriminatory abortions||
|HB 218||Bias Motivated Crimes||
|Died in Committee|
|HB 235||Human Life Protection Act||
|HB 253||University of Wyoming-ban on funding for abortions||
|SF 034||Born Alive-Amendments||
|SF 087||Voyeurism Amendments||
|SF 096||Homicide Amendments||
|SF 100||Internet Freedom-Prohibiting Discrimination||
|SF 123||Lottery games-Keno||
|SF 128||Temporary Delegation of Parental Authority||
|Died in Committee|
|SF 130||Charter Schools||
|SF 133||Prohibit Abortifacients and Chemical Abortions||
|SF 133||Prohibiting abortifacients and chemical abortions.||
|SF 138||School board trustees-party affiliation.||
Each of these bills has been selected because of the particular impact they can have on life, religious freedom, and family values.
After a milestone like Crossover Day, I want to make sure that our attitudes reflect how God wants us to view things – grateful for the blessings He gave, confident and hopeful in His promises, committed to steadfast walking with Him, giving Him all the glory, not anxious, yet also diligent, strategic, and realistic in our preparations to meet the enormity of the challenges ahead.
We will continue to inform you as things progress.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 4010 was written to tell Congress that North Dakota officially regarded our 1975 ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment as expired. It passed today in the House, as it had earlier in the Senate. The effect is that North Dakota has taken another state ratification away from the Federal ERA, and further closed the door it would open for more abortions to be performed in the name of “sex equality”.
Thank you to all of you who emailed and called your Senators and Representatives on this resolution. THIS IS A BIG WIN FOR PRO-LIFE AND PRO-FAMILY VALUES!
President & Executive Director
Wednesday night, the Kansas Senate passed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act 24 to 10 (with 5 abstentions). This is huge victory for girls in Kansas, declaring that their opportunities cannot be stolen by biological males. Kansas is just one of 28 states that are considering this bill this session.
Statesmen alum, Renee Erickson, powerfully spoke from the floor reminding the body of how much progress we have seen in advancing opportunities for women. Since the 1970s women’s participation in competition has increased by over 800%.
Our opposition chose to make false, salacious, and inflammatory accusations against the defenders of women. We appreciate all those who stood in support of this simple, common-sense bill.
Statement from Jessica Steffen, Kansas native & former Division 1 College Athlete who testified on behalf of the Fairness in Women’s Sports in committee:
“I couldn’t be more excited that the Fairness in Women’s Sports bill was passed in the Senate today. This is a wonderful and necessary first step to preserving athletic opportunities for young women across the state of Kansas. It has been an honor to support this bill, out of respect for the generations of women who fought for Title IX and gave me the opportunity to pursue an Ivy League education through high school sports, as well as for the young girls who seek these same opportunities in the future.”
Courts have consistently held that there are differences between men and women that matter in select instances. Athletics is one of those instances. Girls desire a fair playing field. That is all this bill provides. The Senate has now shown their commitment to women’s opportunity to make history in sports in the future.
To every female athlete – this is a declaration that there is a place for you to shoot for the stars in Kansas.
Ad astra per astra,
Director of Advocacy
P.S. It is now up to the House to stand up for girls! Let them know that you support this bill. It’s easy on our action center.
Legislative Day 35 is in the books, and, when the General Assembly gavels in on Monday, there will be 5 remaining days. Those five days are going to be long, arduous, and full of activity.
We’ll keep you updated along the way, but, today, I want to give everyone a brief answer to the question I get asked most: “So, what is going on with the election bills?”
First, let me stake out what, I think, is a series of consensus statements:
- There were issues in the 2020 election cycle.
- There are flaws in our system that can be exploited in 2022 and beyond.
- Every fraudulent ballot cast dilutes a valid ballot.
- The combination of the pandemic, the Democrat emphasis on mail-in ballots, and years of Stacey Abrams lawsuits that weakened our laws made this election more susceptible for fraud.
- If you truly care about democracy, you should care just as much about a secure vote as ensuring everyone can vote.
- Stacey Abrams and the radical left want to cheat. Those who care about a Georgia where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished, don’t want to cheat. It’s their vote we need to protect from being diluted.
Second, let me tell you where we are in reaction to this:
- Citizens in Georgia have spoken up. Through our system alone, thousands of messages have been sent to leaders.
- Republican leaders in Georgia – from the Governor to House leadership to Senate leadership – are united behind significant reform. That’s not to say they are in 100% agreement on problems/solutions. But, there is agreement that there were problems and that we need to fix them.
- More than 70 election bills have been offered this legislative session.
- More than 10 bills of significance remain “alive” after Crossover – including the “omnibus bills” – that cover sweeping reforms (more than 60 pages each) from the House (HB 531) and Senate (SB 241). In addition, there’s another 90+ page bill that has been added to SB 202, and that continues to be adjusted. It’s possible that this may be the bill that gets to the finish line.
- These bills address a wide range of issues, and our confidence is HIGH that a bill – or multiple bills – will pass to address substantial concerns. Keep in mind that multiple bills have passed the Senate, many sponsored by members of leadership. The House passed a major bill, sponsored by a highly influential chairman. The support is there to make it happen.
Third, let me tell you what we’re encouraging on these bills. We support efforts to:
- End no-excuse absentee (I’ll note that there are legal experts that believe this may be problematic, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan – whose bill was the only omnibus bill that would have taken this step – has said publicly that there is not enough support to achieve this.)
- End “automatic voter registration” (I’ll note that there are legal experts that believe this may be problematic)
- Require photo ID for absentee ballots
- Make early voting hours more uniform and more manageable
- Curtail unsecure drop boxes and mobile voting
- Ensure there is no financial or tangible “gift” for voting (eg. providing meals outside the polling place)
- Address signature verification
- Prevent non-profits and outside organizations from sending unsolicited absentee ballot request or make it clear that what they are sending is NOT a state document
- Require regular and vigilant cleaning of the voter rolls
- Enforce transparency regarding number and types of ballots remaining to be counted
- Protect poll watchers and ensure viable observation
These measures and others, I believe, will take significant step toward restoring confidence and eliminating avenues for cheating.
So, what needs to happen between now and then:
- Utilize our Action Alert on Election Integrity to ask your legislators to vote for these bills.
- ENCOURAGE your legislator. There is enough agreement to pass bills of substance. But, the Democrats and media are trying to make this about “racism.” That’s insane! These legislators are not racist, and being accused of such evil tends to wear on someone. They’ve taken a lot of heat. Now is a time to encourage them.
- Let us know if you’d like to join us at the Capitol! The Left is sending angry, hostile, and dramatic activists who try to intimidate our legislators. I’m sure our legislator friends who support election integrity would enjoy seeing a friendly face.
- Consider supporting our legislative efforts with a $25, $100, $250, or greater donation to help our team reach the finish line this session.
I hope this was helpful. We’re working on a lot of issues to advance our values, and we’ll keep you updated on those. But, I wanted you to share what’s going on regarding an issue that is imperative to ensuring we have the ability to elect those who advance our values.
President and Executive Director
PS. We have more-than-doubled our investment in our policy efforts this legislative cycle. I believe the results are there. To help us with these costs, consider supporting our legislative efforts with a $25, $100, $250, or greater donation to help our team reach the finish line this session.