Governor Murphy had 45 days to veto the transgender identity lessons in kindergarten bill (assembly bill 4454). That day was today! However, the Assembly was not in session and by state law, the chamber of origin must be in session on the 45th day or the governor has until the next time that chamber meets to veto the bill. In other words, he has to take action by day the Assembly meets after the 45th day – Monday, March 1. If he decides to take no action, the bill becomes law by default.

We must continue to urge him to VETO THIS BILL!

Thankfully, his office has been inundated with over 18,000 emails in the past month as people across New Jersey urge him to veto it. There has been a diverse group of voices pressuring the governor to not allow these harmful and objectionable lessons to be taught to 5-year-olds.

Last week you heard from Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano from Brick, and Pastor Ed Ramirez from Paterson. We continually hear from more pastors, legislators, and parents who are calling on Governor Murphy to let kids be kids and not be subjected to this sexual ideology at such young ages.

Legislators are speaking out – “It is outrageous to foist concepts on school children as young as kindergarten that even many adults struggle to understand. Schools are supposed to be places of academics and scholarly pursuits which prepare students for college and eventually a place in the work world. Teachers are becoming overwhelmed with non-academic requirements, leaving less and less time for traditional learning.  This bill once again would allow the state to usurp the duties of the parents. It is imperative that this bill be vetoed and return the duties of teaching morals where it belongs, with parents and clergy.” – Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger, District 13, Middletown

Pastors are speaking out – “Please veto the bill (A4454) that sits on your desk that mandates sexual orientation and gender identity diversity lessons starting in kindergarten! As a parent, a grandparent, a pastor, and an African-American, I am appalled that this bill has made it as far as your desk! I am totally opposed to the bill on faith, family, cultural, and educational grounds.  From the perspective of my faith and culture, the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity is one for parents to handle with their children, not educators.  I feel that the introduction of such topics is totally inappropriate for 5–6-year-old kindergarteners, and highly disrespectful of parental rights and freedom of religious expression.” – Pastor Kedrick Brown, Middletown, NJ

Now you must speak out!

Please email and text your friends this information.

Let’s make New Jersey better!

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

This session has been all about standing up for women! First, with the swift passage of Value Them Both that if passed on a public ballot will ensure that women are not left alone to be exploited by the abortion industry. And now with a hearing on the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act to protect women’s place in sports. A coalition of female athletes, conservative organizations, and even radical feminist stood up for opportunities for women in the hearing on Tuesday!

The opponents wanted to drag us into talking about a lot of other things. But the bill is very simple – it is laser focused on ensuring that women have a place in sports – a place that they had been denied until the 1970s.

As an aspiring young athlete, Barb Ehardt, an Idaho Representative and the sponsor of the original Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, was told “Women don’t do that!” That is not the case anymore. Instead, most parents do all they can to encourage their little girls to get involved in sports.

Decades of research shows that women who are involved in sports are more likely to excel academically, graduate from college, and become leaders in their chosen profession.

Several brave athletes shared personally what athletics have meant to them.

Caroline Bruce McAndrews who was a 2004 Olympian, shared that all her siblings swam at the highest level in our nation, but she nor her sisters were ever able to come close to competing with their brother.

Jessica Steffens, a current KU law student, shared how Division 1 basketball allowed her to get the world’s best education at Yale University.

Callie Hicks, a former KU pole vaulter, shared the extreme statistical height differential for male and female pole vaulters – four whole feet! We don’t just need to tell women they need to try harder to overcome biological disadvantages (as some opponents stated) we need to continue to protect a space for fair play for women.

The media won’t tell you these women’s stories. Instead, they will try to make this bill about something that it’s not. Don’t be fooled by the tactics of the extreme left. Even radical feminist agree that women’s sports should not be erased!

How has women’s sports impacted your life? Reply to this email to share your story with us. Reach out to our legislators on our action page and urge them to #SaveGirlsSports by supporting S.B. 208.

The opposition wants to silence us by calling us horrible names, but together we can stand for fairness for women. Join the movement!

Likewise, I hope you’ve heard about our opposition to the Federal Equality Act that will erase women, religious faith, and traditional values across the spectrum. This bill is being voted on TODAY in D.C. and has implications for women’s sports, education, abortion, private organizations, business, and many other segments of our society. Let the Kansas U.S. Congressional delegation know today that you oppose the Equality Act. It’s easy on our action center!

For Fairness,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

This morning, thousands of you tuned in to Facebook and YouTube for the #EqualityActExposed rally. Since the event first aired live, it’s garnered more than 32,000 impressions – and counting.

If you joined us live or afterward, thank you for joining to speak out to Congress. Today we made a clear statement that Americans oppose the dangerous Equality Act for a myriad of reasons.

If you haven’t watched the video yet, we encourage you to check it out here. And, don’t forget to share with friends!

We were honored to be joined by 12 other leading national and state organizations, as well as U.S. Senator Mike Lee (UT), Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), and Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08).

Throughout the rally, speakers shared many reasons they opposed the Equality Act – ranging from its harm to children, to its destruction of girls’ sports, to the implications for medical professionals. We even had the privilege of being joined by Natasha Chart of the Women’s Liberation Front – a self-styled radical feminist group that opposes the Equality Act because, in their words, it would “erase” women!

Here were some of our favorite moments:

Craig DeRoche, President & CEO for Family Policy Alliance, explained why a diverse collection of groups spanning the ideological spectrum came together in a united front to oppose the so-called Equality Act:

“The sponsors have to call the bill the Equality Act in order to hide what’s really lurking in it—a broken proposal that sets us back decades when it comes to America’s long and hard-fought march toward equal justice for all. We may not agree on all of the issues, but one thing we do agree on: the Equality Act is a deeply broken proposal that amounts to a massive federal government power grab into the most intimate parts of American life and family, intentionally silencing all of us who disagree along the way. There is no other option. Congress must reject it.”

When we experienced technical difficulties at the start of the stream, Joseph Backholm of Family Research Council stepped up to the plate and opened the rally with a great overview of the Equality Act’s many harms. Thank you, Joseph!

Senator Mike Lee (Utah), who has authored a great bill to protect women’s sports (S. 251), spoke about why we must defend girls’ and women’s sports:

“Not only are these girls denied the ability to be able to stand on the stage and be able to compete and get their awards, they are also being denied scholarship potentials. And, if this is allowed to continue across the country, or even as we look at the upcoming Olympics, we are in big trouble as far as all the gains we have made in women’s sports will be wiped away. We’ve got to stand up and stop this right now.”

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, Vice President of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation

“We’ve spent years fighting to defend the unique differences between men and women and now not only are those differences being erased biologically, they will be eliminated legally. We must cry out ‘Nonsense. Nonsense!’”

Dr. Sharen Ford, Director for Foster Care and Adoption, Focus on the Family shared an inspiring message about the importance of faith-based adoption and foster care – and how the Equality Act would hurt that.

Due to technical challenges, we were unable to stream these messages, but we’re thrilled we can share them with you now:

Many of the organizations participating in the rally, including Family Policy Alliance, asked constituents and viewers to send a message to their U.S. Representative to “Vote NO” on the Equality Act. Together, these organizations are generating tens of thousands of messages into congressional offices!

Here’s a full list of participating organizations, including links they provided to viewers during the rally.


All participating organizations will continue their work to stop the Equality Act.

What comes next? We expect that the Equality Act vote will take place this afternoon (Thursday), and we will be sure to update you of the outcome. If you haven’t already, please send a message to your member of Congress in our Action Alert now. It only takes a minute!

Thank you all again for showing up in force today. This is how we make a difference.

Don’t forget to contact your member of Congress and share the rally recording with friends!

Together in the fight,

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

 

 

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the so-called Equality Act.  If you haven’t heard, this bill would create new protected classes based on a person’s self-identified sexual orientation and gender identity.

This bill poses serious threats to Americans, especially women and children. If it becomes law, the Act will serve as a backdoor way to sanction abortions, introduce explicit content in school curriculum, let boys win in girls’ sports, pressure children toward experimental cross-sex hormones – and silence all of us who disagree.

We must expose this Act for all that it really is.

Unfortunately, Democrat leadership is not expected to allow any amendments on the Equality Act.  That means that there is no real opportunity for members of Congress to improve the bill in any way.

The best way to make sure the Equality Act is exposed is to contact your member of Congress directly.

Please take one minute and send a message now in our Action Center!

Standing Strong,

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

 

 

P.S. After you’ve sent your message, don’t forget to mark your calendar and set your alarm for our virtual rally tomorrow ahead of the vote. We’re streaming live at 10 AM ET/9 AM CT/8AM MT/7 AM PT on Facebook and YouTube. Let’s show up in force to let Congress know that Americans oppose the Equality Act. This bill is not what equality looks like.

 

This week, the U.S. House will vote on a bill known as the “Equality Act.” This bill would create new protected classes based on a person’s self-identified sexual orientation and gender identity. If it became law, the Equality Act would pose serious threats, especially to women and children across the nation:

The Equality Act would bring these harms nationwide, with the force (and taxpayer money) of the federal government behind them.

That’s a huge threat.

We must make it absolutely clear to members of Congress that not only is this not “equality,” but it’s downright dangerous and we will not stand for it. Our nation was founded upon equality, the truth that all of us are created equally. The Equality Act is a cheap counterfeit of those words, and Congress must not get away with it! Please contact your member of Congress today about this bill. Our Action Center makes it easy with a 1-minute, 1-click step!

EXPOSE THE EQUALITY ACT – TAKE ACTION NOW

But the Equality Act is the most dangerous piece of legislation we’ve seen come out of Congress, so we feel compelled to ask you to take one more step.

PLEASE JOIN US

Virtual Rally
Wednesday, February 24

10 AM ET/9 AM CT/8 AM MT/7 AM PT
Streaming LIVE on Facebook and YouTube


Perhaps in another time, Americans would have gathered outside the U.S. Capitol to peacefully express their opposition to this dangerous legislation.

But right now, the U.S. Capitol is surrounded by guards and wire fencing. At a time when Congress most needs to hear our voice, we can’t go there to share it.

So instead, we’re gathering online. We know it’s an early morning, but we want to be sure to gather before the House votes so we can maximize our impact.

The rally will stream live across Facebook and YouTube, and in order to send a strong message to Congress it’s critical that many people join.

Family Policy Alliance will be hosting this event, and we’re excited to be joined by our friends from many other outstanding organizations that you may know! During the one-hour rally, you’ll hear from prominent leaders across the political spectrum – and in true rally fashion, audience participation will be encouraged, virtual-style!

We’ll even be looking to see which state brings the most people to the virtual rally!

Here are some of organizations confirmed to attend:

  1. The Heritage Foundation
  2. Family Research Council
  3. Concerned Women for America
  4. Save Women’s Sports
  5. Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF)
  6. American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYNs

RSVP to the #EqualityActExposed virtual rally now!

Please pass the word on to anyone who may be interested. Together, let’s make it clear to Congress that women and children are worth protecting.

Standing Strong,

Autumn Leva
Vice President for Strategy

 

 

P.S. We’re hearing that Democratic leadership will not allow any amendments on the Equality Act before they vote on this unprecedented, dangerous piece of legislation. That means there will be no opportunity for members of Congress to vote on individual threats and concerns within the bill, nor a chance to improve the bill in any way.  And, we know mainstream media will make the bill sound completely harmless. That’s why we’re holding the rally—we need your help to EXPOSE what’s really going on! Don’t forget to RSVP!

 

Friend,

Our children are under attack: minds, bodies, and hearts.

In media and at school, children are routinely exposed to explicit messages and images.

Boys are allowed to play in girls’ sports, shattering their opportunities and dreams.

When children are struggling to embrace their biological sex, they are pushed to pursue cross-sex hormones and sterilizing surgery to “transition” to living as the opposite sex – advice that minimizes the dangerous long-term effects of such a decision and shuts out alternatives.

Children waiting for foster and adoptive homes must wait even longer because a local foster agency was forced to shut its doors. Why? Because it declined to support these same dangerous surgeries for children.

Not only are these issues occurring in individual states, but the federal Equality Act – which the U.S. House is poised to vote on next week – will use the full power of federal government to enshrine many of these practices across the nation.

It makes no sense, and I’ve had enough. Have you?

These and other concerning realities are behind a new initiative that we’re thrilled to share with you. We’ve joined forces with The Heritage Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom, and 50 other state and national organizations to create the Promise to America’s Children.

The Promise is our pledge to protect America’s children – mind, bodies, and hearts. It’s a personal pledge to the children in our lives that we will protect them. And it’s a pledge to children across the nation that we will fight for their innocence and protect them from harm.

Already, more than 50 state and national organizations have endorsed the Promise to America’s Children – and more keep joining.

We hope you’ll sign the pledge, too. If you want to sign the pledge to your child, we encourage you to click here or click on the image of the Parent’s Promise. While you’re there, consider exploring the website. You’ll find a more detailed version of the Promise that explains specific areas where we must protect children, as well as more information about our vision.

What happens when I sign the Promise? When you sign the Promise, you’re making a statement that the children in your life come first and that you will strive to protect them – mind, body, and heart. And, you can use the Promise as a great starting point to learn more about what’s happening to America’s children or to share about these concerns with friends. When you’re sharing with friends, feel free to share the image we’ve included here!

What comes next? You’re invited to a special virtual event next Tuesday!

JOIN THE EVENT

VIRTUAL EVENT: The Promise to America’s Children: Protecting Kids from Extreme Gender Ideology and Laws

Tuesday, February 23 at 10:30 AM ET (9:30 CT/8:30 MT/7:30 PT)

Hosted by The Heritage Foundation

RSVP here

At the event, you’ll have the opportunity to hear more about the Promise to America’s Children and the Equality Act. Family Policy Alliance’s Vice President for Strategy, Autumn Leva, will do a special interview with U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler (R – MO). The interview will be followed by a panel discussion with Gregory S. Baylor of Alliance Defending Freedom, Dr. Michelle Cretella of the American College of Pediatricians, and Maria Keffler of Partners for Ethical Care. Don’t miss it!

We hope you’ll sign the Promise and join us for the event on Tuesday!

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

 

P.S. Watch your email and mark your calendar for Wednesday morning, February 24. We have something very exciting to share with you – and trust us, you won’t want to miss it!

 

 

Last year, Idaho became the first state in the nation to pass Save Girls’ Sports legislation. Family Policy Alliance was honored to play a leading role in this win, yet we knew we couldn’t stop there. Protecting girls’ ability to compete fairly in athletics in one state is a good first step – but we must work to ensure girls win in every state in our nation.

Legislation like Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act is crucial to preserving the rights of female athletes to compete on a level playing field – one without biological males.  Save Girls’ Sports laws ensure that our daughters and granddaughters have the opportunity to win races, stand on the podium, earn titles and scholarships – and maybe even an Olympic medal.  Sadly, without these legislative protections, biological males can and do take away our girls’ ability to triumph on the field, in the pool, and wherever athletic competition takes place.

In an effort to generate nationwide awareness and support for legislation to protect female athletes, FPA launched a campaign to #SaveGirlsSports last summer. Many of you took to social media to share personal stories and messages of support for protecting female sports. Some of you even posted videos and updated your profile picture with a #SaveGirlsSports filter we provided. Thousands of you visited our campaign website and signed our petition – which now has the endorsement of more than 9,500 Americans.

Through the fall and winter, we have continued our campaign to Save Girls’ Sports via social and traditional media, working in alliance with many likeminded organizations, and through direct contact with legislators supportive of our efforts.

I am thrilled to tell you that as of today, 20 states* have introduced Save Girls’ Sports legislation—and we know more are coming!  So far, three of them – Mississippi, Montana, and North Dakota – have successfully passed a bill out of one chamber (House or Senate), and many more are currently considering bills at the committee level.

In addition, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  (Thank you, Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)!)

This type of legislative success – at both the state and federal level, in just one year – is not only remarkable, but also very promising at a time when much happening in politics is discouraging. Policy changes tend to move very slowly; these results would not have happened without you!

We want to keep the momentum going!  Here’s what you can do to help:

From all of us at Family Policy Alliance, thank you for taking action and making your voices heard to Save Girls’ Sports.  You are truly making a difference!

For our daughters,

Amanda Banks
Family Policy Alliance

 

*States with Save Girls’ Sports legislation: Arizona,  Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah

Time is quickly running out. The clock started to tick on January 11th. On that tragic day, the Assembly passed bill A4454 requiring sexual orientation and gender identity (transgender) lessons be taught in all public schools beginning in kindergarten. Governor Murphy had 45 days to veto the newly passed legislation or it would become law. We are approaching that moment. The clock will expire on Thursday, February 25th. As of today, he has not taken any action to veto or approve this bill. It will become law by default, even without his authorization, if he refuses to veto it.

Thankfully, his office has been inundated with over 16,000 emails in the past month as people across New Jersey urge him to veto it. This outcry was made possible by organic petitions started by faith communities and our action alert center. Honestly, this is not enough. Truly, it is a historic milestone of engaged constituents, but it barely scratches the surface of the overwhelming number of citizens who oppose their tax money being used to teach sexuality lessons to five-year-olds.

Governor Murphy needs to hear from you, your family, and your friends – take action today! Let him know that New Jersey won’t stand for this.

Legislators are speaking out – “These topics are being forced upon students to affirm and adopt these lifestyles, regardless of their individual religious beliefs. This is a very sensitive issue which should be addressed by parents and not schools, which is why we will continue to vote ‘no’ against this bill.” Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, District 10

Pastors are speaking out – “As a Latino Pastor and Hispanic leader, I feel that the sexualization of children at the age of 5 and 6 is totally inappropriate.  Not only is this inappropriate but it’s very offense to our Latino culture, which is very conservative, sensitive and protective of our children. We ask that you please veto this inappropriate bill.” Pastor Edward Ramirez, Paterson, New Jersey

Please, use your voice to speak out NOW. Our children are counting on you.

Please email and text your friends this information.

Let’s make New Jersey better!

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

The Fairness in Women’s Sports bill (HB 1298) was voted in committee The Fairness in Women’s Sports bill (HB 1298) was voted in committee today with an 8-5 DO PASS recommendation and the floor vote in the House is tomorrow!

If you want to make sure girls only compete against girls in sports competitions, NOW is the time to contact your two Representatives and ask them to vote YES on House Bill 1298.

You can email them. Just click this link and it will take you to our action center and automatically find your two representatives. There, you can draft a message to your legislators and send it to them. Your message can be as long or short as you want.  Make sure that the subject line asks the representative to please vote YES on HB1298.

The other way to contact your representatives is by calling them, which is even better. You can look up your legislators and their contact information here: Find My Legislators. Again, the main purpose is to ask the Representative to vote YES on House Bill 1298.

If this bill fails on the floor vote, it is over. Boys will be allowed to compete in girls’ sports and erase these important equality wins for women over the past 50 years!

This is an important task. PLEASE HELP US PROTECT GIRLS SPORTS IN NORTH DAKOTA. Thank you in advance for contacting your legislators.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Does it make sense to you that a girl should have to compete against biological females for positions on girls’ sports teams?

Well of course that makes sense, but as you probably know by now, Joe Biden and the Left is pushing to remove all common-sense distinctions in sports teams. But Kansans are pushing back. Last week, Senator Roger Marshall co-sponsored the Federal Fairness in Women’s Sports bill.

And this week, Senator Renee Erickson introduced the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act in the Kansas legislature. This bill ensures that women have a fair playing field when it comes to athletics. Until the 1970s women had very limited athletic options. Title IX was passed in 1976 to ensure that women would be provided athletic opportunities.

We’ve seen so many advances for women because this important legislation. Title IX of the United States Education Act, which was clearly enacted to protect women, not men. But activists are pushing to undo this.

Fairness in women’s sports ensures that this cannot happen. This bill says that only biological females are allowed to compete in women’s athletic events in Kansas. The reason for this is that no matter how many drugs a biological male takes to suppress his natural hormones, his lung capacity, heart size, and skeletal structure will never be the same as a female. There are inherent biological differences that cannot be artificially changed, and those differences put women at an extreme disadvantage in the long run.

This is a national movement. Idaho passed the first law of its kind last year. And already at least nine other states have introduced these laws this year. Because no matter their political persuasion, people understand that girls should have a level playing field and should not be losing athletic competitions or scholarships to biological men.

Like many of the legislators advocating for this bill, I want to ensure that future generations of girls have the same opportunity to compete on a level playing field like I did. Because of Title IX 2 in every 5 girls plays sports of some kind, as opposed to just 1 in every 27 girls before Title IX’s enactment. If Title IX means anything, athletic opportunities for girls must be protected.

What can you do?

All girls deserve a level playing field when competing in sports. Join with us in our fight to #SaveGirlsSports!

For a level playing field,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy