There are just six days until our FREE webinar, “The Truth About Transition.” And we want YOU to join us!
We know the truth that God created us male and female. But our children and our culture are inundated with messages that say it’s possible to change sex – that you may have been born in the wrong body. And it’s a real struggle that some youth face. The supposed solution? Puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgery. These interventions can leave children sterile and facing scars of both body and heart.
But as this narrative continues to run its course throughout our culture – and permeate our children’s schools and phones – it’s important to understand this topic and be able to speak to it with winsomeness. Whether this issue directly affects your family, or you simply want to be able to understand and discuss this, now is the time.
Register TODAY for our FREE webinar “The Truth About Transition,” happening next Tuesday (September 14) at 1 PM ET. We’ll be talking with a medical professional to provide answers to:
- What makes someone male or female?
- What causes gender confusion?
- What are the dangers and long-term side effects of transition?
- How can we meaningfully protect and help children?
- What can parents do?
- And more!
Have your own question about this topic? Come ready to share your question in the comments, and we might address it during the webinar! Just don’t forget to register!
|Andrè Van Mol, MD|
|Andrè Van Mol, MD is a board-certified family physician in private practice. He serves on the board at Moral Revolution and is the co-chair of the American College of Pediatrician’s Committee on Adolescent Sexuality. He speaks and writes on bioethics and Christian apologetics and teaches a course bioethics.
Can’t make it to the live webinar? If you register, we’ll send you a link so you can watch later!
Hope to see you soon!
Policy and Communications Strategist
Don’t miss this! Yesterday, The Daily Caller released a news EXCLUSIVE about Family Policy Alliance’s “Help Not Harm” campaign. We are grateful to the Daily Caller, and to the article’s author Mary Margaret Olohan, for this important and timely piece. Read the intro below and click here to read the whole article – it’s worth your time!
“The battle to “Save Women’s Sports” resulted in a slew of legislation banning biological males from girls’ sports, conversations on the national stage about gender, sex, individual dignity, and much more. Now the advocacy groups behind this push are assembling to battle the next burgeoning culture war issue — transgender sex change surgeries and procedures for minors.”
Progressive activists, media, lawmakers, and even some medical professionals call such procedures “gender affirming medical care” and protest that denying an individual this “care” is cruel, regardless of age. Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed the state’s SAFE Act in April, arguing that the legislation was a “vast government overreach” and that it shouldn’t jump into every ethical issue.
But advocacy groups like the Family Policy Alliance (FPA) insist these procedures irrevocably hurt children. And backed by a network of about 40 independent, state-based family policy councils, FPA aims to multiply the number of states across the nation that legally protect children from gender transition.
Policy and Communications Strategist
Children shouldn’t be sterilized.
They shouldn’t be mutilated.
And they shouldn’t be left to deal with the regret that follows.
Yet right here in America, that’s what’s happening to children who are struggling to accept their God-given bodies. Instead of real, compassionate help, they’re met with hormones and a scalpel.
Our children are in danger. At an age when they can’t even buy cough syrup over the counter, they’re being pushed to stop puberty, take cross-sex hormones, and even prepare to amputate healthy body parts. This shouldn’t be happening.
That’s why today we are pleased to announce the launch of an important new initiative: Help Not Harm.
Help Not Harm is our answer to the gender war on our children. We have a vision of a country where children are offered real help, not the harm of experimental hormones and surgery. A nation where wounds are healed, not created. A place where children have room to embrace the person God made them to be – not pushed to change their entire body.
But to get there, it will take all of us.
Help Not Harm gives you the tools you need to get involved. When you visit the Help Not Harm page, you’ll find opportunities to:
- Take action by signing our petition that asks leaders to protect children from dangerous transgender interventions
- Share the truth with friends using ready-made social media posts and hashtag #HelpNotHarm
- Learn about the realities of transition and get equipped with the facts
The first victories have already been won.
This year, thanks to the hard work of our friends, Arkansas became the first state in the nation to legally protect children from dangerous transgender interventions. The lead House bill sponsor of that law, state Representative Robin Lundstrum, is an alumna of Family Policy Foundation’s Statesmen Academy. She had this to say about Help Not Harm:
“We should never grow weary of protecting children. I’m proud of Arkansas legislators who were not afraid to stand up to the political mob and put kids first. Now, it’s time for other states to do the same. I’m so thankful for the partnership of Family Policy Alliance in this effort and I fully endorse the Help Not Harm campaign. We must work together to pass legislation like the SAFE Act across the country so that children in every state are protected from chemical and surgical castration.” – Arkansas State Representative Robin Lundstrum, Lead House Sponsor of the Arkansas SAFE Act
“Transition” is dangerous and it can have irreversible consequences. It’s time to stop subjecting our children to it. Will you be part of the solution?
Click here to sign our petition NOW, then help spread the word by forwarding this email and posting on social media using hashtag #HelpNotHarm.
Time is of the essence: our kids are in danger. Will you join the fight to protect them?
Policy and Communications Strategist
P.S. This is only the beginning! Mark your calendar for September 14 at 1 PM ET/12 PM CT/11 AM MT/10 AM PT for “The Truth About Transition.” We’ll be LIVE with a medical expert to answer your critical questions about transition and more. Sign up here!
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
The bill to #SaveGirlsSports in Texas will be heard in the special session on Monday, and your voice is needed!
Our friends at Texas Values have been leading the way admirably on this issue for months and we hope you can join in to help them on this important special legislative session issue.
State Sen. Charles Perry filed SB 2 to prohibit biological men from competing in biological women’s sports. SB 2 covers both high school and college athletics. Women should not be spectators in their own sports. Texas must act this special session to preserve equal opportunities for women in sports!
The Save Women’s Sports bill, SB 2, will be heard in the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 12th, in the Senate Chamber at the Texas Capitol Building in Austin.
Here’s how you can help:
- Please consider coming to testify at the Texas Capitol on Monday! Our colleagues at Texas Values will provide you all the support that you need, including talking points and step-by-step instructions.Please immediately contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting talking points or are able to attend the hearing to testify.
- Even if you can’t make it to the Texas Capitol on Monday, please submit a comment by email to the Health and Human Services Committee at Kimberly.email@example.com. Be sure to specify what bill you are supporting (SB 2).
- Also, please take a few moments to email your state legislators and ask them to support SB 2, the Save Women’s Sports bill.
Thank you for making your voice heard!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
As you may know the Wichita City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday (July 6th) to allow a sexual orientation & gender identity nondiscriminatiom ordinance to move forward. These type ordinances have been used systemically across the nation as a sword against people of faith.
With the very narrow religious exemptions in the ordinance, people of faith will still be investigated & subjected to heavy fines simply for living out their faith no matter how kind or compassionate they may be.
Now the City Council is trying to slip the second vote through on the consent calendar without time for public comment.
We asked you yesterday to reach out to the Council to ask them to allow the public to continue to respectfully comment on this ordinance that will affect all of us.
Today, we have learned that they are denying any further public comment on this matter except for five people whom they have chosen to speak at the meeting next week.
We need you to call the Council to politely and respectfully let them know that this is unacceptable and that they must listen to voters in Wichita.
Here are their numbers:
Mayor Brandon Whipple– (316) 290-9447
District 1: Brandon Johnson – (316) 207-5843
District 2: Becky Tuttle – (316) 651-6099
District 3: Jared Cerullo – (316) 249-2941
District 4: Jeff Blubaugh – (316) 640-0656
District 5: Bryan Frye – (316) 258-3623
District 6: Cindy Claycomb – (316) 444-0087
As a reminder, we will meet for prayer again before the City Council meeting at 730 am, July 13th at City Hall.
Please let your pastor & your friends know about what is happening in Wichita. (Also visit us on FaceBook to share our posts on this issue with your friends.)
Girls’ sports are at risk in Louisiana. For weeks, Louisiana’s student athletes and concerned citizens have anxiously anticipated the decision of Governor John Bel Edwards on the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, sponsored by Senator Beth Mizell.
SB 156, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, passed the Senate by a vote of 29-6 and the House by a vote of 78-17.
Sadly, Gov. Edwards chose D.C. politics over Louisiana values and vetoed the bill.
But there is hope!
The Louisiana Constitution provides for the legislature to consider a governor’s veto and to decide whether to override. Once a legislative session has concluded, a veto override session is automatically scheduled. However, a majority of lawmakers in either house, polled by a mail-in ballot, can elect to cancel the override session. This essentially means that twenty senators and fifty-three representatives must agree to hold the session.
Family Policy Alliance joins our friends at Louisiana Family Forum in respectfully urging legislators to exercise their constitutional right and responsibility to review the Governor’s veto. There is a short window of opportunity to do this, so time is of the essence!
What can you do to help?
Go to our Action Center to tell Louisiana legislators why they should override the Governor’s veto on SB 156. Louisiana women and female athletes deserve a fair playing field and legal protections in competitive sports!
Thank you for doing your part to protect girls’ sports in Louisiana!
Today is the 49th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law that has helped girls have equal access to their own sports teams and other school-related opportunities.
But as males who identify as female are increasingly participating in girls’ and women’s sports, states must decide: will we protect our female athletes?
Overwhelmingly, leaders across the states are saying “yes!”
Last year, Idaho became the first state to pass a law saying that girls’ sports should be reserved for females. Now, 30 states have introduced similar legislation and 8 states have passed their #SaveGirlsSports bills into law!
Join us TONIGHT to hear from five leaders on the front lines to #SaveGirlsSports. Each one has worked tirelessly to defend female athletes, and we’re honored to have them join us.
Saving Girls’ Sports, State by State
Come join us and learn about
- What Planned Parenthood has to do with girls’ sports
- What you can do to protect athletes in your state and nationwide
- Advocates in one state who were under such intense attack that they took steps to protect their physical safety
Meet our speakers!
In light of Father’s Day on Sunday, we’re highlighting some of our guests here with their daughters — one reason these leaders are fighting to #SaveGirlsSports!
|John Stemberger is President and General Counsel of Florida Family Policy Council and Florida Family Action. John is a nationally known figure, and we’re grateful for his leadership in Florida’s recent fight to #SaveGirlsSports! Join us to hear how Florida stood up to the NCAA.|
|Jerry Cox is Founder and President of Arkansas’s Family Council. This year, Jerry has been on the front lines as Arkansas passed laws to #SaveGirlsSports AND protect minors from transgender medical experiments. But it wasn’t easy. Jerry has some great stories to share!|
|Gene Mills is President of Louisiana Family Forum. His work has ranged from pro-life causes to criminal justice reform, to working on Louisiana’s #SaveGirlsSports effort! We are blessed to have Gene join us as he shares about the lessons learned from his own state’s recent battle.|
|Blaine Conzatti is Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. Blaine was at the forefront of making Idaho the FIRST state to #SaveGirlsSports! Join to hear him share about what it was like being the first state to protect girls in sports.|
|Jeff Laszloffy is President of Montana Family Foundation. He has been a true leader and friend in the pro-family movement. While there’s much we could say about Jeff, today we’re especially excited for him to share about just how unfair it is when males compete in female sports.|
|Craig DeRoche is CEO and President of Family Policy Alliance. In his 30 years of experience, Craig has served as Speaker of the House in Michigan and president of Justice Fellowship (founded by Chuck Colson). Join us as he leads an engaging discussion with these state leaders!|
Don’t miss it – and be sure to spread the word!
See you tonight!
Policy and Communications Strategist
As you may have already heard or seen, the Twin Falls Public Library is prominently featuring a “Pride” display of books, handouts, and other media—all celebrating LGBT lifestyles.
Many of the books are sexually explicit and morally offensive, praising deviant sexual behaviors and encouraging those struggling with gender dysphoria to undergo harmful and often irreversible hormone therapies and sex reassignment surgeries. The display also includes material explaining why it is important to be an LGBT “ally.”
There are no opposing perspectives included in the display—nothing that explains the health problems associated with these lifestyles, and no books from a Christian or conservative perspective that thoughtfully and respectfully interacts with LGBT literature. Frankly, this type of display is indoctrination at its finest.
The library board of trustees will be considering the appropriateness of this display at its next board meeting.
Please use our Action Center to send a message to the library trustees and ask them to take down the display and stop promoting radical LGBT philosophies and lifestyles.
Standing with you,
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 choosing… Every 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!
Standing for Families and Children,