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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can read our full testimony here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you again for protecting women and girls in schools!

Click here to submit your comment NOW!

Standing for Families and Children,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

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

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

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

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

 

(866) 366-1121

You can also send him an email here.

Thanks for speaking up!

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

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.

REGISTER TO SPEAK HERE.

Please note:

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,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

 

Four months ago, Twitter blocked our friends at Focus on the Family from their platform because one of their accounts – The Daily Citizen – accurately described Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine as “a transgender woman, that is, a man who believes he is a woman.”

We quickly formed a coalition of likeminded national organizations, state Family Policy Councils, members of Congress and state legislators to launch the #AreWeNext campaign on social media.

Our original tweet garnered over 640,000 impressions!

Then we shared the news with you – and boy did you respond! More than 50,000 of you signed our petition to Twitter stating that you stood with Focus on the Family and against censorship.

I’m very happy to report that after four long months, Focus on the Family’s The Daily Citizen has been restored on Twitter!  You may have seen our tweet yesterday welcoming them back.

This ordeal is an example of how your voice can make a difference – even with tech giants!  There is power in numbers, and when tens of thousands of concerned citizens speak up, change can and does happen. We appreciate each of you who engaged with us to end the Twitter lockdown on Focus on the Family.

The battle against Big Tech censorship has only just begun (just this week Twitter censored a political leader for saying that men cannot get pregnant), but this proves that together we can win. If you believe in the fight against the Cancel Culture, please help making more wins possible with your gift to Family Policy Alliance.

Sincerely,

Amanda Banks
Family Policy Alliance

 

The push to erase sex in our nation continues to escalate, and what happened in Congress late last week takes the cake.

We’ve shared with you about the threats of the so-called Equality Act in Congress, the uphill battle to preserve girls’ sports in state legislatures, as well as the widespread push to make cross-sex hormones and gender-altering surgeries available to children.

But over the weekend, attempts to erase sex and demean the essence and uniqueness of womanhood was taken to a whole new level.

On the eve of Mother’s Day, the Democrat-led House of Representatives held a hearing entitled “Birthing While Black: Examining America’s Black Maternal Health Crisis.” During the May 6 hearing, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform set out to “examine the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis experienced by Black birthing people.

If you’re like me, this was the first time I had heard the term “birthing people.” I assumed, and soon received confirmation, that the Committee used this odd term in place of “mothers.”

This terminology begs the question: Why would anyone reduce the matchless privilege and responsibility of mothers to “birthing people”?

The term implies that 1) any person – man or woman – can be a mother, and 2) mothers’ sole function is to birth. I don’t believe I need to explain that this is offensive and degrading to mothers, grandmothers, and all women. Mothering is the most special, powerful blessing of womanhood that is reserved by God for women. And the most courageous, selfless mothers among us – adoptive mothers – know better than anyone that birthing is not required.

But it appears that the radical Left is blind to this, because they continued to use this “new terminology” throughout Mother’s Day weekend.

Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) testified at the hearing and later tweeted with the phrase: “Every day, Black birthing people and our babies die because our doctors don’t believe our pain.”

NARAL (the abortion advocacy group) retweeted her, apparently in an effort to explain this new terminology while ratcheting up the rhetoric even more: “When we talk about birthing people, we’re being inclusive. It’s that simple. We use gender-neutral language when talking about pregnancy, because it’s not just cis-gender women that can get pregnant and give birth. Reproductive freedom is for *every*body.”

This seems really basic, but I think NARAL needs to be reminded that only women can birth babies! In other words, there is no reason to “use gender-neutral language” when talking about mothers. And why can you not simply call mothers mothers?

Unfortunately, this bizarre redefinition of the most fundamental title in human history is evidence that liberal elites are intent on erasing sex – and especially womanhood – to achieve their pro-abortion, anti-family policy goals and to permanently alter society.

While the threats to erase sex are many, the biggest is found in the Equality Act, which has already been passed by the House and could be voted on by the Senate at any time.

The Equality Act also includes a ban on “pregnancy discrimination” and a new requirement for pregnancy “treatment”, which of course is code for abortion. As our friends at the Charlotte Lozier Institute point out, “The ‘abortion as health care’ campaign advanced by the Equality Act effectively defines the unborn child out of existence. It treats the child as merely a “physical condition” of the mother that health professionals are called on to address through corrective treatment.”

We are all too familiar with the negative effects of devaluing fatherhood over the last several decades. I shudder to think about the negative impact on families, children and all of society if we now debase mothers to “birthing people” and obliterate womanhood as some on the Left are clearly intending to do.

Take Action: Click here to send a message to your U.S. Senators. Tell them that mothers aren’t “birthing people” – and urge them to reject the Equality Act and all other measures that seek to erase sex.

Sincerely,

Amanda Banks
Family Policy Alliance

Save Girls Sports

Unfortunately, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act fell just one vote short in the Senate and so the House did not get a second opportunity to review the bill. While it means that the bill is likely dead for this session, it does not mean we will stop fighting for opportunities for girls. To see how your legislators voted, you can find the information HERE ( NOTE: This vote link is for SB 55 which included the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act even though the bill description does not include that information.)

Kansans don’t believe the lie that this is mean spirited – they know that this is a common sense bill. Governor Kelly is under the false delusion that she reflects Kansas. Almost universally as I talk to every-day Kansans they are horrified that we can’t protect girls’ sports in Kansas. The number of times I’ve heard, “I thought this was Kansas.”

To all Kansas girls – know that we will keep fighting for you. Governor Kelly has stood in the way of your opportunities, but we will not let this continue. We will keep working with legislators and work to elect a Governor that will fight for our girls’ opportunities.

Election Integrity

Yesterday, the legislature passed two different overrides of Governor Kelly’s vetoes of common-sense election laws. Kansans want our elections to be accurate. We want to know we can have confidence in the outcome. These bills simply allow us to close loopholes that certain representatives even admitted having used in the past. We are thankful for the 85 Representatives and 28 Senators who voted in favor of HB 2183 and 86 Representatives and 28 Senators who voted in favor of HB 2332.

Marijuana

In an unusual move, the House Federal and State Affairs Committee held hearings during veto session. In an even more unusual move, they amended and passed a medical marijuana bill. While this bill has more safeguards than the previously passed bill, this bill still leaves much room for abuse and is a pathway for recreational marijuana in our state. Kansans do not want to become California or Colorado. Ask your legislators to reject this move by the House. It’s easy to find their numbers on our action page!

It has already been an interesting week at the Statehouse. While we have had a few setbacks this week – on the whole the legislature has done some great work to fight back against Governor Kelly’s overreach which helps all Kansas families. There is still a lot of work to do! Keep praying for your legislators and letting them know how important it is to protect families in our state.

For Kansas,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

 

Dear Friends,

Senator Mike Testa (R – Cape May Court House), Senator James Holzapfel (R-Brick), Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (R- Brick) and Assemblyman John Catalano (R- Brick). recently introduced the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” (Senate bill 3540 and Assembly bill 5545).

It is simple to understand: when biological males are allowed to compete on girls’ sports teams, they rob girls of championships, state records, and scholarship opportunities. Girls-only sports as a category ceases to exist. Male sports and co-ed sports remain, but actual girls’ sports are erased.

Unfortunately, anti-women activists in New Jersey have mobilized the past couple of weeks to overwhelm these legislators’ offices with emails communicating their strong objection to this common-sense fairness issue. They claim males and females can both be considered “women” and should be allowed to play “women’s sports.”

In response, we need you to contact these legislators and let them know how much you appreciate their leadership in protecting female athletes from having to compete against males in girls’ sports. Please click here to send them an email. We must make sure they hear from New Jerseyeans who believe girls should have their rights and opportunities protected.

Thank you for spreading the word!

Sincerely,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

It’s no secret that the progressive Left has an obsession with “gender identity” – the idea that you can “choose” your “gender” identity (distinct from your biological sex). That focus is most apparent in the Equality Act, one of the top priorities for national Democratic leadership. As you may know, the Equality Act would push a radical agenda across America while leaving women and children behind. You can learn about it here.

But, the Equality Act isn’t the only place this agenda is showing up.

Our team did a search through current Congressional bills and found nearly 100 bills containing the term “gender identity.” What does this mean? Democratic leadership realizes that the full Equality Act doesn’t have enough support. That is in heartfelt thanks to many of you who have helped stop that dangerous bill with your prayers, taking action, and financial support.

But their backup plan is to force through the tenets of the Equality Act piece-by-piece. In many ways, this is even more dangerous because there are so many bills to keep track of that touch nearly every area of law.

What kinds of bills did we find? Here are 10 arenas that could be affected by current bills that contain the term “gender identity”:

  1. Religious Freedom
  2. Election Law
  3. School Policies
  4. “Consensual Sex Work”
  5. Pregnancy and Birth
  6. Jury Selection
  7. Business Opportunities
  8. Foreign Policy Focus
  9. Healthcare
  10. Daily American Life (The Equality Act)

My point here is not to comment on the merits of some of these individual bills. Instead, I simply want to raise a question: why does “gender identity” appear in so many very diverse bills?

There may be a number of reasons, including pressure from corporations, political supporters, and political superiors. But there’s one reason we can’t ignore. There are people behind these bills, whether activists or elected officials or both, who genuinely believe in gender ideology, and they are trying to play the long game to victory.

This tactic isn’t unique to those with whom we disagree. It’s an approach the pro-life movement has used to some degree, as well. If federal money is at stake, we’ve kept it from flowing toward abortion – even in some bills that may not immediately seem to relate to abortion. If a safety regulation could protect expectant mothers, we’ve likely pursued it.

Over time, this long-term strategy has altered both the legal and cultural spheres. Younger generations are more pro-life, and countless lives have been saved. All through a steady stream of small changes.

Those who favor the “gender identity” agenda are doing something similar. To help give some perspective, here are the three ways these bills use the term “gender identity.”

The Overtly Dangerous Bills: In some cases, like the Equality Act or the Equal Rights Act, the bill explicitly advocates for a progressive agenda on sex and gender – an agenda that actively harms many, especially women and children.

The Legal Status Change: In some cases, “gender identity” was added as a “protected class” in another area of law. This means, for example, that if a man identifies as a woman, he would receive the same sort of special legal protections that someone might receive on the basis of race or religion. Not only do these bills pave the way for dangerous laws like the Equality Act, but they also create a certain level of cultural acceptance for that belief.

Redefining Sex: Similarly, other bills included “gender” in the definition of “sex” (or other similar provisions). Of course, the way I feel about my body (gender identity) may be a very different thing from biological reality.  These are ideas we should not conflate in public policy. Yet again, it’s a subtle language change intended to change legal precedent and cultural attitudes.

The progressive Left is on a dedicated mission to change hearts and change the law. And, importantly – some of them really believe it, which means they’ll stop at nothing to win.

Their goal? Promote an agenda that leaves children sterile, lets males win female sports, and cancels religious freedom and parental rights.

We cannot, we must not, let this agenda win.

So, what can you do?

  1. Take action. Visit our Action Center to oppose the Equality Act today ­– and watch for future action alerts from us. Want to stand for something good, too? Consider signing the “Promise to America’s Children” here. It’s a Promise to protect the minds, hearts, and bodies of children.
  2. Pray. Join us in praying for truth and justice to prevail in our country. You can sign up to receive prayer alerts here!
  3. Partner with us. Want to do more to protect families across America? You may prayerfully consider partnering with us financially. We could not do our work without your co-laboring with us!

Together, let’s fight to protect families and children. They’re counting on us.

Sincerely,

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

 

 


Congressional Legislation Promoting “Gender Identity”

 

  1. H.R.5 —Equality Act – Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]
  2. S.393 Equality Act – Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]
  3. H.R.1440 Fairness for All Act – Sponsor: Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]
  4. H.R.1140 Juror Non-Discrimination Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Jones, Mondaire [D-NY-17]
  5. H.Con.Res.4 Supporting the goals and ideals of No Name-Calling Week in bringing attention to name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling, bullying, and harassment in their communities. – Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
  6. H.R.1181 Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]
  7. H.R.1225 National Security Diversity and Inclusion Workforce Act of 2021 -Sponsor: Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]
  8. H.R.166 Fair Lending for All Act – Sponsor: Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]
  9. H.R.7 —Paycheck Fairness Act – Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]
  10. H.R.1201 International Human Rights Defense Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]
  11. S.424 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) International Human Rights Defense Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]
  12. H.Con.Res.29 Supporting the goals and ideals of GLSEN’s 2021 Day of Silence in bringing attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) name-calling, bullying, and harassment faced by individuals in schools. – Sponsor: Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]
  13. H.Res.196 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the importance of taking a feminist approach to all aspects of foreign policy, including foreign assistance and humanitarian response, trade, diplomacy, defense, immigration, funding, and accountability mechanisms. – Sponsor: Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]
  14. H.R.1379 Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act – Sponsor: Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13]
  15. H.R.1136 Federal Jobs Act – Sponsor: Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]
  16. H.Con.Res.26 Supporting the goals and ideals of International Transgender Day of Visibility. – Sponsor: Rep. Wexton, Jennifer [D-VA-10]
  17. H.R.1834 Hate Crimes Commission Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]
  18. H.Res.226 Recognizing that the United States has a moral obligation to meet its foundational promise of guaranteed justice for all. – Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]
  19. H.R.666 Anti-Racism in Public Health Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]
  20. S.162 Anti-Racism in Public Health Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
  21. H.R.1110 Civil Rights Legacy Protection Act – Sponsor: Sponsor: Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]
  22. H.Res.77 Recognizing the Dominican community’s presence and contributions to Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, and Inwood. – Sponsor: Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13]
  23. H.R.1596 Commission to Study the Stigmatization, Criminalization, and Ongoing Exclusion and Inequity for LGBTQ Servicemembers and Veterans Act – Sponsor: Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]
  24. S.728 COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act – Sponsor: Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]
  25. H.R.1227 Medicare-X Choice Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Delgado, Antonio [D-NY-19]
  26. S.386 Medicare-X Choice Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]
  27. S.Res.115 A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Social Work Month and World Social Work Day on March 16, 2021. – Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]
  28. H.Res.236 Supporting the goals and ideals of Social Work Month and World Social Work Day on March 16, 2021. – Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
  29. H.R.1843 COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act – Sponsor: Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]
  30. S.385 Full-Service Community School Expansion Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]
  31. H.R.1241 Full-Service Community School Expansion Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Jones, Mondaire [D-NY-17]
  32. H.R.1458 Unemployment Insurance Technology Modernization Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Horsford, Steven [D-NV-4]
  33. S.490 Unemployment Insurance Technology Modernization Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]
  34. H.R.1443 LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act – Sponsor: Rep. Torres, Ritchie [D-NY-15]
  35. S.940 National Transit Frontline Workforce Training Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD]
  36. S.205 Paycheck Fairness Act – Sponsor: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]
  37. H.Res.67 Expressing the moral responsibility of the Congress to end adult and child poverty in the United States. – Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
  38. H.R.831 Health STATISTICS Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52]
  39. S.738 Police Training and Independent Review Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL]
  40. S.299 SAFE TECH Act – Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA]
  41. H.Res.103 Condemning the bigotry that was displayed and voiced during the January 6th siege of the United States Capitol, the prominent role played by White supremacists and domestic terrorists in planning and leading the siege, and the elected officials who encouraged them. – Sponsor: Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]
  42. H.R.651 Public Health Emergency Privacy Act – Sponsor: Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]
  43. S.81 Public Health Emergency Privacy Act – Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
  44. S.328 Federal Correctional Facilities COVID–19 Response Act – Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
  45. H.R.1378 Do No Harm Act – Sponsor: Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3]
  46. H.R.549 STOP Bullying Act – Sponsor: Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]
  47. H.R.1268 Building COVID–19 Vaccine Confidence Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]
  48. S.597 ERRPA – Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]
  49. H.R.595 COVID–19 Justice and Accountability Act – Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]
  50. H.R.948 Justice for Incarcerated Moms Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]
  51. H.R.958 Protecting Moms Who Served Act – Sponsor: Rep. Underwood, Lauren [D-IL-14]
  52. H.R.1072 COVID–19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act – Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]
  53. S.324 COVID–19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act – Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
  54. S.796 Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL]
  55. S.505 Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act – Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
  56. S.157 Virtual Peer Support Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV]
  57. H.Res.8 Adopting the Rules of the House of Representatives of the One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, and for other purposes. – Sponsor: Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5]
  58. H.Res.107 Supporting the goals and ideals of “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day”. – Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
  59. H.R.791 Tracking COVID–19 Variants Act – Sponsor: Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]
  60. S.236 Tracking COVID–19 Variants Act – Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]
  61. S.963 Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]
  62. S.512 Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID–19 Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
  63. H.R.1370 Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID–19 Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]
  64. S.674 Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act – Sponsor: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]
  65. H.R.562 Protections and Transparency in the Workplace Act – Sponsor: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]
  66. H.R.963 FAIR Act – Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]
  67. S.764 CAHOOTS Act – Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]
  68. S.783 COVID Community Care Act – Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
  69. H.R.1835 COVID Community Care Act – Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
  70. S.937 COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act – Sponsor: Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]
  71. S.Res.172 A resolution declaring racism a public health crisis – Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]
  72. H.Res.344 Declaring racism a public health crisis. – Sponsor: Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5]
  73. H.R.1212 Kira Johnson Act – Sponsor: Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12]
  74. H.R.1270 PAID Act – Sponsor: Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]
  75. H.R.945 To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue guidance to States to educate providers, managed care entities, and other insurers about the value and process of delivering respectful maternal health care through diverse and multidisciplinary care provider models, and for other purposes. – Sponsor: Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]
  76. S.287 A bill to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue guidance to States to educate providers, managed care entities, and other insurers about the value and process of delivering respectful maternal health care through diverse and multidisciplinary care provider models, and for other purposes. – Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]
  77. S.681 COVID–19 in Immigration Detention Data Transparency Act – Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
  78. H.R.1620 Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]
  79. H.R.1280 George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]
  80. H.R.1177 U.S. Citizenship Act – Sponsor: Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38]
  81. S.348 U.S. Citizenship Act – Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]
  82. H.R.959 Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Underwood, Lauren [D-IL-14]
  83. S.346 Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]
  84. H.R.1603 Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]
  85. H.R.1537 Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]
  86. H.R.1393 Justice for Black Farmers Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12]
  87. S.300 Justice for Black Farmers Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]
  88. H.R.485 Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act – Sponsor: Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3
  89. H.R.1783 Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act – Sponsor: Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6]
  90. S.745 Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act – Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]
  91. S.1 For the People Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]
  92. H.R.1 For the People Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Sarbanes, John P. [D-MD-3]

 

 

 

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

Senate Bill 1028 would protect female athletic opportunities from being hijacked by biological males. It’s about both science and fairness:

Please take 30 seconds to call and leave a message for Gov. DeSantis, asking him to sign SB 1028 to protect girls’ sports.

 

(850) 717-9337

You can also send him an email here.

Thanks for speaking up!

John Paulton
Mobilization Manager

With the Wyoming session over, I want to address one of the gravest threats to Religious Liberty we have ever faced as American Citizens. This threat attained warp speed while we were working hard in Wyoming.

In February of this year, H.R. 5 was filed in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation has been ironically named the “Equality Act.” I say ironically because it renders us unequal by declaring that some people or beliefs deserve special privileges over others.

As Christians we must be clear about this, “That all men are created Equal” is the “self-evident truth” to which our founders appealed as they established our nation. Establishing equality for all men, regardless of race, was a root cause of the Civil War. 620,000 American soldiers were killed outright in battle or died of disease as they fought to determine the scope of our promised equality.

Equality is the heartbeat of the American experiment, but we must define equality and talk about how equality works in civil government.

For most Americans, equality is defined as treating everyone as equal under the law and ensuring equality of opportunity. But sadly, some have a different and far more insidious definition of “equality”. The new definition declares that some causes and new rights are of greater value than others. In the case of H.R. 5, progressive views of human sexuality trump common-sense policy and fundamental freedoms.

What does this  look like in practice? Take a Christian baker, who is willing to sell cakes to anyone who walks into his bakery but reserves the right to only make specialty cakes that do not conflict with his Christian beliefs. The new definition of “equality” declares that the right to his beliefs is secondary or of lesser value compared to the rights of the person who wants him to make a cake in violation of his beliefs.

Furthermore, H.R. 5 directly attacks the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” showing even more clearly that the intent is to make some viewpoints “more equal” than others. The bill states, “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 shall not provide a claim concerning, or a defense to a claim under, a covered title, or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title.” In other words, if sex or gender is at issue – this federal statute meant to protect your religious freedom may not apply.

Clearly, two views of Equality are on the table. The traditional American views says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….. It says that it makes most sense for girls and boys to have their own sports teams. It says that God made us male and female and some of our everyday practices naturally acknowledge that.

The other view is H.R. 5, which is currently in the U.S. Senate.

I am writing you to encourage you to email our Senators and remind them that we believe in true equal rights and that is why we ask them to stand against the falsehood of “The Equality Act.”

For true equality,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director