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September 26, 2020

Family Policy Alliance Responds to Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court Justice

“Barrett’s record demonstrates her faithfulness to interpret the law as written”

WASHINGTON – Family Policy Alliance – a pro-family ministry – applauds President Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. A Seventh Circuit judge, former professor, former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and a dedicated wife and mom, Judge Barrett has proven herself equal to the task of serving on our nation’s high Court – and the Senate should promptly confirm her to this position.

Autumn Leva, esq., Vice President of Strategy at Family Policy Alliance, offered the following statement:

“President Trump has been very transparent with all Americans about the type of jurist he would select: one who will faithfully apply the law and protect the Constitution as written. In naming Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to our high Court, he continues to fulfill his promise to Americans.

“Judge Barrett’s record demonstrates her faithfulness to interpret the law as written and as its authors intended it, a principle about which she has written extensively. She even indicated this in her speech today at the White House, saying, ‘Judges are not policymakers and they must be resolute in setting aside in any policy views they might hold.’

“Her professional resume is stellar, leaving no question she is qualified for the position. Her personal life reveals a working mom of seven, including two adopted children and a child with Down Syndrome. And, she’s a woman of deep faith.”

In fact, her faith may be the subject of attack from the political Left during the confirmation process. Already California Senator Dianne Feinstein attacked Judge Barrett for her faith in 2017, saying, “the dogma lives loudly within you.” Yet, Leva and the Family Policy Alliance team believe these attacks are unfounded.

“The Left is scared of Judge Barrett,” added Leva, “because they know she won’t assist in their strategy to make sweeping changes to our laws and Constitution from the bench. And she may even provide the vote needed on the Court to undo prior bad decisions that did ‘legislate from the bench,’ leaving both legal and real life devastation in their wake – like Roe v. Wade. Judge Barrett’s willingness to uphold the law and the Constitution should not be counted a mark against her, but instead a reason for the Senate to promptly confirm her.”

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Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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September 18, 2020

BREAKING: Family Policy Alliance Responds to Justice Ginsburg’s Passing

Colorado Springs, Colo. – As news broke that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died today at age 87, Family Policy Alliance’s Vice President of Strategy, Autumn Leva, responded to the news:

“The entire Family Policy Alliance team expresses its sincere condolences to Justice Ginsburg’s family, as well as her colleagues on the Court, as they mourn her loss and celebrate her lifetime of accomplishments.

“While Family Policy Alliance sharply criticized Justice Ginsburg’s flawed interpretation of laws that ultimately advanced abortion and harmed both religious freedom and families, she held a position of honor in our nation’s highest Court and built friendships on both sides of the aisle. Her groundbreaking work to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex, while leading to many negative and unintended consequences, also helped pave the way for the transformation of athletic and educational opportunities for girls – a battle that continues in the headlines today.

“Our prayers are with Justice Ginsburg’s family. They are also with our nation’s leaders, who face pivotal decisions that will shape the Court and the country for generations.”

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Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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President Trump has made his nomination and now it’s time for us to act!

President Trump has been very transparent with all Americans about the type of jurist he would select—one who will faithfully apply the law and protect the Constitution as written. In naming Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to our high Court, he continues to fulfill his promise to Americans.

Judge Barrett’s record not only demonstrates her faithfulness to interpret the law as written and as its authors intended it—but she has also written extensively about this concept, known as “originalism.” Her professional resume is stellar, leaving no question she is qualified for the position. Her personal life reveals a working mom of seven, including two adopted children and a child with Down Syndrome. And, she’s a woman of deep faith.

In fact, California Senator Dianne Feinstein attacked Judge Barrett for her faith in 2017, and Judge Barrett has already proven she can withstand the brutal attacks of the Senate confirmation process. Senator Feinstein meant it as an insult when she said to Judge Barrett about her faith that “the dogma lives loudly within you.” Yet for all of us who are believers, we want—and are called—to live out our faith in such a way that it’s recognizable to the world around us. Judge Barrett is about to face even more brutal attacks on her faith and reputation than she already has, and she will need her faith to sustain her.

In naming Judge Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, President Trump has done his part to keep his promise to Americans. Now, the brutal Senate confirmation process will begin, with political shots being fired about the nominee within hours of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death—before Judge Barrett had even been named. We know the vote will be close.

The Left is scared of Judge Barrett because they know she won’t assist in their strategy to make sweeping changes to our laws and Constitution from the bench. And, she may even provide the vote needed on the Court to undo prior bad decisions that did “legislate from the bench,” leaving both legal and real life devastation in their wake—like Roe v. Wade.

Your help is urgently needed to convince the Senate to quickly confirm Judge Barrett as our next Supreme Court Justice. Will you please take 1 minute to send a letter to your Senators? We’ve made it easy through our Action Center.

TAKE ACTION NOW

For law and for life,

 

 

Autumn Leva
Vice President of Strategy

P.S. Every Senator needs to know that the full weight of the American people is behind Judge Amy Coney Barrett—and that voters are watching every senator’s vote. Please email your senators now!

Yesterday, President Trump made a big announcement: “I will be signing the born alive executive order to assure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve. This is our sacrosanct moral duty.”

This is huge.

Since 2003 there have been over 300 publicly documented cases of infants born alive after abortion, at least 143 of whom died after being born (not stillbirths).

While the text for the Executive Order has not yet been released, the President’s announcement is encouraging for those of us who believe in the inherent value of all human life. Following last month’s announcement from the Trump Administration encouraging the Supreme Court to uphold regulations on the abortion pill, this is yet another affirmation of the President’s stand for life.

Meanwhile, the Biden-Harris ticket has made its pro-abortion stance clear.

Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris voted against the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” in the Senate. This Act aimed to protect the same infants President Trump hopes to protect with his Executive Order. And the House, led by Speaker Pelosi, has refused to even take up a vote on protections for babies who survive botched abortions.

The lines could not be clearer.

Biden himself has also indicated his radical pro-abortion stance, going so far as to include it on his campaign website: “Biden will work to codify Roe v. Wade, and his Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate Roe v. Wade.

What are these “radical” laws? They’re laws like the Louisiana statute that ensured women at abortion clinics receive a basic standard of care – like requiring abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges. When the Supreme Court struck down that law, Biden described laws like it as “extreme.”

Life is on the ballot. Are you ready to engage?

Here are three things you can do to make your voice heard in this critical election cycle: 

  1. Register to vote.* You can register – and even check to make sure you’re registered – by visiting https://familypolicyalliance.com/vote.
    *North Dakota does not have voter registration, so skip steps 1 and 2 if you call North Dakota home!
  2. Make sure your church members are registered to vote! Host a voter registration drive at your church before your state’s registration deadline! Find all the details here.
  3. Make a plan to vote. In many states you will be able to vote early, absentee, and/or in person, so be sure to make a plan and encourage fellow church members to do the same!

This year, it’s all hands on deck to stand for family values. Are you in?

 
 

Meridian Baldacci
Policy & Communications Strategist

P.S. If you’re passionate about the pro-life cause, don’t miss out on Focus on the Family’s “See Life” event tomorrow (September 26) at 8 PM ET! All the details here.

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September 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Education to Family Policy Alliance: Department Supports “Single-Sex Teams Based Only on Biological Sex at Birth”

The letter, a response to a coalition letter in June, sends a strong message of support for female athletes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – This week, Family Policy Alliance – a pro-family ministry – received a letter from the U.S. Department of Education detailing its continued support for policies that reserve girls’ sports for female athletes. The letter was a response to a June 26 letter from 46 organizations who expressed their support for this approach to school sports, and urged the Department to continue to support this approach after facing immense pressure to change course in light of the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision. The Department’s letter, available here, made clear that President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos continue to support the ability of female athletes to compete on a level playing field.

The Department articulated its support for “single-sex teams based only on biological sex at birth – male or female – as opposed to a person’s gender identity.”

The letter also strongly articulated the Department’s agreement with Family Policy Alliance and the coalition letter’s co-signers that Bostock is not controlling – nor should it be – over Title IX, the federal law that prevents sex discrimination in educational programs including sports. The Department’s letter unequivocally states “the Department will continue to vigorously support and protect female student athletes under Title IX” and articulates detailed legal reasoning for why Bostock was not – and should not be – applied to the issue of women’s sports under Title IX.

“…there are circumstances in which a person’s sex is relevant,” writes the Department, “and distinctions based on the two sexes in such circumstances are permissible because the sexes are not similarly situated.” The letter continues later: “The Supreme Court’s opinion in Bostock does not affect the Department’s position … .”

Family Policy Alliance is grateful for the Department’s strong stand for female athletes, and for its robust response to the coalition letter.

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August 21, 2020

Family Policy Alliance Names First-Ever “All-Star” Award Winners

The award winners represent the best pro-family states and legislative efforts of 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Family Policy Alliance – a pro-family ministry – today announced its 2020 “All-Star” award winners, awarded to the best pro-family states and legislative efforts of 2020. This follows last week’s “Donkey Awards,” “awarded” to the most concerning and bizarre of the year’s legislation.

The All-Star Awards recognize legislation and states that accomplished significant pro-family work, whether by promoting new safeguards and opportunities for families or by preventing harmful policies in the state.

Meridian Baldacci, Policy and Communications Strategist at Family Policy Alliance, said of the awards:

“This year, we saw work in states to affirm life, promote educational opportunity, and preserve fairness in girls’ sports, just to name a few of the pro-family efforts that took place throughout the nation. With the All-Star Awards, we seek to recognize the hardworking people in each state who made these policies happen! Some of them were faced with a tough slate, but they chose to continue standing up and showing up on behalf of families in their states and elsewhere– and that is something worth celebrating.”

The top award, “Most Pro-Family State of the Year,” went to Idaho in recognition of four new laws: ensuring girls’ sports are reserved for biological girls, requiring hospitals to get parental consent before removing life-sustaining care from a child, preventing changes to the important biographical and biological information captured on birth certificates, and beginning to issue “Choose Life” license plates (with part of the fee going toward a state-based pro-life organization).

“Defensive Player of the Year” was awarded to New Mexico for the work of individuals in the state who stood strong to combat policy agendas that would have hurt families in the state. Policies they prevented included: codifying elective abortion up to birth (one of the Governor’s top priorities, which pro-family advocates successfully kept off the legislative agenda), introducing assisted suicide legislation, and legalizing recreational marijuana.

“Offensive Player of the Year” was given to Tennessee for it’s work to defend the vulnerable, particularly children in the womb (preventing abortions of infants with a detectable heartbeat), teen victims of sexual abuse (preventing abortionists from overlooking their abuse), and children in failing schools or underserved communities (expanding the state’s Education Savings Account program to give those children the opportunity to attend better-performing schools).

The full list of awards can be found here. Other awards and awardees include the “Best Team Effort” (New Jersey), “Never Back Down” award (Virginia), “Best Playbook” (awarded to “Heartbeat Laws” like Tennessee’s), “MVP Law” (awarded to Idaho’s new “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act”), and “Best Interception Bill (awarded to the 29 bills introduced to protect children from devastating “sex change” operations).

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August 18, 2020

 

Family Policy Alliance Responds to Ruling on Idaho’s “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act”

While an Idaho judge granted a temporary injunction against the groundbreaking new law, Family Policy Alliance is looking ahead

BOISE, Idaho— Family Policy Alliance – a pro-family ministry – is disappointed but not disheartened in light of an Idaho judge’s decision to temporarily enjoin the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.” The groundbreaking new law, championed by Family Policy Alliance since its legislative inception, is designed to ensure that girls’ sports are reserved for biological girls. Without the law, biological males who identify as female could be permitted to compete in the same category as females – placing female athletes at a physical disadvantage. Last night, a federal judge temporarily halted the law’s enforcement – but that’s not the end of the story.

The injunction is only a temporary measure while the lawsuit moves forward. Going forward, the state won’t be alone in defending this important law: the judge also allowed two female athletes, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, to intervene in favor of the law.

Even as the lawsuit continues in Idaho, Family Policy Alliance will continue to stand for fair sports for girls in Idaho and beyond.

Autumn Leva, Vice President of Strategy for Family Policy Alliance, offered the following statement:

“A young girl should never be placed in the position of losing out on a championship or scholarship simply because a male was allowed to compete in the female sports category. Yet that potential outcome is held in the balance today in Idaho. The eyes of the nation are on Idaho as a federal judge takes steps to decide whether female athletes can count on a fair playing field – or whether years of work to advance female athletic opportunities will be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. In a court of law, where justice ought to guide the judge’s decisions, we hope the final outcome will uphold fairness. But as we await that decision – and whatever form it ultimately takes – Family Policy Alliance will continue to fight to Save Girls’ Sports wherever we have opportunity. Our daughters are counting on us.

This summer, Family Policy Alliance launched a nationwide “Save Girls’ Sports” campaign to build awareness around the issue of males competing in female sports. Thousands of individuals have signed the organization’s petition to state lawmakers asking for laws similar to Idaho’s. Many have also signed letters to the NCAA asking that it keep sponsored events in Idaho – even as the ACLU pressures the sports organization to boycott the state over its new law. The NCAA has not yet made a final decision, though one is expected this fall.

As both the lawsuit and the NCAA situation develop, Family Policy Alliance will continue to stand for girls’ sports in Idaho and beyond.

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Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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July 29, 2020

 

Family Policy Alliance Applauds Female Athletes’ Letter to NCAA

The letter, signed by over 300 athletes, calls on the NCAA to keep its events in Idaho following new law to protect female athletes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado— Family Policy Alliance, a national pro-family ministry, applauds the inspiring female athletes who today sent a letter to the NCAA in support of Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. The newly signed law requires that girls’ sports be reserved for biological girls, a provision that ensures female athletes have fair and equal opportunity at athletic titles, scholarships, and other elite opportunities. While the ACLU and its allies have pressured the NCAA to ban its events in Idaho because of the law, today’s letter sends a strong message that female athletes want these protections and would support the NCAA in a decision to continue its events in the state.

Family Policy Alliance recently organized its own letter to the NCAA signed by thousands of individuals – both athletes and concerned citizens – urging the NCAA not to bow to the ACLU’s  bullying demands. More broadly, Family Policy Alliance has led the charge to Save Girls’ Sports in Idaho and beyond, including playing a key role in the passage of Idaho’s new law. The organization has garnered thousands of signatures on a separate petition asking state leaders to follow Idaho’s lead in passing laws that Save Girls’ Sports. Family Policy Alliance plans to promote similar legislative efforts in additional states.

Family Policy Alliance thanks Alliance Defending Freedom and Save Women’s Sports for their work gathering signatures for this letter, and hopes that the NCAA will respond by continuing its events in Idaho. No matter what, Family Policy Alliance will continue to stand for female athletes in Idaho and beyond.

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Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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For Immediate Release
June 30, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Espinoza Decision a Win for Children

Family Policy Alliance praised the decision as an example of government working for families

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado—In today’s Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court supported the freedom of parents to choose the best education for their children, including education in private, faith-based schools. Family Policy Alliance praised the decision as a win for parents, religious freedom, and—most importantly—for children.

Autumn Leva, Vice President of Strategy for Family Policy Alliance, explained why the decision is a win: “We believe that children win when their parents can choose the best education for each child, and that no government should place limitations on a child’s future because of her zip code or her family’s income.”

In 2015, the state of Montana passed into law a tax-credit scholarship program designed to help low-income families, especially single mothers, send their children to the best schools for them—including private faith-based schools. The law was originally authored by Montana Family Foundation.

Then the Montana Department of Revenue issued a rule declaring that children receiving the scholarships could not use them at faith-based schools. Three mothers who believed their children would be better off at faith-based schools filed a lawsuit in response.

Sadly, the Montana Supreme Court issued an opinion in 2018, stating that it believed Montana’s Constitution allows the state government to discriminate against faith-based schools based on a provision historically used to prohibit government funds from going to faith-based schools (also known as a “Blaine Amendment”), and it struck down Montana’s good scholarship program.

Many states have discriminatory “Blaine Amendments” in their Constitutions. These Amendments arose in the 1870’s as a way to keep Catholic influence out of the largely Protestant public schools during a time of high anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant bias in America. Blaine Amendments are old dinosaurs in the law based on interdenominational conflicts that should go extinct.

As the conflict over Montana’s scholarship program reached the Supreme Court, Jeff Laszloffy, who serves as President of the Montana Family Foundation representing family values in the state, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case defending the law on behalf of Montana’s families.

Family Policy Alliance and the state family policy councils also rallied state lawmakers to file another friend-of-the-court brief in the case, showing a strong state support for advancing school choice.  Many state lawmakers who are alumni of Family Policy Foundation’s Statesmen Academy signed onto this brief. Justice Alito referenced both briefs by Montana Family Foundation and the state lawmakers in his concurring opinion supporting education choice for families.

Jeff Laszloffy said that the decision today helps more children than just those in Montana: “This decision was a huge victory for Montana kids and clears the way for Montana to join 42 other states that allow students the freedom to choose a school that fits them best.”

President Trump, who supports school choice for children as a civil rights issue, also issued a statement today in support of the Court’s decision, saying “no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school.”

The Supreme Court declared that families in Montana should be free to choose the education that best suits their children—including in faith-based schools, that the old Blaine Amendment used to invalidate the scholarship program is bigoted and discriminatory, and that faith-based schools can’t be disqualified from a school choice program just because they are faith-based.

Leva concluded: “Today’s decision is a celebration of how children are the real winners when elected leaders at all levels and every branch of government use the power given to them by the people to work for the people and the values we hold dear.”

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