FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2022

BREAKING: Religious Freedom Wins at the Supreme Court

Supreme Court sides with coach who lost his job for praying after football games

Today, in a significant decision for religious freedom, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Coach Joseph Kennedy. Coach Kennedy is a high school football coach who lost his job at a public school in Washington state after he prayed briefly at the 50-yard line. Today, the Supreme Court held that his prayer was protected by the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, and that it was not in violation of the same amendment’s Establishment Clause.

Craig DeRoche, CEO and President of Family Policy Alliance, offered the following statement:

“Today’s decision is a monumental victory, not only for Coach Kennedy, but for every American who wants to live their faith. The U.S. Constitution has never, and will never, require Americans to abandon their faith. We applaud the six justices of the Supreme Court who today firmly upheld that truth.”

In March, Family Policy Alliance filed an amicus brief in the case together with 29 state family policy councils from around the country, including Pennsylvania’s Independence Law Center (which authored the brief). Family Policy Alliance is pleased to host this alliance of independent state-based family policy councils around the country. Together, the alliance represents more than a million people across the nation.

A copy of Family Policy Alliance’s brief can be found at the Supreme Court website here.

The case has drawn significant national attention, especially from people of faith. In April, Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family called on Americans to pray for Coach Kennedy on 50-yard lines near them in advance of the case’s Supreme Court arguments. Americans across the country participated in the event.

Background

Media Contact:

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

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Family Policy Alliance advances biblical citizenship and promotes public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2022

BREAKING: Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

Minutes ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

This means that each state must now decide its own abortion laws, entrusting citizens with the opportunity to save lives like never before. For state-by-state information on what the current law is and what will now happen as a result of this decision, please visit www.AfterRoe.com

Statement from Craig DeRoche, CEO & President of Family Policy Alliance:

Today is a day that we will remember for our entire lives – and a day which, for many of us, we have spent our entire lives waiting. And now, because of today, millions more will have their lives.

“We’d be remiss not to take this moment to reflect on the many, many heroes who have argued in court, passed laws, lobbied their elected leaders, prayed outside abortion clinics, offered a helping hand to women, and so much more to get to this moment.

“And yet, really, we have been straining toward the starting line. Today, a unique race began in each of the 50 states and in the federal arena.

“Our goal: that every person is treated as a person, no matter their age, size, location, abilities or any other characteristics. This means not only ending abortion but ensuring that children inside the womb have the same full legal status as children outside the womb, that parents and children receive the support they need, and that ours is a culture which comes to fully embrace life.

“As of this moment, America has entered a new phase. We are a nation After Roe. We survived. Now, let’s help others thrive.”

Background and Additional Information

State Breakdown

Case Information

 

Media Contact:

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

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Family Policy Alliance advances biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

 

It’s been three days since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Already, several states have enacted stronger pro-life laws, while lawmakers in others have announced their intent to stop such laws from going into effect.

On social media and in the news, you’ve probably seen a mixture of reactions. Joy, anger, thankfulness, fear. Beautiful posts about the dignity of life and the invaluable work of pregnancy care centers. Heartbreaking calls to action to fund Planned Parenthood, or help women seek abortions out of state. It’s all there, and it all points to the significance of the moment: Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Here at Family Policy Alliance, we know that’s good news, even the best political news of our lives. We are now living in a nation After Roe: a nation where, at last, we have the opportunity to truly protect human life.

It’s a moment to celebrate and praise God for his faithfulness. At Family Policy Alliance, we began our celebration with a livestream all afternoon on Friday, featuring pro-life leaders from around the country. You can still watch the live stream HERE!

We were honored to be featured by both Fox News and The Washington Times last week with articles highlighting AfterRoe.com.

If you’ve wondered….

  • Where your state stands on abortion
  • What pro-life leaders will do next to protect life in your area
  • How you can personally make a difference for the pro-life movement After Roe

…be sure to visit www.AfterRoe.com, and explore the whole site! There, you’ll find helpful information about your state (including, in many states, a message from state pro-life leaders!), pro-life merchandise, and a variety of ways to engage with the national pro-life movement.

Want it all in a quick, one-stop shop? Check out our brand-new Personal Pro-Life Profile! In just six questions, we’ll give you a personalized report on ways you can uniquely be involved in the pro-life movement, details about your state’s pro-life stance, and a free image to share on social media!

We’re entering a new phase of the pro-life movement in America, and your voice matters more than ever. Together, let’s make America a nation where life is truly cherished!

Sincerely,

Meridian Baldacci
Director od Strategy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2022

BREAKING: Biden Administration to Erase Women on 50th Anniversary of Title IX

U.S. Department of Education proposes rule to redefine “sex” and erase women

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the Biden Administration proposed a rule that will redefine “sex” in Title IX to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” rather than adhere to the original intent of Congress’ definition of male and female.

50 years ago, Title IX was written so that women and girls would have equal opportunity in education. But today, the U.S. Department of Education is using the federal rulemaking process to take away those opportunities from women and girls and force the LGBT agenda in every public school, kindergarten through college.

Craig DeRoche, CEO and President of Family Policy Alliance:

“Instead of celebrating 50 years of accomplishments of America’s women and girls today, the Biden Administration is trying to turn back the clock and erase their existence. The Administration is returning to the same debates we had 50 years ago when Biden first ran for Senate.

“The Administration used 700 pages to redefine ‘sex’ in Title IX, undoing the law that advanced equality for my wife and daughter. This may make sense to 18% of his base this fall, but the rest of the country won’t stay silent. Across the nation, there is momentum to defend biological reality and protect women and their opportunities, as evidenced by the recent wave of new state laws reflecting these realities.

“Today’s rule was also expected to destroy girls’ sports. The Biden Administration declined to do so today, but promised that move in a future rule. Why? The Administration realizes just how strong support is to Save Girls’ Sports and fears midterm repercussions. My takeaway: Americans are making a difference, and the pushback to the woke Biden Administration is working. Now, I call on Americans to keep pushing back by speaking out against today’s rule in the Federal Register.”

If this rule goes into effect, the Department of Education will use the power of the Federal Government to:

The Biden Administration may soon put girls’ sports on the chopping block, too – a future rule promised in today’s announcement.

Family Policy Alliance’s Director of Government Affairs, Nicole Hudgens, is also speaking at a rally called Our Bodies Our Sports happening now near the White House where women leaders and athletes are gathered on the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

Media Contact:

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

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Family Policy Alliance works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

 

 

Just this morning, the Supreme Court sided with the coach who lost his job for praying after football games.

Today, in a significant decision for religious freedom, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Coach Joseph Kennedy, a high school football coach who lost his job at a public school in Washington state after he prayed briefly at the 50-yard line. In the 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court held that Kennedy’s prayer was protected by the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, and that it was not in violation of the same amendment’s Establishment Clause.

After the ruling was announced, Craig DeRoche, CEO and President of Family Policy Alliance, issues the following statement:

“Today’s decision is a monumental victory, not only for Coach Kennedy, but for every American who wants to live their faith. The U.S. Constitution has never, and will never, require Americans to abandon their faith. We applaud the six justices of the Supreme Court who today firmly upheld that truth.”

In March, Family Policy Alliance filed an amicus brief in the case together with 29 state family policy councils from around the country, including Pennsylvania’s Independence Law Center (which authored the brief). Family Policy Alliance is pleased to host this alliance of independent state-based family policy councils around the country. Together, the alliance represents more than a million people across the nation.

A copy of Family Policy Alliance’s brief can be found at the Supreme Court website here.

The case has drawn significant national attention, especially from people of faith. In April, Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family called on Americans to pray for Coach Kennedy on 50-yard lines near them in advance of the case’s Supreme Court arguments. Americans across the country participated in the event.

Background

  • Establishment Clause: Modern Supreme Court cases have observed that the Constitution’s Establishment Clause is meant to foster a neutral approach toward religion.
    • Yet in Coach Kennedy’s case, the government’s approach was far from neutral.
  • Case background:
    • Today, teachers are permitted to make controversial statements on all kinds of topics, including critical race theory, sexuality, and other politically charged topics.
    • Yet Coach Kennedy’s short, individual prayer resulted in a “do not re-hire” recommendation from the school district.
    • Coach Kennedy began saying a brief prayer following games years ago. Initially he did so alone, but some students asked him what he was doing. When they asked if they could join, he responded, “This is a free country,” and “You can do what you want.”
    • When the school learned what he was doing, it demanded he stop, but he felt responsible to thank God for the games in that way. As a result, he lost his job.
    • This prayer hardly amounts to an establishment of religion, particularly when the school was clear that it had nothing to do with Kennedy’s activities.
    • Instead of neutrality, the school demonstrated hostility toward religion.
  • Lemon Test: Today the Court finally dispensed with the notorious “Lemon Test,” a deeply flawed, inhibitive legal doctrine that restricted American’s First Amendment rights. Instead, the Court has instructed that the Establishment Clause must be interpreted in the simple light of American history and tradition. This is an additional victory for Americans’ religious freedom rights.

Sincerely,

The Family Policy Alliance Team

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY

Female Athletes Rally for Women’s Only Sports on 50th Anniversary of Title IX June 23rd, 11AM Rally in Washington, D.C.Let’s Keep Women’s Sports Female

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, female athletes, parents, and advocates will join fourteen organizations from across the political spectrum to rally for “Our Bodies, Our Sports.” June 23rd marks the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law as part of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits sex-based discrimination in education.

Since its passing in 1972, Title IX has transformed sports by guaranteeing women the right to equal athletic opportunities. Before Title IX, only one in 27 girls participated in sports. Today, two in five do. Despite this progress, female athletes are being sidelined in order to make room for males. This isn’t right, and it isn’t fair. It’s time to take back Title IX.

Statement from Nicole Hudgens, Director of Government Affairs for Family Policy Alliance, who will speak at today’s rally:

“Today we should be celebrating 50 years of women’s athletic advancement—and we do. But today’s female athletes are facing the same issues they did 50  years ago when President Biden first ran for Senate. They risk being sidelined in their own sports while men threaten to take over their fair competition, championships, scholarships and locker rooms.

“But the movement to save girls’ sports is growing every day. States with save girls’ sports laws grew from one to 18 in just 3 years. It is a bipartisan movement dedicated to preserving the intent of Title IX and protecting the future of our girls. So on this 50th anniversary, we are proud to stand with female athletes and against woke ideology that threatens to shatter their dreams.”

Family Policy Alliance, Independent Women’s Forum, Women’s Liberation Front, the Heritage Foundation, Women’s Declaration International USA Chapter, Concerned Women for America, ICONS, Save Women’s Sports, Alliance Defending Freedom, Independent Women’s Voice, and several other organizations are sponsoring the rally to celebrate female athletes and to highlight the need to preserve single-sex athletic competition.

The rally will take place at 11:00 a.m. ET at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.

WHAT: Rally for “Our Body, Our Sports” to celebrate female athletes and single-sex competitionWHEN: June 23, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

WHERE: Freedom Plaza (1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004)WHY: Celebrate 50 years of Title IX and advocate to keep women’s sports femaleAthletes in attendance will include:

Additional rally participants include:

SPONSORS:

 

www.ourbodiesoursports.com

For press inquiries about the rally, contact press@ourbodiesoursports.com.

For press inquiries for Family Policy Alliance, contact media@familypolicyalliance.com

 

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Roe v. Wade has been overturned. Doesn’t it just thrill you to read that sentence?

Yesterday, June 24, 2022, will forever be known as one of the greatest days in our nation’s history. In its ruling on the Dobbs v. Jackson case, the United States Supreme Court stated:

We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution, but any such right must be “deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition” and “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.”

The Court came to this conclusion by determining that Roe v. Wade was “egregiously wrong” and incorrectly decided because a supposed right to an abortion is not deeply rooted in our nation’s history or legal tradition.

So, what does this mean? It means the fight for life has just begun. As the Court stated, “…We thus return the power to weigh those arguments to the people and their elected representatives.” It means that your state and federal lawmakers will be able to determine what happens to the lives of preborn children.

You can visit AfterRoe.com to find out where your state stands on the issue of life and how you can get involved in this next phase of the pro-life movement!

Our team was on the ground in front of the Court when the decision was announced – there were tears of joy, and even dancing! Then, we celebrated the historic ruling by hosting a 6-hour live stream with our friends and allies across the nation!

We were honored to be joined by GOP Whip Steve Scalise (LA), RSC Chairman Jim Banks (IN), Congressman Mike Johnson (LA), and Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ)! We also had incredible interviews with the Family Policy Councils of Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin! And we loved having our national allies join us, including Alliance Defending Freedom, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, the Human Coalition, March for Life, and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.

You can still watch yesterday’s live stream HERE!

It’s important to remember that the fight for life has just begun. The Biden Administration’s Department of Justice issued a press release yesterday stating they are urging Congress to codify abortion and are promoting abortion-by-mail drugs. Democrats in Congress were infuriated by the decision. Pro-choice organizations have threatened violence and rioting. And left-leaning states will fight hard to keep abortion legal in their states.

Option 1But today, as we prepare for the next phase of a post-Roe America, we must remember that over 60 million preborn children have been worth fighting for. We must honor the prayer warriors and pro-life heroes who have gone before us to pave the way so that this day would come. And we must continue helping women in need, engaging with state Family Policy Councils, voting for righteous leaders, volunteering at our local crisis pregnancy centers, and loving the women and families who need healing from the trauma of abortion.

Yesterday, Roe v. Wade was overturned. And today, we look to a future when abortion will be unthinkable.

For life,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2022

Family Policy Alliance Endorses Banks, Cotton Bill to Protect Minors

The Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice Act would protect children from transgender interventions

Family Policy Alliance is pleased to endorse the Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice Act, introduced today by Rep. Jim Banks (R—IN) and sponsored by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) in the Senate. Rep. Banks is Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) and an alum of Family Policy Foundation’s Statesmen Academy.

The legislation protects minors from transgender interventions and reflects the principles of Family Policy Alliance’s Help Not Harm campaign.

Statement from Joseph Kohm, Director of Public Policy for Family Policy Alliance:

“Children who are hurting and struggling need real help, not harm. Instead, more children are pressured every day into transition by politicized medicine. Every day, youth around the country are endangered by transgender interventions that can leave them sterile, missing healthy body parts, and filled with regret. We wholeheartedly support today’s legislation designed to protect minors from this harmful and hurtful agenda.”

Media Contact:

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

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Family Policy Alliance advances biblical citizenship and promotes public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

Maybe you’ve heard the amazing news.

As of 10:11 ET this morning, babies in America have a fighting chance.

After nearly 50 years, the Supreme Court finally overturned its travesty of Roe v. Wade!

This for certain is a moment to celebrate, to thank God – and also to thank you for your support and co-labors that have helped make this historic moment possible.

But this is not the end of the abortion battles. Truly, now it begins.

Like before, it will be a state-by-state battle. But now the stakes are much higher. With no court decision standing in the way, abortion can actually be ended state-by-state.

As the pro-abortion Left’s antics today show, they are going all-out to defeat pro-life candidates and stop every attempt to end abortion in the states. Already, pro-abortion ballot measures are popping up, and the fight for the control of state legislatures may be the most intense we’ve ever seen.

Will you stand with Family Policy Alliance as we go toe-to-toe to protect life?

Your gift today will help support pro-life candidates and defend life at every turn, working strategically with our network of allies at the state level.

Thank you, on this historic day, for standing for life!

Sincerely,

Carig DeRoche
President & CEO

Minutes ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. 

Today is a day that we will remember for our entire lives – and a day which, for many of us, we have spent our entire lives waiting. And now, because of today, millions more will have their lives.

We’d be remiss not to take this moment to reflect on the many, many heroes who have argued in court, passed laws, lobbied their elected leaders, prayed outside abortion clinics, offered a helping hand to women, and so much more to get to this moment.

And yet, really, we have been straining toward the starting line. Today, a unique race began in each of the 50 states and in the federal arena.

Our goal: that every person is treated as a person, no matter their age, size, location, abilities or any other characteristics. This means not only ending abortion but ensuring that children inside the womb have the same full legal status as children outside the womb, that parents and children receive the support they need, and that ours is a culture which comes to fully embrace life.

As of this moment, America has entered a new phase. We are a nation After Roe. We survived. Now, let’s help others thrive.

TO CELEBRATE THIS MOMENTOUS AND LONG-AWAITED VICTORY, WE ARE LIVESTREAMING ALL DAY, starting at approximately 12 pm ET (11 am CT / 10 am MT / 8 am PT)

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We’ll be giving live updates from the Supreme Court, providing decision analysis, and talking with state and national leaders. Plus, we’ll dive into what you can do to make a difference in the world After Roe. And, we’ll be answering your questions live! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

If you are ready to jump in and make a difference, visit www.AfterRoe.com for information about what’s happening in your state and to discover your place in the After Roe movement.

Praising God with you,

Craig DeRoche
President & CEO