This morning, House Democrats passed H.R. 5376, the so-called “Build Back Better Act.” It’s better known as the “Tear Down, not Build Back Act,” or the “Socialist Tax and Spending Spree.” The 2,466-page bill contains Equality Act language, pushes the Left’s radical agenda in public schools, and could force you to pay for abortion. Read our press release statement here.

GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy fought against the bill for over 8 hours last night in a record-breaking floor speech- causing the vote on the legislation to be delayed. Unfortunately, only one Democrat listened to reason and the bill passed this morning 220-213.

Here are some of the worst anti-family provisions to the bill:

Equality Act Agenda

Radical Left Policies in Public Schools

Taxpayer Funded Abortions

The “Tear Down, not Build Back Act” is now headed to the Senate. We will keep you updated on how you can tell your Senator to STOP this dangerous legislation!

In the meantime, the Senate started debating the National Defense Authorization Act. The legislation still contains Equality Act language and would force women to register for the draft. Tell your Senator to tell them to STOP the left’s radical gender agenda and DON’T draft our daughters here.

While news like this can be discouraging, know that our team at Family Policy Alliance is committed to standing against these radical, anti-family agendas. We just recently saw how the tide is turning on these issues in Virginia, and in other elections across the nation. We can’t stop fighting now- will you join us?

For faith, family, and freedom,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

Every week, we are a little more surprised at the ‘woke’ and out-of-touch agenda coming out of D.C.—but this week was definitely one for the books.

Our team wanted to provide you with a short update on critical issues from D.C. that affect your values.

The Most Radical Abortion Bill Ever to Hit the House Floor

Speaker Pelosi was furious that the state of Texas passed a bill to protect babies in the womb with detectable heartbeats from abortion—and that the courts said the law could go into effect.

In retaliation, she fast-tracked her abortion-on-demand bill with radical policies that would allow abortions to be performed simply based on the baby’s sex, remove safeguards for mothers, and more.

Our Policy & Communications Strategist, Meridian Baldacci, slammed the House’s vote to pass Pelosi’s bill:

These lawmakers shamelessly went on record that they support abortion anytime, anywhere, for any reason. They have shown a brazen willingness to endanger women, from the littlest girl in the womb to the mother who carries her….By voting for this bill today, some members have given up their seats for 2022. An increasingly pro-life America will make sure of that.”

Read the full statement here.

Pelosi’s Low Opinion of the Defense of America

This week, the House voted 316-113 to pass an important piece of legislation called the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA is taken up for consideration each legislative cycle and is critical for funding America’s defenses. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi and Democratic leadership used this bill to play politics with our nation’s defense, following the recent travesty in Afghanistan.

Using this critical bill, Democratic leadership stuffed in a number of ‘woke’ provisions that have nothing to do with the defense of America, including:·

FPA’s Vice President of Strategy, Autumn Leva, exposed Pelosi’s House for the low view she has for the defense of America:

“Nancy Pelosi’s priorities for defending American families boil down to funding the largely illegal and bloated Big Pot industry, drafting our daughters into war, and carrying the banner for the woke LGBT agenda. It’s a sad commentary on the low value she places on our country’s defense. America deserves better. Our families deserve better. And our troops certainly deserve better.”

Read the full statement here.

FPA CEO Talks “Pelosi’s REAL War on Women” with Concerned Women for America

ICYMI: Family Policy Alliance’s CEO Craig DeRoche hosted Doreen Denny (from our friends at Concerned Women for America) to talk about Nancy Pelosi’s real war on women. In this latest episode of “Conversations with Craig,” they covered what’s really going on with forcing our daughters into the draft, Pelosi’s radical abortion bill, and more.

Watch on demand here.

Standing for your values,

The Family Policy Alliance Team

The House will be voting TOMORROW on Nancy Pelosi’s radical and woke bill designed to spread abortion and woke ideology across the country. And we need your help.

Tell your Representative to vote NO on Nancy Pelosi’s bill NOW:  https://secure2.convio.net/cl/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1748

Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are on a desperate mission to codify Roe v. Wade and spread unlimited abortion across the country. But Texas dared to defy their agenda by protecting babies in the womb with detectable heartbeats. In retaliation, Biden is now suing Texas, and Pelosi is advancing her own ‘Woke Health Protection Act,’ a bill that blasphemes women’s health.

Pelosi’s bill is a radical attempt to spread abortion and woke ideology. The bill would:

As if that weren’t bad enough, Speaker Pelosi fast-tracked her bill through the House process to bring it to the House floor for a full vote TOMORROW.

Family Policy Alliance is calling on lawmakers and Americans to reject this dangerous bill and to stand for our first American value—the right to life.

Will you raise your voice to call on lawmakers to reject this retaliatory and radical move by Nancy Pelosi?

Click here to send a message to your Representative through our action center—it takes less than 1 minute!

https://secure2.convio.net/cl/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1748

For life in America,

Autumn Leva
Vice President for Strategy

 

P.S. Did you miss our video today? Family Policy Alliance’s CEO Craig DeRoche and Concerned Women for America’s Doreen Denny talked about this radical bill (and many other topics in the Biden/Pelosi agenda to devalue women and their babies) on the latest “Conversations with Craig.” You can still watch ON DEMAND here on Facebook or YouTube

 

This coming Tuesday, June 8 is Primary Election Day here in New Jersey. Last week, we sent you an email highlighting the best and worst legislators during this legislative session based on the bills they sponsored. I want to strongly encourage you to go out and vote!

Politics is a tough sport. Even when competitors play by the rules, as in football or mixed marital arts, undoubtedly some will get hurt and injured. Politics at times might lead to slander, false accusations, and betrayal. As Christians, we should reject lies, not disseminate them. Sadly, I am reminded of a scripture that can easily be applied to our modern political moment.

These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
Proverbs 6:16-19

 

As the passage suggests, divisions in families and friendships might also occur due to intense political debate. The Old Testament scriptures record when familial ties were strained or broken because of leaders positioning themselves for power. King David, the royal incumbent, was challenged by his son Absalom. David’s friend and political consultant Ahithophel switched camps and sided with Absalom because of his sex scandal with Beersheba. In a separate struggle for the throne following David’s reign, his sons Solomon and Adonijah competed for volunteers and built alliances. In both situations, there were enthusiastic Israelites believing their nominee was the best one to defeat their nation’s enemies and protect their freedoms.

The lesson for us in New Jersey? Whatever the outcome is after next week’s primary, we must unite behind the gubernatorial candidate who will boldly protect parental rights and overhaul the New Jersey Department of Education to stop undermining the values of the families they have been hired to serve.

The sanctity of life is primary, but if the so-called Reproductive Freedom Act were to pass and be signed by Governor Murphy before his term is over, reversing course even with a new governor would be near impossible, as the bill prohibits any future administrations from making laws to protect children in the womb.  The fate of the unborn would be sealed for decades to come. We can not let that happen! Therefore, after you vote on Tuesday, June 8, please join us in Trenton on Wednesday, June 9 to rally against this immoral bill.

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

In case you missed it, we want to make sure you know the top two things you can do to make a difference to protect life and liberty!

First, TODAY is the last day to tell HHS to STOP using YOUR taxpayer dollars from funding Planned Parenthood! The Biden-Harris Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule that would authorize abortion groups to receive Title X Family Planning funds. The proposal also mandates that grant recipients refer for abortions.

But you can tell HHS to STOP using YOUR taxpayer dollars from funding Planned Parenthood!

Please click the link and write a comment to the Department of Health and Human Services telling them that you do NOT want to fund Planned Parenthood!

Here are a few points you can pick and choose from in your comment:

Second, last week, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee heard S1, the so-called “For the People Act,” (better known as “The Corrupt Politicians Act”). Democrats are doing everything they can to get this bill on the Senate floor as soon as possible. Please take a minute today to urge your senators to vote NO on S1!

You can help protect the foundations of our nation by stopping this dangerous legislation! Click here to urge your senators to stand for election integrity by OPPOSING S1!

Thanks for speaking up (and spreading the word) on these critical matters!

For life and liberty,Nicole Hudgens
Nicole Hudgens Signature
Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

 

* If a program refers a client to abortion, it is in fact a program where abortion is considered a “family planning related service,” (as acknowledged on page 19818 of the proposed rule) and thus specifically is prohibited by statute.

New Jersey is the most densely populated state and one of the most diverse states in the nation. Here, people of different cultures and backgrounds can at times land on different sides of the intense policy debates that our state is facing.  However, I believe there is one thing we can agree on: the priorities of Governor Murphy are misplaced.

This week, he launched his first reelection campaign ad. His vision is to “move New Jersey forward.” Sounds catchy – something you would expect from high paid consultants tasked to poll slogans that resonate with targeted demographics and financial donors. This ad was his opportunity to put forward his platform to convince voters he is the best choice for the future of New Jersey.

What are his priorities in a second term?

  1. Increase school funding. Our state already has the fourth-highest cost-per-student of the 50 states and Washington, DC. Is this about funding students or rewarding teacher unions for their unwavering political allegiance?
  2. Increase the minimum wage. By the year 2024, New Jersey will tie as the #1 state in the nation for the highest minimum wage. Do we need to cripple more small businesses just to keep up with California? The CATO Institute presently ranks NJ as the second worst state in the nation for entrepreneurs.
  3. Increase the number of abortions. Seriously, Gov. Murphy’s vision for the future of New Jersey is to make sure we have more abortions in our state. The so-called Reproductive Freedom Act is a feature in his “move New Jersey forward” campaign ad, mentioned under the guise of “protecting reproductive rights.” According to Abort73.com, our state already ranks #2 among the 50 states and Washington, DC for the percentage of pregnancies that end in abortion. It seems Governor Murphy will not be satisfied until we are #1.

Governor Murphy is even weaponizing his Department of Education to make sure New Jersey remains abortion destination #1. The new revised learning standards you have heard me mention repeatedly also change the way abortion is taught in Health Class. NorthJersey.com covered this controversial abortion language change in an article last year:

Board member Andrew Mulvihill pointed to a change in language around abortion. Previous standards mentioned legal rights of abortion; the new standards cite it as an option for pregnancy.

“I don’t think teachers should be telling kids that one of the things you can do if you get pregnant is to have an abortion,” Mulvihill said at a May 3 meeting when the resolution was adopted. “There are a lot of people who fundamentally believe that is not something that should be taught.”

Please know that Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, and a coalition of pro-life organizations in our state, meet every week as we work to save babies from this dangerous agenda.

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

It was a surreal session at the Roundhouse.

The 2021 New Mexico legislative session was largely virtual, so a large part of what anyone saw of the session was not at the Roundhouse at all, but rather images of legislators sitting in their home offices and participating via Zoom sessions.

But the virtual session also had a bitter reality. A new, more progressive group of legislators held sway – made possible by progressives’ defeat of moderate Democrats in last year’s primary election. The fact that elections have consequences was very evident this year.

The results then were not all that surprising, but they were jolting nonetheless. Here’s a look at key outcomes.

Limitless Abortion. After years of pushing for it, the progressives finally got what they wanted – a law repealing restrictions on abortion in New Mexico. While some of those restrictions weren’t in effect because of court rulings, others were. Here are a few immediate, practical changes of the new law: ·

State law no longer includes conscience protections for medical professionals who are unwilling to do abortions.

There is no justification for these outcomes; it is as bad as it sounds. See how your state senator and representative voted.

Assisted Suicide. Near the end of the session, progressives succeeded in checking off another longtime goal, legalizing assisted suicide. When Gov. Lujan Grisham signed the bill, she made New Mexico just the ninth state to take that life-devaluing step.

Suicide is already a major problem in New Mexico. According to the Centers for Disease Control, our state has the fourth-highest suicide rate in the nation, with suicide ranking as the ninth-leading cause of death. Suicide contagion is real, and the state’s legitimization of some suicides will likely only add to the problem.

There has also been strong concern in recent years over elder abuse in our state. Assisted suicide laws compound that problem. In 2019 in Oregon, 54 percent of people who requested assisted suicide did so because they feared being a burden on their family. This new law enables financial predators in the family who would seek to reduce the burden of care and get access to wealth.

On the positive side, your strong responses to our action alerts created pressure on legislators, and the bill was amended with some limited improvements. However, even these safeguards are unenforceable and able to be avoided. See how your state senator and representative voted.

Recreational Marijuana.
When the legislature couldn’t finish up the marijuana bill before the regular session ended, Gov. Lujan Grisham wasted no time in calling a special session, where the era of Big Marijuana in New Mexico was quickly ushered in.

Now our state will have to grapple with many of the same challenges as our neighbor to the north. Since Colorado legalized recreational weed, it has seen a dramatic increase in violent crime, traffic fatalities, and marijuana hospitalizations. And usage by minors – sometimes fatal, from eating poorly regulated marijuana “candies” – has soared. See how your state senator and representative voted.

A Ray of Hope?
Yes, this legislative session produced a sharp, leftward lurch for New Mexico. But now the Left has to own it – their voting records and the unpopular consequences of their policies. As we’ve seen, elections have consequences. And sometimes, so do legislative sessions.

Thanks for your faithful support and action. Let’s keep at it!

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team

The 2021 New Mexico legislative session may be virtual, but the threat to unborn babies in our state is very real! Our allies at the Roundhouse are now telling us that votes on the radical abortion bills are likely to happen in the full House and Senate on Thursday.

Your voice is needed now more than ever! We have updated our Action Center message to legislators with fresh wording, so even if you have contacted them before, please take 30 seconds to send a new message to your legislators.

After you’ve sent the message, watch for a confirmation that includes the name and phone number of your senator and your representative. Please take a few moments to call and leave a message for them. Let them know you are a voter in their district, and politely ask them to oppose the radical abortion bill.

As we’ve been sharing in updates throughout this process, House Bill 7 and Senate Bill 10 are identical bills that wipe away critical protections. Doctors could lose their right of conscience to decline to do abortions; abortions could be committed without the woman’s consent; and any semblance of limitations on abortion – up to birth and including infanticide – would be wiped from our state’s law books.

Finally, please pray for our legislators on Thursday. And please share this email or the Action Center link with other New Mexicans who care about life.

Thank you for defending the least of these.

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team

“Do you want the good news or the bad news first?” I usually say “the bad news” when this question is asked of me. So, we’ll start there today – but remember, the good news follows!

The Biden Administration has enacted a jaw-dropping 39 executive orders since assuming office less than two weeks ago. Unfortunately, many of these orders are contrary to our most deeply held values, including the sanctity of human life—showing how out-of-step President Biden and his Administration are with how Americans view babies in the womb and their mothers.

Most notably, President Biden signed an executive order to rescind the Mexico City Policy and the Promoting Life in Global Health Policy, both of which prevented taxpayer dollars from funding international groups that provide or advocate for abortion.

Biden has also said he intends to reinstate Title X family planning dollars to abortion providers and scrap the decades-old Hyde Amendment which bars taxpayer dollars from funding domestic abortions. (This is especially disappointing after Biden supported the Hyde Amendment for his entire career, only reversing course in 2019 while campaigning for president.)

He has nominated a well-known pro-abortion advocate – who many say lacks administrative and health credentials – to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

And perhaps most concerning of all, on the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade last Friday, President Biden stated his unequivocal commitment to codifying the so-called right to abortion in federal law.

As concerning as this declaration is (and his other pro-abortion actions are), President Biden’s statement ties to the good news of the current pro-life landscape – and that is, most notably – the states. With the Biden Administration moving quickly to promote pro-abortion policies, state legislatures appear energized to pass laws to protect preborn babies and their mothers. Here are just a few examples:

After significant pro-life gains in the Kansas elections last November, both chambers passed a constitutional amendment in January to affirm there is no right to abortion and the legislature can regulate the abortion industry. This is vitally important in Kansas where the state Supreme Court is poised to force unlimited abortion statewide. Now, the “Value Them Both” amendment will go before the people in Kansas as a ballot initiative in 2022.

The Kentucky legislature sent seven pro-life bills to Democrat Governor Andy Beshear this month. He vetoed six of them, but allowed one – a bill to protect infants born alive during abortions – to become law. This pro-life victory was a very welcome surprise to Kentuckians and all pro-life advocates.

In South Carolina, the Senate passed – and the House is expected to soon follow suit – a “heartbeat bill” to prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks gestation. If and when the bill becomes law, South Carolina will become the eleventh state with this pro-life protection.

Family Policy Alliance® is proud to be part of a national coalition to promote model state legislation to codify FDA safety regulations on the chemical abortion industry. Unfortunately, these important safeguards are now at risk of repeal by the Biden Administration. With chemical abortions on the rise – now comprising more than 40% of all U.S. abortions – and abortion-inducing drugs being four times more dangerous to women than surgical abortions, it is vital that states act quickly. Currently, four states – Arizona, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas – have introduced our coalition’s model legislation to help protect women and save innocent lives.

There are dozens of other pro-life bills moving in state legislatures around the country, as well as in the U.S. Congress.

At the federal level, bills include the Born Alive Infant Protection Act authored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) to protect babies born alive during abortions, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Act introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to ban abortions after 20 weeks, the Second Chance at Life Act introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) to require abortion businesses provide information on the risks of – and reversibility of – chemical abortions, and the SAVE Moms and Babies Act authored by Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) to safeguard FDA regulations on chemical abortion and prohibit dispensing abortion-inducing drugs remotely.

Pro-life members of Congress are also going on the defensive. Statesmen Academy alumnus Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) sent a letter signed by 200 representatives to House leadership last week pledging “to vote against any government funding bill that eliminates or weakens the Hyde Amendment or other current-law, pro-life appropriations provisions.” Even as Democrat leadership in Congress and the White House intend to reverse Hyde, this letter could have real consequences as a majority vote in Congress requires just 218 votes.

The members’ pledge also aligns with the current public opinion in America. The Knights of Columbus released a report last week that shows 58% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of domestic abortions and even more (77%) are against paying for international abortions. At the same time, Students for Life of America published findings that more than 7 out of 10 Millennials and Gen Z support limits on abortion and nearly half support banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

As action in state legislatures, bills introduced by pro-life members of Congress, and public opinion bear out, the pro-life movement in America is alive and well! There is reason for encouragement even as we acknowledge the pro-abortion forces now at work in our nation. As we journey with you through the political and cultural realities of our time, Family Policy Alliance will keep you informed and equipped to make a difference in the fight for life, decency, faith, and truth. Stay tuned to our email updates and engage with us on Facebook and Twitter as we advocate for our shared values and seek to honor God in public policy and discourse.

For Life,

Autumn Leva
Vice President for Strategy

Last week hundreds of you urged your Senators to Vote No on Senate Bill 10, where Family Policy Alliance had the opportunity to provide testimony.

Tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. the
House Judiciary will have its
second hearing on

House Bill 7
The hearing  will be held virtually over zoom and live-cast on the New Mexico legislature’s website.Click on the zoom link at 1:30, January 29.

Then click on “Leave Public Comment” in the upper left hand corner of the page to enter the meeting.

We need your help!

Please click here to send a message to members of this committee and urge them to vote no on House Bill 7, the radical abortion up to birth bill! This bill is being is being rammed through, so act now!

House Bill 7 would repeal New Mexico state law (§ 30-5-1 to § 30-5-3), having the effect of:

  1. codifying abortion-up-to-birth in our state;
  2. removing conscience protections for medical providers; and
  3. putting women’s health at risk by lowering the medical standards of care for women seeking an abortion.

Two of these are easy to understand why we are opposed. But we often get asked:

Why do we need state law conscience protections if federal law already protects doctors’ rights of conscience?

Federal conscience protections are not enough to protect doctors and health care providers if they respectfully decline to participate in an abortion. Currently, NM law (§ 30-5-2) prohibits health care providers from being punished if they are persecuted for their religious beliefs and allows them to take court action to protect their right to freedom of conscience and belief.

  1. State law (§ 30-5-2) protects every medical health care provider (hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other employees) from being punished for exercising their rights to conscience and belief. Federal law only offers some protection for some hospitals (those that receive federal funding) and some healthcare providers (those participating in a federally funded program).
  2. State law (§ 30-5-2) protects all hospitals and all health care providers and their employees from being sued for declining to perform an abortion. Federal law does not.
  3. State law (§ 30-5-2) prohibits a doctor or nurse from being disciplined or fired for declining to participate in an abortion. Federal law does not. (Federal law may fine a health care provider for violating the law, but it does not protect a doctor’s job.)
  4. State law (§ 30-5-2) allows doctors and health care providers to sue if their religious beliefs and rights to conscience are violated. Federal law does not.

Please send a message to your Representatives now and tell them our doctors deserve better. New Mexicans deserve better. Urge them to Vote No on House Bill 7.

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team