As we head into the weekend, we wanted to share a quick update on what’s happening in “Woke D.C.” and beyond—because you and many other pro-family Americans continue to make your voices heard:
The Good News
- The House will take two weeks off from voting on Pelosi’s woke agenda.
- ICYMI: South Dakota became the 10th state to save girls’ sports!
- 1 in 5 states now have laws ensuring girls’ sports are just for girls.
- Want to learn more about issues in your state? Connect with your family policy council here!
- A new report from the Texas Department of Health has revealed that the Heartbeat Law in that state—which continues to survive one legal challenge after another—has reduced the number of abortions by about 60 percent. That’s about 90 babies’ lives saved each day!
The Bad News
- The Biden Administration announced their plan to create a database of federal employees’ religious beliefs.
- Senator Lankford (OK), Senator Scott (FL), and 40 Members of Congress are seeking answers.
- The Department of Health and Human Services recently created the “Reproductive Healthcare Access Task Force.” This task force is charged with:
- Promoting abortion access through the Department’s policies, research, and programs.
- Countering the record-breaking number of pro-life laws in the states (While these ongoing efforts to counter pro-life laws is certainly alarming, it’s extremely good news that there are so many new life-affirming laws that have been passed in the states in the first place—laws that wouldn’t be possible without you.)
- H.R. 4521 the America C.O.M.P.E.T.E.S Act, passed the House.
- 221 Democrats and 1 Republican voted for the bill.
- Instead helping the American economy compete with nations like China, this legislation is a Trojan horse containing elements of:
- The so-called “Build Back Better Act”
- Critical race theory
- Climate change
- Equality Act language to promote LGBT ideology
- Stay tuned for more updates on this legislation.
- H.R. 3485, The Global Respect Act, passed the House.
- 221 Democrats and 6 Republicans voted for the bill.
- This bill uses broad language that could allow the Biden Administration to revoke or deny entry to the U.S. for foreign individuals, like pastors, who do not agree with radical gender ideology.
- The bill has been sent to the Senate, where it will likely be harder for the bill to pass.
While we are still seeing bad news coming from D.C., here’s the GREAT news: YOUR continued engagement is making a difference! With state legislatures in session and elections just around the corner, we’ll continue to help you make your voice heard to your elected officials at the right time. Stay tuned for more updates!
For Family and Freedom,
I’ll cut straight to the chase: the greatest threat to the radical Left’s agenda is you. You are leading the way in promoting school choice and parental rights around the country. You have been, and will continue to be, a driving force in ending abortion in America. And you are playing a key role in protecting women and children and combatting the radical gender ideology of the Left.
Here are some of your key victories:
- Last year, Arkansas became the first state to protect minors from transgender interventions.
- In November, parents showed up as their own interest group in the Virginia state election, voting for better state leaders and better school policies.
- This week, South Dakota became the 10th state to Save Girls’ Sports.
But for every one of these wins, the radical Left frantically continues to push its own agenda. For instance:
- The Biden Administration wants to force healthcare plans to cover transgender interventions.
- Some schools are teaching children to question their own biological sex.
The Left continues to celebrate men taking titles from women – in sports and even in Jeopardy! The radical Left knows you are faithfully standing for truth and for what’s best for families, so they are trying to push through as much as they can. And with the mid-term election just months away, they know their time is running short – so their attempts are becoming more desperate.
One example of this phenomenon: the Equality Act. This radical bill has made repeat appearances in Congress and would create new protected classes based on a person’s self-identified sexual orientation and gender identity. Under the Equality Act, males could enter female-only spaces like locker rooms and women’s shelters, and they would be legally empowered to take female athletic titles and championships – and more.
Thankfully, you helped stop this bill from becoming law.
What was the next play for the Left? In Congress, nearly one hundred bills include Equality Act language, an attempt to integrate its policies piece-by-piece.
To be sure, the radical Left has its own offensive strategy. But you keep speaking up, engaging with your state family policy council, and responding to action alerts. You are an integral part of the pro-family movement.
Ours is a movement that believes children should be helped to embrace their God-given sex, not taught to question it.
We believe that when some children do struggle to embrace their God-given bodies, they should receive loving and meaningful help, not the harm of hormones and surgeries.
And no matter what happens in those policy areas, females still deserve a level playing field in sports, privacy and safety in sex-specific spaces, and the dignity not to be reduced to terms like “pregnant people.”
This is what real America believes- and the Left knows it. You are the greatest threat to their agenda.
Now, most states are in the thick of their legislative sessions, presenting many opportunities to protect families and stop the radical Left’s agenda. Nationally, Congress and the Biden Administration continue to provide many opportunities for action.
As your state determines what will happen for families in 2022 and beyond, here are 5 things you can do to keep making a difference:
- Pray. Pray for our nation, your state, and your community. Pray for leaders at all levels, and for the people their decisions affect. Sign up here to receive periodic prayer updates from our team.
- Reach out to your elected officials. We make it easy through our Action Center!
- Get plugged in with your state family policy council. They represent your voice and your interests in your state! Find yours here.
- Learn more about the issues. Click here to learn more about our vision for Help Not Harm for kids struggling to embrace their God-given bodies, and click here to learn more about the movement to Save Girls’ Sports.
- Spread the word! Share the truth with friends and family. (For easy-to-share content, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
Together, let’s work for a nation where female athletes have a level playing field in all fifty states, where children across the nation are protected from dangerous agendas and transgender interventions, and where families can truly thrive.
Standing with you,
Director of Strategy
Tomorrow, the House will vote on H.R. 4521, the “America C.O.M.P.E.T.E.S. Act.” This nearly 3,000-page bill is supposed to help Americans compete economically with nations like China.
But instead of actually helping American workers, this legislation is a Trojan horse containing elements of the so-called “Build Back Better Act,” critical race theory, climate change, and yes, Equality Act language to promote radical LGBT ideology.
Earlier this week, we shared with you that you are making a difference stopping bills like the Equality Act and pushing back against the Left’s desperate attempts to impose Woke DC on the rest of America.
The Left knows many Americans oppose their radical ideologies. And when they don’t get their way, they try to force their agenda through as many bills as possible in Congress.
H.R. 4521 is one of nearly a hundred bills in Congress that the Left is using to force gender ideology on our nation, all at American taxpayer’s expense.
For Family and Freedom,
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
- Promotes Equality Act language, attempting to force the widely rejected top priority of the LGBT agenda into yet another bill
- Demeans mothers by calling them “pregnant, lactating, or postpartum individuals.”
- Creates a grant program of “$15,000,000 specifically for individuals based on their “sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Radical Left Policies in Public Schools
- Promotes so-called “equity” throughout the legislation.
- Uses $1,270,000,000 of taxpayer dollars for public schools to create a “master plan to address…education equity.” The grant will likely be used to promote critical race theory and a radical liberal agenda in public schools.
Taxpayer Funded Abortions
- Mandates abortion coverage in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for low-income families.
- Allows taxpayer dollars to fund elective abortion and subsidize plans that cover election abortion.
- Creates funding streams that could be used for abortion facilities or abortion training.
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,
This week, the Senate released the 2,702-page Infrastructure Package. This enormous piece of legislation, which should be focused on critical roads and infrastructure, contains Equality Act language that conflicts with reality, reason and family values.
The current infrastructure bill will cost American families a trillion dollars. The current infrastructure bill is also tied to another bill with a major socialist agenda led by Sen. Bernie Sanders that includes universal pre-K.
But that’s not all. The current infrastructure bill also includes Equality Act language, specifically the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI).
The Equality Act terms “sexual orientation/gender identity” have been used numerous times to punish individuals, students, parents, churches and businesses because of their religious beliefs and conscience rights on marriage and biological sex. These terms have also been used in policy to infringe on women’s privacy and parental rights.
The current infrastructure bill defines the terms “gender identity” as being “actual or perceived.” This means any man can claim an identity as a woman at any time, for any length of time.
However, the bill also uses the term “women” at least 37 different times.
Congress must acknowledge the biological reality that only two sexes exist, or else they will erase the actual definition of woman and allow anyone to be a self-proclaimed woman.
Visit our Action Center here and tell your senators that Congress must be clear and consistent regarding the biological reality that only two sexes exist– male and female. This statement of fact is not simply for appeasement of a political faction; it is a reality that will impact the health and safety of Americans.
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”:
- Religious Freedom
- Election Law
- School Policies
- “Consensual Sex Work”
- Pregnancy and Birth
- Jury Selection
- Business Opportunities
- Foreign Policy Focus
- 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?
- 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.
- Pray. Join us in praying for truth and justice to prevail in our country. You can sign up to receive prayer alerts here!
- 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.
Policy and Communications Strategist
Congressional Legislation Promoting “Gender Identity”
- H.R.5 —Equality Act – Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]
- S.393 Equality Act – Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]
- H.R.1440 Fairness for All Act – Sponsor: Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]
- H.R.1140 Juror Non-Discrimination Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Jones, Mondaire [D-NY-17]
- 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]
- H.R.1181 Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]
- H.R.1225 National Security Diversity and Inclusion Workforce Act of 2021 -Sponsor: Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]
- H.R.166 Fair Lending for All Act – Sponsor: Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]
- H.R.7 —Paycheck Fairness Act – Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]
- H.R.1201 International Human Rights Defense Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]
- S.424 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) International Human Rights Defense Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]
- 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]
- 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]
- H.R.1379 Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act – Sponsor: Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13]
- H.R.1136 Federal Jobs Act – Sponsor: Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]
- H.Con.Res.26 Supporting the goals and ideals of International Transgender Day of Visibility. – Sponsor: Rep. Wexton, Jennifer [D-VA-10]
- H.R.1834 Hate Crimes Commission Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]
- 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]
- H.R.666 Anti-Racism in Public Health Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]
- S.162 Anti-Racism in Public Health Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
- H.R.1110 Civil Rights Legacy Protection Act – Sponsor: Sponsor: Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]
- 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]
- 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]
- S.728 COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act – Sponsor: Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]
- H.R.1227 Medicare-X Choice Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Delgado, Antonio [D-NY-19]
- S.386 Medicare-X Choice Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]
- 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]
- 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]
- H.R.1843 COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act – Sponsor: Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]
- S.385 Full-Service Community School Expansion Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]
- H.R.1241 Full-Service Community School Expansion Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Jones, Mondaire [D-NY-17]
- H.R.1458 Unemployment Insurance Technology Modernization Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Horsford, Steven [D-NV-4]
- S.490 Unemployment Insurance Technology Modernization Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]
- H.R.1443 LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act – Sponsor: Rep. Torres, Ritchie [D-NY-15]
- S.940 National Transit Frontline Workforce Training Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD]
- S.205 Paycheck Fairness Act – Sponsor: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]
- 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]
- H.R.831 Health STATISTICS Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52]
- S.738 Police Training and Independent Review Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL]
- S.299 SAFE TECH Act – Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA]
- 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]
- H.R.651 Public Health Emergency Privacy Act – Sponsor: Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]
- S.81 Public Health Emergency Privacy Act – Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
- S.328 Federal Correctional Facilities COVID–19 Response Act – Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
- H.R.1378 Do No Harm Act – Sponsor: Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3]
- H.R.549 STOP Bullying Act – Sponsor: Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]
- H.R.1268 Building COVID–19 Vaccine Confidence Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]
- S.597 ERRPA – Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]
- H.R.595 COVID–19 Justice and Accountability Act – Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]
- H.R.948 Justice for Incarcerated Moms Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]
- H.R.958 Protecting Moms Who Served Act – Sponsor: Rep. Underwood, Lauren [D-IL-14]
- H.R.1072 COVID–19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act – Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]
- S.324 COVID–19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act – Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
- S.796 Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL]
- S.505 Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act – Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
- S.157 Virtual Peer Support Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV]
- 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]
- H.Res.107 Supporting the goals and ideals of “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day”. – Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
- H.R.791 Tracking COVID–19 Variants Act – Sponsor: Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]
- S.236 Tracking COVID–19 Variants Act – Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]
- S.963 Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]
- S.512 Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID–19 Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
- H.R.1370 Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID–19 Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]
- S.674 Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act – Sponsor: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]
- H.R.562 Protections and Transparency in the Workplace Act – Sponsor: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]
- H.R.963 FAIR Act – Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]
- S.764 CAHOOTS Act – Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]
- S.783 COVID Community Care Act – Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
- H.R.1835 COVID Community Care Act – Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
- S.937 COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act – Sponsor: Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]
- S.Res.172 A resolution declaring racism a public health crisis – Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]
- H.Res.344 Declaring racism a public health crisis. – Sponsor: Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5]
- H.R.1212 Kira Johnson Act – Sponsor: Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12]
- H.R.1270 PAID Act – Sponsor: Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]
- 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]
- 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]
- S.681 COVID–19 in Immigration Detention Data Transparency Act – Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
- H.R.1620 Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]
- H.R.1280 George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]
- H.R.1177 U.S. Citizenship Act – Sponsor: Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38]
- S.348 U.S. Citizenship Act – Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]
- H.R.959 Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Underwood, Lauren [D-IL-14]
- S.346 Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]
- H.R.1603 Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]
- H.R.1537 Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]
- H.R.1393 Justice for Black Farmers Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12]
- S.300 Justice for Black Farmers Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]
- H.R.485 Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act – Sponsor: Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3
- H.R.1783 Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act – Sponsor: Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6]
- S.745 Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act – Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]
- S.1 For the People Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]
- H.R.1 For the People Act of 2021 – Sponsor: Rep. Sarbanes, John P. [D-MD-3]
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.
For true equality,
Do men belong in women’s prisons? The California government seems to think so. This month, the LA Times reported that 261 people in prison had requested transfer to the opposite-sex facility – and all but six were males seeking access to female facilities. Importantly, the main qualification for this transfer is self-declared gender identity – meaning it’s possible that men who don’t even identify as women could try to transfer to a women’s facility.
This poses a serious problem, and one that the Equality Act would threaten to bring nationwide.
As our CEO wrote in a new Daily Signal op-ed, “In any other context, being forced to see the opposite sex’s genitalia—or forced to let them see yours—in a shower or at the toilet would be sexual harassment. Yet, under the Equality Act, that would just be daily life for these women.”
That op-ed was co-authored by Amie Ichikawa, a woman who was formerly incarcerated herself and now advocates against injustices that occur toward incarcerated women.
We are livestreaming a conversation with Amie TODAY to highlight this problem – and share what you can do! Please plan to join us. Incarcerated women are among the most vulnerable and overlooked populations, yet few people know about this threat to their physical safety and mental health. As Christians, we are called to care for the vulnerable – so it’s up to us to expose this problem and stop it from spreading.
Women in Danger: California, the Equality Act, and What You Can Do
TODAY, April 23, 2021
2 PM ET/1 PM CT/12 PM MT/11 AM PT
Join us for this LIVESTREAM as Family Policy Alliance’s Craig DeRoche and Autumn Leva talk with Amie Ichikawa about the very real threats incarcerated women face – and what you can do to help them.
It’s a problem not enough people are talking about. Please join us to get informed, and be sure share this invitation to help spread the word. We’re counting on you to help us make sure the truth about the Equality Act and California’s prison policy is exposed!
See you soon!
Policy and Communications Strategist
P.S. Seeing this late? You can still watch the livestream on Facebook and YouTube!
What a month it’s been.
On February 25, the U.S. House passed the dangerous so-called Equality Act. That Act would redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” across federal non-discrimination law. As we’ve shared with you before, the Equality Act would hurt women and children, destroy girls’ sports, threaten the rights of parents and doctors, and even open the door to expanded abortion.
This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on that bill. You can send your Senators a message opposing the Equality Act here.
On March 8, President Biden signed two Executive Orders that promote a radical view of sex and gender. One of these Executive Orders will likely be used to allow males to compete (and win) in girls’ sports and to enter girls’ locker rooms and restrooms.
And today, the U.S. House will consider the Equal Rights Amendment — a proposal that could be used to expand abortion, override good sex-based protections for women, and even broaden the definition of sex beyond biological sex.
I’m sensing a theme: redefining sex and, in the process, erasing women.
That’s why today you are invited to join Family Policy Alliance President and CEO Craig DeRoche for a conversation with Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10) as they reveal what’s going on and what Americans can do about it.
Erasing Women: A Conversation with Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10)
TODAY, March 17, 2021
2:45 PM ET/1:45 PM CT/12:45 PM MT/11:45 AM PT
Please join us and don’t forget to send your Senators a message opposing the Equality Act.
See you soon!
Policy and Communications Strategist
Last week, we got the news. The dangerous “Equality Act” – the biggest current threat to freedom and the sanctity of life – has been put on the fast track in the U.S. Senate!
That makes it all the more urgent that we move our mobilization into full throttle ASAP.
We are mobilizing in nine states with swing senators who are most likely to decide whether this scheme passes the Senate – and then goes to President Biden for his promised signature.
With Democrats now in charge of the Senate – and some Republicans having supported the same bill in the past – the situation is urgent.
Will you help us turn up the heat on the Senate with your donation?
Let me encourage you. Despite the grim situation, there is hope! Just look at what happened in the House with your help.
Yes, the so-called “Equality Act” passed the House as expected, but the real story is what happened behind the scenes. With your help, we mobilized citizens in the districts of House Republicans who had voted for it in the past. Two of the five representatives changed their position and voted against it!
On top of that, the explosion of grassroots opposition that you made possible is simply phenomenal. For example, your support helped us put together an online rally that, in just days, gathered thousands of live viewers – and brought together a Who’s Who in a diverse coalition working to stop this.
And the Promise to America’s Children – the policy and parental statement we developed in partnership with The Heritage Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom – has reached hundreds of thousands of Americans with a message pushing back on the “Equality Act.”
Will you help us ramp up even more to defeat this scheme in the Senate? Your gift of support is needed – not just for general pressure on the Senate – but specifically to reach and mobilize tens of thousands of citizens in the states of certain senators who could decide the outcome. It worked in the House. Now it’s urgently needed in the Senate!
So much is on the line, it’s hard to overstate the threat the Equality Act poses to:
- The sanctity of life, by undercutting abortion restrictions nationwide
- Religious freedom of individuals, churches, Christian schools and colleges, etc.
- The well-being of children who are in the crosshairs of the transgender agenda
- The privacy and safety of women and girls – and the relevance of girls’ sports
- Silencing anyone who disagrees with the bill’s agenda
Thank you for helping us build momentum against the Equality Act to this point! We couldn’t have done it without you. And now – as we head into the thick of the battle – we need you more than ever.
As God has enabled you, will you join in the action with your gift today?
President & CEO
P.S. The news that the Equality Act is on a “fast track” in the Senate is grim. But there is truly hope! Your gift will help build the public momentum against it and mobilize citizens in the states with swing-vote senators. Thank you for your gift to make it possible!