Woke Capitol is more woke than ever.
- More LGBT Agenda
If you recall, our team found nearly 100 bills containing the term “gender identity.” What does that 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 stall that dangerous bill with your prayers, taking action, and financial support!
Now, Democratic leadership has employed their backup plan: 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.
For instance, just this week, the House passed the Appropriations Bill for the Departments of Labor, Health, and Education that includes Equality Act language. Specifically, this language could punish or deny federal grants to faith-based child welfare providers that hold Biblical beliefs about marriage and biological sex.
But that’s not all. For the first time in nearly 45 years, House Democrats eliminated the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars paying for abortion. House Democrats also eliminated the long-standing Mexico City policy, meaning taxpayers will be forced to fund abortions overseas.
We are thankful 208 House Republicans fought back and called for a vote to include the Hyde Amendment, but their effort was opposed 208 – 217. Now, all eyes are on the Senate to determine if taxpayers will be forced to pay for the deaths of preborn children.
If you haven’t spoken up to save the Hyde Amendment yet! Sign our petition HERE.
- Infrastructure Bill Missing Its Structure?
Speaking of the Senate, you’re probably hearing a lot of talk about the Infrastructure package. This week, the Senate voted to move this legislation forward in the process- without being able to read the text of the bill. Yes, you read that correctly- they’re moving forward a bill that the Senators haven’t seen! Our team will be monitoring this major piece of legislation (once they finally have the language!) for impacts on important family values.
- Cancelling Rosie the Riveter?
This week, the Senate Armed Services Committee also voted to add an amendment to the big “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA) that would require women to register for the draft. It’s another misguided proposal from DC that not only demeans, but also erases women.
Family Policy Alliance and the alliance of state-based family policy councils released a joint statement in response and will continue to oppose this amendment as the NDAA heads to the full Senate floor for consideration.
|“Now Woke DC is canceling Rosie the Riveter? Men and women are equal under the law and equally made in the image of God, but Woke DC has an agenda to erase any differences between men and women. Insisting that women need to be drafted in order to fully participate in our nation’s defense demeans women who have kept our country safe and on track on the front lines in our manufacturing plants and labor force, with our families, and by their voluntary service in the armed forces.“To win a war but have no American families left at home would be doing the enemy’s job for them…
Read our full response HERE.
- Woke DC Takes a Break?
Now, Representatives and Senators head back to their states for August break, which means we’ll all get a break from the steady stream of “wokeness” in Congress. And, hopefully they will be reminded of how real America feels about the issues at stake today.
However, the Biden Administration has been hard at work implementing a radical agenda through administrative action—getting around doing the hard work of the legislative process. Be assured, we will continue to watch, respond, and bring believers together to take action when the Administration attempts to write rules that harm life, religious freedom, and families.
Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
Today, the House Appropriations Committee will vote on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education funding bill. Democrats want to use this bill to force taxpayers to fund abortions.
In May, the Biden Administration released their proposed budget. The budget purposely eliminated the longstanding, bipartisan Hyde Amendment that prevents your taxpayer funds from paying for abortions.
Today, the Democratic-led Appropriations Committee is following suit by pushing through a funding bill that repeals the life-saving Hyde Amendment. Republican members will be offering key amendments to right this wrong and include the Hyde protections.
To date, the Hyde Amendment has saved at least over 2.4 million children. We must do everything we can to ensure this life-saving protection remains in the Appropriations bill- just as it has for over 40 years!
The Democrats’ agenda is clear, but once again shows they are out-of-touch with America. Most Americans do not believe that families should be forced to give their hard-earned money to fund elective procedures that end human life made in the image of God.
What can you do?
Be sure to sign the I Identify as a Human from Conception petition today, and if your U.S. Representative serves on the House Appropriations Committee, he or she will receive a copy before they vote. They need to understand that Americans do not support forced funding of abortions when they consider whether to vote yes or NO on the funding bill that would gut the Hyde Amendment!
Thank you for doing your part in protecting the lives of preborn children in America!
It’s not enough that the Biden Administration and their allies in Congress are taking every opportunity to appease their Big Abortion funders. Now they want you to fund their radical abortion agenda.
In May, the Biden Administration released their proposed budget. But the most interesting thing about the budget wasn’t what was in it—but what was missing from it.
The Biden budget eliminated the longstanding, bipartisan Hyde Amendment that prevents your taxpayer funds from paying for abortions.
Now, the Democratic leadership in the House is following suit by releasing a funding bill that repeals the life-saving Hyde Amendment.
Their agenda is clear, but once again shows how out-of-touch they are with America. The majority of Americans do not believe that families should be forced to give their hard-earned money to fund elective procedures that end human life made in the image of God.
It’s time to take a stand.
As Congress launches full-force into their budget process, we know the fight to save Hyde (and the millions of babies saved because of the Hyde Amendment) will be an uphill battle.
That’s why we’re asking you to join us by signing a petition to the Biden Administration and the U.S. House and Senate, stating:
Calling abortion “health care” is deeply offensive to those of us who identify as humans from conception because abortion is a violent act toward the mother and child.
Forcing taxpayers, including those of us who identify as humans from conception, to fund the violent act of abortion, is discriminatory and the Hyde Amendment must be restored.
The Biden Administration and their congressional allies say that giving taxpayer money to abortion entities is a “cost-saving” measure—not to the taxpayer, but to Planned Parenthood! Our human dignity should not be devalued so that Planned Parenthood can line their pockets.
Read the petition and sign here.
The Biden Administration and their allies in Congress clearly have an agenda to drive forward abortion at every opportunity. It’s time for Americans to take a stand against an agenda that has cost hundreds of thousands of human lives every year. To put it in perspective, it is reported that the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the deaths of over 370,000 Americans last year. Abortions in the U.S. took the lives of about two times that number in 2020.
The Biden Administration and their allies may have an agenda, but they need to hear from us that:
- We will not stand for the taking of innocent human life, and we will not pay for it.
- Public rhetoric calling abortion “health care” and forcing Americans to pay for it is deeply offensive and discriminatory to all who identify as human from the moment of conception.
Be part of changing the narrative—and the public policy—when it comes to the abortion debate.
Vice President, Strategy
P.S. Please share the “I Identify as a Human” petition on social media to spread the word & use the hashtag #HumanSinceConception to post about why you signed!
P.P.S. By the way, the news isn’t all bad! There are strong leaders in the House and Senate fighting to save the Hyde Amendment—such as House and Senate leadership including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY). Importantly, Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03), who chairs the largest conservative caucus in the House, is leading an effort of 200 Representatives who pledge to oppose any funding bill that eliminates or weakens the Hyde Amendment! We need to pray with them and stand with them. They’ve asked us to help spread the word, so please sign the petition here!
Did you get a chance to see our live video today? If you didn’t, we’ve made the recording available here, and across all our social media platforms. In recognition of the 48th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, pro-life advocate Christina Bennett and policy expert Stephanie Curry discussed the history of Planned Parenthood, the impact of abortion on minority communities, and what you need to know TODAY to take action.
Get to know Stephanie and Christina:
Stephanie Curry, Esq. serves as Policy Manager for Family Policy Alliance. She frequently lends her policy expertise to state and national policy discussions and has provided commentary on a variety of news outlets including Fox (Tucker Carlson) and the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Christina Bennett serves as Communications Director for the Family Institute of Connecticut. Prior to working for FIC, Christina worked as the Client Services Manager for a Connecticut Pregnancy Resource Center. Christina has testified before Congress in favor of the Hyde Amendment, protecting taxpayers from forced funding of abortion and countering a false narrative that the Hyde Amendment is “racist.” She is a speaker with Ambassadors International and a writer for Live Action News.
Watch the video recording here:
One of the most compelling parts of the discussion came when Stephanie reminded us that Planned Parenthood was rooted in racist, eugenics-based ideas – so much that Hitler was inspired by Planned Parenthood’s founder when he pursued his own horrific actions.
Stephanie reminded us, “We’ve been down the road of eugenics. We’ve been down the road of using birth control and abortion to eliminate certain populations and people groups. And it doesn’t end well. It’s a horrendous, horrific thing where the world suffers when our people – our children – are eliminated.”
Thankfully, for decades the federal Hyde Amendment has prevented federal government dollars from funding abortion. But as Stephanie pointed out, some in Congress want to remove or weaken those protections, allowing federal government dollars (tax dollars!) to fund abortions.
Stephanie rightly called this “absolutely a disgrace,” adding, “That’s not care. That’s not a choice. Genocide is not a choice.”
As Christina added near the end of the video, “Being pro-life has to be more than just a position that you hold. People say to you, ‘Are you pro-life?’ ‘Yes, I am pro-life, no I’m not pro-life.’ Well, it has to be more than a position that you hold. It has to be an action that you take.”
Will you take action today by contacting your member of Congress?
Policy and Communications Strategist
On Friday, the House of Representatives will vote on what would be the most expensive bill to ever pass the House, H.R. 6800. Speaker Pelosi’s “Heroes Act” is marketed as a necessary response to COVID-19, but conservatives – who refer to the bill as “Pelosi’s Social Wish List Act” – insist it has nothing to do with responsibly responding to the Coronavirus, but instead, propping up her liberal base. With a price tag of $3 trillion, there are line items for hundreds of causes and special interests, but a couple got our attention in particular.
First, the bill excludes Hyde Amendment protections for furloughed employees’ COBRA insurance premiums. That means there are no protections to ensure federal funds are not used to subsidize abortions.
Second, the “Heroes Act” provides federal banking privileges to marijuana businesses. The bill would grant “safe harbor” to Big Marijuana for banking and investments despite the fact that it’s an illegal drug in America.
The bill includes several other non-germane, controversial items, including a mandate to collect “hate crimes” data, a “blanket release” for certain federal prisoners, an expansion of Obamacare through a “special enrollment period,” and several provisions to federalize elections.
Fiscal conservatives have a long list of concerns with the bill, chief among them the continuation of $600 unemployment insurance supplements through Jan. 31, 2021 at the earliest. The bill would also make illegal immigrants eligible for direct stimulus payments and permanently disallow SNAP rulemaking pertaining to work requirements and eligibility.
It is not an overstatement to say the bill contains a laundry list of liberal policies. Unfortunately, even in a time of national crisis, liberal forces are still very much at work to erode our freedoms and compromise our values.
The “Heroes Act” highlights the importance of legislative leadership. While the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), is poised to pass the bill on Friday, it is thankfully not expected to receive a vote in the Senate led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). However, concern exists that the bill will be used as a bargaining chip to get the Senate to vote on and pass something similar in the future. For that reason and the poor merits of the bill, it is important that we let our voices be heard in Congress today!
Please send a message to your Member of Congress and ask that he or she vote NO on H.R. 6800.
Thanks for making your voice heard!
Vice President for Strategy
Yesterday, government leaders at every level were taking unprecedented action to protect American lives from the coronavirus. At the same time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was using the crisis to seek funding to take more lives through abortions.
You read that correctly – trading lives for lives!
Pelosi’s coronavirus plan included a billion-dollar funding stream with a provision that would have excluded the Hyde Amendment — which has protected against taxpayer funding of abortions for decades.
The good news is that White House negotiators discovered the provision, and they, along with pro-life
House leaders, fought successfully to remove it from the bill late Thursday.
The bad news is that Speaker Pelosi is now pushing a separate bill that will do the same thing. That bill could come before the U.S. House of Representatives soon. Your voice to Congress is needed!
Pelosi’s gambit is outrageous for lots of reasons:
- She was capitalizing on Americans’ fears – and the urgency of the situation – to try to sneak through a radical measure to exclude longstanding pro-life protections.
- At a time when most Americans are unified around saving lives, her devotion to the abortion industry is so strong that she tried to use this crisis to advance a policy that will take more lives.
- The bottom line: No matter the timing or situation, forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions is unconscionable.
But now this battle has shifted. Instead of a sneak attack, it’s out in the open.
Please contact your member of Congress and urge him or her to oppose any effort to allow taxpayer funding of abortions. Even if you’re not sure who your member is, you can send a message in 30 seconds on our Action Center.
Thank you for making your voice heard for life!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
Congress will likely decide this week whether to allow taxpayer funding for abortion in Obamacare, and your voice is needed to urge your senators and representative to vote against this scheme.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a pro-abortion Republican, last week demanded – as a condition of her supporting the Republican tax-cut bill – that Obamacare bailout funding be added to the must-pass appropriations bill that will be voted on later this week. Her bailout package contains no language to guard against the use of taxpayer funds for plans that cover abortions.
Such pro-life language – often referred to as the Hyde amendment – is estimated to have saved more than two million lives since it was first enacted in 1976.
Family Policy Alliance has signed on to a letter advising every U.S. senator that any vote in favor of an appropriations bill without Hyde protections will rightly be seen as a pro-abortion vote.
Now it’s critical that senators and congressmen hear the same thing from voters like you. Please take a moment to send a message now, as time is of the essence. We’ve made it simple on our Action Center – with just a click you can get that message to both U.S. senators and your member of Congress.
And then, if you would, please share this widely with friends so that Congress gets an unmistakable pro-life message in this week before Christmas!
Thanks for making your voice heard!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
TAKE ACTION- Send your message to Congress today.