It’s THE topic of the moment.
Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke out about protecting young people who are struggling to embrace their God-given sex. He said: “The way to deal with that is to provide whatever counseling is needed – not to hack off their body parts… That is mutilation, and it is wrong.” Already under DeSantis, Florida’s medical board has updated its standards of care to protect children from these interventions.
Just hours later, former President Donald Trump chimed in with a list of executive actions he would take to protect children from the same dangerous procedures.
And last night President Biden got in on the action during his State of the Union address – albeit from the opposite perspective – when he called on Congress to pass the dangerous Equality Act for the sake of “LGBTQ Americans, especially transgender young people.”
What’s going on?
Americans are waking up en masse to the reality that the Left is teaching children – some of them extremely young – to consider “transitioning” to living as the opposite sex. Once this idea has been firmly planted in their minds, children are experimentally pushed onto a series of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and eventually irreversible surgeries. The long-term result? A lifetime of heartache and physical hardship.
This politicized protocol is nothing short of a medical scandal. When a child is deeply struggling to embrace their God-given body, they need meaningful help and support – not the harm of experimental drugs and surgeries.
Here at Family Policy Alliance, we’ve long been working to protect children from these dangerous interventions, using legislation we call Help Not Harm.
My prediction? 2023 is the year of Help Not Harm.
It’s been a long time coming. We first started working on this legislation back in 2017. In 2021, Arkansas became the first state to adopt a version of it as law. That effort was led by an alumna of Family Policy Foundation’s Statesmen Academy, and heavily supported by our state ally, Arkansas Family Council.
Flash forward to today and lawmakers in at least ten states have introduced Help Not Harm bills – and we expect more to follow.
Here at Family Policy Alliance, we are busier than ever in the thick of this fight.
And we couldn’t do our work alone. Your partnership makes it possible for us to offer expert testimony at legislative hearings, host the nationwide alliance of policymakers working on this issue, alert you to opportunities to raise your voice, and so much more.
Would you consider a one-time or recurring donation to Family Policy Alliance? When you partner with us, you’re contributing to work that protects children from a lifetime of pain both physical and emotional – and you’re making a difference on one of the most pressing human rights issues of our day.
Together, we can make 2023 the year of protecting children. Will you join us in that fight?
New law targets faith-based organizations just before Christmas
BREAKING NEWS: President Biden just signed H.R. 8404 into law, codifying same-sex marriage in federal law.
How is this different from the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges?
First, this new law goes much further than the Supreme Court ruling. While the Supreme Court ruling recognized same-sex marriage, the new law threatens religious freedom in new ways. Here’s what our CEO and President Craig DeRoche had to say:
“For the last two years, we’ve seen repeatedly how the Biden Administration pits itself against the American people. Today, President Biden has gone even further by positioning himself against people of faith at Christmastime.
“The so-called religious freedom protections contained within this bill are little more than fig leaves. In reality, this bill could force faith-based adoption agencies to close, silence anyone with a moral objection to same-sex marriage, and target those who dare to disagree.
“While the Biden Administration and their allies in Congress made this signing ceremony about equality, they fail to understand that Americans with sincerely held religious beliefs on marriage will not waiver in their convictions –regardless of the passage of this new law. In the name of acceptance, the Biden Administration has chosen to alienate millions of Americans.”
The second difference from the court ruling is that this law will be harder to undo. If you’ve followed the pro-life movement, you know that it took us nearly 50 years to get Roe v. Wade overturned (and we still have much more work to do in the states). However, that was “just” a court case that could be overturned by another court case. Today, President Biden has signed an actual law passed by both chambers of Congress.
Imagine if Roe v. Wade had been made a federal law.
It will take time to change hearts and minds on this issue. But, we are hardly the first Christians in history to have to stand out from a distinctly un-Christian culture. In fact, we are specifically called to be a light in the darkness and salt on the earth (Matthew 5:13-14). Here at Family Policy Alliance, we see this as a continued opportunity to live that out.
What can I do to help?
At Family Policy Alliance, we are always looking for ways to protect your religious freedom, whether that’s by standing for First Amendment rights at the federal level or working with Family Policy Councils in the states. If you want to help ensure religious freedom for generations to come, please partner with us. We take care to steward each gift well to help advance our vision of a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
And, stay in prayer. Our nation is at a critical juncture. Even as the Biden Administration and its allies use federal policy to advance radical agendas, across the states family values are gaining traction like never before. Please pray for the continued success of these efforts.
Sr. VP, Strategy
Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer are desperate to protect and promote unlimited abortion across the country. They know the U.S. Supreme Court could soon overturn Roe v. Wade.
Their latest effort involves H.R. 3755, which has already passed the House. We expect the Senate will vote to advance it on MONDAY. This bill would allow abortion-on-demand in every state if enacted into law. This is the first time the Senate has ever voted on such an expansive abortion bill.
Tell your Senator to vote NO on H.R. 3755!
If enacted, H.R. 3755 would:
- Allow an abortion at any point an abortionist deems appropriate—including late-term abortions.
- Ban current life-saving state laws like the Heartbeat Act, dismemberment abortion bans, and sex-selection abortion bans.
- Deny parents the ability to know or be involved if their daughter has an abortion.
- Ban current state laws that require in-person counseling to help prevent coerced abortions.
- Ban current state laws that require abortionists to give women information about their babies and abortion complications.
- Redefine mothers as “people who are pregnant,” a term that denies the truth that mothers are women.
Tell your Senator to reject abortion-on-demand and to stand for our first American value—the right to life. Click here to send a message to your Senator to VOTE NO on H.R. 3755 through our Action Center—it takes less than 1 minute!
This week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will not enforce a longstanding policy during the COVID-19 pandemic that requires abortion-inducing drugs to be dispensed during an in-person doctor’s visit. In-person appointments are critical to minimize serious health risks to women both before and after an abortion. But, the Biden Administration chose to appease the powerful abortion lobby instead of protecting women.
This announcement is very likely the pre-cursor to a permanent removal of this important safety regulation and others which will put countless women at risk of health complications, including death.
Chemical abortion is big—and risky—business, especially for Planned Parenthood, where chemical abortion makes up 56% of all abortions performed. This is not by accident. Abortion activists have been quietly building a new business model to target young women through their phones and the internet. When safety regulations are loosened – as the FDA has just done – women suffer. Abortion-inducing drugs are four times more dangerous than surgical abortion, and can cause severe infection, heavy bleeding, loss of fertility and even death.
The change in policy at the FDA is just the latest example of the Biden Administration’s anti-woman agenda, which also includes a push to allow men to take women’s places in athletic competitions and to give them access to private women’s spaces like locker rooms, bathrooms and shelters. Fortunately, the states are pushing back on the Administration’s radical social agenda and are making great strides to protect women.
Family Policy Alliance is part of a national coalition of pro-life, pro-woman organizations that has been working across the nation this year to regulate the chemical abortion industry state by state. We realized last year that the federal FDA safety regulations for chemical abortion drugs were at great risk of repeal if a pro-abortion president were elected. It’s clear that each state must pass protocols to regulate the dispensing and reporting of abortion-inducing pills if women are to be protected long-term.
Already, six states (Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Montana, Oklahoma, and Texas) have acted on our coalition’s model legislation to codify the FDA’s longstanding safety regulations, prevent mail-order abortions, and mandate reporting of chemical abortions. Half of them – Arkansas, Indiana, and Montana – are awaiting their governor’s signature, and several more states are expected to introduce the legislation soon.
As the Biden Administration runs full steam ahead with an anti-woman and anti-life agenda, FPA and our allies will continue to advocate for the rights and safety of women and children in every state. Your support – both prayerfully and financially – enables us to keep fighting for the family. For that, we are most grateful.
Director, External Relations
HHS Assistant Secretary Nominee Rachel Levine
Despite promises of “unity” in January, President Biden’s parade of nominees to serve in important cabinet positions demonstrates allegiance to a radical, one-sided agenda.
Just last week, on an almost entirely partisan vote, the Senate confirmed Biden’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra. Mr. Becerra now leads HHS with no relevant medical experience. Instead, he comes to this important post with a resume reflecting a political career dedicated to extreme positions on abortion and opposing religious freedom – even for nuns and crisis pregnancy centers – throughout his time as a U.S. Representative and attorney general in California.
TODAY, the U.S. Senate will determine whether to confirm Biden’s pick for Xavier Becerra’s Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine.
Here’s where Big Tech Censorship comes in. In January, Twitter locked out Focus on the Family’s The Daily Citizen from their own Twitter account for correctly identifying Dr. Levine as a biological male who now identifies as a woman. Twitter claimed that stating this fact was “hateful conduct.” Big Tech must have decided to control any narrative around Dr. Levine because the censoring of Focus on the Family was not an isolated incident.
UPDATE: Despite appeals to Twitter, Focus on the Family is still locked out of their account.
Your support made it possible for Family Policy Alliance to jump into action. We launched a campaign on Twitter, challenging the tech giant – #AreWeNext to get banned simply for stating biological fact? Members of Congress and nearly 50 state and national organizations joined in the #AreWeNext campaign to defend our friends at Focus on the Family, including penning a letter to Twitter.
In fact, so many of you responded, that we’re only 4,000 away from 50,000 individual Americans signing our petition to Twitter that we’d like to deliver very soon!
If you have not yet signed our petition to Twitter to stop their censorship and free Focus on the Family’s account, please add your name here!
Since Focus on the Family was censored by Twitter for correctly identifying Dr. Rachel Levine’s biological sex, Dr. Levine has been through nomination hearings in the U.S. Senate. His answers to certain questions again revealed adherence to a radical political agenda – unfitting and deeply concerning for a national health policy leader.
Dr. Levine has openly advocated that even young children should be able to take experimental hormones to “transition” to the opposite sex—and that parents shouldn’t intervene. When Senator Rand Paul (KY) asked Dr. Levine whether children are indeed capable of making such life-altering decisions like “changing their sex,” Dr. Levine refused to answer the question.
In nearly every other area of law and life, minors are considered incapable of making adult decisions because their brains are not yet fully developed. This is why children can’t enter into contracts, why they are not typically treated as adults in criminal proceedings, and why parents have to sign permission forms for them to take a Tylenol at school.
A person considered for a top position in leading our nation’s health policy should be able to recognize that children are in need of protection, especially when it comes to their health. A person who believes that a 14-year-old has the mental capacity to assess the long-term consequences of a double-mastectomy on a healthy body is not fit for a top position in the Department of Health.
Tell your Senators to VOTE NO TODAY on Dr. Rachel Levine today!
Sending a message to your senators only takes one minute through our Action Center. Please tell them to vote no!
Thank you for taking action!
Vice President for Strategy
P.S. Twitter should not be censoring truth, and Dr. Levine’s radical agenda for children has no place in America’s health policy. We have to draw a firm line when it comes to truth, and when it comes to protecting our children. Please join us today:
Tell your Senators to vote NO on Rachel Levine.
Sign the Petition to Twitter: STOP Censoring!
The Biden Administration is on a mission to erase women.
Today is International Women’s Day, but on a day that he should be celebrating women, President Biden signed two sweeping Executive Orders that undermine women across America.
How can we stop this agenda before it’s too late? Read on or click here to take action now.
The LGBT Czars
Last year, during the Presidential debates, we wrote to you about Kamala Harris’s policy dreams, including establishing a White House LGBT czar. Dubbed the “Chief Advocate for LGBTQ+ Affairs”, this individual would work with agencies throughout the federal government to advance the LGBT agenda.
Today, Vice President Harris got her wish – or some version of it. Biden’s first order establishes a “Gender Policy Council”.
The New York Times has called it “the most powerful body of its kind to date.” And the Council’s co-chair described it as “not just a council,” but “a plan to take a government-wide approach to gender equity and equality.”
Leading officials and cabinet members from across the Administration will be required to participate. In education, health care, housing, and even foreign policy, the Biden Administration will use taxpayer dollars to advance the transgender agenda and “reproductive…rights” (read: abortion).
According to the new Council’s co-chair, “We are very inclusive in our definition of gender.” That’s code for “men can be women, too.”
On International Women’s Day, the President has created a Council that ERASES women.
But that’s not the only Executive Order erasing women. The second order redefines “sex” in Title IX.
Title IX is the federal law that bans sex discrimination in educational environments. It played a critical role in allowing women to finally get their own chance at sports, among other things.
But today, President Biden redefined sex in Title IX to include sexual orientation and gender identity. This change will affect schools across the nation. Practically, it means that if a male declares that he feels he is a female, he will likely be allowed to…
- Compete (and win) in girls’ sports
- Enter girls’ locker rooms and restrooms
- Gain access to other opportunities meant for girls
In other words, on a day meant to honor women, President Biden signed two executive orders that ERASE women, even handing women’s opportunities to biological men.
These changes remind us eerily of the federal Equality Act, which would introduce many of these same changes – and more – across the nation. But there are key differences between the Equality Act and the President’s Executive Orders. First, while an Executive Order can be easily undone by a new Presidential administration, a law passed by Congress cannot be. Second, Presidents, unlike Congress, aren’t supposed to develop new laws. Biden’s executive orders are his attempt to get around Congress’s lawmaking process.
President Biden has been a strong proponent of the Equality Act, promising to sign it in his first 100 days in office. His release of these policies now could reflect his awareness that the American people are strongly pushing back against the Equality Act in the U.S. Senate – and that executive orders far outside the bounds of his authority may be his best attempt at advancing a radical political agenda.
We’re encouraged by that – but we’re also reminded that we must stop the Equality Act. Biden’s Executive Orders, bad as they are, will likely be challenged in court and can be easily undone by a new president. If made law, the Equality Act could not be so easily undone.
The U.S. Senate could vote on the Equality Act any day, and we MUST make it crystal clear that Americans are opposed to it.
So please, take action today. Use our Action Center to send a message to both of your U.S. Senators. Then, spread the word to friends.
Let’s make sure that these unconstitutional Executive Orders aren’t set in stone through the so-called “Equality Act.”
Policy and Communications Strategist
P.S. Please contact your Senators now. It only takes a minute in our Action Center.
UPDATE: This morning, the Senate Finance Committee – on a tie vote – approved the nomination of Xavier Becerra to President Biden’s Cabinet – sending his nomination to the full Senate for a vote that could happen early next week.
When it comes to issues related to life and religious freedom, there is no more important Cabinet position than the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Unfortunately, Xavier Becerra, Biden’s nominee for this critical position, continues to turn heads in all the wrong ways.
We told you last month about Becerra’s stunning hostility to pro-life policies and groups – including suing Catholic nuns to impose pro-abortion policies.
But the jaw-dropping positions from Becerra just keep on coming. As our friends at California Family Council have revealed, Becerra holds that freedom of religion does not apply to churches and other religious organizations!
In his confirmation hearing for California Attorney General on January 10, 2017, he was asked about a California bill that would have forced religious universities to change their moral behavior codes and housing policies.
Becerra responded that there is no First Amendment protection for religious institutions, which would include not only religious schools but also churches:
“On religious protections, the protection for religion is for the individual. I think it is important to distinguish between protections that you are affording to the individual to exercise his or her religion freely, versus protections you are giving to some institution or entity who is essentially bootstrapping the First Amendment protections on behalf of somebody else.”
This extreme view regarding religious freedom is yet another reason that his nomination should be defeated in the U.S. Senate!
TAKE ACTION: If you agree that Xavier Becerra is the wrong choice to lead HHS, please make your voice heard to your two U.S. senators, who could vote on his nomination in just days! It only takes a minute on our Action Center.
Then please do one more thing: Spread the word. Every American who cares about protecting life and religious freedom needs to know and needs to speak up.
For Life and Religious Freedom,
“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.
Vice President for Strategy
We’ve all heard the classic folktale about the Emperor with no clothes. False “weavers” sold the unfortunate Emperor invisible “clothes,” and everyone around him only told him everything he wanted to hear, too afraid to speak the truth. It got so bad that the Emperor ultimately led an important procession before the crowds wearing nothing but his underwear, thinking he was wearing elaborate and fine clothing because everyone told him he was. What’s worse—he was too afraid to admit even to himself that he wasn’t wearing the fine clothing, desperate for their approval and admiration.
I’m sad to say that at only seven days in office, President Biden is already acting like an emperor, and he thinks he’s wearing fine clothing.
On his first day in office, President Biden issued an executive order directing his Administration to implement the transgender political agenda far and wide as a hat tip to the activists who supported his bid for office. This executive order is setting up a tsunami of policy changes that absolutely will affect every American family. With a stroke of his pen, he declared that the word “boy” can mean the word “girl.” Everyone, even those on the far left, knows that this can never be a physical reality, but President Biden’s words will make everyone pretend that it is.
Tell your governor and state legislators that President Biden’s transgender executive order must not stand!
He will attempt to force every public school to let boys play on girls’ athletic teams. He will insist that men (who say they are women) be housed at shelters specifically for women—even though those women have often been victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. He will attempt to force this ideology into every aspect of public-school curriculum—pre-kindergarten on up to high school. He plans to force doctors to perform physical interventions on children’s healthy bodies to make them better “identify” with the opposite sex—often rendering these children sterile and experimentally interrupting their natural onset of puberty, regardless of whether the doctor thinks this is in the child’s best interest. And on and on.
The truth of sex as male and female, as God uniquely designed us, is rightly so integrally woven throughout our law that the impact President Biden’s edict will have is not even comprehensible.
And yet the masses pretend right along with President Biden, no one daring to say otherwise. And his advisers and political activists on the Left call in “experts” to support their gender theory—telling him they’re giving him elaborate garments to wear.
But reality is worse than the folktale. In the story, only the Emperor is harmed as he embarrassingly wanders around in his underwear. In this case, Biden’s massive policy change will most directly harm women and children. What’s the point in shattering glass ceilings if men are really the ones holding the hammer? And how do we explain this to children whose lives and bodies have been irreparably harmed in order to further a lie?
And to top it all off, Joe Biden isn’t even an Emperor! Here in America, we aren’t supposed to have kings, thrones or edicts. Yet he’s walking around like the folktale emperor, attempting to make massive policy changes with his pen.
Here in America, we have three separate branches of government (Legislative, Judiciary and Executive) meant to serve as checks against one another. And, we have dual systems of government, the federal government and each state’s government, operating as sovereigns and serving as checks on one another. Policy changes are supposed to come from the branch most closely connected to the people, the Legislative branch—not the Executive branch, which holds the presidency.
In fact, the Legislative branch has been debating the kind of policy change President Biden wrote up out of thin air—a bill called the “Equality Act,” that would make a person’s LGBT status a protected class of the highest kind in law. This would give a person identifying as LGBT the same level of special protection in law that we give based on the classifications of race, national origin, and religion. This is an extremely dangerous policy, and Congress has rejected its passage every time.
President Biden and his advisers know all this—and how much work it actually takes to pass a law—so he attempted to make this sweeping change himself by writing it up as an executive order. He’s operating like an emperor, far outside the bounds of his executive branch authority.
So when we have a makeshift emperor wandering around, with no one daring to tell him he’s been sold fake clothes, and perhaps much of the country too busy to notice while they fight with each other, what are we as believers to do? Because we must do something!
What you can do to engage our government, in a manner worthy of the Gospel.
The beautiful thing about the folktale is that a little child is the one who finally speaks the truth and tells the emperor he’s not wearing any clothing. I love this because of the biblical connection—God’s Word tells us to be as little children. May we all have the childlike faith, boldness and love to engage in our system of government.
Individual families and the states themselves can push back against the direction the Biden Administration is moving—serving as a check on the government. For example, Biden’s executive order looks to force schools to permit boys in girls’ sports. But last year Family Policy Alliance helped Idaho pass a law specifically reserving girls’ sports for girls—and seven more states are already following Idaho’s lead this year, moving “save girls’ sports” legislation through the process. This sends a powerful message to Washington, D.C.
Especially when it comes to our children, we have to draw a hard line in our states, and the time is now. Join us in sending a message to your state legislators and governor: President Biden’s transgender agenda is outside his authority and harmful to children, and must be stopped.
Send your message now– it only takes one minute through our Action Center, which sends a message automatically to your state policymakers.
What you can do spiritually
Even when we disagree with our leaders, we are called to pray for them. So, we will continue to lift up President Biden and his advisers in prayer before the throne of Heaven. He has been deeply deceived on this issue and needs our prayers.
Please consider joining our prayer initiative, where we are praying and seeking to restore God as first in this country—Under God, One Nation. You can reserve a time where you will commit to lifting up our country and its leaders to our True King.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be the child telling the Emperor he’s been sold fake clothing than the Emperor’s advisors who feed him lies to protect themselves and seek their own interest.
For truth—and in love,
Vice President for Strategy
|Xavier Becerra, pictured with Hillary Clinton, is President Biden’s pick to head HHS. Known for his vendetta against pro-lifers, he’s been nominated to lead the agency that most deals with the issue of abortion. Ask your senators to oppose his nomination.|
As the Biden era began yesterday, I was reminded of an old football maxim: “The quarterback gets too much credit and too much blame.” He’s the focal point, yes, but the outcome is determined by the whole team.
There’s a related maxim in politics – one that was drilled into my head as a 20-something working in D.C.: “Personnel is policy.” Who we elect is critical, but who that leader puts in positions of power makes an enormous difference in the outcome.
So as we heard President Biden give a speech that focused on unity – a welcome theme after all the anger and turmoil – the natural reaction was to wonder how long that refrain will last. A big hint came in the afternoon with his one-sided executive orders.
But the best clues as to how this new administration will play out are his picks for the Cabinet. And when it comes to the issues of life and religious freedom, all eyes first go to Health and Human Services (HHS).
HHS is a sprawling bureaucracy that now has the largest budget of any federal agency, and its jurisdiction covers many of the issues that Family Policy Alliance is most engaged in. During the Trump Administration, it was led by an extraordinary number of outstanding leaders who were committed to life, religious liberty and the centrality of the family.
But it appears that Joe Biden intends for HHS to do an abrupt U-turn, based on his choice of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead it.
Before he was AG of California, Becerra served in the U.S. House for 24 years. His record was staunchly pro-abortion, earning him a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood. He opposed all protections for the preborn, even up to the moment of birth. Even the liberal Vanity Fair magazine described him as a “strident supporter” of abortion rights.
Likewise, in his more than two decades in Congress, he got 100 percent marks from the leading LGBT lobbying group and from the anti-religious freedom ACLU.
Four years ago, he was chosen by Gov. Jerry Brown to succeed Kamala Harris as California Attorney General. In that powerful post, his extreme ideology ran rampant.
Becerra is the one responsible for rabidly prosecuting David Daleiden, whose undercover videos exposed Planned Parenthood’s alleged profiteering from harvesting and trafficking the organs of preborn children.
And he sued the Little Sisters of the Poor to force them to pay for services that directly violate their religious convictions. Now, he is litigating to remove their religious exemption in the state of California.
This nominee has no medical background. His passion and his experience are in the area of imposing his progressive social agenda, and he has been handpicked for the very agency that touches these issues the most.
We need more unity in America, to be sure. But nominations like this will not, and must not, bring unity.
If you agree that Xavier Becerra is the wrong choice to lead HHS, please make your voice heard to your two U.S. senators, who will soon consider his confirmation. It only takes a minute on our Action Center.
Then please do one more thing: spread the word. Every American who cares about protecting life and religious freedom needs to know and needs to speak up.