President Biden released a budget plan that refers to mothers as “birthing people.”

The President’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson claimed she couldn’t define “woman” because she’s “not a biologist” during her official confirmation hearings to become a justice on our nation’s highest Court.

Nancy Pelosi, in her authority as Speaker of the House, continues to push woke legislation that erases women as a distinct category of people in language and law—and opens up women’s sports, prisons, locker rooms, and more to men.

It seems that the woke political ruling class needs help defining what a “woman” is.

Thankfully, yesterday, in a bicameral effort, Rep. Debbie Lesko (R—AZ) and the House Republican Study Committee led by Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced the Women’s Bill of Rights Resolution, H.Res 1136. Senator Cindy-Hyde Smith introduced the Senate version of the resolution, S.Res 644. The resolution simply defines “woman” as a biological female and reinforces the need to maintain differences between females and males in federal law.

Setting aside for a moment how stunning it is that we have to define what a woman is for extreme political elites, this Resolution is an important step forward in restoring the dignity of women, mothers, daughters, female athletes, and more in our nation.

ASK YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THE WOMEN’S BILL OF RIGHTS

President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and their allies are leading us all toward an America we don’t recognize. And certainly not an America I want my two young daughters to grow up in—where their own country doesn’t even know how to define “woman.”

I don’t trust today’s political leaders to protect and empower my daughters. If “woman” means nothing, then sports and educational opportunities for women mean nothing, protections against sexual and other violence for women mean nothing, and women’s achievements mean nothing.

I will not stand by while a woke political agenda threatens to erase my daughters from their own country and laws intended to protect them. Will you join me?

Urge your Members of Congress to support the Women’s Bill of Rights now!

For my daughters and their generation,

Autumn Leva
Senior VP of Strategy

 

Save Girls SportsP.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to allow Rep. Greg Steube’s (R—FL) “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act” to come to the House floor for a vote. The bill would ensure that girls’ sports are reserved only for girls.  Rep. Jim Banks and the Republican Study Committee released a “discharge petition” that would allow the bill to be voted on—without the need to get Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s permission. The discharge petition is another important effort in the fight to maintain protections for women and girls in the law. If you haven’t urged your Representative to sign onto the discharge petition, please send your message instantly today through our action center! You are making a difference: Already, 183 representatives have signed on, and only 218 are needed to bring the bill to the floor for a vote!

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Next month, the Biden Administration plans to make an announcement that could force schools to let males become women’s sports champions. Here’s how it will happen: the Biden Administration plans to propose a rule that will turn Title IX into the Equality Act for public schools. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Education wants to redefine “sex” in Title IX to include “sexual orientation and gender identity.” This rule will likely apply to every public school, college, and university.

Title IX is a law that was intended to ensure females have equal access to educational opportunities with males, and it helped make girls’ and women’s sports the robust environments they are today. But the Biden Administration wants to redefine federal law to erase these opportunities for women and girls.

This proposed rule will likely:

What can you do? Get ready to push back against this rule. The Department of Education is required to allow the public to comment on the proposed rule. Your voice can make a difference!

How?

First, watch this video with Roger Severino, Vice President of Domestic Policy at the Heritage Foundation, as he explains more about what the upcoming Title IX rule will do and how the comment process works. We were honored to sit down with Roger recently to talk about what this all means for you – plus, what’s happening behind the scenes.

Join Us TODAY

Biden’s Attack on Girls Sports (and what you can do about it)

A Conversation with Roger Severino

1 pm ET / 12 pm CT / 11 am MT / 10 am PT

Join on Facebook or YouTube

(Seeing this late? You can still join at the links above!)

Second, watch for an upcoming email from Family Policy Alliance that will let you know when the proposed rule has been published. We will include a link for to submit your comment directly to the Federal Register.

Third, share this information with your friends! The more voices speaking out on this important issue, the more we will make a difference!

Stay tuned for more updates!

For women and girls,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

A pike was placed in a large tank. At feeding times, minnows, its favorite food, were poured into the water and the pike would gobble them up in a burst of energy. Next, a clear glass cylinder was placed in the center of the tank and the minnows were placed within. The pike, unaware that an invisible barrier now separated him from his prey darted for the first minnow only to slam into the glass. Stunned, he backed away and tried again. Same result! The process went on for a few hours and finally in defeat, the pike settled to the bottom of the tank. The glass cylinder was then extracted, freeing the minnows. They swam right by the nose of the pike, but conditioning had convinced him that the minnows were inaccessible. Eventually he wasted away and died.

The lesson of the pike could be applied to the forced acceptance of transgender propaganda. We are told that we must affirm a lie that we can choose our gender rather than accept the biological evidence. Parents are being conditioned in cult-like fashion, to accept a new norm despite how destructive it is. Adolescent bodies are being irreversibly damaged by puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, top and bottom surgeries. Little to nothing is being done to help them, despite studies by reputable medical organizations showing more than 80% of gender confused adolescents eventually move on to adulthood and accept their biological gender without drugs and surgery.

The seriousness of the issue begs the question, “what causes gender dysphoria?” and how is it treated? Last year in Washington, D.C., at the Family Policy Alliance conference, Dr. Roger Hiatt a Pediatric Child Psychiatrist for Youth & Families in Little Rock, Arkansas, addressed this issue. In dealing with transgender adolescents, he stated that almost all the transgender clients he has worked with were sexually abused and would greatly benefit from counseling and therapy. Considering rampant internet porn and the obvious over-sexualization of our children in our culture, especially our schools, this should be no surprise.

It may seem as if “resistance is futile” and we “will eventually be assimilated” to borrow a line from Star Trek but, “resistance is NOT futile” and our children don’t have to be assimilated. Shockingly, across the nation, some legislators have tried to pass legislation banning any professional form of therapy to help minors under 18 deal with gender confusion (dysphoria) or unwanted sexual feelings toward individuals of the same sex. The title “Conversion Therapy Ban” was cleverly used to make it appear to be a religious issue, but it has become obvious this has nothing to do with religion but everything to do with political ideology.

A similar ban in Florida was repealed by a 2-1 decision in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which sided with two therapists who said the laws in the city of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County violated their free speech rights.

Here in Wyoming, we must work to never let the left’s glass cylinder into our state. Would you join me in praying and giving as we stand for truth in a broken world?

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

You, along with parents and pro-family lawmakers across the country, brought the Biden Administration into complete meltdown status this week—and Disney to full damage control. Why? Because the pro-family movement across the states is gaining traction, and the DC elites and woke corporation don’t know how to handle it.

In the past month alone, Iowa, Utah, Oklahoma and Arizona all have new laws to keep sports fair and ensure that girls’ sports are reserved only for girls. Now 14 states have laws protecting young female athletes. This became especially important after the nation witnessed the NCAA throw female athletes under the bus in permitting Lia Thomas, a biological male, to compete against—and take medals and finalist spots from—female swimmers. The Utah legislature even overrode their Republican governor’s veto of their save girls’ sports bill to ensure their female athletes are protected. The Indiana legislature will have the opportunity to do the same thing soon.

Just this week, Arizona signed into law a bill that protects children from irreversible “gender transition” surgeries—such as double mastectomies on young girls. The new law will give Arizona’s children an opportunity to grow up and resolve any struggles with how they perceive their bodies, without leaving lasting physical and emotional scars.

In Florida, after a showdown between Disney and Governor DeSantis, the Governor signed into law a bill that protects young children in kindergarten through third grade from sexualized instruction and reinforces the rights parents have to know what’s going on with their children at school. The media framed this as the “don’t say gay” bill, and the Walt Disney Company applied immense pressure in the state to try to stop the bill—turning against their own family consumers.

In the end, Governor DeSantis and Florida families, especially children, won. Polling consistently shows that Americans, Floridians, and even Florida Democrat voters strongly support the new law. This is surprising to the radical Left that continues to pedal a radical sexual ideology, but it shouldn’t be. Parents know to act in the best interest of their children.

Disney is learning they took the wrong side in this debate. And, they’re also dealing with leaked videos of their executives proudly planning to embed sexual themes into children’s shows and some of their employees arrested in a human trafficking sting. Now Florida’s duly elected leaders—including Governor DeSantis—are considering repealing a 50-year-old law that allows Disney to “govern itself” in its parks in Florida.

To sum up, American families and state legislatures are pushing back against the harmful woke ideology that claims a child can be “born in the wrong body” and that young children should be taught sexual themes in school. You are making a difference!

Meanwhile, the Biden Administration had a full-on meltdown yesterday in response to these strong state laws and the pushback against their woke agenda. They proudly flew the “transgender flag” from the Department of Health and Human Services while putting out a series of messages calling these state efforts to protect female athletes and children “extreme” and “harmful.”

Since when is believing that girls’ sports should be fair and only for girls “extreme”?

The truth is that you are the main obstacle holding back the Biden Administration’s agenda. Your voice to protect children, your stand for girls’ sports, and your advocacy in your own state is what’s slowed down the woke agenda. The Biden Administration’s number one priority was to pass a sweeping LGBT law forcing radical sexual ideology in every aspect of American law and life—and silencing dissenters. That law remains stalled out, lacking support, while more and more states fight to save girls’ sports and protect children from gender ideology in their schools and doctor’s offices.

Our stand together to protect children has been strong, and the White House knows it. That’s why the Biden Administration is fighting so hard, despite a lack of support from the American people, to force their agenda.

It’s been a good week for families—especially for children. This momentum would not happen without you. From the bottom of our hearts, the Family Policy Alliance team wants to thank you for partnering with us, raising your voice, and fighting to protect children.

Standing with you,


Autumn Leva
Exec. Vice President, Strategy

 

P.S. Many more states continue to advance strong legislation to protect children and young women athletes. Family Policy Alliance and the alliance we host of state family policy councils will need to rally support for these bills to get across the finish line. We also expect new regulations from the Biden Administration that will harmfully impact children—especially girls—to be released at any time. Please prayerfully consider a generous gift to support our ministry as we fight for legal protections for families and children!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends,

Within in the coming days, the U.S. Department of Education will issue its proposed rule on Title IX. This proposed rule will redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”. We need you on alert.

What is Title IX?

The Title IX regulations impose important legal obligations on school districts, colleges, and universities, requiring a prompt response to reports of sexual harassment. It is meant to improve the clarity and transparency of the requirements for how schools must respond to sexual harassment under Title IX so that every complainant receives appropriate support, respondents are treated as responsible only after receiving due process and fundamental fairness, and school officials serve impartially without bias for or against any party.

The original intent of Title IX when it was implemented in 1972, was to open the doors for educational opportunity to women and to protect against sexual harassment. Over the years, however, this regulation has been distorted and the clarity and transparency of the original intent has been lost. The definition of “sex” recognized the biological differences between man and woman and offered protections based on those biological differences.

The Proposed Rule

The proposed rule on Title IX will change the definition of “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “sexual identity”. Once again, a government entity is trying to change the definition of “sex.” Changing this definition will only serve to bring about more distorted interpretations of the regulation, minimizing focus on biological protections and increasing focus on perceived orientations or identities.

Unlike the infamous Obama 2016 “Dear Colleague Letter,” this proposed rule will be worse if it is implemented and will have much stronger enforcement capabilities which will ultimately serve to diminish the original intent and further distort the interpretation of this regulation.

We need you

We need New Mexico voices to help slow or even stop the implementation of this proposed rule. The rule could be proposed any day now – or could be delayed further. When it is proposed, we will issue an action alert that will allow your voice to be heard.

There will be more details to come. Will you join us in prayer and action?

Standing Firm,

Jodi Hendricks
Executive Director

from the second i woke up in the operating room i knew it was a mistake. … everyone was congratulating me and saying how happy they were for me, but i didn’t share their enthusiasm. it felt like I had just jumped off a cliff and everybody else was standing on the cliff, looking at me on the rocks below, and clapping. my mom took a picture right after i got out of surgery – of me with the bandages wrapped around my chest… i was literally crying because it was so horribly painful.”

Gut-wrenching.

There is no other way to describe these words from an anonymous 15-year-old girl who described herself as the “youngest patient” on whom her doctor had ever performed a double mastectomy.

The reason she went through this? At the time, she thought she should be a boy.

Now, just 9 months post-operation she sees the truth that “I wasn’t a man, I wasn’t male…” and she feels, in her own words, “chagrined.”

And she’s not alone.

About two years ago, Irreversible Damage author Abigail Shrier wrote in her book about a social media (Reddit) page for detransitioners – people who “transitioned” to living as the opposite sex and have since reversed course. At the time that Shrier wrote, the thread had 7,000 members. Today, the group has almost 30,000 members.

Today is Detrans Awareness Day, a day launched in part by an English girl named Keira Bell.

Keira was just 15 when she began conversations to pursue transgender interventions. In her own words:

“After a series of superficial conversations with social workers, I was put on puberty blockers at age 16. A year later, I was receiving testosterone shots. When 20, I had a double mastectomy. By then, I appeared to have a more masculine build, as well as a man’s voice, a man’s beard, and a man’s name: Quincy, after Quincy Jones.”

Over time, Keira came to regret her decision, and eventually to detransition – and even to pursue a lawsuit against the clinic that provided her chemical and surgical interventions. This week, a report revealed that the clinic’s services were “not a safe or viable long-term option” for minors.

At Family Policy Alliance, we believe that minors should be protected from transgender interventions across the board. These interventions can result in sterilization, permanent voice and appearance changes, scarring, and more. No child should make that choice.

That’s why we launched our Help Not Harm campaign: We want to help hurting kids and bring them the hope they need, not harm them with hormones and surgeries.

Last year, Arkansas became the first state to protect minors from transgender interventions. We want to see similar protections across the United States. If you agree, visit our Help Not Harm Summit to learn more about the truth of this issue – and find out what you can do to help.

For the least of these,

Meridian Baldacci
Director, Strategy

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Over the past two weeks, I have been recapping the steps that activists who are committed to the sexual revolution have intentionally taken to not only redefine marriage but even redefine humanity. If you missed any part of this series, please read my previous emails:

Part 1: How did we get here

Part 2: Another step in the wrong direction

Today, I want us to take notice of the hostility and outright dehumanization experienced by people who formerly lived and identified with alternative sexual identities. The Ex-Gay movement has been vilified and marginalized by the radical left. Why is that? Because their stories counteract the talking points trumpeted by LGBT activists that people are born with certain sexual proclivities that are immutable and unchanging. Therefore, in their mind, sexual desires are not rooted in thoughts that lead to actions but are hardwired identities. How often have we heard the phrase “I was born this way” to enshrine the sexual revolution’s demands into laws.

Except, when it comes to the “T” in the movement – transgender. These same activists take a swift pivot and reverse course on everything they just stated. They believe “being born” into a certain physical biological body can be a mistake when it conflicts with the feelings of the gender you think you are. Instead of offering the emotional and mental care someone struggling with gender dysphoria deserves, the LGBT movement is insisting children be placed on puberty-blocking hormone agents and cross-sex hormones. That can lead to the final stage of sex reassignment surgery – often in some states without parent’s permission. This is insane!

Did we notice the inconsistency in this thought pattern? They ban conversion therapy, even basic counseling, for subjective sexual desires because they believe people are “born this way” and unable to change, yet they promote corrective surgery to fix the objective physical anatomy people were “born with.” This radical assault on truth and the redefinition of what it means to be human as male, or female, has given rise to the movement to Save Girls’ Sports. Parents and legislators are proactively standing up to this unhealthy and unfair agenda that replaces opportunities once reserved for biological females and gives them now to biological males. This is outrageous!

Thankfully, legislators here in NJ have introduced the Fairness in Women’s Sports bill (Assembly Bill 1630/Senate Bill 598).

And when it comes to the surgery and drugs mentioned above, our response has always been Help Not Harm. Surgery and drugs won’t heal a hurting heart. Giving kids puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and even transgender surgery violates the first duty of medicine: Do no harm. Transition is not an effective form of treatment, as 80-95 percent of children will outgrow gender dysphoria if they are loved by their parents and peers to be the gender that correlates with their natural bodies.

Fighting for your families here in the Garden State!

Len Deo
Founder

A young girl says she feels like she was born in the wrong body: she “knows” that she is actually a boy.

When she visits a therapist or another medical professional, she may be referred for radical, experimental, and life-altering “treatments.” This could include using medication off-label in order to stop the natural progression of puberty. As she enters adolescence, she could be placed on cross-sex hormones and even (eventually) referred for surgeries including a double mastectomy.

In some states, these referrals may happen without her parent’s knowledge, much less consent. And wherever they happen, there’s a deeper problem: No amount of surgeries or hormones will heal a hurting heart. In fact, these “treatments” are likely to leave behind scars both physical and emotional.

Yet in most states, there is no law specifically protecting her as a minor – a child – from these sorts of interventions.

We want to change that.

Last spring, Arkansas became the first state to legally protect minors from harmful gender transition procedures. Tennessee also passed a version of these protections in 2021.

Now, it’s time for other states to follow suit. Our vision is that this kind of dangerous intervention would become unthinkable across the United States – and at the same time, that hurting children would be able to receive real help and counseling to help them live as healthy and whole people.

In short, it’s a vision for help, not harm.

But our opposition is determined. From the Biden Administration in Washington to leaders at the local school level, activists want to guide children toward questioning their biology and pursuing transgender interventions.

Protecting our children will take every one of us.

So what can you do?

  1. Get the facts.At Family Policy Alliance, we’ve created several resources to equip you. Each of the links below provides you with a unique way to learn more. Just click the links that best describe your interests.I want to learn… 
  2. Contact your elected officials.Your elected leaders need to hear that you stand behind them when they protect children – and that you’re paying attention when they don’t. We encourage you to contact them with the message that you want them to protect minors from transgender interventions. You can find your elected officials’ contact information here.Stay tuned to FPA’s email alerts for opportunities to weigh in on specific legislation in your state legislature and Congress.
  3. Get involved in your state.One way you can get involved is with the family policy council standing for families right in your state. Find yours here. Don’t see your state listed? Let us know if you are interested in helping to start one in your state.

One thing is crystal clear: a child who believes she must alter her body in order to be comfortable in it is a child who is deeply hurting.

The last thing we should do? Hurt her even more.

Will you help us protect children?

Sincerely,

Meridian Baldacci
Director of Strategy

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Dear Friends,

We have an urgent request for your help.

The Maryland House Judiciary Committee is considering HB 453, a bill that will allow biologically male prison inmates to choose to be housed with biological women while serving their sentences. It will also force Maryland correctional facility employees to call inmates by whatever pronouns an inmate chooses.

This disastrous piece of proposed legislation will put female inmates’ physical and mental health in grave danger. Reports of biologically male inmates sexually harassing and assaulting female inmates under the guise of a transgender identity are becoming more and more common, both here in the United States and overseas in the United Kingdom. HB 453 will effectively greenlight these terrible tragedies, creating government-sanctioned sexual assault in every women’s prison in Maryland.

Beyond that, this bill also tramples upon the free speech and religious freedom rights of Maryland correctional facility employees. Government-compelled speech has been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, but HB 453 would essentially compel MD state employees to address inmates by their chosen pronouns, in opposition to the inmate’s appearance or biological sex.

We need your help to prevent this.

Today, the Maryland House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony regarding HB 453, and we need you to send a message to your to these committee members as well as your representative urging that HB 453 be rejected by the Committee and not allowed to move forward.

Help us ensure that Maryland inmates are protected and correctional facility employees’ constitutional rights are upheld.

Now is the time to speak up for them to these lawmakers.

Sincerely,

Joseph Kohm

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Joseph Kohm, III, Esq.
Public Policy Director

Originally adopted in 1893, the Great Seal of the State of Wyoming
prominently features “Equal Rights”.

 

According to some, last Thursday saw the passage and addition of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. Obviously, there was little splash because it didn’t happen. That didn’t stop several radical leftist groups and the office of President Joe Biden from releasing statements declaring that it either IS or SHOULD be part of the Constitution.

Tracing the history of the ERA from its introduction in 1923 to its passage through Congress in 1972 to this past week’s discussion shows the vast changes in the American political and moral landscape that have occurred in America, especially in the last five years.

In 1972, the ERA passed Congress with a supermajority of votes from the House of Representatives and the Senate. After approving a deadline of 1982, the ERA was released to the states for ratification. Because it was a proposed Constitutional Amendment, two thirds of the states had to ratify it as well. That year, 22 of the needed 38 states quickly ratified it, and eight more joined the following year. By 1977, five more had joined, bringing the total number to 35, just three short of the 38 states need to ratify the Amendment and make it a permanent part of the Constitution. But, as awareness grew of the implications of the ERA, five states quickly rescinded their ratification, and no other state joined before the 1982 deadline.

The reason? On its face, the text of the Equal Rights Amendment sounds like something everyone would agree with. It states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Where controversy erupted in the 1970s was in the assertion that abortion was a fundamental part of equality according to the ERA. With the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973, the abortion lobby desired to enshrine the practice of abortion in the Constitution itself.

A further reason for increasing opposition has risen over the past five years. Some in our society have openly argued that human sexuality is based upon fluid feelings rather than immutable biology. Consequently, the passage of the ERA today would not accomplish the purpose its authors intended in 1923. The ERA could be used to overturn its original meaning if men, declaring themselves to be women, insist upon invading the privacy of actual biological women. It could even be used to break the promise of Title IX, which gave young women opportunities to gain collegiate sports scholarships.

We have a proud tradition in Wyoming of leading the nation on issues of women’s rights.

In Wyoming, the “Equality State,” we have always valued our ladies.

In Wyoming, we hold all lives, born and unborn to be of equal value. We also hold that men should not invade the rights of women.

The story of the ERA shows how far our culture has drifted over the past century – and why Christians insist that every person, man or woman, born or unborn, is created in the image of God and is of the highest value.

For Wyoming,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director