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Conservative Action Project: Conservatives Oppose Legislation that Undermines Women And People of Faith

Conservative Action Project
Conservatives are united in strong opposition to the Democrat-sponsored “Equality Act” and the “Fairness for All Act.” The titles of these bills belie their consequences, which will undermine parental rights, and the pro-life and conscience rights of medical professionals, make environments inherently unfair, unequal, and unsafe for women and curtail religious freedom for both religious organizations and people of faith.

The Equality Act will elevate transgender theory and “gender-affirming” care to the level of a civil right. Counselors will be prohibited from helping gender-dysphoric children become comfortable with their own bodies. Medical professionals will be vulnerable to lawsuits if they decline to perform hormonal or medical procedures on patients who identify as transgender. In public schools, curriculum could teach children that their sex is not a biological reality, but subjectively self-perceived. Ultimately, parents’ rights to educate their own children and seek the best medical treatment for them would be undermined. In Ohio, a judge terminated a couple’s custody of their 17-year daughter when they disagreed with the recommendations of a gender clinic and county agency that she take testosterone injections.

Despite its title, the Equality Act actually undermines the rights of women and girls, forcing them to share private facilities with anyone claiming to “identify” as a woman. It also diminishes the ability of women to, quite literally, compete on an equal playing field. Males who identify as women are already beginning to dominate women’s sports and strip female athletes of the opportunity to fairly compete for medals and scholarships. This will only increase as colleges, universities, and franchise sports teams begin to prioritize men identifying women above biological women.

The Equality Act explicitly nullifies the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a defense to a claim under any portion of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This exacerbates already troubling trends which are silencing people of faith and limiting the autonomy of religious organizations. The ability of churches, synagogues, and mosques to employ people according to their religious beliefs will be severely limited. Even without the law, religious institutions and individuals have come under sustained fire for living out their religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman and that we are born male and female. Under the Equality Act, individuals and institutions could see increased lawsuits for failing to affirm same-sex marriage (in foster care and adoption), make single-sex private facilities co-ed, and use preferred pronouns for individuals who identify as transgender.

Language within the Equality Act could also have the effect of jeopardizing longstanding conscience protection laws. Specifically, the law’s public accommodation language could require health care providers to perform abortions over their religious objections. Pro-life groups are also concerned that the language could impact federal policy which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion.

Though the Fairness for All Act attempts to square this circle by providing exclusions for religious institutions, it is an unsuitable substitute, and at best, would amount to only a temporary delay to full enactment of the Equality Act.

We urge conservatives to reject the Equality Act when it comes to a vote in the House of Representatives, and further oppose the Fairness for All Act as an appropriate alternative.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Tom McClusky
March for Life Action

Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

Diana Banister
President and Partner
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

Jessica Anderson
Vice President
Heritage Action for America

The Honorable Jim DeMint
Member, South Carolina
United States Senate (2005-2013)

Rachel Bovard
Policy Director
Senate Steering Committee (2014-2015)

Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman,
Conservative Action Project & Executive Director, Senate Steering Committee (2003-2012)

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.

Thomas Fitton
Judicial Watch, Inc.

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Foley & Lardner LLP

The Honorable Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council
President, Council for National Policy

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment,
Competitive Enterprise Institute

William L. Walton
CNP Action, Inc.

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council

David Bozell

Michael P. Farris, J.D., LL.M.
President, CEO, and General Counsel
Alliance Defending Freedom

Karen England
Executive Director,
Capitol Resource Institute & Nevada Family Alliance

Kristan Hawkins
Students for Life of America & Students for Life Action

Ellen F. Grigsby
Director of Institutional Partnerships
Open Doors USA

Rebecca Hagelin
Council for National Policy

L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

The Honorable Donald P. Hodel
Sec. of Energy & Sec. of Interior
President Ronald Reagan

Susan A. Carleson
American Civil Rights Union

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director
President Ronald Reagan

Penna Dexter
Point of View Radio

Joan Holt Lindsey
Lindsey Communications

Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness

Anne Schlafly Cori
Eagle Forum

James C. Dobson Ph.D.
Founder & President
Dr. James Dobson Family Institute

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values

Rod D. Martin
Founder and CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin
The Martin Foundation

Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future

Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain,
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Jerry Melvin
Former Dean
Florida House of Representatives

Norm Singleton
Campaign for Liberty

Ralph Benko, Esq.
Political Columnist

Kelly Shackelford
First Liberty Institute

Tim Wildmon
American Family Association

Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund

Paavo Ensio
Universal Minerals Group

Richard Wright
AAndrews Consulting

Bill Shaker
Washington Marketing Group

James L. Martin
60 Plus Association

Dr. Jerome R. Corsi
Founder and CEO

Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis
60 Plus Association

Rick Manning
Americans for Limited Government

E.C. Sykes
General Partner
Aslan Ventures

The Honorable George K. Rasley, Jr.
Managing Editor

Benjamin R. Case
Focused On Fundraising

Jenna Ellis
Constitutional Law Attorney

Rebekah Gantner
Executive Director,
Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund

Floyd Brown
America Fighting Back PAC

Ed Martin
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

Sean Noble
American Encore

Allen Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

Tom Giovanetti
Institute for Policy Innovation

Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor

Richard D. Hayes
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Randy M. Long
Long Business Advisors , LLC

Andresen Blom
Hawaiian Values

John F. Tate
America’s Liberty PAC

Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Bailey Amaral
The Windrose Project

Charlie Copeland
Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage

Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation

Dr. Frank Wright
President & CEO
D. James Kennedy Ministries

William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action

C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising

The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Terrence Scanlon
Retired Chairman and CEO
Capital Research Center

Amapola Hansberger
Legal Immigrants for America

Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Media Research Center

Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express

Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property

Nancy Schulze
Founder & President
Women Impacting America

Barry Meguiar
ROTW/Ignite America

Steve Berger
Grace Chapel

The Honorable Mike Hill
Florida State House

Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute

Faith Crowley
Assistant to the MJAA General Secretary/CEO,
Messianic Jewish Alliance of America

The Honorable Gerard Kassar
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party

Tim Macy
Gun Owners of America

Christie Glesener
Shofar International Foundation

Jonathan M. Alexandre, Esq.
Senior Counsel for Governmental Affairs
Liberty Counsel

Jeff Hunt
Centennial Institute

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