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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
President
March for Life Action

Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America

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

Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
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
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.

Thomas Fitton
President
Judicial Watch, Inc.

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Partner
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
Chairman
CNP Action, Inc.

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

David Bozell
President
ForAmerica

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
President,
Students for Life of America & Students for Life Action

Ellen F. Grigsby
Director of Institutional Partnerships
Open Doors USA

Rebecca Hagelin
Secretary
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
Chairman/CEO
American Civil Rights Union

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

Penna Dexter
Co-host
Point of View Radio

Joan Holt Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications

Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness

Anne Schlafly Cori
Chairman
Eagle Forum

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

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
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
President
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
President
Campaign for Liberty

Ralph Benko, Esq.
Political Columnist

Kelly Shackelford
President/CEO
First Liberty Institute

Tim Wildmon
President
American Family Association

Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund

Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group

Richard Wright
CEO
AAndrews Consulting

Bill Shaker
CEO
Washington Marketing Group

James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association

Dr. Jerome R. Corsi
Founder and CEO
CorsiNation.com

Willes K. Lee
President,
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association

Rick Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government

E.C. Sykes
General Partner
Aslan Ventures

The Honorable George K. Rasley, Jr.
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com

Benjamin R. Case
CEO
Focused On Fundraising

Jenna Ellis
Constitutional Law Attorney

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

Floyd Brown
Chairman
America Fighting Back PAC

Ed Martin
President
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

Sean Noble
President
American Encore

Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

Tom Giovanetti
President
Institute for Policy Innovation

Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor

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

Randy M. Long
Founder
Long Business Advisors , LLC

Andresen Blom
President
Hawaiian Values

John F. Tate
President
America’s Liberty PAC

Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Bailey Amaral
Director
The Windrose Project

Charlie Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Judson Phillips
Founder
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
President
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
President
Legal Immigrants for America

Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
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
President
ROTW/Ignite America

Steve Berger
Pastor
Grace Chapel

The Honorable Mike Hill
Representative
Florida State House

Kevin Freeman
Founder
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
Chairman
Gun Owners of America

Christie Glesener
President/Founder
Shofar International Foundation

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

Jeff Hunt
Director
Centennial Institute

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