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May 11, 2021 (Family Research Council) — Xavier Becerra, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is wasting no time in pushing the radical Biden administration agenda. Yesterday, HHS announced that it will begin interpreting and enforcing both Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and Title IX's prohibition of “sex discrimination” to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
During the Obama administration, HHS issued a regulation redefining sex along these same lines, but it was never implemented due to litigation. Then, during the Trump administration, HHS finalized a rule that maintained robust protection of civil rights, as well as a scientific understanding of the word “sex.”
The Trump-era rule was a great victory for science-based health care. If patients, including those who identify as transgender, are to receive appropriate care, medicine must be based in science. Here are a few examples of the poor patient care that results when science is not foundational to medicine:
A biological woman who identified as a man and was listed as a man on medical records was assessed for kidney disease as a man. This resulted in treatment missteps that nearly resulted in death.
A biological woman who identified as a man appeared to be a masculine, overweight man to hospital staff. Therefore, they had no reason to think the patient was pregnant and in labor. Sadly, the patient did not receive immediate care and delivered a stillborn baby. The doctor noted that the male classification “threw us off” from the patient's actual medical needs.
Yesterday's HHS announcement will only lead to more incidents of poor patient care like the ones noted above. It could also lead to medical professionals who understand the medical harms of hormones and surgery for “gender transition” purposes being silent about these harms, out of fear of being sued and punished for “discrimination.” Furthermore, it could lead to significant erosion of the conscience rights of medical professionals who have moral objections to “gender transition.”
The so-called 'Equality Act' contains deadly poison for Christian democracy in the United States. And, its harmless-sounding name tries to hide this insidious reality.
But, unfortunately, Pelosi and company have JUST PASSED this morally repugnant bill in the US House of Representatives.
Pro-life and pro-family organizations, as well as Christian churches and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and freedom-loving groups everywhere, are now sounding the alarm.
Wake up, America, this is RED ALERT time!
This petition, therefore, calls on every US Senator to vigorously oppose and reject this bill.
Yes, it's THAT important.
The bill has nothing to do with "equality," or with extending the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which is how it is being touted by the leftists in the mainstream media.
It is, rather, one of the MOST EXTREME anti-life, pro-LGBT indoctrination bills ever proposed.
It has been described as a short-list of the worst possible elements of the Radical Left's agenda in Congress...and, REMEMBER, it has just passed the House!
We need to tell all US Senators, in no uncertain terms, that WE WILL NOT ACCEPT this outrageous attack on our freedoms and on life, itself!
SIGN AND SHARE THIS URGENT PETITION, TODAY!
And, after you have signed this petition, please CLICK HERE to DIRECTLY CONTACT YOUR U.S. SENATORS, and tell them to oppose this assault on our freedoms of thought, speech, conscience and religion.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Below are some of the devastating critiques of 'Equality Act,' leveled by some of the best conservative, Christian minds in the country.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), has written that the 'Equality Act' will include, "the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion this country has ever seen.”
"Under this big new umbrella of 'discrimination,'" continued Perkins, "any American who doesn’t want to fund, offer, perform, or participate in abortion on demand will have no real choice. They can conform — or they can be punished."
"Every wall that’s been built between abortion and the government would come crashing down, including the Hyde Amendment, the pro-conscience Weldon Amendment, and several international barriers that keep our country from exporting abortion."
ON CHRISTIANITY, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM and LGBT INDOCTRINATION:
Lloyd Marcus, of the American Thinker publication, has written about the 'Equality Act' in the following terms:
"LGBTQ enforcer and homosexual Democrat congressman David Cicilline is sponsor of the Equality Act. Cicilline's evil bill is the most aggressive assault on our constitutional religious liberties in U.S. history...If the Equality Act becomes the law of the land, every outrageous, tyrannical demand [of LGBTQ activists/enforcers] will become reality."
And, Liberty Counsel Action, a law and policy education, training and advocacy organization which, among other things, advances religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the family has extensively criticized the 'Equality Act'.
On their webpage, dedicated to analyzing the 'Equality Act', which you can access below, Liberty Counsel Action state: "The 'Equality' Act' elevates 'sexual orientation and gender identity' to the same protected category as race. It will violate the religious freedom of Americans in numerous ways."
The go on to list the areas of life which this will affect: "It will impact all employers, including religious and non-profit organizations; contractors; houses of worship; public, private, and religious schools; curriculum; bathrooms; sports; daycare providers; shelters; hospitals; places of gatherings; entertainment providers; counselors; foster care and adoption; biological parents; landlords; anywhere providing a “good, service, or program,” including those advertised online; transportation drivers; and all local, state, and federal entities and many other areas."
And, as they note: "[T]here is NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION to this bill!"
Taking into account all of these potential threats to Christian democracy, Life and religious freedom, it is easy to see how the so-called 'Equality Act' has been called a "poison pill."
It is imperative that the US Senate vigorously reject this bill, AND EXPOSE IT FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS.
Please SIGN this urgent petition, TODAY!
The following links will take you to more information about the 'Equality Act'
The House version of the so-called 'Equality Act' (HR 5): http://lc.org/PDFs/Attachments2PRsLAs/2019/031819EqualityActHR5.pdf
Liberty Counsel Action's full analysis of the so-called 'Equality Act': https://www.lcaction.org/HR5 and https://lc.org/newsroom/details/022421-equality-act-guts-religious-freedom-1
LifeSiteNews opinion and analysis of the so-called 'Equality Act':
As noted by Roger Severino, former Director of the Office of Civil Rights at HHS, “Becerra is trying to change the fundamental practice of medicine and science by the stroke of a pen [… and, …] “instead of respecting scientists and doctors who recognize objective biological realities in their professions, [he is branding] them as bigots at risk of losing HHS funds.”
This new HHS policy is an update based on the Supreme Court's Bostock v. Clayton County decision (which redefined “sex discrimination” in employment law), and an executive order regarding this case. Earlier this year, in response to the court's decision, President Biden issued an executive order that mandated the adoption of Bostock's redefinition throughout the federal government – not just in areas having to do with employment – and specifically mentioned Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as does this HHS announcement.
This HHS announcement is just another step in an already long line of actions by this administration to obliterate women's sports. Another executive order issued by Biden called for the promotion of the LGBT agenda in schools. Meanwhile, the Department of Education (ED) has withdrawn the previous administration's letter of findings against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference for violating Title IX by allowing biological boys to compete in women's sports, and archived a Trump administration memo on Bostock stating that “sex” in Title IX was still defined biologically. In addition, the Biden Department of Justice issued a memo applying Bostock to Title IX.
Today's announcement states that HHS will follow the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), our nation's flagship religious liberty statute. However, this administration supports multiple, ongoing legislative efforts to gut RFRA. Thankfully, that hasn't happened yet, and there is also legislation at the federal and state levels to protect both women's sports and minors from medical experimentation. It remains to be seen what the Biden administration's broad application of Bostock will ultimately mean for medicine, women's sports, and conscience rights. Let us work and pray that more harm is not done.
Published with permission from the Family Research Council.