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"Equality" Act

Background information

In March, the “Equality Act” (H.R. 5), a key bill in Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda for the House, was introduced. It would alter the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include two additional protected classes: sexual orientation and gender identity.

Although titled the “Equality Act,” the policies contained within H.R. 5 would create greater inequality, hurting women and individuals of faith—ironically, two out of the five groups that the Civil Rights Act was created to protect. H.R. 5 would backfire, hurting many of the individuals it aims to help, namely children and youth suffering from gender dysphoria.

H.R. 5 would force schools (both public and private), churches, hospitals, businesses, and other institutions to recognize an individuals “chosen gender” instead of their “biological sex.” The end result is that women and girls would be forced to share bathrooms, locker rooms, dormitories, and other private places with biological men who “identify” as women. These are places where women should feel safe and secure, and many women do not feel safe and secure when sharing these facilities with biological men.

It would also crowd women out of female athletics, diminishing women’s access to education and further opportunities. Currently, males who identify as females are starting to dominate in women’s sports. This not only hurts women on the field, but off the field as well, where they are forced to compete with transgender individuals for positions on college sports teams and for the corresponding sports scholarships.

This bill would also limit the free exercise of religion, attacking individuals, charities, and businesses by forcing them to give up traditional norms regarding gender and marriage and recognize all forms of sexual orientation. We are already seeing this play out. Liberals are targeting faith-based adoption agencies for their refusal to place children in homes without both a mother and a father. In New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, faith-based adoption agencies have been forced to close rather than violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. In this instance, radical-liberal ideology is not only harming individuals of faith, but the innocent children desperately in need of a loving home.

H.R. 5 would further hurt children and minors, particularly those suffering from gender dysphoria. Medical professionals would be pressured to provide gender-affirming treatments like puberty blockers and hormones—these are irreversible decisions that have not been shown to help mental health while creating a litany of permanent physical health problems. Subjecting children to such radical procedures is even more dubious when one considers that 80 to 95 percent of children with gender dysphoria no longer feel distressed by their bodies after puberty.

In cases where parents have objected to their children receiving such drastic, life-altering procedures, medical facilities have worked with the courts to have children away from their parents, the very people best able to love and support them. There is nothing rational about breaking up families. Parents should not be afraid to seek medical care for a child because they are helpless to prevent a physician from subjecting their child to an unproven, radical, and medically unnecessary procedure.

Clearly, the so-called “Equality Act” creates inequality for so many, and that is why the majority of Americans oppose its policies. The individuals who wrote it obviously did not think about, or did not care about, the repercussions it would have on women, girls, religious individuals and institutions, and those suffering with gender dysphoria—its focus is on adherence to liberal dogma.

Key Talking Points

  • This legislation does not create equality. Equality cannot be created for one group by taking rights away from another. This bill targets people of religious faith, erodes protections for women, and would take children away from parents who refuse radical hormone therapies.

  • The Equality Act endangers women and girls. By recognizing an individuals “chosen gender” instead of his or her “biological sex,” this legislation would force more women and girls to share bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and sleeping facilities with biological males who choose to identify as female.

  • The Equality Act would allow biological males who identify as female to compete in and likely dominate women’s sports. Not only does this undercut the sport, but it hurts women who depend on college sports and scholarships to obtain educational and career aspirations.

  • Parents’ would lose the right to decide the best medical care for a child suffering with gender dysphoria and would be stripped of custody of their children. Already, courts have sided with transgender clinics against parents who refused radical hormone therapies for their children.

  • This legislation makes it harder for organizations and charities with faith-based values to operate and exist. This negatively impacts all underserved communities, including children, minorities, the unemployed, and the homeless.

  • The 100,000+ American children in need of adoption each year would be hurt by H.R. 5. The numerous faith-based adoption agencies that serve these vulnerable children would be forced to either close down or violate sincerely held religious beliefs.

  • Employers and businesses would face more regulation and lawsuits. Businesses with 15 or more employees would be forced to provide medical insurance for “gender transitions”, use preferred pronouns or face litigation, and open any single-sex space to both sexes including bathrooms and locker rooms.

  • Free speech must be protected and preserved. H.R. 5 would silence thought and debate on important issues facing our nation, such as gender, marriage, and faith.

  • Provides legal support for a radical school curriculum, teaching sexual preferences and transgender theory to elementary and pre-K children. In states where this curriculum is currently being taught, it is integrated into all subjects, and parents cannot opt their children out.

Call Notes

Hello,

My name is [NAME] from [CITY AND ZIP CODE] and I am calling today to urge [MEMBER OF CONGRESS] to vote against H.R. 5, the “Equality Act.”

I am a firm believer in equality, but H.R. 5 seeks to create equality for some by stripping rights away from others, namely women. It is not right to force women to share bathrooms, showers, and sleeping facilities with biological males. Women have a right to be comfortable, safe, and secure in these private locations.

Furthermore, by allowing biological men to compete in women’s athletics, it diminishes women’s opportunity to participate in college sports and to receive athletic scholarships. This hurts women’s ability to obtain their desired educational and career opportunities.

H.R. 5 also would hurt children, minorities, and other underserved communities who depend on goods and services from religious charities. Already, faith-based adoption agencies in New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania have been forced to close rather than violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. When this happens, it’s the children who suffer and H.R. 5 would make this a national crisis.

Lastly, I am concerned about the impact this law would have on children and minors suffering from gender dysphoria. Many gender-affirming treatments like surgery, puberty blockers, and hormones, are irreversible, and can create permanent physical health problems. Children and teenagers are still developing mentally, physically, and emotionally and are often too young to make these permanent, life-altering decisions. H.R. 5 would pressure doctors to further normalize these procedures in fear of legal action.

Already, some parents have lost custody of their children because they refused these drastic procedures. There is nothing rational about breaking up families. Parents should not be afraid to seek medical care for a child because they are helpless to prevent a physician from subjecting their child to an unproven and medically unnecessary procedure.

Clearly, this bill has serious flaws, and falls far short of true equality. Please tell [MEMBER OF CONGRESS] to vote against H.R. 5.

Thank you for passing along my message.

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.@MEMBER, vote “NO” on the #HR5. This bill targets people of religious faith, erodes protections for women, and would take children away from parents who refuse radical hormone therapies.

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The #EqualityAct hurts #WomenInSports and undercuts the women who depend on college sports and scholarships to obtain their educational and career goals. Read more: https://www.heritage.org/gender/commentary/equality-act-would-create-inequality-women

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The #EqualityAct is not #EqualityForAll. Women and girls should not be forced to share bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers with biological males who identify as female. Women have a right to feel safe and secure in these private spaces.

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The so-called #EqualityAct would take children away from parents who refuse to subject their children to unproven and medically unnecessary gender reassignment procedures. Breaking up families is not good for children, parents, or society. Vote “NO” on #HR5.

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The #EqualityAct would force religious charities such as adoption agencies, food pantries, and homeless shelters to either close down or violate their religious beliefs on marriage, gender, and family. This is an attack on religion and hurts underserved populations in need.

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The 100,000+ American children in need of adoption each year would be hurt by #HR5. The numerous faith-based adoption agencies that serve these vulnerable children would be forced to either close down or violate sincerely held religious beliefs. The #EqualityAct is not #EqualityForAll.

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