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News You Should Know: How Fair is the 'Fairness for All' Act?

By Michael Farris, Jr. posted on:
December 13, 2019

This week, we take a look at the new Fairness For All Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation supposedly protects religious freedom while enshrining sexual orientation and gender identity into federal law, but religious freedom advocates are skeptical at best. Also this week, at The Hill, ADF Senior Vice President Kristen Waggoner exposes how a Democratic association made it clear any attorney general candidate who wants an endorsement has to support abortion. Plus, more female athletes are forced to compete against men, and a pro-life win at the U.S. Supreme Court. All of this from the Alliance Alert team.


ADF in the News

The Hill: No one wins with pro-abortion litmus test 

Many Americans support pro-life efforts and abortion restrictions, so why are Democrats creating a litmus test for their attorney general candidates? Writing at The Hill, ADF Senior Vice President for U.S. Legal Division Kristen Waggoner discusses a recent announcement by the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), which mandates that candidates for state attorney general voice support for abortion to win a DAGA endorsement. That new requirement, Waggoner writes, is out of step with one-third of Democrat voters. This strategy has backfired before—including after the Democratic National Convention doubled down its efforts to support Planned Parenthood—and it further alienates pro-life Democrats like Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. Most importantly, Waggoner says that scientific and medical advances are showing voters the important truth that life begins at conception.


Religious Freedom

WORLD: Controversial compromise

A bill seeking to enshrine sexual orientation and gender identity into federal law has been officially introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. But unlike the Equality Act, which sailed through the Democrat-controlled House earlier this year, this new bill, “Fairness For All,” faces overwhelming opposition from both sides of the aisle. And though the bill has gained support from the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), religious liberty advocates including Alliance Defending Freedom warn that it significantly erodes fundamental freedoms for all Americans. Speaking with WORLD Magazine, ADF Senior Counsel Greg Baylor points out, for example, that Fairness for All would jeopardize bodily privacy for women in girls in restrooms, locker rooms, and shelters. And it would threaten with punishment business owners who serve everyone, but decline to express certain messages or celebrate certain events that conflict with their core beliefs.


Marriage and the Family

The Washington Examiner: Sorry transgender athletes, but some things in life can't change

Some things in life can’t change, like a person’s biological sex. That’s the angle Bethany Mandel takes at The Washington Examiner, where she surveys the case of Rachel McKinnon, a biological male who has faced criticism for claiming the top spot in women's cycling. In a recent op-ed for The New York Times, McKinnon asserts that biology should not matter in sports, and that because certain legal documents identify McKinnon as “female,” McKinnon should be allowed to participate in women’s cycling. But Mandel disagrees. She argues that men will always have inherent athletic advantages over women due to biological differences. Denying that truth ends up harming women. As Mandel says, McKinnon should consider the hopes and dreams of female athletes who are deprived of a level playing field when they compete against men in women’s sports.

 

Sanctity of Life

National Review: Supreme Court Upholds Kentucky Law Requiring Abortionists to Describe Ultrasound to Woman

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to a Kentucky law that protects the life of unborn children. The court did explain why it denied the ACLU’s cert petition. The challenged law requires abortionists to perform an ultrasound, describe the unborn child to the mother, and allow the mother to listen to the heartbeat before ending the child’s life through abortion. Although the ACLU claimed the law violates abortionists’ free speech, Kentucky countered that the law ensures informed consent, allowing mothers to have access to more information before they resort to abortion.



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Michael Farris, Jr.

Michael Farris, Jr.

Legal Content Manager

Michael Farris, Jr., serves as Legal Content Manager for Alliance Defending Freedom and is a Virginia-born Idaho convert.


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