Imagine what would happen if the government passed a law forcing People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to hire someone who hunts on the weekend.
The outrage. The hysteria. The outcry.
While this is a hypothetical, a law like this was recently passed in New York. And not a peep from the mainstream media.
I wonder why. Could it be that the law only negatively affects pro-life institutions?
That’s right. This New York law interferes with the ability of pro-life pregnancy centers to make employment decisions based on their pro-life convictions.
That’s why Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on behalf of CompassCare Pregnancy Services, First Bible Baptist Church, and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates challenging this unconstitutional state law.
CompassCare Pregnancy Services is a pro-life medical provider that has been serving women facing unplanned pregnancies in Rochester, New York for over 30 years. CompassCare discusses life-affirming options with each woman who comes through its doors, and provides free resources, information, and emotional support to them.
The staff at CompassCare strives to offer a caring and non-judgmental place where a woman can go to have her questions answered, helping her make the best choice for her and her baby. And it has done just that. Women describe their experience at CompassCare as “comfortable” and the staff as “warm,” “caring,” “not judgmental,” and “extremely helpful.”
And you know what they’ve found? When women are equipped with the resources and information they need, they are more likely to choose life for their unborn babies.
Praise God! That should be something we all can celebrate!
But New York is undermining pro-life pregnancy centers like CompassCare by forcing them to violate their beliefs in key personnel and leadership decisions. In other words, New York is demanding that pro-life organizations hire pro-abortion employees – even though these employees disagree with the very mission of the organization.
Could it be that New York is specifically targeting pro-life organizations? That certainly seems clear considering that New York recently passed one of the most expansive abortion laws in the country (to a standing ovation).
Here’s the bottom line: Religious organizations, including pro-life groups and healthcare providers, should be free to hire employees based on their shared beliefs. And the government should protect that freedom, not threaten it.
Forcing organizations to violate their beliefs is unconstitutional and has no place in our society.
And that’s something we should all be able to agree upon, even abortion advocates.