The information below is from Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania. Mike explains the harsh reality of the so-called ‘Equality Act’ and why we need to protest Representative Fitzpatrick’s vote on this bill. Protest is scheduled for 12:00 noon on Friday, July 2nd.
Please participate in a protest at U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s District Office at 1717 Langhorne-Newtown Road in Langhorne in the Summit Square Shopping Center on Friday, July 2, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. This office building shares a parking lot with a Giant Supermarket, where ample parking is available.
The purpose of this Event is to continue our efforts to persuade Rep. Fitzpatrick to cease his support for the “Equality Act” (EA). On February 25, 2021, Rep. Fitzpatrick became one of only three Republican U.S. House Members to vote for this very pro-abortion legislation with many other harms.
Our area’s pro-life movement needs to provide leadership to resist these Culture of Death intrusions into the Republican Party.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has summarized the harms of the EA.
“Our faith calls us to uphold every individual’s dignity and rights against unjust discrimination – including in employment, housing, and services – regardless of characteristics or background. Rather than offering meaningful protections for individuals, the Equality Act would impose sweeping new norms that negatively impact the unborn, health care, charitable services, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and parental rights. The Act’s unsound definitions of ‘sex’ and ‘gender identity’ would erase women’s distinct, hard-won recognition in federal laws. Its sex-based nondiscrimination terms would end women’s shelters and many single-sex schools. It would close faith-based foster care and adoption agencies that honor children’s rights to a mother and father. The bill would even act as an abortion mandate. We must pursue justice and equality for anyone denied it; but this is a regrettable approach. We are gravely disappointed with the Act’s passage in the U.S. House.”
The EA would eliminate the Hyde Amendment – and other abortion funding restrictions because it redefines “sex” such that not funding abortions becomes an act of “sex discrimination.” Specifically, this expansion of abortion occurs because the EA re-defines “sex” to include “pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.” The EA also states that “pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition shall not receive less favorable treatment than other physical conditions.” Some prior court decisions and pro-abortion government officials have established that a “related medical condition” includes abortion.
The attached promotional flyer for this Event also summarizes the harms of the EA. (see flyer below)
Please do not be assuaged if Rep. Fitzpatrick reports that he is sponsoring “EA Lite,” also known as the “Fairness Act.” This legislation claims (quite dishonestly) to protect religious liberty and female athletics. Nevertheless, it maintains its abortion funding mandate.
In addition to attending this July 2nd Event, please send – or resend – your own correspondence to Rep. Fitzpatrick that urges him to oppose the EA.