Please Join us on Friday, July 2nd to Protest Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s Vote on the Equality Act

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. 

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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.

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Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and the Equality Act

Below is a report from Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania on the recent Rally & Protest of Representative Brian Fitzpatrick for his vote on the Equality Act.  Pictures at the bottom were submitted by Mike and Mary Scirocco.   I’ve also included an opinion column Mike submitted to the Bucks County Courier Times on the Equality Act.  

Equality Act

I thank everyone of the approximately 60 people who participated in our protest at Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s District Office on Friday, March 26, 2021 because of his support for the “Equality Act” (EA).

This March 26th Protest launched ongoing efforts to privately contact and publicly admonish Rep. Fitzpatrick because of his support for this insidiously evil legislation.  These efforts regarding Rep. Fitzpatrick and the EA have become a critical test of the pro-life movement’s zeal for and effectiveness on this issue, as well as an opportunity to maintain the opposition of Republican legislators to EA-type legislation.

We plan to continue our efforts by contacting supportive clergy and requesting their participation in this effort.  So, please participate in our continuing efforts to encourage constituents to contact Rep. Fitzpatrick regarding the EA.  I am attaching a flyer to assist in that request.

Fitzpatrick Protest Pictures
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We Get the Behavior We are Willing to Tolerate

“We get the behavior we are willing to tolerate”. 

Apply this axiom to what we are willing to tolerate from our government representatives, from our local committee office all the way up to the President of the United States.

What behavior are we willing to tolerate?

This past Friday the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania held a public forum outside of Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s local office in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania to voice our concerns with his support of the Equality Act. A Republican, Fitzpatrick in 2019 said he would not vote for that version of the Equality Act without a religious exemption; however, two years later he voted for the 2021 version of the Equality Act which specifically notes there is no exemption for religious concerns. 

Here is some of the fine print of this act as currently written and waiting on a Senate vote.

*This legislation authorizes individuals and or government officials to punish Catholic hospitals and/or health care professionals who decline to commit abortions or gender transition surgeries.  It allows no provision for conscience rights, as any reference to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is expressly disallowed.

*Taxpayer funding of elective abortions would now be a result of the “equality” act.

*Minors who wish to pursue gender transitioning surgery/hormonal change would not require parental consent

*Anyone who identifies as opposite to their biological sex would need only to state this fact to join same sex schools and teams.  Also, no questions asked to enter private facilities such as restrooms, locker rooms, or women’s shelters.  In other words, a biological male who perceives himself as a woman can now attend a girls-only school and proceed to play on the same athletic field, regardless if any hormonal therapy has taken place or not. This could have a profound effect on women’s sports and sport scholarships.  Also, a biological male can enter a women’s shelter if he so states he identifies as a woman.  The Equality Act contains no acknowledgement that males and females are biologically different.  What happened to “follow the science” as we have been admonished to do for global warming or Covid concerns?

 I have no idea how they plan to protect a woman in a shelter if a straight male enters, clearly planning to exploit the Equality Act for his own purposes, which could include assault, rape or murder. Apparently Fitzpatrick didn’t see the need to consider or protect these women’s rights.

Now is the time to hold our representatives’ feet to the fire.  One of the positive results of Friday’s rally is there was a genuine sharing of information how to get involved in local politics in order to have your voice heard.  Search for local Facebook pages for your local township, call your state representative to obtain information of local party committees, ask neighbors and friends if they have any contacts.

Politics is like commerce.  We buy a particular product because we like what it does and we pay for it with our vote.  Once we notice a degradation in the quality of the product, we can opt to take our business elsewhere.  We should never put the failed product back in our pantry or closet and simply say, oh well, nothing I can do about that.  There is always something you can do and silently tolerating poor performance or behavior should not be our default.

Rally Scheduled for Friday, March 26th Outside Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s Office

Fitzpatrick Rally

This coming Friday, March 26th we will be holding a rally outside of Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s Langhorne Office to protest his votes on both the Equality Act and the ERA. Most know of his recent vote on the Equality Act but might not remember his vote for the ERA.  (The pro-abortion movement is trying to “air drop” the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment into the U.S. Constitution! If their unprecedented scheme is successful, pro-life legislation nationwide could be destroyed.)

We will gather outside the office building at 1 Summit Square at 11:00 am.  Please see the flyer for this event and a Code of Conduct below.  Please print out the flyer and make sure to read the Code of Conduct.  

One Summit Square

Rep. Fitzpatrick’s office is located in the office building  at the northwest corner of the Summit Square Shopping Center.   You can enter the shopping center on Newtown Langhorne Road (Newtown Bypass).  

 

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