Misnamed “Equality Act” poses threats to pro-life laws
From the USCCB:
This Friday, the U.S. House will vote on H.R. 5, the misnamed “Equality Act.” This bill would undermine current pro-life laws, including conscience protections for health care providers, and could be read to require taxpayer funding of abortion. H.R. 5 adds problematic “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” language to the definition of “sex” in the Civil Rights Act, threatening religious freedom, privacy, free speech, quality health care, and many charitable organizations.
By redefining “sex” to mean “pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition,” the bill could be construed to mandate that no hospital, doctor, employer, or government can “discriminate” against a woman by not allowing “services” that are unique to women, i.e. abortions. Lawsuits could be brought against all kinds of reasonable abortion regulations, potentially overturning laws like the Hyde Amendment that prevent taxpayer funds from paying for abortion through Medicaid, and upsetting conscience protection laws.
The Church seeks to promote justice and human dignity, and so Catholics are opposed to all unjust discrimination. But the “Equality Act” does not offer meaningful protections for individuals and instead undermines a host of other important laws and protections for people.
Contact your senators and representative today and urge them to oppose the “Equality Act”!
call: by Thursday May 16, 2019: The Equality Act is the most comprehensive assault on religious liberty, the right to life, and privacy rights ever packaged into one bill in the history of the United States.
It passed the House Judiciary Committee last week and is scheduled for a vote this week, possibly on Thursday.
Please call Cheri Bustos and ask her to vote “NO”.
Her phone number is 202 225 5905