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Dear Senators,

We write to you as pro-life organizations united in opposition to the Equality Act (H.R.5/S.393). If passed, this legislation would be a severe bludgeon to efforts to protect the unborn by establishing abortion rights under the auspices of addressing pregnancy-related conditions. Despite the bill’s sponsors’ claims that this bill has nothing to do with abortion, the language in both the House and Senate versions of the bill lack critical abortion neutral language. Without such language, the bill will open a pandora’s box of abortion-related policy concerns, from taxpayer funding for abortions to abortion coverage mandates in health plans. Furthermore, under the expanded terms for public accommodation and diminished conscience protections for medical professionals, many doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers could be forced to participate in abortions under penalty of law. We call on Senators to oppose this radical bill.

This legislation redefines “sex” as found in the Civil Rights Act. As enacted, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 offered protections by banning discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in areas such as employment, housing, and public accommodations. For decades, the Civil Rights Act has been further protected by the addition of important guardrailsdictating that such definitions may not be used to construe a right to abortion. However, by prohibiting “less favorable treatment” on the basis of “sex” including provisions related to “pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions,” and erasing the longstanding pro-life protections, the so-called Equality Act creates a path to impose onerous abortion mandates. In Doe v. C.A.R.S., the 3rd Circuit ruled “that the term ‘related medical condition’ includes an abortion.2 Accompanied with the new provisions relating to no “less favorable treatment” to that of the other “medical conditions,” abortion would likely be labeled a protected procedure. The National Partnership for Women and Families has stated that the Equality Act would provide an avenue for women “to challenge denials of reproductive health,” which is of course a misleading euphemism for abortion.3

The Equality Act’s expansive language requiring “any establishment that offers … health … care services or any federally-funded programs to follow the same definitions of “sex,” again including “pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions” would place public and private health facilities under the provisions of this act thereby endangering state and local pro-life protections.

Not only the facilities, but also each and every medical professional would be under the threat of discrimination charges for withholding services. The Equality Act explicitly blocks the use of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) claims for conscientious objection. Without RFRA protection there would be little recourse for medical professionals being forced to choose between following their consciences and being subjected to lawsuits, fines, and other penalties. This would be in direct conflict with conscience rights provisions already in law such as the longstanding Weldon and Church amendments and could set up a significant legal dilemma that will be litigated for years to come.

Without one explicit mention of abortion in its text, this legislation could be the biggest setback to the pro-life movement since Roe v. Wade. The Equality Act would present an open door for legal challenges to reasonable, widely supported restrictions on abortion and abortion funding across public and private entities.4 It would punish religious believers and treat them as second-class citizens who must violate their fundamental moral convictions to serve the goals of the pro-abortion movement. We call on the Senate to stand opposed to this manipulation of the Civil Rights Act that would strip away the rights of countless unborn children and the conscience rights of pro-life Americans.




Marjorie Dannenfelser


Susan B. Anthony List

Lila Rose

Founder & President

Live Action

Penny Young Nance

CEO & President

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

Ryan T. Anderson, PhD


Ethics and Public Policy Center

Russell Moore


Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Fr. Frank Pavone

National Director

Priests for Life

Colleen Holcomb


Eagle Forum

Craig DeRoche

President & CEO

Family Policy Alliance

Garrett Bess

Vice President of Government Relations and Communications

Heritage Action for America

Rev. Dean Nelson

Executive Director

Human Coalition Action

Alexandra Snyder


Life Legal Defense Foundation

Robin Pierucci, MD, MA.

Pro-Life Committee Chair

The American College of Pediatricians

Janet Morana

Co-Founder of The Silent No More Awareness Campaign

Silent No More

Larry Cirignano

DC Representative

Children First Foundation

Cathie Humbarger


Reprotection, Inc.

Astrid Bennett Gutierrez

Director and Founder

The VIDA Initiative

Marie Tasy

Executive Director

New Jersey Right to Life

Gene Mills


Louisiana Family Forum

Joseph Brinck


Sanctity of Life Foundation

Nathan Winters

Executive Director

Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming

Bob Vander Plaats

President & CEO

The FAMiLY Leader

Aaron Baer


Center for Christian Virtue

Michael Gonidakis


Ohio Right to Life

Allan E. Parker, Jr.


The Justice Foundation

Julaine K. Appling


Wisconsin Family Action

Peggy Nienaber

Vice President

Faith & Liberty

Joel Brind

President & CEO

Natural Food Science, LLC

Jo Ann Gerling


Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer

Samuel H. Lee


Campaign Life Missouri

Eva Andrade

President & CEO

Hawaii Family Forum

Sheila L. Harper

Founder & President


Carol Tobias


National Right to Life Committee

Kristan Hawkins


Students for Life of America/SFLAction

Star Parker


Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE)

Tom McClusky


March for Life Action

Catherine Glenn Foster, M.A., J.D.

President & CEO

Americans United for Life

Andrew M. Bath

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Thomas More Society

Bradley Mattes


Life Issues Institute

Roland Warren

President & CEO

Care Net

Thomas A. Glessner


National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA)

Day Gardner


National Black Pro-Life Union

Mary Vought

Executive Director

Senate Conservatives Fund

Hon. Joel D. Grewe

Executive Director

Generation Joshua


Deborah Tilden


S.M.A.R.T. Women’s Healthcare – Division of LifeVictory Enterprises LLC


Sister Jane Abeln


Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Conception

Christopher Bell


Good Counsel

Cole Muzio


Family Policy Alliance of Georgia

Esther Ripplinger, MBA

Executive Director

Human Life of Washington

Cynthia Collins



Andrew Shirvell, J.D.

Founder & Executive Director

Florida Voice for the Unborn

Joshua Edmonds

Executive Director

Georgia Life Alliance

Amber S. Haskew

Director of Public Policy

Liberty Counsel Action

C. Preston Noell III


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

John Helmberger

Chief Executive Officer

Minnesota Family Council

David Nammo

Executive Director & CEO

Christian Legal Society

Kimberlee Wood Colby


Center for Law & Religious Freedom

Joe Langfeld

Executive Director

Human Life Alliance

Dorothy Wallis

President & CEO

Caring to Love Ministries

Lois Anderson

Executive Director

Oregon Right to Life

Tami Fitzgerald

Executive Director

NC Values Coalition

Connie Eller, BSSW Founder

Missouri Blacks for Life

Jim Minnery


Alaska Family Action

Author: Press Release