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The Equality Act’s Abortion Agenda


John Stonestreet

Roberto Rivera

The Equality Act, which recently passed the House, is branded as a civil rights bill for sexual minorities. In reality, it enshrines controversial ideas about sex and gender into law, and radically undercuts religious freedom.

Even more, it’s the most pro-abortion federal legislation in decades. One provision of the bill reads, “Pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions shall not receive less favorable treatment than other physical conditions.”

But discrimination on the basis of pregnancy is already illegal under the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act. So, why a new provision?

That phrase “related medical condition” is a euphemism for abortion. As Erika Bachiochi writes in America magazine, this provision means that “an institution or individual that provides or funds health care but not abortion . . . would be discriminating on the basis of sex… and would have no recourse to federal conscience protections.”

As if we needed another reason why the Equality Act must not become law.


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