I am very blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people at National Right to Life – committed activists on behalf of unborn babies who have no voice of their own.
This team of pro-life leaders devises strategies that save lives, that change laws, and that are building a culture that will protect and preserve life. They are a treasure to the movement to save the unborn.
So what would happen if a law was passed that effectively said we couldn’t “discriminate” by only hiring pro-life employees; in other words, requiring us to consider pro-abortion applicants in our hiring?
That’s right, I said “pro-abortion”!
We’ve written before how the freedoms of pro-lifers are being threatened or taken away, one at a time. Campaign laws that would ban National Right to Life from writing or talking about issues that the (pro-abortion) media are exempted from and allowed to speak about. Government mandates whose underlying premises could be used to require all employers to provide insurance that covers abortion. Threats to conscience clauses for pro-life doctors and nurses.
And now a new threat: Who we can hire.
The city council of Washington, D.C., where National Right to Life is located, recently passed the “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act,” or RHNDA. The law prohibits employers within the District from engaging in “discrimination” on the basis of “decisions” reached by employees, or potential employees, regarding “reproductive health” matters. RHNDA’s scope is very broad, covering any “decisions” that are “related to the use . . . of a particular . . . medical service . . .”
Under RHNDA, using any “decision . . . related to” abortion to inform decisions about hiring, firing, or benefits (among other things) would expose our organization both to enforcement actions by the District government bureaucracy, and to private lawsuits (some of which would likely be engendered by “sting” operations by pro-abortion advocates).
The legislation was created by a national pro-abortion activist organization, and is a direct attack on National Right to Life and other pro-life groups. And since getting the District of Columbia to pass it, they’ve had similar bills introduced in five states!
Where will this end?
National Right to Life is grateful to the U.S. House of Representatives, which voted last week to overturn the law. Congress has a right to do this under the Constitution, which gives it authority to legislate for the District.
But that vote is not the end of the road. President Obama threatened to veto congressional action to protect the rights of pro-life organizations to hire, well, pro-lifers! So there is a lot of work left to do.
You can help National Right to Life protect the unborn, be their voice, and combat growing efforts to silence us in that pursuit. Your support makes us that much stronger a voice for those who so desperately need it!
Please consider a gift of $100, $75, $50, or $35 so we can warn Americans about this growing threat – the threat to shut down their voice in every conceivable way.
When enough Americans know the threat, we can stop it in its tracks.
The heavy hand of government should never be used to smash the rights to expression and association guaranteed by our Constitution. Help us protect those rights for every American, born and unborn!
National Right to Life President