The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court signaled a change for pro-abortion activists. No longer is Roe v. Wade settled law, as abortion advocates like to argue, but now vulnerable as more and more pro-life cases come to the Supreme Court. Unable to deal with this impending threat of Roe being overturned, Democrats and pro-abortion activists have decided to include abortion access within the Equality Act (the “Act”). They’re just hoping that Americans don’t figure that out.
In order to learn about how abortion factors into the Equality Act, it requires a careful reading between the lines. The Act basically amends the Civil Rights Act by redefining the phrase “sex” to include sexual orientation and gender identity. But the bill goes even further and also includes “pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition” as a protected class, which was likely designed by Democratic lawmakers and abortion lobbyists to make abortion discrimination illegal.
For example, if a woman goes to a physician for the abortion pill or a surgical abortion and is denied for conscience objection of the physician or the hospital, she could sue for discrimination. There are fewer and fewer doctors in the U.S. willing to undergo abortion training so the Act could result in thousands of doctors and hundreds of hospitals being at risk for lawsuits. Abortion procedures would also likely become a mandatory, instead of a voluntary, part of medical school curriculum. The bill could easily result in Americans paying for all abortions. Employers who already provide health insurance covering pregnancy would also have to pay for abortion so as not to be guilty of “discrimination” under the Act.
For the pro-life community and physicians across the country, that is obviously incredibly problematic but also demonstrates something interesting about the pro-abortion movement. Abortion activists are scared. The momentum in the pro-life movement, and the culture at large, is moving against them. From Georgia, Ohio and Missouri to now Alabama, pro-life bills are receiving support from voters and legislatures across the country.
As the pro-life movement continues to grow, the future of abortion is looking rather bleak. That’s why Democratic legislators decided to try and slip pro-abortion legislation in the Equality Act under the radar. It is not to help women or families—it is to circumvent the American people by forcing doctors to perform and taxpayers and employers to financially support abortion. It’s a rather underhanded ploy, but it could work.
The Equality Act will likely pass the House of Representatives, with even some Republican support. Despite the discriminatory policies towards religious liberty and life, the pressure of the LGBT community means that the act has some strong support and cultural influence behind it. At this point, the Senate seems unlikely to vote on this legislation right now and it will likely die in the upper chamber. But that doesn’t mean the battle has ended.
The outcome of the next election could determine the future of religious liberty in this country. If the Democrats keep the House and take back the Senate and the Presidency, it won’t be long before this legislation and other radical pieces of progressive policy are quickly enacted and the religious liberty our forefathers tried so hard to protect dies under the weight of the liberal progressive agenda.