The Equality Act is unlike any other bill before Congress. Most legislation is meant to spark debate and help unite our country around a common purpose. With this bill, though, the radical Left has revealed it no longer cares about simply winning the debate. Rather, the Left wants to stop the debate from ever happening.
When members of Congress first introduced the Equality Act, which will likely be voted on this week, President Joe Biden strongly supported the bill, asserting that “every person should be treated with dignity and respect.” That is, everyone except those who disagree with the revolutionary aims of the legislation. And despite being named the “Equality Act,” the law further entrenches unequal treatment for the most vulnerable among us, putting their lives at risk.
At a time when America is suffering from deep divisions and the president himself has made impassioned pleas for national unity, the Equality Act appears designed to stoke conflict. It violates both the reason and conscience of every single American who fails to affirm the most extreme dogmas of the farthest fringes of the modern Left. The bill would provide public funding for left-wing social engineering and use the force of the state to silence debate on the most contentious issues of our time. It would also open the door to unprecedented funding for the abortion industry.
Let’s look at abortion. Gone are the days when pro-abortion politicians demanded the so-called “right” to an abortion. It is no longer enough that killing one’s child is upheld as a constitutional right—now your neighbors must pay for it. The Equality Act requires all federal and state health programs, along with every hospital, clinic, school or health care organization that receives federal funds, to stop what it calls “pregnancy discrimination” and provide access to all “treatments” for the “condition” of pregnancy.
Federal law already bars discrimination against pregnant mothers. What the bureaucratese in the Equality Act actually means is that sustaining a pregnancy must be treated exactly the same as ending a pregnancy. Providing an ultrasound for a mother to see her baby’s hands and hear her baby’s heart would be considered no different than committing an abortion that stops a baby’s heart and forcibly removes a baby’s hands, head and limbs from his mother’s womb piece by agonizing piece.