The Washington Post reports:
More than a dozen prominent conservative groups and Catholic institutions are asking Capitol Hill leaders to overturn a pair of laws passed last year by the D.C. Council, calling them “unprecedented assaults upon our organizations,” setting the stage for a possible new intervention in the Democratic-majority city’s affairs from the Republican-majority Congress.
The laws being targeted would restrict the ability of private groups to discriminate based on religious beliefs. One bill, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, would prevent employers from taking action against workers based on their decision to use birth control or seek an abortion. Another bill, the Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014, repeals a longstanding, congressionally imposed measure exempting religious educational institutions from the city’s gay nondiscrimination law.
The signers include leaders of Heritage Action for America, the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage, as well as representatives from the Catholic University of America, the Archdiocese of Washington and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
You can find a copy of the letter here.
Please take a moment to join us in urging Congress to act to halt these dangerous bills. Contact Congress today and urge them to disapprove both the Reproductive Health NonDiscrimination Amendment Act of 2014 and Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014 during the congressional review period.