FOR POLICY MAKERS
America’s children are under attack. Some activists want to use precious children for a political agenda that would expose our children to dangerous and explicit sexual materials. As policymakers, whether lawmakers or others influencing the policy process, we have a duty to stand up for these innocent children. They are not only our greatest gifts: they are our future.
Please read and sign the Promise.
We, the undersigned, are concerned that American children are increasingly targeted for adults’ sexual messages, images, and themes, and this is happening at younger ages. They are exposed to explicit, sexual content not just by cultural forces, including social media and entertainment, but also by government-sponsored initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels. International and domestic activists infuse public school curriculum with graphic information about sex, abortion, and politicized ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity ideology.
In 2019, the House of Representatives also passed the Equality Act that could pave the way for similar curriculum in every state and overriding efforts by concerned parents and community members at the local level. In addition, the Equality Act and similar policies will penalize Americans (including parents) who disagree with the new ideologies. This will endanger children’s health, privacy and safety, and relationships with those who have the primary responsibility to love, provide for, educate and raise them.
In light of these developments, we commit to protecting every child in America in the following ways:
PROTECTING CHILDREN’S MINDS
Children are constantly learning. They are particularly influenced by the trusted adults in their lives. Lessons learned in childhood can set them on a course for success or failure. They can be taught to properly assess risk or to engage in risky behavior. They can be empowered to find their own voices or be set up as targets for exploitation. Children’s minds are treasures to be nurtured and grown. Therefore, we will work on behalf of children to affirm that:
- Every child deserves to be protected from being used in or exposed to pornography, graphic sexual content or activities as well as from being exposed to it in media and on the Internet.
- Every child deserves an education that is suited for their specific needs and development as guided by their parents, and one that is free from graphic sexual curriculum or content, the promotion of abortion, and politicized ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity. To protect this right, all public school sexual education programs should be opt-in, voluntarily chosen by parents. A general opt-out should be provided for other sensitive topics that families do not believe is appropriate for their children. Parents should have the right to review all curriculum, reading materials, teacher’s guides, and computer programs or apps.
- Every child deserves the right to free speech, to either speak or not speak and to affirm or not affirm messages or ideas that violate their beliefs or conscience.
- Every child deserves the opportunity to be guided and supported in making the healthiest decisions for their current and future physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health, including obtaining counseling that the parents determine is safe, appropriate, and in the child’s best interest, without government interference that excludes parents or exhibits a bias based on beliefs about sexuality, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
PROTECTING CHILDREN’S BODIES
Children’s bodies should be honored, protected, and given the chance to develop naturally. Their privacy and physical safety should not be sacrificed for the sake of political ideology. Adults responsible for them are charged with protecting and caring for their bodies. Therefore, we will work on behalf of children to affirm that:
- Every child deserves safety and privacy in sex-specific spaces such as locker rooms, showers, and restrooms at schools and other federally-funded public facilities.
- Every child deserves the opportunity to participate in fair and safe athletic competitions. Female athletes should not be forced to compete against biological males who identify as female in sports competitions intended for females.
- Every child deserves the opportunity to be affirmed and in their biological sex, and to be supported as they mature through puberty and other normal adolescent changes that shape their maturity and reproductive capacity. Elective physical interventions on the bodies of children (including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sterilizing surgeries) have not been proven safe or effective for physically healthy minors.
PROTECTING CHILDREN’S RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR PARENTS
The safest place for a child is with their loving and involved parents.Political or ideological efforts to drive wedges between children and their parents are not healthy. Therefore, we will work on behalf of children to affirm that:
- Every child deserves a “forever family.” Authorities should not limit or reduce the pool of foster or adoptive parents by forcing either child welfare agencies or prospective adoptive or foster care parents to violate their moral or religious beliefs, including the belief that every child deserves a mother and a father.
- Every child deserves a relationship with his or her mother and father. Children should not be removed from their parents over disagreements between their parents and the state about sexual orientation/gender identity counseling, therapy, or medical procedures.
- Every child deserves to have his or her parents informed of and involved in important life decisions. Authority figures (including teachers, counselors, or medical professionals) should not withhold information about a child’s sexual activity, development, or identity from parents or take any action that undermines the parents’ role in guiding the child in these areas. Nor should authority figures encourage or coerce a child to withhold information about important life decisions from the parent.
SIGN THE PROMISE TO AMERICA'S CHILDREN
When you sign the Promise to America’s Children, you’re demonstrating that you want to protect our children’s minds, bodies, and hearts. We understand that political dynamics can be challenging, so by signing this you are not making a promise to vote for or against specific legislation (with the exception of the federal Equality Act, which clearly violates all principles of this Promise). Your signing of the Promise will be used to demonstrate the strength of support for our children, including to constituents and other policymakers. It’s something that you can share with constituents to demonstrate your commitment to their children’s futures!
EXAMPLES OF GOOD LEGISLATION
Wondering what kind of current legislation aligns with the 10 principles of the Promise? Here are a few federal bills that address issues covered in the Promise (along with which principle number they align with). To find out about good legislation in your state, we recommend reaching out to your local Family Policy Council. See if your state organization has signed the Promise here.
Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act
Sponsor: Sen. Tim Scott (SC)
This important bill, which aligns with Promise principle #8, ensures that faith-based organizations may continue providing services for children in accordance with their consciences.
Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2021
Sponsors: Rep. Greg Steube (FL-17) and Sen. Mike Lee (UT)
This bill, which aligns with Promise principle #6, ensures that school-sponsored girls’ sports are reserved for biological females.
Protecting Children from Experimentation Act
Sponsors: Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-1) and Sen. Roger Marshall (KS)
This bill, which aligns with Promise principle #7, prevents dangerous transgender medical experiments on minors.
End Taxpayer Funding of Gender Experimentation Act
Sponsor: Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-1)
This bill, which also aligns with Promise principle #7, prevents taxpayer funding of transgender medical interventions.
SEN. LISA KEIM
Maine, District 18
REP. ALLEN ANDREWS
Missouri, District 1
REP. JENA POWELL
Ohio, District 80
REP. TIM MILLER
Minnesota, District 17A
SEN. TOM McGILLVRAY
Montana, District 23
SEN. STACEY GUERIN
Maine, District 10
SEN. BRYANT RICHARDSON
Delaware, District 21
SEN. MIKE THOMPSON
Kansas, District 10
REP. SARAH VANCE
Alaska, District 31
REP. SUSAN HUMPHRIES
Kansas, District 99
REP. WALTER BLACKMAN
Arizona, District 6
SEN. CHUCK PAYNE
Georgia, District 54
REP. SAGE DIXON
Idaho, District 1B
REP. TERRY MOORE
Montana, District 54
REP. ROD MONTOYA
New Mexico, District 1
REP. PATRICK NEVILLE
Colorado, District 45
REP. JOHN HERSHEY
Pennsylvania, District 82
REP. PAUL SCHEMEL
Pennsylvania, District 90
REP. ERIC SMITH
Kansas, District 76
REP. ROBIN LUNDSTRUM
Arkansas, District 87
Ohio Board of Education, District 3
REP. JOSH BONNER
Georgia, District 72
REP. SARA WALSH
Missouri, District 50
REP. BEN KOPPELMAN
North Dakota, District 16
REP. KIM KOPPELMAN
North Dakota, District 13
REP. STEVEN HOWE
Kansas, District 71
SEN. LARRY HICKS
Wyoming, District 11
SEN. DAN DOCKSTADER
Wyoming, District 16
REP. LISA MOSER
Kansas, District 106
REP. BARB WASINGER
Kansas, District 111
SEN. CARRIE RUUD
Minnesota, District 10
REP. JOE HAMM
Pennsylvania, District 84