Eagle Forum of Alabama, a 501(c) (4), successfully drafted a bill that was shared with the Alabama legislature that would make it a felony to administer puberty blockers or gender hormones to anyone under the age of 19. The felony charge would also apply to gender reassignment surgery for individuals under the age of 19.
The bill reads:
For minors who are placed on puberty blockers that inhibit their bodies from experiencing the natural process of sexual development, the overwhelming majority will continue down a path toward cross-sex hormones and cosmetic surgery. This unproven, poorly studied series of interventions results in numerous harmful effects for minors, as well as risks of effects simply unknown due to the new and experimental nature of these interventions. Among the known harms from puberty blockers is diminished bone density; the full effect of puberty blockers on brain development and cognition are yet unknown, though reason for concern is now present. There is no research on the long-term risks to minors of persistent exposure to puberty blockers.
On April 8, 2022, the Alabama legislature passed the bill based on the Eagle Forum’s draft.
The bill mimics Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill by forbidding teachers to withhold information from parents about their children’s feelings that their gender does not match their biological sex. This applies to both public and private schools.
On August 10, 2020, Joe Biden’s DOJ served the Eagle Forum with a subpoena demanding they turn over all of their records related to the bill they drafted. Incredibly, Eagle Forum of Alabama is also compelled by America’s most highly politicized and crooked DOJ to turn over all communication related to the drafting of the bill, including emails, social media posts, summaries, analysis, fact sheets, talking points, drafts of legislation including those from third parties, policies, goals, strategies, initiatives, polling, public opinion data, minutes, records, presentations, interviews, mass mailouts, emails, videos and all communications with government and non-government organizations or individuals including member legislators, employees, the Attorney General, lobbyists, consultants, etc., from 2017 which detail EFA’s legislative activities related to the VCAP.
Today, John Mark Graham of Phelps Dunbar, LLP, filed a motion to Quash the subpoena on behalf of Eagle Forum Alabama.
The Eagle Forum’s draft of the bill was made public and was publicly available on their website.
On September 2, Margaret S. Clarke, who is acting as general counsel on behalf of Eagle Forum Alabama wrote a letter to Eagle Forum board members describing the dangerous nature of the subpoena issued against the 501 (c) (4) group who has a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to submit bills to lawmakers in their state.
Clarke describes the importance of the non-profit status of the Eagle Forum Alabama (EFA):
EFA is a non-profit Alabama social welfare advocacy organization operating under the 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code for the benefit of the citizens in the state of Alabama. By definition, a 501(c)(4) social welfare advocacy organization is legally authorized and expected to fully participate in the legislative processes through education and lobbying efforts.
EFA has been engaged in the legislative process in Alabama for over 45 years. It supports strong families, constitutional liberty, personal responsibility, the sanctity of life, and the principle of free government through the education of citizens and government officials including legislators, grassroots public policy initiatives and advocacy of legislative reform. In over 45 years of policy and legislative reform efforts, to my knowledge, neither EFA nor any of its sister-state organizations, nor the national Eagle Forum working in Washington have ever been subpoenaed pertaining to their legislative reform efforts. This would completely undermine the entire process by threatening advocates, pro or con, with record production.
Here is a summary of her letter:
On its face, this subpoena from an intervenor party to a non-party appears to be an overreach of power without legitimate need or relevancy to the underlying lawsuit. This is potentially a case of political harassment. The voluminous requests would be a massive and undue burden on EFA, which is comprised almost entirely of volunteer Alabama citizens. This is an unwarranted and oppressive burden by the United States government to place on those who are exercising their constitutional rights to political free speech and conscience, freedom of association, and freedom to petition the government. If this subpoena is enforced it will have an unprecedented chilling effect on historically protected Constitutional rights and legislative advocacy in Alabama and possibly around America.
Becky Gerritson, the executive director of Eagle Forum Alabama is no stranger to unwarranted persecution by a government agency that’s being used to punish political enemies. In 2013, Barack Obama’s highly partisan IRS waged war against popular Tea Parties and voter integrity groups under the direction of the lawless Lois Lerner. Gerritson, who was at the time, the Wetumpka Tea Party leader gave a powerful and emotional speech in front of Congress during a congressional hearing related to the IRS targeting their political enemies. Her impassioned speech immediately went viral and became a rallying cry for Americans to fight back against an overreaching and lawless government that uses power they are not given to punish political enemies.
Joe Biden may be the acting “president,” but it sure is beginning to feel a lot like Barack Obama’s 8-year reign of terror on America. By the way, what happened to the 24/7 media coverage of Barack and Michelle Obama that we used to see when Donald Trump was in office?
Have the Obama’s disappeared, or are they somewhere behind the stage at the current White House, strategizing with fellow American-hating former officials Susan Rice and others strategizing about how they can use government agencies like the FBI, DOJ and IRS to target their political enemies?