Target announced last week that transgender customers are welcome to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity while shopping at its stores in New Jersey and throughout the country.
"In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.
Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.” - Corporate Statement Issued by Target
Following the announcement, the American Family Association called for a nationwide boycott of Target. AFA President, Tim Wildmon noted that this policy means “a man can simply say he ‘feels like a woman today’ and enter the women’s restroom.”
A secretly recorded video that was posted online by a gentleman who wanted to see for himself how this policy would play out reveals how simple it is for any biological male to access the female bathrooms at Target. The video shows a man as he obtains permission to use the women’s restroom in Target by simply explaining to an employee that using the men’s bathroom made him feel uncomfortable. The store employee then noted, that if any of the women in the bathroom had a problem, “[t]hey can come and we will speak to that.”
Since Target’s announcement, over 915,000 citizens have signed the pledge to boycott the large retail business.
Take Action: Tell Target how you feel about their new policy- inviting men into women's bathrooms and dressing rooms. You can also
call Target at 1-800-440-0680 or sign the boycott on AFA’s website, until Target makes the safety of women and children a priority.
On Saturday, April 23rd there were over 200 protests happening throughout New Jersey. The protests were organized under the #ProtestPP coalition of pro-life groups. The coalition held its first series of demonstrations last year in response to the investigative reports and videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, which appear to be evidence of Planned Parenthood engaging in the illegal sale of fetal tissue.
One of the protesters, Sean Flanagan of Florham Park, held a sign that read,
“Abortion: Kills a child, Cancels a father, Cripples a mother, Corrupts a nation.”
Mr. Flanagan also commented, “We are voices for the family and for the destruction that’s going on of the family through all of the aberrations that we see all around us.”
Republican Congressional candidate David Larsen, who opposes Rep. Leonard Lance in the Seventh District’s June primary, addressed the crowd via megaphone along with Peg Van Glahn who attended the protest on behalf of her husband, Republican candidate Rick Van Glahn running in the 11th district,
“We’re out here because we’re supporting the right to life,” Larsen said. “We believe that life starts at conception and we believe that the sanctity of life is very precious, and we’re here in support of those who are unborn, because they don’t have a voice.”
Larsen also emphasized the importance of stopping the federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
Needless to say, these protests happening in NJ didn’t give Planned Parenthood the “warm & fuzzies”… The CEO of Planned Parenthood in Central and Greater Northern New Jersey, Triste A. Brooks, released a statement Saturday in response to the protests held at Planned Parenthood locations throughout New Jersey.
“These protests are designed to shame the patients who seek basic health care services from Planned Parenthood and to intimidate the health care professionals who work here,” said Brooks.
“The bottom line is that everyone should be able to get health care without fear of violence, harassment or intimidation. These protests are part of a dangerous and deeply unpopular attack on women’s access to health care, with the goal of blocking access to care at Planned Parenthood Centers.”
The latest available data for New Jersey reports that in 2010, 104 publicly funded health centers provided family planning services. New Jersey’s network of publically funded family planning services is known as Safety-Net Providers; which includes state and local health departments; federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), Planned Parenthood affiliates, hospital-based clinics and other independent agencies. Of the 104 centers in New Jersey, in 2010 approximately 30 were Planned Parenthood clinics (less now). That leaves over 70 publicly funded facilities- NOT affiliated with Planned Parenthood that provide women with the necessary reproductive/gynecological care, pregnancy services and STD/HIV testing.
In response to Ms. Brooks comment above, based on the facts cited from the Guttmacher Institute and the NJ Department of Health, it’s clear that women can access healthcare at 70 other non-Planned Parenthood clinics without so-called “fear of violence, harassment or intimidation”. And while her rhetoric may stir up emotions, it doesn’t hold any weight against the facts. The Guttmacher Institute, State Facts on Publicly Funded Family Planning Services
New Video by Family Research Council Blasts Hypocritical Corporations Condemning North Carolina Bathroom Law.
In recent weeks we’ve seen a lot of back and forth on the transgender bathroom laws passed by North Carolina and it doesn’t appear that this gender-neutral bathroom battle will be ending anytime soon.
In the midst of relentless, powerful attacks coming from some of America’s “biggest and boldest” the governor of North Carolina continues to remain steadfast in his commitment to uphold HB2, the legislation that sparked this major national controversy. On the front lines of the fight the Family Policy Alliance (formerly CitizenLink), Family Research Council and North Carolina Family Policy Council (NCFPC) have stepped up alongside the governor; supporting this common sense bathroom bill, rallying groups across the nation and leading the opposition that refuses to back down to corporate bullying and special interest groups.
On Monday a rally was held in Raleigh, NC to support HB2; our friends at NCFPC invited thousands of people to join them in communicating a strong statement of support, showing legislators and the entire nation that we need these common sense Bathroom Safety and Privacy laws to keep men out of women’s restrooms. From the photo you can see the incredible turnout at the rally who came to show support of HB2 and common sense privacy laws.
-Statement by the North Carolina Family Policy Council
But that’s not all the Family Research Council (FRC) did. In a video intended to coincide with the rally, FRC blasted the corporations who condemned North Carolina after HB2’s passage, pointing out their blatant hypocrisy. These corporations, such as PayPal, HP, and Coca-Cola have all lambasted North Carolina, but at the same time, are doing business with countries that jail, and even kill homosexuals just for being homosexual.
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