AB 569 Directly Attacks Religious Liberty

The California Senate will be voting soon on a measure that is a very direct threat to our religious freedoms in the Golden State. AB 569 opens the door to a direct assault on ministries establishing standards of conduct for their staff people.

Assembly Bill 569 (AB 569) would:

  • PROHIBIT all religious organizations, including churches and religious schools, from the terminating or taking disciplinary or retaliatory action of any employee for becoming pregnant out-of-wedlock, having an abortion, or seeking medical services for considering an abortion.
  • PROHIBIT all religious organizations, including churches and religious schools, from requiring an employee to sign, to agree to, or to follow a code of conduct that states denying any employee the right to make the employee’s own decisions for becoming pregnant out-of-wedlock, having an abortion, or seeking medical services for considering an abortion.
  • REQUIRE all religious organizations, including churches and religious schools, which require compliance with an employee handbook to include in the handbook notice of the employee’s rights of becoming pregnant out-of-wedlock, having an abortion, or seeking medical services for considering an abortion.
  • ONLY ALLOW a small exemption for a pastor or “employee who leads a religious organization, conducts worship services or important religious ceremonies or rituals, or serves as a messenger or teacher of its faith,” but would be enforced for all other employees.

This ungodly and unscriptural bill acts under the guise of “protecting the right to privacy of the citizens of the State of California” and insuring “Californians’ freedom to make reproductive health decisions free of interference from their employers,” including a church employer. Should a Baptist Church or its Schools require that all its employees live in accordance with the Bible including abstaining from fornication and valuing the life of the unborn?

Pray.

Also, get your church and others to pray.

Call your Senator.

Ask them to vote no when it comes to the floor in the next few weeks. Have others that you know call their Senator’s office as well.

Meet with your Senator.

Make an appointment with them at the Capitol, or schedule a meeting in your local district. We would be happy to assist you with this.