Project 2025 March 11 Update

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Project 2025 is a 920-page plan, spearheaded by the powerful and extreme far-right Heritage Foundation. This blueprint for autocracy is supported by more than 100 organizations. Their stated goal is to create an “ideal” America that would see women, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, people of color, and others deprived of their hard-won constitutional rights and the erosion of environmental and education protections. It also advocates for a frightening centralization of power in the executive branch. Rooted in hate and Christian Nationalism, the plan promises to “rescue the country.” Read GPAHE’s full analysis of Project 2025 and the groups behind it. 

GPAHE tracks the activities of those behind Project 2025, and their plans for an authoritarian and Christian Nationalist America. To be clear, these plans continue regardless of who is president, and the groups in this extremist movement are relentlessly implementing initiatives at local, state, and federal levels. 

Today we look at women’s rights: “recreational sex,” contraception, IVF, and animal-human hybrids.

Heritage Foundation: condemning “recreational sex” and contraception

A central tenet of the Christian Nationalist movement is reverting to a traditional, Biblical family where marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman and sex outside of procreation is discouraged, if not verboten. 

On February 28, Project 2025 lead, Heritage Foundation, fresh from their first-ever International Coalition on Gender Imperialism conference the previous day, reposted a tweet from Critical Race Theory and DEI opponent, Christopher Rufo, a former Heritage and Claremont Institute fellow (a Project 2025 advisory group).

“Recreational sex”’ is a large part of the reason we have so many single-mother households, which drives poverty, crime, and dysfunction. The point of sex is to create children—this is natural, normal, and good.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo)

This sentiment echoes that of another tweet amplified by the Heritage Foundation that has been resurfacing of late. It features a clip of a speaker at 2023’s C-PAC conference denouncing the use of contraceptives.

Students for Life of America: Contraception causes abortion, harms nuns, and empowers pedophiles

Another Project 2025 advisory board member, Students for Life of America (SFLA), which boasts chapters in all 50 states, believes that contraception use is not only “senseless,” but it can be downright dangerous and lead to unwanted pregnancies.

As reported by Rolling Stone, the staunchly anti-abortion lobbying group SFLA states on its website that “contraception tends to feel like a ‘side issue’ for some pro-life advocates.” They add, “But we do have a responsibility to address it as it plays a significant role in the supply and demand for abortion – in addition to causing a number of abortions itself.”

Birth control pills, injections, patches, rings, and Plan B are all abortifacients, the organization claims, “unnaturally” ending the life of a “conceived person” before they have a chance to implant in the lining of the uterus. 

According to SFLA, the availability of birth control also puts an anti-constitutional burden on nuns and encourages pedophiles. “Students for Life of America does oppose violations of Constitutional conscience rights in forcing people, such as nuns, to purchase or subsidize drugs or devices which they find morally objectionable,” they state on their website [emphasis theirs]. “We also oppose efforts to sell products with the capacity to end preborn life over the counter, in part because such products empower abusers, who attempt to avoid pregnancy as their criminal acts toward minors take place.” 

Students for Life of America: Abortion drug may lead to extinction of endangered species 

According to SFLA, abortion drugs also violate the Endangered Species Act. (Project 2025, ironically, would abolish all efforts to protect endangered species). 

In an amicus brief, SFLA outlined their opposition to mifepristone in a case the US Supreme Court is set to hear at the end of March. They posited that the approval of the abortion drug mifepristone in 2000 has put the country’s waterways in danger. SFLA warns of “the inevitable harm that has and will continue to result to endangered species and the environment from releases of this dangerous chemical.” 

Despite Project 2025’s disdain for bureaucracy, SFLA is calling for a host of government studies on mifepristone, which should be banned until it can be proven there is no environmental impact on endangered species.

“The FDA’s actions on Mifepristone have failed to meet the requirements of the ESA and, therefore, must be revoked until the agency can implement measures to ensure that its actions do not adversely affect listed endangered or threatened species or designated critical habitats. Failure to do so could lead to the extinction of these species.” Animals at risk due to human abortions, which SFLA’s legal brief highlights in photos, include the red wolf, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, the leopard darter, the California condor, the whooping crane, and sockeye salmon.

Family Research Council: IVF can lead to cloning and chimeras

Although IVF is often the only answer for millions of Americans who are unable to have children without medical assistance, this procedure is not in line with the Christian Nationalist theory that “life begins at conception.”

While the IVF controversy raged in Alabama, Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s (D-IL) Right to Family Building Act would protect every American’s right to access in-vitro fertilization. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a co-sponsor of the bill, says “it’s hard to comprehend Republican attacks on technologies that help women have more children, unless you remember that the bottom line for the anti-choice movement is—and has always been—about control.” 

The Family Research Council (FRC) argues that legal infertility treatments are a slippery slope and that Duckworth’s bill has a hidden agenda. Expounding upon the sordid details in a Tweet on February 27, 2024,  FRC’s Quena Gonzalez, also a climate-denier, asserts that if IVF is determined to be a federal right, Duckworth’s bill would also lead to “human cloning, gene-editing for designer babies,” the “creation of animal-human hybrids (“chimeras”),” and the “trafficking and destruction of human embryos,” among other nefarious outcomes.

Alliance Defending Freedom: Alabama IVF ruling a victory for “embryonic children” 

Alabama State Supreme Court’s decision that frozen embryos are children has emboldened the Christian right and can be counted as a major victory in Project 2025’s battle to erode the separation of church and state. 

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker wrote in his opinion that human life “cannot be wrongfully destroyed without incurring the wrath of a holy God, who views the destruction of His image as an affront to Himself.”

Project 2025 advisor Alliance Defending Freedom rejoiced in the fact that “embryonic children in Alabama will now be treated with the level of love and care that any parent would want for their child,” and safeguarded from being accidentally dropped on the floor and killed, as they were in the original case from 2020 “when a patient in a Mobile, Alabama, hospital wandered into an adjoining, unsecured fertility clinic and accidentally destroyed a container of frozen embryonic children,” ADF states. The Alliance Defending Freedom, the force behind numerous anti-abortion and anti-contraception legal actions, called the AL Supreme Court’s decision a “tremendous victory for life.” 

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, another Project 2025 advisor, viewed the ruling as “a beautiful defense of life.” 

100 conservative organizations sign on to Project 2025 

The Heritage Foundation announced on February 20 that 100 organizations have now signed on to its Project 2025 coalition, adding another 20 far-right groups to the long list of supporters who are members of the Project’s advisory board, up from 80 earlier this year. 

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