Project 2025 March 27th 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, no matter who is president, and the groups in this extremist movement are relentlessly implementing initiatives at local, state, and federal levels. 

Here we look at Project 2025’s involvement in the mifepristone case, their disturbing inroads in Alabama and their war on climate change and electric vehicles. We’ll also hear Project 2025 supporters’ recent comments on trans people’s mental health, biblical borders, critical race theory and the ‘sexual evils’ of contraception.

FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine: Project 2025’s Day in Court

FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, a lawsuit backed by Christian Nationalist groups and litigated by Project 2025 member Alliance Defending Freedom, is poised to strike a devastating blow to women’s health rights as the Supreme Court addressed abortion accessibility on Tuesday with a decision expected in June.

A Supreme Court decision affirming a lower court’s restrictions on mifepristone, an abortion drug used in 60 countries and approved in the United States 24 years ago, would be a major win for Project 2025 supporters behind the suit. It would also sound a death knell for abortion access across the United States, where 63% of abortions, 642,700, were medical rather than surgical in 2023.

The challenge is being brought by the recently formed Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, (AHM) whose members pledge to honor their own “Essential Hippocratic Oath,” an addendum to the traditional ‘First, do no harm.’ 

“I will not help a woman obtain an abortion,” members pledge. “In purity and holiness, I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from the moment of fertilization until the moment of natural death, carefully guarding my role as a healer.” 

Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA is not a case that came about organically, but rather part of a strategic plan by far-right groups and Project 2025 supporters to further their anti-abortion agenda in the courtroom of a like-minded judge and through litigation based on misinformation and hypothetical injuries.

It all began just months before the original case was filed. As The Intercept reported, the AHM “incorporated in Amarillo in August 2022, bringing together five out-of-state anti-abortion groups: the Catholic Medical Association, the Coptic Medical Association of North America, the American College of Pediatricians, the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists [a Project 2025 member].”

Amarillo, Texas, was chosen as a home base by the AHM. No matter that Texas already bans abortion, the jurisdiction offered the opportunity to have the case heard in the courtroom of Matthew Kacsmaryk, an openly anti-abortion judge nominated to the bench by Donald Trump. 

The result was  Judge Kacsmaryk’s unprecedented April 2023 ruling to ban access to mifepristone, a decision riddled with anti-abortion rhetoric, such as referring to a fetus as an “unborn child” or “unborn human.” The Biden administration then launched a series of appeals culminating in the March 26, 2024 court date.

The affected parties in FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, represented by Project 2025 member Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), are anti-abortion medical professionals whose standing is proving difficult to establish. 

“One of those doctors is also a Republican state senator in Indiana. Another claims to be an expert in an ‘abortion pill reversal’ procedure that a leading medical group described as ‘unproven and unethical.’ A third hasn’t been licensed to practice medicine for years,” CNN reports

None of them have prescribed mifepristone, and their imminent injury claim comes from hypothetical psychological harm should someone who has taken the drug ever seek out their treatment.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Supreme Court Justices made note of that. “You need a person. You need a person to come in and meet the court’s regular standing requirements. So who’s your person? I know you have seven of them,” Justice Elena Kagan explained to ADF’s senior counsel Erin Hawley.

Hawley is married to Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, an anti-abortion, anti-recreational sex, election denier who was famously photographed saluting rioters with a raised fist on January 6, 2021. A member of the Senator’s staff, John Ehrett, is a contributor to Project 2025’s Mandate for Leadership.

“It makes perfect sense for the individual doctors to seek an exemption, but as I understand it, they already have that,” Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said. “And so what they’re asking for here is that, in order to prevent them from possibly ever having to do these kinds of procedures, everyone else should be prevented from getting access to this medication.”

Should the Supreme Court affirm Kacsmaryk’s decision, it would be ignoring facts, science and federal experts, and further opening the door to Project 2025’s Christian Nationalist agenda to suppress or even eradicate women’s rights.

Alabama Fights Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Porn
Apart from banning abortion and the recent IVF controversy, Alabama has doubled down on other elements of the Christian Nationalist plan recently, taking measures to prohibit discussions of fairness and opportunities, letting birth certificates dictate which restroom a person can use and creating a “public health crisis” out of whole cloth. 

Project 2025 couldn’t be clearer about its disdain for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programs, which it labels as “racist policymaking” that must be “forcefully opposed and reversed.” Mike Gonzalez, a fellow at Project 2025 founder The Heritage Foundation, recently stated that “DEI is infecting all of society, from schools, to the corporate world, to the military, making our nation less educated, less free and less safe,” 

On March 20, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law a bill that prohibits public schools and universities from offering any educational program “that advocates for or requires assent” to a list of eight “divisive concepts.” 

Among them, the law prohibits that “any individual should accept, acknowledge, affirm, or assent to a sense of guilt, complicity, or a need to apologize on the basis of his or her race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, or national origin.” Violations of the law justify termination of employment.

SB129, which also requires universities to “designate restrooms on the basis of biological sex,” will thwart  “bad actors on college campuses,” Ivey said, who seek to “push their liberal political movement counter to what the majority of Alabamians believe.”

Christian Nationalists are also extremely pornophobic, and Project 2025 clearly states its intention to associate pornography with transgender people and ban it along with DEI as an evil rooted in depravity.

As Heritage Foundation President Kevin D. Roberts wrote in the Project 2025 foreword:

“Pornography, manifested today in the omnipresent propagation of transgender ideology and sexualization of children, for instance, is not a political Gordian knot inextricably binding up disparate claims about free speech, property rights, sexual liberation, and child welfare. It has no claim to First Amendment protection.

“Its purveyors are child predators and misogynistic exploiters of women. Their product is as addictive as an illicit drug and as psychologically destructive as any crime. Pornography should be outlawed.”

“Educators and public librarians who purvey it should be classed as registered sex offenders. And telecommunications and technology firms that facilitate its spread should be shuttered.”

Once again, Alabama is shaping policies to align with the Christian Nationalist vision of America and its specific, hardline interpretation of Judeo-Christian values, serving as a petri dish for Project 2025’s proposed national policies. 

As the Alabama Reporter noted, HB164 was passed by Alabama’s House of Representatives in late February and will next be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Beyond levying a tax on porn and requiring an age verification system, HB164 affirms that pornography is a public health crisis, an emergency status several other states influenced by Christian advocacy groups have also declared, beginning with Utah in 2016. Yet pornography meets none of the accepted criteria of a ‘crisis’ established by Public Health Departments and the federal government. 

The Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice describes a public health crisis as an acute event leading to death, destruction of property and causing population displacement requiring an immediate response. Sexually explicit material does not cause such events or provoke disease, even by a nationalist stretch of the imagination.

Additionally, pornography in Alabama would be labeled with a series of stern yet anti-scientific warnings of grave dangers the material allegedly induces, including diminished brain function, mental illness, increased prostitution and child exploitation.

According to the bill, here’s how porn in Alabama would be labeled:

Websites must display the following “health warnings”:
“ALABAMA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WARNING: Pornography is potentially biologically addictive, is proven to harm human brain development, desensitizes brain reward circuits, increases conditioned responses, and weakens brain function.”
“ALABAMA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WARNING: Exposure to this content is associated with low self-esteem and body image, eating disorders, impaired brain development, and other emotional and mental illnesses.”
“ALABAMA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WARNING: Pornography increases the demand for prostitution, child exploitation, and child pornography.”

“U.S. SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION HELPLINE: “1-800-662-HELP (4357) “THIS HELPLINE IS A FREE, CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION SERVICE (IN ENGLISH OR SPANISH) OPEN 24 HOURS PER DAY, FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILY MEMBERS FACING MENTAL HEALTH OR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS. THE SERVICE PROVIDES REFERRAL TO LOCAL TREATMENT FACILITIES, SUPPORT GROUPS, AND COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS.”

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), used by mental health professionals in diagnosing psychiatric illnesses, does not classify pornography as contributing to a mental health disorder or behavioral addiction. Thus the inclusion of the  U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services hotline number is nonsensical as the federal government does not offer treatment for “porn addiction,” because pornography is not considered a mental illness or disorder.

“The movement to declare pornography a public health crisis is rooted in an ideology that is antithetical to many core values of public health promotion and is a political stunt, not reflective of best available evidence,” wrote Kimberly M. Nelson and Emily F. Rothman of the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health in the American Journal of Public Health, addressing the political motivations behind the conservative obsession with pornography.

Project 2025’s Pox on Electric Vehicles
As The New York Times reported, Project 2025’s mandate “calls for shredding regulations to curb greenhouse gas pollution from cars, oil and gas wells and power plants, dismantling almost every clean energy program in the federal government and boosting the production of fossil fuels — the burning of which is the chief cause of planetary warming.”

Enter Diane Furchtgott-Roth, a fervent opponent of electric vehicles and Project 2025 co-author who was named director of the Heritage Foundation’s Center on Energy, Climate and Environment in 2022. “Inexpensive, individual car transportation is a birthright,” she tweeted on March 24, and that’s one of her subtler statements in her role fighting “the radical left’s extremist ‘green-energy’ schemes,” or “climate fanaticism,” as Project 2025 describes it.

She and others supporting Project 2025 are concerned about giving up gas guzzlers for electric vehicles which are nothing more than “self-driving robots” embedded with Chinese spies who, along with Joe Biden, can remotely disable American vehicles.

Electric vehicles also have harmful effects “on traffic safety, consumer choice, American jobs, the nation’s air quality, and U.S. national security,” Furchtgott-Roth asserts in Project 2025’s mandate.

In Their Own Words:
“Why are trans people committing suicide so much? Because they have deep-seated mental problems to begin with.” 
“If you are a boy and think you are a girl you have deep-seated mental problems… You need a parent, not a groomer.”
“At the root of trans ideology is ‘live and let us rule’… It is a grooming, proselytizing strategy of people that need to recruit because they can’t reproduce.”
— Charlie Kirk (Turning Point USA, Project 2025 member) addressing an audience question on the prevalence of anti-trans discrimination. San Diego State University, March 18, 2024.

“The idea of borders is biblical okay the idea of nations is biblical and it’s in the first 11 books of Genesis. In Genesis 11 God rejected this idea of a One World Government in the city of Babel and he created the idea of separate Nations and decentralized power and sovereignty, the idea of sovereignty and not having one person, one group one cartel, one organization control the planet that only God controls the entire world is biblical […] be careful who you let into your country because foreigners will soon become masters of your country and if you don’t control the influx of who comes into your nation, you’ll no longer have a nation.”
— Charlie Kirk (Turning Point, Project 2025 member)  Freedom Night in America livestream from Freedom House Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, February 8, 2024.

“Academia is besieged by Critical Race Theory and identity politics, insisting on the most fashionable gender ideology and favoring ethnic and historical studies that denigrate America or anything patriotic.”
— Kevin Roberts (Heritage Foundation, Project 2025 founder), Jan 2, 2024 social media post.

“Heritage is proud of our policy work on foreign policy and national security. We are especially proud of our relationship with Prime Minister Orbán, whose leadership in Hungary on immigration, family policy, and the importance of the nation-state is a model for conservative governance.”
— Heritage Foundation, (Project 2025 founder) press release, March 19, 2024

“I don’t know all of his heresies, but I know one of them is his support for contraception, the font of most of the sexual evils for almost a century.”
Austin Ruse (C-Fam), on “Heretic-in-Chief” President Biden’s St. Patrick’s Day white house guest, Father Thomas Reese. Crisis Magazine, March 22, 2024. C-Fam has consultative status at the United Nations.

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