(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – A mother of five from Oregon alleges that her gender-related religious convictions prevented her from adopting two siblings in her state. She is now suing to defend her First Amendment rights.
Jessica Bates said on Wednesday that the difficulty started after she had been in the adoption process for a few months and had successfully finished some of the training.
She said, “They really stressed the sexual orientation and gender identity training, that you have to support it, so [I] reported to my certifier.” “I texted her and told her I couldn’t do that due of my faith, and then we had a phone call and I was basically informed I’m ineligible to adopt in the state of Oregon because I wouldn’t take a child for cross-sex hormone injections,” the adoptive parent writes.
The adoption application for Oregon states that prospective parents must “respect, accept and support… the sexual orientation, gender identity, [and] gender expression” of children.
According to Christina Kiefer, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, the state’s actions is just another instance of placing “ideology and politics over children.”
She informed host Ashley Strohmier that “it [the state] declares that it invites people from all cultural and religious backgrounds to adopt unless they disagree with the state’s gender ideology.”
“It is obviously unconstitutional to prevent Jessica and other parents from adopting simply because of their religious values. It’s improper and harms children who require a permanent home.”
Wow. Oregon just denied a woman from being able to adopt…because she’s Christian.
They’re worried she wouldn’t be willing to accept and sexually mutilate the child if they wanted to be “trans” in the future.
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— Mindy Robinson ?? (@iheartmindy) April 4, 2023
The lawsuit, which was filed on Monday, claimed that the Resource and Adoptive Family (RAFT) training Bates took in Oregon encouraged prospective parents to “sign the child up for dangerous pharmaceutical interventions like puberty blockers and hormone shots, take the child to affirming events like Pride parades, or use a child’s preferred pronouns.”
The letter also revealed that Bates was motivated to adopt after listening to a radio broadcast about a father who had adopted kids.
After losing her husband and parenting her five children alone, she believed her Christian responsibility was to assist youngsters in need.
Bates claimed to Strohmier on Wednesday that her adoption request had been denied two months after receiving a phone call informing her that it had been put on hold because she disagreed with the state’s gender ideology.
Kiefer expressed her optimism that the state will finally address the problem and permit Bates to adopt.
Bates added the hope that the “biased policy” can be altered to permit others facing comparable obstacles to adopt, echoing the previous speaker’s goal.
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