AB 569 by Assembly member Gonzales-Fletcher (D-San Diego) claims that reproductive choices—such as abortion—should be no concern of religious employers. The sweeping legislation would therefore require employers—with no listed exceptions—to drop all expectations that employees respect the sanctity of life in their own lives. Thus, a Christian school that teaches life begins at conception or a pro-life advocacy organization would be expected under the new rules to ignore employee conduct that contradicts those stated beliefs.
Brad Dacus, the president of PJI-CPP, commented, “This latest attempt by our Legislature to strangle voices of conscience is unjust and unconstitutional. There is no true religious freedom without the freedom to put faith into practice, both as an individual and as a religious community.”