Rep. Jim Banks Statement on H.R. 5, the “Equality Act”

Rep. Jim Banks Statement on H.R. 5, the “Equality Act”

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN), released the following statement regarding his opposition to H.R. 5, the Equality Act, which is scheduled for a vote in the House Friday.

Said Rep. Banks, “The Equality Act represents the absolute worst of the radical-left’s pro-infanticide, anti-conscience agenda. By amending the definition of ‘sex’ in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this legislation codifies a fundamental right to an abortion up until the moment of birth. It also ensures that American taxpayers foot the bill for these abortions by effectively eliminating Hyde protections – protections I recently pledged to uphold in a letter to Speaker Pelosi.”

“Additionally, the so-called ‘Equality Act’ would undermine President Bill Clinton’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 by forcing health care providers to perform abortions and gender reassignment surgeries regardless of their religious or moral convictions. This egregious abuse of Americans’ First Amendment rights is why I will be voting no without hesitation.”


Congressman Jim Banks represents Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District and serves on the House Armed Services Committee, Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Committee on Education and Labor.  Please direct all press inquiries to

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