• CT Dems’ Election Year Distraction Bill S.J.4

    May 6, 2024
    State Senator Rob Sampson.

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    Dear Connecticut, it’s time for a reality check. Legislative Democrats are pulling out all the stops to keep you distracted from their failed policies that continue to generate inflation and make our state less and less affordable, undermine the rule of law, and make us question the integrity of our elections. Their weapon of choice? An odd combination of their trusty standby: abortion rights, and something new and remarkably contradictory—transgender rights.

    Despite the nonsensical juxtaposition of these issues and the extreme implausibility of what they would have voters believe, elected Democrats insist on pushing a contrived sense of jeopardy to sow confusion and division. One example is their obscure resolution, S.J.4, which aims to rewrite our state's age-old constitution by redefining "sex" and "gender,” allegedly in the interest of equal rights.

    But here's the catch: we already have laws that protect us from discrimination. This resolution does nothing but further a progressive political agenda by tossing identity markers into the mix. This misuse of the equal protection provision sets the stage for confusion and opens the door for abuse.

    Abortion: The Democrat ‘Go-to’ Issue

    When Democrats recognize they are vulnerable because of their poor performance while in power, they instinctively pivot to abortion, attempting to convince the public that the “radical CT GOP” will instantly abolish all abortions and deny women’s rights, even to contraception.

    Connecticut residents deserve to understand the disingenuous nature of the debate. Finding balance between individual civil rights and the state’s duty to protect life is difficult. The diverse spectrum of beliefs about when life begins complicates the issue. I am one of the extreme minority even with the GOP that identifies as pro-life, but my position mirrors the vast majority of Connecticut residents. I advocate for sensible policies like parental notification—a measure Connecticut lacks but needs to catch abusers—and ending late-term abortions, which most people already oppose.

    S.J.4 reveals an extreme stance that doesn't reflect Connecticut's views. By linking abortion protections to broad anti-discrimination laws, S.J.4 effectively blocks regulations against abortion up until birth. This radical position fails to address critical aspects such as child viability and maternal health, demonstrating a disconnect with the majority's beliefs.

    Should ‘Women’s Rights’ Take a Backseat?

    Despite its supposed focus on abortion protections, S.J.4’s language shockingly undermines the rights of biological women. By adding ambiguous concepts like "gender identity and expression" to the constitution, it prioritizes those who identify as women over biological females. This raises questions about the rights of women in private spaces and sports, where concerns about fairness and safety are valid.

    During the hearing, a passionate advocate raised a critical point: confusing the language of women is stripping their identity.

    I will continue to stand for the rights of biological women, particularly when it comes to protecting their identity, their right to privacy, and in women’s sports.

    Free Speech—Unless It’s Dissenting

    It's crucial to protect every individual's right to believe and live as they choose. However, the resolution's argument that transgender women are women contradicts objective and scientific facts.

    This resolution poses a danger to those of us who do not see the world this way. The language would open the door to compelled speech, where those who have opposing views could potentially be silenced or even penalized for failing to use certain pronouns and other terms. That is unacceptable in my view.

    I will continue to defend the right of individuals to their own expression but not at the expense of the rights of others.

    ‘Related Healthcare’: What does that even mean?

    The resolution's language also connects "protections" based on sex and gender to "related health care," hinting at an agenda. This phrasing could open the door for radical ideas, such as gender-affirming care for minors, which should be approached with caution and concern for the well-being of all individuals, especially children.

    Freedom for all!

    As an elected lawmaker, I've prioritized freedom and ensuring government doesn't hinder anyone's pursuit of happiness. However, this pursuit ends when it infringes on others' rights.

    S.J.4 pushes a divisive agenda, forcing the adoption of specific ideologies and pitting competing rights against one another. This creates an imbalance and further fractures our society. As we move forward, let's strive for genuine freedom that respects all individuals without compromising their beliefs or well- being.

    It is time to focus on the real issues at hand. We deserve better than political posturing. We deserve honest action on the issues that profoundly affect us all. I will continue to advocate for policies that will improve the affordability of our state, restore law and order, and rebuild Connecticut.

    As always, you can find me at senatorsampson.com as well as social media at www.sampsonforct.

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    Rob Sampson

    State Senator Rob Sampson represents Connecticut’s 16th State Senate District of Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Waterbury and Wolcott.

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    Tucker Deming

    Rob, I continue to be grateful and impressed with your artfully constructed arguments against, what appears to be, an overwhelming tide of duplicitous maneuvering by the majority. The Democrats are creating the Tyranny they have wished for.
    Thanks, Tucker

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