AFL Urges Court to Quash Biden Justice Department’s Sweeping Attack on Eagle Forum of Alabama to Intimidate All Who Stand Against the Left’s Radical Child Mutilation Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, America First Legal (AFL) joined a coalition of organizations and elected officials to support Eagle Forum of Alabama in its fight against the Biden Department of Justice’s breathtaking efforts to obtain a broad-swath of First Amendment-protected materials. This is a wake-up call for every American–the Department of Justice’s actions are shocking, appalling, and are designed to chill Americans from exercising their most fundamental rights protected by the United States Constitution. 

At issue is the “Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act,” which became law in April, 2022. The Act makes it a felony, punishable to up to ten years in prison, to administer “gender-affirming care” to minors who “identify” as the opposite gender. “Gender-affirming care” is a euphemism for mutilating and sterilizing children, first through massive doses of untested drugs, and then through irreversible surgeries including mastectomies, hysterectomies, and castration. As a recent investigative report by Matt Walsh demonstrates, medical providers brag about the substantial profits that can be made from these horrible procedures. 

Activists sued the State of Alabama to prevent enforcement of the Act, and the Department of Justice–having apparently solved the violent crime crisis sweeping America–joined the lawsuit. 

Then, on August 9, the Biden Department of Justice issued a shocking subpoena to Eagle Forum of Alabama–an organization that was not a party to the underlying lawsuit at issue whatsoever–for the following materials:

  1. Any draft legislation, proposed legislation, or model legislation relating to the “Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act” that Eagle Forum of Alabama wrote, assisted in writing, provided feedback on, or reviewed.
  2. Any materials considered by Eagle Forum of Alabama in preparing legislation, draft legislation, proposed legislation, or model legislation relating to the “Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act”, including (1) any model or sample legislation from other third-party organizations or jurisdictions; and (2) medical studies, opinions, or evidence.
  3. Any documents concerning Eagle Forum of Alabama’s legislative or policy goals, initiatives, and/or strategies relating to medical care or treatment of transgender minors, or minors with gender dysphoria.
  4. Any documents provided to the Alabama State Legislature or any employee or member thereof in support of “Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act,” or any predecessor bills, including written testimony, letters, emails, draft legislation, model legislation, or proposed legislation, reports, summaries, analyses, fact sheets, and/or talking points.
  5. Any communications between Eagle Forum of Alabama and any employee, agent, assign, or member of the Alabama State Legislature, Alabama Governor’s office, Alabama Lieutenant Governor’s office, Alabama Attorney General’s office, or any employee, agent, or assign of a District Attorney’s office within Alabama concerning “Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act,” and/or any predecessor bills. 
  6. Any communications between Eagle Forum of Alabama and any other nongovernmental organization, consultant, or lobbyist concerning “Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act,” and/or any predecessor bills. 
  7. Any records or minutes of meetings concerning “Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act,” and/or any predecessor bills.
  8. Any polling or public opinion data related to or concerning “Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act,” and/or legislation relating to medical care or treatment for transgender minors or youth.
  9. Any records or documents relating to presentations, videos, interviews, and/or speeches Eagle Forum of Albama representatives have given or participated in regarding medical care or treatment related to gender identity, transgender minors or youth, “trans-identifying” minors or youth, or minors or youth with gender dysphoria.
  10. Any mass letters, newsletters, or emails that Eagle Forum of Alabama sent to members of a mailing or email list related to or concerning “Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act,” and/or any predecessor bills.
  11. Any social media postings that Eagle Forum of Alabama issued concerning “Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act,” and/or any predecessor bills.

In other words, Biden’s Department of Justice targeted an organization that disagreed with the mutilation of children under the guise of “gender identity” and sought every single record it had about its opposition to that practice–going back for five years! 

The Biden DOJ’s subpoena is nothing less than the calculated, cynical, politically-motivated intimidation of Americans who speak out to protect their children and oppose radical transgender ideology. 

America First Legal proudly signed on to an amicus brief submitted in support of Eagle Forum of Alabama’s motion to quash the subpoena.

Statement from Gene Hamilton, America First Legal Vice-President and General Counsel:

Through its subpoena, this Department of Justice sent a clear and unmistakable message to every American citizen: if you oppose the Biden Administration’s radical agenda, you will be targeted and harassed. If the Department’s subpoena is not quashed, it will embolden nefarious actors within the Department to repeat this oppressive conduct across the country. We are proud to stand with Eagle Forum of Alabama against this unprecedented overreach,” said Gene Hamilton.

Read the brief here.

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