(Washington, D.C.) National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger today announced that she will not travel to Indiana as previously planned in response to the state’s newly-passed and discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Greenberger was scheduled to deliver the third annual Birch Bayh Lecture today at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
The states of Connecticut and Washington and the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, and the District of Columbia have all banned state-sponsored travel to Indiana, several conferences and events have been canceled in response to the new law, and numerous companies and individuals have taken concrete actions in opposition to it.
The following is a statement by NWLC Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger:
“Indiana’s new law sanctions discrimination, pure and simple. The National Women’s Law Center has dedicated more than four decades to eradicating discrimination. I cannot now, in good conscience, travel to a state that is using the important principle of freedom of religion as a cover to enable discrimination. Further, while the law is targeted at LGBT individuals, its reach is unlimited in the types of discrimination it sanctions.
“Religion has repeatedly been used as a basis for discrimination, including against women. For example, in the 1980s, a woman brought a case against her employer, Fremont Christian School, because she was deemed ineligible for its health insurance plan—because she was married. The school believed that men were always the head of household, and therefore married women should only be covered by their husband’s plan.
“I support fully the travel boycott as a powerful way to demonstrate that our country will not abide by this contortion of religion and freedom. Now the Indiana legislature and Gov. Pence should realize their serious mistake and take swift measures to correct it.”