Last month, the nation’s largest teacher’s union came out with a no-holds-barred endorsement of abortion.
According to an op-ed in USA Today, delegates to the National Education Association’s annual conference voted to declare that the NEA “‘vigorously opposes all attacks on the right to choose and stands on the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade.’” The authors of the op-ed ask:
Why would the NEA go out of its way to stake out extreme stances on hot-button issues so far removed from the very real problems facing our nation’s schools? It appears as though the union is more concerned with promoting the political objectives of the left than serving the nation’s teachers and students.
Interestingly, the authors add that the NEA’s stance does not necessarily match that of its members. Polls conducted by the NEA show that “there are nearly as many conservative teachers in the union as liberals.” And ever since the Supreme Court’s decision last year in Janus v. AFSCME, those conservative teachers now have the option to leave a union that has thumbed its nose at their values. The op-ed explains:
Until recently, the NEA forced teachers to pay agency fees, whether they joined the union or not. The Supreme Court put a stop to that practice with its Janus v. AFSCME decision. Since then, the NEA has lost 17,000 members and 87,000 non-member agency fee payers.
The authors conclude that the NEA “has long pretended to be nonideological while taking teachers’ hard-earned money to support liberal politicians and enforce a leftist agenda, inside and outside the classroom.” Their recent vote reveals the radicalism of their true agenda. At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we encourage pro-life teachers to vote with their feet and with their wallets by opting out of union membership. If you wouldn’t fund a political candidate that promotes abortion expansion, why would you want to fund a labor union that does the same?
If you are interested in learning more about how to opt out of union dues, please visit NewChoiceNY.com. (Please note that this site is not affiliated with New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms.)