February 21, 2024

In
such a lengthy, expansive plan, it can be easy to get lost in the details. This
may be intentional, bogging down discussion and complicating reporting on the
project’s potential impact. So let’s focus on the vision of society driving the
blueprint. That means beginning with Project 2025’s threat to bodily autonomy:
how Project 2025’s drafters plan to mandate their narrowly-defined and state-enforced
patriarchal, heterosexual, married, procreating family, and how they plan to
confine people within that vision.

Here
are the policies attacking bodily autonomy that Project 2025 wants the next conservative
presidential administration—presumably, Donald Trump’s—to announce or set into
motion on Day 1.

Equate
legal personhood with heterosexuality, gender conformity, and compulsory
motherhood by removing mention of any alternative from all laws, all government
agencies, all grants and contracts, and any other official regulations.
“The next conservative President
must make the institutions of American civil society hard targets for woke
culture warriors,” Project 2025’s playbook states in its forward. A “hard
target” is a term of art in the military, security, and surveillance, referring
to a secured location meant to withstand an outside threat. “Hardening” the
target in this case, the playbook continues, “starts with deleting the terms
sexual orientation and gender identity (“SOGI”), diversity, equity, and
inclusion (“DEI”), gender, gender equality, gender equity, gender awareness,
gender-sensitive, abortion, reproductive health, reproductive rights, and any
other term used to deprive Americans of their First Amendment rights [note: the
reference to First Amendment rights here is typically code for a religiously or
otherwise motivated choice to discriminate] out of every federal rule, agency
regulation, contract, grant, regulation, and piece of legislation that exists.”