The hate group is the Alliance Defending Freedom, which you may remember from its campaign against Scotland’s hate speech laws, or its witnesses in the case that banned puberty blockers for trans teenagers.
The ADF is viciously anti-LGBT+, as its its fellow Christian Right organisation the Heritage Foundation. That has its hooks in the UK government too: in the same month equalities minister Liz Truss decided to ignore public support for GRA reform, she was a guest speaker at a Heritage-funded event. Both groups have pretty obvious links to the highest profile anti-trans groups here too, and are often deeply involved in the legal cases aimed at removing trans people’s healthcare and human rights.
Ah, no, that’s not what regulatory capture means. Rather, it means that those who should be regulated end up controlling the regulatory system.
As and when Mermaids controls the regulation of kiddies getting their knackers cut off then that is regulatory capture. When people object to Mermaids gaining that control this is known as “free speech”.
Whether either side is right or wrong about what the policy should be is irrelevant to the point being made here. Regulatory capture means that those who should be regulated control the regulation.
ADF International’s UK office has publicly opposed protest-free ‘buffer zones’ around abortion clinics, supported calls for “freedom of conscience” provisions to enable medical staff to independently object to providing legal abortion services
And that second? That’s the law. Working for the NHS does not mean that you must perform abortions. That’s actually right there in the law right now.