HB 186 Update. All Hands on Deck! Calls to North Carolina Representative Needed!

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Update: HB 186 was not voted on yesterday.  So, if you have not yet been able to take action, please do so today.  HB 186 may come up for a vote as early as Monday.

In yesterday’s e-alert, we wrote why we oppose HB 186 as the compromise for HB2. We stated that it will place harm for women and children not only in bathrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities, but it will invite religious liberty and sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) related problems.

Much of the media and supportive legislators are calling it a “compromise.”  That is a farce! By excluding “biological sex” in this bill, it gives an activist judge or court an opportunity to interpret law however they see fit. It invites employment issues creating SOGI protected classes which may result in lawsuits and crippling fines. And again, SOGI laws would allow discrimination against religious liberty laws. Our schools could drive the SOGI laws paving the path for LGBT groups and bully those who oppose. We would open the door wide to cases like the one with Barronelle Stutzman in Washington State,  which we are currently safeguarded against.

There are a number of Republican legislators who have sponsored this bill and we hear that many others are seriously considering voting for it.

Republican Co-sponsors are:

Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) 919-733-5956 / Chuck.McGrady@ncleg.net

Ted Davis, Jr. (R-New Hanover) 919-733-5786 / Ted.Davis@ncleg.net

Nelson Dollar (R-Wake) 919-715-0795 / Nelson.Dollar@ncleg.net

John R. Bradford, III (R-Mecklenburg), 919-733-5828 / John.Bradford@ncleg.net

Andy Dulin (R-Mecklenburg), 919-715-3009 / Andy.Dulin@ncleg.net

John Faircloth (R-Guilford) 919-733-5877 / John.Faircloth@ncleg.net

John A. Fraley (R-Iredell) 919-733-5741 / John.Fraley@ncleg.net

Holly Grange (R-New Hanover) 919-733-5830 / Holly.Grange@ncleg.net

Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) 919-733-5191 / Jon.Hardister@ncleg.net

Craig Horn (R-Union) 919-733-2406 / Craig.Horn@ncleg.net

Linda P. Johnson (R-Cabarrus), 919-733-5861 / Linda.Johnson2@ncleg.net

Chris Malone (R-Wake) 919-715-3010 / Chris.Malone@ncleg.net

Greg Murphy, MD (R-Pitt) 919-733-5757 / Gregory.Murphy@ncleg.net

Stephen M. Ross (R-Alamance) 919-733-5820 / Stephen.Ross@ncleg.net

For most, it’s all about bringing the NBA and NCAA back to North Carolina (click here to view coverage).  All the while we see that the “NBA’s Adam Silver announcing that ticket sales for the game (which was moved to New Orleans) were in the basement, analysts said before last weekend’s celebration — with nowhere to go but down. On the eve of the event, the cheapest seats at Smoothie King Center in Louisiana were $184 — a 71 percent decrease from last year in Toronto, where fans were shelling out $644 to sit in the rafters. And if history is any indication, the plunge only got worse heading into last weekend.” Click here to view coverage.

We also have learned that there is opposition from state industry that HB2 has crippled North Carolina’s economy, such as the State Chamber of Commerce, the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association, the NC Realtors Association, and Bank of America’s CEO Brian Moynihan speaking out against HB2. Oh really?! Then why does CNBC still rate North Carolina the fifth-best state for business. What’s more, the trade publication Site Selection Magazine ranked North Carolina and Texas as tied for the title of “most competitive state.” And, according to 2016 North Carolina Lodging Report, “Year-end 2016 hotel/motel occupancy (64.9) was up 3.4% statewide from 2015 and represents record level occupancy, topping last year’s record. Occupancy rates statewide have grown sixteen percent in the last five years … while the US occupancy was up 0.1% and South Atlantic states occupancy was up 1.1% from 2015.” Click here to view report.

Take Action. If you haven’t already, please take action on the items below.  If you took action already based on yesterday’s e-alert, then only note #4.

Know that just one phone call to a state legislator represents 100 voices. One state representative explained that when he receives just six calls, he takes note!

When calling the representatives’ offices, tell them to ask the representative to oppose HB 186.  If you feel comfortable, ask whomever answers the phone how the representative plans to vote.  If they plan to support or are undecided, question them.  Use some of the points we’ve made in this e-alert and yesterday’s.  Consider why they are putting this above the safety of women and girls as well as our religious freedom.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.

  1. Please contact House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland County) at 919-733-3451, then follow up with an email at Moore@ncleg.net.
  2. Please contact your representative. Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her. Contact via phone first and then follow up with an email.
  3. Sign the NC Values Coalition petition here.
  4. Please contact the list of legislators above that have sponsored this bill. Urge them to withdraw their support, especially if one of them is your representative.

Please pray for our legislators.

Commit everything you do to the Lord.

Trust him, and He will help you.

He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,

and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Be still in the presence of the Lord,

and wait patiently for Him to act.

Don’t worry about evil people who prosper

or fret about their wicked schemes.

Stop being angry!

Turn from your rage!

Do not lose your temper—

it only leads to harm.

(Psalm 37:5-8)

 For Truth, Liberty, and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
nc.cwfa.org

Calls needed ASAP – Georgia Casino Vote Could Take Place Monday

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ACTION ALERT!

SB 79, the casino bill, is no longer on the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee hearing agenda for this coming Monday, February 27. Let’s keep it that way! The bill sponsor, Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta), is trying to modify the bill enough to persuade senators to support the bill. Read all about the “goodies” here.

Will you make a few phone calls before noon on Monday, February 27, and urge these senators to vote “NO” on SB 79 should the bill be added to the Committee’s agenda on Monday, February 27?

Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville)
Capitol: (404) 656-4700
District: (706) 680-4466
Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford)
Capitol: (404) 463-1368
Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville)
Capitol: (404) 656-5038
District: (912) 557-3811
Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-McDonough)
Capitol: (404) 463-1376
District: (678) 432-7676
Sen. John Kennedy (R-Macon)
Capitol: (404) 656-0045
District: (478) 749-9981
Call your state senator and urge him or her to oppose SB 79 should it come to the floor for a full vote.  Click here to find your state senator.

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In the first eight days of Georgia’s 2017 state legislative session, three bills have been introduced that will expand predatory gambling in Georgia, if passed. CWA of Georgia is lobbying aggressively on your behalf to stop the bills in their tracks.  Your voice is vitally important to the success of stopping the expansion of gambling in the state.  See our action alerts and call for prayer below.

The First Two Bills: Casino Gambling

The threat of state-sponsored predatory gambling via casinos is once again knocking at our door in Georgia.  Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) and Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) have filed their respective casino bills. SB 79 and HB 158, both named the “Destination Resort Act”, would allow up to two resort-style casinos to operate in Georgia under the governance of a newly created Georgia Gaming Commission.

You will pay even if you don’t play. 

Consider the social costs of gambling addictions obtained from the Georgia State University Problem Gambling Research & Intervention Project:

  • Bankruptcy – 20-30 percent of gambling addicts have declared bankruptcy, compared to 4.2 percent of low-risk gamblers and non-gamblers.  The average cost to creditors per personal bankruptcy is $39,000.
  • Debt/Spending patterns – 90 percent of gambling addicts gamble with their paychecks or family savings, and 30 percent reported gambling debts ranging from $75,000–$150,000.
  • Correctional costs – The estimated lifetime correctional costs of gambling addicts in Georgia is $249,159,000.
  • Costs of property crimes related to gambling – The average amount stolen per person who reported stealing (money and/or property) is $135,000.
  • Work related costs – The estimated cost to employers from gambling related absences is $45 million.

Georgia cannot afford casinos – neither economically nor socially.

Status on HB 158: HB 158 has been assigned to the House Regulated Industries Committee. No hearing date has been set for the bill.   Action item: call your state representative and ask him or her to oppose HB 158 if it comes up for a vote. Click here to find your state representative.

Status on SB 79: SB 79  was heard in the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee on Thursday, February 9, 2017 but not vote was taken.  Action item:  If you have contacted the members of the Regulated Industries  and Utilities Committee, please contact them again and urge them to OPPOSE SB 79, the casino bill. In addition, contact your state senator and urge him or her to oppose SB 79.  Click here to find your state senator.

Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville)      (404) 656-7454     butch.miller@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville)      (404) 656-4700     frank.ginn@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford)     (404) 463-1368    Renee.Unterman@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville)                (404) 656-5038    jack.hill@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Bill Coswert (R-Athens)              (404) 463-1366    bill.cowsert@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus)     (404) 463-3931     jrm2016@yahoo.com
Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth)            (404) 656-0048   david.shafer@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-McDonough)  (404) 463-1376     rick.jeffares@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega)      (404) 656-9221    steve.gooch@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga)    (404) 656-0057    jeff.mullis@senate.ga.gov
Sen. John Kennedy (R-Macon)         (404) 656-0045    john.kennedy@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Ed Harbison (D-Columbus)      (404) 656-0074    ed.harbison@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Steve Henson (D-Tucker)          (404) 656-0085   stevehenson@mindspring.com
Sen. David Lucas (D-Macon)             (404) 656-5035    David.Lucas@senate.ga.gov

Download these resources and educate others on why casinos are bad for Georgia.

Pray that the hearts of the representatives be softened toward righteousness and that they seek God’s wisdom and guidance on the issues that greatly impact Georgians and their families.

Thank you for your faithful prayers and action.  They make all the difference.


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Capitol Hill Brief — Dems for Gorsuch

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Guess who voted to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals back in 2006? Big name Democrats like, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton.

And even some serving today like, Chuck Schumer, Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Richard Durbin, and Jack Reed.

Actually, he was confirmed unanimously, by a voice vote.  Not a single Democrat expressed any concerns about Judge Gorsuch.

So why the hesitation now?  One word: politics.  The left is still furious about the election results and will do everything in their power to oppose President Trump, no matter how ridiculous their attacks.  And that’s what the attacks on Judge Gorsuch are: ridiculous.


Our next Supreme Court justice will shape America’s future for generations to come. Judge Neil Gorsuch will uphold conservative, constitutional values. Tell the Senate to confirm him by signing our petition at www.CapitolHillBrief.org today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

State Director Barbara Ferrero Submits Written Testimony to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means in Opposition to an Anti-Abortion and Anti Religious Freedom Bill

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To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Regarding: SB 501 SD 1
Statement submitted by: Barbara Ferrero, Concerned Women for America of Hawaii State Director
Date submitted: February 22, 2017

 As the State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Hawaii, I join with my members here in Hawaii in opposing SB 501 SD 1.

Below are some of the concerns we have about forcing crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) across our state to provide information regarding an abortion option known as “reproductive health services.”

These CPCs are typically volunteer-run, donation-based, life-embracing charities that will now be forced to promote abortion or pay bundles out of their shallow budgets if they don’t comply. What’s more, this legislation forces those with deeply-held convictions against promoting abortion to violate their conscience, and often their religious freedoms guaranteed by our U.S. Constitution.  Please help us make sure that doesn’t happen.

For the pro-abortion crowd who profess a “war on women” is taking place, we don’t disagree —but for a different reason. In fact, we submit that the pro-abortion lobby is part of the problem causing this war on women. Trying to take away precious resources and care from a woman in distress who is facing an unplanned pregnancy is the very definition of harm. Abortion not only ends the life of the unborn child, but also may hold serious and devastating physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological consequences for the mother.

If the pro-abortion crowd is truly “pro-choice,” why not support pregnancy care centers that give women other options? One venue should not be forced to support the other. Women are more than capable of making their own choice.

CWA of Hawaii is asking you to vote “NO” on this anti-religious liberty and anti-choice legislation.

URGENT: Ask Your Representative To Stand Firm on HB 2 by Opposing HB 186!

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It has come to my attention that many of our North Carolina State Republican legislators locked arms with the Democrats and Gov. Cooper against the protection of women and children in our state. Nearing the end of the legislative short session, they are trying to sneak in a quick vote to overturn commonsense protection and privacy for the innocent, which will also lead to the obliteration of rights for those who want to live out their faith in their vocations.

Yesterday, a new bill, HB 186, was filed as the House compromise to back down on HB 2. In actuality, this “compromise” will be dangerous not only for the protection of women and children, but also for religious liberty in North Carolina.

We do NOT support this bill. It is NOT in the interest of the people of North Carolina.

There are so many areas for concern within this bill. Using the wise insight of our friend and affiliate Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director for NC Values Coalition, who has unpacked this bill’s intent, she explains that there are four grave problem areas. Although difficult to condense the issues, I have addressed a few at the end of this e-alert, while trying not to diminish other issues contained within the bill.

It is imperative that you take action right now. This may be voted on as early as today or Monday in the House.  I will be sure to let you know as soon as the vote takes place.  Until then, please continue to forward this e-alert on to friends, family, pastors, etc., and encourage them to act and pray. We ask that you contact your legislator and tell them to OPPOSE HB 186, and NOT to cave to political correctness!

Take Action Immediately: Know that just one phone call to a state legislator represents 100 voices. One state representative explained that when he receives just six calls, he takes note!

  1. Please contact House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland County) at 919-733-3451 then follow up with an e-mail at Moore@ncleg.net. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.
  2. Please contact your representative and tell him/her to vote “NO” on HB 186. Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact them. Contact them via phone first and then follow up with an e-mail.  Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.
  3. Sign the petition from NC Values Coalition here.

Please pray fervently! Pray for each legislator before you contact him or her.  May the Lord give our leadership the wisdom and courage to do what it right.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:58: “So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
  • Galatians 5:1 “Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
  • 1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be alert. Be firm in the Christian faith. Be courageous and strong”

Our concerns with HB 186:

  1. With regard to bathrooms –- Cities would be free to regulate multiple occupancy bathrooms, showers, and changing facilities that “are owned or under direct control of a city” resulting in some becoming “gender neutral” and exposing citizens to violations of privacy and dignity while increasing their risk of sexual assault.
  2. Categories receiving Elevated Status — This bill would expand nondiscrimination laws for employment and public accommodations to include citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, and disability (which are not listed in the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964). The word “biological” has been deleted under HB2’s “biological sex.” This could open up our law for bad interpretation by a rogue court.
  3. Employment Law — Cities would have the right to regulate employment laws within each city resulting in inconsistency from city to city adding a huge hurdle for businesses who conduct their business in multiple locations. Cities could add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes whereby business owners would be subject to frivolous lawsuits and crippling fines if they do not comply. Cities could raise minimum wages without approval from the General Assembly regulating non-uniformity laws for business owners who could be threatened yet again with frivolous lawsuits.
  4. Public Accommodations — Local governments would be allowed to pass public accommodation laws that would include new categories for “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to introduce SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) laws which would allow discrimination for religious liberty laws we have seen in other states against people of faith.

Imagine this: Charlotte with its very liberal city council, as well as other city councils across the state, could set public policy for all of North Carolina, moving the ball forward for LGBT groups. Our community colleges and universities could drive the SOGI laws paving the path for LGBT groups, while bullying those against it.

Thank you for your prompt attention, calls and prayers.

For Truth, Righteousness and Liberty,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
director@northcarolina.cwfa.org
nc.cwfa.org

CWA of Missouri’s Easter Project-AD2017

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CWA of Missouri has traditionally presented gifts to the members of the Missouri General Assembly to celebrate Easter and Constitution Day. This year for Easter we will be presenting the impressive coffee table hardback book Who Is This Jesus to each member of the Missouri General Assembly. Who Is This Jesus is an exquisitely illustrated story from Max Lucado which gives readers a new perspective on the depth of grace extended to all of us in the death of Christ. In this firsthand account, the earth-shaking events of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection are told by a Roman soldier who was assigned to work at Golgotha the night of Jesus’ crucifixion.  It’s a story brilliantly and reverently told as only Max Lucado can tell; this book is an unforgettable read and a gift you’ll want to give.

A Resurrection Day card bearing the sponsor’s name and address will accompany each book along with chocolates.

The gifts will be delivered to each member of the Missouri General Assembly at the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 12.

We are asking for $10 to sponsor your state representative or state senator. Please send the check to CWA of Missouri, P.O. Box 1352, St. Peters, MO 63376 by Friday, April 7. If you have question, feel free to contact Val Cummings at 636-359-0401 or cwaofmo@hotmail.com.

Click here to view and print flyer.  Please distribute liberally.

 

A Special Thanks to Gov. Sam Brownback For His Consistent Pro-Life Stance

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Recently Gov. Brownback wrote a letter to President Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) asking them to take action now on pro-life laws.  In it he stated that “[w]ith the new administration in Washington and both houses of Congress controlled by pro-life majorities, we must grasp the opportunity to proclaim and protect the dignity of life.”

Way to go, Gov. Brownback!  What better time than now to move forward with pro-life legislation?  How sad it would be if this opportunity was indeed lost.

Prayer:

  • Pray Gov. Brownback’s letter has an impact.
  • Pray for Gov. Brownback and his family. There are a few (maybe more) good men in politics and Gov. Brownback certainly is one of them.
  • Please continue praying for the unborn and their families. May the Lord heal their hearts.

Action: Thank Gov. Brownback for his February 17, 2017 letter to the President, Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader to encourage Congress to move on pro-life legislation.  Click here for the governor’s contact information (scroll to the bottom of the page).

 Thank you, everyone, for your generosity of time and money. Most of all, thank you for your prayers.

Blessings,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
director@kansas.cwfa.org
ks.cwfa.org
785-260-5659

Conservative Women Laud President Trump’s Protection of Young Women’s Privacy

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Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say in response to reports that President Trump has rescinded the Obama Administration directives forcing young women to shower and share private facilities with biological boys who feel they are girls:

“While most of the media continues on its “Oh my goodness! Can you believe what Trump did now?” tour, here is yet another issue where President Trump shows he is most sensitive to the concerns of the American people.

“President Obama completely ignored the reasonable concerns of the mothers, grandmothers, and young women I represent, who by the thousands wrote to express their apprehension of this government intrusion in the most sensitive of areas.

“No one has ever said that the plight of transgender children should be ignored. However, there is simply no reason to burden all children and force those who feel uncomfortable with this to “just deal with it” because of political correctness.

“It is not bigotry for a mother or a young woman to feel uncomfortable with the government forcing them to share restroom facilities with biological boys. Women deserve privacy in restrooms, locker rooms, overnight accommodations, and other sensitive areas, without government interference.

“President Trump’s directive shows concerns for all students. This is good and should be supported by all, including transgender rights advocates.

“The thousands of members of Concerned Women for America applaud President Trump for delivering on yet another promise. We are encouraged by the common-sense, respectful way in which he is treating all Americans, not just those on one side of the argument, as we saw under the Obama Administration.

“President Trump has our full support on this.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at jstracke@cwfa.org or 712-269-1724.

Capitol Hill Brief — Gorsuch on Hobby Lobby

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Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch weighed in on the Hobby Lobby case as a member of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  He saw the case as a conflict between two laws — ObamaCare and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Gorsuch correctly decided Religious Freedom took precedence.  Not because of personal preference, but because the law demands that. The actual religious liberty law said it was meant to supersede other government mandates, and certainly that is confirmed by the First Amendment.

That meant ruling that the owners of the store, Hobby Lobby, should be allowed to practice their religion without government interference. Thus, Gorsuch exhibited the principles of religious freedom and judicial restraint.


Our next Supreme Court justice will shape America’s future for generations to come. Judge Neil Gorsuch will uphold conservative, constitutional values. Tell the Senate to confirm him by signing our petition at www.CapitolHillBrief.org today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

“Clothes Hanger” Abortions – The Worst Argument for Keeping Abortion Legal

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One of the most often repeated talking points of the pro-choice left, and even your average apolitical American, is that abortion must be legal because, if illegal, women will need abortion so badly they will resort to clothes hangers to self-induce abortion.

This argument is fundamentally flawed and makes a good deal of unfounded assumptions.

ASSUMPTION: If abortion were illegal, then abortion would not be available at good clinics, and women would do them at home.

REALITY: Abortion clinics have always and will always exist as an option for women who want them.  When abortion was illegal in the late 50s, a Planned Parenthood representative explained that only 8% of illegal abortions were done at home, and a full 90% were done by medically trained physicians.   When abortion became legal, their practices continued as is with less threat from the law but no alteration in procedure.

ASSUMPTION: If abortion were illegal, this would not act as an effective deterrent to getting an abortion.  Women — maybe just as many women — would still be getting abortions, even if they had to do them themselves.

REALITY:  When abortions are illegal, fewer women desire and obtain them.  The law does serve as a natural deterrent on human behavior.  This is illustrated by the example of Poland, where the total number of legal abortions was over 130,000 for several years under communism — and paid for (when in the first trimester) by the state.  This number greatly reduced in 1990 to under 60,000 and then down to less than 300 a year by 1998, most of which were only for “difficult” cases (rape, incest, mother’s life, mother’s health, and fetal impairment).

ASSUMPTION: Legal abortions are safe for women.

REALITY: Women experience serious health complications and can die from abortion.  This includes 427 women that we know of who have died from legal abortion, but that is a far underreported number (one year, the whole U.S. abortion death total was reported as 21, but later 12 additional deaths which had not been reported were uncovered — but those 12 were shockingly in just Chicago alone.)  Women also face increased risks of cancer, suicide, depression, and substance abuse because of abortion.  Butchers like Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania and others like him reveal the decrepit conditions in today’s abortion clinics.  Pro-choicers claim “Safe, Legal, and Rare” (a mantra that is evolving to “Safe, Legal, and Accessible”) but turn a blind eye to such cases and oppose further regulations on today’s abortion clinics.

ASSUMPTION: Abortion should be legal or illegal based on its effect on women — not based on whether abortion itself is objectionable.

REALITY:  Those who make an argument for clothes-hanger abortions hesitate to outwardly proclaim that abortion itself if good, but merely insist that abortion is necessary to protect women’s health.  Were this to be examined more closely, these activists would have to decide whether abortion itself can be justified, which it is not because it is never safe for the unborn child that is ruthlessly destroyed.  Abortions always result in deaths of children and risks to the mother — no matter how clean or unclean, legal or illegal.

ASSUMPTION: Women need abortion.  As a recent pro-choice chant put it: “Without this right we can’t be free, abortion without apology.”

REALITY: If abortion is so desperately needed that a woman would resort to any method of obtaining it, even a dangerous method like a clothes hanger — then it is not a choice and not a right — it’s a necessity like food or water.  This disempowering idea that abortion is NEEDED at all costs (the cost of women’s health, the cost of unborn life, etc.) is an anti-woman belief that does nothing to help women or give them real choices.  In reality, women have 13,000 local Federally Qualified Health Centers, in addition to thousands of local health centers, private practices, and pregnancy centers that can help them when they are in need.

ASSUMPTION: When abortion was illegal, thousands of women died from illegal abortions.

REALITY: Bernard Nathanson was once a cofounder of the pro-choice organization NARAL, but later regretted his involvement in the legalization and proliferation of abortion in America.  He admitted that all the figures about five or 10 thousand women dying from illegal abortions per year were made up statistics fabricated to support his talking point that abortion needed to be legalized in order to be made safer.

Chaney Mullins serves as Special Projects Writer for Concerned Women for America. She wishes to express her appreciation for the excellent book, “ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments,” by Randy Alcorn, which served as a source for much of this article; she wholeheartedly recommends the resource for all pondering abortion questions.