Living Together Before Marriage? God’s Best Is Worth the Wait, Research Shows

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They say some of the smartest people in the world move to D.C., but take one look at the housing costs, and you may beg to differ. If you’ve ever lived in the vicinity of our nation’s Capital, you know it’s not cheap.

My fiancé took one for the team and recently moved to the D.C. Metro area — the plan being that he’d rent a one bedroom apartment for half a year, then I would move in after the wedding. When we told people, they were shocked and even a professing Christian was slightly surprised.

We got questions like, “Don’t you want to test it out first and see if you’re compatible?” or “Don’t you want to save money?”

I felt like responding, “Is the Pope Catholic? Does Hillary delete e-mails?” Of course we want to live together, but instead we simply replied, “To us, it’s worth it.”

The wait, that is.

But “wait” is not a word we hear often today.

We Americans have developed a short attention span; whether it’s social media, fast food, or even relationships (thanks to the hook up culture), the more quick and “hassle-free” the better. As a result, people both inside and outside the Church are becoming increasingly willing to settle for substitutes of God’s best — especially regarding sex and marriage.
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Anniversary of the Center for Medical Progress Scandal

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July 14, 2016, marks the first anniversary of the release of the first of a series of videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).  These videos exposed that Planned Parenthood is not only harvesting body parts after an abortion, but altering abortions to get them, and then profiting off their sale. Several illegal and unethical actions on the part of Planned Parenthood were brought to life.

The overarching theme of the investigation is clear: Planned Parenthood sometimes justifies abortion by saying the baby isn’t really a baby, but then turns around and sells the baby parts which are valuable precisely because of their humanity.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) developed an exclusive webpage devoted to bringing summaries of each video geared towards those who wanted to know the truth, but may not be able to stomach watching every detail unfold – which at times included images of aborted babies.

The pro-choice side says the videos are all edited.  But CMP has put together a document archive with proof after proof that this hidden industry in baby parts trafficking not only exists but is a huge source of profit – often at the expense of proper consent.

CWA then covered updates of the scandal and how it fits in with a history of investigative journalism in America.  The scandal resulted in David Daleidan, the main undercover investigator, being accused of two charges – (ironically) buying baby body parts and using fake identity – both bogus charges for actions that were a simple mainstay of undercover investigation.  The conflicts of interest in the case were fraught with forefront, and eventually the first charge against Daleidan for the buying of baby body parts was dropped.  There are reports that video footage unjustly stolen by the Attorney General from his California home are still in possession by the state.

The investigation sparked controversy on a national scale, including the involvement of Congress.  Some very important findings from a hearing at which Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood, testified are outlined here, and even more questions could have been asked.

A select panel on Infant Lives was set up with Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) at its head.  Disturbingly, it found substantial evidence that Planned Parenthood was violating HIPPA patient right protection laws when allowing contracted StemExpress workers to view medical records to screen for better baby parts to meet their research demands.  Furthermore, consent from the women for release of her medical records was not obtained.  These disturbing revelations are scandals in and of themselves, and Chairman Blackburn has reported some of the select panel’s findings to Health and Human Services in a letter.

To this day, the first video has 3,233,090 views on Youtube.  That’s only about 1 in every 100 people in America.  Let’s make it more.  Share the video now.  People need to know the truth.

The Dangers of Deregulating Abortion

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The Supreme Court has struck down Texas abortion clinic regulations meant to protect women, provoking strong reactions on both sides.  In this decision, the court drew upon its own legal precedent in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1992 abortion case where abortion regulations were proclaimed legal only under certain conditions.  Apparently, ensuring abortion health and safety measures is an “undue burden” for women seeking an abortion, even though it cannot be proved that any woman who wanted an abortion didn’t get one as a result of requiring clinics to be safe.

The Supreme Court has, unfortunately and incorrectly, decided that abortion is a woman’s right and that getting it — no matter the sub-par conditions — is what truly matters.

Where does it end?  Because of this, it may become legally harder to implement and enforce much of the headway we have made towards regulating abortion in states throughout the country.  These particular regulations — which were not about abortion itself but rather about the safety of women — couldn’t even stand!

There is no clear metric for deciding what is or is not an undue burden and what can or cannot be regulated.  What about states that are smaller — places like Rhode Island or Delaware where driving to a top standard clinic takes a short time? Geography, finances, and individual preference could all contribute to what constitutes “undue burden,” which is truly an undefinable and transient concept.

But though this case will certainly open the door for rolling back regulations meant to protect the unborn, the case directly applied to rolling back regulations meant to protect the woman.  And rolling back women’s health and safety is scary.  No one should want to see back-alley abortion clinics again.

As one pro-life doctor said in his response, “Today’s Supreme Court decision means that Gosnells are still going to be allowed out there practicing.”

So that means we can have doctors who can’t admit patients to a local hospital, but can perform abortions.  The prospect of doctors without hospital admission privileges is terrifying, and no doctor will be held accountable for patients with complications who need to visit the ER after their abortion.

That means more women can easily get a medical abortion with less follow up, a procedure with the trauma and risks of expelling their small baby at home.  (1 in 100 women need hospitalization after this procedure due to heavy bleeding that won’t stop.)

That means more women will be rushed to the ER because of botched abortions, or even die, their stories often forgotten.

If further regulations are thrown out, and abortions can continue to be done with dirty tools in infected facilities, women will rush into abortion without seeing an ultrasound and without regard for her rights to informed consent.

Let history record that the pro-life movement tried to ensure clean abortion clinics that met health and safety standards.  Let history record that women in America, thanks to the Big Abortion Lobby, were left instead with this:

“In all the years I have spent writing and thinking about a woman’s right to choose, I have never set foot in an abortion clinic, because I have never needed to. In my mind, I had always pictured a clean and comfortable place. … This was no Westchester clinic. The place was dirty and dark and the women in the room outside were standing, as there were no chairs. A woman beside me was crying … the visceral reality of abortion — the grimy clinic, the sobbing and hapless young woman…abortion is still a dirty word,” Reporter Hannah Selinger.

Chaney Mullins serves as Special Projects Writer for Concerned Women for America.

Defending the Born Identity

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The battle over when life begins ultimately boils down to differing worldviews. But when the conversation flips to life outside the womb, it should be a bipartisan, basic human rights issue … right?

One would think.

Astonishingly, the conversation has in fact moved to babies outside of the womb, and members of Congress are recognizing the need for language which now protects living, breathing babies who are born alive as the result of an attempted abortion.

It is mind-boggling that a child’s right to life outside the womb is even in question. But, seeing as the U.S. is only one of the seven nations in the world that allows abortion past 20 weeks or has no restriction on gestational age — in a camp with nations like Canada, China, The Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam — explains the progression from where such a thought stems. Ultimately, it underscores just how lax we have become about respecting human dignity.

Currently, there is no federal directive to ensure abortion providers report the care given to infants who survive failed abortions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 2003-13 query shows 362 newborn deaths due to an attempted termination of pregnancy. That said, experts say the actual numbers are likely much greater but go unacknowledged due to voluntary underreporting.

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Stop the Move to Force our Daughters into the Selective Service!

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UPDATE: The CWALAC team has put together a letter from a coalition of conservative leaders and activists. Read it here.

Has the world lost its mind? John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and other senators think your daughter should be drafted into combat. We have gone from debating whether or not women should serve in combat to some advocating that they should be forced to serve in combat. Leadership should know better than to disregard basic biology in order to embrace political correctness.

Yet, this Tuesday, the Senate will vote on the National Defense Authorization Act, which currently includes a provision to expand the Military Selective Service requirements to female citizens aged 18-26. But, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has offered an amendment which would strike the provision which forces our young women to register with the Selective Service. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee supports the senator’s wise provision which puts America’s national security first.

Our military’s sole purpose is to protect our nation, not to serve as this administration’s laboratory for social engineering. Peak childbearing years for women continue to be cited1 at 20-35, an age range in line with the 18-26 age group affected by this policy that ignores basic biology. We firmly believe in the equality of men and women, but that does not require us to ignore the physical differences and unique risks to women in combat particularly in the case of capture.

There are exceptional women who are capable of meeting or exceeding the combat standards put forth by each branch. We support them as we do all individuals willing to put their lives on the line for the greatest nation in the history of the world. However, the female draft discussion should revolve around combat readiness, efficiency, and national security, and weeding through applicants that are overwhelmingly biologically unable to meet combat standards would be a logistical nightmare and would force the lowering of combat standards. The capabilities of these rare women should not mean all appropriately aged women are involuntarily eligible for combat.

Perhaps the greatest threat to our national security is radical Islamic terrorism. Radical Islamists view women as less than men and as property. The torture, repeated rape, and humiliation that would face female POWs would be unthinkable. Women who understand these risks and who bravely choose to serve regardless are different from women who are chosen to serve based on the day they were born.

Women are not clamoring for this “opportunity.” Only 15 percent of our active-duty military forces are women.2 We find it demeaning to suggest that women who have instead chosen to serve our nation in other civilian roles – such as manufacturing, commerce, medicine or even caring for their children – are not contributing to our nation. They are indeed!

We strongly support the heroic, capable, and honorable women who chose and will choose to serve our country in the military. However, this issue centers around whether or not women are to be forced to register to serve in tip-of-spear combat roles should our nation reinstate the draft. Forcing women to serve in combat against their will is a deep departure in U.S. policy.

Penny Nance and CWALAC’s legislative team have been meeting with key Republican senators and now those senators need to hear from you.

ACTION: Call your senators now and urge them to support Sen. Lee’s amendment to strike the portion of the National Defense Authorization Act which would require women to register with the Selective Service. Click here to find your senators’ contact information.

Thank you in advance for your important action!


1 “Best age for childbearing remains 20-35 – Delaying risks heartbreak, say experts,” Medical News Today, September 16, 2005, accessed at, May 18, 2016.
2 “See Women’s Progress in the U.S. Military,” Time Magazine, September 8, 2015, accessed at on May 18, 2016.

Once Upon a Time Features Lesbian Kiss, Devalues Friendship

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oncedorothyrubyABC boasts one of the most popular, family-friendly shows in Once Upon a Time.  This fairy tale characters mash-up has given five seasons of an exploration of family, belonging, love, and even redemption.  Orphaned Emma has found family; the Evil Queen has become good, and love has persevered through hardship – again and again.

However, a recent episode saw Ruby (Red Riding Hood) wake Dorothy (from Oz) with the “true love’s kiss” of lesbian love.

The writing decision was already strange, as Ruby has previously had a boyfriend earlier in the show (they clearly left the question of chosen vs. inborn sexuality aside) and even some on the left felt the story was too rushed to justify the designation of “true love.”  But the plot’s decisive offense lies in its intentional normalization of homosexuality on prime-time, Sunday night, TV-PG, family-friendly television.

The creators justified their decision by saying “This is the world we live in” and “True love’s kiss has been a staple of this show since the beginning, this past Sunday’s episode was just another example of how in a fairy tale, as in life, love is love.”

But does their own writing hold up to that standard?

Indeed, the show has featured several kisses of “true love” breaking sleeping and other curses in typical Snow White/Sleeping Beauty fashion.  Most notably, the show has already established how familial love is strong enough to break any curse.  In the same episode as the lesbian kiss, Belle said her father could wake her from her own sleeping curse, and the characters had first sought Aunt Em to break Dorothy’s curse.  Most notably, even the non-blood-related love of Regina for her adopted son Henry broke a curse!

But if “love is love” then – according to the show’s own standards – love is not sex!  And if love is not sex – if adopted family love is powerful enough to break a curse – then why isn’t platonic love able to as well?

There are a lot of different kinds of love.  True, deep, caring love.  And if love is wanting the good of another, than sometimes that love would be sexual, other times it certainly would not be.

As I watched the episode, I kept wondering why the love the cluster of storybook characters were showing Dorothy wasn’t enough to awaken her.  What does it take for love to be “true”?  Cannot a genuine care constitute true love?  It did for Regina to Henry.  The definition of true love has already expanded beyond sex.  Why not between friends?  And can’t we all speak of friends who become so close to us, we describe them as “chosen” or “spiritual” family?

The episode, thus, is not only tragically normalizing homosexuality, but oversexualizing all love, while especially devaluing the love of friendship.

Both women in the plot were lonely.  In this story retelling, Ruby had failed to find other human/wolves like her, and Dorothy had been abandoned by her family when she told them about Oz.  It is natural that their human need for relationships would drive them towards one another. But there is no need for this to take on a sexual nature.  Their relationship didn’t need sex to be love, and it didn’t need a kiss to be deep and true.

This lesbian kiss would never have aired even five years ago, which is when the show began.  But now “this is the world we live in.”

So what can we as Christians, saddened by this drastic cultural turn, do in the face of such a world?

Many of us continue to pray and fight for religious freedom protections and fight to protect our own marriages.  We are learning to talk in age-appropriate ways with our children about healthy sexuality and its perversions.  We maintain ultimate hope in the Savoir who longs to redeem sexual brokenness and all of culture.

Let us add to these responses that we also work to advance the beautiful truth of chaste friendship as a valid form of love.

Chaney Mullins serves as Special Projects Writer for Concerned Women for America.


Christ Restoring a Male/Female Identity in a Sexually Confused World

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The issue is hot.  Transgender people want to use the bathroom of the sex they “identify” with, not the one that they actually belong to physically.

CWA has a multi-pronged approach to solving these issues.  There has been state legislation that mandates using the bathroom of your born sex.  We are boycotting Target for its policy that anyone can use anyone’s bathroom policy. We are fighting the LGBT community’s attacks on religious freedom.

CWA is about prayer, education, and action. So along with all the important action we are taking above, we should also take a step back to look at root causes – and root solutions – from a need for a better education regarding gender identity and its theological implications.

But how do we pray and educate about an issue so sensitive and nuanced?

With the grace and truth of a Christian.

CWA implores all people – transgender and otherwise – to find true identity in Christ. Transgenderism is a form of broken sexuality – which every human faces in one form or another.

God created us male and female.  That’s it. Just those two genders.  Both of them are required to complete the image of God (Genesis 1:27).

Adam and Eve lost their sexual identity back in the Garden of Eden.  Adam’s body – the man’s body – is literally designed to give of itself, and the woman’s to actively receive that gift in committed marital union. The man’s body functions as a reminder of the giving love of God, and the woman’s body functions as a reminder that we all must receive love from God.

But Adam and Eve fell out of their identity.  Adam forgot to help Eve remember God’s love, instead standing silent at the tree while she was told lies by Satan. And Eve forgot to receive God’s love, instead displaying openness to deception. Adam showed the worst of man – first passive and then abusive – blaming Eve for what happened.  Eve showed the worst of woman – manipulative and disregarding of her role to “help” (meaning “rescue”) Adam – instead deeply hurting him.

It was through Christ that the masculine and feminine identity was restored.  In Christ, women like Mary Magdalene were freed from seven demons and the woman at the well found her perfect lover.  In Christ, men like Peter were forgiven of betrayal, and men like Thomas were forgiven for doubt.  What Christians are is a testimony to the fact that brokenness can be opened to the unconditional and healing love of God.  Instead of hiding in our shame as Adam and Eve did, we open our nakedness to God – in all its ugliness.

When Jesus gives the command to remove the stone from the grave of Lazarus, He was warned that there would be a stench.  But that didn’t deter Jesus!  He replied: “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)

Do we believe that the glory of God is able to rescue us from all our broken pieces?  Do we believe that He will restore our identity?  Do we look to Him as the example of perfect manhood Who came born of woman to restore male and female identity?

A transgender person is likely unready to hear theology and learn about Adam and Eve.  But understanding the origins of where things went wrong is a start for believers who want to submit their own sin to God, who wish to gain testimonies of how God has worked in their lives. Aligning ourselves with God’s plan for man and woman is the solution side of the problem.  Let us pray deeply for the ability to live into our male and female identity with more fullness, that we might offer a restorative picture for all of the world.

Chaney Mullins serves as Concerned Women for America’s Special Projects Writer.

Editor’s Note: Many thanks to Christopher West who extrapolates these ideas in his teaching as a lay theologian.  Learn more at

Sex-Trafficking Basics – Harsh Reality and Hopeful Rescues

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“It’s the oldest profession,” a sportsman said in a video we watched at a recent training sponsored by the National Center for Sexual Exploitation.  He was referring, of course, to prostitution, defending himself for having been recently caught buying sex.  No, our trainers told us, “It’s the world’s oldest abuse story.”NCSELOGO

How true.  I sat there thinking about women in the Bible – even Sarah being given over by her own husband Abraham to be Pharaoh’s concubine, Rahab the prostitute, Tamar, the woman at the well – the sad stories of sexual brokenness even in Scripture.

This ancient abuse is fresh again today – always there – and closer than you think.

It’s important to remember these important points when striving to understand sex-trafficking:

  1. LOCAL: This problem is not just something that takes place far away in Europe and Asia; it is a local problem.  The United States is a serious offender, and it’s a huge money-making industry. Some mistakenly believe that to qualify as “trafficking” there has to be transportation across state lines, but this isn’t true. Legally, any act of recruitment, harboring, transportation, provisioning, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting; by the means of force, fraud, or coercion; that results in serious harm for the purpose of exploitation, can qualify as sex-trafficking.
  2. NOT CONSENSUAL: Some defend prostitution, saying that it is a matter of consent – that these women are offering it and totally fine with it. In reality, most of these women don’t know if they have other options, are often facing serious physical, emotional, and mental trauma, and are being pimped out – these pimps being the real financial benefiters in the industry who draw women in with serious manipulation.  Sometimes women can be beaten for not bringing in enough, or branded with their pimp’s name.  Despite these horrors, they are rarely literally chained to the bed.  Instead, the coercive methods of desperation for basic food, shelter, and money, combined with a twisted view of love compounded by childhood abuse and trauma bonding, keeps them in “the life.”  They are often blinded to this, however, and it can take a while before they recognize themselves as victims of abuse.
  3. THESE ARE CHILDREN: I was shocked to learn that there are so many prostitutes who are not adults at all.  Seventy to ninety percent of adult victims started as children!  The average age to begin in the sex trafficking industry is about 13.  Girls are often abused long before that – by uncles or stepfathers for example.  The good news is that the law was very recently changed to proclaim that buying a prostitute who is a minor is automatically illegal because she is below the age of consent.  This helps protect minor girls, who can be taken to a department of children and family services and not be arrested.
  4.  THE PORNOGRAPHY LINK: Let’s call it like it is.  Porn is evil and at the root of sex-trafficking.  In our technological age, children are being exposed to porn at age five, and have moved on to harder and more violent porn by age eight – meaning that props and weapons and violent acts are becoming commonplace in order to achieve arousal. After a while, they want to act out what they see – so they find a prostitute on, for example, which is sometimes filmed to make more porn.  One particularly poignant line from the training was: “Porn is … prostitution as long as someone gets to take the pictures,” and “Porn – prostitution for mass consumption.”

Once we grasp the problem a bit more, we can take hope that there is a way forward towards reducing this exploitation:

  1. BETTER POLICY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT NEEDED: I was shocked to learn that sometimes cops promise not to arrest the girls in exchange for sex themselves.  There is a better way.  We were introduced to a Florida police force that advocates for better cop training to avoid corruption and ensure effective rehabilitation.  Cops, for instance, often have to learn to patiently give women multiple chances to join a “Turn Your Life Around” (TYLA) program, be accompanied by trained civilian counselors, and stop using an accusatory aura.  The program in Florida has begun a four-pronged approach, away from only the single-pronged, harsh stigmatization and criminalization of the girls themselves that occurred in days past.  Now the four prongs include: the girls – but using less punitive efforts, the “Johns” or buyers – including sending letters home  and confiscating vehicles used to sex-traffic, the businesses – including keeping an eye on hotels and whether they abate or aid in trafficking, and finally the pimps – trying to get at the men behind the scenes.
  2. COLLABORATIVE SOLUTIONS WORK: The training highlighted that TYLA is a new and successful partnership between the Sarasota police department and Selah Freedom, a NGO.  The two joined forces to find common ground and work against sex-trafficking together.  TYLA has brought many women out of the trade, and now they have succeeded in getting the courts on board with a specialized court room, so that these women are given special treatment oriented towards rehabilitation.
  3. SAFE HOUSES AND REHABILITATION EFFORTS: We learned that the girls need somewhere to go in order to get out.  In the TYLA program, there are several houses where the women live as the readjust to real life.  Without being safely housed in single-gender, supervised housing, the women won’t leave their traffickers – for fear of being punished and on the street.  Even some “shelters” end up being recruiting grounds if not really a permanent home. One of the women training us – a survivor herself – even recounted that she keeps girls in her own home at times.
  4. FAMILY MATTERS:  When you look closely at this issue, broken families are at the heart of it.  The women often started into the sex industry after being abused by family members.  Can you imagine your own family member selling you for sex?  Fatherlessness is at the root of so much of this.  Then there is the issue of the buyers – themselves often from fatherless or broken families, sometimes cheating on their wives, lonely and depressed and then addicted to pornography, becoming a player in more and more of the same vicious cycles.  Fighting this at the root means valuing and supporting positive family life.
  5. PRAY A LOT: There are so many factors in the effort against sex trafficking outside our control.  Will the woman be in the right position to leave?  Will she be safe?  Will she succeed at the detox center and safe house?  Will the cops be able to crack down on that massage parlor?  Will the court be merciful?  Will a good law pass?  There are things we can do – and then there are times when all we can do is pray and pray more.

It is hard not to simply weep.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed or depressed learning the full extent of the brokenness of the world.  There is deep pain, but there is also deep joy.  To be healed – in that is joy that abounds even more than having never been in need of it.

And the women can heal.  I fear we will never end poverty, prostitution, and pornography this side of heaven.  But we can try; we can reduce it – and give people a way out of it.  And that is a worthy cause.  As Christian women, we celebrate that God is the great deliverer. Amen, Come Lord Jesus.

Chaney Mullins serves as Concerned Women for America’s Special Projects Writer.