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Nominee Makes No Difference The Senate Should Hold Its Ground

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Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy organization for women, had this to say on President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court:CWALAC_MediaStatement

“President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court does not change the fact that the Senate needs to continue to do the proper thing by fulfilling its role of ‘advice and consent.’ The people need to have a voice in the type of justice they want to replace Justice Scalia by electing the next president of the United States.

“This nomination will upset the balance of the Supreme Court to the radical left for many decades.  Such a seismic shift in the highest court of the land must be presented to the people.

“Our very form of government is at stake here.  Fundamental rights, like the First and Second Amendment, do not have majority support at the Supreme Court right now.  Americans should be aware of what is at stake as they select their candidate for president this November.

“Over two hundred CWA state leaders from around the country have signed a letter in full support of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley’s careful approach to this vacancy. Republican leadership is living up to its sacred oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States by withholding consent from President Obama’s nominee.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at or 712-269-1724.

Houston Voters Reject So Called Equal Rights Ordinance

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Tuesday evening, Houston voters overwhelmingly rejected the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO. The rejection of this ordinance protects the religious freedom of business owners and will keep people born as men from being allowed to enter women’s restrooms and vice versa. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“Social liberals should be concerned after last night’s election results. I see harbingers for 2016. Citizen’s voices are heard at the polls, and  I believe they will be heard again clearly next November.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to CWALAC’s Texas State Director, Ann Hettinger, Area Director Beverly Roberts, and area members who were influential in the grassroots movement to oppose this ordinance. Our hardworking and dedicated women will continue to fight for our religious liberties and common sense.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at or 712-269-1724.

China Changes One-Child Policy: Still Oppressing Women

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington D.C. – China has announced it will allow two children for every couple, as opposed to the country’s one-child policy that was put into place in the 1970s. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, said today:

“How pathetic that the authoritarian Communist regime in China thinks they deserve a pat on the back for magnanimously ‘allowing’ women to give birth to two instead of one child.  This goes to the very heart of individual liberty.

“China continues to oppress women through forced abortion and other human rights violations. Chinese data show an average of 35,000 abortions are performed per day and according to Steven Mosher, President of Population Research Institute, most of the millions of abortions carried out in China are done forcibly.

“The U.S. State Department must more forcefully press for reform in China.  However, as the U.S.’s largest creditor, we clearly come at this from a point of weakness.  The members of Concerned Women for America will continue to pray for freedom for the Chinese people.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at or 712-269-1724.

Paul Ryan Puts Family First: Conditions for Speaker of the House

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Washington, D.C. – Tuesday night, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) announced in a press conference he would consider running for Speaker of the House, but only under specific conditions. One of the concerns Ryan brought up was how this would affect his family, saying, “I cannot and will not give up my family time.” Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“It’s about time someone listed family time as an essential condition to serve. I commend Paul Ryan for making his family a priority, and I respect him greatly for not wavering on such an important matter.

“Family time is important for both men and women. Women may be the child-bearers, but a father plays a crucial roll in a child’s life. Every child needs significant and uninterrupted time with its father and mother.

“The divorce rate among Americans is 40-50 percent, and with each subsequent marriage the rate becomes higher. Common causes of divorce are a lack of commitment and careers. According to the American Psychological Association, a healthy marriage is not only good for the mental and physical health of the couple, it is also good for the children. Growing up in a happy home protects children from mental, physical, educational, and social problems. Juxtapose these with broken homes, where children of divorced parents are at higher risk of issues such as crime, abuse, poor school performance, behavioral issues, and more. They are also much more likely to have a divorce themselves, only furthering the problem.

“If America really wants to start cleaning up its act, we have to start making our families our top priority. Congress should be taking the lead and setting that example. The next Speaker of the House, no matter who he or she is, needs to press this issue.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at or 712-269-1724.

Kentucky Clerk Released

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Washington, D.C. – Kim Davis, an elected Kentucky county clerk was released from jail this afternoon after  spending six days behind bars on a contempt of court charge. Davis was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses in response to the SCOTUS’ ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges because it violates her deeply-held religious beliefs. Concerned Women for America CEO and President, Penny Nance had this to say:

penny-lg-color“While we rejoice with the release of Kim Davis, this issue is about so much more than a clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses-rather it is a prime example of how Christians are actively being pushed out of public office and their voices silenced. Our Nation was founded on religious freedom, but religious freedom does not mean others should be forced to participate in other’s choices at the expense of their conscience. Religious freedom was at the center of our nation’s founding and remains an essential part of what makes us strong.

“Religious accommodations are made for pro-life doctors and pharmacists who choose to not perform abortions or prescribe birth control, reasonable accommodations are made for Muslim women who go through airport security, and until recently a Texas judge who refused to issue traditional marriage licenses. It is baffling to think that no such accommodation exists in this case.

“Under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, government must employ the least restrictive means for achieving a compelling state interest. Least restrictive means should mean that the County finds an alternative so that homosexuals can get married while protecting the rights of Mrs. Davis. Running someone out of their job due to deeply held religious beliefs is a violation of their civil rights. We all should be worried when we see that happen.

“The same group of people who are condemning Mrs. Davis now, who were chanting outside her office for her to “do her job,” were applauding public officials who violated the law and issued homosexual marriage certificates before the Court issued its ruling on Obergefell. The concern does not lie with the rule of law or justice, but rather with promoting an agenda.”


Patrina Mosley, Young Women for America Coordinator, was in Kentucky at the time of Kim Davis’ release. She had this to add:

Patrina Mosley Headshot“Our more than half-a-million members stand with Kim Davis, and the First Amendment stands with Kim Davis. Even though Judge Bunning says Mrs. Davis’  ‘good faith belief is simply not a viable defense,’ the Constitution begs to differ. It is simple:

‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…’

“So as you can see, the First Amendment protects, not just religious beliefs, but the exercise of those beliefs. That clearly implies movement and action–it is the living out of our faiths that the Constitution protects. Precisely what Kim Davis is doing in this instance!

“But Judge Bunning and the ACLU want all Christians out of government unless they are willing to betray their beliefs.  We must choose between God and man. And the answer is pretty simple for us. There is no choice in that really. There is no freedom.

“Just like judges and government force were use to spread and sustain the violation of civil rights for minorities in the past, so too now we see the power of the state used to violate Kim Davis’s civil rights, and in doing so, they violate all our civil rights. They want to make an example of Mrs. Davis, to send a signal to the rest of us. We must be quiet or we too will suffer much.

“Notice Judge Bunning could have only fined Mrs. Davis. Any reasonable observer can see that that would have been more appropriate in this case, given the fact that she poses no threat to anyone. But that would not have accomplished their goal: to show you what will happen to you if you dare not renounce the true meaning of Constitution and your faith.

“So, to his shame, Judge Bunning sent her to jail, saying, ‘The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order.’ He said Davis would be released only when she agreed to follow his order and issue marriage licenses. Once again the false choice was before Mrs. Davis: God or man?

“This ‘astroturf’ choice shows a deep misunderstanding of faith. Faith led Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to write from his jail cell in Birmingham that:

‘One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.’

“Kim Davis and we all stand on solid ground, following his example today. We choose justice.  We choose freedom. We choose God.”

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Kentucky Clerk Jailed For Her Religious Beliefs

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Today, Kim Davis, an elected Kentucky county clerk was found in contempt and jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses after the Obergefell decision, as it violates her religious beliefs. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“We support Kim Davis’ right to act according to her conscience and face the consequences.  Her predicament is the direct result of the lawlessness promoted by the Supreme Court of the United States itself with its unconstitutional Obergefell decision. It’s flippant, and frankly insulting, treatment of religious liberty and Obergefell is a disgrace to that great institution.

“Same-sex ‘marriage’ supporters are chastising Mrs. Davis now, but they were the same group of people that applauded with glee when public officials forced the granting of marriage certificates to same-sex couples in direct violation to their state constitutions, before the Supreme Court’s decision.  They are not concerned about the law or the constitution but simply want to promote their activism through it.

“We believe the law should provide reasonable accommodation to any person who does not want to participate in a same-sex ‘marriage’ union because of their deeply held religious beliefs, as has been done in other areas throughout our history.”

For additional information or an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at or 712-269-1724.