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Georgia “KGB” Combing Through Pastor’s Sermons

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CWALAC_MediaStatementAtlanta, GA – The State of Georgia has served a “Request for Production of Documents” to pastor and former Georgia District Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh, requiring him to surrender copies of his sermons under threat of law. First Liberty Institute is representing him against this violation of his First Amendment rights.

Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, issued this warning:

The words of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” still reverberate today – especially as we witness the “Gestapo-like” tactics of his native state. The state of Georgia’s blatant attack on religious freedom, as they discriminate against another pastor, Dr. Eric Walsh, is indeed a threat to every American, whatever our religious beliefs.

Can there be a clearer violation of our First Amendment right to religious freedom than for the state to monitor, examine, and retaliate against a person because of the sermons they share?

Let it be clear that the hundreds of thousands of members of Concerned Women for America are committed to stand squarely against this invidious discrimination and will do everything in our power to fight this injustice and intolerance with all the resources at our disposal.

CWA of Georgia State Director Tanya Ditty had this to say:

The time to speak up is now. The state’s actions in this case do not happen in a vacuum; they are, unfortunately, part of a troubling pattern that is very dangerous.

Georgia is better than this. Here is an issue that is beyond political affiliation. We all know that no one should be fired from their job over their religious beliefs or over something they said in their church.

Can anyone seriously defend the state’s intrusion into sermon writing?

The state’s actions in this case are reminiscent of the sort of “monitoring” the great German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer experienced in his time. CWA of Georgia demands an immediate end to this type of anti-religious bigotry on the part of state authorities.


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

Abortion Demographics – Who Has an Abortion?

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Each year in the United States, about 950,000 abortions take place, which account for about 20% (1 in 5) of pregnancies in our nation. Sixty-five percent of these abortions are occurring when the woman is seven weeks pregnant or more.  The pro-life movement has successfully reduced the number of abortions, but they have not been able to end it.

As we seek strategy for the continuing fights, it’s important to identity who has abortions.  Who are the women we need to reach with the message that the unborn child’s life is valuable?


FACT: Not every state reports abortion by ethnicity, but those that do reveal that abortions to blacks and Hispanic women account for 55.4% of the 405,795 abortions reported by race.  This number is disproportionate considering the fact that black and Hispanic women only comprise roughly 29% of the total U.S. population.

ACTION: Given the number of minority babies aborted, we need to expose abortion as a form of racism that may be targeting minority women for profit.  This also creates a demographic disaster for minority populations.


FACT: Sixty percent of women getting an abortion are in their 20s.  That breaks down to about 33% of all abortions to women who are just 20-24, and about another 25% of abortions to women 25-29.

ACTION: Women who obtain abortions are mostly young women in their 20s trying to forge their way through the responsibilities of adult life.  They may be putting off childbearing until they feel more stable.  It’s important to support women who are young and pregnant, so they don’t look to abortion as their only option.

Marital Status

FACT: Unmarried women account for about 85% of all abortions.

ACTION: Improving marriage rates will lower abortion rates.  Few draw the clear, direct connection between the collapse of the institution of marriage and the family and abortion.  Churches and policies that support and encourage marriage and parenting will treat the underlying disease, not just abortion — the symptom of a larger problem.  Sadly, women without supportive partners often feel like they are left with no choice but to abort the child.

Other Children

FACT: One of the most surprising facts about abortion is that almost 60% of women obtaining an abortion have already given birth to one or more children!  Only 40.3% abort their first child.

ACTION: One would think that having other children would change a mother’s heart to welcome the beauty and joy of mothering.  But for some reason, they feel like they cannot handle another child.  This speaks to a failure in our culture to make children wanted and mothers supported.  If moms feel so overwhelmed they kill their own unborn children, then what are we doing to help them feel less overwhelmed, less alone, and less financially strained?  Communities which are truly pro-life will build a culture of life where parenting is not all on the mother’s shoulders, but where fathers and communities help share the load.


FACT: Thirty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions identified as evangelical or Catholic.

ACTION: Though self-identification may be a poor form of measuring religious engagements, these findings show that women getting an abortion are willing to be thought of as religious, but are also still willing to get an abortion.  This is a tragic failure of the Church to truly educate women on what it means to trust God’s providence and forgiveness in difficult circumstances.

Income Level 

FACT: Poverty does drive women to abortion.  The economic incentive behind the idea that they can pay for an abortion instead of raising a child is a significant driving force behind their “decision,” one they likely feel driven to by these practicalities of not making ends meet. Three out of four women having an abortion are low income and cluster near or below the poverty line.

ACTION: The economic factor behind the abortion decision needs to be met with advocating for policies which reduce poverty and encourage upward mobility.

A Portrait of an Abortion-Minded Woman

If all these statistics are taken together, you may end up with a picture like this.

An African-American woman named Maria is living in Baltimore.  She is 23 years old and already has a young two-year-old named Michael.  She baptized Michael into the Catholic Church, but hasn’t been to church much since, though she’s always considered herself Catholic.  Maria is unmarried and living below the poverty line.  Michael’s dad left just before she found out she was pregnant again.  She works two jobs, but is shouldered with the responsibility of her son and her aging mother, who is soon going to become unable to care for Michael when Maria’s at work.  The cost of childcare and nursing care will be heavy.

At seven weeks pregnant, Maria goes to Planned Parenthood.  She is reluctant to go through the trauma of abortion, as she’s heard that it is unpleasant.  But she just can’t figure out how to fit another baby into her crumbling world. So she faces it — like everything else in her life lately — alone.

The crisis of girls with stories like this is not that they are particularly desirous of abortion through some ideological feeling of career advancement and reproductive rights and freedoms.  Instead, some women who choose abortion feel like they don’t have a choice.  Poverty, age, and everything else feels like it’s stacked against them.  And although they love children enough to often have already had one, how tragic it is to see that they cannot fathom another?  Through strong charity support and the social safety net, girls like Maria need our support and understanding.  They need the Church to see them, know them, and act to help them.

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



Mike Pence Shined in Debate, Showed that Social Issues Matter

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CWALAC_MediaStatementConcerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say about last night’s Vice-Presidential Debate:

“Mike Pence shined as a Vice Presidential candidate who embodied what it means to show kindness and statesmanship as a faith-filled public servant,” said Penny Nance, President & CEO of Concerned Women for America, our nation’s largest Women’s Public Policy Organization. “Among the many conservative principles he articulated tonight, Mike Pence showed that social issues matter.  They illuminate the fundamental principle of human dignity that underscores every policy. Mike Pence articulately clarified that women who make the heartbreaking decision on abortion should not be punished, but rather we should work to build a culture of life – one in which human life in the womb is valued.  One in which the most vulnerable among us – including the aged, sick, and unborn – are honored.  One in which adoption policy turns what begins as a “crisis” pregnancy into an answer to prayer for infertile couples.”

“Tim Kaine fails to see abortion as a fundamental human rights issue violating the rights of the unborn child,” added Nance, who is also author of the new book Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women. “I find it odd that a man of faith who says he struggled with allowing the death penalty because of his faith, is also pro-abortion. He seems to have no qualms about losing the lives of the most vulnerable and unprotected in our society, the unborn. Women are strong and able, but the so-called ‘pro-choice’ community often takes advantage of women at a very vulnerable time in their life and only promote one option–abortion.”

“Tim Kaine has proven himself to be an even match for Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton supports completely unrestricted abortion at any time for any reason. As Pence stated, Hillary’s extremism on this fundamental issue led her to support partial-birth abortion, and now her campaign wants the repeal of the Hyde amendment, which has saved two million lives. Repealing the Hyde amendment would lead to tax-payer-funded abortions.  That kind of policy is out of touch with the majority of Americans who believe there should be restrictions on abortion, it denies women better choices than abortion, and it disregards the humanity of the unborn.”

HHS Wants to Force States to Fund Planned Parenthood

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hhslogoIn September, the Health and Human Services Department released a report detailing their argument for a new rule saying that states can’t deny Title X funding to “focused reproductive health providers” — which is code for Planned Parenthood.  Title X was a provision of the Public Health Service Act, originally enacted in 1980 and dedicated to funding family planning programs.  Under their argument, family planning and women’s health services which qualify for Title X funding are offered by Planned Parenthood, and regardless of what else Planned Parenthood does, they can’t be denied the Title X funds.

If such a new rule is enacted, all the state and federal efforts to redirect funding to Community Health Centers would thus be rendered useless.

According to HHS, Planned Parenthood provides services that are more “effective” and “high quality” than other health centers.  But this HHS recommendation is littered with agenda-driven jargon that bulldozes state rights, disregards fair reporting, and invents unclear qualifications.

  • States would no longer be able to control who receives Title X funding. States are the best judge of which entities in their state serve their people best, but would lose jurisdiction to make those geographically-specific qualifications.
  • HHS is trying desperately to undo the work of state legislators who have defunded Planned Parenthood. HHS is effectively disregarding the legislative branch and the public will in favor of further government executive overreach. Bottom line: the Obama Administration is protecting big abortion.
  • Community Health Centers outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics 20 to 1; they would be able to absorb the influx of patients, especially with funds further redirected away from Planned Parenthood and towards them.
  • Some women may not know a Community Health Center option is available to them, but a marketing push to help them know all the places they can get help can aid this transition.
  • Planned Parenthood makes enough profit to be able to make up for the lack of federal funds. Thus, any real reduction in Planned Parenthood’s services is due to a failure of Planned Parenthood to prioritize their budget to women most in need, not a failure of the direction of state funds.  In some states, Planned Parenthood would still receive Medicaid reimbursements for their medical services, even if the Title X funding source is removed.
  • The reporting methodology of the HHS report relies on demographic trends to generate numbers, not hard data such as assessment of women’s true needs, structures, processes, and outcomes that would be required for a full audit of the effectiveness of Title X recipients and subrecipients.
  • When national numbers are considered, community health centers are providing more services in both number and type, and serving more patients, than Planned Parenthood.
  • The HHS arguments that reproductive-focused health clinics are more “effective” and provide “high quality” care are subjective terms that beg further definition.
  • The actual goal of Title X includes making provision for improving the health of women and infants. Considering Planned Parenthood’s narrow focus on reproductive healthcare for women only, Community Healthcare, which cares for a broad spectrum of health needs for women and children, is actually more effective at fulfilling Title X’s stated purposes.
  • If HHS is going to adapt their rules for recipients, they would be wise to consider the larger trend in healthcare towards more comprehensive care, not more specified services.
  • Thirty-one citations of the HHS report are generated by a biased source — a research arm that used to be part of Planned Parenthood.

Many of these points are outlined in a bipartisan letter authored by Joni Ernst and Diane Black, available here in its entirety. The HHS rule is available to read here.  You can view more information about why women don’t need Planned Parenthood here.

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

The Hyde Amendment

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As the Hyde amendment turns 40, preserving and making permanent the Hyde Amendment is one of the greatest tasks of the pro-life movement.  It is not an exaggeration to say that Hyde is the only thing standing between abortion and full federal funding.  If Hyde does not stand, our taxpayer money goes directly to funding abortion in all circumstances.  Hyde currently allows for exceptions in the case of rape, incest, and the mother’s life, but those who want to abolish Hyde have much more sweeping hopes for abortion funding.

Our nation would be catechizing abortion as a part of women’s health.  Pro-lifers know this to be a grossly misguided ideology, as abortion hurts women as well as unborn children.  But never mind the facts, abortion lobbyists believe abortion is a right and a right that needs to be “safe, legal, and accessible” to poor women everywhere who, of course, “need” abortion to succeed in life.  To them, it is a right so fundamental that you have to pay for it.

Hyde prevents this. Hyde protects conscience rights for the pro-life American taxpayers who do not believe abortion funding is a just purpose of government.  And Hyde is consistent with the public opinion of 62% of Americans, including pro-choice taxpayers, who believe abortion should not be federally funded.

But it doesn’t just protect the taxpayers.  Hyde has literally saved lives, and continues to do so at the rate of 60,000 lives a year.  Over two million people living in American today owe their very lives to Hyde.  Twenty peer-reviewed studies have verified over and over again that the Hyde amendment has reduced abortion.  In fact, one-in-nine people born to a mother receiving Medicaid can claim Hyde as saving their life.  This is because once Hyde took effect, the number of Medicaid mothers increased by 13 percent, indicating that instead of using federal money for an abortion, women were utilizing available, better help — Medicaid’s provision of pre-natal care and delivery.

It appears that when abortion isn’t covered by federal funding, women don’t in desperation turn to abortion’s faulty promises of a “quick fix” that destroys unborn life and leaves them physically and emotionally wounded.  Instead, women learn to turn to options that are healthier for them and their babies.  They turn to what federal funding should do — protecting women’s health with prenatal care, delivery, and comprehensive health services for women and children in need.

Those who value unborn life and religious freedom need to protect Hyde.  Those who know women deserve better than abortion and who don’t want their taxes sanctioning death need to protect Hyde.  Those who believe the government has no business in the abortion industry need to protect Hyde.  And finally, those who could owe their very lives to the passage of Hyde need to work intensely to protect the Hyde Amendment for all the good it has done and still can do.