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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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Trump Ticket: GOP Frontrunner Announces Running Mate Tomorrow

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Friday morning, Donald Trump will officially announce his running mate. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say about the possible presumptive Vice President pick of Gov. Mike Pence (R-Indiana):

“I applaud Donald Trump’s expected decision to choose Gov. Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential running mate. This would indicate Trump is moving in the right direction and is showing that he’s taking the Evangelical Christian voting bloc seriously by choosing Pence, who has a proven record as a respected veteran of the House of Representatives and as Gov. of Indiana. During his time in the House, Pence made a name for himself as a pro-life champion, leading the fight to defund Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars. Additionally, he co-sponsored and voted for numerous pieces of pro-marriage legislation and had a reputation as a respected, policy-oriented member.”

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

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.

Concerned Women Praise GOP Platform’s Serious Treatment of Children’s Safety

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Washington, D.C. – The Republican Party’s Platform Committee is considering language that recognizes pornography as a “public health crisis.”  Concerned Women for America (CWA) President and CEO Penny Nance had this to say:

On behalf of the half-a-million members of CWA, we want to applaud the Republican National Committee delegates’ serious consideration of what has become an enormous problem for our society.  Many of the thousands of mom’s I represent bear the scars of seeing their children struggle with significant physical and psychological problems of an addiction to porn that started even before they were able to recognize or fully understand the consequences of the material they were accessing on the Internet. (The Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire says that 42 percent of online users ages 10 to 17 have seen pornography, and that 66 percent of those saw it unwittingly.)

We also stand with women who have been the victims of this predatory industry that objectifies and demeans women by treating them as commodities.

The research showing that pornography is significantly linked to increases in sexual violence and aggression continues to grow. One study reported that 88% of the top-watched porn films contain aggressive acts, while another study shows a disturbingly noticeable uptick in male aggression towards women after watching a 10-minute clip from such a film. As the nation’s largest public policy organization for women, we must face the facts we are being presented and deal with the situation with utmost urgency.

Studies now suggest the horrible depictions of rape and violence depicted on these types of material (which is not very difficult for children to access online) have a significant effect on a person’s brain matter and that it may be addictive. That means that with continued use, more impactful material would be needed to achieve the same level of satisfaction.

We commend the Republican Platform committee, even as we must make clear that this is not a partisan issue in any way, shape, or form.  We have and will continue to work with Democrats who recognize the warning signs we are seeing, and we hope the same serious treatment of this issue is adopted in the Democratic Platform.

This is a family issue, it is a children’s safety issue, and it is a women’s issue.  CWA is committed to fight against sexual exploitation in any form.

 

Finding Hope and Strategy After the Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

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Recently, in the first major Supreme Court abortion ruling since the 90s, abortion clinic regulations were struck down in Texas, making abortion less safe for women.  This travesty is discouraging, but we cannot stand idly by as it happens.  There are good ways to respond.

  1. Continue the Fight

This case has underscored our need for Supreme Court justices who value judicial restraint.  As Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance stated, “The justices created and self-defined this extra-constitutional ‘undue burden’ to advance their political ideology and, in doing so, just five justices are able to halt the efforts of a whole state to protect its citizens.”

And that noble effort in the states cannot end.  States need to continue to test laws that protect its women with health standards.  There are many other legislative efforts to continue; we should not assume all regulation of abortion is futile.

  1. Provide True, Safe, and Merciful Medical Help for Women

Our movement is the pro-life movement, not the anti-abortion movement.  We are not just against something, we are for something.  We are for safe health standards for women and protections for the unborn.  We are for alternatives to abortion, such as adoption and parenting.

Pregnancy centers provide great resources for women who are hurting. We need to pour ourselves into that effort, and add to it!  The pro-life movement backs pro-life care centers that offer tangible pre-natal care and, in some cases, delivery for mothers in need. We need much more of this to be the true health alternative to abortion, as well as pointing women to the existing community health centers as a resource for them.

We also need to be able to step in to offer grace-filled medical care when an abortion goes wrong.  One woman in Virginia was being counseled against abortion by a pro-life medical doctor, but she chose abortion.  She ended up in the emergency room later — with that same pro-life doctor on call.  Instead of condemning her, he treated her abortion complication with mercy and quality care.  This touched her so much that she wrote her story and sent it to the pro-life clinic, saying she had made a mistake, a big mistake, but also that the doctor treated her with the same care as any of his other patients.

With sub-par clinic standards, ER visits and abortion trauma from abortion complications will surely continue, and we will be there, ready with unconditional love, which will truly transform hearts.

  1. Offer Women Emotional Healing

Allowing these lax abortion standards to continue to exist, the Supreme Court has ensured that there will be more abortions and more health complications; the incidence of abortion trauma will only increase.

One of the practices that this ruling will allow is the taking of an abortion pill regimen at home, in Texas as it is in many states.  The FDA recently made this drug more easily available in the U.S. for later and later weeks of pregnancy.  This “medical abortion” (named as “medical” because it is not a surgical abortion) sometimes results in the mom being able to see her tiny inch-long baby come out, more formed than she realized — with discernable toes and fingers at 9 or 10 weeks.  I can’t possibly imagine how traumatic this is for women.  The pro-life community needs to respond by making RU-486 reversal possible through administering progesterone after a woman takes the first pill.

If a woman goes through with this and any other traumatic abortion, we need to offer healing to women who will need post-abortion counseling and may eventually begin to question the pro-choice movement and its motives.

  1. Trust in the Lord

The highest court of our land has forsaken its very purpose — to uphold the laws that protect its citizens.  But there is a higher court still — a Judge above all, a righteous Judge.  And His righteousness will reign. The Lord has a heart for each woman and child affected by this ruling.  He is the ultimate protector.  I don’t know what kind of cosmic battle is occurring in the spiritual realm, but I know Who will ultimately win it.  I know that through all this pain, the Lord will bring stories of healing and redemption, of judgement and punishment according to His perfect will. We should thank God for the simple joy of following Him in the midst of the darkness of the world, even when everything seems stacked against us.

In a devotional I recently read, David Jeremiah quotes former Sen. George W. Norris (R-Nebraska): “It happens very often that one tries to do something and fails.  He feels discouraged, and yet he may discover years afterward that the very effort he made was the reason why somebody else took it up and succeeded … whatever use I have been to progressive civilization has been accomplished in the things I failed to do rather than in the things I actually did do … I would rather go down to my political grave with a clear conscience than ride in the chariot of victory.”

I pray that our recent setback will end as a stain on the pro-abortion movement rejecting women’s health and pave the way to assured victory for the pro-life movement in the future.  If not, our conscience is clear.

Chaney Mullins serves as CWA’s Special Project Writer.

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.