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Supreme Court Stays Ruling Forcing Schools to Allow Transgender Students to Use the Bathroom of Their Choice

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – The Supreme Court has put on hold a Fourth Circuit Court ruling requiring a Virginia school district to accommodate a transgender high school student’s request to use the boys’ bathroom. The justices split 5-3 on the issue to temporarily lift the obligation of the Gloucester County school system to allow one of their students to use the bathroom of her choice in accordance with Obama Administration guidance. CWA CEO and President Penny Nance has this to say:

“We commend the Supreme Court for voting to stay this case and encourage them to do the right thing when the time comes to rule on the merits.

“This case is a result of yet another Obama Administration overreach. To require schools to allow students into any bathroom of their choice is an overstep on legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools.

“This would also impact the use of showers, locker rooms, school travel and more. This unwise and rash policy would favor the desires of a small group over young women with religious, cultural, and modesty concerns. The Court should not shove this unwise policy on the states.

“Schools all over this nation have rightly worked on a case-by-case basis to accommodate kids struggling with gender dysphoria. They should not be forced by big government to violate the privacy of other students and perhaps even create trauma for the very kids Obama pretends to protect. Local school districts, with the input of parents and health professionals, should be setting school policy on such a sensitive and controversial issue, not Washington.

“Finally, the left always uses children to accomplish its goals of social reengineering. The adults closest to these children should decide what’s best for all the children in the school. Safety and kindness should be the guiding principles, not threats from the bullies in Washington. We hope the Supreme Court agrees.”

Tim LaHaye, Evangelical Leader and Husband of CWA Founder, Passes at 90

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Washington, D.C. -Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, said today regarding the death of Dr. Tim LaHaye, husband of CWA’s founder and Chairman Dr. Beverly LaHaye:

“My heart is heavy today with the news that Dr. Tim LaHaye has passed from here into his eternal home in Heaven. I have so many fond memories of him, including going running together in California and China when we were both younger. He cared about everyone, whether a prisoner or a billionaire, the same. He was a true Biblical scholar with a fascinating intellect and a deep love for his wife and children.

“He was always so kind and encouraging to me. Before I submitted the final draft of my book, Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women, he generously agreed to review the chapter on why Christians must support Israel and give me thoughts and feedback. It was a privilege to receive advice from one the all-time best-selling Christian writers. In the last couple of years, I would call to talk to my boss, Mrs. LaHaye, and end up having lovely conversations with Dr. LaHaye, which he would always end them with a word of encouragement. He would say, ‘Penny we love you, and we are proud of you, and we pray every day for you.’ I join his family and people around the nation in mourning our loss, but I know he is in Heaven enjoying worshiping at Jesus’ feet and refining his knowledge and views on eschatology.”

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

CWA Response to Thursday’s RNC Speeches

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CWALAC_MediaStatementCleveland, OH -Thursday, July 21, Penny Nance CEO and President of Concerned Women for America said:

“Donald Trump made further gains with American voters by powerfully challenging the narrative that America’s best years are behind us.  He presented an inspirational vision for Americans on key issues including national security, crime, taxes, the economy and education. His reaffirmation of his promise to only appoint constitutionalists to the courts and to support Israel will resonate again with Evangelical Christians.  I believe that as Americans begin to pay closer attention to this race, Donald Trump will continue to attract new voters to the Republican party.

“Perhaps the Trump campaign had new voters in mind with two speakers in particular.  In Peter Thiel’s (PayPal Co-Founder and Venture Capitalist), address he brought up the recent controversy surrounding transgender bathroom usage in his speech. He said, ‘Now we are told that the greatest debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?’ Concerned Women for America respectfully disagrees. Though our country faces many issues, it does not diminish the importance of other issues such as protecting the safety and privacy of women and children.

“While trying to make one minority group comfortable, open bathroom and shower policies ignore the feelings of women who have been abused or who have cultural and religious modesty concerns which make them uncomfortable with men in their bathroom or showers. Concerned Women for America cares about this policy because it creates an enormous opportunity for abuse, as other men may use it to gain access to the vulnerable. There are currently about 850,000 sexual predators on the national registry who will use any pretext to access innocent women and children.

“The Obama Administration began this conversation by working to coerce states and schools into abandoning common sense. Mr. Thiel shares some of our conservative principles, and we are happy to work with like-minded people in the areas where we can agree and specifically for his safety from Islamic fascist.  But we must respectfully disagree with his statements tonight. We take comfort in knowing that there are better solutions which consider everyone’s needs.

“In addition, despite Donald Trump’s clear promise to clean up America’s 19 trillion dollars in debt, Ivanka Trump’s speech may have hinted at new government entitlements.  She suggested in her speech that her father, Donald Trump, as President would work towards equal pay and affordable child care. She is correct in her assessment that motherhood is the dividing line in the pay gap.  For single mothers, this is particularly difficult.  We look forward to market-based approaches to this issue instead of more warmed over, bureaucratic solutions.   Seventy percent of parents with children five and under say that one parent at home is the best child care arrangement during a child’s earliest years. When parents were asked to rank nine childcare options for pre-school children, they ranked government-run childcare centers dead last. Mothers often prefer home care by a relative, even when other childcare is convenient. Rather than imposing more government, lets lower the tax burden on families as a means to achieve the affordable childcare of their choice.”

 

*For more information and statistics please see CWA’s A War No More: The Truth Behind the “War on Women” booklet here.

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.

Supreme Court Disregards Women’s Health, Imposes Its Preference Over Texas

By | Legal, News and Events, Press Releases, Sanctity of Life, Texas | No Comments

CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a (5-3) ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the case challenging a law requiring abortion clinics to meet the building standards of ambulatory surgery centers and that abortionists maintain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say:

This decision represents a great setback for woman’s health and safety. For that is what this case was about, not abortion. Women’s health and safety are a top priority for the thousands of women I represent at Concerned Women for America, and they fought hard to enact this basic commonsense legislation.

The Supreme Court dishonors that commitment today by imposing its policy preferences over the women of Texas.

It is simply a complete fabrication to say that the Constitution somehow demands that these laws be struck down.

Worse, the outcome of this case represents what we have known for a while now, that we have a deep problem of judicial activism. Eight unelected Justices sitting 1,500 miles away should not have the constitutional authority to second guess the policy choices of the women of Texas.

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.

This reminds us once again that the types of justices we appoint to the Supreme Court make the decisions that, unfortunately, affect every area of our lives, and we must fight for men and women who respect the law and the Constitution instead of liberals wanting to advance an agenda.

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

War is not a Social Experiment – Do Not Draft Our Daughters

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – 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. Senator 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. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“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.

“Our military’s sole purpose is to protect our nation, not to serve as this administration’s laboratory for social engineering.

“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. 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.

“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. Uncle Sam needs to keep his hands off of our daughters.”

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CWA’s Penny Nance Responds to Florida Terrorist Attack

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. — This morning, Orlando, Florida suffered a terrorist attack where a gunman killed at least 50 and injured many more. The FBI has said the individual bragged about his ties to terrorist organizations. Officials have confirmed this attack was ideology driven. This attack is also being recorded as the worst mass shooting in American history. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“Concerned Women for America’s prayers are with everyone impacted by last night’s horror. Terrorist attacks on any community in America is an attack on all Americans. These were 50 precious lives stolen from families and loved ones.

“This heartbreaking attack is yet more evidence of the radical Islamic terrorism our country is facing right here on our own soil. We must not sacrifice our safety in the name of political correctness and instead take action to stop it. These attacks have become more frequent, and we must acknowledge them for what they are, lest we become numb to this horror. Our country needs leadership who will not back down from this fight, nor treat it as a playground bully.”

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

Some Republicans Cower to President Obama’s Bathroom Agenda

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. — Last night, 43 Republicans helped pass an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5055) offered by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-New York) which codified Obama’s transgender Executive Order (13672) seeking to trample religious liberty and force anyone involved in business to affirm the transgender lifestyle. Read More

CEO and President Penny Young Nance Presented Honorary Doctorate

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Lynchburg, Virginia – Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Young Nance was recently presented with an honorary doctorate degree at Liberty University’s 43rd Commencement. Nance is a graduate of Liberty University and is recognized as an authority on cultural, family, children, and conservative issues. She, together with Concerned Women for America, has been a valued partner of the University, providing opportunities for Liberty students to intern and work in the nation’s capital.

During the ceremony, President Jerry Falwell, Jr., quoted Sean Hannity referring to Nance as a “rock star” in the conservative world. Falwell awarded Nance her honorary Doctor of Humanities in recognition of her “contribution to our nation and in acknowledgement of her leadership in the fight to preserve those values upon which this nation was founded.”

Beverly LaHaye, the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Concerned Women for America, said:

“We are so proud of the recognition that was bestowed upon our CEO and President Penny Young Nance by Liberty University.  Penny came to CWA as a young woman and worked as CWA’s Legislative Director; her commitment to the families of this country has been life-long, and we know that she will continue that work through Concerned Women for America and in the nurturing and mentoring of young women both on our staff and in our Young Women for America Chapters.”

Democrats’ “Mockery” SCOTUS Nomination Hearing

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Washington, D.C. – The following quote can be attributed to Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America, on the news that Senate Democrats will hold a mock hearing on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court:CWALAC_MediaStatement

“It’s sort of sad to see what Senate Democrats have been reduced to.  There are so many challenges facing our nation; for them to waste time with this mock hearing shows how disconnected they are to the issues facing everyday Americans.  It should be called a “mockery” hearing.  They’ll amuse themselves with it, and maybe their friends on the left, but the American people have shown little interest in their political games, despite the millions Democrats have poured into bullying Senators into submission.  Concerned Women for America strongly supports the U.S. Senate’s Constitutional duty under Article 2 Section 2 to advise and consent on Supreme Court nominations.”

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