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Conscience Rights are Women’s Rights: Stop the Bullying of Nuns and Other Religious Groups

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Washington, D.C. -Statement by Janae Stracke, Communications Coordinator of Concerned Women for America, at the United States Supreme Court on the day of oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell in favor of Religious Liberty

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“I want to thank you all for being here on this important day to ask the United States Supreme Court to stop the government’s bullying of religious groups.

“I am here representing the half-a-million members of Concerned Women for America (CWA) from all over the country. These are women who stand squarely against the government’s assault of conscience in this case.

“One of the most insidious things about the government’s argument today is that it purports to act on behalf of “women.” Well, they do not act on my behalf and certainly not on behalf of the women of the Little Sisters of the Poor!

“You see, we women are not a monolithic group of people placing similar values in all areas of life; this includes faith and reproductive rights. But regardless, we should all be treated equally, with respect and dignity.

“The government’s ridiculous and unnecessary insistence that the nuns of the Little Sisters of the Poor and other similarly situated groups give their approval through the government’s accommodation scheme to use the Little Sisters of the Poor’s health plan to provide abortifacients, which is in direct violation of their conscience, is most definitely not treating them with respect.

“The government knows this because it has already exempted churches without requiring their consent. But apparently taking vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and hospitality, in order to serve the Lord and their neighbors is not religious enough to warrant a similar exemption. It wasn’t enough for the Little Sisters of the Poor.

“It is simply ridiculous. And so unnecessary.

“The most important thing for the Justices to remember today (and I hope they hear it over and over in oral arguments) is that there are numerous least restrictive means to accomplish the government’s objectives here.

“Their petty insistence on forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups to conform to their idea of what is acceptable under the tenants of their faith is preposterous. Especially today when the government has set up these exchanges where they can easily provide for the drugs themselves.

“But no, it seems the government wants to flex its regulatory muscles against religious groups, as it has done in many other areas that I won’t mention here (the IRS…).

“The Justices should tell the government to stop the bullying and go use less restrictive means to accomplish its goals.

“Our constitutional rights should not bow down to government convenience. The Justices should tell the government to stop bullying poor nuns and other devout groups.

“Standing for women’s rights should include the right of women to live and work according to their conscience without fear of punishment or harassment from governmental authorities.

“Conscience rights are women’s rights.

“Thank you.”

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

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 jstracke@cwfa.org or 712-269-1724.

Time to End “Back-Alley Abortion Clinics”

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Rally in Support of Texas Woman’s Health Law to be Held at the Supreme Court During Oral Arguments 

Washington, D.C. – Statement by Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America at the United States Supreme Court on the day of oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in favor of Texas’ sensible clinic regulations.

“I want to thank each of you for being here today. This is an historic day in the fight for civil rights. Martin Luther King, Jr., would have been proud to see you here!

“If they were alive today, suffragists like Susan B. Anthony would be standing in this podium cheering you on today.

“Because, today, we are standing up for equality!

“It is simply appalling that abortionists and abortion supporters insist on treating women like second-class citizens.

“Why don’t they want to give women the highest quality care available? Why do they stand in the way of progress? Why would they continue to put women’s lives at risk for the sake of political ideology?

“This case is not about abortion. This case is about making sure women receive the best care available, even when they choose to have an abortion.

“We live in a post-Gosnell world. If the abortion industry truly cared about women, they would be standing right here with us today, demanding women be treated with respect and dignity. We should be united on this.

“But the abortion industry has, once again, been exposed for the sham that it is. They don’t care if their policies enable the Gosnell’s of the world. They are perfectly fine with allowing Gosnell-like doctors to operate in unsanitary conditions, risking women’s lives every time a complication arises, and yes, even discriminating base on the patient’s race.

“If you remember, Gosnell had a more “sanitized” room for his “white” patients. The filthier one he reserved especially for minority women, because he thought they were less likely to complain to the authorities.

“And the Gosnell clinic operated unsupervised for fifteen long, treacherous years.

“Finally, the investigation which uncovered everything (which only opened because it was part of a drug bust, by the way) revealed the clinic had not been inspected precisely because of the political pressure that our good friends on the other side place on states like Texas, taking them all the way to their friends at the Supreme Court if they have to.

“After dealing with the Gosnell case, District Attorney Seth Williams, who is not a pro-life activist like me, marveled that, “There’s more oversight for women’s hair salons than for abortion clinics in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

“Well, God bless Texas! Anyone from Texas here?

“God bless Texas because it refuses to be the next Pennsylvania, waiting until another woman’s death before pushing back on this political correct nonsense.

“God bless Texas because it refuses to put women at risk by leaving them to the mercy of self-regulating abortionists.

“God bless Texas for standing up to the political bullies of the abortion lobby for the sake of our daughters.

“God bless Texas for leading the way to the next frontier of the civil rights movement: the fight for the sanctity of every human life and the intrinsic value of the individual.

“We urge the Supreme Court Justices to resist the temptation to play super-legislature once again on the issue of abortion. Nothing in the Constitution warrants that they substitute their policy judgment for that of Texas. They should not stand in the way of commonsense measures that protect women in crisis pregnancies.

“Abortion doctors and abortion clinics must provide quality care to their patients. There is nothing unreasonable about that, and women deserve no less.

“It is time to end these “back-alley abortion clinics!”

“And for the Supreme Court to stand in the way of that effort would be not only unconstitutional, it would be unconscionable, inhumane, discriminatory, and immoral.”

 

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

American Hostages Released – Our Work is Not Done

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Iranian media announced they will release four U.S. citizens in a prisoner swap. The prisoners include Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post journalist; Amir Hekmat, a former U.S. Marine; Pastor Saeed Abedni, and a fourth unnamed American. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“It is always a great day when Americans are freed and reunited with their loved ones. We praise God for His protection of these men while they were held by the Iranians.  We are rejoicing in the safe return of these men and our answered prayers.  But our work is far from done. Concerned Women for America was at the front of the fight opposing the deal with Iran last summer and petitioned for the release of our American hostages. Our Yellow Ribbon Rally was held in front of the White House and was attended by Ted Cruz and other leaders who joined our fight. Our rally made national news and our voices were heard.  We thank our members who wore yellow ribbons to remind them and others to pray for the release of these men.

“There are still more American hostages being held: ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson and two others. We also have great concern about the $150 billion and the prisoners being released to the hands of some of our greatest enemies. Make no mistake, the Iranians are not our friends, and our fight is not over.

“Concerned Women for America and our half-a-million members will not easily forget the choices our current administration has made, and we will work to educate the public to see an administration in place in our country who will put the safety of Americans first.”

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

Penny Nance Urges House Speaker Ryan to Return to Conservative Spending Principles

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congress has voted to pass a trillion dollar funding deal, also referred to as the “Omnibus.” Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, issued the following statement in response:

“Congress is constitutionally obligated to create a budget to fund the federal government. The power of the purse – the power to determine the details of federal spending – is the only power designated to Congress, and a large spending bill, also referred to as an ‘Omnibus,’ strips Congress of this power.

“In addition to standard operating expenses of the federal government, this bill is packed with Washington favors for lobbyists and liberal interest groups. Unfortunately, this bill, despite its size and impact, was considered by both houses of Congress without any ability for the rank-and-file Member of Congress to amend the bill.

“The Omnibus funds too many of the priorities of President Barack Obama, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Although conservatives control both houses of Congress, this disaster of a bill funds ObamaCare, the Iran Deal, Planned Parenthood, and Obama’s illegal amnesty measure and is not reflective of conservative spending principles.

“We are disappointed at the spending precedent set by the previous House leadership and encourage Speaker Ryan to return to regular order once he is given the opportunity to start the process from the beginning in the second session. It is important that conservatives fight early, hard, and in a sustained manner for conservative policy priorities, the ones on which Republicans ran and won in 2014 and previously.”

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

VICTORY! Senate Passes Historic Bill

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Last night, the Senate passed H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. This reconciliation bill will rescind funding from ObamaCare and redirect Medicaid reimbursement funds, the source of approximately 80% of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding to comprehensive healthcare centers. CWALAC CEO and President, Penny Nance, issued the following statement in response:

“Last night was a landmark victory for the pro-life community as well as a prime example of the Senate working for the interests of its constituents. I applaud House leadership for the care that was taken while authoring this bill, Senate leadership for the strategic manner in which it was brought to the floor, and the Senate’s fervency during the almost eight-hour debate and amendment process.

“It’s no secret that Planned Parenthood is scandal ridden. In recent memory, Planned Parenthood has been accused of failing to report statutory rape, of aiding and abetting sex traffickers, and now of selling aborted baby body parts for money. The organization is currently under Congressional investigation, and it is inconceivable that such a corrupt organization would be the recipient of more than 528 billion in taxpayer dollars annually.

“Recent polls have found, yet again, that Americans are still not satisfied with the Affordable Care Act or their healthcare as a result of it. This bill’s passage opens the door for a full repeal of the cumbersome and unpopular healthcare legislation that is currently on the books and is an important step for real healthcare reform.

“Although the president has promised to veto this bill, his veto would strengthen the need for a pro-life president in the minds of the American people while we are in a crucial election year. Additionally, a presidential veto would place the moral responsibility of sending tax dollars to a corrupt organization like Planned Parenthood on the president and his legacy.”

CWA Legal Counsel’s New Book, Be Spent, A Reminder of Essential Principles of Freedom

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Be Spent Cover Fron SmWashington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy organization for women, is proud to announce the release of CWA Legal Counsel Mario Diaz’s new book, Be Spent: Winning the Fight for Freedom’s Survival.

Published by Barbwire Books, Be Spent argues that the basic principles of freedom are the basic principles of Christianity. Therefore, Mario issues a bold call to those who believe in these principles to “be spent” in service to God and their neighbors, as the only answer to the preservation of freedom.

New York Times best-selling author Dr. Tim LaHaye praised the work, saying, “Be Spent is both educational and inspirational. Mario Diaz writes in a style you will enjoy.”

WORLD Magazine’s Warren Cole Smith said:

Mario Diaz does us a great service by calling us back to the beautiful idea of ordered liberty. If the prophet’s gift is to remind us of “known but forgotten things,” as the poet Marion Montgomery said, then Be Spent is profoundly prophetic.

Austin Ruse, President of the Center for Family & Human Rights, praised the book’s ecumenical approach:

We know our Lord can make something good out of any evil, but sometimes we wonder what good He could have brought out of the attacks on life and family and now religious freedom. It is, of course, the great coming together of His children who have largely put aside our differences in order to fight for life and faith and family. Mario Diaz is such a fighter, and the Lord’s spirit permeates this very fine book on our current travails.

CWA CEO and President Penny Nance, who wrote the foreword of the book, said:

Be Spent represents Mario’s sincere passion and life. The public can expect an honesty and realness that is seldom seen today. I hope Be Spent ignites in readers the same passion Mario has for seeing God’s principles restored in our land. I stand with him in saying that freedom’s survival depends on it.

Be Spent is available now on Amazon and at the book’s official website, BEspent.com.
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