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“Women’s March” excludes Pro-life Women

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Washington, D.C. — A recent Guttmacher study shows abortion rates have reached a historic low. This comes at a time when pro-abortion women are planning a “women’s march” in Washington, D.C., specifically excluding pro-life women. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“I am so proud of the work the pro-life movement has done to reduce the number of abortions in America, which are now at a historic low since Roe v. Wade in 1973. We will continue to work tirelessly through public policy, cultural education, and compassionate ministries to help pregnant women and make abortion unnecessary and unwanted in America. The pro-life movement’s next task is taking down Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Although the national abortion rate has decreased since the peak rate in 1990, Planned Parenthood’s abortion rate continues to increase.

“This weekend, Planned Parenthood will join other pro-abortion groups at ‘The Women’s March.’ I want to make it clear, these groups do not speak for me, do not speak for all women, and do not represent the 5 out of 10 women who identify as pro-life.  In fact, the organizers are not even allowing pro-life women to participate in the march.  A march will never be a ‘women’s march’ when it tells half of American’s women ‘need not apply.’  This march had the potential to be a bipartisan and inclusive conversation on women in America — but is instead furthering an abortion-centric worldview that does nothing but harm women, children, and authentic women’s health.”

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

Funding for Select Investigative Panel Continues

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The House recently voted 234-181 to continue funding the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, a wonderful victory for those who wish to expose the corrupt industry of abortion and enforce current law stating that aborted baby parts should not be sold for profit.

The panel’s work has already revealed potential violations of this law that it has referred to departments and states for further investigation and potential prosecution.

The violations of law are numerous:

  • The University of New Mexico violated state law by accepting tissue from a late-term abortion provider.
  • StemExpress illegally profited off aborted baby remains.
  • StemExpress and abortion clinics violated HIPPA patient privacy rights.
  • An Arkansas abortion clinic sold tissue to StemExpress for profit.
  • A college in Ohio violated state law by trafficking aborted baby parts.
  • DV Biologics broke the law in trafficking aborted baby remains for profit and also violated sales tax law.
  • Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast sold baby parts for profit to the University of Texas.
  • Advanced Bioscience Resources profited from selling baby parts to colleges.
  • A Florida Women’s Center violated state and federal law by profiting from aborted baby remains through its work with StemExpress.

The panel has already been successful in taking a hard look at the industry of fetal tissue trafficking and the privacy and ethical concerns therein.  The panel is also investigating the medical procedures used in an abortion for baby parts, which will most likely mean researching whether these procedures have been illegally or dangerously altered to obtain better specimens, including the use of partial-birth abortions.  Additional official tasks of the panel include determining what happens with federal funding of abortion providers and what happens to medical care for born-alive infants.  The panel is prepared to recommend changes in laws and regulations.

Since the investigation has to cover all this – spanning the issues of profit, funding, medical procedures, privacy violations, and born-alive babies – it was imperative that the panel’s funding be extended – and it has been.

But soon our nation should go further and deeper.

Experimenting with aborted baby parts – precisely because they are human parts – is not ethical at all, profit aside.  Scientific research should soon seek discovery alternatives that don’t request baby parts for experiments.

The truth is the abortion industry will always do unethical things – because abortion itself will always be unethical.  The exposition of the practice of fetal tissue procurement reveals the humanity of the unborn and the tragedy of all abortions.

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

 

Capitol Hill Brief — New HHS Pro-Abortion Rule

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The Obama Administration finalized a new pro-abortion rule by the Department of Health and Human Services that may prevent the states from blocking Title X funding to abortion clinics.

It is almost embarrassing to watch a president who came into office with so much promise reduced to such petty political actions in the final hours of his presidency.  It is clearly a desperate move to appease its political ally, Planned Parenthood, after the overwhelming rejection they received from the American people in the last election.

President-elect Trump, along with the next HHS secretary, Tom Price, must make repealing this rule a top priority from the very second President-elect Trump takes his oath of office.


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New HHS Rule, a Desperate Move by the Obama Administration

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – The Obama Administration finalized a new pro-abortion rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that may prevent states from blocking Title X funding to abortion companies like Planned Parenthood.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA) had this to say:

It is almost embarrassing to watch a president who came into office with so much promise reduced to such petty political actions in the final hours of his presidency.  This is clearly a desperate move by the Obama Administration to appease its political ally, Planned Parenthood, after the overwhelming rejection they received from the American people in the last election.

We are confident that President-elect Trump, along with the next HHS secretary, Tom Price, will follow through on their promise to shift all taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood, an organization that is still under federal investigation because of their illegal selling of baby body parts, to the thousands of Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Centers available throughout the country.

Repealing this rule should be a top priority from the very second President-elect Trump takes his oath.

“Judge” Kasich Vetoes Heartbeat Bill

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. — Today, Gov. Kasich vetoed the “Heartbeat Bill” in Ohio, which would have outlawed abortion after an unborn baby’s heartbeat could be detected, usually around 6 weeks of pregnancy.  This would have been the most pro-life law in the nation.  The legislature delivered to his desk the Heartbeat bill along with a 20 week pain-capable abortion ban.  The Governor signed only the more moderate bill, vetoing the Heartbeat bill.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA) had this to say:

Gov. John Kasich’s decision to veto the heartbeat bill is extremely disappointing.  We understand there are different approaches to advancing the pro-life cause, but many Ohioans worked extremely hard to pass this legislation.

Gov. Kasich should have signed this bill and let the judicial process play out. He tries to justify his decision by suggesting the legislation would not pass judicial scrutiny. However, it is not his role to act as a member of the judicial branch. It is a shame his veto casts a dark cloud over the victory of the 20-week ban in Ohio.

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

Capitol Hill Brief — 100 No More: Allison Johnson

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A beautiful movement of minority voices speaking out against Planned Parenthood and Big Abortion’s targeting of minorities was born this weekend.  Here’s Minister Allison Johnson speaking about abortion’s enormous impact.

[Audio Clip] Allison Johnson: Angela Davis said, “Human beings cannot be willed and molded into non-existence.” As a Christian, African-American woman, who is post-abortive, and a woman who stands on the side of life, I believe it is my duty to stand for the innocent unborn. Since 1973, over 14 million African-American babies have died. Half of our community is not living because of this travesty.


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Capitol Hill Brief — Stop Targeting Minorities

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Minority women do need access to quality health care.  But abortion is not health care.  And that is Planned Parenthood’s focus.

Annual abortions to African-Americans and Hispanics account for 55.4% of all abortions reported by race.  That number is very troubling considering the fact that black and Hispanic women comprise only 29% of the total U.S. population.

Big Abortion’s targeting of minority communities must be stopped today!

I refuse to believe that the best way to help poor minority women who are pregnant is to tell them the only way to better themselves is to abort their babies.  We need to support them and their babies through community health centers whose revenue is not through abortion.


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Price Appointed Secretary of HHS

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia) as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“We are pleased to hear of the naming of Congressman Tom Price from Georgia as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. By naming Dr. Price to this position, President-elect Trump is demonstrating his resolve to repeal and replace ObamaCare and work to provide real answers to healthcare problems in American.

“Congressman Price has also been a consistent pro-life vote in Congress and will be able to impact policies related to respecting the conscience rights of doctors and healthcare workers as well as be a voice to defund Planned Parenthood through budget reconciliation and reallocating those funds to support comprehensive women’s healthcare as he did during his time in Congress.”

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?

Race

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.

Age

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.

Religion

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.”