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Valuing Life in the Special Needs Community

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Chandler's friend, Jason Dohrman, is a senior at Sparkman High School in Harvest, Alabama.

Chandler’s friend, Jason Dohrman, is a senior at Sparkman High School in Harvest, Alabama.

Every life is a gift. Each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made. If our society advocates for equality and opportunity for all, we must ensure the right to life, especially for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Nearly 90 percent of babies in the womb diagnosed with a disability like Down syndrome are aborted. This statistic is absolutely unfathomable.

The claim of atheist apologist Richard Dawkins that “it is immoral not to abort a baby with Down syndrome,” breaks my heart in more ways than one. My heart is broken because the very individuals who take this horrific stance are likely to have missed out on the opportunity to form the beautiful relationships that I have developed which have positively affected me. Some of my most cherished friendships are those that I share with my Down syndrome friends, who are extra-special to me.

With this in mind, Congress MUST pass H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, into law. The passage of this 20-week abortion ban would prevent the termination of an innocent child’s life past 20 weeks for any non-fatal reason — including those with diagnosed disabilities. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is important to all lives, but today I’m advocating for the passage of this legislation for our special needs community.

Let me share a personal anecdote:

Before my birth, my soon-to-be mother took a number of standard prenatal tests, and one indicated she was at high risk for having a child born with Down syndrome. My mother was encouraged by her nurse to undergo the prenatal testing procedure known as “amniocentesis.” According to my mother, our family medical records were not, and have not been, as readily available due to my family’s origin, which is one of the reasons they proceeded with the testing. As my parents were sitting in the waiting room, many of the couples surrounding them had a history of Down syndrome in their families. During the procedure, with the assistance of an ultrasound, a needle punctured my mother’s abdominal wall into her uterus to retrieve amniotic fluid for testing. This fluid contained fetal cells that were examined for chromosome testing to determine whether or not I, her baby, had Down syndrome.

By no means were my young and expecting parents considering an abortion, but they were desperately seeking answers to a question that they assumed a test would correctly answer.

The test led the doctors to believe I would be born with an extra chromosome. I would have Down syndrome.

The test was inaccurate. The test was also later labeled by my mother’s doctor, not her nurse who originally suggested the test, as an invalid and unreliable test.

Based on this personal anecdote, my concern is heightened for mothers like mine who achingly receive these (potentially inaccurate) results and, unlike my mother, regretfully choose to end their child’s life. The majority of abortions done to children diagnosed with disabilities occur after the 20-week period, and since the most informative testing procedures take place between 18-20 weeks gestation, there may be a correlation between the two.

This must stop. Congress must pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

I believe every child is a child of the Lord and deserves the right to life to fulfill a meaningful purpose. My heart beats wildly for the special needs community, and it manifests outwardly in the relationships that I have with my extra-special friends. Two of my friends have truly epitomized what it means to exude a genuine joy. Jason and Chad are brothers; they both have special needs, and their parents willingly adopted them. I am confident there are families who are actively seeking the opportunity to serve as loving parents to those with special needs.

Statistically speaking, 79 percent of parents said their lives were more positive as a result of their child with Down syndrome. Ninety-nine percent of people with Down syndrome reported they were happy with their lives.

Let us value opportunities for others. Let us value friendships, sons, and daughters.

Let us value life itself.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well,” Psalm 139:14.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

Celebrating Moms Everywhere With a Story You Won’t Believe

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angelapaxtonWe just celebrated Mother’s Day, and continue to celebrate mothers, children and families everywhere as we remember that May is National Foster Care Month. In this audio interview, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, talks to Angela Paxton, wife of pro-life, pro-family stalwart Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) of the great state of Texas.

This story is the type that movies are made of, and as Mrs. Paxton would confirm, it could only happen through the grace of a Sovereign God. You do not want to miss it!