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Concerned Women Through History: Sanctity of Human Life, Hebrew Midwives, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Sancha Smith

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, we offer a seven-part series, each with a short featurette on one of Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) core issues and three women who champion that cause: one from Scripture, one from history, and one from today. The seven featurettes will cover our core issues: Defense of Family, Sanctity of Human Life, Education, Sexual Exploitation, Religious Liberty, National Sovereignty, and Support for Israel.

The list is by no means exhaustive; and many more women could be added to each category. But even a partial list is meant to inspire us to look up to these women and to honor their excellent achievements, which are too often ignored by the hijacked feminism of today.

One breed of today’s hijacked feminism is the movement for a “women’s strike” this month, a radical protest by women who feel American society has been inherently against them.  These women fail to recognize the brilliant opportunities and blessings of America, and instead harbor bitterness, resentment, and a demand for government dependency.  Women’s History thus becomes a forum for pouting liberalism — for women who focus only on what they don’t have and how they want the government to get it for them.

In one sense, these women are right in that life is not always easy for all women.  But the government is the worst place to turn to solve their problems.  Women need better role models who understand the source and solution to adversity and who ultimately rely on the Lord.  They need to hear examples of Concerned Women Through History, who changed their world for the better — without bitterness, violence, and faulty ideology.

#WomenMakeAmericaWork is a truth that CWA hopes resounds through this Women’s History month and the discussions around the women’s strike.  Rather than walking out on the job, we hope women know their work matters and that they can make a real difference in our nation.  The women in this series, most of whom are from Israel or America, are women who show how their hard work and God’s grace have lifted them up to remarkable and inspiring destinies.

Concerned Women for America is also honored to have our own modern-day “Esthers,” “Ruths,” and “Corrie Ten Booms” in our midst, as leaders in states all across our nation, whom we also wish to extol.

In each Concerned Women Through History Featurette you will find women who, in their time and place, helped spread the message of freedom within God’s design.  We hope you enjoy this conservative woman’s history!

Sanctity of Life

Exodus 1: 15-22a is the story of Shiphrah and Puah, two remarkable women who stood up for the sanctity of life in Biblical times:

“Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, ‘When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.’ But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, ‘Why have you done this, and let the male children live?’ The midwives said to Pharaoh, ‘Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.’ So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families.”

This stirring account reveals the true bravery and shrewdness of the women.  They were willing to use civil disobedience to carry out God’s will in their vocations instead of bending to the will of an oppressive government.  Regardless of how you feel about their lying, it’s clear that rescuing these precious babies’ lives was pleasing to God, who blessed the midwives with families of their own.  Even though many of the boys would later die at Pharaoh’s hands, they refused to have blood on their own hands.  And one of the boys would survive Pharaoh’s massacre: the little baby Moses.

Imagine if the midwives had killed Moses on the birthstool!

Imagine if they had given in to the male genocide of the time, as many succumb to the female genocide that exists today.  Imagine if they gave in to the government’s laws, the conventional wisdom of the times, the mantra that they must help destroy lives.

But thankfully, many women have a maternal instinct that makes them especially suited to standing up for the unborn. Elizabeth Blackwell also knew instinctually that viewing abortion as a woman’s right went against the very wiring of the female heart. She was “anti-abortion and pro-woman.”  Blackwell became the first female in America to graduate with a medical degree.

Part of the reason she began studying medicine was that the “female physicians” of the time were abortionists, at which she expressed great horror:

“The gross perversion and destruction of motherhood by the abortionist filled me with indignation, and awakened active antagonism. That the honorable term ‘female physician’ should be exclusively applied to those women who carried on this shocking trade seemed to me a horror. It was an utter degradation of what might and should become a noble position for women. … I finally determined to do what I could do ‘to redeem the hells,’ and especially the one form of hell thus forced upon my notice.”

Today, Sancha Smith, the Louisiana state director for CWA, does a superb job living up to the legacy of the Hebrew Midwives and Blackwell.  Her passion for the issue comes from personal experience:

“When I learned that I was pregnant … again, I was horribly disappointed in myself. My grandmother heard the desperation and confusion in my voice and exhorted me saying, ‘If God can hang the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky, and keep the waters from overtaking the land, surely He can take care of you and your child.’

The Hebrew midwives’ civil disobedience, Elizabeth Blackwell’s trailblazing educational achievements, and Sancha’s decision to choose life all required great courage, trust in God, and a willingness to make personal sacrifice.  But all women received great blessings from God, their courageous Witness, reminding us that God’s promises are what sustain our fight for life today.

 

“Clothes Hanger” Abortions – The Worst Argument for Keeping Abortion Legal

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One of the most often repeated talking points of the pro-choice left, and even your average apolitical American, is that abortion must be legal because, if illegal, women will need abortion so badly they will resort to clothes hangers to self-induce abortion.

This argument is fundamentally flawed and makes a good deal of unfounded assumptions.

ASSUMPTION: If abortion were illegal, then abortion would not be available at good clinics, and women would do them at home.

REALITY: Abortion clinics have always and will always exist as an option for women who want them.  When abortion was illegal in the late 50s, a Planned Parenthood representative explained that only 8% of illegal abortions were done at home, and a full 90% were done by medically trained physicians.   When abortion became legal, their practices continued as is with less threat from the law but no alteration in procedure.

ASSUMPTION: If abortion were illegal, this would not act as an effective deterrent to getting an abortion.  Women — maybe just as many women — would still be getting abortions, even if they had to do them themselves.

REALITY:  When abortions are illegal, fewer women desire and obtain them.  The law does serve as a natural deterrent on human behavior.  This is illustrated by the example of Poland, where the total number of legal abortions was over 130,000 for several years under communism — and paid for (when in the first trimester) by the state.  This number greatly reduced in 1990 to under 60,000 and then down to less than 300 a year by 1998, most of which were only for “difficult” cases (rape, incest, mother’s life, mother’s health, and fetal impairment).

ASSUMPTION: Legal abortions are safe for women.

REALITY: Women experience serious health complications and can die from abortion.  This includes 427 women that we know of who have died from legal abortion, but that is a far underreported number (one year, the whole U.S. abortion death total was reported as 21, but later 12 additional deaths which had not been reported were uncovered — but those 12 were shockingly in just Chicago alone.)  Women also face increased risks of cancer, suicide, depression, and substance abuse because of abortion.  Butchers like Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania and others like him reveal the decrepit conditions in today’s abortion clinics.  Pro-choicers claim “Safe, Legal, and Rare” (a mantra that is evolving to “Safe, Legal, and Accessible”) but turn a blind eye to such cases and oppose further regulations on today’s abortion clinics.

ASSUMPTION: Abortion should be legal or illegal based on its effect on women — not based on whether abortion itself is objectionable.

REALITY:  Those who make an argument for clothes-hanger abortions hesitate to outwardly proclaim that abortion itself if good, but merely insist that abortion is necessary to protect women’s health.  Were this to be examined more closely, these activists would have to decide whether abortion itself can be justified, which it is not because it is never safe for the unborn child that is ruthlessly destroyed.  Abortions always result in deaths of children and risks to the mother — no matter how clean or unclean, legal or illegal.

ASSUMPTION: Women need abortion.  As a recent pro-choice chant put it: “Without this right we can’t be free, abortion without apology.”

REALITY: If abortion is so desperately needed that a woman would resort to any method of obtaining it, even a dangerous method like a clothes hanger — then it is not a choice and not a right — it’s a necessity like food or water.  This disempowering idea that abortion is NEEDED at all costs (the cost of women’s health, the cost of unborn life, etc.) is an anti-woman belief that does nothing to help women or give them real choices.  In reality, women have 13,000 local Federally Qualified Health Centers, in addition to thousands of local health centers, private practices, and pregnancy centers that can help them when they are in need.

ASSUMPTION: When abortion was illegal, thousands of women died from illegal abortions.

REALITY: Bernard Nathanson was once a cofounder of the pro-choice organization NARAL, but later regretted his involvement in the legalization and proliferation of abortion in America.  He admitted that all the figures about five or 10 thousand women dying from illegal abortions per year were made up statistics fabricated to support his talking point that abortion needed to be legalized in order to be made safer.

Chaney Mullins serves as Special Projects Writer for Concerned Women for America. She wishes to express her appreciation for the excellent book, “ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments,” by Randy Alcorn, which served as a source for much of this article; she wholeheartedly recommends the resource for all pondering abortion questions.

 

The Baby Part Business: The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives Final Report

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) has covered the undercover investigation and subsequent congressional investigation into the “fetal tissue procurement” of Planned Parenthood under the guise of “donating tissue” for medical research.

To dispense with the flowery language — strong evidence suggests that Planned Parenthood sold baby parts for profit.

At CWA, we summarized the original undercover videos, reported on Planned Parenthood’s response to the video, covered a hearing of the Select Panel, updated you on the progress of the investigation on the anniversary of the first video’s release, and applauded the continuation of funding for the Select Panel.

At the conclusion of their investigation in early 2017, the panel released a 470-page report outlying their findings in detail.  The report included details on 13 criminal referrals that the Investigative Panel made to the relevant prosecuting organizations. The investigation unrecovered an entire industry with multiple business models involving partnerships between abortion clinics, middlemen, and research facilities. The obstinacy on the part of Planned Parenthood, biotech tissue companies, and research entities is astounding as they continued to resist investigation and deny fault.

The panel concluded in recommendations regarding possible administrative, legislative, and judicial action that could be taken towards remedying the many problems in the current fetal tissue procurement industry.  These recommendations would be a good start towards ensuring more ethical research and procedures.  This investigation has been an important piece in exposing the corruption of Planned Parenthood and the entire tissue procurement business.  It has been an effort to expose the works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11).  Now we must let Christ’s redeeming life shine and build a culture where experimentation on aborted baby body parts becomes unthinkable — no matter the profit margin.

Troubling Immoral and Possibly Criminal Actions by Abortion Clinics, Tissue Procurement Companies, and/or Research Entities:

Incompliance with Investigation:

Most of the entities asked for documentation during the investigation did not fully comply with congressional requests.  There were also instances of possible document destruction.

Failing to Obtain Informed Consent:

The consent forms used the powerful motivator of a promise for cures of diseases, but there has been no such cure for diseases deceptively listed on consent forms.  Consent was also obtained from staff that had self-interest in ensuring the woman said “yes.”  In addition to these misleading consent forms, other cases involved no consent form at all, or an improperly combined consent form amended to the abortion consent.

No Oversight:

There was a lack of paperwork and official approval from Institutional Review Boards, which are meant to oversee scientific research.  The national office of Planned Parenthood is also envisioned as an oversight check on their affiliates, but they admit to not regulating whether a particular affiliate profits from tissue sale because, “We can’t stop them.  We only have carrots and sticks.”1

Violating HIPPFA:

Patient Privacy laws are in place to protect patient data from outside entities, but Planned Parenthood disclosed health information to biotech companies.  An employee of the tissue procurement company got to look through patient records to target patients at stages of their pregnancy that would be advantageous to them.

Profiting from Selling Parts:

Though PPFA and tissue companies claim that there was no profit involved, the accounting practices to prove that there was only “recouping of costs” were particularly shady and included both the clinic and tissue procurement company claiming the same expenses — the use of what a PPFA employee said was “back of the envelope” cost accounting — and the refusal of PPFA to turn over relevant financial documents.  One document provided, which showed a net loss for tissue “donation,” was flawed due to an absence of primary sourced accounting records, attorney fees, and inflated shipping charges.

Taxpayer University Funding Indirectly Supporting Late-Term Abortion and Tissue Procurement:

Especially in the case of the University of New Mexico and the University of Colorado, third-trimester abortions are performed by sitting faculty members of these public institutions.

Partial-Birth Abortion and Neglect of Born-Alive Infants:

In order to obtain whole baby parts and organs, there is evidence that abortionists use partial-birth abortion — an illegal procedure — or they allow the child to come out still alive, and then neglect to give the child the medical care to which it is legally entitled. In these cases, the abortionists do not poison the fetus with digoxin before extraction, as this would poison tissue samples, thus increasing the chances of being born-alive.

Changing Abortion Procedures:

There is evidence that doctor’s use a different abortion procedure in order to obtain baby parts for research, which is not legal. A Planned Parenthood executive acknowledged changing procedures in violation of Planned Parenthood’s own policy, apparently unenforced, to certify in writing that procedures are not being altered.

Medicaid and Tax Fraud:

Planned Parenthood has overbilled 132.4 million in Medicaid and has also violated the Hyde Amendment by billing for costs sometimes associated with abortions not allowed under Hyde.  Another incident involved tax evasion in California.

Misleading Rhetoric Regarding the Need for Aborted Fetal Tissue:

Both on consent forms and to the general public, universities and other entities have been claiming that fetal tissue is a necessary component to vital and prolific scientific research projects.  In reality, projects involving fetal tissue are rare, and in many cases (26 out of 34 successful NIH grants) could use alternatives other than aborted tissue.  The remaining cases could use miscarried fetal tissue or need to be analyzed for their effectiveness.  Claims that fetal tissue is necessary for vaccine production, Zika research, or clinical trials ignore the real ineffectiveness or irrelevance of fetal tissue in these cases.  Non-fetal tissue studies have been receiving over two times the papers and citations than studies that involved fetal tissue.

A Summary of The Recommendations of the Select Panel

  • Ensure real, informed consent, and clarify laws to ensure woman’s safety (presumably in reference to changed abortion procedures in order to get tissue).
  • Increase oversight of consent forms, review boards, patient privacy laws, and the care of born-alive infants (including establishing HHS protocols for born-alive infants).
  • Prosecute those who have profited from fetal tissue sale and those who do not follow the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.
  • Enact the 20-week abortion ban and redirect funds from Planned Parenthood to non-abortion-providing health centers.
  • Allow states their own jurisdiction over who received Medicaid and Title X funding. Some states opt to refuse such funding to abortion providers.
  • Prohibit federal funding of research that involves aborted fetal tissue, and an increase in programs allowing for tissue from miscarried and stillborn babies. Also, better classify projects regarding their need for fetal tissue, establish further guidelines regarding human fetal tissue research, and looking into adult human tissue alternatives.

 

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

 

ENDNOTES

1) Planned Parenthood admitted this in a Center for Medical Progress videotape produced to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, as noted on page 305 of the full panel’s report.

Confident of Gorsuch on Life

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Look, I know the pro-life issue is an emotional one. The sanctity of human life and the intrinsic value of every human being as created in the image of God demand no less of us, so I would not expect anything less. But in assessing a judge’s record, we must be conscious of what we are looking for in making that assessment.

We do not need a judge who promises to overturn Roe v. Wade. That hideous case has been the focus of pro-lifers’ ire ever since it was rendered, because of the enormous impact it has had (almost 60 million lives lost now), but the fact is that it is just one part of the pro-life work.

The anti-slavery movement was a pro-life movement. Efforts against embryonic stem cell experimentation are part of the pro-life cause. In recent years, a troublesome pro-euthanasia movement has awakened, and that is something we will continue to fight vigorously.

Certainly, the fight for the value of every human life will continue and perhaps intensify when Roe is finally overturned.

So what we must look for in a judge is someone committed to the law and the Constitution as written — committed to our country’s founding principle that we are “endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Those principles will guard life in all areas. Read More

Planned Parenthood Ad Proves Waiting Periods Save Lives

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Planned Parenthood recently released an advertisement in favor of waiting periods. The ad, perhaps inadvertently, proves that waiting period laws save lives.

Waiting periods ensure women consider all their options and the risks involved in having an abortion, not to mention the life of the baby inside them. Twenty-seven states have made waiting periods laws, often 24 hours, and as Planned Parenthood now admits, those laws are beneficial to women.

After Tennessee became the 27th state to pass a law requiring a waiting period, OB-GYN Dr. Brent Boles was quoted as saying:

“The waiting period is designed to protect women from unscrupulous providers who might prey on women when they are vulnerable.

“A provider could take advantage of a woman in that situation and talk her into a quick procedure — for which the provider would be compensated.

“Women who have an unintended pregnancy are just as vulnerable as women who have just finished a difficult delivery. If a 30-day waiting period is appropriate for women who wish to end their fertility, then a 48-hour waiting period before ending a pregnancy cannot be legitimately said to be overly burdensome.” (Emphasis mine)

I’m sure Planned Parenthood did not intend to support waiting period laws, since they oppose them whenever they are introduced in state legislation, but there is no question their new ad is a great tool for those advocating for them.  Here’s a direct quote from their website, referring to waiting periods as “a dangerous requirement” and an “attack on women’s health”:

“Attempts to restrict and even ban abortion at the state level are part of an ongoing effort to deny women their right to make their own personal medical decisions. … Already state legislatures have passed or proposed many dangerous requirements. Some of the unprecedented attacks on women’s access to abortion include: Mandatory ultrasounds and waiting periods, and requirements to attend biased counseling before a woman can get an abortion.” (Emphasis mine)

But just look at how happy the mother in the ad is after she reconsidered the life within her.

In the ad, the heartfelt mother says she “was a wreck” when she entered a Planned Parenthood clinic with her unplanned and unborn child. The nurse tending to her noticed, had compassion, and encouraged her to go home, “sleep on it and reschedule.” While the nurse assumed she would have the abortion another day, the waiting period changed the mother’s mind. She went home and decided to keep her baby.

Planned Parenthood describes waiting periods as harmful, yet by their own ad’s admission, waiting periods save lives.  Women shouldn’t be dependent on a good-natured nurse to advise them to take time to carefully consider this life-changing choice.

Even before the American people elected a pro-life president last November, Planned Parenthood was already feeling the pressure after they were exposed for selling baby body parts in 2015. This led to Congress investigating them, resulting in 15 criminal and regulatory referrals to the Department of Justice.

Now we’re seeing them stoop to new levels as they attempt to pander to the American people by deceiving them with a “positive spin” ad that not only isn’t a standard in their clinics, but is actually something they oppose.

Their ad seems to make the pitiful plea, “Come on guys, we don’t kill ALL the babies …” or as @FBillMcMorris puts it, “See, we let one live.”

 

Not only that, but they’re being exposed for continually suggesting that Planned Parenthood provides services that not all Planned Parenthood clinics provide.

Below the list of state restrictions on Planned Parenthood’s website, it says, “And for women facing unintended pregnancies, prompt access to safe, legal abortion is imperative.” (Emphasis mine)

Having an abortion promptly would ensure their patients don’t have time to change their minds after emotionally and mentally processing the decision they are about to make.  Had the woman in the ad not been visibly distressed, Planned Parenthood would have happily ended the life of her baby, robbing her forever of the joy she is now experiencing.

The mother in the ad is thanking Planned Parenthood. But she’s not thanking them for their “great health care” or for helping her “get her life back” by terminating her pregnancy. Instead, she’s thanking them for not doing what they do best, taking the life of babies.

Janae Stracke serves as Communications Coordinator at Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. A version of this article was published by CNS News. Read it there. 

Capitol Hill Brief — Sex, Lies, and Planned Parenthood

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Sex, lies, and Planned Parenthood.  Here is what Planned Parenthood says in speeches wherever they go:

[Audio clip] Planned Parenthood representative:  And a president who will fight for prenatal care. … Prenatal care. And that is what we want to focus on.

Here is what they actually tell the women who call their clinics.

[Audio clip] Live Action Caller: Hi. I was hoping to make an appointment for prenatal care.

[Audio clip] Three Planned Parenthood representatives: We don’t have prenatal care here. … No Planned Parenthood does prenatal care, hon. … We don’t offer prenatal care at Planned Parenthood. We specialize in abortion.

Live Action recorded those calls, exposing, once again the many lies Planned Parenthood engages in to protect its number one product: abortion.

It’s time to end their reign of deceit.  Not one more penny of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood.


It’s time to move taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood and support local Federally Qualified Health Centers. Tell Mitch McConnell that you’ll fight by his side to defend the unborn. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to sign this urgent statement today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Conservative Women Praise Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

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Washington, D.C. – Moments ago, President Donald J. Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals as his choice to replace the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court. Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), praised the nomination:

“Judge Neil Gorsuch is a superb choice. President Trump has kept his word and nominated someone who, by all indications, is “in the mold of Justice Scalia,” something the president repeated over and over during his campaign.

“This was a major issue that drove conservative women to the polls to overwhelmingly support him, and we are pleased to see him follow through on his commitment to the American people.

“The hundreds of thousands of members of Concerned Women for America now call on the Senate for a swift confirmation process.

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Capitol Hill Brief — House Passes Hyde

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Tired of your taxes paying for abortions? Well, I have good news for you!

Just last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that ends taxpayer funding for abortion.

H.R. 7 passed with bipartisan support. We are one step closer to ending taxpayer funding of abortion and making what we know as the “Hyde Amendment” permanent.

The Hyde Amendment has passed every year for 40 years. It simply prohibits Medicaid funding of abortions and is estimated to have saved over 2 million lives.

Over 60 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions.

So the House acted with the full support of the American people. Time for the Senate to do the same!


It’s time to move taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood and support local Federally Qualified Health Centers. Tell Mitch McConnell that you’ll fight by his side to defend the unborn. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to sign this urgent statement today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station

 

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Young March for Life

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The growth in number young Christians getting involved in the March for Life is absolutely amazing.

Concerned Women for America has worked hard over the years to spread the word and reach out to the younger generation through our Young Women for America college chapters, and we have seen them answer the call strongly!

Everyone at the march notices the overwhelming number of young people participating — it is impossible to miss. CWA’s Young Women for America leaders are now a staple at the March, and we are so proud of them.  They are passionate, committed, and energized for the cause.

We still have much work to do, but the pro-life growth is undeniable and incredibly encouraging. This is the pro-life generation!


It’s time to move taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood and support local federally qualified health centers. Tell Mitch McConnell that you’ll fight by his side to defend the unborn. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to sign this urgent statement today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station