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If You Are Pro-Life, Memorize These 10 Simple Facts

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You can use this chart as a guide to talking to uncertain or pro-choice friends curious about why you are pro-life and to motivate the passively pro-life towards further action. Facts 1-3 are about abortion in America. Facts 4 and 5 are about the corruption of the abortion industry. Facts 6 and 7 are about how abortion affects women. And facts 8-10 are about the humanity of the unborn.

1. Abortions in the United States Each Year About 1 million per year.1 Roughly 2,700 per day.
2. Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood $528 million2
3. Ratio of Community Health Clinics to Planned Parenthood Clinics 20 to 13
4. Planned Parenthood Abortions Each Year About 327,000.4 Almost 900 per day. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider5 and is riddled with scandal.6
5. Racism and Abortion The largest killer of African-Americans is abortion.7 Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a racist.8
6. Post-Abortive Women by Age 45 About 1 in 3 women. (22% of pregnancies in the U.S. end in abortion.9)
7. Abortion has Health Risks Abortion increases breast cancer risks,10 other health risks,11 and leads to serious emotional consequences.12 Also, “421 women have died as a result of legal abortion.”13
8. The Unborn is Human The child’s size, level of development, environment, or degree of dependency can’t change their fundamental being.14 Infants are also small, undeveloped, and just as dependent on their mothers.
9. The Baby’s Heartbeat The child’s heart beats at 21 days.15 It is audible at 8-10 weeks gestation.16
10. Fetal Development Almost 54% of abortions occur from 7-12 weeks17 when a baby already has a developing nose, mouth, ears, intestines, brain waves, touch response, hiccups, and more.18

 

 


ENDNOTES

Stopping Merrick Garland Will Be a ‘Cage Match,’ ‘Most Important Battle of Our Lives’

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Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women For America, warns on Breitbart News Daily that conservatives face the most important battle of their lives in opposing Obama’s liberal Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland.

“This is a very important moment in the republic. This is why the people gave the Senate back to the Republicans. This is a check and balance in a president who’s out of control,” Nance told host Stephen K. Bannon.

To read the full transcript or listen to the interview click here.

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.

URGENT: Two Distinct and Important Events Happening March 2

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us supreme court for roarMarch 2 is a very big day for our nation.

The first major event is a large rally outside the Supreme Court on the first day of oral arguments regarding Whole Women’s Health v. Cole, colloquially referred to as the “Texas abortion clinic regulations case.”  Texas passed state legislation requiring abortion clinics to meet the standards of surgical outpatient clinics, including ambulance access, and also required abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges to allow follow up with women experiencing complications.  These laws have helped ensure that abortions are truly safe in Texas.

If the court rules 4-4, with Scalia now missing, then the ruling of the lower court — which ruled in favor of the legality of the clinic regulations — will stand.  However, there is a possibility that the court will rule 5-3, which would strike down the clinic regulations and, potentially, severely limit the state’s rights to regulate the abortion industry.  As the first serious abortion case that the Supreme Court has heard since 1992, the stakes are high.

Many of the arguments will ask questions about intentions behind a law.  According to legal precedent in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1992 case, abortion regulations were proclaimed legal only under certain conditions that depend on the type of regulation, the extent of that regulation, and the true purpose of that regulation.

Casey addressed other types of regulations, too.  As PBS reported, “The Court proclaimed that any regulation that imposes a ‘substantial obstacle’ preventing a woman from obtaining a legal abortion is an ‘undue burden’ that violates the woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.”  In other words, regulations about abortion clinics and procedures would be allowed if the intention was truly to ensure health and safety, not to limit access to legal abortion, which had already been ruled a constitutional right.  Many abortion clinics have shut down as a result of the Texas regulations — and there will be questions of whether that and that alone was the true driving force between passing the law in the first place, or whether it was only a side effect of the law. However, many of the abortion clinics shut down for other reasons, and there is nothing preventing an abortion clinic that meets the reasonable health standards from legally functioning in Texas.

It will be hard for the court to develop a true metric of measuring the intention behind a law.  If the justices are to maintain the precedent of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and if the court determines that the true intention of this law is shutting down abortion clinics and limiting  access to abortion, then the clinic regulations will be ruled unconstitutional.  But if the court sees the law as centered on women’s health — making abortion not just legal, but also safe — then the court will let the regulations stand.

The second big event happening is the first hearing of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. This was the panel formed in the wake of this summer’s Planned Parenthood video scandal exposing the apparent trafficking of fetal tissue after abortion.  This hearing with focus on ethical questions, and a witness list is posted here.  The panel is headed by Chairman Marsha Blackburn, who commented:

“We will hear from professors who teach ethics, from medical practitioners, from those who do biomedical research, from those within America’s faith traditions — so that we as legislators might become informed about the ethical implications and issues for the women who terminate a pregnancy, for the researcher, for the person who needs a cure, and for the baby. I look forward to a productive, thought-provoking discussion for all the Select Panel Member.”

Both of these events are important, and many will be interested in their outcomes.  However, they are not to be confused with one another, and neither case is about making abortion illegal.  The Supreme Court case is about women’s safety in obtaining an abortion. The panel hearing is a different event specifically regarding the ethical questions surrounding fetal tissue donation and research. Again, neither case is about abortion itself, only on the related, yet distinct, issues of clinic conditions and fetal tissue use.

Concerned Women for America’s intention is always to protect both women and babies. We will have representatives at both events and will work to keep you updated on both situations.

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.

SCOTUS, Remember That Abortion Safety Truly Cares for Women

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In the first major abortion case in almost 10 years, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the Texas abortion case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a challenge to new Texas regulations requiring hospital admitting privileges and Ambulatory Surgical Center health and safety standards that abortion clinics must now meet.

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