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President Trump Supports Life in 2019 SOTU 

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Washington, D.C. – Tonight in his 2019 State of the Union Address, President Trump again proved his commitment to the unborn by highlighting the importance of the sanctity of life.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, issued the following statement in response:

“President Trump’s choice to recognize and reinforce this nation’s commitment to the sanctity of life in the State of the Union address tonight was crucial at this moment in our nation’s history. Belief in dignity of all human life — even those deemed less than perfect by some — is essential and fundamental to our nation. This principle is in large part what sets us a part from other nations who callously dispose of or abuse women, children, and others whom they find inconvenient.

“During the last two weeks, the far left and Planned Parenthood have been unmasked to reveal their shocking extremist views that abortion should be legal with no exceptions up until birth. New York state’s barbaric new law is a direct violation of human rights and must be reversed.  Other states like Virginia and Rhode Island are considering following their lead.

“Concerned Women for America members around this nation will fight infanticide bills with every breath in our bodies.

“Our nation desperately needs leadership on this issue at this time, and our president once again did not disappoint. President Donald Trump continues to be the most pro-life president in U.S. history. Thank you, President Trump, for your unwavering support of pre-born babies.”

CWA Calls for FBI Investigation Into Allegations Against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax

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Washington, D.C. – Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D), runner-up to the Virginia governorship should current governor Ralph Northam resign, has had a sexual assault allegation leveled against him. Vanessa Tyson claims that Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the DNC convention more than a decade ago.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement in response:

“Every woman deserves the chance to be heard. Simultaneously, every allegation must be investigated. Concerned Women for America has taken the position that every person has the constitutional right to due process under the law.  America hasn’t forgotten the left’s mantra of ‘Believe Women’ during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. As the leader of the nation’s largest public policy organization for women and the project Women for Kavanaugh, I find their hypocrisy shocking but not surprising.

“Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s accuser deserves the same consideration as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  Justice Kavanaugh underwent SEVEN FBI investigations in total. The silence of the left speaks volumes. Where is the public outrage? Where are the calls for an FBI investigation? If Democrats don’t take this seriously and begin an investigation, their credibility is lost.”

 

Dems Continue Religious Tests and Bullying Tactics in Court Confirmations

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Washington D.C. – Today was the conclusion of Professor Rao’s testimony in her confirmation hearing for appointment to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement: 

“Extreme liberals in the U.S. Senate once again tried to bully Professor Rao, despite her sterling credentials to sit on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, perhaps the most important court in the country besides the U.S. Supreme Court. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee fully supports Neomi Rao’s nomination and calls on Senate liberals to stop the religious litmus tests, gridlock and bullying tactics and confirm her, she will make an outstanding addition to the federal bench.”

Media Advisory: CWA and Pro-Life Groups Rally to Stop Abortion Extremism in Virginia

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Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America joins Susan B. Anthony List, The Virginia Family Foundation, Students for Life, and other pro-life organizations in holding a press conference this Saturday, February 2, in Lorton, VIrginia, to oppose Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran’s bill allowing abortions up until the moment of birth. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) has not only failed to disavow the bill but went so far as to say that mothers and physicians can discuss a child’s viability post-birth.

 

WHO:       

Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America,

Denise Cappuccio, Concerned Women for America

Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List

Victoria Cobb, The Virginia Family Foundation

Olivia Gans Turner, Virginia Society for Human Life, National Right to Life

Amy McInerny, Diocese of Arlington

Tina Whittington, Students for Life

Amy McInerny, Respect Life for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington

Alison Centofante, Live Action

Janae Stracke, Heritage Action for America

 

WHAT:             Rally to Stop Abortion Extremism in Virginia #ResistInfanticide

 

WHEN:             Saturday, February 2, 12:00 p.m., Noon

 

WHERE:           South County High School

8501 Silverbrook Rd, Lorton, Virginia 22079

Main Entrance

 

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, said the following:

“Abortion undermines every life. In the United States of America, the beacon of human rights to the world, abortion is giving way to infanticide. Pro-life leaders have been warning about this for decades, and now we’re facing what we always knew would be the reality. Delegate Kathy Tran’s bill, which allows an abortion even as a baby is preparing to come through the birth canal, is unspeakably evil, and Gov. Northam’s commitment to stand by it is unforgivable.”

 

[AUDIO] Use Your Voice – Episode 7, Year of the Woman

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The first podcast of 2019 might be our favorite so far! Penny Nance sits down with Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi) in her office on Capitol Hill. They discuss Sen. Hyde-Smith’s story, what it’s like to be a conservative female leader in Congress, and advice to young girls thinking about running for office.

Planned Parenthood Annual Report Shows Abortion and Federal Funding Increase

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Washington, D.C. — Planned Parenthood’s 2017-18 Annual Report confirms that Planned Parenthood continued to establish themselves as a taxpayer-funded abortion giant.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, issued the following statement:

“If Planned Parenthood was a women’s health care provider, abortions would not make up 96% of their pregnancy services. In 2017-18, Planned Parenthood performed 332,757 abortions, an increase of more than 11,000 since the previous year. That is 332,757 individuals who our country will never realize. The fact that abortion is Planned Parenthood’s primary goal is not a secret. President Leana Wen stated that Planned Parenthood’s ‘core mission is providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion.’

“Meanwhile, cancer screenings, breast exams, and pap smears have continued to decrease. There is something wrong with an organization that claims to provide women’s health care but whose prevention services are declining to the tune of 67%!
“Unique patients have dropped by 20%, and 29% of Planned Parenthood facilities have closed their doors while the United States Federal Government continues to pump money into the industry. All the while, Americans have spoken up again and again, urging Congress to not use their money to fund abortion services.
“A recent Marist poll again showed that a majority of Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion, and yet, somehow, Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding hit a record high. Taxpayer funding saw an increase from $543.7 million to $563.8 million – more than $1.5 million per day. At what point do we examine the cost and ask ourselves, ‘To what end?’ One and a half million dollars per day to facilitate the loss of hundreds of thousands of precious lives.”
For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Pro-Life Legislative Efforts the Focus of March for Life Week in Washington

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Traditionally during the week of the March for Life, members of Congress highlight the life issue and the need to end abortion in America. Even though the House does not currently have a pro-life majority and there was no pro-life vote scheduled, several members of the House have introduced pieces of pro-life legislation this week. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MIssouri) introduced H.R. 369 which would provide a moratorium on Federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Instead of blindly handing over Federal taxpayer dollars to the nation’s largest abortion provider, this legislation would put a one-year moratorium on all Federal dollars going toward Planned Parenthood and would increase the funding given to Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) introduced a bill to prohibit family planning grants (Title X money) from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions. This bill would essentially codify the Protect Life Rule that was proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services in June. Title X essentially serves as a slush fund for the abortion industry because, while Title X funds cannot directly go toward abortions, they can provide support to clinics that perform abortions. This bill would prevent any abortion provider from receiving these funds.

On Thursday, the Senate voted on S.109, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. This bill, introduced by Sens. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), would prohibit any taxpayer dollars from going toward abortion. Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) introduced the companion bill in the House. Currently, the Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funding of abortion, but it must be re-adopted every year through annual spending bills, and it only applies to certain programs. There are programs that Hyde does not touch that possibly allow for federally-funded abortions. However, this bill would apply government-wide and would include programs, like the Affordable Care Act, that were crafted to circumvent Hyde.

Although the Senate failed to pass S. 109, we are still optimistic about life in Washington.  On Tuesday, 169 members of the House, led by Rep. Chris Smith and 49 Senators, led by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana), each submitted letters to the President requesting that he issue a veto threat for any legislative efforts that would compromise current protections for life in federal law.  Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee sent a similar veto-request letter to the President and encouraged him to continue to fight for life in every way possible.

On Friday during the March for Life, President Trump announced he had sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi pledging his commitment to veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life federal policies.  This is an enormous victory for the cause of life because even though there is a pro-abortion House and a marginally pro-life Senate, the President has publicly committed to exercise his right to veto bills that would undo crucial life wins we have gained in the last 40 years. Wins like the ban on partial birth abortion, the Mexico City Policy, and the Hyde Amendment are now protected because of the President’s commitment. Thank you, President Trump!

President Trump Promises to Veto Abortion Legislation

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Washington D.C. — Today during the annual March for Life, President Trump announced the delivery of a letter to Speaker Pelosi threatening to veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life policies or “encourages the destruction of human life at any stage.”
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee CEO and President Penny Young Nance issued the following statement in response:

“We applaud President Trump for holding true to his promises and standing for life. Now that Congress is divided, issuing this blanket veto letter to protect life is an absolute necessity. There is no doubt that a Pelosi-led House will do everything in its power to roll back any and all protections for the unborn.

“Speaker Pelosi has made it clear from the day she took the gavel that life is not significant. On January 3, day one of the new Congress, the House voted to roll back protections to prohibit federal funding for abortion entities overseas. Newsflash to Speaker Pelosi: 75% of Americans, including 56% of Democrats, do not want their tax dollars funding international abortions . Furthermore, 54% of Americans support the Hyde Amendment and oppose taxpayer funding for abortion, including 36% of Democrats . The issue of abortion doesn’t divide Americans, it divides the left.

“On Tuesday, 169 members of the House, led by Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey), and 49 senators, led by Senator Daines (R-Montana), each submitted requests to the president to issue this veto promise, guaranteeing that a veto will be sustained. This is not an empty promise; it sends a clear message, backed up by Congress, that life is not a bargaining chip.

“While notable progress has been made, there is still much work to be done, and CWALAC will continue to work with the administration and both houses of Congress to fight for life.”

CWA Sends Letter to President Trump – Pro-life Legislation

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Washington D.C. – On Wednesday, January 16, Concerned Women for America sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to continue his administration’s pro-life legacy. Read the letter here.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement in response:

“Concerned Women for America has been honored to work closely with President Trump’s administration on many issues, principal among them being support for life at all stages. President Trump is building a legacy as the most pro-life president to date.

“CWA understands the unique challenges and threats to the pro-life movement that a divided Congress presents. As the president of Concerned Women for America, I am also honored to represent half-a-million women across this nation who will continue to stand behind President Trump on this issue.

“Today, as hundreds of thousands of Americans gather on the National Mall to March for Life, we ask President Trump to hold fast in his leadership and veto any legislation that weakens existing pro-life policy or current protections, moving us backwards on life.”

Letter to President Trump

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January 16, 2019

The President
The White House Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

You have repeatedly made it clear that your administration would be a pro-life administration, both domestically and internationally. Concerned Women for America applauds you for acting to fulfill this promise and standing for life. Your Department of Health and Human Services is working to finalize several pro-life rules, including conscience protections, reforms to the Title X program, and reforms to health insurance regarding the coverage of abortion. Abroad, we praise your administration for pro-life measures including the expansion of the Mexico City Policy and directing U.S. delegates to the UN tostrike references to “sexual reproductive health,” a term widely used to refer to the inclusion of abortion services in family planning. It has been an honor to join you in partnership and support regarding these measures.

As you know, a divided Congress brings unique challenges and threats to the pro-life movement. Your leadership is vital. In order to preserve the pro-life policies you and your administration are working hard to support and implement, we urge you to commit publicly to veto any legislation that weakens existing pro-life policy or current protections, moving us backwards on life. This veto commitment is not unprecedented; both Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush sent letters to Congress issuing similar veto threats during their administrations and followed through. Their strong stance prevented us from losing hard-fought ground. Pro-life members in the House and the Senate have asked for this veto commitment and are ready to back you up to sustain any veto. This sends a clear message that life is not a bargaining chip.

Even with a divided Congress, we encourage you to fight for life in every way possible and defund the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood still receives over half a billion dollars in federal funding annually. Unethical research using fetal tissue from elective abortions is still practiced and funded by the millions through the National Institutes of Health. Healthcare workers in states are still forced to perform or assist in abortions regardless of conscience objections. While notable progress has been made, there is still much work to be done.

Concerned Women for America’s members and supporters across America stand strong with your administration on these crucial issues. Thank you for holding human life at every stage in high esteem, prioritizing it as President, and leading the good work of your Administration. We will continue to work with you to end abortion in America.

Sincerely,

Penny Nance
CEO and President