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Stormy Daniels And Her $130,000 Donation To Planned Parenthood

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Lest her calm, cool, and collected 60 Minutes interview give the wrong impression, it’s important for us to remember that Stormy Daniels is in no position to establish herself as a role model for women and young girls.

Having received some backlash for accepting what has been characterized as hush money, Daniels is now trying to emphasize her selfless and philanthropic nature by donating the cash. She could have chosen to donate to any charity — perhaps an organization that helps sex trafficking victims or victims of assault and violence. Instead, she has chosen that $130,000 will be going to the bank account of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor who has been caught on tape aiding sex traffickers — and then training employees on how to not say incriminating things on camera to undercover journalists.

This reeks of another expensive public relations campaign by Planned Parenthood to get their name in the press and attach themselves to a national story that isn’t going away anytime soon.

It’s their MO. The Women’s March was shaping up to be huge in 2017, so Planned Parenthood decided to sponsor it and ultimately became a key player in the movement. The March for Lives was a huge national story dealing with gun violence; Planned Parenthood tweeted out their support (and subsequently got slammed for their hypocrisy). The immigration debate – why not? The non-profit supports illegal immigration because they sell more abortions that way.

It’s not much of a surprise that Stormy Daniels is on the Planned Parenthood train and vice versa. Daniels was a “successful” star in pornography and is continuing her run next week with a cover shot on Penthouse along with a nude photoshoot. This is the kind of modern day feminism Planned Parenthood loves, where women shed their dignity and damage their souls in exchange for money and power.

The connection between the porn industry, sex traffickers, and Planned Parenthood is well documented.  Porn is often used to groom sex trafficking victims so they can learn what they are expected to do. When sex trafficked victims become pregnant as a result of their abuse, they are often coerced into having abortions. Planned Parenthood has been caught on film helping pimps obtain abortions for their victims, including minors. The only thing done to fix the situation after it was made public was train employees not on how to identify victims of sex trafficking but rather how to avoid making incriminating statements.

In addition, promoting pornography is not a new concept for Planned Parenthood. In other undercover videos by Live Action, Planned Parenthood staff teaches teenagers how to access pornography and experiment with whips, chains, and choking, all while hiding it from their parents.

Pornography, particularly today’s ubiquitous, violent version, is anything but harmless. Studies have found it can adversely affect the brain, create problems in one’s sex life, become addictive and break apart families, negatively warp views on relationships, and is linked to prostitution and sex trafficking.

The thing is, Planned Parenthood doesn’t even need Stormy Daniels’ money. In 2016, they had excess revenue of $98.5 million. The same year, they also spent an astounding $38 million trying to elect Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. And they recently announced they plan to spend at least $20 million in this year’s midterm elections.

Stormy Daniels and Planned Parenthood have much in common, but the most insidious is the lie (straight of out the pit of Hell) to young women that a life of sexual promiscuity is glamorous and freeing.  Their glossy promotion of pornography casts women as objects devoid of worth beyond their use for the sexual pleasure of men. They divorce body and soul. And they profit from human misery.

Feminist Naomi Wolfe said, “The Victorian woman became her ovaries, as today’s woman has become her ‘beauty.’” There is nothing remotely feminist in the arrangement of sex for money.  Those who promote “sex work” as a valid career choice for women, (ahem, the Women’s March) are guilty of shameful devaluation of women.

It’s time that we were honest about the porn industry. Linda Lovelace, perhaps the most famous porn actress in history, tells the true story of abuse and manipulation at the hands of men who profited from her.  Her story is not unique. Men and women must be disabused of the idea that the smiling faces being violated on camera will walk away whole when the bright lights are off.

Stormy Daniels believes she has been wronged, and maybe that’s true.  I would simply ask her not to hurt others as she seeks whatever it is she needs to feel vindicated. Continuing to perpetuate the lie that abortion and porn are just another choice harms young women.  Money is clearly her love language. I would recommend she choose other ways to spend it.

 

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was published by Townhall.com. Click here to read it.

Mike Pompeo Begins Confirmation Hearings for U.S. Secretary of State

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Washington, D.C. — This morning, Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearings begin for U.S. Secretary of State.

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

“We are thrilled with President’s Trump choice of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. As an Army veteran and President Trump’s pick for Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo has shown collaborative but strong and capable leadership, gaining the trust of those he leads and facing threats to U.S. interests with decisive action. As a congressman from Kansas, Pompeo’s voting record shows he supports family and life, will implement Trump’s extension of the Mexico City Policy, and will support strong families.

“Most importantly, Mike Pompeo is a man who boldly embodies his Christian values and leads fearlessly.

“I have had the honor of working with Mr. Pompeo on many occasions and I am confident that his vast experience across all levels of government makes him an excellent representative of the United States.”

 


For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Who is Training our Boys to be Violent Towards Women?

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Throughout the decades, “prudish” Christian conservatives have been known for warning against the dangers of pornography. But long gone are the days of Playboy’s nude women — the pornography of today is so violent and so pervasive that even the New York Times published an op-ed this month voicing deep concern.

They are not alone.  This month, the Kansas Senate joined five other states in taking an important step and declaring pornography a public health crisis. Utah did the same in 2016, and other states are considering following suit, including Florida. It’s about time.

When it comes to the topic of sex, our nation is in utter conflict and chaos. One moment we’re leading a movement against sexual harassment and the objectification of women, and the next moment we conflate love and violence by paying to watch the movie Fifty Shades Freed on Valentine’s Day. Americans are basically desensitized to the issue of sexual spousal abuse, a concept feminists once fought hard to legitimize. What happened?  Now those of us who are offended are labeled “prudes” by the same movement.

The reality is that if we really believe in the #MeToo movement, and if we actually want to decrease child-sex abuse and sex trafficking, then everyone should be offended by portrayals of sex that not only degrade women but are abusive towards women. Pornography thrives on the lie that women enjoy violence.

An analysis of the 50 most popular pornographic videos found that 88% of scenes contained physical violence and 49% contained verbal aggression. Recent studies have found that the majority of the most-watched porn scenes contain abusive behavior against women, including slapping and gagging. The worst part is that women are depicted as enjoying this treatment. The studies went on to find that, not surprisingly, men are more likely to act aggressively towards women after watching these videos.

It’s either naïve or dishonest to downplay the role of pornography in the sexual objectification of our women and children. Today, violent pornography permeates our culture.  PornHub, a leading site for pornography, boasts 92 billion video views a year with over 75 million daily visits.

These are horrifying statistics.

Don’t think for a second that any of these statistics are escaping our children; the normalization of violent sex is being passed down to future generations. We live in a culture in which it is almost impossible to shield our children from hardcore pornography. Twenty-seven percent of millennials report being exposed to porn before they reached puberty. The Pediatrics journal found in a 2014 study that 20% of middle school kids have engaged in sexting.

Repeated exposure to porn rewires the human brain. It changes how young men view sex and how they view women. It teaches young men that abuse of women is not only normal but that women, in fact, enjoy it. Meanwhile, porn teaches young women that to object to anything sexual, even if it is painful or demeaning, is abnormal.

This false view of sexuality fuels behaviors in which young men behave as predators while young women are silently compliant. This is the state of sexual “normality” that is being fed to our children.

Repeated exposure to pornography hijacks the brain’s pleasure centers, leading to addiction. We’re watching a generation that has been so exposed to hardcore pornography that they are now nursing an addiction that they are unaware is even something of which to be wary.

And this shouldn’t have even been allowed in the first place! According to the Supreme Court, if something is prurient in nature, completely devoid of scientific, political, educational, or social value, and violates the local community standards, then it is obscenity.

Much of the porn on popular websites meets the Supreme Court’s definition of obscenity. Rape, gang rape, and other abusive images are not legal, because they don’t meet community standards.  The Department of Justice has kowtowed to the porn industry which has dumped untold millions into lobbying and public relations efforts to silence them, and our kids are paying the price.

Utah, Kansas, and Florida are all on the right track. We are indeed facing a public health crisis. Recognizing this crisis for what it is gives health officials the ability to draw attention to the negative impacts of the pornography industry.  The bully pulpit of public health has helped with smoking, HIV/AIDs prevention, and lead paint poisoning to mention a few examples.  Why not educate the public on the health risks of violent porn?  It may be a stepping-off point to urging the Department of Justice to enforce obscenity law, but even if it’s not, it’s helpful.

It’s time to be honest with ourselves. We can engage in hashtag activism all we want, but we most certainly cannot claim to stand for women and children while turning a blind eye to the dangers of violent pornography. It’s time to stop living in a constant state of cognitive dissonance.

 

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was published by the Hill. Click here to read it. 

CWA Staff Pay Respects to Rev. Billy Graham

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On Wednesday, The Reverend Billy Graham, America’s Pastor, was brought to the Capitol where he was laid in state. Hundreds of people waited in line to pay their respects to a man who touched countless lives. A handful of our CWA staff were able to make time to attend and shared their thoughts.

 

“I was struck by the beauty of the ornate Capitol juxtaposed to the simple casket which was lovingly hand-carved by prisoners from Angola maximum security prison in Mississippi. People around me quietly sung hymns around his casket, worshipping Jesus as they joined in the viewing of the rotunda. It was a beautiful experience. Even in his death Billy Graham preached redemption.”- Penny Nance, CEO and President

 

“I just left the U.S. Capitol where I had the honor of paying my respects to The Reverend Billy Graham. The simplicity of his plywood coffin with the cross on the top made by prisoners at Angola was so symbolic of the simplicity of the Gospel that he preached every day that he had the opportunity to do so. I cannot imagine those that greeted him when he entered Heaven’s gates who are there because of the words that he spoke. They heard the words and the truth of the words that he spoke, and they found their way to repentance and forgiveness and redemption. What more could be said about a person’s life than that. “Just as I am without one plea but that Thy blood was shed for me.” – Kenda Bartlett, Executive Director

 

“As I stood in line towards the end of the day waiting to pay respects to The Rev. Billy Graham, I was struck by the legacy of unity and love that this man left behind. Hundreds of people gathered in this polarized city to honor his life – a life of service, humility, and love for Christ and His people. As I stood in the Capitol viewing his casket and surrounded by strangers, I prayed that his legacy will continue to impact lives. His life captivated people and in his passing, so many stories have been shared on so many platforms. I pray that these stories highlight Christ and that even more people will come to know Jesus through Billy Graham’s death. For him, that would be the greatest honor. I wish I could have seen heaven on that morning when he came into glory – what a celebration!” – Annabelle Rutledge, Communications Coordinator

 

“Getting to pay my respects to The Rev. Graham at the Capitol was a moving experience. It was humbling to see the lines of people willing to wait hours for their turn to publicly honor a man only famous for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is only one of four private citizens to be honored in this way, and he is being honored because of his love and dedication to the one true God! That is incredibly encouraging to me.” – Janae Stracke, National Field Director

CWA at White House Opioid Summit

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Today I sat in the East Wing of the White House with eyes full of tears as a father shared the story of his son who he lost to an opioid addiction. He thanked the President and First Lady for the opportunity to be there and share his story – “I’m amazed that my journey has taken me from my son’s room where he died to this room in the East Wing of the White House, but I would give this all up for five more minutes with my son, just five more minutes.”

On Thursday, March 1, the White House hosted a summit addressing the opioid crisis facing our nation. First Lady Melania Trump delivered the opening remarks and invited a mother to join her on stage as she read the letter this woman had written to her about the passing of her son. That mother represents the thousands of family members who lose loved ones every year from opioid overdose.

The drug epidemic is a concern of CWA as we strive to advocate for and support the American family. It was such a valuable opportunity to be able to sit in that room with members of our government, police chiefs from across the nation, and individuals whose lives have been personally impacted by this crisis.

The summit included two panels each moderated by Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway. The first was on Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery with Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin.

The second panel focused on Law Enforcement and Interdiction with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, and Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.

Highlights you need to know:

Opioid prescriptions are steadily on the decline but still up 3x over prescriptions in 1999.

HHS is doubling state grants that will be spent on addiction recovery.

Sec. Carson shared about HUD’s new EnVision Centers which implement holistic approaches to foster long-lasting self-sufficiency for those in recovery.

AlphaBay, one of the largest dark web marketplaces for the sale of drugs, has been shut down.

While cabinet members shared what their departments are doing to address the drug epidemic, the majority of the summit was an opportunity for members from the audience to share their journeys of recovery, their ideas for reform, and their stories of lost loved ones.

The opioid epidemic is personal to Americans. It does not discriminate. As Secretary Ben Carson said, “This is not an ‘us’ and ‘them’ situation. It could become any of us – it is so easy. Unless it’s as easy to secure treatment as it is the drug, we’re never going to win this battle.”

At the end of the final panel, President Trump joined the conversation, reiterating the administration’s commitment to fighting the drug epidemic while focusing on treatment options.

Concerned Women for America will continue to be a part of this conversation. We are dedicated to joining with the administration in offering support and influencing policy as we come together as a nation to address the opioid epidemic.

CWA Hard at Work on the Pain Capable Bill

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On Monday, January 29, the Senate failed to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation, sometimes referred to as the 20 Week Ban, protects unborn children nationwide after 20 weeks’ gestation based on the scientific fact that an unborn child can feel pain in utero. This legislation also protects women who face a substantially higher risk of complications from a late-term abortion.

Although it was highly unlikely the bill would pass, Penny Nance, CWA CEO and President; Caroline Aderholt, CWA Chief of Staff, and Jaime Ballew, CWA Legislative Director, met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) several times to encourage him to put the bill on the floor. Each time there was hesitation because although we had worked since January to get cosponsors, there were no Democrat cosponsors on the Senate bill. Leader McConnell finally agreed to a vote, and we knew the stakes were high. The last time the Senate voted on this bill was in 2015 and although it failed, three Democrat Senators who are still serving, Sens. Manchin (D-West Virginia), Casey (D-Pennsylvania) and Donnelly (D-Indiana), voted in favor of the bill. We could not lose these Senators this time around.

Once we had a date for a vote, we activated our faithful grassroots to contact their senators and encourage them to vote in favor of this legislation. In CWA’s national office, we were working up until the vote took place to ensure your voice was being heard.

CWA national staff headed to Capitol Hill Monday to lobby Senators we knew would be on the fence or are facing reelection. Watch the Facebook Live from that morning to hear some statistics surrounding the bill and which Senators we were visiting. Letters urging a “Yes” vote were delivered by CWA staff to six offices.  Janae Stracke, CWA National Field Director and Annabelle Rutledge, CWA Communications Coordinator, stayed on the Hill all day listening to the arguments on the floor and live-tweeting at senators. They were joined by Penny in the Senate gallery for the vote.

The bill failed on a vote 51-46 with Democrat Senators from overtly pro-life states choosing to vote against their constituents. You can learn how your Senator voted here.

The vote was disappointing but not unexpected. The Democrats may be acting out of their own interest, but science, common sense, and the majority of Americans (60%) are on our side. So we got right back to work. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) asked Penny to a meeting in his office with other pro-life leaders immediately following the vote. The Senator tweeted a picture of everyone in his office and said “Vote just ended, and I’m already meeting with leaders of the #ProLife movement. Tomorrow, we start building additional support for Pain Capable. I have no doubt we will eventually be victorious! #TheyFeelPain

Since the vote, we have been calling out Senators who chose to vote “No” instead of representing their states. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), Sen. Doug Jones (D-Alabama), and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) each represent pro-life states but chose to ignore their constituents who wanted a “Yes” vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. We posted a video of Sen. Heitkamp high-fiving Sen. Schumer (D-New York) after voting no, highlighting how out of touch she is with her home state. You can see the video here. \

Every senator who voted against this bill chose to side with human rights violators like China and North Korea where no such abortion restriction exists, instead of Americans who overwhelmingly want this enacted nationwide. Imagine that in a campaign ad.

Although this bill failed to pass this time around, we are able to use this vote to our advantage in the future and are confident that we can use this bill to move the needle on life at the Federal level.

Senate Failed to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, the Senate failed to pass S. 2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, by a vote of 51-46. This bill would have ended elective abortions after 20 weeks.

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

“Senators like Doug Jones (D-Alabama), Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), and Claire McCaskell (D-Missouri), who represent states where voters overwhelmingly support life, will have much to answer for in their next election.

“Today, these senators had a chance to stand for life. They chose to vote against life. They had a chance to defend the dignity of both children and their mothers. Instead, they voted without regard for the most vulnerable among us.

“The United States calls itself a champion of human rights but is one of only seven nations to allow abortion after 20 weeks when it has been proven that babies feel extreme pain. Today, we continue to align ourselves with countries such as China, North Korea, and Vietnam.

“A recent Marist poll showed that 60% of Americans support ending abortions after 20 weeks, but that majority had no voice today. It’s time to do better.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Cecile Richards Steps Down

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Washington, D.C. – Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, plans to step down after more than a decade.

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

“Under the leadership of Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood has grown to push one agenda – abortion above all else – while throwing aside any inkling of actual medical care. Cancer screenings and STD testing have all declined under her reign.

“Under Cecile’s leadership, Planned Parenthood has been exposed for refusing to report statutory rape and abuse, for aiding sex traffickers, for taking money to abort black babies, and for illegally profiting off of the body parts they have aborted. Ms. Richards leaves the organization just as the FBI is investigating likely criminal actions by the abortion giant.

“If Planned Parenthood is serious about standing up for the women they claim to represent, they will hire someone who understands medicine and accepts the facts that abortion does not help women but only inflicts harm and destruction. This is their chance to turn the organization around for the good and actually help women, instead of constantly telling them they cannot fulfill their dreams without abortion.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Join CWA at the 2018 March for Life!

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Join CWA at the 2018 March for Life!

When:

Friday, January 19, for the 45th annual March for Life here in Washington, D.C.

Where:

The March for Life Rally will take place at 12th St. on the National Mall in between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive.

Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets.

What time: 

9:30 a.m.  There will be breakfast and coffee at the CWA headquarters

11:00 a.m.  Leave CWA headquarters and walk to the Rally

12:00 p.m.  The Rally starts

1:00 p.m.  The March begins

RSVP

If you will be able to stop by the CWA office that morning, please email Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] and let her know.

(You are welcome to come to any and/or all of the events held that day! Head over to the March for Life website to learn more about details, speakers, and to download maps.)

The mainstream media wants us to believe that most people support abortion and that abortion is anti-woman, but the reality is that in two weeks, hundreds of thousands of Americans will come together to celebrate life! And as Penny reminded us in a statement she wrote this week, being pro-life is the foundation of being pro-woman:

“Being pro-life is being pro-woman because this philosophy centers around the belief that women are created by God to be strong, free, loving, and uniquely distinct human beings.  We are blessed to be the givers of life through the distinct capability of growing and bearing children as well as the God-size ability to love our children unconditionally.  To ignore and dishonor this particular aspect of our God-given femininity is to ignore and dishonor a vital part of our very essence.

“We are not simply men with different sexual organs.  Indeed, women are the gift God gave the world to ensure civility, order and love is brought forth through the ages. Though we too are broken human beings and in need of saving Grace, through us the best of mankind is able to thrive.  Our ability to give life should make us ardent evangelists for an ethic of Iife. Humanity depends on our recognition of the preciousness of human life to discourage war, to value the poor, the sick and the weak and to care for the ‘least of these.’  Without this ethic of life, all humans become only utilitarian shells to produce or die.

“And history has shown that women and children suffer the most when ideology is divorced from an ethic of life.  Even today, societies which do not value life destroy ethnic groups they despise or strap bombs on children and send them into war.  And in a pro-abortion culture women are told that is it perfectly normal to walk into abortion clinics and destroy their own offspring.  This is not just an impractical exercise in philosophical thought; a pro-life ideology is essential to the protection of women and their children.”

Congress Approved Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, the House approved the Senate-passed conference report of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill that overhauls the tax system. The bill will now head to President Trump’s desk for signature.

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

“Our tax system is unnecessarily complex and outdated, and I applaud the House and Senate for coming together to create reform that will benefit the American family. Speaker Ryan has been tirelessly working to reform the tax code since he was a hill staffer, and I offer my congratulations to him and gratefulness for his hard work, as well as the dedication and work of Chairman Brady (R – Texas), Chairman Black (R – Tennessee), Chairman Hatch (R – Utah), the conference committee, and House and Senate Leadership.

“This overhaul is pro-family and includes the doubling of the child tax credit to $2,000.  I applaud the conference committee for adopting the Senate-passed language that doubled the credit and made it refundable. Senators Rubio (R – Florida) and Lee (R – Utah), as well as Ivanka Trump, have worked hard to ensure this key element was not overlooked. This increase will allow parents more flexibility in how they choose to raise their children in an increasingly expensive environment. As pro-life Americans, we must ensure that the costs of raising a child do not make having children seem impossible. This credit expansion is an important element in this formula.

“Independent analysis has found that 80% of Americans will see tax cuts because of this bill. Shame on Democrats for falsely selling this as a one-sided reform that only helps the ultra rich and for failing to put aside petty politics to vote for a bill to help their constituents. Additionally, by lowering the corporate tax rate, America is again a competitive environment for business. This bill will not only create job growth but will put money back in the pockets of American workers. The voters will remember those who dug their heels in for the sake of partisanship and voted against tax cuts for the American family.”