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Strengthened Debbie Smith Act Introduced in Senate

By | Blog, News and Events, Sexual Exploitation | No Comments

On Thursday, Senator Cornyn (R-Texas) and Senator Feinstein (R-California) introduced the Debbie Smith Act of 2019, a bill that would reauthorize funding aimed at increasing capacity for DNA testing to reduce the rape kit backlog. The Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act was first signed into law in 2004 in response to the story of Debbie Smith, a rape victim who only saw justice because of DNA evidence and testing.

Last July, CWALAC CEO and President Penny Nance testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on her experience as an attempted rape victim and why we must work to end the backlog. Unfortunately, after fifteen years since the inception of the Debbie Smith Act and over $1 billion spent, an unknown number of rape kits still sit untested in evidence rooms across the country. Meanwhile, the statute of limitations ticks on with no resolution for victims.

CWALAC partnered with RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) on specific improvements to the Debbie Smith Act, introduced by Sen. Cornyn, that would increase prioritization of rape kit testing and improve accountability in tracking the backlog of sexual assault cases. A recent New York Times piece highlighted Maisha Sudbeck, a rape victim who saw justice years after her assault only because of funds prioritized through programs to clear the backlog. Ms. Sudbeck cited the testing of her rape kit as “a catalyst for hope.”

Not only is testing these kits a crucial step in pursuing justice for victims and possible exoneration for the wrongfully accused, it often shows patterns of assault and can take serial perpetrators off the street. Ms. Sudbeck’s kit showed a hit for a man who had raped at least six other women. This phenomenon is far from uncommon. One study found that about half of the DNA kits tested resulted in hits for serial offenders. In her Senate Judiciary testimony, Penny stated, “We must push ourselves until each sexual assault kit is accounted for and every last one is processed — because every kit represents a brave woman waiting for justice.” CWALAC will continue to work with Congress to ensure this crucial legislation is passed, so that every victim has the chance for justice.


See Penny’s letter to cosponsors.

Tell President Trump to Protect our Children!

By | Blog, Sanctity of Life, Sexual Exploitation | No Comments

Are you frustrated and bothered by what you see on TV? You are not alone. In recent years, Hollywood has taken advantage of their self-regulated TV ratings system and cable TV looks more like HBO than family-friendly programming. Networks advertise their mature and explicit programming during family-friendly shows; these commercials include overtly sexual themes, violence, and foul language. Most advertisers will not run ads during “mature audience” rated programming; therefore, Hollywood has no incentive to rate any program “mature” and, instead, rates things that should be for mature audiences as “TV-14” or acceptable for children over 14 years old to view. There is virtually no “G”-rated TV on prime-time.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for evaluating the TV ratings system and determining whether or not children are adequately protected from violent, foul, and graphic content. Right now, the FCC is accepting comments regarding the TV ratings system and whether or not they are doing their job to protect our children. There is no doubt that Hollywood, with their vast resources, are inundating this system to avoid further regulation. The content on cable TV is shocking, and no industry, especially one as corrupt and worldly as Hollywood, should be able to regulate themselves.

Submit a comment to President Trump today and tell him you are fed up with the graphic content being shown to our children.

 

 

Senate Born Alive Vote Is a Yea or Nay for Infanticide

By | News and Events, Press Releases, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

CWA’s Penny Nance:  “Americans are Watching Your Vote.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S.311), sponsored by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) and cosponsored by 49 Senators.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America LAC, warned U.S. senators about the significance of today’s vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act:

 “Friday marked the ninth anniversary of Kermit Gosnell losing his medical license for crimes against babies born alive after an abortion.  As we’ve heard from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, defending Gosnell-like infanticide is alive and well in some liberal corners of our country.  Today, senators have a choice to make; will they stand for protecting the lives of children who survive abortion or support infanticide?  At the point a child is born alive, she is a patient, and doctors should be required to provide care.  Congress has already agreed, unanimously, that a child born alive is a person with legal protections under U.S. law.  The Born Alive Survivors Protection Act is about enforcing that law.  Eighty percent of Americans agree with this bill, including 77 percent who identify as pro-choice.  Senators, Americans are watching your vote.”

Title X Final Rule Released

By | Blog, News and Events, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule governing the Title X family planning program. The Title X program was created to help individuals, particularly low-income individuals, access quality family planning services. This final rule requires physical and financial separation between abortion operations and family planning operations as well as prohibits referral for abortion, which is the best interpretation of the Title X statute.

This final rule from HHS is in response to the hundreds of thousands of comments from Americans who do not want their tax dollars funding the abortion industry. I applaud President Trump and HHS for this integrity and patient-focused rule. Furthermore, because Title X grant recipients are no longer forced to refer for abortion, entities who previously objected to this provision can now apply for these funds.

The Title X statute explicitly states that programs that promote abortion as a method of family planning do not qualify for funding. However, since it is government money in the realm of family planning, the abortion industry, particularly Planned Parenthood, has hijacked this program and has, for decades, used the fungibility of these taxpayer funds as their own personal slush fund. There is no gag rule: doctors are free to discuss options for pregnant women in a non-directive manner. Health care providers are neither prohibited or mandated to discuss abortion.

Planned Parenthood now faces a choice: adhere to the statutory prohibitions and comply with the final rule or give up Title X funding. We don’t need to wait for their predictable and apocalyptic press release to know what they’ll choose: abortion. Planned Parenthood claims that abortion is only 3% of what they do, but their own annual report reveals that abortions make up 96% of their pregnancy resolutions. Abortion is not a small part of what they do; it’s who they are. This final rule integrates desperately needed integrity to a well-intended, but widely-abused program. It is a crucial step to disentangle taxpayer dollars from the abortion industry.

 

Last Call! Urge Your Senators to Reject infanticide!

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This Monday, February 25, the Senate will vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act, S. 311, sponsored by Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse. The Born Alive bill requires doctors to provide a newborn who is born alive after an attempted abortion the same medical care that a child would be granted at the same gestational age in other circumstances. Also, it imposes penalties on health care practitioners who break the law, while providing mothers a private right of action and an avenue of justice against a doctor who would deny an abortion survivor the professional care and hospital admission necessary to preserve the life and health of the child.  This bill is not about abortion; it is about rejecting infanticide.

So many of CWA’s State Directors and state leaders have been active this week visiting their senators’ district offices asking for their support of S. 311. So many of you have called and emailed and tweeted and written your senators and asked for their support. CWALAC legislative staff have stormed Capitol Hill encouraging senators to vote to protect and preserve the lives of born alive children.

Thank you for your efforts; they are not in vain, and people are hearing you, but now is the time to keep pushing. Make one more call or send one more email or another tweet over the weekend to each of your senators and encourage them to vote in favor of S. 311. We are expecting the vote around 5:00 p.m. on Monday, so contact them before then!  Here is the link to our action center with a sample message you can personalize.

If you’re not sure what more to say, check out CWALAC’s talking points on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Thank you!!

Vote on Rules Change Failed! ERA is Officially Dead in Virginia!

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Thank you for praying about and taking action on the multiple urgent e-alerts we have sent you concerning the ERA in Virginia for over a month now.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

Your continued prayers and action worked! The ERA was stopped in Virginia for this year! On a party line vote, earlier today, the rule change vote was narrowly defeated in the House of Delegates, killing the ERA for this legislative session. The last-ditch efforts of ERA allies were thwarted. Thanks be to God!

The House of Delegates 51 Republicans voted to defeat any changes to the rules but the 49 Democrats each voted for the rule change. It was that close!

Join us in praising God for this victory in Virginia.

Please take action NOW: It is important that we thank the 51 delegates for their vote today. In your thank-you notes/emails, please remember to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia, we’re praying for them, and that we will continue to fight against ERA alongside them next session. Thank you!

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Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
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va.cwfa.org

What You Can Do to Reject infanticide and the reckless crusade to expand late-term abortion!

By | Blog, News and Events, Planned Parenthood, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

The U.S. Senate is poised to vote Monday, February 25, on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  This crucial legislation would shield a newborn who survives an attempted abortion from being denied the right to live.  Doctors would be required to provide the same medical care to a newborn survivor of abortion that would be offered to any other baby at the same gestational age.

Unfortunately — unbelievably! — infants born alive are not guaranteed these protections under federal law, giving abortion doctors the green light to turn their backs on a helpless baby after a botched abortion.  Such negligence is nothing less than enabling infanticide.

We need you to act today.  Too many senators are in the pocket of the big abortion lobby.  They are doing everything they can to avoid the issue and obstruct a vote.   Even if your senators are strong on the life issue, they need to hear from you and know you are standing with them.

U.S. senators are home next week (February 19-22), and a vote is expected when they return.  We are asking you to visit the district offices nearest you NEXT WEEK and tell your two U.S. senators to reject infanticide and vote for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

If you are unable to visit in person, please contact both of your senators.  Time is short, so please make this a priority! (Here is the link to our action center with a sample message you can personalize.)

It is unbelievable that saving a newborn baby fighting for life should be a partisan issue.  But the left has completely rejected common sense.  They are not willing to call infanticide for what it is and are spreading lies about the need for the legislation.  Here’s the truth: federal law does not protect a survivor of abortion.  At least one-third of states, including New York, have extreme abortion laws that make infanticide LEGAL.  Virginia Gov Ralph Northam publicly endorsed infanticide when he defended a radical abortion proposal that would make abortion legal at any time in pregnancy, including while giving birth!  This is insanity.

Thank you for taking action on this issue.  Please pray that the U.S. Senate will vote to save these little ones.

Wake Up America: Know Where Your State Stands on Abortion

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This document provides an overview of state laws (as of February 8, 2019) as they relate to late-term abortion, born-alive protections, and public funding of abortion.

Some states adhere to the Roe standard of viability, which is defined by the Supreme Court in Roe as “the capacity for meaningful life outside the womb, albeit with artificial aid” and not just “momentary survival.” Unless specifically stated otherwise, references to “health” adhere to the definition of health in Doe v. Bolton: “all factors — physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age — relevant to the well-being of the patient.” If a state is listed as “N/A,” then there are no state laws regarding either an abortion limit or exceptions. However, these states are subject to the federal precedent of viability in Roe, but if Roe were overturned, then these states would have no limits on abortion. [READ MORE …]