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An Honor and Opportunity for CWA Staff Meeting President Trump

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On a Friday in November, some of our staff had the honor and opportunity to meet President Trump as he boarded Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. The President expressed his great appreciation of our work at Concerned Women for America and took the time to pose for pictures. Thank you Mr. President.

See President Trump’s Video From our 40th Anniversary Gala

 

Trump Administration to Reverse Obama-era Regs that Sidelined Faith-Based Adoption and Foster Care Agencies

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Last Friday the Trump Administration announced its intention to reverse Obama-era regulations that have sidelined faith-based adoption and foster care agencies. CWA has been working with Congress and the Administration on this change for nearly two years!

President Obama added categories to nondiscrimination laws that require grant recipients to accept ideological views on gender and sexuality. Such government discrimination has been weaponized against faith-based providers – several are facing lawsuits; others have discontinued operations. The Administration’s effort to restore religious freedom and enable all qualified child welfare providers to be eligible for placing children in loving homes is especially important as the need for loving families is on the rise.

As with other proposed rules that represent major changes, like the Protect Life rule and the Conscience Care Rule, supportive comments of the new rules will be crucial! The timeline to comment will only be 30 days. We will need your help to get the word out. We are awaiting publication in the Federal Register this week before we are able to submit comments, and we will alert you as soon as the comment period begins!

Judicial Attack on Conscience Protections for Healthcare Professionals Must Be Appealed

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2019
Contact: Toni DeLancey
Direct Line: (202) 266-4816 | Mobile: (202) 527-3434
STATEMENT by CWA CEO & President Penny Nance

Judicial Attack on Conscience Protections for Healthcare Professionals Must Be Appealed

 

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say regarding U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Engelmayer’s decision to strike down a rule by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) protecting the right of conscience of healthcare professionals that object to participating in procedures like abortions.

“The mask comes off once again with this ruling. Not only is the left adamant about having the “choice” to end the life of the pre-born child, they also want government to force everyone to participate in it. They want to force healthcare professionals to participate in the procedure, and they want every American to support abortion through our tax dollars.

“It is simply outrageous for a judge to interject his personal preference as judicial findings, saying that a simple rule such as this one, giving medical professionals the right to simply say, “I do not want to participate in something that violates my conscience,” is a “solution in search of a problem.”

“The Trump Administration must appeal this misguided decision and continue to stand for the right of all Americans to act according to their conscience. As James Madison said, “Conscience is the most sacred of all property.” And we must continue to fight against the left’s continued push to infringe on this God-given right.”

Impeachment Masquerade

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On Halloween, the House of Representatives voted largely along party lines on a resolution that presumably would unmask the secrecy of the ongoing behind-closed-doors investigation of President Trump.  Two Democrats, Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-New Jersey) and Rep. Colin Peterson (D-Minnesota), joined with the entire Republican caucus to vote against the resolution.

The House resolution was described as “formalizing” the process – one that has yet to be officially started, even though it has consumed much of the business of the House for weeks out of public view.  The resolution itself acknowledges this as it directs six committees “to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry.” [emphasis added]

Never in the history of the United States has the impeachment of a President been formalized after it was underway. The usual process begins with a vote on a resolution to start the inquiry, part of which includes the rules and parameters for the inquiry itself. This means there were no rules set until the House was in the middle of issuing subpoenas and demanding hours of testimony from everyone but the alleged whistleblower.  Speaker Pelosi unilaterally declared an impeachment inquiry without a vote even before receiving the transcript of the President’s call with Ukrainian President Zelensky.

Voters do not like how this is being handled.  A recent poll shows, roughly half of voters disapprove of how Democrats have conducted this investigation.

Apart from the procedural issues at hand, there is the matter of what the Constitution dictates as the threshold for impeachment.  Article II, Section 4 reads, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  The Constitution sets a high bar for impeachment. The answer must be more than something people dislike or disapprove of; it must meet the threshold of a high crime and misdemeanor.

Every American has the right to due process, including the President of the United States. That’s our Fifth Amendment right.  The impeachment process should be based on facts, and those at the center of the process should retain their right to due process.  It is profoundly damaging to ignore the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and sacred tenets of American jurisprudence including the burden of proof being on the accuser rather than the accused and innocent until proven guilty.

Starting with a legitimate vote to begin an inquiry enables the President to engage in the process and have the ability to defend himself.  It also gives all members of the House access to review the evidence and form their own conclusions. For the first time, this has not happened.

In Federalist 65, Alexander Hamilton details the impeachment process and the rationale behind it. Writing as Publius, Hamilton interrupts his impassioned defense of the Constitution to issue a warning:

In many cases [impeachment] will connect itself with pre-existing factions, and will enlist all their animosities, partialities, influence, and interest on one side or on the other; and in such cases there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by real demonstrations of innocence or guilt. [emphasis added]

In a time of heightened passions, tensions, and polarization, it is our duty to steward the laws and institutions that protect our liberties.  While not perfect, our constitutional order is the most effective system we have to preserve our freedom in a fallen world.

Party before country destroys both country and party. In a world of 30-second talking points and 140-character verdicts, let us take the time to thoughtfully examine issues as informed citizens. Only then may we continue to keep our Republic.

 

 

Political Impeachment Effort Bad for America

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov.1, 2019
Contact: Toni DeLancey
Direct Line: (202) 266-4816 | Mobile: (202) 527-3434
STATEMENT by CWA CEO & President Penny Nance

“The only thing bipartisan about yesterday’s impeachment vote was the opposition. The radical left’s capricious effort to remove a duly elected president is not only bad for Washington, it is bad for America.

“This was simply the latest effort in a long line of attempts to erase the results of the 2016 election. The impeachment hopes were articulated within hours of the election with one Washington Post headline reading, “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”

“Since then, they have tried on multiple occasions, leading to this dubious attempt. But the process has been tainted from the beginning. This vote is the fruit of a poisonous tree, and the American people have no confidence in it.

“The hundreds of thousands of women of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) call on Congress to stop the travesty and put an end to the political partisanship that is driving this impeachment charade and hurting our nation.

“What the country desperately needs is a completely transparent process, not a convenient set of rules to allow the president’s strongest critics to continue their relentlessly biased effort to remove him at any cost.

“As polls suggest, the American people are starting to see through the malicious political rancor that is currently driving these efforts, and they will rise up to reject it.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Katie Hill’s Exit Renews #MeToo Anxiety in Washington

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CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance weighs in on Representative Katie Hill’s resignation in an interview with Susan Crabtree of Real Clear Politics.

“Katie Hill, part of the ambitious group of women who helped hand Democrats the House majority last year, was expected to break a lot of boundaries when she came to Washington — though new House ethics rules passed to curb #MeToo complaints weren’t among them.

At 32, Hill is young, attractive and one of the first openly bisexual members of Congress. She was a rising star whose quick flameout has both parties on edge once again over #MeToo allegations and inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace and whether Washington’s reckoning, in contrast to that of Hollywood and Manhattan, still has a long way to go.

Revelations over the last week established that Hill had engaged in two sexual relationships with staffers, violating new House rules passed at the height of #MeToo furor.”

Read the Entire Article Here and See Penny Nance’s Comments:

Concerned Women for America LAC Supports Graham Resolution on Impeachment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2019
Contact: Toni DeLancey
Direct Line: (202) 266-4816 | Mobile: (202) 527-3434
STATEMENT by CWA CEO & President Penny Nance

“The blatant partisan impeachment effort underway in the U.S. House of Representatives is not happening in a vacuum. It is not an organic response to impartial concerns for the country. It appears to be the latest, politically-motivated effort in an unending list of attempts to delegitimize a duly-elected president and to erase the results of the 2016 election. Impeachment hopes were articulated within hours of the election and multiple attempts have followed, leading to this dubious attempt today.

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) applauds Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) for introducing S. Res. 378, urging the House of Representatives to vote to open a formal impeachment inquiry, providing the president with the fundamental due process protections afforded by the Constitution.

“It is that type of transparent process, consistent with long-standing tradition and precedent, that the country desperately needs at such a crucial time in our history when division and political pettiness seem to rule the day in the nation’s capital.

“CWALAC calls on all members of Congress to move beyond radical political partisanship and act in the country’s best interest. Sen. Graham’s resolution is a crucial first step towards that goal.”

It’s Time for Congress to Get the Debbie Smith Act to the President’s Desk

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Strengthening Debbie Smith Act Essential
for Victims of Sexual Assault

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. House of Representatives is voting to reauthorize the Debbie Smith Act, a vital program first enacted in 2004 to help states and localities end the backlog of untested DNA evidence, specifically sexual assault kits. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee issued the following statement in response:

“Sexual assault is a horrific offense that turns a victim’s body into a crime scene. No woman who bravely agrees to undergo the hours-long process for obtaining a sexual assault kit should have that evidence go to waste.  

“After 15 years of the Debbie Smith Act and nearly $1 billion spent, most states still don’t know how many rape kits remain untested. We must do better. Victims of sexual assault deserve to know that every kit is accounted for and every last one is processed, because every rape kit represents a brave woman waiting for justice.

“During my testimony last summer before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Debbie Smith Act, I advocated for greater priority for testing rape kits and greater accountability to end the backlog. The first priority for these funds should be for the victims of sexual assault who have been waiting for justice, often while enduring significant physical and psychological trauma. Let’s not forget that they are up against the clock due to statutes of limitations in some states. 

Concerned Women for America applauds the Senate for passing these important improvements to the Debbie Smith Act. Today the House is taking the next step. We owe it to victims to get this right, and we call on Congress to get the job done.”

Penny Nance on Religious Liberty Case

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) and over 40 members of Congress filed an amicus brief to support Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington. CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance made the following statement in support:

“Conservative women understand the fundamental principles of liberty enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We are thankful for Members of Congress who are unwavering in their commitment to protect them from recurring threats. To compel someone, as the Washington Supreme Court did in the case of Barronelle Stutzman, to use her artistic expression to support something that violates her conscience and tenets of her faith is an anathema to the Founders intent and to our Constitutional principles. It simply must not stand.”

Read the Entire Press Release from Sen. Marsha Blackburn Here:

Penny Nance on the Rise of Violence and Profanity in Kids’ TV Shows

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CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance spoke to media about age-based television content ratings. Her comments followed the release of a new research report that shows there is substantially more profanity and violence in youth-rated shows now than ten years ago yet nothing has been done to fix the rating system.

“The women I represent are mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, and granddaughters who are increasingly frustrated with the current television and movie rating systems that have proven to be inconsistent and unreliable.

An effort that was presented as aiming to benefit the public has in fact developed, unsurprisingly, into a system benefiting those who control it, the entertainment industry. TV is more dangerous for families today than it was before this system was devised.

You ask, “Are programs with violent, sexual, or other content that may be inappropriate for children being rated accurately?” No, they are not. Graphic sexual scenes, adult topics, violence, and profanity are routinely rated as appropriate for children.  And as this study shows, the networks have been adding more and more violence and profanity to primetime shows without adjusting the age-based rating to reflect those higher levels of adult content.”

Read Penny Nance’s Entire Statement Here:

See Some of the News Coverage Here:

The Washington Times: Violence, profanity on the rise in kids’ TV shows, study finds

Newsbusters: New Report Finds ‘Marked Increase’ in Violence, Profanity on Network TV

TV Technology: Profanity, Violence More Prevalent In Kid-Rated Content, Says PTC

Christian Headlines: Watchdog Finds Major Increase in TV Profanity and Violence, Says Congress Should Act

 

CNS News: “LGBT Activists Outside Supreme Court: ‘Trans Women Are Women’”

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CEO and President Penny Nance spoke with CNS News about Tuesday’s proceedings inside the Supreme Court during a rally on the front steps.

While the Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday about whether sex discrimination, as codified in the 1964 Civil Rights Act, also applies to sexually fluid people – intersex, transgender — activists protested outside the court proclaiming that sex is not based on biology.

LGBT activists yelled, “trans women are women” and had several speakers lecture on gender diversity. On the other side, the conservative group Concerned Women of America pressed that changing the meaning of “sex” in the Civil Rights Act “would greatly undermine the women’s movement.” They held signs that read, “Sex is not Gender.””

Read the Entire Story and Listen to the Audio Here.

The Daily Caller Interview with our CEO and President Penny Nance

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During the rally on the steps of the Supreme Court for the R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case, our CEO and President, Penny Nance, explained exactly why Concerned Women for America was standing up and speaking out for women in an interview with The Daily Caller.

See the original interview here and read more.

Will Christians Become Outcasts at Public Universities?

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Our CEO and President, Penny Nance and Cathy Ruse, JD, Senior Legal Fellow for the Family Research Council partnered together to write an opinion article for The Christian Post about the impacts of liberal indoctrination and ‘gender fluidity’ on college campuses.

“We are Christian women, mothers of college students and college-bound children, who have serious concerns about how the “gender fluidity” movement has taken root at public schools and universities.

The idea that gender is fluid and self-determined, as opposed to biologically determined, has been germinating for decades. But today it has grown into a multi-million dollar political cause that threatens the privacy, safety, and religious freedom of all students, and especially women.

One of us, Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), in a recent op-ed, gave a first hand account of how students, beginning at orientation, are being indoctrinated into this anti-Christian ideology at Virginia Tech (VT), the hard science school of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The response was overwhelming. CWA received emails from many VT students, parents, employees, professors, alumni, and state elected officials upset about the indoctrination.  Many complained of coercive “diversity training” and policies.  Some students reported fear of reprisal, and some school employees fear job loss. Many feel bullied into silence and believe their First Amendment rights are being infringed. The school is opening itself up to a variety of lawsuits.

VT’s response has been to post their mantra regarding civility, saying students were not forced to share their pronouns. But coercion comes in many forms, and the pressure is palpable. It is sad to say, but if you express traditional Christian beliefs at VT, you will be left outside of the community. Of course, VT is far from alone in this new woke trajectory.”

Read the Entire Article Here: