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Strengthening our Borders and Fixing our Broken Immigration Laws

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The following is a statement made by Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, Concerned Women for America’s Founder and Chairwoman; Penny Nance, CWA’s CEO and President; and CWA’s board members, Jean Crisp, Janne Myrdal, Ann Hettinger, Lori Scheck, Terri Johannessen, Betty Jane Strong, Cheryl Keithly, Angel Voggenreiter, and Jon Whetsell:

“Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, calls on Congress to break through political pride and work together to secure our borders with appropriate and effective means and fix our broken immigration laws.

“As a sovereign nation, it is the duty and right of the U.S. to secure our borders and protect our people. Groups who have encouraged mass and disorganized migration to our borders are manipulating and exploiting vulnerable people for political gain and unduly burden our U.S. Border Patrol. During the journey, almost 1 in 3 women have been sexually abused and many have fallen prey to violence or human trafficking.

“Both parties acknowledge the system must be fixed, and President Trump is more than willing to take on this difficult task. The status quo is hurting both citizens and immigrants. It’s time to stop the political games and work for the good of the country.”


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

Senators’ bigotry threatens all believers – The left gets closer to stifling public expressions of faith

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Quick — somebody please remind Democratic Senators Kamala Harris (D-California) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) that they’re members of what’s supposed to be the tolerant party. Based on the bigoted questions they recently posed to a judicial nominee, they may think that Democrats are the heirs of the anti-Catholic Know-Nothing party.

Sens. Harris and Hirono challenged federal judicial nominee Brian Buescher about his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus, an international Catholic charitable organization with nearly two million members. What, specifically, are the senators upset about? That the Catholic organization espouses the teachings of the Catholic Church. How dare it!

Sen. Harris asked the nominee whether he agreed with the leader of the Knights, who once said that abortion is “the killing of the innocent on a massive scale.” Somebody should tell her that Pope Francis recently compared abortion doctors to hitmen.

The senator’s question reflects an alarming trend among Democratic politicians: the desire to root out any speck of religious belief that may threaten the Holy Grail of the Left, abortion-on-demand. And what Sen. Harris seeks to do with questions like this is force underground anyone — not just Catholics — with religious objections to abortion.

Sen. Hirono, whose biggest campaign committee contributor was the pro-abortion group EMILY’S List, even went so far as to ask Buescher if he would discontinue his affiliation with the Knights. “If confirmed,” she asked, “do you intend to end your membership with this organization to avoid any appearance of bias?”

What’s the objective? The senator’s goal is to obstruct and defeat every white, male, conservative judicial nominee of the Trump administration. That was fully on display during the Kavanaugh confirmation when she demanded that every male just “shut up.” Even if this is her objective, and even if she is a woman, religious bigotry should not be tolerated.

As for Sen. Harris, she has 2020 White House aspirations. She would do well to recognize that being on the left edge of the West Coast is far from middle America. Any pathway to 2020 still takes you through Iowa — and neighboring Nebraska for that matter.

Buescher would have been in the right to blast both senators for these questions. Instead, he calmly explained that “judge[s] must decide cases and apply the law, not advocate for one side or the other in a legal proceeding.” Simply put, his faith and religiously affiliated volunteerism has no bearing on his ability to faithfully execute the duties of a federal judge. For Harris and Hirono to insinuate otherwise is an insult to all people of faith, whether Catholic, evangelical, Jewish, or Muslim.

And remember, Harris and Hirono aren’t the only senators making these suggestions. In 2017, Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein suggested that judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s religious belief rendered her unfit for the bench. A few months before that, the supposedly progressive Bernie Sanders suggested that Russell Vought, an evangelical nominee for a position in the Office of Management and Budget, was unfit for public service because of his belief in the Gospel.

Sanders’ treatment of Vought makes clear that it’s not only Catholics who should be alarmed by this trend among Democrats and progressives. The Left seeks to stifle any public expression of religious belief, whether it’s relevant to one’s job or not, and block from government anyone whose religious beliefs run counter to the ideology of the Left.

For Hirono and Harris, the target was a Catholic who disagreed with them about abortion. For Sanders, it was an evangelical who disagreed with him about salvation through Christ. Other senators will find other reasons to oppose nominees of other religions. Their goal is simple: to drive religion out of the public square, even if that means suggesting that a nominee is an extremist for belonging to a two-million-member organization that raises money for the intellectually impaired, feeds the hungry, and clothes the poor.

People of all faiths and members of both parties must rise up and speak out against this rank bigotry. If you think it will stop with Catholics, you’re already wrong. And if it’s allowed to continue, the Senate will succeed in instituting an unconstitutional religious test.

 


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

Three Pillar Strategy – Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization 2018

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This Concerned Women for America “The Counterpoint” policy paper suggests a “Three Pillar Strategy” to better prioritize and focus Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds, programming, and other resources to uphold the Act’s original intent: to reduce violence against women and to strengthen services and administer justice to women victims of violence.

Pro-life Groups Letter to President Trump: Americans Want Pro-life Policy Change on Fetal Tissue Research

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President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Trump,

December 20, 2018

During your first two years in office your administration has been dedicated to, and widely successful in, making policy to protect vulnerable unborn children and women. No doubt these policies have already saved babies and their mothers in the U.S. and abroad from the pain of abortion. We applaud your commitment, and the millions of pro-life Americans that we represent continue to stand with you in your determination to defend life at all stages.

We write to you today with great concern about National Institutes of Health (NIH) spending over $100 million taxpayer dollars in FY18 for research that involves the body parts of children derived from induced abortions. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) responded appropriately to this disturbing discovery by ending one contract with a fetal tissue procurer and conducting an ongoing audit of this research. We commend Secretary Azar for initiating the audit and for announcing new grants to pursue ethical alternatives to aborted fetal tissue research. Pro-life voters across America reject the use of their tax dollars to purchase the body parts of children and expect a comprehensive pro-life policy change at the end of this process.

The hearts, eyes, livers, and brains being purchased on the taxpayer’s dime to be used in laboratory experiments belong to fellow members of the human family. These organs are “harvested” after abortions that deprive these children of their right to life. There is absolutely no moral or ethical justification for treating children and their organs like commodities. Further, according to expert witnesses testifying at a recent Congressional hearing, there are viable alternatives to research using aborted fetal tissue. As documented at StemCellResearchFacts.org, life changing treatments and even cures have been generated for a growing list of diseases and conditions thanks to ethical stem cell research.

Unfortunately, amidst HHS’ audit and following the Congressional hearings last week, the NIH Director Francis Collins claimed in Science Magazine that fetal tissue will “continue to be the mainstay” of NIH research efforts. His comments put him at odds with Secretary Azar’s audit process. HHS has said that Director Collins’ statements “should not be seen as pre-judging the outcome of the review,” but they are greatly concerning to the millions of pro-life Americans awaiting a pro-life policy shift on this issue.

The millions of Americans we represent wholly reject Collins’ assertions and urge you to immediately end the unethical practice of using taxpayer dollars to experiment on the bodies of aborted children. This terrible atrocity is incongruous with your leadership in defense of human life. We look forward to working with you and with Secretary Azar to implement a new policy that affirms the dignity of all Americans, born and unborn.

Sincerely,

Marjorie Dannenfelser
President
Susan B. Anthony List

Penny Young Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America LAC

Jeannie Mancini
President
March for Life

Carol Tobias
President
National Right to Life

Catherine Glenn Foster
President and CEO
Americans United for Life

Kristan Hawkins
President
Students for Life of America

Greg Schleppenbach
Associate Director
Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

David Christensen
VP for Government Affairs
Family Research Council

David Daleiden
Project Lead
The Center for Medical Progress

Lila Rose
President and Founder
Live Action

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director
Priests for Life

Janet Morana
Executive Director
Priests for Life

 

 

CWA State Organizations Impact on State Legislation in 2018

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Over the past year, CWA state leaders have been your boots on the ground representing your interests as volunteer lobbyists at state capitols around the country.  On-the-ground lobbying efforts combined with grassroots prayer and actiongetsresults! Our successes were because of faithful CWA members and friends, who were committed to praying, making calls, sending e-mails, and showing up during their state’s legislative session.

We wanted to highlight for you just a few of the state-level bills that our state organizations fought hard to support or oppose.

CWA was busy in the states on the pro-life issue. In Iowa, many innocent lives are now being protected with the passage of their Fetal Heartbeat bill. And with the passage of the “Choose Life” license plate bill in Kansas, pro-life advocates may now be able to make a pro-life statement with the purchase ofthe specialty license plate. California’s governor vetoed a bill that would have offered chemical abortions up to the 10thweek of pregnancy on college campuses, and in several states,CWA opposed physician-assisted suicide bills. In Texas, CWA rallied the base to oppose the appointment of an abortion advocate as Medical Director for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

CWA of Missouri supported a pro-life measure that would have prohibited a person from transporting a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion without proper consent. In South Carolina, CWA rallied support for a pro-life bill that would have prohibited dismemberment abortions while North Carolina supported a bill that would have required abortion clinics to provide women with information about the possibility of reversing a drug-induced abortion. North Dakota wrote a letter to the editor in opposition to their former Lt. Governor’s article on an abortion “armistice”, andCWA of Louisiana’s Director and Associate Director responded to The Afiya Center and their use of “self-care” rhetoric on a billboard that targeted black women for abortion by writing their Black Women Are Betraying Their Sisters on Abortionarticle that was published in townhall.com.

The defense of the family was front and center as CWA of Illinois and Georgia fought aggressively to defeat efforts to expand predatory gambling. In Maine, CWA was on the frontlines working to defeat a referendum that would have imposed the largest tax increase in Maine’s history. Together, these failed efforts by gambling advocates and supporters of big government haveallowed for safer communities and more money in families’ pockets.

On the issue of education, CWA of Hawaii helped defeat legislation that would have required background checks on all families who choose to homeschool their children. CWA of South Dakota worked aggressively for the passage of the “Opportunity Scholarship,” which sought equity for home schooled students who wished to attend South Dakota colleges, only to have their governor veto the bill.  And because of the strong lobbying efforts by CWA of Illinois,they were able to stop the expansion of LGBTQ social engineering in their public schools.

Defending religious freedom is paramount to CWA because it is a fundamental right every American enjoys and must not be infringed upon. CWA of Washington and Georgia supported bills that would protect the rights of religious freedom and conscience of individuals in their beliefs and practices. CWA of Georgia also supported a bill to protect religious and speech rights on college campuses and was successful in defeating four different “hate crime” bills. In Florida, CWA spoke out boldly in support of religious freedom and right of conscience protections. CWA was victorious in California by defeating a bill that would have designated paid “conversion therapy” services as a fraudulent business practice under the state’s consumer protection law. CWA of Missouri, Hawaii, andWashington also opposed state conversion therapy ban bills.

The issue of national sovereignty was front and center in South Dakota. CWA of South Dakota was successful in defeating an Article V Convention of the States resolution. They also created the brochure The Constitution is Not the Problemto educate on the dangers of an Article V convention.

 

Our state organizations were also persistent in the fight against sexual exploitation. CWA of Georgia supported a human trafficking bill that tightened the noose of the demand side of trafficking, while CWA of Maine courageously supported legislation to ban female genital mutilation in their state.

Most state legislatures will be gearing up in January, and our determined and equipped state leaders will be leading and working on the issues that are important to you and your family. We covet your prayers.

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty.” Zechariah 4:6

Background on Abortion and Obamacare

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare was, and continues to be, a disaster on several fronts. Not only has the cost of insurance skyrocketed and the quality of care declined, but there are legitimate concerns over abortion funding in tax-dollar subsidized plans. The ACA is not subject to the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of elective abortions, because it “self-appropriates” and was intentionally drafted to sidestep Hyde.

The Hyde Amendment was first introduced by Rep. Henry Hyde over 40 years ago and has been estimated to have saved over two million lives. However, the Hyde Amendment is not government-wide. It is adopted every year through the appropriations process and only applies to certain authorizations outside of the appropriations process, such as the Child Health Insurance Program. As noted above, Hyde does not apply to the ACA.

In 2009, the Democrat-controlled House was drafting early versions of the ACA. During markup in the Energy and Commerce Committee, Reps. Stupak (D-Michigan) and Pitts (R-Pennsylvania) offered three pro-life amendments based on the principle that abortion is not health care. All amendments were defeated and, instead, a measure by Rep. Capps (D-California) was adopted which allowed the funding of abortion-covering plans using an accounting gimmick. This amendment made it into a final version of the ACA that was put on the House floor, but Stupak and a coalition of pro-life Democrats refused to vote for the rule until they received a vote on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment. This amendment prohibited abortion funding in a government insurance program and prohibited federal subsidies for insurance plans that covered abortion. The amendment passed 240-194, and the House passed H.R. 3962.

Senate draft versions of the ACA contained Capps-like language. Sens. Hatch (R-Utah) and Nelson (D-Nebraska) offered an amendment similar to Stupak-Pitts that was tabled by the Senate. Instead, the Senate made hollow changes to the Capps language regarding “separate” payments to secure the vote of Sen. Nelson. The accounting gimmick would allocate a portion of an individual’s premium for elective abortion funding. In a Senate floor speech, Sen. Nelson explained this would include separate checks, a fact the Obama Administration completely ignored.

The special election of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts) cost the Democrats their supermajority in the Senate, which complicated things. Senate Democrats voted for the ACA on Christmas Eve, but that bill was never supposed to be final; the differences between that bill and the House bill were to be worked out in conference. House Democrats were forced to pass the Senate version with minor changes that wouldn’t require Senate approval, plus a reconciliation bill (which only requires simple majority in the Senate to pass) to make fixes to the Senate bill, but Rep. Stupak continued to publicly oppose the Senate language. Ultimately, Rep. Stupak conceded and voted for the bill in exchange for an executive order (EO). The House passed the bill, and it was signed into law on March 23, 2010, and the promised EO, that merely reiterated the Capps principles and, therefore, was completely worthless, was issued on March 24.

The law, section 1303 of the ACA, requires abortion-related services to be collected via a separate payment, which must be at least $1 per enrollee per month, to be collected and kept in a separate fund. However, enforcement was left up to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and President Obama issued guidance that said separate payments could be collected together. Seriously. This means that taxpayer dollars through subsidies and cost-sharing reduction payments are co-mingled with funds that pay for elective abortions.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Wins Historic Mississippi Election

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Washington, D.C. — Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won Mississippi’s runoff election, defeated Democrat challenger Mike Espy for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seat.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued this response:

 “I would like to whole-heartedly congratulate Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith on her historic election.  As the first woman elected to Congress from the great state of Mississippi, she inspires a new generation of conservative women.  Concerned Women for America LAC was proud to endorse her and urge our members in Mississippi to simply vote their values.  Our members around the nation prayed for her and will continue to do so as she continues the hard work of representative government.  We are excited to work alongside her on key issues like the protection of  life and religious freedom here and around the world and to stand firm for the nation of Israel.

“In all the media chatter regarding the ‘year of the woman,’ many neglect to notice that women are not monolithic and a large number embrace conservative values, especially the dignity and sanctity of human life.  The historic elections this year of Cindy Hyde-Smith and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) to the U.S. Senate and Governors Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) and Kimberly Reynolds (R-Iowa) strongly counter that narrative. Conservative women applaud their election not simply based on gender but based on their support of our principles.”

 


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

Open letter to Berkeley Student, Isabella Chow, from YWA President at Texas A & M

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Dear Isabella,

First and foremost, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for being a brave and strong representative of our Christian faith. Thank you for standing up for what is right and what is true. Thank you for giving a voice to those who are not as forthcoming with their beliefs due to the fear of being ridiculed and berated by the masses. Thank you for being a true leader of the conservative movement. I pray that you will be blessed beyond measure in the long run because of the decision you made. Many adults, much less students, would not dare stand up for their conservative beliefs in this day and age, but rather just go along with the majority in fear of standing out. But you, at 20 years old, decided that this issue goes against your faith and you would not just go along with it.

My name is McKenna, and I am founder and president of Young Women for America at Texas A&M University.  Daily, I see the indoctrination and spread of the liberal agenda among college students. We are being flooded with the notion to think with our hearts instead of our minds. In your case, reading off the names of transgender people who were murdered is a prime example of that. Rather than presenting facts to the Senate, they want to use solely pathos to tug at people’s heartstrings so that those who go against their cause will be viewed as monsters. No one wants to be labeled as a heartless person, thus young person after young person are roping themselves into the Democratic narrative so that they can avoid ostracization.

Fifty years ago, there was not even a thought (in either the public or legislative realm) that gender was not defined by simple biology. Now, we are being brainwashed by the mainstream media, professors, and even our lawmakers that gender is fluid and it is a social construct. Where did this come from? Why is the mere 0.6% of the adult population who identify as transgender deciding elections and dividing political parties? I do not know the answer to this other than the Democrats are in need of a new victim group, because African Americans are leaving the left in record numbers. Rather I would pose an alternate question that should be causing moral abhorrence: where is the outrage that 89.3% of African American murders are committed by other African Americans? Where is the outrage that 3,000 babies are aborted every day in this country?

No, it is not a women’s right issue. No woman should have the rightto terminate another human being’s life just because it is inside of her, but I digress. Instead let’s just focus on the 0.06% of the population that disagrees with simple biology and if you do not support them, you are a “bigot, sexist, homophobic, transphobic” disgrace. How is it that supporters of this fraction of the population can have and share their opinion, but opposers cannot have theirs? Newsflash liberals, this is America; the First Amendment protects ALL speech not just speech you don’t find offensive (which is very rare these days).

Now don’t get me wrong, I fully believe that anyone has the right to disagree with you and anyone can speak out against you. This is exactly what you made clear in your address. Where it gets dangerous though, is when people want to shut you down and quiet your speech. The true liberals in the past would have celebrated you speaking up for your beliefs and that you have the freedom to do so. They would be ecstatic for differing thoughts and a presence of pluralism in our country.

However, the current “liberals” just want to shut you up, because you do not fit in their mold. I do not recall you calling for their resignation or conjuring up propaganda to demonize their lives. You did not scream at them, discredit/deny their existence (like they often claim conservatives do), or claim they offended you in any way. But rather, you politely disagreed and voted how you thought right. My question to the liberals is, who decides what is offensive and what is not offensive? I thought you were all for freedoms and self-expression; however, if our nation continues in the direction of shutting down speech certain people don’t like, the only thing that will result is tyrannical rule. There would have to be one supreme ruler deciding what is a pass and what is a fail. If anyone can be silenced, then everyone can. Is that what you really want? There is hope for America though, because of truefreedomloving patriots like you.

To all those who say you should have just abstained and not given a reason behind your abstention, I pose to them a question. Why is it that you can spew your beliefs and give your reasoning, but Ms. Chow cannot? Those who voted in favor of this condemnation did not need to explain why, because their vote said it all. If Ms. Chow would not have given a reason, she would have had no recourse against your slandering.

Isabella, do not be dismayed by all those who have left your side through this. As Tomi Lahren says, “The trash takes out itself.” Keep showing people that having different opinions and being able to share them is what makes America the greatest and freest nation ever to exist. Nowhere in the world are citizens afforded the amount of freedoms we are afforded here in the United States. Just know, Isabella, you have the backing of millions of American patriots out here, and we are here to fight right alongside you. The fight is far from over, but as 2 Timothy 4:7-8 reveals,“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” Keep this in mind and fight on! God brings the greatest blessings out of our most tragic circumstances. God knows what He is doing here, and I have a feeling something great is coming your way!

Stay strong,

~McKenna

 

McKenna Dallmeyer is a freshman Political Science major at Texas A&M University. McKenna started the Young Women for America chapter at Texas A&M in the fall of 2018 and is serving as the chapter’s president.