Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Actions Committee (CWALAC) joins Laura Ingraham to discuss the latest vicious attack against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Click here to read Penny’s latest op-ed on this topic as featured on USA Today.
One group of black women are peddling the belief that abortion is “self-care,” that it benefits women and their families. This snake oil is being sold by The Afiya Center (TAC), which put these slogans on a giant billboard in Texas.
As a free-thinking, informed and intuitive black woman, I don’t buy it. My child did not survive my abortion over 30 years ago, but I did. Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent, terminating 19 million black lives. [Read More …]
Washington, D.C. — Today, Planned Parenthood announced their new president, Dr. Leana Wen. Dr. Wen has a medical background having been an emergency room doctor and Baltimore’s health commissioner. Her background as a political activist leaves little hope that Planned Parenthood will leave the abortion industry behind.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement in response:
“If Planned Parenthood was truly serious about advocating for women, they would hire someone as their president who understands medicine and, because of that knowledge, accepts that abortion does not help women but only inflicts harm and destruction. Instead, they have hired a medical professional who does not understand the true nature of abortion and is more a political activist than women’s health advocate.
Dr. Wen’s background as an emergency room doctor and her time as Baltimore’s health commissioner should give her perspective on the real healthcare needs of women. Dr. Wen has the opportunity to change the trajectory of Planned Parenthood and address the full range of services needed by poor women. It’s time for Planned Parenthood to change their business model instead of pushing their abortion agenda.
In a rare up-or-down pro-life vote on Capitol Hill, the Senate voted last week on an amendment to the Labor HHS/Department of Defense “minibus” Appropriations bill. The amendment offered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) would prohibit federal funds from going to any provider of family planning or reproductive health services that performs abortions or affiliates with an entity that does. The amendment failed 45-48 with seven senators absent – half of whom would have voted for and the other half against. The strategy behind this vote was complicated by anticipated hostile amendments from abortion supporters and was set at a 60-vote threshold to pass, which essentially set it up to fail. Nevertheless, it was a clean vote on a pro-life measure that put senators clearly on record as to whether they support or oppose the abortion industry. Predictably, Planned Parenthood was on the front lines in opposition to the amendment, since it would cut deeply into their bottom line.
The House has a similar provision in its Labor-HHS Appropriations bill to defund abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. CWA will be working to get this measure, and other strong, pro-life legislation, in the final FY 2019 Labor- HHS Appropriations bill, whatever form it takes. As always, this will be a heavy lift requiring the leadership of pro-life members and the Administration. The House and Senate should be appointing a conference committee to work out a final bill in the coming weeks. Find out how your senators voted on the Paul Amendment, No. 3967, and let them know how you feel!
In April 2018, Tennessee passed a law, Amendment 36, declaring the state’s belief that childbirth and family planning services should not include elective abortions. Additionally, this law aims to eliminate “direct or indirect use of state funds to promote or support elective abortions,” meaning agencies providing elective abortions should not be eligible for any government money and should not be Medicaid providers. Medicaid-provider eligibility is determined by the federal Center for Medicaid Services (CMS). If a state wants to eliminate a Medicaid provider, it must get a waiver from CMS. This month, TennCare (the Medicaid program in Tennessee) submitted a waiver request to CMS to prohibit abortion providers from participating in TennCare.
In accordance with Amendment 36, Tennessee petitioned CMS for permission to exclude “any entity that performed, or operated or maintained a facility that performed, more than 50 abortions in the previous year, including any affiliate of such an entity.” It’s clear that Tennessee is operating within its authority to set reasonable standards for what kind of providers are eligible for Medicaid funds. The waiver request is currently undergoing a public comment period that will close on September 23.
Planned Parenthood receives several forms of government money; their second largest source is Title X grants, and their biggest source is Medicaid reimbursement. Naturally, they are protesting this law, because not only will this likely cut off Planned Parenthood’s funding in Tennessee, but it will set a crucial precedent for other states who are trying to cut off Medicaid funding from abortion providers. Texas currently has a similar waiver pending before the Trump Administration, and if this waiver is enacted, it is likely other states will follow. This is also why we need your help to submit a public comment supporting this policy.
Planned Parenthood claims that without this money, their services will decline, and they will be forced to cease operations, a move that will cause rural women to suffer. However, there are only three Planned Parenthood clinics in Tennessee: one in Knoxville, one in Nashville, and one in Memphis — the three most populated cities in the entire state; their assistance to rural women is not apparent. In the state’s waiver request to CMS, the TennCare Director, Wendy Long, explains that should this policy go into effect, rural healthcare will not be impacted, because the providers that do serve rural women are unaffected by this policy.
Women deserve better than the care they receive at abortion mills, and states should be able to determine who best serves their citizens. This waiver is important for Tennessee but will have a nationwide impact to pave the way for frustrated states to try for similar waivers, so they, too, can cut off government funding from Planned Parenthood. Please submit a comment today and tell CMS that you support states’ ability to determine who provides care for their citizens.
It is an exciting time for us as Christians, given the quality of the current nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. We have a chance to turn the tide of unjust decisions based on judicial activism and protect religious liberty for decades to come. It is incumbent upon us to make the sacrifices needed today, through both times of prayer and action, to preserve our freedoms for the next generation.
Click here to access this .PDF Church bulletin resource that will help you stay engaged on this important nomination. Print it and share it with your pastor and church family.
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Mark Harris for Congress in the 9th District of North Carolina.
Penny Nance, CEO and President, said, “Concerned Women for America LAC is proud to endorse Mark Harris, a true leader in his community, to represent the citizens of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. American families are looking for leaders like Mark Harris who are committed to tackling the tough issues in Congress with hard work, courage and integrity.
“Our members are honored to stand with Mark Harris in this election, confident that he will stand up for women across North Carolina and the nation who are passionate about protecting life, religious freedom, and our economic and national security.”
The Women for Kavanaugh Bus Tour continues through West Virginia and Missouri. We are praying for this important process and asking senators to put partisan politics aside and confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.