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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. 

Thanksgiving: A Day to Honor the Lord

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Thanksgiving is a time to remember the ways in which the Lord has blessed us. It’s a time to reflect on where we are, and how we got there. In this spirit, we offer the following commentary by former-CWA National Field Director Barbara Plating. It is taken from Barbara’s November 2004 Prayer Action Leaders Memo (PALM), the regular update to leaders of CWA prayer chapters.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It’s to important to recall the history behind it as we celebrate with family and friends and give thanks to God.

When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth on that fateful day in November 1620, little did they know they would set a pattern in motion that would bless this land from “sea to shining sea.”

William Bradford, Pilgrim historian and governor, wrote the following about their arrival in his book Of Plymouth Plantation: “Being thus arrived in a good harbor and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven, who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth, their proper element. And no marvel if they were thus joyful.”

Bradford continued to wonder at “this poor people’s present condition no friends to welcome them, nor inns to entertain or refresh their weather-beaten bodies, no houses, or much less towns to repair to, to seek for succor.

“Whichever way they turned their eyes (save upward to the heavens) they could have little solace or content in respect of any outward objects. For summer being done, all things stand upon them with a weather-beaten face; and the whole country, full of woods and thickets, represented a wild and savage hue. If they looked behind them, there was the mighty ocean which they had passed, and was now as a main bar and gulf to separate them from what weak hope of supply and succor they left behind them. What could now sustain them but the Spirit of God and His grace?”

Indeed, the Lord did sustain them. Sixteen men were sent from the ship to gather firewood that cold November day. Along with the firewood, the men found an abandoned cache of corn buried in a large iron pot. This was their introduction to the food that would later save their lives. It reminded Bradford of the Israelites when they sent spies into the Promised Land and returned with abundant fruit.

During their first fall in the new land, the Pilgrims harvested a bounty that was cause for a celebration. They shared that bounty with the Indians around them. For three days, the Pilgrims hosted Indian Chief Massasoit and 90 of his tribe of the Wampanoag, as well as the lone Patuxent Indian Squanto, whom the Pilgrims likened to a latter-day Joseph.

Squanto was a fierce Patuxent Indian who had been captured and taken to England by Capt. George Weymouth. Squanto learned English so he could provide critical information to help the English establish colonies in the best locations. After nine years in Europe, he returned to New England, where he was again captured and taken to Spain to be sold into slavery. Rescued by local friars, who taught him to know Jesus Christ as his Savior, Squanto soon attached himself to an Englishman bound for London. He had returned to his homeland a mere six months before the Pilgrims arrived.

Finding the land deserted by his tribe, Squanto wandered aimlessly and was befriended by Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoags. He stayed with the tribe through the winter. The following spring, Samoset, chief of the Algonquins, discovered the Pilgrims and sent for Squanto and Massasoit to meet with them. When the Pilgrims learned Squanto’s story, they realized that God had prepared him through slavery-like Joseph-to save them from famine. Squanto taught the Pilgrims to fish, stalk deer, plant corn and pumpkins. He taught them about herbs for cooking and medicinal purposes and other things necessary to survive in the new land.

Squanto learned from Samoset that a mysterious plague had killed his tribe four years earlier. Fear had kept other Indians from settling the land, making it the only safe ground in that part of the country for the Pilgrims to settle.

The Pilgrims celebrated their first Thanksgiving with an abundance of food, but later that fall there were more mouths to feed as others arrived from England. This began to deplete the stores of food and during the Pilgrims’ second winter; they were ultimately reduced to a ration of five kernels of corn per day. Through all of these trials, they shared what they had and cared for the sick left in their care. They continued to trust in the Lord who never abandoned them.

In future Thanksgivings, the Pilgrims would place five kernels of corn on their plates to remind them of that second severe winter, which tested their faith doubly. The Pilgrims focused on giving thanks as a way of life.

I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Everyday I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. (Psalm 145:1-6)

CWA Calls for President Trump to Ensure Full Release and Religious Asylum to Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi

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Washington, D.C. — In 2010, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, was sentenced to “death by hanging” for blasphemy against Islam. Her crime for the death penalty was allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam to her neighbor. After this mother of four spent eight years on death row, Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned her conviction on October 31, 2018.  However, this decision was condemned by Pakistani Islamist parties — most prominently by the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party, which sparked mass protests in major cities and continued to call for her imprisonment and death.  Succumbing to pressure, on November 2, the Pakistani government signed an agreement with TLP to bar Asia Bibi from leaving Pakistan while the Supreme Court ruling in her favor is under review for possible error.

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

“Asia Bibi’s life is obviously in grave danger.  Islamists are calling for her beheading. Two Pakistani politicians, Governor Salmaan Taseer and Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, were assassinated for supporting her release and opposing Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Dozens more people in Pakistan have been killed as a result of blasphemy accusations.

“If any religious persecution case is critical and in need of quick attention, it is the case of Asia Bibi. This is a landmark verdict in Pakistan as two distinct groups — those promoting religious tolerance and the fundamental Islamists who oppose it — battle over the future of Asia Bibi. It is extremely rare that a blasphemy case is overturned in Pakistan, and we must act quickly.

“As the leader of religious freedom around the world, the U.S. must remain committed to promoting the tolerance of religious minorities and respect for the fundamental human right of religious freedom. As the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, with religious freedom as one of our core issues, we ask President Trump to call for the full release of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi to allow her to exit safely from Pakistan. And as she is in dire fear for her life, we ask President Trump to grant Asia Bibi religious asylum in the U.S. as soon as possible.”

 


For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislative arm of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams, 600 trained leaders, and over 30 years of service to our nation. For more information visit www.concernedwomen.org

Midterms Prove Kavanaugh Vote Key to Senate Gains

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Washington, D.C. — Last night wrapped up the 2018 midterm elections. Results continue to roll in, with important races still to be determined.

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

“There are many takeaways from last night’s election, but looming large among them is the reality that the circus that was Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation was a reckoning for U.S. senators. The conservative women behind CWA’s Women for Kavanaugh campaign were largely responsible for the demise of Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), and Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana).

“Meanwhile, Sen. Manchin (D-West Virginia), the only Democrat to vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, held his seat. The message is clear. The voters rejected the mob mentality that tried to destroy an honorable man in the name of political power. This is good news for our political discourse going forward.

“Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives, but this was expected, given the historical precedent of mid-term elections. Concerned Women for America asks them to use this power responsibly and in the best interest of this great nation.”

At the end of the day, we can all be proud of the fact that early numbers show voter turnout exceeded previous midterms by a significant amount, with women making up 52% of voters. Americans showed up to exercise what Ronald Reagan rightly called the ‘crown jewel of American liberties.'”

 


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

CWALAC Endorses Rick Scott for Florida U.S. Senate

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Washington, D.C. — Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Governor Rick Scott for U.S. Senate for Florida.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, said, “Concerned Women for America LAC has worked alongside Rick Scott for many years on crucial issues impacting Florida. As Governor he has been a leader on issues impacting l both the state and the nation. Not only does Rick Scott show outstanding leadership in times of crisis but he is tireless every day in striving to protect life and safety for the most vulnerable Floridians.  As a successful business man, he has put that experience to work for Floridians never losing sight of the need for more jobs and more economic prosperity for Florida.  Rick Scott isn’t about just talking he is about doing the hard work for Florida.”

YWA Leaders gear up for midterms!

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As Election Day approaches, our Young Women for America leaders are encouraging their friends and family and complete strangers, to vote! Our YWA leader at Lousiana State University, in her Facebook post of “Concerned Women Vote” graphics, said “Yesterday I did one of my most important duties as a United States citizen … I VOTED! Don’t vote based on a celebrity’s opinion. Don’t vote based on what your friends say. Educate yourself and make the vote you believe in.”

Our leaders are sending out CWA’s voting cards to their chapter members and posting on social media encouraging their peers to exercise their voice by voting. Some of them discussed the ballot in their chapter meetings, will be passing out voter guides on campus, and others are having a voting watch party this coming Tuesday!

YWA leader in Greensboro, North Carolina with Congressman Mark Walker.

Our YWA leader at Stephen F. Austin University wearing our Women for Kavanaugh t-shirt at a Ted Cruz rally!

YWA Leader at Louisiana State University shares on Facebook why voting is so important!

YWA at Hillsdale encourages its members to vote!

LTE: Kamala Harris was not a voice for me

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Rekha Basu’s recent op-ed about Kamala Harris was an attempt to rewrite history [Kamala Harris’ passion, optimism, warmth may be the antidote to Trump’s snide divisiveness]. I was there for the Kavanaugh hearings, and Sen. Kamala Harris’ behavior, especially her treatment of Iowa’s own Sen. Chuck Grassley, was unbecoming for a senator.

Even before Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward, Harris had set the tone for the hearings, and it was anything but “warm.” Just 30 seconds into Grassley’s opening remarks, Harris rudely interrupted him and spoke over him.

Throughout the nomination, she was hyper-divisive and hyper-partisan, calling Judge Brett Kavanaugh a “fundamental threat” the very day he was announced.

Basu writes that Harris “gave voice to women everywhere,” but she didn’t give a voice to me. I was one of the thousands standing up for due process in support of now-Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, don’t I count?


Letter to the Editor submitted by CWA of Iowa State Director Tamara Scott to the Des Moines Register.