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CWA Stands in Solidarity with Jewish Communities across the Nation

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Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, eleven people were murdered and six more were wounded in a senseless act of violence against a Jewish community in Pittsburgh. This shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood was a blatant act of anti-Semitism.

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

“Today, the over 500,000 Concerned Women for America’s activist supporters around our nation join hearts and hands with the nation’s Jewish communities. We are deeply saddened by this evil attack. We pledge our love, prayers, and support and will continue to fight anti-Semitism, especially on college campuses though our over 40 (and growing) Young Women for America chapters. This Sunday, we call on Christians everywhere to make your support known to your local Jewish communities so that they know love abounds.”

 


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

CWALAC Endorses Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith for U.S. Senate for Mississippi

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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 Cindy Hyde-Smith for U.S. Senate for Mississippi.  Sen. Hyde-Smith is running in a special election to retain the seat vacated by Sen Thad Cochran in April 2018 to which she was appointed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, said,

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is proud to endorse Cindy Hyde-Smith, a champion of Mississippi values who embody America’s values.  As the first woman to represent Mississippi in Washington, D.C., Sen. Hyde-Smith has proven herself a leader among her peers in the U.S. Senate, standing strong for due process and the presumption of innocence in confirming Justice Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and standing courageously for the unborn and for American greatness at home and abroad.  Conservative women need Cindy Hyde-Smith’s voice in the Senate for such a time as this. Cindy is a fighter for family values and committed to tackling the tough issues in Congress with hard work, courage, and integrity.

“Our members are honored to stand with Cindy Hyde-Smith in this election, confident that she will stand up for women across Mississippi and the nation who are passionate about protecting life, religious freedom, and our economic and national security.  We want her to stay!”

CWALAC Endorses Dr. Tony Campbell for U.S. Senate for Maryland

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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 Dr. Tony Campbell for U.S. Senate of Maryland.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, said,

“Concerned Women for America LAC is pleased to endorse Dr. Tony Campbell to represent the citizens of Maryland in the U.S. Senate.  Dr.  Campbell is an inspiring educator and community leader who served our nation honorably as a chaplain in the United States Army.   American families are looking for leaders like Dr. Campbell who care deeply about future generations and are committed to tackling the tough issues in Congress with hard work, courage and integrity.

“Our members are proud to stand with Dr. Tony Campbell in this election, confident that he will stand up for women across Maryland and the nation who are passionate about protecting life, religious freedom, and our national security.”

Black Women Are Betraying Their Sisters on Abortion

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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 …]

Planned Parenthood Announces New President, Dr. Leana Wen

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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.

Dr. Wen was just a child when she left China, but she was born in a nation with an authoritarian government that forced abortions under their One Child Policy for more than three decades. We know the devastating impact of that policy. If Dr. Wen cares for women, we ask that she rely on her expertise as a doctor instead of her political activism.

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

Senators Fail to Defund Planned Parenthood

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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!

States Seeking New Avenues to Defund Planned Parenthood

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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.