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CWA Thanks President Trump, Secretary of State Pompeo, and Secretary Azar for their Defense of Life and Religious Liberty

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In three separate letters to President Trump, Secretary of State Pompeo and Secretary Azar, CWA CEO and President Penny Nance and our Vice President for International Affairs Dr. Shea Garrison send heart-felt thanks for their work to promote international religious freedom and defend life at the United Nations 74th General Assembly.

CWA Letter to President Trump

CWA Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo

CWA Letter to Secretary Azar

 

Will Supreme Court Try to Redefine Sex?

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Our CEO and President Penny Nance spoke with CBN’s Paul Strand about the Harris case currently before the Supreme Court about the ramifications for women if the definition of “sex” were to change to include gender identity.

“On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court heard three major cases that could affect a wide swath of the American population.

At the core of these cases is what does the word “sex” means when it comes to law. In 1964, when it first became illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex, it meant “male” and “female.”  Now, at least one side in these cases is arguing it should be a bit more complicated: gender identity and sexual orientation should be included.

The cases involve two homosexuals and one transgender fired from their jobs. Gerald Bostock is one of the gay men.

He said outside the court after his case was heard, “Millions and millions of people go to work every day fearful for being fired for who they are, how they identify and who they love. And that’s wrong.””

Watch the entire video and read the full story here:

Penny Nance, Second Lady Karen Pence, and Vice President Mike Pence at CWA’s 40th Anniversary Gala

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Watch the video and read along with Penny Nance, Second Lady Karen Pence, and Vice President Mike Pence at CWA’s 40th Anniversary Gala.

Penny Young Nance, TRANSCRIPT: 

“Thank you, Thank you!  Thank you so much.  Welcome.  What an exciting night. And, it’s such an honor to be here and host you here at the beautiful Trump Hotel. Is anyone tired of winning yet? No! I’m not tired of winning.

This is such an amazing moment. President Reagan said to us, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Or, one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.” It is that charge and that legacy that has been the cornerstone for Concerned Women for America. We are women who love God, we love our country, we love our families, and we’ve been willing – all of you have been willing to grab the torch of freedom and storm the darkness with truth and light. And, we’ve been doing it for 40 years. (Applause)

Tonight, is a celebration of our organization and all of our volunteers’ activists and members around the country. But, first and foremost it is a celebration and a recognition of the faithfulness of God for 40 years for 40 years. I’m reminded Lamentations 3 tells us “The faithful love of the Lord never ends. Great is his faithfulness, his mercies are new every morning.” And, that is my story – one of ongoing need a mercy and continuing redemption; but, it’s also the story of all of you of our members and our leaders and our staff. So first and foremost tonight – we wanted to take a moment and thank God and show gratitude for His faithfulness all of these many years.

Secondly, we want to thank all of our friends and families who are here. All of you who have come along beside us these many years in those moments when our arms got tired of holding that torch and our knees got week and our arms started to shake. You have been the one’s who have come a long beside us held up our arms. Our husbands, our friends, our supporters – thank you!

And, finally – to all of our field ladies here. All of you – you are what makes us special. You are what makes Concerned Women for America effective so thank you so much. I hope you enjoy tonight. This is an important moment for us and it’s so joyful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Ok! So, with no further ado, we are going to stand and do the Pledge of Allegiance. We are going to be lead by Chaplain Reverend Young who is also my father a pastor for 51 years and 30 years as a volunteer Chaplain.”

Chaplain Reverend Young: “Would you join me in the pledge.”

Audience recites Pledge. (Applause)

Penny Young Nance: “Please be seated. We have an amazing event tonight and we’re starting off really strong. It is my great honor to introduce to you the Second Lady of the United States. Karen Pence is the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, a mother, an educator and an award-winning watercolor artist. Mrs. Pence works to bring attention to art therapy and to the sacrifices made to our military service-members and their families. Mrs. Pence dedicated 25 years in the classroom as an elementary school teacher before becoming the First Lady of Indiana and by the way, I’ve met many of her former students and she was and is a great teacher. They loved her so much. As Second Lady of the United States, Mrs. Pence committed to raising awareness, and educating the public about the mental health profession of art therapy. She serves as an encourager to military family members all over this nation. And, I would like you to join me in welcoming tonight – the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence. (Applause).

Second Lady Karen Pence, TRANSCRIPT:  Thank you! Thanks so much. As you can see, I got the memo on the dress! So I’m excited I’m here in full solidarity with Concerned Women for America. Thank you Penny for that kind introduction and thank you to Penny Nance for everything she does.  Can we just thank her again?  (Applause).

It is such a pleasure to be here tonight for such a special occasion. On behalf of a grateful nation, let me personally offer our congratulations to Concerned Women for America for 40 years. 40 years of being the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. This organization has a rich history of being important and necessary as a voice in our nation by promoting Biblical values and Constitutional Principles. And aren’t those the two things that we’re all about? (Applause)

That’s really what it’s all about. So we commend CWA on all of your work on issues such as protecting the sanctity of life, defense of family and education. Tonight it is my pleasure to introduce you to someone who knows what it means to fight the good fight. My husband, Mike Pence has been a champion of the people ever since I’ve known him. I’ll tell you a little secret. On our first date, he actually told me that he wanted to serve his country. He told me on about our third date that he wanted to serve as a member of Congress later on in life. So, I didn’t think that would mean he’d run at 29 the first time. But, he went on and he did serve in the United States Congress for 12 years and then he went on and served as Governor of Indiana for 4 years and now, he is the Vice President of the United States – Mike Pence. (Applause)

Shared from:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-vice-president-pence-concerned-women-americas-40th-anniversary-celebration/

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, hello CWA!  (Applause.)  What a great night.  It really is great to be here with all of you for the Concerned Women for America 40th Anniversary Gala.  Getting started on the next 40 years of great conservative women leaders in America.  (Applause.)

And speaking of — speaking of women leaders, I’ve got to tell you, that’s a — she’s a hard act to follow.  (Laughter.)  But I’m used to it.  And I appreciate you all — appreciate you all know the risk I took telling her I wanted to run for public office on our first date.  (Laughter.)  The fact that she went out with me again is evidence of God’s grace — (laughter) — and her patience.

But I’ve got to tell you: She’s an incredible person, a life-long educator, a Marine Corps mom, a champion of military families, even an art teacher at a Christian school.  Would you join me in showing your appreciation one more time — (applause) — for my amazing wife, the Second Lady of the United States of America, Karen Pence?  (Applause.)  Thank you.

And we are really delighted to be here — really delighted to be with all of you on such a momentous occasion.  And let me also bring greetings from a friend of mine, who I know wishes he could be here as well.  He’s someone who, each and every one of you know, gets up every day, and has been fighting for the values that have been synonymous with CWA throughout its four decades.  I bring greetings and congratulations from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)

I’ve just literally left him in the Oval Office and told him I was headed your way.  And I think he — I think he sounded just a little bit jealous.  (Laughter.)  But he wanted me to extend greetings to each and every one of you.

And also let me congratulate a couple of other people, and say you’ve got an incredible program tonight.  And the honoree this evening is a friend of mine.  I have to tell you: She is a champion for working families in the state of Iowa, a former lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard.  She has emerged as one of the most important conservative voices in the United States of America.  Would you join me in congratulating CWA’s 2019 Statesman of the Year, Senator Joni Ernst.  Congratulations, Joni.  (Applause.)  Great job.

And also, I have to tell you, you couldn’t have asked for a better keynote speaker.  He’s someone that I have admired greatly for many years.  And I remember, years ago, when he coined that phrase that he was conservative but he wasn’t mad about it.  (Laughter.)  And he emerged on the national stage after an incredible career as governor of the state of Arkansas, a two-time national candidate.  And he’s someone who has been a champion for the values that everyone in this room has stood for throughout the 40 years of this great organization.  And, by the way, he is a terrific dad, if you didn’t notice that, too.  Would you join me in thanking (inaudible) Governor Mike Huckabee.  (Applause.)  Governor, thank you so much for who you are and the leadership that you have provided.  (Applause.)

I’m just glad I get to speak before dinner and leave, because he’s a hard man to precede.  (Laughter.)  But, Governor, it’s great to see you and great to share the podium with you today.

And I’m here tonight, really, just to say thank you.  Thank you to all of you who have been leading this conservative movement now for more than four decades.  It’s remarkable to think about what this organization and this movement have accomplished over the 41 years.

Forty-one years ago, the conservative movement, in so many ways, was a voice in the wilderness.  But it was back then that an author — a woman in pastoral ministry and a mother of four — was watching television at home one night when she saw an interview with some abortion activists who claimed to speak on behalf of all American women.

And the history of this great organization and movement records that when she heard that, she stood right up there in her living room and said, “She doesn’t speak for me.”  (Applause.)  And that night she laid the foundation for the CWA over the next 40 — four decades.  She continued to build it into the largest women’s public policy organization dedicated to biblical principles in America.  Would you all mind getting on your feet and showing your appreciation for an extraordinary American leader, Beverly LaHaye?  (Applause.)  What an incredible person.

And I know this is Bev’s last gala leading the CWA, but I know she is as confident as each and every one are as well that we’re going to continue see this great organization grow, the momentum of our movement grow.  Under the leadership of your President and CEO of the last nine years, let’s hear it for one of America’s most articulate defenders of conservative values, Penny Nance.  We appreciate your leadership.  (Applause.)

It really is exciting to be with you today.  I just have a few minutes to reflect on the progress that we’ve made, but I do want to say, it’s also — as I mention all of these great women leaders in the country, it’s really great to have 40 Young Women for America chapter presidents with us tonight.  Why don’t you all take a bow?  (Applause.)  Great job.  There they are.  Great.  Proud of you all.  Way to step forward.  Future leaders.

You know, the contributions made by CWA to the conservative movement over the last 40 years are really hard to quantify.  But the truth of the matter is that I hope you can see that, now more than ever, Beverly, the seven values that CWA was founded on have a champion in the White House, in President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)

Think about it.  I mean, when it comes to all of the values you founded this organization on — life and faith and family and liberty and sovereignty — the CWA, I would argue, has never had a greater champion, a greater fighter for our values in the Oval Office.  And you see it in the results.

I mean, when look at the last two and a half years, I think there’s only one way you can describe it.  It’s been two and half years of action.  (Applause.)  It’s been two and a half years of results.  It’s been two and a half years of promises made and promises kept.  But we’re just getting started, CWA.  (Applause.)

I mean, think about it.  Think about it.  We’ve rebuilt our military; restored the arsenal of democracy; and with the strong conservative men and women that you’ve helped elect on Capitol Hill, we’ve renewed American strength.  And we’re finally giving our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard the resources, equipment, and support they need to accomplish their mission and keep our nation safe.  (Applause.)

And with that renewed American strength, we’ve been standing up to our enemies and standing with our allies.  I mean, this President and our troops in the field have taken the fight to our enemies on our terms, on their soil.

You know, yesterday I was Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 met its fate.  The President was at the Pentagon.  We all thought very carefully about the progress we’ve made.  And it’s amazing to think what our armed forces have accomplished over the last 18 years.  They took the fight to our enemies in the mountains of Afghanistan.  Their chief architect met his fate in Abbottabad.  And this year, every last inch of territory controlled by the radical Islamic ISIS was captured in Syria.  (Applause.)

Our allies are also contributing more to our common defense than ever before.  And last year, another principle — another one of those seven values at the foundation of CWA — was proven out in this administration when President Trump did what no American President before him had the courage to do when he moved the American embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel.  (Applause.)

Under President Donald Trump, if the world knows nothing else, the world knows this: America stands with Israel.  (Applause.)

But beyond our national defense, I’m proud to report we’ve also made historic investments in border security, dealing with the crisis on our southern border and confronting illegal immigration impacting our communities.  (Applause.)

I met just this week with the Foreign Minister of Mexico.  I’m proud to report that Mexico is doing more now than ever before to end the crisis at our southern border.  And in just a short three months, apprehensions at our southern border are already down by more than 60 percent.  (Applause.)  And we’ve already started to build that wall on the southern border of the United States.  (Applause.)

And, of course, under President Trump’s leadership and the support of the conservatives you’ve supported in the Congress, this economy is booming.  Right from the outset of this administration, President Trump kept his promise.  We cut taxes for working families and businesses large and small.  We rolled back red tape at historic levels.  We unleashed American energy and the results have been amazing: 6.3 million new jobs created, the unemployment rate has hit a 50-year low, and it’s the lowest unemployment rate in 65 years for American women.  (Applause.)

I mean, the truth of the matter is, this economy — this economy is booming for everybody, and it’s working and creating jobs that women are filling at every level all across this nation.

In fact, it’s not only a 65-year low for women, but also it is the lowest unemployment ever recorded for African Americans and Hispanic Americans.  (Applause.)  The American Dream is working again, for every American.  (Applause.)

But as CWA has known since its founding, and all of you patrons here know, the source of our prosperity is that foundation of the faith and the ideals of the American people — the things CWA has been all about from the beginning.  And President Trump has been busy strengthening the constitutional foundation and the commitment to those ideals of the American founding from day one.

This President promised to fight judicial activism and appoint conservative judges to our courts at every level.  And with last night’s confirmation of Steven Seeger, President Trump has already seen 150 federal judges confirmed to our courts.  (Applause.)

And I promise you — I promise you, they’re all men and women of integrity who will uphold all of the God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, like the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  (Applause.)

And moving these judges through, we’ve had the strong support of CWA.  And let me just take this moment, on behalf of the President and myself and our entire administration, to say how profoundly grateful we are to Concerned Women for America that, just last fall, including many of you here tonight, took to Capitol Hill, took the phone lines, and took to the airwaves, and we confirmed Kavanaugh.  (Applause.)  Justice Brett Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court of the United States.  (Applause.)  Great job.

I’m also proud to serve an administration that has stood so strongly for our first freedom — the freedom of religion.  And I promise you, this is an administration that will always defend the freedom of religion of every American of every faith.  You know, back in 2016, the President promised, as he said, to, quote, “defend your…right to fully and freely practice your religion, as individuals, [as] business owners and [as] academic institutions.”  And that’s exactly what we’ve done.

We’ve taken action to protect the conscience rights of doctors and nurses.  (Applause.)  And after years of neglect, we’ve restored federal enforcement of our nation’s conscience laws.  And we ended the last administration’s assault on the Little Sisters of the Poor.  (Applause.)

And in this White House, we believe the freedom of speech should not end at the front door of our places of worship.  And that’s why this President took action to end enforcement of the Johnson Amendment and free up the pulpits of America.  (Applause.)

And as we’ve stood for liberty and the liberties of every American at a time when leading Democrats advocate late-term abortion and infanticide, I couldn’t be more proud to serve as Vice President to a — for a President who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life.  (Applause.)

You know, Karen and I have long believed that a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable: the aged, the infirmed, the disabled, and the unborn.

In one of the President’s very first acts in office — one of his very first acts — he reinstituted the Mexico City Policy to make sure that taxpayer dollars wouldn’t be used to promote or provide abortion around the world.  (Applause.)  And we’ve expanded it since we started.

And I’ll never forget the day — this is true.  Governor, you’ll like this story.  It was our very first maybe month in office and the March for Life was in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall, and the Prime Minister of Great Britain was visiting that day.

And we were talking the day before, and the President was sitting behind the Resolute Desk.  And he said — and they said, “Well, you’ve been invited to address the March for Life, Mr. President, but we have a state visit by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.”  And he said, “Oh, well, you know, I won’t be able to be there.  I won’t be able to do that.”  And then, standing there, I looked at him, and I said, “Well, you know, they invited me, too.”  (Laughter.)

And the President looked up at me and he said, “They invited you to the March?”  And I said, “Well, yeah.  I — you know, I’ve gone like a lot…” — (laughter) — “…over the years.”  And he said, “Well, you should definitely go.”  (Laughter.)

So I became the first Vice President in history to have the privilege to address the March for Life, and Karen and I have done it twice. (Applause.)  Isn’t that great?  True story.  Thank you.  What a privilege.  What a privilege it was for us to stand with all of those wonderful young people on that cold day.

You know, and this administration didn’t just stop at those actions and those words.  You know, as Vice President, I get to cast tiebreaking votes in the United States Senate.  And I don’t know if I’ve had a higher honor than the day I cast the tiebreaking vote to allow states in America to defund Planned Parenthood.  (Applause.)  And President Trump signed the bill.  (Applause.)

And if you hadn’t heard about it, just last month, thanks to the President’s leadership, it was announced that tens of millions of dollars of federal family planning funding are no longer going to flow to the largest abortion provider in America.  (Applause.)

And let me say, with so many in Washington standing for late-term abortion and even defending infanticide, I’ll make you a promise.  I see it in his eyes every time the topic comes up.  This President, just like this movement, will always stand for the unalienable right to life.  (Applause.)

And thanks to your support and the leadership of this President and all of our allies in the Congress, life and liberty are winning in America again.  But make no mistake about it — and that’s what tonight ought to be about, and I expect the Governor is going to speak about it as well — we’ve got to be ready in the next year and a half.  It’ll all be evident on the television screens tonight from Houston.

You know, I — (laughter) — it’s eminently miss-able but — (laughter) — you can catch it on replay.

And the truth is, the other side — the other side is motivated.  They’re motivated because of the progress that we’ve made in advancing sound conservative principles, putting them into practice, and seeing the real results for the American people.  They want to undo all of the progress that we’ve made.

Just look at their agenda.  Where we cut taxes, they want to raise them.  Where we rolled back regulation, they want to increase it.  Where we’ve advanced the cause of life and liberty for every American, they want to take America back in the opposite direction.

As we’ll see on the debate stage tonight, the Democratic Party has gone so far to the left, I think that stage is probably going to about turn over.  (Laughter.)  Anybody else feel that way?  I think it’s going to flip.  (Applause.)

But the truth is, all kidding aside, the Democratic Party today has embraced a radical liberal agenda on social issues.  And most remarkably, leading Democrat candidates for national office and in the Congress openly advocate an economic system that has impoverished millions and robbed the liberties of generations.

It’s amazing.  I mean, Democrats today — leading voices in the Democratic Party — openly advocate socialism.  But the members of CWA know it was freedom, not socialism, that gave us the freest and most prosperous nation in the history of the world.  (Applause.)  It was freedom.

It was freedom, not socialism, that ended slavery, won two world wars, and stands today as a beacon of hope for all the world.  (Applause.)  I say to you, the moment America becomes a socialist country is the moment that America ceases to be America.

So, CWA, we must resolve, here and now, that in this next year and a half, we will say with one voice what the President said in his State of the Union Address: “America will never be a socialist country.”  (Applause.)  Never do it.  We got to do it.  And I know we will.

I mean, the truth is, the choice facing this country has never been clearer and the stakes have never been higher.  We’ve made incredible progress in the last two and half years, but now it’s time to redouble our efforts.  I hope you’re here to celebrate tonight.  I hope you’re here to take a moment to think about what’s been accomplished since Beverly stood up in that living room 41 years ago.

But then, like Beverly will no doubt admonish us before we leave tonight, it’s all eyes forward.  The challenges lie ahead.  You know, Penny said it from this podium a few minutes ago and I am often reminded of it.  President Reagan used to say, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

So, men and women of CWA, it’s not going to be enough for us just to win the next election.  We’ve got to win the next generation with a message of life and liberty that CWA can carry all across this country.  (Applause.)

So, over the next 14 months, let’s fight for the values that have made this country great and are making America great again.  (Laughter.)  Let’s continue to speak out and let our voices be heard.

And finally, let’s have faith.  It’s been at the foundation of what CWA has been all about from its very beginning.  I’d encourage you: Just have faith in this President, whose drive and vision have been delivering on the agenda that this organization was founded to advance.

Have faith in the women of America, just as Beverly did when she said, “She doesn’t speak for me.”  Have faith that if we carry our message out, that we’ll find likeminded women across this country who care about the values that have made this country great — who care about faith and family and freedom, and will stand behind men and women standing for public office who will stand without apology with them.

And finally, I just encourage you to exercise that other kind of faith — the faith that I know has carried this remarkable organization.  It’s the first thing Beverly said to me when she saw me tonight, and I know it’s been the secret of this organization from its very beginning.

I think it’s a good time for us, as we look at the challenging days ahead and all the progress that we’ve made, to remember to pray for America, to pray for all those who serve in uniform, all those who serve in harm’s way, and all of us who have the privilege of participating in public life or participating in the public debate.

I really do believe that ancient promise that Americans have clung to throughout our history is just as true today as it’s ever been.  That if His people, who are called by His name, will humble themselves and pray, He’ll do like He’s always done in the long and storied history of this miracle of a democracy.  He’ll hear from Heaven, and He’ll heal this land — this one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you, CWA.  (Applause.)  Congratulations on 40 years.  (Applause.)  God bless you.  And God bless America.  (Applause.)

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7:25 P.M. EDT

 

Defending Life at the United Nations

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The Trump Administration is exhibiting unprecedented international leadership from the United States on behalf of life at the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The U.S. delegation’s message is cohesive and consistent from President Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar’s statements on behalf of the U.S. Government and the joint statement by 21 nations on Universal Health Coverage.

Below are some quotes from these momentous addresses. Never before has the U.S. used its sway to promote life so strongly.

President Trump’s Address to the 74th UNGA:

Americans will never tire of defending innocent life. We are aware that many United Nations projects have attempted to assert a global right to taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, right up until the moment of delivery. Global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life. Like many nations here today, we in America believe that every child, born and unborn, is a sacred gift from God.

HHS Secretary Azar:

U.S. Government Statement at the UN High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

Because we recognize that each nation has its own needs but shares the common goal of health, the United States deplores that some countries politicized the negotiation over this declaration by including language that has been used to promote abortion as healthcare and promote sex education that diminishes the protective role of the family in improving health.

This morning the United States was joined by 18 other nations, representing more than 1.3 billion of the world’s population, in issuing a joint statement respectfully calling on member states to join us in concentrating on topics that unite rather than divide on the critical issues surrounding access to healthcare.

We do not accept the terms “sexual and reproductive health” and “sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights” in this Declaration and note that only documents approved by the General Assembly may inform their understanding and implementation.

These terms must always include language, which some countries blocked, to remind U.N. agencies that each nation has the sovereign right to implement related programs and activities consistent with their laws and policies, and that these terms in no way imply that there is an international right to abortion.

Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Azar Joint Letter Results in 21 Countries Standing for Life:

The joint statement referenced above is the result of a joint letter by Secretary of State Pompeo and HHS Secretary Azar, the first of its kind, asking member nations to join with the United States in standing for life.

An excerpt of the July 2019 joint letter reads: The United States appreciates our longstanding partnership in many global health areas. As a key priority in global health promotion, we respectfully request that your government join the United States in ensuring that every sovereign state has the ability to determine the best way to protect the unborn and defend the family as the foundational unit of society vital to children thriving and leading healthy lives. We remain gravely concerned that aggressive efforts to reinterpret international instruments to create a new international right to abortion and to promote international policies that weaken the family have advanced through some United Nations fora…

Joint Statement on Universal Health Coverage at the UN:

Secretary Azar read the joint statement that resulted from the above letter. Thanks to the joint efforts of Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Azar, 18 nations joined the U.S. in a joint statement on Universal Health Coverage and a stance against abortion as an “international right”.

After hearing Sec. Azar, two more nations were moved to ask if they could join the joint statement, bringing the total number of countries to 21.

We are here before the opening of the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage to present a joint statement, agreed to by 19 countries representing more than 1.3 billion people…

We believe that health of women, men, children and adolescents supports and improves the overall health of our families and communities, and that the family is the foundational institution of society and thus should be supported and strengthened…

We do not support references to ambiguous terms and expressions, such as sexual and reproductive health and rights in U.N. documents, because they can undermine the critical role of the family and promote practices, like abortion, in circumstances that do not enjoy international consensus and which can be misinterpreted by U.N. agencies.

Such terms do not adequately take into account the key role of the family in health and education, nor the sovereign right of nations to implement health policies according to their national context. There is no international right to an abortion and these terms should not be used to promote pro-abortion policies and measures.

Thank you, President Trump, Secretary Azar, and Secretary Pompeo for bringing life to the forefront of the U.S. UN delegation’s mission.

 

CWA Founder and Chairman Beverly LaHaye’s Charge at Our 40th Anniversary Gala

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CWA’s Founder and former Chairman of the Board, Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, addressed the Board, CWA staff and employees, volunteers and former staff at the organization’s 40th Anniversary Gala. She credited God with the success of CWA.

TRANSCRIPT:  “A lot of credit has been given to individuals but I want you to know that it was not Beverly LaHaye. It was my Heavenly Father. I was very happy and content where I was placed as Tim LaHaye’s wife, a pastor’s wife.

But God put something on my heart. It was in January of 1979 when we signed the official documents to make Concerned Women for America legal. And that was the beginning of Conservative women of faith to have a voice that would affect the future for our families and for our nation.

You know, as you’ve already seen – prior to this – the feminists had all the attention. They had the news, they had the television, radio, in the newspapers. Everytime you opened it up, they were there speaking.

But, Praise God – today we’ve got conservative Christian women who are speaking out and taking leadership and I thank each one of you for all that you’re doing.

You know God has opened CWA step by step. If He had revealed to me, back in January of 1979 what he was going to do with Concerned Women for America, I would have probably said, “God, you got the wrong girl. I can’t do that.” But God only takes us one step at a time. And, as we are faithful and obedient to obey His leadership, then He will do great things for each one of you. But, don’t expect the big picture to start with. You’re not going to get it. He wants you to go one step at a time. And, I very humbly say that that’s what I had to do.

Let me give you some of Paul’s words in Ephesians chapter 6 verse 12 where he describes it so well. He stated that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers of the darkness of this age…..”

Mrs. LaHaye explained how the organization got started and what it became.

TRANSCRIPT: “We began to grow after we got started and 2 years after we were legally established we sent out a newsletter and we sent it out to 80,000 women across the nation who were eager to know what we were concerned about and what they could do about it. And, I’m thrilled that that number has grown and grown and grown. You know some have said that the growth of CWA is a miracle. So, I went to Webster’s collegiate dictionary and I wanted to see what was the definition of a miracle and here’s what it said. A miracle is a extraordinary event manifesting a supernatural work of God — and that’s CWA.

During those 40 years, I had many influential people giving me encouragement and helping me along the way. But one I will never forget and that was the late Doctor Francis Shaeffer who was a forerunner of the pro-life issues. One day I had the privilege to sit and talk with him and he said to me, “We must use our freedom to preserve our freedom while we still have our freedom or neither our children nor our grandchildren will rise up to call us blessed.”

And today I’d say Dr. Shaeffer, I’d have to add my great grandchildren, too – which I have 19 and I want them to always know that we were fighting for the freedom for their life and for their country. In fact, Dr. Shaeffer went on to say to me, “Beverly, what would you think when your grandchildren said to you, “Grandma, what were you doing when they were killing all those babies?”” I want my grandchildren to know I was doing everything I could to save the lives of babies following them….”

Mrs. LaHaye finished her remarks with a special charge to the current leaders and volunteers of CWA and YWA from Ephesians 6.

TRANSCRIPT: Paul also tells us in that chapter, in the evil day to stand strong for righteousness, as taught in the Bible. God has laid out what righteousness is. He demands. He instructs us. This is the righteousness that God expects.

And, lastly as an ambassador for Christ and also for CWA, I say according to Paul, “Speak boldly for truth that is taught in God’s word; do not shy away from the truth and ladies and gentlemen, never, never, never compromise the truth that you boldly proclaim.

We have been fighting against aborting babies for 40 years. I want to say to you, Ladies and Gentlemen, … it’s time for us to stop that. It’s time for us to put an end to the killing of babies in America.

And while you’re still standing I just want to close by saying… I tell you I will pray for you – that you will be strong, noncompromising and speaking boldly for truth across the United States coming from areas where maybe there is no CWA chapter maybe there is no prayer chapter that you’ll go back and we will stir it up and wake up Americans and wake up women to stand strong in this evil day.

And be assured that as I leave this position, you will all be in my prayers that we will be effective. May God bless you all. You may be seated.

An Open Letter to Mr. Timothy Sands, President of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Natasha Chart, Board Chair of Women’s Liberation Front and Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America wrote an open letter to Dr. Timothy Sands, President of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University asking him to meet with them to discuss eroding women’s rights on college campuses.

Young Women for America (YWA) responds to VT College Republicans on Leftist Indoctrination on College Campuses

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YWA is CWA’s collegiate initiative with chapters all across the country. YWA is this generation of Christian, conservative women fighting to protect and promote Biblical values and conservative principles on campuses and in the community. These young women on college campuses around the country educate themselves on current issues, they gather to pray for our country, and they act to influence society.

Addressing Virginia Tech College Republican’s response to Penny Nance’s recent article in The Federalist, YWA released the following statement:

 

Teen Vogue Gonna do its Thing but will Parents do Parenting?

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CWA’s National Coordinator for Young Women for America (YWA), Kelsey Good, was interviewed by One News Now about a recent article in Teen Vogue.

“A teen magazine known for its outrageous left-wing articles is at it again but a family advocacy group says parents are ultimately responsible for pushing back.

OneNewsNow has reported how Teen Vogue is seemingly obsessed with promoting abortion to impressionable teen girls, and the latest abortion apologetics story advises them on how to hide a life-altering abortion from their parents.”

Read the Entire Article Here:

Read more From Kelsey Good:

Groups Unite to Support the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights

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WASHINGTON, DC – Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, The Heritage Foundation, American Values, Independent Women’s Forum, Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe (FOREF), and many more joined together to send a clear message of support to Secretary of State Pompeo on his announcement of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights.  Click here to read the official letter sent to Secretary Pompeo (pdf version).

August 6, 2019

The Honorable Mike Pompeo
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC, 20520

Dear Secretary Pompeo:

So many people advocate today in the name of “human rights” that social goals are often confused with God-given fundamental or unalienable rights, a problem leading to less individual freedom, not more. Clarification of human rights is the first step in an effective strategy to protect human rights around the world. For this reason, we welcome your announcement of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights which will ground U.S. foreign policy on human rights in America’s founding principles of individual dignity and freedoms, later reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

As America’s founders state in the Declaration of Independence, unalienable rights are based in natural law and include “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Rights like freedom of conscience, speech, and belief are “natural” or “God-given” because they’re inherent to all human beings—we are born with them. These rights are to be protected by the government, not given by the government, as demonstrated in the U.S. Bill of Rights.

In like manner, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) recognizes man’s inherent dignity and that “the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” Human rights are the foundation of our common dignity, and when we protect this foundation, we then have the freedom to advocate for our goals, ideologies, and political preferences.

However, the foundation of human rights is being watered-down by activists around the world promoting political ideology and identity group goals as “human rights.” Examples of this type of activism include:  the right to a clean environment, the right to free university education, the right to internet access, the right of access to abortion as healthcare, and even the right to not be offended (in direct conflict with the clear right to freedom of expression). This dilution undermines fundamental principles, including the fact that all people are equal and have common dignity. While many such activists are busy furthering their policy preferences as “rights,” they ignore clear and expressed human rights like that protected by Article 18 of the UDHR—the right to choose and change one’s faith—which is still heavily suppressed in far too many countries around the world.

Ideological activism presented as “rights” distracts from the fundamental purposes of protecting human rights. This critically undercuts the focus on the real victims of human rights abuse such as—a pregnant Sudanese woman imprisoned for her Christian faith and forced to give birth with her legs in shackles, men in Syria and Iraq being thrown off buildings to their death, a girl being shot in the head for simply wanting to go to school, and the millions of Uyghur Muslims detained, imprisoned, and oppressed because of their faith.

A diluted human rights narrative allows totalitarian and authoritarian governments the guise of promoting social or economic benefits as “human rights,” while simultaneously becoming egregious violators of fundamental human rights themselves as they censor freedom of the press, oppress religious minorities, or imprison political dissidents. The UDHR called for “the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear…”

Fundamental human rights are for all people—regardless of their background, socio-economic status, or beliefs, and we believe the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights can bring focus back to protecting needful victims of human rights abuse. For these reasons everyone—including the most prominent human rights organizations—should get squarely behind this commission.

We applaud you and your staff for your “fresh thinking” approach to U.S. foreign policy. Thank you for committing the time, resources, and effort to protecting the fundamental human rights of all people.

The U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights can do more than clarify and help remedy human rights abuses; it has the potential to reassert the right kind of American leadership on the world stage. We have seen this before: Eleanor Roosevelt led and chaired the Universal Declaration of Human Rights drafting committee. We are grateful for your leadership in creating the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights to continue America’s legacy in defending universal human rights around the world.

The world is better and freer when America leads.

Sincerely,

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council

Carrie Lukas
President
Independent Women’s Forum

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Former, U.S. Ambassador
United Nations Human Rights Commission

Kay Coles James
President
The Heritage Foundation

Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values

Ralph Reed
Founder and Chairman
Faith & Freedom Coalition

Anne Schlafly Cori
Chairman
Eagle Forum

William L. Walton
President
Council for National Policy

Peter Zoehrer
Executive Director
Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe (FOREF)

Mr. Kelly Shackelford, Esq.
President, CEO & Chief Counsel
First Liberty

Mark Tooley
President
Institute on Religion and Democracy

Heather R. Higgins
CEO
Independent Women’s Voice

Wendy Wright
President
Christian Freedom International

Gary Marx
Former E.D.
Faith & Freedom Coalition

Rabbi Pesach Lerner
President
Coalition for Jewish Values

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director
Priests for Life

Art Ally
President
Timothy Partners, Ltd.

John Stemberger
President & General Counsel
Florida Family Policy Council

Frank Wright, Ph.D.
President & CEO
D. James Kennedy Ministries

Catherine Glenn Foster
President and CEO
Americans United for Life

James Bopp, Jr.
General Counsel
James Madison Center for Free Speech

Austin Ruse
President
C-Fam

David Nammo
CEO & Executive Director
Christian Legal Society

Eunie Smith
President
Eagle Forum

Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising, Inc.

Janet Morana
Co-Founder
Silent No More Awareness Campaign

Dran Reese
President
The Salt & Light Council

Steve Berger
Sr. Pastor
Grace Chapel

Marlo Tucker
State Director, California
Concerned Women for America

Ruth Smith
Area Director, California
Concerned Women for America

Terri Johannessen
State Director, Florida
Concerned Women for America

Barbara Ferraro
State Director, Hawaii
Concerned Women for America

Tanya Ditty
State Director, Georgia
Concerned Women for America

Deborah Leininger
State Director, Illinois
Concerned Women for America

Tamara Scott
State Director, Iowa
Concerned Women for America

Barbara Saldivar
State Director, Kansas
Concerned Women for America

Penny Morrell
State Director, Maine
Concerned Women for America

Haven Howard
Area Director, Missouri
Concerned Women for America

Jill Coward
State Director, North Carolina
Concerned Women for America

Linda Thorson
State Director, North Dakota
Concerned Women for America

Linda Schauer
State Director, South Dakota
Concerned Women for America

Kori Peterson
Area Director, Texas
Concerned Women for America

Beverly Roberts
Area Director, Texas
Concerned Women for America

Toni DeLancey
State Director, Virginia
Concerned Women for America

Maureen Richardson
State Director, Washington
Concerned Women for America

 

cc:    Senate Foreign Relations Committee
House Foreign Affairs Committee

 

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Use Your Voice – Episode 12, Abortion and Eugenics

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In this episode, Mario Diaz, Esq., Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) General Counsel, discusses a recent Supreme Court decision where Justice Clarence Thomas exposes the clear connection between abortion and eugenics. He said, “Abortion is an act rife with the potential for eugenic manipulation.”

The case is Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentuckyand you won’t want to miss our discussion of its potential impact and what it means for the protection of the unborn.

 

Concerned Women for America Celebrates Long-Overdue Enforcement of Life-Affirming Title X Rules

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Washington, D.C. – Earlier this week, the Trump Administration announced that restrictions over abortion-referrals and over clinics receiving federal funding will take effect and be enforced by Health and Human Services (HHS). Family planning clinics will no longer be allowed to provide abortion referrals and must be financially separate from any provision of abortion procedures. HHS is now finally free to carry out the will of the people who overwhelmingly support a clear separation between taxpayer dollars and abortion advocacy.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country had this to say:

“This is a day to celebrate life-affirming policies and the rule of law. For way too long, abortion advocates have relied on activist judges to carry out their bidding, despite the many situations when the letter of the law clearly expressed the American people’s desire to promote the intrinsic value and respect of every human life. They tried that in this case again and delayed the implementation of these common sense rules through misplaced and overreaching nationwide injunctions that prevented HHS from doing its job. But they have failed. And failed even in one of the most liberal courts in the land, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“President Donald J. Trump’s unwavering commitment to the protection of human life and his focus on constitutional judges who follow the law, instead of promoting personal policy preferences through judicial opinions, shines brightly as we contemplate this victory.

“The consensus-building principle of prohibiting taxpayer funded abortion has enjoyed overwhelming bi-partisan support over the years. But abortion advocates continue to grow increasingly radical in their positions, and liberals in Congress have sadly fallen right in line with the idea of forcing Americans to pay for abortion-related services, even when they have moral, religious or philosophical objections to it.

“Conservative women all over the country are grateful to the President for his leadership and applaud the men and women of HHS for their steady commitment to the enforcement of these rules to ensure statutory compliance with the law.”

 

 

Click here to see Penny Nance’s Statement on the death of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Use Your Voice – Episode 12, Abortion and Eugenics

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In this episode, Mario Diaz, Esq., Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) General Counsel, discusses a recent Supreme Court decision where Justice Clarence Thomas exposes the clear connection between abortion and eugenics. He said, “abortion is an act rife with the potential for eugenic manipulation.” The case is Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and you won’t want to miss our discussion of its potential impact and what it means for the protection of the unborn.

For more on this case, read Mario’s op-ed “Clarence Thomas Speaks the Truth for SCOTUS on Abortion” as featured on American Thinker.

Concerned Women Celebrate Major Win for Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the United State Supreme Court upheld (7-2) the constitutionality of a memorial cross on public land (The American Legion v. American Humanist Association). Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA) had this to say:

“Today’s decision is an affirmation of the principles and freedoms our veterans have fought and died to protect. CWA members around the nation are celebrating the Court’s acknowledgment of a most common-sense reality, that this cross honoring our veterans is in no way religiously coercive.

“We are encouraged to see some justices reject the notion that a person’s distaste for a faith symbol merits the tying of government, and the American people through their tax dollars, via years of litigation.  We are grateful the Court is sending a clear message that it will no longer tolerate the sort of hostility towards religion the American Humanist Association and its sympathizers try to promote.”