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CWALAC to U.S. Senators: “Don’t be Duped,” Vote Against False “Respect for Marriage Act”

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For Immediate Release                                              

July 28, 2022 

Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary

[email protected]

571-420-2488

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the country’s largest public policy women’s organization, joined other organizations in conveying to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) its strong opposition to S.4556, the falsely named “Respect for Marriage Act” as an attack on millions of Americans, particularly people of faith, who believe marriage is between one man and one woman.

 

The legislation, being considered in the Senate after passing the U.S. House of Representatives,

goes far beyond merely codifying same-sex marriage in federal law. It is a startling expansion of what marriage means—and who may be sued if they disagree—that threatens the freedom of decent and honorable Americans of different faiths, creeds, and walks of life who wish to live consistent with their deeply-held beliefs.

 

The legislation would require federal recognition of a state’s definition of marriage with no parameters whatsoever, even beyond anything that is recognized right now—plural marriages, open marriages, or even marriages involving minors and adults. And the Act purposely ignores any sort of religious liberty protections.

 

This legislation does nothing to change the status of, or benefits afforded to, same-sex marriage in light of the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision; it does much to endanger people of faith. This legislation will only hasten and intensify hostility against them. As such, anyone who supports this measure is crossing a line into aiding and abetting the persecution of people of faith.

 

“Our more than 500,000 members across the country will not forget Senators who sell us out on the fundamental issues of marriage and religious freedom,” said Nance.

 

In addition to opposing the Disrespect for Marriage Act, CWALAC is calling on Senators to support the Unborn Child Support Act and the Standing with Moms Act.

 

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org

Standing with Women Act to Provide Post-Roe Resources for Expectant Mothers

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For Immediate Release

July 20, 2022

Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary

[email protected]

571-420-2488

 

Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the largest grassroots women’s organization in the country, announced it will be rallying support for the Standing with Moms Act introduced last week by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Rep. Nancy Mace (R-South Carolina).This bill would create a website, life.gov, that will list local, state, and federal resources available for expectant moms and families. This initiative would compile both public and private sector information, which in a post-Roe America, is more vital than ever.

 

CWALAC members who were crucial in the overturn of Roe will be calling on Members of the House and Senate to co-sponsor and support this legislation that supports and helps women.

 

“We brainstormed a one-stop-shop website that expectant moms could use to learn about the public and private resources available to them to assist them throughout pregnancy and afterward. The resources would cover areas of need like education, healthcare, childcare, legal support, housing resources, prenatal care, and more,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC.

 

Whether its private adoption agencies, county services or crisis pregnancy centers, expectant women need to know what is available to them.

 

“This is common sense legislation, and we thank Sen. Rubio and Rep. Mace for championing women and working to support them in their journey to do what is best for their lives and those of their babies.” 

 

CWALAC leaders and activists will be  hard at work in their state legislatures to make sure their state engages in a similar effort that helps keep all the resources up to date. We are committed to working until abortion becomes not only illegal but unthinkable in all 50 states.

 

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org

Supporting Women, Promoting Life

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Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June, Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) have been busy working to see how a post-Roe America will look. One need we identified is making sure that pregnant women have the resources they need to carry their pregnancies to term. We also dreamed of a way to make sure mothers know of the many resources available to them at the federal and state levels. There are thousands. We hypothetically called it Life.gov.

 

Well, with your support, and that of congressional members committed to women and babies, our dreams are coming true!

 

Today, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Rep. Nancy Mace (R-South Carolina) introduced the Standing with Moms Act, which would create exactly such a website called life.gov to list local resources available for expectant moms and families at all levels of government and the private sector. When CWALAC approached Rep. Mace with the idea, she had providentially already begun working on the idea of a life.gov website. The team worked closely with Sen. Rubio and Rep. Mace’s staff for introduction.

 

Read Sen. Rubio’s press release and Rep. Mace’s press release.

 

We are also working at the state level to make sure every state engages in a similar effort that can help keep all the resources up to date. There is much work to be done. But with your help, we can make this effort a reality in all 50 states.

 

With you For Life!

Penny Nance
CEO and President

Out Now: Protecting Title IX With Student Athletes Macy Petty and Chloe Satterfield

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On the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, Penny Nance was joined by Young Women for America leaders and athletes Macy Petty and Chloe Satterfield to discuss fair play in women’s sports.

 

Listen to the new episode below. Check out more Concerned Women Today podcasts here.

CWA Stands with Female Athletes on the 50th Anniversary of Title IX

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On June 23, 2022, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee joined fourteen organizations from across the political spectrum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law passed in 1972 that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education. Organizing this Our Bodies, Our Sports rally as part of an inaugural Women’s Sports Week was part of our ongoing fight to preserve the dignity of women and stand with female athletes in law and policy.

 

Following the Our Bodies, Our Sports rally, Penny Nance and Young Women for America athletes were featured at a roundtable on Capitol Hill hosted by Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-Indiana), followed by a press conference outside the Capitol.  

 

Meanwhile, U.S. Senators joined the call for protecting women’s athletics. Sen. Tommy “Coach” Tuberville (R-Alabama) led the team, standing up to preserve the purpose of Title IX for female student-athletes. Sen. Tuberville urged the Senate to pass the “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act” in a news conference at the Capitol with several Senate colleagues. Sen. Tuberville then took to the Senate floor to ask unanimous consent that the Senate immediately consider the bill for a vote. His request was blocked by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).

 

On the same day, Biden’s Department of Education delivered on its promise to release federal regulations reinterpreting “sex” under Title IX to mean “gender identity,” among other things. The proposed rule invokes President Biden’s executive orders demanding that all federal agencies incorporate radical gender ideology, thus rejecting the biological and physiological differences between males and females as the basis for sex discrimination. The proposed rule confirms the Administration’s intent to overturn the privacy and safety of female students by mandating gender identity-based restrooms, forcing girls to compete against boys self-identifying as girls in female athletics, and requiring teachers, professors, and school officials to use so-called “preferred pronouns.”  CWA CEO and President Penny Nance reacted to news of the Biden proposed regulations:   

 

“On this 50thanniversary of Title IX, when we are proud to celebrate the accomplishment of millions of women across the country, the Biden Administration outrageously offers new regulations that would redefine sex, equating gender identity with biological reality. What a slap in the face to women who have achieved so much; Biden has just erased you.

 

“Years ago, CWA sounded the alarm over men unfairly stealing the trophies and risking the scholarships of female athletes. We have filed three civil rights complaints under Title IX against the universities and colleges that continue to treat women as third-class citizens. Our 500,000 members will continue to pressure the NCAA, governors, and legislators at the state and federal level to stop cheating women and level the playing field.”

 

In related news, FINA, the international federation of aquatic sports, released a policy on “gender inclusion” for international competition in the wake of male swimmer, Lia Thomas, dominating NCAA women’s swimming in the U.S.   CWA Senior Advisor, Doreen Denny, joined NTD news to comment on this development. Watch Denny’s interview here.  

First Amendment Wins Again

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
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571-420-2488

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today’s U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, which found Coach Joe Kennedy’s constitutional rights had been violated by the school district when he was fired for praying with students after football games, was a victory for the First Amendment of the Constitution.

 

“Americans of faith who believe in the country’s founding principles of liberty are rejoicing once again that the highest court in the land has reinforced the First Amendment that grants freedom of religion and freedom of speech,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest grassroots women’s organization in the country. “Both of these were at risk in this case.

“Government-run schools have tried to shut down people of faith for decades. This is one step back in the right direction to understand that Americans with deeply held religious beliefs cannot be banned from the public square.”

Nance Speaks to Fox & Friends Weekend: We will always protect life.

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Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) CEO and President, joined Fox & Friends Weekend to discuss the vandalism that occurred at its National Headquarters prior to the Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health SCOTUS decision and what needs to happen to protect pro-life organizations and pregnancy care centers following the overturn of Roe vs. Wade.

 

Watch the full interview below.

 

 

Historic Decision! Victory for Human Rights and Life in Dobbs Decision

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For Immediate Release
June 24, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
571-420-2488

Victory for Human Rights and Life in Dobbs Decision
CWA’s historic fight to protect life moves to the state level

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) praised the U.S. Supreme Court for their recognition of the grave error of imposing the Court’s view of abortion policy on the nation by judicial fiat.  SCOTUS issued their opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization; in a 6-3 decision, the Court overturned the wrongfully decided Roe v. Wade decision and sent the battle to protect life back to the states.

 

“Today was a huge victory for human rights and life,” said Penny Young Nance, President and CEO of CWA Legislative Action Committee. “Concerned Women for America has been working towards this decision for almost 50 years. In 1973, the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court made it legal to destroy life, a child, in the womb up to birth.  In 2022, the Dobbs decision has allowed the conversation to begin again about what we, as a society, now know about fetal development and what restrictions should be placed on destroying human life in the womb.

 

“Concerned Women for America and Young Women for America leaders and activists are ready to continue the fight for the unborn at the state level and work with legislators to make sure our law reflects the voice of the people through the democratic process. Truly, the pro-life movement’s work has just begun, but this decision is a huge step toward CWA’s goal of making abortion unthinkable.”

 

The court held: “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.”

 

For interviews or additional information, please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary at 571-420-2488 or at [email protected].

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org  

 

Nance: Biden has just erased you

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Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, responds to President Biden’s new Title IX regulations.

“On this 50thanniversary of Title IX, when we are proud to celebrate the accomplishment of millions of women across the country, the Biden Administration outrageously offers new regulations that would redefine sex, equating gender identity with biological reality. What a slap in the face to women who have achieved so much, Biden has just erased you,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest grassroots women’s organization. “Years ago, CWA sounded the alarm over men unfairly stealing the trophies and risking the scholarships of female athletes. We have filed three civil rights complaints under Title IX against the universities and colleges that continue to treat women as third-class citizens. Our 500,000 members will continue to pressure the NCAA, governors, and legislators at the state and federal level to stop cheating women and level the playing field.”

OUT NOW: Pro-Life Organizations and Advocates are Being Targeted with Special Guest Janet Durig

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America is joined by Janet Durig, Executive Director of Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center to discuss the violence and vandalism surrounding the Dobbs case.  Listen to the new episode below. 

Check out more Concerned Women Today podcasts here.

Young Women for America Leaders and Athletes Advocate for Fair Play in Women’s Sports on the 50th Anniversary of Title IX

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 20, 2022

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Bipartisan Coalition Celebrates Opportunities Provided to Women through Title IX

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 23, female athletes, parents, and advocates will join fourteen organizations from across the political spectrum to rally for “Our Bodies, Our Sports.” June 23 marks the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law as part of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits sex-based discrimination in education.

 

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, Independent Women’s Forum, Women’s Liberation Front, the Heritage Foundation, Women’s Declaration International USA Chapter, ICONS, Save Women’s Sports, Alliance Defending Freedom, Independent Women’s Voice, Family Policy Alliance, and several other organizations are sponsoring the rally to celebrate female athletes and to highlight the need to preserve single-sex athletic competition. 

 

WHAT: Rally for “Our Body, Our Sports” to celebrate female athletes and single-sex competition.


WHEN:
June 23, 2022

Press arrival: 9:00 a.m. EDT

Doors open: 10:00 a.m. EDT

 

WHERE: Freedom Plaza (1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20004)

 

WHY: To celebrate 50 Years of Title IX and advocate for fair play in women’s sports.

 

WHO: Athletes in attendance will include:

  • Macy Petty, NCAA scholarshipped athlete (volleyball) and Young Women for America leader
  • Chloe Satterfield, a Young Women for America leader and freshman at Georgia Tech who competed against a male identifying as female her senior year and lost. He was a freshman. 
  • Riley Gaines, former University of Kentucky swimmer who tied for 5th-place against Lia Thomas at NCAA Championships.
  • Kim Jones, former All-American tennis player, mother of Ivy League swimmer, and co-founder of Independent Council of Women’s Sports (ICONS).
  • And more!

 

Additional rally participants include:

  • Penny Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
  • Annabelle Rutledge, National Director, Young Women for America.
  • Tulsi Gabbard, Former U.S. Representative (D-Hawaii), original sponsor of the Protect Women’s Sports Act.
  • Candice Jackson, Former Deputy General Counsel, Department of Education
  • Rep. Barbara Ehardt, Idaho State Representative; original sponsor Fairness in Women’s Sports Act; former Idaho State athlete and 15-year NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Coach.
  • Beth Stelzer, Founder, Save Women’s Sports.
  • Kara Dansky, President, Women’s Declaration International USA Chapter.
  • And more!

 

HOW: For interviews or additional information please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary at 571-420-2488 or at [email protected]

 

 

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org

 

Newsweek: UPenn’s Disregard for Title IX Takes Opportunities Away From Women Athletes

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Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America‘s CEO and President, responded to the recent Good Morning America interview of National Collegiate Athletic Association swimmer Lia Thomas. After competing on the men’s swim team for three seasons, Thomas competed as a female. 

Read Penny’s latest Op-ed in Newsweek here.

Bipartisan Law Protecting Female Athletes in Louisiana Cheered by CWA State Leaders and Activists

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For Immediate Release
June 7, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
(571) 420-2488

 

Fairness in Women’s Sports Act Enacted Today

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards allowed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (SB 44) to go into law. This law had bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature including 50% of Senate Democrats. It bans biological boys identifying as girls from participating in girls’ sports at the K-12 and college levels.

 

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana worked with the state legislators on both sides of the aisle to protect female athletes and provide safeguards for their accomplishments and not allow biological males to take their trophies and crush their records and potential scholarships.

 

“Now girls and women in Louisiana will have the chance to compete fairly in sports,” Louisiana State Director Laura Huber. “We are grateful for the legislators who truly want to protect young women and see the importance of keeping men out of women’s sports.”

 

In March, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education under Title IX against the University of Pennsylvania for its discrimination against women by allowing Lia Thomas, a male swimmer, to compete on its swimming team.  This follows two other complaints filed by CWA.

 

For interviews or additional information, please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary, at 571-420-2488 or [email protected].

 

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org

 

 

Concerned Women to Biden Administration: Stop the Assault on Women’s Rights; Protect Title IX

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The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing the Department of Education’s (ED) plans to unilaterally amend Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.) to follow along with the Biden Administration’s radical push for an elevation of the concerns of men who identify as women, over those of women in all areas of federal law. It will effectively be the destruction of Title IX.

 

President Joe Biden has ignored the concerns of millions of women as he moved swiftly on an Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation, and another one on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, including Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Women lose under the proposed extreme implementations of these orders, and that is why Concerned Women for America (CWA) is standing in strong opposition.

 

Recently, CWA’s Doreen Denny, one of the nation’s leading experts on the protection of women’s rights against the gender identity push that seeks to erase women’s unique makeup as women, Annabelle Rutledge, National Director of CWA’s Young Women for America program, and Mario Diaz, CWA’s General Counsel met with high-level officials from OMB and ED to express the concerns of the hundreds of thousands of concerned women members from around the country.

 

Denny’s statement set the tone for CWA’s clear stance for women and scientific truth in policymaking. She said in part:

 

Forcing a new interpretation of sex under Title IX is a direct threat to every woman and girl in America. What this proposed rule does in practice is nothing less than erase our status and protections as females. There is an inherent conflict in these policies already playing out across the country today:  female students are being assaulted in school restrooms; female athletes are losing their rightful opportunities in WOMEN’s sports. Have you quantified those costs?

 

Let’s be clear: “gender identity” does not equal sex. Therefore, it should not be used to undermine Title IX protections for women. “On the basis of sex” as stated in Title IX, should be based solely on the immutable genetic fact of being male or female – not on gender perceptions.

 

A person’s subjective claim to being the opposite sex does not, and will never, make that person the opposite sex. Gender dysphoria is a real condition, and its treatment deserves compassion – but the answer is not to affirm a lie and require everyone else to comply.

 

Biology is not bigotry. As women, we expect that the sex discrimination protections of Title IX passed into law 50 years ago will continue to protect our safety, privacy, and opportunities based on our objective female status – as intended.   Whatever objective you have for “inclusion” must not be accomplished on the backs of women and girls.    

 

Ms. Rutledge followed up with a passionate plea representing the young female athletes who feel entirely ignored and under threat because of these ill-conceived, radical policies. Her statement said in part:

 

Young Women for America is made up of these brave women in high school, college, and young professionals. Each group is directly impacted by a refusal to uphold Title IX.

 

Our Young Women for America leaders have stepped up to the plate to do their part to protect women’s sports and are begging that you respect reality and basic biology by rejecting any proposed rule which would include gender identity. Gender identity is not sex.

 

We are in an unfortunate situation when high school and college-age females are having to uphold reality while government entities seem bent on undermining Title IX at every turn. Our leaders have asked for excused absences, covered their work shifts, and taken tests early so they can show up and fight for their rights by testifying in committee hearings and press conferences. They understand it is not just their rights, but the rights of all women who are coming behind us.

 

You may not be hearing these tragic stories – but sadly I  hear them too often.

 

You can check out some of the testimonies below:

 

 

Finally, CWA’s General Counsel spoke about the illegality of trying to amend the clear text and protections under Title IX’s legal classification of “sex” by unilaterally changing the meaning to include “gender identity.” Diaz cautioned of the unintended consequences for women and of clear Supreme Court precedent that has ruled against such manipulation of federal law through administrative rules and procedures.

 

The Biden Administration officials were respectful and welcoming of CWA’s comments and expertise in this area. We can only pray that they actually take our counsel and slow down the left’s radical push in this area so that they may stop trampling on hard-fought, historical women’s rights victories in pursuit of a counterfeit diversity policy.

South Carolina Makes it “Sweet 16” States With Laws that Protect Female Athletes

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For Immediate Release
May 17, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
(571) 420-2488

 

CWA state leaders and activists continue work to pass these laws

 

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed the Save Women’s Sports Act (H4608) into law that bans biological boys identifying as girls from participating in girls’ sports at the K-12 and college levels. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Carolina has been working closely with the governor and the state legislature to move forward with legislation that protects female athletes and champions their accomplishments.

 

“Concerned Women for America of South Carolina applauds the House and Senate members who worked so diligently to get this important piece of legislation passed,” said CWA of South Carolina State Director Madison Rainey. “We also thank Gov. McMaster for signing the bill into law. Now girls and women in South Carolina will have an equal playing field in their sport of choice.”

 

CWA’s Young Women for America leader, Emily Cope, a Chapter President at Clemson University said, “Thank you, South Carolina Legislature, for fighting for female athletes and Gov. McMaster signing ‘The Save Women’s Sports Act’ into law. This bill will protect athletic integrity for women and girls across South Carolina and protect opportunities for college scholarships for years to come.”

 

In March, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV against the University of Pennsylvania for its discrimination against women by allowing Lia Thomas, a male swimmer, to compete on its swimming team.  This follows two other complaints filed by CWA.

 

For interviews or additional information, please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary, at 571-420-2488 or [email protected].

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org