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Nance: Biden’s Priorities are Out of Step with Reality

By | CEO, News and Events, Press Releases, Sexual Exploitation | No Comments

For Immediate Release
March 16, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
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Biden’s Priorities are Out of Step with Reality

Policies Aimed at Protecting Women Fail

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, President Joe Biden signed into law the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022, legislation passed by Congress as part of a massive government spending package.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Concerned Women for America (CWA)’s grassroots supporters across the country, opposes this effort to update VAWA because it fails women. For over 40 years, CWALAC has championed the privacy and safety rights of women, supporting causes for justice and assistance to victims of sexual exploitation and domestic violence. This VAWA renewal focuses on all the wrong priorities, such as:

  • erasing in several instances the word “women,”
  • prioritizing funding for unspecified groups of people who self-identify with a particular “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,”
  • sex education recommendations for schools,
  • funding that leaves an open door to abortion giant Planned Parenthood, a VAWA grant recipient, and
  • millions of dollars in a set-aside for special services for so-called “LGBT” communities and exactly $0 in set-asides for women survivors in rural communities.

VAWA was originally enacted as a government and community response to violent crimes against women. Special interests have since hijacked the program. Current VAWA programs are so extreme that they would require a service provider to ignore a survivor if she speaks up about feeling unsafe residing with a man who identifies as a woman. Since at least 2013, updates to VAWA have undermined the program’s critical mission and shamefully politicize care and recovery for survivors. Women are once again left to hold the bag.

“The deceptive name of this bill fails to identify it’s real effect – the dramatic advancement of gender ideology in federal law, including for the first-time millions in special set-asides for LGBT+ programs in addition to the millions already given to this identity group,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC

“The President’s comments today were stuck in the past and missed the mark on what this law will truly mean for women. I will continue to work on behalf of our more than 500,000 members to keep this Administration accountable for protecting women when it takes action that does the exact opposite.”

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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

Nance: Joe Biden’s Commitment to Diversity Just a Virtue Signal

By | CEO, Judicial Nominations, Legal, News and Events, SCOTUS, Vacancy | No Comments

President Joe Biden has announced his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and has received widespread acclaim and praise for nominating the first African-American woman to the nation’s highest court. Few have mentioned that in 2005, then-Senator Joe Biden almost single-handedly destroyed the career and reputation of an accomplished, brilliant jurist who also happened to be an African-American woman.

Read the latest piece from Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America‘s CEO and President.

Congress Puts LGBTQ Agenda Ahead of Women

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, the Senate passed the massive omnibus government funding bill that includes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act by a vote of 68-31.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the largest grassroots public policy women’s organization in the country, opposes the VAWA reauthorization because it fails women. VAWA prioritizes the rights for biological males self-identifying as women over the safety and privacy rights of women.

“This backroom deal voted on in the dark of night is heartbreaking for women,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC. “The deceptive name of this bill fails to identify its real intent – the dramatic advancement of gender ideology in federal law, including for the first-time millions of dollars in special set-asides for LGBTQ+ programs in addition to the millions already given to this identity group as a priority under existing law. All at taxpayers’ expense.  That carve-out is unprecedented and leaves women behind, again.   

“We are extremely disappointed in the eighteen Republican Senators who voted for VAWA. Our more than 500,000 members will be voicing their concerns with their Senators who voted in favor of the gargantuan bill. They were duped into thinking VAWA is about protecting women when it is the opposite.”

For media inquiries, please contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary 571-420-2488

The State of Religious Liberty Across Our Nation

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) Vice President of International Affairs Neydy Casillas will be featured on an important discussion of religious liberty, alongside a distinguished group of panelists including, CWA favorite, Ambassador Sam Brownback, who served as U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom from February 2018 to January 2021.

The panel will discuss the current state of religious liberty across our nation, the challenges, and the opportunities to ensure the constitutional right of every citizen to live their faith in the public square.

Click here to register. Details below:

 

Radicals in Congress Out-of-Step with American Women and their Families

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For Immediate Release
March 1, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
(571) 420-2488

Radicals in Congress Out-of-Step with American Women and their Families
New CWALAC Scorecard of 117th  Congress Released Today

Washington, D.C. – As the 2022 primary election season gets underway this week, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the largest grassroots women’s organization in the country, today released its congressional scorecards for the 1st Session of the 117th  Congress. Percentage scores from 0 (worst) to 100 (best) summarize key votes of sitting members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate in 2021 which were relevant to CWALAC’s core issues

The scorecards track issues important to CWA and its more than 500,000 members across the country, including the sanctity of human life, preserving the dignity and status of women on the basis of sex, ensuring the freedom to practice faith, upholding the rights of parents in education, and many others.

“The radical left turn in the priorities of Congress sadly reflects once again that elections have consequences,” said Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC. “In 2021, a new majority took over in Washington. Unfortunately, our legislative team has had to spend the last year working to oppose the radical policies and extreme ideologies of the Democrat majority in order to defend the values of American women.”

This scorecard reflects key votes on:

  • Removing protections against taxpayer funding of abortion on demand both domestically and internationally.
  • Redefining sex in civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity, effectively erasing women’s status and prohibiting the use of sex-specific pronouns.
  • Instituting a federal takeover of state voting laws, forcing taxpayers to fund political campaigns, and requiring nonprofits to disclose donors.
  • Erasing the unique status and dignity of females by eliminating legal safeguards that recognize differences between men and women.
  • Legitimizing the marijuana industry financially and granting marijuana businesses access to the federal banking system.
  • Collecting the sexual behavior and gender preferences of business owners.
  • Subjecting state election laws to federal approval under the discretion of the Department of Justice.
  • Requiring young women to register with the Selective Service for a potential military draft.
  • Imposing radical gender ideology on faith-based providers and jeopardizing care for female abuse victims.
  • Mandates that gender perceptions override biological fact in federal civil rights law.

“We would much rather be on the side of advancing the freedoms that are the foundation of our great nation, and we are very grateful for all the Members of Congress who have fought to preserve those freedoms,” said Nance. “Members’ scores reflect on which side of the divide they stand. Americans are looking forward to the 2022 elections to right the ship  – CWA Legislative Action Committee’s congressional scorecards will assist voters in making that choice.” 

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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

OUT NOW: Should Christians Question Government Authority? With Special Guest Jenna Ellis, Esq.

By | News and Events, Podcast, Religious Liberty | No Comments

Jenna Ellis, Esq. joins Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America to discuss our role as Christians in questioning government authority. Listen to this important conversation on truck convoys, parental rights, and weak church leaders.

Stream the full episode on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or watch the video below.

Check out more Concerned Women Today podcasts here.

No Shortcuts on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Nomination

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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
571-420-2488

Washington, D.C.— President Joe Biden is reported to be nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to take the seat of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer at the United States Supreme Court. Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say:

“The U.S. Senate must focus on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s record, especially her judicial philosophy and temperament.

“There are serious questions about Judge Jackson’s judicial philosophy, especially being nominated by a President who promised to appoint someone who viewed the Constitution as a “living document.” This is a dangerous view of the Constitution that allows a judge to inject personal policy preferences under the guise of an ever-expanding Constitution that changes according to a majority of nine unelected judges. Does Judge Jackson share the view?

“President Biden said unequivocally he has an abortion litmus test for nominees. He wants judges who look beyond the clear text of the Constitution to uphold and even expand so called abortion rights. The President has been open to his political supporters about his commitment as he sought their support. And, predictably, he has picked the nominee most championed by the far left when other nominees seemed to have more broad support.

“Judge Jackson is being nominated to the highest court in the land, and her record must be reexamined with a much higher standard than in the past. They must explore the thousands of pages in opinions, briefs, speeches, and other writings Judge Brown has authored and also her overwhelming support by radical progressive groups. Everything must be examined. No shortcuts.

“The happy warrior women I represent demand nothing less. We deserve nothing less.”

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Concerned Women for America is 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

ERA is Dead, and so is Virginia’s Lawsuit

By | Defense of Family, News and Events, Press Releases, Sexual Exploitation | No Comments

For Immediate Release
February 18, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
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(571) 420-2488

ERA is Dead, and so is Virginia’s Lawsuit

CWA Praises New Virginia AG for Championing Women

Washington, D.C. – Today, Virginia announced it will no longer participate in the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) lawsuit it joined with the states of Illinois and Nevada under Gov. Ralph Northam’s Administration. This decision comes after a recent legal decision by the Biden Administration and an Obama-appointed federal judge that affirmed that the deadline for ratification of the ERA had passed decades ago.

Concerned Women for America Legislative (CWA) has opposed the ERA since it was first proposed in the 1970s when women activists across the country rose up to oppose it and fight for the dignity of women. Radical activists have made it clear they hope that adding an equality amendment based on “sex” would allow federal courts and legislatures new powers to reinterpret every law making a distinction based on gender. Current trends to neutralize the unique differences of males and females in policy and law and redefine “sex” to include “gender identity” could be weaponized by the ERA to the detriment of biological females.

“Women are already equal under U.S. law and in our Constitution,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation. “The ERA seeks to erase women from the law under the guise of ‘equality.’”

The 14th Amendment states, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor … deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor … the equal protection of the laws.” Women can and have used established law to make progress. These include Title IX, the Equal Opportunity Act of 1963, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Equal Pay Act, laws in which women have made huge strides against institutional discrimination in education, employment, sports, politics, and many other aspects of society.

“Virginia’s new Attorney General, Jason Miyares, rightfully sees this lawsuit as a futile exercise and blatant waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Nance. “The ERA is dead. CWA applauds the AG for dropping this unconstitutional effort and standing up for the rule of law and for women.”

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 is 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 in Christian Post: Women Should be Appalled China is Holding the Olympic Torch

By | Feminist / Women's Issues, International, News and Events, Special Feature | No Comments

Right before the start of the Winter Olympics, China tried to clean up decades of horrific treatment of women and pushed “equality” messaging. But China’s ancient views that women are subclass are still prominent. If there is no respect for human life, or for human rights, there can never be equality. Countries around the world that respect and uphold the dignity of women and life itself should be appalled that the Chinese Communist Party is holding the Olympic torch. 

Read the latest from Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America‘s CEO and President, here.

 

CWA Joins Call on Congress to Stop Medicaid Funding of Faulty Prenatal Tests

By | News and Events, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

Concerned Women for America (CWA), joined a broad coalition of pro-life leaders calling on Congress to stop any Medicaid funding of prenatal genetic testing that has been shown to give a disturbing amount of false positives, causing many women to terminate their pregnancies based on wrong information.

The letter, addressed to Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Steve Daines (R-MT), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health, and Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, explains in part:

These tests, which are marketed to expectant families as a way to determine whether their unborn child suffers from a rare genetic condition, are wrong a remarkable 85% of the time according to one recent report Considering the fact that these unreliable tests are now used by more than a third of pregnant women in America and that many families have tragically opted for an abortion when a potentially false positive is rendered instead of seeking another test to confirm the result, the lives of millions of unborn children are at risk.

Click here to read the letter.

 

Battle Over Girls’ Sports Reaches Kentucky Legislature

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For Immediate Release
February 15, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
571-420-2488

Battle Over Girls’ Sports Reaches Kentucky Legislature
YWA Leader Testifies in Committee Hearing

 Washington, D.C. – Today, Young Women for America (YWA) Kentucky leader Halli Gravely testified before the Kentucky legislature in support of the Kentucky Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (H.B. 23). This Act would prohibit male students from participating in girls’ athletics. Gravely, a high school swimmer, spoke on behalf of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) who has been fighting to protect women’s rights to fair play in sports.

H.B. 23 protects girls’ sports by making sure that biological males cannot compete in girls’ sports. Ten states have passed protections for girls’ sports while ten other states, like Kentucky, are debating this issue.

“Women’s and girls’ sports are under attack,” said Annabelle Rutledge, National Director of YWA who attended the Committee hearing today. With all of the national news around the discrepancies in high school and college athletics, it is important to speak up and protect a woman’s right to a fair playing field.”

Lia Thomas, a swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania who is a biological male, has drawn national attention to the issue of men competing in women’s sports. Thomas has set records competing against girls and has been cleared to compete in NCAA women’s tournament. Thomas will also be competing in the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships this week where the swimmer is seeded first in three events.

“Young women should not be forced to compete against young men,” said Penny Young Nance, President, and CEO of CWALAC. “Biology does not lie, and science is clear, men and women are different, and men have a clear advantage over women in sports. We feel for these girls who have been tossed aside by schools who just want to win.”

CWALAC is leading the charge to save women’s sports. 

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 is 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  

Congress Continues to Fail Women by Denying their Biological Reality in VAWA Protections

By | Feminist / Women's Issues, News and Events, Press Releases | No Comments

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Katie Everett
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Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) has a long history of championing the rights of women to be protected from sexual exploitation.   We stood strong for women survivors of rape and demanded that rape kits be prioritized in forensic testing under the Debbie Smith Act, and because we did not back down, Congress implemented promising changes for rape survivors in the 2019 reauthorization. 

Recently, we joined in urging the passage of the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (H.R.4445). Its passage is a long-overdue action that reflects the all-too present disregard for the concerns and dignity of many women by elected officials. 

But the current bipartisan Senate Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization (S.3623) continues to fail women. Congress stripped women of protections on the basis of sex in the 2013 VAWA reauthorization by prioritizing rights for any biological male self-identifying as a woman over the safety and privacy rights of women.  

Female identity and status are being flouted under current federal law intended to protect women victims and survivors.  S.3623 does nothing to correct that failure. 

Women survivors of violence and sexual assault deserve the full protection of our laws for their security, not denied it.  Unfortunately, that has been the case since President Obama signed the last VAWA reauthorization into law. Like every other VAWA reauthorization introduced or passed by Congress since then, S.3623 as introduced rejects ensuring protections for women on the basis of biological sex. 

Because of VAWA’s failure to uphold its purpose to protect women, CWALAC is forced to oppose any VAWA reauthorization which fails to clarify that nothing in the intent or implementation of its provisions may be interpreted to compromise, threaten, or undermine the privacy, safety, and rights of females in order to accommodate biological men who identify as women. 

Concerned Women Applaud the Virginia Supreme Court’s Decision to Restore Rights to Parents

By | News and Events, Press Releases, Virginia | No Comments

For media inquiries, contact:  

Katie Everett
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Mask mandates have proven harmful to children

Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), issued the following statement on the Supreme Court of Virginia’s dismissal of Castillo v. Youngkin:

“Today, the Supreme Court of Virginia rejected a challenge to Gov. Youngkin’s Executive Order Number 2 regarding mask mandates for students. Concerned Women for America along with many parents and schoolchildren across the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrate today’s ruling. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many state government officials enacted unnecessary policies that have proven to be harmful to our children, inhibiting their ability to learn, play, and interact with each other. After two years of the overreaching mandates, it’s time for our children to return to normal. We applaud Gov. Youngkin and Attorney General Miyares for defending the Executive order and protecting parental choice in education in Virginia.”

Read the full order here.

Concerned Women Applaud Virginia AG Miyares for his Public Universities COVID-19 Vaccines Opinion

By | Education, News and Events, Press Releases | No Comments

Attorney General Jason Miyares issued a legal opinion today that Virginia colleges cannot require their students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a general condition of students’ enrollment or in-person attendance.

Miyares highlights the opinion that “as recognized in the prior opinion, ‘[t]here is no question that the General Assembly could enact a statute requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for in-person school attendance.’ As of this writing, it has not done so. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly has amended other statutes to address pandemic-related issues.”

Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), gave the following statement responding to today’s release:

“Attorney General Miyares’ opinion proves that he respects the rule of law and listens to students, parents, and school employees. His first opinion as Virginia AG is a huge step in the right direction to personal freedom in education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. No student should be denied admission to an institution or admittance to class because of their vaccine status.

“Nothing in Virginia law empowers public universities to make such requirements, and therefore we urge them to immediately rescind their policies.policies.

“We are grateful to Gov. Youngkin and Attorney General Miyares and urge them to continue prioritizing education, parents, and students in Virginia and continue to push back on the authoritarian establishment.

“Concerned Women for America applauds Attorney General Miyares and will continue to stand up for individual freedom and civil rights for Americans.”

For media inquiries, please contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary 571-420-248

DOJ Opinion Confirms ERA’s Rotting Corpse, Again

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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 regarding the Office of Legal Counsel’s January 26, 2022, opinion regarding the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment:

“The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is dead. Its rotting corpse confirmed by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) itself in a 2020 opinion that concluded Congress had the constitutional authority to impose a deadline for its ratification, and that, having failed to be ratified by the required number of states as the deadline expired, ‘the ERA is not part of the United States Constitution and the Archivist of the United States may not certify it as such.’

“OLC admitted that ‘Congress has no further role in the ratification process and therefore lacks authority to modify the original deadline.’

“OLC agreed with the late liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who famously admitted the ERA was dead and the process needed to start over.

“Nothing has changed.

“Except that Joe Biden is President now, and he is tanking in the polls at the moment. So, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), led by Merrick Garland, fresh out of comparing parents to terrorists for protesting at school board meetings, has decided to issue a hilarious opinion affirming everything they had said about the ERA being dead while still nonsensically saying others could act.

“‘[T]he OLC Opinion is not an obstacle either to Congress’s ability to act … or to judicial consideration,’ it says.

“Insert a laugh-out-loud emoji, please. Sure, OLC says, Congress can always ignore the Constitution and the plain reading of the amendment.

“A day later, like a kid whose parents told him he can do anything because he is the most fabulous kid in the world, President Biden called on Congress to take on the ERA, though he is not specific on what they are supposed to do. Which makes sense, since there is nothing they can do.

“These are mere theatrics to project that they are fighting for women, when in fact, women do not want or need the ERA. Women have seen the practical effects of the left’s idea of “equality,” with men erasing our accomplishments in women’s sports competitions and putting women at risk in what are supposed to be women-only protected spaces, like shelters and women’s prisons.

“No thanks. We do not need the ERA to be equal. We are equal. They better learn to deal with it.”

 

 

For media inquiries, please contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary 571-420-2488