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Night of Rage-We Will Not Stand Down

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This poster is appearing all over the District of Columbia. According to Influence Watch, Jane’s Revenge, which said it was responsible for the attack on the pro-life organization in Madison, Wisconsin, is a far-left extremist group. Its name refers to the “Jane Collective,” which was a group in Chicago before the Roe decision that assisted women in obtaining illegal abortions.

On May 8, the Wisconsin Family Action offices were fire-bombed and vandalized. Anarchists’ symbols were painted on the walls, and their slogan “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either” was painted on the exterior wall.

 

In claiming responsibility for the attack in Wisconsin, Jane’s revenge stated, “This is not a declaration of war. War has been upon us for decades. A war which we did not want and did not provoke. Too long have we been attacked for asking for basic medical care. Too long have we been shot, bombed, and forced into childbirth without consent.”  They indicated that this was just the beginning and that there would be future attacks. 

 

Concerned Women for America has been a presence at the Supreme Court every decision day in June. We will continue to be there until the Dobbs decision has been rendered. We have been involved in the fight for the lives of the unborn since our beginnings 43 years ago. We will not stand down! 

 

As we have reported, our building was vandalized back in May. We have video of the young man exposing himself and urinating on our building. His hatred of us and what we do is evident in every gesture and look. 

 

We wanted you to know that we are taking security precautions to safeguard our staff first and then our building. We have hired armed security who will be in the building every day, and they will also travel to the Court with us when we go. 

 

Additional security and security precautions are not something for which we have budgeted. By the end of June, we will have invested $15,000 in additional security. We will do everything we can to be sure our staff and our property are protected. Your help in offsetting this cost would be so appreciated. 

We ask for your prayers of protection over our staff and our property. As we go to the Court, we are practicing Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

 

Penny Nance

CEO and President

What do you do when threatened?

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What would your response be if your place of business was vandalized, if your building was urinated on, and your staff verbally accosted? I would imagine your response would be swift and strong.

 

This hypothetical is a reality for us. Over the past several weeks, Concerned Women for America (CWA) employees have had coffee cups thrown at them while inside our gated parking garage, along with ongoing vulgar gestures and confrontational rantings made toward them. These things have happened not once but several times. 

 

Damage has also been done to our building. For weeks, we have had coffee and other drinks thrown on our front door. And this past weekend our doorbell and security device were ripped from the door frame. The person doing all these exposed himself to our security cameras and then relieved himself all over our front door. 

Our response?

  • We have prayed for the safety of our staff.
  • We have prayed for this individual who harbors such hatred towards us.
  • We have initiated a police investigation.
  • We have reported this as a hate crime to the FBI.
  • We have taken extra steps to ensure the safety of our staff.

Will we be silenced?

Attacks on our employees and our building will not deter Concerned Women for America from standing up for women and for babies. We will not be bullied; we will not back down, and we will never, ever stop fighting to protect human life.

 

Will you stand with us?

Please pray for us to be wise and to speak the truth with compassion.

 

Please support us as we continue to be your voice for the unborn. 

Happy Mother’s Day

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Dear Friend,

Mother’s Day isn’t just a time to give sweet cards and sentimental presents.

 

It’s also a time to reflect on the role your mom played in your life, the lessons she taught you, and how she showed you her love.

 

I also want to challenge you today.

 
Think about how your mom’s example shaped who you are … especially where you find your value. Sometimes moms do a great job of teaching you to find your value in Christ. But if your mom struggled to find her true value, I’m sure you do, too.

 
Take time today to remind your mom – and yourself – of God’s love and acceptance. That’s the true gift of Mother’s Day. And I hope you experience His love in a remarkable way today.

 

Sincerely,

Penny Young Nance
CEO and President

Nance on SCOTUS Vaccine Mandate Decisions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Supreme Court of the United States today struck down the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate for private employers with 100 or more employees.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, gave the following statement responding to today’s mixed decision:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down President Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate for businesses with over a hundred employees was an important victory for every American’s individual and religious freedom.

“It is troubling that the Court suggests that such a mandate could be enforced on healthcare workers and others. Forcing compliance on frontline healthcare workers will cause hundreds of hard-working Americans to lose their jobs; many of these healthcare workers have natural immunity from prior infections. As the case goes forward, we hope the Biden Administration finally listens to the American people and enacts reasonable, unifying policies that actually help people, instead of hurting them further.

“Concerned Women for America will continue to stand up for individual freedom for every American to make the best decision on the COVID-19 vaccination for themselves and their families.”

Dr. Robert Califf’s record coronates him king of chemical abortion

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

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) is set to vote on President Biden’s nominee for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Robert Califf. Califf is a self-proclaimed ardent believer in data and a renowned figure in biomedical science. The average American would logically assume that such a person could be entrusted to protect the health and safety of our nation. The problem is, Califf, who previously served as FDA commissioner under President Obama from February 2016 to January 2017, has a troubling record of corrupting data to prioritize partisan interests over the health and safety of vulnerable women when it comes to abortion.

Until 2016, the REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies) for chemical abortion required the reporting of severe, life-threatening, and fatal adverse events. Under Califf’s esteemed leadership and direction, this requirement was altered so that only deaths be reported. Following this decision, 75 members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter highlighting concerns and requesting comprehensive metrics on the dangers of the abortion pill, mifepristone. Califf never responded. One could cynically assume it is because he knows the danger at hand.

It’s no secret that chemical abortions are dangerous. The Charlotte Lozier Institute found that chemical abortions, which now comprise roughly 44% of all abortions, significantly increase the risk of an emergency room visit, and over 60% of abortion-related ER visits following a chemical abortion were miscoded as a treatment for a miscarriage. The FDA’s December 16 decision to permanently allow this lethal pill to be distributed via mail is astounding given the risk of hemorrhaging, undetected ectopic pregnancies, and more.

Although the FDA’s job is to ensure the efficacy of drugs for all Americans, its safety claims lack any semblance of credibility, as the agency ignores flawed data and fails to strengthen weak reporting requirements. A report published earlier this year on the FDA’s data on deaths and injuries related to the chemical abortion pill, found incomplete data including 500 “uncodable” events. Complete gaps in critical health information are unacceptable especially for a federal entity trusted with oversight of our “health and safety.” Califf perpetuated this issue during his first stint atop the FDA, and we should not blindly grant him another term.

Many Senators seemingly turned a blind eye during his confirmation hearings last month, as Califf garnered “bipartisan” support from members of the committee. When the topic of chemical abortion was raised, Califf promised the committee that the agency’s decisions would always be grounded in the latest and greatest data.  This statement would be more comforting if the current data was not marred by Califf’s own incompetency and lack of discernment during his Obama years.

All of this does not even consider Califf’s ties to pharma. After leaving his first term as FDA Commissioner in 2017, Califf went to work as a consultant and board member for numerous health industry companies such as Cytokinetics, Bitterroot Bio, Centessa Pharmaceuticals, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. He possesses millions of dollars’ worth of pharmaceutical company stocks. This should raise red flags everywhere. The conflict of interest alone should disqualify him for the job, and if that somehow wasn’t enough, his horrible track record of hindering data to appease the abortion industry at the expense of our health and safety should sound alarms everywhere. His claim to follow the data would be laughable if it was not a clear insult, and my organization, Concerned Women for America is urging the members of the Senate HELP committee to vote against Califf’s nomination. Robert Califf is unfit to lead the FDA. Another Term as FDA commissioner would be detrimental to all Americans, especially women and unborn children.

Merry Christmas from Concerned Women for America

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Merry Christmas! What a wonderful time to reflect on the birth of our Savior and God’s goodness. Scripture tells us that, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).” Matthew 1:22-23

And that is the thought I’d like to leave with you today. God is near.

I know 2021 was a tough year for many, but we must never equate adversity with the absence of God.

So, I lift up a prayer for you today wherever you are, whatever situation you are going through, that you may experience Immanuel, God with you.

Merry Christmas!


Penny Young Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

Celebrate and give thanks!

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The following article was originally published many years ago in Concerned Women for America’s Family Voice magazine.  I wanted to share it with you since its message is as timely today as it was then.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Penny Nance


This week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day when we thank God for His provision and protection. Sadly, much of the story about that first Thanksgiving has been watered down and lost. I want to remind you about this wonderful event so that you can teach your children, family, and friends 

The First Thanksgiving

In 1621, the Pilgrims suffered through a difficult winter of sickness and death. But the summer and fall brought a bountiful harvest. In fact, they had harvested enough corn and provisions to last throughout the winter.

These early Americans were so grateful that Gov. William Bradford, their leader, declared a day of public thanksgiving.

The Wampanoag Indian tribe had been particularly helpful to the Pilgrims, so they invited the chief, Massasoit, to the celebration. They did not expect, however, that he would arrive a day early and bring 90 others with him! The Pilgrims were probably rather fearful because a large group would have taken a great deal of the winter food supply. 

Trust God Implicitly

Historian Peter Marshall writes about this account in The Light and the Glory. He notes that, through their travails, they had learned to trust

God implicitly. The Pilgrims shared their food with their guests. They had not realized that the Indians brought five dressed deer and more than a dozen fat turkeys. Everyone had enough food, and this first Thanksgiving turned into a three-day celebration.

Their focus, however, was not just the food and games; it was on thanking God for His care and provision.

Throughout our nation’s history, God has been so faithful and kind. He has provided for our needs. He has blessed us repeatedly with great leaders, men, and women of integrity, who have fought diligently for our freedoms – on the battlefield, as well as in government, schools, businesses, and churches. We have great reason to give Him thanks during this special holiday. 

He is Faithful

This Thanksgiving, I want to encourage you to remember not just what God did for those early Americans. Remember also what He has done throughout our history. I believe we need to take to heart the lessons the Pilgrims learned – “to trust God implicitly” – and then to act on that trust.

Our country is marked with recent efforts to eliminate God from our schools, courtrooms, public places, businesses, and even our homes. Many Christians have responded fearfully, accepting the changes and hiding their beliefs. But God cannot be discarded that easily, can He? Like the Pilgrims, we need to trust God and not fear. We can speak boldly and truthfully when we encounter those who want to reshape our morals, our culture, and our future. We may see a dark culture, but God will bring light. 

New Challenges

I believe that concerned women and men will make a great difference in our nation and world. New challenges will greet us. So, pray now about how you can help return Biblical values to our society. I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and a most blessed Christmas season!

This is personal for us.

By | National Sovereignty, News and Events | No Comments

Members of our Concerned Women for America staff are deeply impacted by yesterday’s terrorist attack at the Kabul airport that took the lives of 13 U.S. servicemembers. This is the worst loss of American lives in Afghanistan in over a decade.

Today, our Chief Administrative Officer is heartbroken, recalling the times when the service of her husband, an officer in the U.S. Army, kept her waiting anxiously for the phone to ring and know that everything in her world was still okay. She understands how these military families feel today as they wait for the call.  Today, I sit by the phone waiting for news of my nephew, who is a Marine and was deployed to Kabul just days ago. My son and the daughter of CWA’s Vice President of Government Relations are training today to be the Army officers of tomorrow who will be on the frontlines of the war against terrorism.

The U.S. service members who lost their lives or were wounded in action yesterday are American heroes. They may be the latest casualties in the war on terror, but they likely will not be the last. Our mission against Islamic terrorism to redeem their loss is far from over.

Our hearts break for the families of these young men. They will grieve deeply over the next days, weeks, and years; their lives will never be the same again.  We pray for God’s blessings and peace for each of these families; we pray for grace, protection, and provision for our military and for healing for the wounded.

Please join us in those prayers.

Penny Nance
CEO and President

Nance’s RCP Op-ed: Cancel Culture’s Latest Victim

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Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President weighed in on the Cancel Culture’s newest victim in her Real Clear Politics op-ed: “Time and again, the Left tried and failed to cancel Rick Santorum, but this past weekend they thought they had finally succeeded when CNN released him. Santorum’s crime? Saying Western European settlers founded the United States, and they did so to establish a nation premised on freedom and liberty.”

Read Penny’s entire op-ed here.

Happy Memorial Day 2021

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This weekend many Americans will leave work looking forward to a long weekend ahead, to spending more time with their friends and loved ones, and to some much-needed time in the sun. As the unofficial kickoff to summer draws near, we pause to remember the men and women who left for work one day and never made it home for another long weekend and their families who would never get that extra time back.

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is an American holiday honoring the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. military. It originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official holiday in 1971.

Although this weekend will leave us all feeling a little more excited for the season that’s to come, it’s important to remember the real reason that we get to have this extra day to spend however we choose.

Freedom. Sacrifice. Love.

John 15:12-13 says, This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Scripture tells us that there is no greater sacrifice than laying down one’s life for others. In America, we are uniquely positioned to understand this principle in a more meaningful and personal way. We know what these men and women were defending. We know that when they kissed their family goodbye for the final time, they did so knowing they were protecting the rights and freedoms for them to prosper. America is the greatest country in the history of the world because of the men and women who sacrificed their all to protect it.

This Memorial Day, while you are enjoying a day off, take a moment to remember those heroes, past and present, and remember the people they left behind. May their sacrifices never be forgotten.

Penny Nance
CEO and President

NCAA Caves to Public Pressure on Women’s Sports

By | CEO, News and Events, Sexual Exploitation, Women's Sports | No Comments

Just one month ago, the NCAA threw female athletes under the bus and sided with transgender athletes, claiming it would prohibit states with restrictions on trans athletes in place from hosting their future events. Amid mounting pressure from conservative groups, including CWA, the NCAA has caved and will allow tournaments to be held in states with laws protecting women in sports. Read our full statement below:

“Perhaps the NCAA is finally getting the message that discrimination against female athletes is NOT fairness. Maybe the NCAA has finally read the scientific research that proves male athletes cannot become female athletes. It could be the NCAA is finally recognizing that their policy allowing transgender males to compete in women’s sports is an affront to women’s equality and rights.

“States are passing laws because Joe Biden is repealing Title IX and erasing women’s sports. It’s about time that the NCAA back off its woke agenda and stand up for female athletes. There is much more the NCAA needs to do to regain its sorry track record in women’s sports. Let’s see if they are really serious about getting out of the starting blocks.”

Penny Nance, CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

Penny Nance on Cyber-attacks, Critical Race Theory, and the Impact on American families

By | CEO, Defense of Family, National Sovereignty, News and Events, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

Penny Nance, our President and CEO, joined America’s Voice Live to discuss the news of the day, including the cyber-attack on the Colonial pipeline, Critical Race Theory, and how all these factors together break down the American family. Her message to America: “We were all created in God’s image and have intrinsic value, let’s get to that, and then we can talk about the beauty of this country and what we are all given. We are all given, at this time in history, equal opportunity. Let’s help all of us get to a win.”

Watch Penny’s interview here.

Penny on CBN: Church is Essential

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, discussed on CBN’s Faith Nation the CDC guidelines on churches. Penny had this to say: “We recognize that there is a First Amendment right for us to practice our faith. And beyond that, church is essential. It’s essential to our spiritual health. It’s essential to our mental health.”

To view Penny’s interview, start at 9:20 mark.

Time To Stand Up To the Corporate Bullies

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By Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America

The latest dust-up with corporate America over Georgia’s new common-sense election law is just the latest example of how corporate America has insidiously turned on the very people who have made their companies successful. According to Forbes (2019), American women control 70- 80% of consumer spending. The vast majority of these women are not the elite establishment. No, they are moms sitting down at their kitchen table each month struggling to pay their bills and care for their families.

So, what happened to make the very people dependent upon our dollars and economic well-being despise us and literally work against us via their corporate giving? The Left is nothing if not strategic. In the 1990’s they infiltrated the arbiters of corporate reputations like Forbes and Fortune, and they began the creation of “Diversity and Inclusion” (now deemed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, DEI) departments essential for recognition. Those departments are the hotbeds of leftist, woke policies and Orwellian doublespeak. They are often staffed with Marxist sympathizers. This year, an article in Forbes intoned, “First, make inclusivity a key factor in deciding who moves up and who gets rewarded. Hiring and promotion decisions, performance reviews, annual goal-setting, and compensation and bonus considerations can include assessments of whether employees and managers are meeting D&I targets and exhibiting inclusive behaviors.” Shocker, what gets counted is what gets done. The most vocal activist in corporations have worked their way to the top, and American families are feeling the fallout.

Even before Georgia, corporate giving records show millions of dollars each year filling the coffers of the most radical activist organizations possible, from the king of abortion and now sex-hormone peddling Planned Parenthood to LGBTQ bullies Human Rights Campaign, to the America-hating 1619 Project. Perhaps the most explicitly outspoken anti-family organization Black Lives Matter, specified on its website: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement but supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

Finally, what happened to the Chamber of Commerce? Have they lost their minds? The CEOs largely supported Joe Biden for President, and then they are shocked, shocked, I tell you when he implements policies that harm them. As my Appalachian grandmother used to say, “Are you dumb or are you stupid?”

The end result is a vicious battle brewing between middle America and corporate America. After trusted brands like Coke, Pepsi, Macy’s, Nabisco, Delta Airlines, Frito Lay, Bath and Body Works, and, of course, all of Silicon Valley decided to figuratively lift its leg and relieve itself on its customers, we are mad. The question now is how we fight back.

First, we begin to search for alternative companies to support. Let’s be clear; we aren’t asking for them to contribute to us; we just want them to stop funding people who destroy unborn babies and hate America. The bar is very low, which shows how bad it has truly gotten.

A good example of this can be seen in Florida; Gov. Ron DeSantis has recently embraced a new company, Rumble, over the big-tech, anti-American company, YouTube. Finding alternatives is one way to put a strain on these large corporations and show them that those of us who love our families and our country mean business.

Second, we look for ways to even the score politically. This is where conservative groups like Concerned Women for America come in … we are really good at turning the heat up on our enemies when they’re down by piling on JUST when the time is right. A well-timed pile-on can be viciously impactful. The perfect example of that type of effort was Sen. Marco Rubio‘s common cause with the unions against Amazon. You’re going to see more successful efforts in the future. That was the first salvo in what I believe is a much-deserved corporate comeuppance. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, so to speak.

The dirty secret is that big corporations love to throw free bones to the DEI woke watchdogs while cheaping out on policies that actually contribute to the common good. For instance, the idea of forcing employees to add their preferred pronoun to their name badge makes the leftist happy, but women would actually benefit from a decent parental leave policy.

I remember a day when conservatives worked alongside corporate America because we all wanted the same things: jobs, a strong economy, and strong families. That day is gone. Americans are sick of the corporate sycophants of the Left taking our money while hurting our families.  Enough. American moms are mad and ready to fight back for our kids’ future.

Update on Born Alive Discharge Petition

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April 16, 2021: Update on Discharge Petition

On opening day, 202 U.S. Representatives signed the discharge petition for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, setting a record for the most signatures in a single day.  You can see if your Representative has signed the discharge petition here (presented in order of signature).

If your Representative has signed the discharge petition, please use our action center to send a note of thanks!

If your Representative has NOT signed,  use our action center to urge them to sign today.


April 14, 2021 Post 

The Born Alive discharge petition is being launched today, April 14. Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) joined Reps. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri) and Kat Cammack (R-Florida) as the first signers.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, CEO and President Penny Young Nance had this to say on the discharge petition:

“Our humanity demands that we stand and protect the least of these, so why won’t a Democrat majority allow a vote on a bill to protect babies born alive from attempted abortion?  These innocent ones are human beings with inherent dignity and worth. We urge every U.S. House member to sign the discharge petition for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. A vote to prevent infanticide shouldn’t be an act of courage; it should be a requirement for service.”

Join CWA in your support for life by contacting your Representatives today using this link and urging them to sign the discharge petition in support of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

Nance Responds to NCAA Statement on Transgender Participation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2021

Contact:
Natalie Panettiere
202-266-4816, npanettiere@cwfa.org

Penny Nance Responds to NCAA Statement on Transgender Participation

Washington, D.C. –  Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, responds to the NCAA Board of Governors Statement on Transgender Participation issued April 12, 2021:

“For over a decade, the NCAA has been driven by politics, not science or safety, in promoting transathletes in women’s sports. Once again, the NCAA Board of Governors has shown their disdain for female student-athletes treating them as second class and denying their rights for equality under Title IX. Throwing women and our female status under the bus (again) and threatening states who are doing the right thing only shows the incompetence and cowardice of the NCAA. The Board of Governors clearly has no regard for real fairness for female student-athletes, only woke politics. Further, this statement shows that the activism of the left leaves no middle ground. Young women deserve better than this.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.