CWA’s Victory in Transgender Sports Case a Win for Women’s Rights

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By Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations

Concerned Women for America (CWA) just landed a significant victory protecting the rights of college female athletes under federal law.

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) resolved CWA’s sex discrimination complaint against Franklin Pierce University (FPU) in New Hampshire, finding the college had violated Title IX by allowing a male transgender athlete to compete in women’s sports. The FPU Ravens took home the 2019 NCAA Track and Field Championship national title in the women’s 400-meter hurdles won by an athlete who had previously competed on its men’s team. During the season, the runner identifying as a woman but biologically male-dominated female competition and was celebrated “Women’s Track Athlete of the Week” by the Northeast-10 Conference.

CWA saw in this case and others how the future of women’s sports was at risk and the equal rights of female athletes being infringed. We filed a formal civil rights complaint against FPU in response to this injustice.

Title IX requires equal educational benefits and opportunities for students, including in athletics, on the basis of sex, not gender identity. The federal law extends to any school receiving federal financial assistance, including public K-12 schools and virtually every college and university in America.

OCR agreed with CWA that FPU had violated Title IX equal opportunity protections for female athletes.  The university chose to enter a resolution agreement  requiring it to “rescind its transgender participation and inclusion policy” and “cease any and all practices related thereto.”  This notice is also required to be posted in a prominent location on its website.

For girls fearing their chance to compete on an equal playing field could be erased, this is good news.  For female athletes at the high school and college level, insist on your rights under Title IX.  Any school that defies federal civil rights law by denying women equal opportunities in athletic programs or forcing women to compete against transgender athletes who are biologically male stands to lose.

The battle to save women’s sports is not over, but the resolution in CWA’s case against Franklin Pierce University is welcome news.  It dignifies the importance of our work to protect female status, fairness and safety in sports designated for women and girls.

Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have legislation pending to protect female athletes that would further our cause. The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2020 would specifically require in federal law that sex-specific sports for women and girls under Title IX be restricted to females based on biological sex. Please contact your members of Congress and ask them to support this legislation today.

Op-ed: Penny Nance: Judge Barrett Deserves Swift Supreme Court Confirmation

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Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, had this to say in her latest op-ed on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, “Judge Barrett deserves a swift confirmation to the Supreme Court, as evidenced by her cross-party appeal nationwide, the endorsement of colleagues and friends from across the aisle, and an impressive appearance at her confirmation hearings.”

Read the entire op-ed.

Press Release: CWALAC Responds to Nationwide Women’s March

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2020

Contact:
Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee Responds to Nationwide Women’s March

 Nance: “The liberal left chooses to exclude women with conservative views.”

Washington, D.C. – As participants in this year’s Women’s March prepare to send what they call “an unmistakable message about the fierce opposition” to the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court, there’s no mistaking this fact: they don’t represent all women.  Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee’s (CWALAC) CEO and President Penny Nance has this to say:

“Amy Coney Barrett is going to be the next Supreme Court Justice. She is a woman of character and uniquely qualified for this moment. Her sincere faith, strong marriage, and devotion to family make her an ideal role model for young conservative women who aspire for both family and career achievement.

“Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is right; soon to be justice Barrett breaks not a glass ceiling but a concrete barrier reinforced by women on the left in order to exclude women with conservative views. No more must women conform to the litmus test of progressivism to sit at the ‘cool kids table.’  Americans reject the religious bigotry and abortion dogma that has been the standard required from women in order to attain achievement in government. The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court creates a new definition of feminism and creates a seat at the table for us.

“The year 2020 is the year of the conservative woman. While some will be marching to thwart the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is continuing their Women for Amy Bus Tour, where we’ve experienced overwhelming support around the nation in key battleground states for an accomplished, conservative women like her and for the confirmation of soon to be Justice Amy Coney Barrett.”

For information on the “Women for Amy” bus tour, please go here.

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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.

Early Voting Begins in North Carolina, Your Voter Resources, and More.

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It is hard to believe that Election Day is almost here! In North Carolina, early voting began on Thursday, October 15, and concludes Saturday, October 31. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3

Familiarize Yourself with the Candidates: I urge you to make yourselves familiar with the candidates on your ballot. CWA has partnered with ivoterguide.com. Simply provide your zip code to view national candidates, North Carolina Council of State, State House and Senate, and Judicial candidates. Liberal or conservative values have been assigned to each candidate utilizing financial data, donation records, voting scorecards, and endorsements according to expert panel reviews.

Assist Others to the Polls: Make plans now to take a neighbor or friend with you to the polls this election season. Know that during both Early Voting and Election Day, every voting site in North Carolina offers curbside voting for voters who are unable to enter the voting place without physical assistance due to age or disability.

2020 Platform Comparison Resource: Please use this 1-page pdf to view a comparison between the Republican and Democrat Party platforms.

North Carolina State Board of Elections information: According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections regarding ballots, “All North Carolina voters use paper ballots, marked either by hand or with a ballot-marking device, providing a paper trail of all votes cast that can be audited or recounted by elections officials.” 

Are you registered to vote? To find out, complete the fields at this link. Also, it will show you your sample ballots, election day polling place, voter details, jurisdictions, voter history, and absentee request information.

  • For information about in-person early voting and same-day registration (or one-stop early voting), click here.
  • View your county’s Early voting sites and schedules.
  • View voting equipment by county for a one-stop early voting site during any time that site is open for voting.

Avoid Voter Fraud: I encourage voters who have received an absentee ballot to drop them off at a one-stop early voting site during their scheduled hours or on Election Day, November 3.

Be attentive when viewing your ballot. Candidate names are not appearing consistently with a party affiliation. Thankfully, the judiciary races include party affiliation next to their names. Please vote for all races down the ballot.

Make it a Priority! I appeal to each person to make voting in this year’s election a priority! President Ronald Reagan’s Freedom Speech in 1964 has never been more crucial than in the 2020 elections:

“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 where men were free.”

Paul instructed in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God, our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Let us fast and pray and vote your values.

For Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director

Press Release: University Forced to Rescind Transgender Sports Policy

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2020

Contact: Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations
(202) 420-1491, [email protected]

 University Forced to Rescind Transgender Policy as Violation of Title IX
after Biological Male wins NCAA Championship in Women’s Track

Action Resolves Concerned Women for America Sex Discrimination Complaint

Washington, D.C. – Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) received notice that the U.S.  Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has resolved CWA’s civil rights complaint in women’s sports against Franklin Pierce University (FPU).  OCR agreed with CWA that FPU’s transgender sports participation and inclusion policy is in violation of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination in educational programs and activities, including athletics, on the basis of sex.

Under the Resolution Agreement, the New Hampshire university, a Division II school in the Northeast-10 Conference, “will rescind its Transgender Participation and Inclusion Policy and will cease any and all practices related thereto.”  FPU’s policy is similar to current NCAA policy that reportedly is under review and on the agenda for consideration by the Board of Governors at their October meeting later this month.

Penny Nance, CWA’s CEO and President had this to say:

“This Resolution Agreement is the first victory for college female athletes being forced to compete on an unfair playing field against males claiming transgender status and competing in women’s sports. We thank the Department of Education for upholding Title IX, which was passed into law 48 years ago to give women and girls equal opportunities in sports based on biological sex.

“Transgender policies have turned Title IX on its head, denying the rights of women and girl athletes to compete only against athletes of the same sex and threatening the future of women’s sports. Federal action against Franklin Pierce University is a warning shot to the NCAA and every college and university in America to back off policies that discriminate against female student-athletes and restore fairness and equity in women’s sports.”

CWA’s complaint was filed last year after a Franklin Pierce University student-athlete, who previously had competed on the men’s track team, transitioned to compete as a member of the women’s team and won a national title at the 2019 Division II NCAA Track and Field Championships in the Women’s 400-meter hurdles.

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, 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.

Hearing Recap and Next Steps for Amy Coney Barrett

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To quote Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Amy Coney Barrett is “going to the Court.” The hearings are over, and she simply shined through it all. The most memorable moments included ACB schooling senators trying to challenge her on precedent and originalism and severability and textualism. She was the smartest person in the room. The moment when Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) asked her to show her notes went viral because it illustrated how exceptional she was as a nominee. Here is the clip:

But the most powerful testimony, showing us the type of person we are supporting for the Supreme Court was heard on the last day. It was the testimony of Laura Wolk, one of Judge Barrett’s law students and current Supreme Court clerk, who is blind. She explained the extraordinary help she received from ACB that made it possible for her to break down barriers in the legal profession.  Please watch:

These hearings were historic. The voices of conservative women were heard like never before, both inside and outside the hearing room.  Sen. Graham highlighted this with his remarks on day two. He said, “This hearing to me is an opportunity to not punch through a glass ceiling, but a reinforced concrete barrier around conservative women. You’re going to shatter that barrier. I’ve never been prouder of a nominee than I am of you.” Here is the expanded clip of his remarks:

Outside, as most of you know, the “Women for Amy” army made its mark, outshining the opposition.

The nomination will be held one week, as is customary, with some written questions and answers for the record submitted. Then a final committee vote is scheduled for October 22 at 1:00 p.m. It is expected to be 12-10, along party lines.

The nomination then will be sent to the full Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has said, “We’ll go to the floor with her on Friday, the 23rd, and stay on it until we finish this… We have the votes.”

A Week of Prayer for Judge Amy Coney Barrett

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Prayer and action lay at the foundation of Concerned Women for America (CWA). In many ways, they are intermingled. Prayer is action — the most powerful kind of action we take here at CWA. So, as we begin our work to support the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court, we want to take a week just before her Senate Judiciary Committee hearings commence on Monday, October 12, and pray for her nomination.

What follows is a seven-day prayer guide starting Monday, October 12, the first day of hearings and ending on Monday, October 19. We pray this is helpful to you and gets us in the proper mindset for the spiritual battle ahead.

I want to urge you to make this part of your daily devotion during this week. Justice is a spiritual matter. Jesus actually called it one of the “weightier matters of the law” (see Matthew 23:23). A quick word search on my Bible software rendered 125 verses using the Hebrew word for “justice.” There are forces working tirelessly to pervert justice who see Judge Barrett as a real threat to their schemes. Let us stand united in prayer asking God, above all, that His will be done.

Taking the approach laid out in Philippians 4:6-7, we are laying out “prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let[ting] [our] requests be made known to God.”

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

7-Day Prayer Guide

(Click here for a printable version and to add your name to those who are praying.)

Monday, October 12 – Pray for Judge Barrett and Her Family
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we lift up Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her family to You. Only You can prepare her for the upcoming time of questioning.  It is a seemingly impossible task; give her the courage of her convictions and the strength to persevere.

Supplication: Protect her and her family. Give them patience and grace as they face unkindness and challenges to her character. Let the vicious attacks of the enemy not touch their hearts and minds. Let them not grow weary through it all.

Thanksgiving: We thank You for preparing her for this moment. We thank You for this merciful opportunity to see a woman committed to justice and truth appointed to the nation’s highest court.

Request: Give her words of wisdom, clarity of mind, humility and grace as she gets ready for the hearings.

Tuesday, October 13 – Pray for the Hearings
Prayer: You, oh God, are our help and confidence. We pray Your blessings on the nomination of Judge Barrett.

Supplication: May the schemes of the enemy be derailed. May truth and justice reign.

Thanksgiving: We thank You for Your involvement and care for us. Who are we that You are mindful of us?

Request: Help us to be engaged and to support truth and justice through prayer and action as we help to get Judge Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. We do so, believing she is a woman who fears You and will try to be an impartial guardian of justice. May she do so with humility and honor, always remembering that it is truth that sets us free.

Wednesday, October 14 – Pray for the President and His Team
Prayer: Oh Lord, Our God, we live in tumultuous times. And for such a time, You have selected President Donald J. Trump to lead our nation.  We pray Your protection over him and his family and over his team. We pray Your wisdom and guidance will prevail over all other counsel in every office in the White House.

Supplication: Help the president to grow in the knowledge of You. Help him to trust in You and not to lean on his own understanding.

Thanksgiving: We thank You for giving him wisdom in selecting judges. We are so thankful to see people who seek to preserve religious liberty and justice appointed.

Request: Believing that Judge Barrett is just such a judge, we ask You to guide her nomination every step of the way. Let not those who hate justice prevail in their schemes to stop her. May Your people rejoice, seeing Your hand involved throughout it all.

Thursday, October 15 – Pray for the U.S. Supreme Court
Prayer: Precious Lord, we lift up the U.S. Supreme Court before You today. We pray that Your justice will be the scent that guides the appetites of every Supreme Court justice.

Supplication: Stir the hearts of every one of them toward You: Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and, of course, future-Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Thanksgiving: We thank You for recent decisions guarding our freedoms (may the trend continue!).

Request: Guard the justices and their families against the dark seductions that come along with the incredible power of the positions they hold.

Friday, October 16 – Pray for the Media
Prayer: Oh Lord, help us to climb out of this awful pit we are in where so many of us cannot see the truth. Indeed, many do not want to see it. We pray specifically today for the members of our national media.

Supplication: Give them courage and curiosity. Give them a thirst for truth and justice. Send more of your people to shine a light in this important area.

Thanksgiving: We thank You for Your mercy towards our land for so many years. We thank You for our freedoms. We thank you for the freedom of the press.

Request: Help us to learn from our past mistakes, to respond to Your discipline, and to seek after all that is good and true and beautiful. Help the media, as it covers this nomination, to present truth and to reject the manipulations from those seeking personal gain from distorting Judge Barrett’s record and character.

Saturday, October 17 – Pray for the Judiciary Committee
Prayer: On this, Your day, we bless Your name, oh God. May Your will be done on Earth as in Heaven. We pray Your will over what is happening next week: the hearings of Judge Barrett.

Supplication: Help all the senators and their teams as they prepare to tackle this important task. We ask that it be conducted with grace and dignity, with respect and compassion.

Thanksgiving: In faith, we stand confident that You are in control and will frustrate the enemy’s plans at every turn.

Request: We pray for miracles in the lives of all involved, that they may see Your hand at play throughout this process. We pray specifically for the members of the Judiciary Committee: Chairman, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ranking Member Dianna Feinstein of California, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sen. Joshua Hawley of Missouri, Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen, Mark Crapo of Idaho, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, and Sen. John Neely Kennedy of Louisiana. 

Sunday, October 18 – Pray for the U.S. Senate
Prayer: God and Father, we pray for our elected officials, especially for our senators, as they consider the nomination of Judge Amy coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Give them a heart and passion for truth and justice.

Supplication: Guard their hearts and minds against the schemes of those who seek to pervert justice and truth. Give them the courage to rise above partisan politics.
Thanksgiving: We thank You for the freedoms we have enjoyed for so many years. We thank you for these senators who are to represent “we the people.” Guide them in this difficult task.

Request: Help senators to think clearly and justly on this nomination. Help them to concentrate on Judge Barrett and her record, instead of the outside forces pressuring them to act for other personal interests.

Monday, October 19 – Pray for Justice in America
Prayer: Holy Father, we do not seek to be trivial but thorough. We depend on You for everything we have. We praise Your name for the very air we breathe. And we lay at Your feet the preservation of justice and righteousness in our land.

Supplication: Help us thirst for justice and remember its true meaning. Forgive us for perverting it and seeking our own prideful ways, instead of what is truly good and true.

Thanksgiving: We thank You for Your mercy and grace towards us.

Request: Help Judge (and future-Justice) Barrett to not grow cynical in the application and preservation of justice, but to depend on You more and more when the tasks and pressures associated with the position You’ve bestowed on her become increasingly harder.

Thank you for committing to pray with us.  Please let us know you are joining us by clicking here. There you will have the opportunity to get the prayer guide in .PDF form for easy printing.  Share it far and wide

2020 California Legislative Session Summary

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A warm, heartfelt thanks to all our Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California members who supported our prayer and action efforts during the 2020 legislative session. Though the session has come to an end, let us not shrink back from vigilant prayer for California and the issues it faces. Please join your local CWA of California Prayer/Action Chapter if you are not already connected. Contact me for more information.

Legislative Update
Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund (AB 2218): Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democrat) signed AB2218 into law. I reported on the bill here and here. California taxpayers will now provide grants that will distribute an unspecified amount of funds to organizations “serving” transgender and intersex adults and children. Various services include “gender-affirming health care services, such as hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery.” Dr. James Dobson weighed in on this bill in an article here. In a recent poll, more than 64 percent of voters participating somewhat or strongly disapproved of AB 2218.

Jails and Prisons (SB 132): Gov. Newsom also signed SB 132 into law. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will now allow transgender persons to be housed in the facility of their choice “with or without a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or any other physical or mental health diagnosis, and regardless of anatomy …”

What’s the Answer – Elect Better Legislators!
Elections have consequences. If we want a better outcome for our next legislative session, we need to elect better legislators. We do this by taking part in the privilege of voting and encouraging others to do the same. And above all else, we pray.

Please ensure that you, your family, friends, and church congregants are registered to vote. The deadline to do so is Monday, October 19. You may register to vote online at your county elections office website or on the Secretary of State’s website here.

Due to the governor’s COVID-19 orders, all California registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot beginning this week. These may be returned by mail postmarked by November 3, dropped off during business hours at various official ballot drop-off locations, or dropped off at any polling place between October 31 and Election Day November 3. See locations and hours of operation for drop-off and polling places on your county elections office website.

Let us Pray Together for the Election
Please join our national prayer campaign, SHE PRAYS SHE VOTES 2020. The main goal of She Prays, She Votes 2020 is prayer. Now more than ever, Christians need to be on their knees before God praying for our nation, for our leaders, and for this election.

Lord Jesus, we pray with humble hearts for our state and our nation. Deuteronomy 3:22 says, “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Lord, we pray for fearless leaders who will stand boldly on the Word of God for what is right and true and pure. Please, Lord, pour your blessing upon our land and heal our nation. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

United with you in peace and truth,

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Why Title IX and the Future of Female Sports are at Risk Today

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CWA’s Vice President of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, appeared on Save Women’s Sports webinar to discuss Title IX and the future of women’s sports in America including the need for passage of the  Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2020.

The webinar was co-hosted by Beth Stelzer, Founder of Save Women’s Sports, and Dr. Linda Blade. Doreen was featured along with Dr. Kristopher Hunt, ER Physician and Medical Director for USA Powerlifting, and Kara Dansky, Lawyer with the Women’s Human Rights Campaign-USA.

Listen to the Entire Show Here and Hear Doreen Beginning at 35:30.

Visit our CWALAC Action Center to send a letter to your U.S. Senators and Representative requesting their support for the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2020

Women for Amy Bus Tour Stops in Georgia and South Carolina

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2020

Contact: Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

Washington D.C.- On the first day of the Women for Amy Bus Tour, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), joined by Sen, Kelly Loeffler (Georgia) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) held stops in Georgia (Atlanta) and South Carolina (Spartansburg) to educate conservative women and show support for Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination as the next Supreme Court Justice.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), had this to say:

“Conservative women are eager to support Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation. We’ve had amazing turnout on our first day of supporters who recognize that history is going to be made by the confirmation of the first constitutionalist conservative woman on the Supreme Court. We can’t wait to meet more supporters in the coming weeks.”

Kelly Loeffler from Georgia was in attendance for our Atlanta bus stop.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Committee Chairman of the Senate Judiciary, joined the bus tour in South Carolina by telephone. He said, “She’s the best person that President Trump could have possibly chosen. Amy has led a very consequential life in the law. She’s a good person. This is a big deal for all of us. … This is our time, and we’re going to seize the moment”

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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.

CWA Concludes Final Four She Prays She Votes Prayer Events

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2020

Contact: Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

Concerned Women for America Concludes Final Four She Prays She Votes Prayer Events

Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America is continuing its She Prays She Votes campaign to encourage women of faith to register, vote, and encourage their family and friends to do the same. CWA will finish this project with prayer events in the following states: North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Texas.

These prayer events consist of a roundtable discussion led by Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA, and a time of prayer for our nation and the upcoming election. People can participate in these events two ways. There are two ways to participate: Facebook Live or by conference call number: Dial-in number: (712) 770-4921, Participant Code: 704998.

For more information about the She Prays She Votes events, visit Concernedwomen.org.

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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.

CWALAC Launches “Women for Amy” Bus Tour

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2020

Contact: 

Stephanie Rivera

954.243.6301, [email protected]

 

Concerned Women for America LAC Launches 40-stop Nationwide “Women for Amy” Bus Tour

 

Washington, D.C.– Today, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) announced their upcoming forty-stop nationwide “Women for Amy” Bus Tour in twelve states, including a prayer event on Capitol Hill. The tour will begin in Atlanta on Wednesday, October 7. 

 

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, had this to say: 

“2020 is the year of conservative women where we see the first constitutionalist conservative woman nominated to the Supreme Court. Amy Coney Barrett is an outstanding role model for our daughters. She is a mother of seven, a wife, smart, compassionate, and a hard-working woman of faith. I am looking forward to meeting with and educating conservative women across the country showing our support for Amy Coney Barrett and affirming that she is indeed the right one to be confirmed to the highest court in the land.” 

Provided below are confirmed states on the “Women for Amy” Bus Tour.

**DUE TO COVID-19 Restrictions, members of the media must PRE-REGISTER to attend this event.

Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Arizona

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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.

Safety First Online Starts at Home

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By Amy Lidell, Intern for Concerned Women for America

Last week the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) partnered with the White House, Justice Department, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to host a live stream webinar promoting online safety for children. Ivanka Trump and Attorney General William Barr opened the webinar voicing their support for the safety movement while outlining some of the risks children face online.

Screen time in 2020 increased significantly as a result of the required social distancing connected to the coronavirus pandemic, and online enticement is up by a minimum of 20 percent. Attorney General Barr voiced his concern for the amplified dependency on technology for social interaction, stating, “Unfortunately, the same technology that connects us with family and friends also provides predators with a pathway back into our homes and can be used for strangers who want to target, groom, and sexually exploit our children.”  Internet safety is more important than ever. We are all harmed when children are exploited online.

Safety First promotes a culture of safety over a value of privacy for online predators. An individual’s privacy cannot take priority over a child’s online vulnerability. Ivanka Trump discussed the importance of standing behind sexual assault victims and allowing their voices to be heard while becoming proactive in preventing online exploitation from happening in American homes. DHS Chief Chad Wolf added that proactive conversations with kids about online safety make them less vulnerable.

NCMEC leaders spoke on ways to successfully direct difficult conversations with kids of all ages about online activity. They showed that the earlier these conversations take place within a family, the more likely parents successfully prevent online enticement, sexting, sextortion, and any other inappropriate interaction with strangers or predators.

NCMEC has provided fun, age-appropriate workbooks on its website to provide parents and teachers an outlet to teach kids about online safety. These workbooks help navigate uncomfortable discussions about saying no to online strangers and avoiding traps used by predators to lure kids into inappropriate correspondence. Physical contact is not needed for an online offender, and it is alarming how direct predator requests become towards a child when direct action is not taken immediately.

We encourage you to learn more about the Safety First movement and join Concerned Women for America in taking the NCMEC Safety Pledge to continue learning how to be critical role models for kids through your online activity, presence, and conversation.

Action Item: Stand Up For All Christian Conservative Women

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God’s timing is perfect. He’s never early or late but comes at the precise time. So, even though no one could have foreseen the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court at this crucial time in our nation’s history, we are thankful for the opportunity to see the first conservative, constitutionalist woman on the nation’s highest court.

Judge Barrett is exceptional. Her academic and professional credentials are second to none. She graduated at the top of her law school class, clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, went on to private practice, became a law professor, and then an appellate court judge.

That is why the attacks we have seen against her center, not on her credentials, but on her faith and her family.

She has been attacked for being too Christian. As Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-California) shamefully said to her, “The dogma lives loudly within you.”

And she has been attacked for adopting two beautiful children from Haiti, with some calling her a “White colonizer.”

These despicable, unjust attacks on her, are an attack on all people of faith!

Stand up to this bigotry by strongly urging your senators to vote for the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Click here to visit our “Women for Amy” action center, where you can call, email, and even tweet to your senators.
 
Take action today and urge your families and friends to do the same.  Click here to support the work CWALAC is doing.

Event: October 3 Prayerfest at State Capitol

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri invites you and your family to come to the Missouri State Capitol on Saturday, October 3, for the Missouri Prays Prayerfest when God’s people will assemble in public prayer. Our guest speakers will be prayerfully focusing on 2 Chronicles 7:14 as it relates to praying for our local communities, state, and national leadership.

This incredible event is hosted by Vanguard Marriage and Family Advocates, Jerry and Kate Angelo.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, October 3
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please arrive early due to parking and security checks at the Capitol.
10:00 a.m. – Prayer walk throughout the capitol building (meet in the Capitol Rotunda at 9:45 a.m.)
11:00 a.m.  – Main prayer event in the Capitol Rotunda.
Location: Missouri State Capitol, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Registration: Click Here for FREE Registration for Missouri PrayerFest 2020

Special Guests and Prayer Leaders

  • Secretary of State of Missouri – Jay Ashcroft
  • Missouri House of Representatives – Mike Moon
  • Missouri House of Representatives – Tim Remole
  • Executive Editor of Pathway Magazine – Don Hinkle
  • Concerned Women for America of Missouri – Bev Ehlen
  • Capitol Commission of Missouri – John Battaglia
  • Family Research Council – Howard Boyd
  • FREE International – Andrew Dawson
  • 40 Days for Life – Kathy Forck
  • Capitals Prayer Tour – Mike McGee

Special Musical Guests: Kathryn Fergerson and Silas Brown

I hope to see you on Saturday, October 3, at our State Capitol!

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have

Bev Ehlen
State Director

Press Release: Penny Nance Responds to Amy Coney Barrett Nomination

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2020

Contact: Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

Women for Amy 

Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say after witnessing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to be the next associate justice of the United States Supreme Court at the White House:

 “Conservative women are rejoicing today on this significant moment where President Donald Trump has, for the first time in our nation’s history, given conservative women a voice on the nation’s highest court. Amy Coney Barrett is a constitutionalist, a top-notch legal scholar, and simply the best choice for this seat.

 “Once again, President Donald Trump has delivered for America, and especially for women.

“I am honored to be here to witness this historic announcement at the White House, and I’m eager to get to work to see this nomination through a final vote.

“The happy warrior women I represent are equally ready to go to bat for one of their own. Amy Coney Barrett represents, not only the best of the legal profession, but the best of America. She is the sort of role model we want for our daughters. We are ready to fight for her!

“We are ready to stand against the unjust, and frankly bigoted attacks we’ve heard laid against Judge Barrett’s faith. We hope Senate Democrats are able to pull themselves together and rise about such anti-Christian and anti-American dogmatism. But we have already seen the table laid out by their friends in the mainstream media.

“That is why today marks the start of our campaign ‘Women for Amy.’ Conservative women will stand united in support of Amy Coney Barrett. It’s time to put the first conservative woman on United States Supreme Court.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, 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.

Meet Amy Coney Barrett

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If you have been a friend of Concerned Women for America (CWA) over the years, you only need to refamiliarize yourself with Judge Amy Barrett. CWA activists supported her nomination to the lower court, and we spoke loudly about the anti-religious, anti-Christian bigotry that characterized her opposition. We won that battle. And we will stand strong against such unconstitutional attacks on people of faith this time around.

But we want you to get to know future Justice Amy Coney Berrett now that the President is set to nominate her to the United States Supreme Court.

Personal Life

Amy Coney Barrett was born in Louisiana; she is 48 years old. She and her husband Jesse Barrett live in Indiana with their seven children. Two of the children were adopted from Haiti. One has special needs. It has been reported that the baby was diagnosed with Down Syndrome during a prenatal screening. She is a devout, pro-life, Catholic.

Academic Credentials

Judge Barrett graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans (1990). She studied English literature at Rhodes College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude (1994). She was Phi Beta Kappa and earned Most Outstanding English Major and Most Outstanding Senior Thesis.

She earned a full tuition scholarship to go to the Notre Dame Law School where she graduated with a juris doctor, summa cum laude (1997). She was the Executive Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. She was also the recipient of the Hoynes Prize (for the best record in scholarship, deportment, and achievement), the Dean’s Award (for the best exam in Administrative Law, Civil Procedure I and II, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, First Amendment, Torts II, and Legal Research and Writing).

Legal Career

Upon graduation, Amy Coney Barret earned some prestigious judicial clerkships. First, under Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1997-1998), and later under the late, great Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (1998-1999).

Judge Barret then moved to private practice as an associate at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin (1999-2000), and later at Baker Bots, LLP (2000-2001), two highly regarded law firms in Washington, D.C.

She later became visiting associate professor and John M. Olin Fellow in Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. (2001-2002). Then a Professor of Law, and the Diane and M.O. Miller II Research Chair in Law at the Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana (2002-2017), where she won the “Distinguished Professor of the Year” award multiple times.

In 2017, she was nominated by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit where she continues to serve with distinction.

Judicial Philosophy

Judge Barrett is a constitutionalist who believes the text of the Constitution means what it says and says what it means when looking at the original meaning as it was written at the time of its enactment. She has shown through her career that she is willing to show the judicial restraint necessary to refrain from imposing personal policy views under the guise of law. A student of Justice Scalia, she is similarly committed to originalism and stare decisis (settled law) and grappling with these legal doctrines in a way that preserves the most important principles of our founding.

She will be an outstanding addition to the United States Supreme Court.