For America (Day 123)

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In our distress we cry out to You, Lord,
For You hear our prayers.
We stand at the door and knock,
Confident that You will open.

Not to excuse our unfaithfulness,
But to receive us in Your grace
Upon the confession of our sin,
Bidding us to turn from our wicked ways.

We extol You for your goodness and patience.
Our hearts burst with the songs of thanksgiving!
Give us understanding, Father, give us wisdom,
According to Your Word, generously and without reproach.

Restore in us the spiritual tastebuds that
Appreciate the sweetness of Your statutes.
All Your commandments are righteous and good.
They bring life. Peace and joy are its fruit.

May Your hand become our help and rest,
We choose to trust in You, instead of our frantic work.
Help our fellow countryman to value Your ways,
Grant us to see, collectively, that there is no other way.

That Your Law may be our delight is our plight.
For we all as sheep have gone astray;
We know we have lost our way,
And turn to You, Good Shepherd, to guide us again.

Your ways alone are just.
We pray against those who promise
The sort of justice that enslaves,
We pray their self-aggrandizing schemes fail.

We pray for those who get caught up in their ways.
Have mercy, O God, and help us to be there,
Once the deceivers find no use for them and abandons them,
Let Your body delight in that restorative work.

For we are not without hope.
None are beyond Your Love, O God.
There is power in Your Word,
There is power in the blood.

You’ve done it in our lives,
Throughout the ages You have been glorified.
Continue Your work, LORD, in our land.
Glory to God, now and forevermore!

mother-baby

California Legislative Update and Action Items

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We are now in the second half of the 2021-22 California legislative session, and bad bills are picking up speed while many good ones are now dead. For example, Sen. Brian Dahle’s (R-District 1) SB 217, a bill that would have simply created transparency in sex education programs at public schools, died in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Please help us stand for Biblical values by praying and taking action with regard to some very concerning bills. Please call your Assembly member and ask him or her to oppose the following bills.

#1. SB 245 by Sen. Lena Gonzalez (D-District 33) would allow all abortions in California to be free, forcing both private and public insurance policies to cover abortions with no copays and/or deductibles. We, at Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California, aim to protect innocent human life — including protecting the unborn from chemical and surgical abortion and infanticide. Jeremiah 1:5a says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you …”

If SB 245 bill passes…

  1. Even more California taxpayer dollars will pay for these abortions, and private insurance companies will also be forced to increase benefits and/or premiums to follow this “free” abortion scheme.
  2. Our state government will be promoting and encouraging abortions by making the process even easier and more accessible to Californians.
  3. This will set a precedent for other states to follow.

#2. SB 380 by Sen. Susan Eggman (D-District 5) would eliminate safety requirements in the current California assisted suicide law. The planned sunset in 2025 was intended to provide lawmakers with ten years of data for review before making the policy permanent. The bill also shortens the time between a patient’s two oral requests for life-ending drugs from 15 days to just 2. This change allows a patient to make a hasty decision against what may be their better judgment if given more time. Genesis 9:6 tells us that the Lord values human life.  We at CWA of California aim to protect society from euthanasia.

Take Action!

  1. Both bills are now in the State Assembly so please contact your Assembly member today and urge him or her to vote NO on SB 245 and to vote NO on SB 380. You can find who represents you here.
  2. Forward this information to family and friends.

Prayer: Lord, we come before you to intercede for our government. Guide our legislators to make wise decisions. Magnify our voices as we speak up to influence our culture for Christ. We love you, Lord. You see us, and You love us. We trust in You. In Jesus’s name.  Amen.  

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action!
Marlo Tucker

The UN Wants to Deliver Abortion to People Starving To Death

By | International, National Sovereignty, News and Events, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

In her latest piece in The Federalist, our Vice President of International Affairs, Neydy Casillas, Esq., decries the UN’s support of radical left-leaning policies. Instead of focusing on critical issues including proper healthcare, it is ignoring reality and supporting abortion advocates’ fantasies. The UN is neglecting people around the world’s basic needs for the sake of affirming life-threatening radical policies.

From the article: “The UN and its ‘experts’ are preoccupied with ensuring that countries will continue killing babies around the globe and delivering hormones and sex-change surgeries without caring how these services are performed.”

We must reject these progressive stances in order to restore and better peoples’ quality of life.

Read the full piece here.

The Left’s Quest for Abortion on Demand

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On June 16, 2021, the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing titled “Protecting Roe: Why We Need the Women’s Health Protection Act,” a timely homage to Roe v. Wade and the left’s newest legislative push for abortion on demand. Just last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a challenge to Mississippi’s ban (with limited exceptions) on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Congressional Democrats are now working double time to enshrine the right to elective abortion in federal law despite public opinion trending heavily in favor of protecting preborn life.

The so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021” (WHPA) aims to codify and expand Roe, invalidating nearly every state restriction on abortion nationwide. The bill’s proponents are so blinded by their cause that they refuse to recognize the callous destruction of innocent human life. One hearing witness, Melissa Ohden, a saline abortion survivor and Founder and Director of the Abortion Survivors Network, urged policymakers to face this reality. “Life is the foundation of all other rights. The very fact that this hearing is being held shows that everyone in this room was granted the privilege to retain that right—a privilege I was denied.” Ms. Ohden declared that she and her fellow survivors are an “inconvenient truth,” one that complicates abortionists’ unyielding pro-choice campaign. Read her full testimony here.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the lead Republican member of the subcommittee, provided a compelling opening statement to clarify the issues at stake. Watch it here.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) implores all members of Congress to listen to the truth about the sanctity of human life and the real meaning of women’s health. Elective abortion is not healthcare, and it does not protect women. As the Biden Administration proposes to repeal every long-standing pro-life safeguard from our federal budget and Congress considers extreme measures like the WHPA, CWALAC will continue to be on the front lines defending life and holding elected officials accountable for inaction.

Learn more about the Women’s Health Protection Act here.

Celebrating at the Supreme Court

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

A historic win for religious liberty at the United States Supreme Court today in Fulton v. Philadelphia! And you know who was the only group present at the Supreme Court to celebrate this landmark decision? That’s right, Concerned Women for America (CWA) was there to be your voice and provide some much-needed context for the media. Which is why you will see CWA pictures featured in news accounts across the wires. 

Check out our Facebook Live here. 

Check out our video below celebrating the decision at the Supreme Court.

 

 

 

Make a Difference for Life – Read How

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I am asking you to make two phone calls today to let your state senator and state representative know you want them to defend life. The following bills were scheduled to be voted on, but were tabled:

  • LD 851 would require women to be informed their abortion can be reversed after taking the abortion pill
  • LD 748 and 915 would stop tax-funded abortions in Maine
  • LD 825 would ensure women are informed of options and alternatives.

Take Action!

  1. Call the Maine House at 287-1400 and tell the operator your name and your town. Ask them to leave a message for your state representative. The message is very simple: Please defend life and vote for LD’s 851, 748, 915, and 825.
  2. Call the Maine Senate at 287-1540 and tell the operator your name and your town. Ask them to leave a message for your state senator. The message is very simple: Please defend life and vote for LD’s 851, 748, 915, and 825.

Please call as soon as you are able. Forward this information to family and friends.

Thank you.

Penny Morrell
State Director

CWA of Pennsylvania Responds to SCOTUS Win

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Concerned Women for America of Pennsylvania State Director Dilonna Coran responds to today’s decision by the Supreme Court in the Fulton v. City of Philadelphia case.

“Today’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court is a tremendous win in the pro-religious liberty column. Faith-based organizations should not be discriminated against and forced to give up the free exercise of their First Amendment rights in order to serve their communities with their much-needed ministries.”

Freedom Rings Again in Philadelphia with Big First Amendment Win at U.S. Supreme Court

By | LBB, Legal, News and Events, Press Releases, Religious Issues, SCOTUS | No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2021

Contact:
Jacklyn Washington
202-748-3501, [email protected]

Freedom Rings Again in Philadelphia with Big First Amendment Win at U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. – Conservative women celebrate the just-released U.S. Supreme Court decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. 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:

“As the Court acknowledged, ‘The refusal of Philadelphia to contract with [Catholic Social Services] CSS for the provision of foster care services unless CSS agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.’

“This is a commonsense decision that represents the most basic principles of freedom. Americans should be free to act upon matters of conscience according to their deeply held religious beliefs without fear of government retribution. 

“Children are the real winners here. Children in foster care or in need of a forever home have benefitted from religious communities, like Catholic Social Services, selflessly committed to their welfare for thousands of years. Government should welcome such humble assistance and encourage their expansion, instead of putting a target on them seeking their demise, as Philadelphia tried to do here.

“In a pluralistic society, we must resist those in power who seek to impose their preferred views in matters of faith by force. We must learn to respect one another and understand that disagreement is not bigotry. 

“Today, the Court lives up to the promise of our founding and adheres to the essence of our First Amendment freedoms to the free exercise of religion.”

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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.

Press Release:  Education Department Throws the Civil Rights of Women Under the Bus

By | Erasing Women, Legislative Updates, News and Events, Press Releases, Women's Sports | No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2021

Contact:
Jacklyn Washington
202-748-3501, [email protected]

 Education Department Redefines Sex to Throw the Civil Rights of Women Under the Bus

A sham and a shame. Our daughters deserve better.

 Washington, D.C. – Just one week before the June 23 anniversary of Title IX, the Biden Administration has unconstitutionally reinterpreted the meaning of sex and effectively thrown the rights of women and girls under the bus. The landmark federal civil rights law enacted 49 years ago to prohibit sex-based discrimination and protect women has just been used to erase female status and turn Title IX on its head.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Notice of Interpretation explaining that “sex-based discrimination” includes gender identity and sexual orientation. The expansion of this definition means the government wants to force us to live under the fantasy that biology no longer matters and that the Biden Administration will no longer protect the equal rights of women and girls in education and athletics as intended.

From day one, the Biden Administration has been declaring war on what it means to be a woman. From replacing the word “mothers” with “birthing people” in its legislative proposals to leaving female athletes in a field of lost dreams, the Democrats have turned back the clock on decades of progress for women’s rights.

This decision is outrageous and insulting to every woman in America. It is detrimental to the safety, privacy, and opportunities of female students and athletes. Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an icon of the feminist movement, understood that sex-based classifications could be permissible because certain “differences between men and women” are “enduring.” For years, we’ve watched young, courageous, female athletes work to excel in women’s sports and demonstrate a simple point: sex-separated sports are at the heart of fair competition because men have innate physiological advantages over women based on immutable biological differences.

Unfortunately, in this radical woke era that elevates self-declared identity over reality, women and girls have been sidelined by leftist ideologues who demand any man can claim female status and have full access to our sex-separated spaces and sports.

Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, has been on the front lines of the battle to defend Title IX for female students and athletes. Last week, Doreen Denny, CWA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, provided live testimony for the U.S. Department of Education’s virtual public hearing.

With this radical reinterpretation of Title IX coming on the heels of a full week of testimony and thousands of public comments, the Department of Education’s decision was obviously made before the results were in. President Joe Biden and Secretary Miguel Cardona clearly don’t care about what the American people, including the majority of women, have to say or about safety and fairness for women and girls.

A sham and a shame. Our daughters deserve better.

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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.

I’ve Turned into My Old Preacher

By | Defense of Family, LBB, News and Events | No Comments

In my inaugural Substack exclusive, I wrote to you about the strategic targeting of our children by secularist humanists intent on capturing and manipulating their minds and emotions before they are developed enough to make wise decisions.

It is unmistakable what is happening; the examples are innumerable. Nickelodeon, not content with its Blue’s Clues Pride efforts, put out a video explaining the meaning of the pride flag featuring Drag Queen Nina West (yes, the real-life character depicted in the preschoolers’ cartoon). The video’s description encourages children to “celebrate by lifting up voices in the LGBTQIA+ community!”

I bet most of you had not heard of the subtle addition of “IA” to the “LGBTQ+” term. Your children probably had not heard of it either. But fear not, thanks to Nickelodeon, they are sure to Google the term so that they can learn all about it. The first “resource” they get from Google will take them to the OutRight Action International website, where they can learn about another 30 plus terms related to sexual preferences. Other organizations prominently featured by Google on such a search include the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, GLSEN, and Lambda Legal. I’ll save you the pain of having to read their propaganda and tell you that the “I” stands for intersex, and the “A” stands for asexual, among other things…

Click here to read the rest of Mario’s exclusive Substack column. And be sure to subscribe below to never miss one of his posts again!

The Left Is Taking Over International Organizations

By | International, National Sovereignty, News and Events, Sanctity of Life, Sexual Exploitation | No Comments

Concerned Women for America Vice President of International Affairs Neydy Casillas, Esq. highlights the increasing leftist shift of internationally recognized organizations in her latest Washington Times article, “The Left is Taking over International Organizations, and It Should Terrify Everyone.”  In the piece, Neydy shares the reality of our world today. The United Nations, Organization of American States, UNICEF, WHO, and other organizations are neglecting unborn lives, families, and children.

In the article, Casillas highlights, “The World Health Organization (WHO) published its standards for sexuality education in Europe. As part of its standards, it recommended giving information to babies from 0-5 years old on the ‘enjoyment and pleasure when touching one’s body, early childhood masturbation.’” Although this policy is in Europe, our tax dollars are contributing to these concerning policies. Because Conservatives in the United States have not been active in these international forums, progressive ideologies are becoming normalized. Casillas writes that the United States’ lack of advocacy for foundational issues that protect families and the unborn is deeply concerning.

Read the full piece here.

CWA Opposes AFT Anti-Semitic Resolutions

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Concerned Women for America signed onto a letter to Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, concerning the recent adoption by two American Federation of Teachers (AFT) affiliates in California of anti-Semitic resolutions that falsely accuse Israel of “apartheid and war crimes” and that formally endorse the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement. The goal of the BDS movement is the destruction of Israel.

Read the entire letter.

Urgent! Tell Gov. Cooper to Sign Pro-Life Bill

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Urge Gov. Roy Cooper to sign the Human Life Non-Discrimination Act/No Eugenics Bill (HB453)

Last week at our 20th Annual Day At The Capitol, Concerned Women for America of North Carolina lobbied on HB453, the Human Life Non-Discrimination Act/No Eugenics bill. The bill prohibits abortions from being sought “because of the actual or presumed race or sex of the unborn child or the presence or presumed presence of Down syndrome.”

HB453 passed the House in May with bipartisan support (six Democrats voting in favor with the Republicans). It passed the Senate last week with no Democrats voting in its favor.

The bill is now before Gov. Cooper (Democrat), who has ten days to sign the bill, veto the bill, or allow it to become law without his signature. In the case of a veto, the bill will be returned to the House, where it originated for a potential override and a three-fifths vote of the Senate and House.

Urgent Action Needed

  1. Contact Gov. Cooper urging him to sign HB 453. We encourage you to pray for Gov. Cooper as you are making your call or sending an email that his heart will be softened and show mercy on these pre-born children. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina, be sure to let him know. Phone: (919) 814-2000 | E-mail
  2. Forward this information to friends and family. 

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3-4)

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director

Critical Race Theory – Racism Under New Management

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Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the radical new ideology taking our culture – and schools – by storm. Wrapped up in pretty packaging, this dangerous worldview seeks to deconstruct America as we know it and reconstruct it into a Marxist society based on social equality.

As people of faith, we must lean into understanding these terms and what they really mean so that we can combat the idea that CRT is something virtuous to support.

On today’s episode of Concerned Women Today, theologian Darrell Harrison joins Penny Nance and Annabelle Rutledge to answer all of your questions and explain the true roots of what CRT is and for what it stands. Listen below or by searching “Concerned Women Today” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you normally stream your podcasts.

CWA Provides Live Testimony on Title IX

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This week the U.S. Department of Education held a virtual public hearing on Title IX and the Department’s role in addressing sex discrimination. Doreen Denny, CWA’s Vice President of Government Relations, provided live testimony on the issue of why subjective gender identity categories should not be added to sex discrimination under Title IX:

“Nothing in congressional statute or statutory interpretation of Title IX by the Supreme Court has changed the meaning of sex discrimination. The Department of Education has no legitimate authority to rewrite this federal civil rights law to redefine the immutable characteristic of sex to mean “gender identity” and thus force women to comply with allowing males who declare transgender status to have access to sex-separated schools, facilities, or sports programs for women.”

You can read Doreen’s full testimony here.

Watch Doreen’s live testimony below.

CWA Court Update This Monday

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Young Women for America invites you…

There’s been a lot of buzz around the fact that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has decided to hear oral arguments this coming fall in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a Mississippi law that puts strict limits on abortions after 15 weeks. Learn what all the buzz is about from Mario Diaz, Esq., Concerned Women for America’s General Counsel, who is joining us on our June YWA leader’s call.

Mario will also discuss the latest opinions handed down by the Supreme Court this June when the last Supreme Court decisions are made from the current term. This is traditionally a month that will find groups like CWA/YWA outside the Supreme Court rallying. This term, we await an important religious liberty case called Fulton v. Philadelphia, having to do with adoption and foster care agencies. Don’t miss the call to learn more about all things SCOTUS!

Date: Monday, June 14
Time: 5:30 p.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. Central; 3:30 p.m. Mountain; 2:30 p.m. Pacific)
Register: Register here. Please share the link with other likeminded friends and family. An email with the link for the call and other information will follow upon registration.

Lawmaker Appreciation Day Event a Great Success!

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Many pro-life and conservative lawmakers visited Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine’s tables outside the Capitol building on Wednesday, June 9, at the Lawmaker Appreciation Day. CWA of Maine was one of several organizations that shared information with our state lawmakers about our support of pending pro-life legislation in these last days of the 130th session. It was wonderful to be able to see and speak to these legislators in person rather than virtually, which is the only way we have been able to lobby this year.

Take Action

  • Contact your House and Senate members of the Maine Legislature and ask them to support important pro-life legislation. The five bills CWA of Maine is actively working on are listed below my signature line. Click House of Representatives and Senate to find your representative and senator alphabetically listed by town with their contact information.
  • Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Forward this information to friends and family.

Please pray: Dear Father, we are so grateful for our pro-life legislators who are willing to take a stand for life no matter how many obstacles come their way. We are thankful for men and women who have had the courage to sponsor many bills that honor You.  Please bless them in these last days of the session to continue to stand tall and strong for You and give them the wisdom and knowledge to make compelling arguments for the passage of good bills when they come to the House and Senate floor.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Corinthians 2:14

Penny Morrell
State Director


L.D. 748, An Act to Prohibit Taxpayer Funding for Abortion.
L.D. 851, An Act To Ensure Women Are Informed of Abortion Pill Reversal.
L.D. 915, An Act To Conform State Law to the Federal Hyde Amendment
L.D. 825, An Act To Ensure Equality in Women’s Health Care Access in Maine by Requiring Facilities Providing Abortions To Inform Patients of Options and Alternatives” and
L.D. 1225, Title: An Act To Provide Dignity for Fetal Remains.