Action Item: Tell Gov. Cooper to Shut the Abortion Clinics!

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Why are abortion businesses still operating when Gov. Roy Cooper (Democrat) is shutting churches, schools, and mass gatherings?

Currently, across the United States, including North Carolina, services that constitute essential health care for women, such as routine Pap smears, mammograms, and pelvic exams, are being postponed in order to reduce everyone’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 and to conserve scarce medical resources. Yet, the abortion industry is open for business as usual.

On March 18, 2020, Vice President Mike Pence issued a mass gathering ban exceeding 10 people according to this directive. While many healthcare agencies have ceased their non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers across North Carolina insist on business as usual – seeing between 25 and 40 patients per day while consuming Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other equipment that COVID-19 patients need. According to LoveLife, the abortion clinics are, “packing patients in close proximity against CDC guidelines, placing them at further risk for COVID-19.”

On March 24, 2020, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina joined other like-minded organizations and signed onto a letter to Gov. Cooper urging that he and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Mandy Cohen, safeguard women and our healthcare providers by:

  • Ensuring that emergency response funds are not diverted to the abortion industry,
  • Ceasing operations and joining other healthcare providers who have ceased elective procedures,
  • Urging abortion providers to donate their PPE and other equipment to coronavirus response,
  • Safeguarding women who frequently require additional emergency response from complications.

Immediate Action Needed

#1. Please contact Gov. Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.  Urge them to join other states by closing abortion clinics and redirecting PPE and other medical equipment to our state’s much needed coronavirus response. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.

#2. Forward this email to family and friends.

Please pray:  Dear Father, we ask that you move on the hearts of Gov. Cooper and Sec. Cohen to seek You in all things, especially with regard to this issue of life.

“Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
Proverbs 31:8-9

Thank you for taking action at this critical time.

For Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director

Embrace Peace

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As the new Concerned Women for America (CWA) State Director for Pennsylvania, I wanted to encourage you during this season of uncertainty to continue to choose faith over fear.  What our nation and communities currently face has proven that we just never know what each day is going to bring. Oh, but what an assurance to know that God’s promises remain the same.  His word brings the hope that is needed for the times we currently face.

I love what the Amplified Bible says in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”  The New Living Translation says it this way, “I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart.”

What a gift peace is!  You just can’t put a price tag on that, can you?  I’ve found that life just goes better when we have peace!  And as much as we may seek to find it in other places, peace comes only from the Prince of Peace.  The purchaser of peace is the one who doesn’t fail us –He is with us; He is for us and not against us.  He is on our side!  God is in you … the hope of glory … and through Him, we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us (Romans 8:37)!

How much was this peace worth?  Isaiah 53:3 tells us, “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”  Think of this. Our peace was worth the shedding of His blood.

Remember each difficult situation we face becomes the stepping stone to the provision of God.  Let’s look every day for the simple way God is furnishing and meeting our needs.  Abraham was so focused on his son Isaac he failed to see the ram in the thicket that was there the whole time.

We can trust our lives, families, communities, state, and nation into the hollow of His mighty hand. Trust simply means that no matter what happens, you will turn TO God instead of away.  Join me as we pray that our nation will turn to Him, look to Him, and rise to bless His Name.

Concentration camp survivor Corrie Ten Boom said, “If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes.”  I’ve heard it said that the right shoes will complement the outfit.  We all have shoes, and I would imagine you have a favorite comfy pair. The shoes that Ephesians 6:15 tells us to wear are not for our comfort but to give us stable footing through peace during difficult times. Philippians 4:7 tells us that “The peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds.”  The meaning of guard in this verse is that of a soldier protecting his post.  Protect the post that Lord has placed you with, the peace of God.  You might be a stay at home mom, businesswoman, community leader, a government official, health care worker, or service provider.  Right now, you may be on the front lines of the battle, find yourself working at home, or currently unemployed.  May His peace surround you during today and the days ahead.

I believe that COVID-19 could be the wake-up call God is using to get our attention.  He is nudging us during this time to focus on what is truly important and to put our complete trust in Him. He has literally caused us to be still and to know that He is God. So, help your neighbor, continue to give generously, support your small local businesses, and resist the urge to be selfish. Life is going on – it’s just different for a period of time. We are all in this together, so let’s keep our trust in Him who comes alongside us and gives us the strength that equips us for such a time as this.

I know our times seem fragile at the moment, but as my mom used to say, “This too shall pass.” He is still on the throne and in control; God will work all things together for our good —the good, the bad, and the ugly! Let’s embrace His peace today and then share it with our fellow Pennsylvanians.

Dilonna Coran
State Director

CWA Welcomes DOJ Action to Protect Women’s Sports

By | Feminist / Women's Issues, Legal, Legislative Updates, News and Events, Press Releases, Social / Cultural Issues | No Comments

Washington, D.C. — Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), made the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice led by Attorney General William Barr filed a Statement of Interest in federal court against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference for their policy that forces female athletes to compete against male athletes identifying as girls. Plaintiffs in the case are three high school female athletes who have faced sex discrimination as they sought to excel in track at their schools.

“The Attorney General and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have taken a crucial step in the right direction to protect women’s sports. Concerned Women for America and our allies fighting to protect equal opportunities for female athletes have been waiting for them to speak. Female athletes are being sidelined by a culture that refuses to stand up to this injustice. Our daughters deserve better. It’s time for the Administration to act and for the court to get it right.

“CWA has been calling on the Trump Administration to make clear that Title IX’s prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex should prevent any male athlete identifying as a girl from competing in female sports. The reason is obvious. Biology tells us why. It’s been an uphill battle, but with this statement, we know they are listening.

“For this reason, CWA filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against Franklin Pierce University for rostering a male transathlete on their women’s track team who won the 2019 NCAA national title in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. OCR has opened an investigation but has yet to rule.

CWA will continue to fight for the rights, dignity, and status of women and girls against an activism that wants to deny us a fair playing field.”

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From left to right: Dr. Shea Garrison, Concerned Women for America International Affairs; Alfonso Aguilar, Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles and International Human Rights Group; Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States; Steven Aden, Americans United for Life; Gualberto Garcia-Jones, International Human Rights Group “On January 28, 2020, international pro-life organizations held a second meeting between and Sec. Almagro to discuss his upcoming reelection in March 2020 and to encourage him to promote the right to life in the American states.”

How Life is Winning in the Americas

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Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Luis Almagro on winning reelection to serve as Secretary General of the Organization of the American States (OAS). Secretary Pompeo commended Almagro for his work promoting democracy in South America and holding Castro accountable in Cuba.

While CWA International is grateful for Almagro’s stance against socialism, including against the illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela, there have been concerns regarding his history of proabortion statements

Thankfully, prior to his reelection Secretary Almagro affirmed the right to life and his commitment to uphold that right as a pillar of the OAS convention stating:

“[…] definitely, the principles of religious freedom that I have mentioned and the principles of the right to life are fundamental principles and rights […] The application of the fullest validity of Article 4 of the American Convention is essential.”

Article 4 of the American Convention on Human Rights declares: “Every person has the right to have his life respected. This right shall be protected by law and, in general, from the moment of conception.”

It is hard to overstate the significance of this statement by Secretary General Almagro.

This statement is the result of CWA International meeting privately with Secretary Almagro twice in the last three months, working diligently alongside other coalition partners to ask him to defend life and the unborn as the leader of the OAS.

After speaking with him about the importance of protecting all life and upholding the national sovereignty of each member state of the OAS, Secretary Almagro committed to include provisions in his election platform stating abortion is not an international right and affirming the national sovereignty of the countries who oppose abortion. Almagro also promised to support the freedom of religious-based organizations.

The OAS is comprised of 35 member states from North, Central, and South America, including the U.S. and Canada, as well as the Caribbean. According to Article 1 of its charter, OAS was formed in order to achieve “an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.” It is a regional entity similar to how the United Nations is a global one.

When Almagro was first elected Secretary General five years ago, he espoused the need for access to abortion:

“[T]he Americas continue to have some of the most restrictive laws regarding sexual and reproductive rights and freedoms [euphemism for abortion], and that reality has to change” [emphasis added].

This directly contradicts the OAS American Convention, not to mention the real healthcare needs of women.

This is why it was imperative Secretary Almagro declare his support for the OAS position on life. The secretary general’s role is to uphold the existing documents and principles, not project an agenda onto it.

Thankfully in March, Secretary Almagro committed publicly to upholding the American Convention and affirmed the right to life as set forth by OAS.

Though CWA International continues to work with Secretary Almagro to resolve some differences regarding defense of the family, we are excited he has made these pro-life declarations in a candidate forum prior to his reelection. We look forward to working alongside him to uphold OAS’s stance on protecting life from conception.

We join Secretary Pompeo in praising Secretary General Almagro’s promotion of freedom in the Americas and pushing back against the repressive socialist regimes of Venezuela, Nicaragua, and communist Cuba. We applaud him for also promising to protect the dignity and life of the unborn.

True freedom for all people.

 

COVID-19 LETTER: Pro-life Leaders Warn of Abortion Industry Exploitation

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CWA signed on to a letter written to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, along with other pro-life leaders, to show how the abortion industry is exploiting this coronavirus pandemic.

Here is an excerpt from the letter:

“While we are in a hectic race to save lives, Planned Parenthood and other powers in the abortion industry remain insistent on taking the lives of innocent unborn children. While surgery centers postpone elective and diagnostic procedures, abortion centers are churning out surgical and chemical abortions and putting women, especially the poor, at risk. Their continued operation depletes sorely needed personal protective equipment and leads to complications that will further overwhelm already overextended emergency rooms. The abortion industry is compounding one crisis with another. Therefore, we urge public officials to use their broad emergency authority to safeguard against the extreme abortion agenda.”

The letter also outlines ways public health officials can resist the abortion lobby’s agenda during this time of crisis such as:

  • Making sure that emergency response funds are not diverted to the abortion industry;
  • Urging the abortion industry to stop their operations and join other healthcare providers to donate their PPE and other equipment to help with the nation’s coronavirus response;
  • Continue actions to stop illegal mail-order sale of chemical abortion; and much more.

Our CEO and President Penny Nance signed the letter along with more than 50 pro-life leaders.

 

Trump Nominates For OMB Director A Man Bernie Sanders Savaged For Being A Christian

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

You might remember that Vought was viciously attacked for his Christian faith at his previous nomination hearings. Indeed, this reminds us the radical, anti-Christian left is now the mainstream of the Democratic Party, as it was Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), a front-runner for his party’s presidential nomination, who led the attack.

President Trump fights a more significant battle than just this nomination by appointing him. He fights for the liberties of all Americans, regardless of faith.

Click here to read the entire article, as featured on The Federalist.

Gov. Northam’s Radical Overreach Must be Stopped. Calls Needed!

By | Virginia | No Comments

Dear Fellow Virginians,

Gov. Ralph Northam needs to hear from you!

Contact him by clicking here and calling 804-786-2211.

Virginia’s radical, liberal governor has shown, once again, how little regard he has for our rights and values. His latest overreach came as he signed his Coronavirus Executive Order (Fifty-Three), where he has the audacity to make it a crime for more than 10 people to attend a church service, anywhere in the state. Even at a private home!

This is a severe violation of our First Amendment rights!

If the language of the order did not make it clear enough, the Governor’s Office put out a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that makes it clear; he is threatening Virginians with a criminal offense, a misdemeanor, if more than 10 people gather for a church service.

The document states:


What about religious services? Can I still go to my church, synagogue, or mosque?
Virginians are strongly encouraged to seek alternative means of attending religious services, such as virtually or via “drive-through” worship. Places of worship that do conduct in-person services must limit gatherings to 10 people, to comply with the statewide 10-person ban. (Emphasis ours)


This move is misguided and unnecessary. Most churches have voluntarily complied with the government’s directives. But Gov. Northam’s executive order sets a dangerous precedent that Virginians should reject outright.

Contact Gov. Northam today and tell him to stop bullying churches and respect religious freedoms.

Phone number: 804-786-2211 | web form here.

Tell him to respect Virginians’ First Amendment rights!

Thank you for being the difference in Virginia!
Toni DeLancey
State Director

Contact your Senators and ask them to pass non-partisan, virus-only relief legislation today!

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America is in an unprecedented moment in history.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is right. It’s time for the drama to end. Please Contact your Senators and ask them to pass non-partisan, virus-only relief legislation today.

Now, more than ever, we need to come together for the good of the nation and the American people.

Instead, Senate Democrats are trying to leverage this crisis to push their political agenda like funding Planned Parenthood and passing their Green New Deal. Now is the time to refuse the left’s wish list and act decisively on behalf of all Americans.

We are issuing a call to reject this political agenda and do what’s right for the American people.   ​​​​​​​

You can make the difference today. Contact your Senators and ask them to support the CARES Act. Ask them to keep the focus only on measures that are critical to responding to the coronavirus. Ask them to follow Leader McConnell’s example and come together in a strong bipartisan effort to fight the invisible enemy plaguing our citizens, our economy, and the world.

The American people are pulling together in the midst of this pandemic and it’s time for Congress to do the same.

Let us show the best of America. When faced with a crisis, we stand united.

From Penny’s Heart

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A Special Message from the Heart of Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance.

Hello everyone, this is Penny Nance. I’m just pausing because I have this strong message on my heart. I’m stopping right where I am to record this because I just want people to hear it. And particularly for the elderly in our country to understand this.

What I want you to know is that, in this country, we support the intrinsic value of every human life. And that is regardless of whether or not you are eight days in the womb or eighty-eight in age.

We are here as a nation, coming together in support of you. So much so, that we are willing to stay home from our jobs, some of us are losing our businesses, some of us are in deep financial straits. Our economy is in the tank. But when we put it all side by side with our choices, the President is 100 percent right. We value you!

We value you with a compromised immune system. We value you who have aids or who have cancer or who are very sick for some other reason. We value you, and at Concerned Women for America, we will fight for you!

We do not know how long this will go on. But we will fight for every person, no matter their age, to receive care. We will sacrifice personally to make sure you get it. We believe in Psalm 139, that God knit you together in your mother’s womb, and this is not a surprise to Him.

So, understand that the pro-life community is pro-life no matter what point in life you are. We are here for you. We are here to fight for you.

So please don’t be afraid. Please understand that there is grief around all of this because there is deep sacrifice. People are scared. It makes us feel out of control. We feel a little angry as we watch the stock prices go down and we know what that means for people’s jobs. Those two things, those two principles: the grief of what is happening in our country, the loss of freedom, honestly (our kids can’t go to school, we can’t go to church, we can’t go to work), all the things we can’t do can exist alongside our love for you. Those two things can exist at the same time, and they do!

But I want you to hear me when I speak for Concerned Women for America and for pro-life people around this country, that we are here for you. Let us know what you need. Our kids are all home. We’d love to send them over to the grocery store for you and then put them on the front porch so that you don’t have to trade germs with anyone.

Let those of us who are able, help take care of others. This might mean taking people into our homes at some point. This is a long-term problem. But we’re in this together and this is a great opportunity for the church to be the Church. To share the hope that is within us.

Because we do not put our faith in horses and chariots, it says in the Bible, but our hope is in a risen God. And in the future that He holds. None of this is a surprise to God. He remains on His throne in heaven. He is not shocked by any of this. He is still in control. And until we are taken home to Him, we will serve. In whatever way that is. And we will speak for the least of these.

So, again, this is Penny Nance with Concerned Women for America. I just had to share this message that’s deeply on my heart. I’m outside. I was on my way somewhere; I had to pause and share this thought with you.

God bless you. We love you. We’re in this together. Come to ConcernedWomen.org for prayer points, for notes of encouragement, for content for homeschool moms, or content for college students or any of us who just want to learn something while we’re at home.

We are going to make sure that we are leaning into this moment.

Thank you and God bless you.

For America (Day 112) – A Prayer Amidst Covid-19

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Blessed is the man, and nation, who fears the Lord,
Who walks in His ways, and remembers His statutes
Even and especially in uncertain times.
It shall be well with them.

For uncertain times are only uncertain to us.
You, O God know and see all,
By Your power, all things were created and are sustained.
You are the Alpha and the Omega, beginning and end.

In You we trust, that is our motto.
Therefore, to You we pray.
We pray earnestly, with thanksgiving,
Asking You to protect our families and our nation.

Indeed, we pray for all peoples being affected
By the rapid spread of COVID-19.
Be merciful, O God, give us wisdom
And give us Your favor.

We pray for those in the health community
Who have to face this virus head-on
At great risk to them and their families;
Guide them and protect them.

Give us tender hearts to attend
To the needs of our neighbors;
Help us to love as You have called us to do.
Blot out our selfish ways and let compassion spread.

We pray for the most vulnerable among us,
For the elderly who are most at risk during this threat.
“A gray head is a crown of glory,” the proverb says.
Help us to treasure them in a special way.

Father God, above all, this virus reminds us that
We are not gods; we did not create ourselves,
We stand in Your mercy, in shame
For the many times we act as if we are in control.

Forgive us, and teach us, we pray.
Open our hearts that we may receive
Your mercy and grace
For the days ahead.

In Jesus name,
Amen


Click here for more prayers from our For America Prayer Journal.

March 16 Prayer Action Alert: Call the Governor to Veto the Sex Ed Bill!

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Over the past three months, I have been raising the alarm concerning SB 5395, the comprehensive sexual education bill mandating that public schools across our state teach an inappropriate sexual education curriculum. Read here, here, and here.

Many of you have made calls and sent emails to your state legislators urging them to vote against this egregious bill. Thank you! And, over 3,000 people gathered on the steps of the state capitol in Olympia last week to protest the bill. Outstanding!

In spite of our diligence, both houses of the Washington state legislature passed ESSB 5395 (formerly SB 5395) last week, and it is now headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for his signature.

Urgent Action Needed!

  1. Call the governor’s office at 360-902-4111 and urge him to VETO ESSB 5395 for the protection of our children’s innocence, respect for parental authority, and for religious right of conscience.
  2. E-mail the same message to Gov. Inslee.
  3. Forward this alert to all concerned citizens, especially parents with children in both public and charter schools.  Encourage them to pray and take action.

Please Pray!
Pray that the heart of the governor will be tendered toward the innocence of our children and veto the bill. Pray for the protection of our children, our families, and the right to exercise our religious values in our homes and our daily lives outside our homes and churches.

We must persevere in this battle to protect our children by “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director

The NCAA’s Black Eye in Women’s Sports

By | Feminist / Women's Issues, News and Events, Social / Cultural Issues | No Comments

Concerned Women for America’s Vice President of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, wrote the following piece featured in Townhall that details the NCAA’s unfair treatment of women athletes:

NCAA President Mark Emmert walked into a public arena recently that could have been a lion’s den for him. Emmert faces widespread and eroding public trust in the NCAA, for good reason. The century-old institution is failing its college players, men and women, in the modern era.

That lion’s den was a U.S. Senate hearing on Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) rules and athlete compensation. It didn’t take long for Senators to expose many problems of transparency, consistency and fairness plaguing the NCAA.  In particular, the issue of schools profiting from stand-out athletes at no benefit to the player has hit a tipping point.

With the  popularity of March Madness, Super Bowl-style marketing schemes, and video gaming systems  promoting images of college athletes in fantasy competition, California passed a law making it illegal for state schools to punish an athlete for profiting from his or her name, image or likeness.  The law is due to take effect in 2023.

Understandably, Emmert is looking for the cover of Congress to avoid the pitfalls of a patchwork of state NIL policies. He would like to avoid the consequences that could result from fueling a wild west college athlete endorsement market.

But the NCAA has lost its credibility. It no longer stands up for student-athletes. As a nonprofit organization associated with educational institutions, the NCAA should be supporting players as students, not professionals, but also recognizing their value. Academic integrity should be at the core of any model of intercollegiate competition.

So should fair play for women and upholding laws against sex discrimination.

Read more of Doreen Denny’s piece in Townhall here.

House Republicans Force Floor Vote on Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

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At the end of February, on the heels of the U.S. Senate’s two pro-life votes, House Republicans successfully forced a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act through a procedural measure called a Motion to Recommit (MTR). This was the 80th time that House Republicans, led by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), sought a vote on Born Alive.

You may recall that last April, Rep. Wagner and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) filed a discharge petition to force a vote on Born Alive by acquiring support from a majority of the House. Members of the House felt so strongly about comments made last year by disgraced Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who nonchalantly detailed how a baby born alive after an abortion would be “kept comfortable” while the doctor and mother had “a conversation,” as well as about New York repealing its state-level born alive law, that they were determined to take federal action. Without control of the House floor, a discharge petition was the best option. The discharge petition currently has 204 signatures of the 218 required. Since then, House Republicans have taken to the floor almost 80 times and asked for unanimous consent for the bill to be brought to the floor for a vote.

The Motion to Recommit offered an alternative strategy. When a bill is on the House floor to be voted on, it often undergoes a series of votes before final passage. An MTR is generally used as a tool of the minority (Republicans) to seek a vote on something the majority (Democrats) won’t allow. It is unveiled at the last minute and is often the last vote before final passage. This MTR, if passed, would have amended a youth tobacco bill on the floor to include the text of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The MTR was defeated 187-220 but was effective in showing Americans exactly where their Member of Congress stands on infanticide. To see how your Member of Congress voted, click here.

The abortion industry says babies surviving abortion never happens, but data from the CDC and stories of abortion survivors like Melissa Ohden, Josiah Presley and Claire Culwell prove otherwise. This does happen. It is gut wrenching to think physicians nonchalantly allow newborn children to die, but Kermit Gosnell is proof that some do. Without these protections in place, we cannot effectively stop a future Gosnell-like doctor from repeating the horrors of Gosnell’s post birth “abortions.”

Remember: the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act isn’t about abortion and doesn’t change a single abortion law; it’s about what happens when a child survives an abortion. This bill requires that doctors provide the same standard of care to a child born alive after an attempted abortion that would be afforded to any other child born at that gestation. It is unconscionable that a bill this basic, that simply requires doctors to treat a child born alive as they would any other child, would be so radical to the far left.

Issues like this, whether or not a child who survives an abortion receives age-appropriate medical care, should not be a political or a partisan issue. This is a moral issue. We must continue to pursue every available avenue for this bill to become law for the least of these.

 

 

Why the Global Protect Life Rule Is Right for the U.S. and Nations Around the World

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CWA’s Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Shea Garrison, has just collaborated with Susan B. Anthony List’s research arm, Charlotte Lozier Institute, to develop an On Point policy paper to combat international abortion advocates. Dr. Garrison wrote this policy paper to educate Capitol Hill members on how to keep life protections in foreign policy, giving them the talking points to protect the Trump administration’s pro-life stance around the world.

“In January 2017, President Donald Trump took a bold and unprecedented executive actionto restore the Mexico City Policy and extend its reach through Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA), commonly known as the “Global Protect Life Rule.” With this action, President Trump updated and significantly expanded the scope of limitations on U.S. abortion-related funding, also significantly decreasing the amount of taxpayer dollars going to organizations who actively promote or perform abortion. U.S. foreign aid is now better funneled to alternative foreign organizations who are providing necessary healthcare in developing countries, while also respecting these countries’ cultural values and national sovereignty.”

Read the rest of the article on the Charlotte Lozier Institute site here.

Postponed: CWA of Pennsylvania Tri-County Event

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Concerned Women for America of Pennsylvania is following the federal and state guidance concerning COVID-19. Therefore, we are postponing our tri-county event. We will post our new event date over the next several weeks.  

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Pennsylvania is on the move! If you live in the tri-county area of Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties, we would love to have you join us for a meet and greet to learn more about CWA of Pennsylvania, the work we do here in the state, and how to get involved and advocate for the conservative social issues that matter to you.

I will be sharing CWA of Pennsylvania’s vision and mission for our great state. I will be joined by Prayer Chapter Coordinator Vanessa Saylor who will share about the opportunities for engagement in the tri-county area through prayer, education, and action. You will also meet our new Prayer/Action Chapter leaders.

Mark your calendar and be sure to invite your friends, your mother, your daughters, your nieces.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

If you are interested in having CWA of Pennsylvania host a similar event in your area, please contact Vanessa Saylor at [email protected] or 610-310-4812.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
(Light refreshments and fellowship 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
Location: Berean Bible Church, 2675 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
Cost: Free
RSVP: Please register by Thursday, March 26. Click here to register.

Click here to view the flyer.  Feel free to print and distribute liberally.

Join us in making an impact in our community, state, and nation for the glory of God.

Dilonna Coran
State Director

Pro-Life Victory in the Ninth Circuit?

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The impact of President Donald Trump’s success in the appointment of judges, not only at the U.S. Supreme Court but beyond, was tangibly felt recently when the traditionally-liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, upheld the Trump Administration’s implementation of Title X regulations that would effectively defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion-focused organizations.

The Ninth Circuit ruled (7-4) in California v. Azar, that the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) regulations implementing Title X do not violate federal or constitutional law. The court acted as a limited en banc panel composed of 10 judges selected at random and the Chief Justice which is usually its final say on matters before the court. All seven judges who ruled to uphold the law were appointed by a Republican president, including two new judges appointed by President Trump.

Thirteen of the 29 judges currently serving at the Ninth Circuit have been appointed by a Republican president. That composition gives much better odds of getting constitutionalist judges to hear cases to anyone bringing their case before the court. That is why all the effort we have put into making sure we get quality nominees to the federal bench matters.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) members have understood the importance of judicial nominations for a long time. It does not matter what laws we pass if we allow judicial activists to dominate the court system imposing their personal policy preferences by judicial fiat. We are seeing the fruits of our disciplined focus on this area for many years. I want to thank those of you who have done the hard work behind the scenes to support our efforts in this area.

The opinion in the California v. Azar case shows clearly the contrast of judges trying to impose their policy preferences unto laws and courageous judges standing up for judicial restraint in the most sensitive of areas, like abortion. Judge Sandra Ikuta, writing for the majority, exposed some of the passionate language that judges use to masquerade as legal authority (citation omitted):

The dissent relies heavily on its mistaken view that the Final Rule is a “Gag Rule” that “gags health care providers from fully counseling women about their options while pregnant.” …  The dissent conjures up a “Kafkaesque” situation where counselors have to “walk on eggshells to avoid a potential transgression” of the Final Rule and in response to questions about terminating a pregnancy can merely say: “I can’t help you with that or discuss it. Here is a list of doctors who can assist you with your pre-natal care despite the fact that you are not seeking such care.” … But this “Kafkaesque” scenario is belied by the Final Rule itself, which expressly authorizes counseling on abortion while prohibiting referrals for abortion. Indeed, the Final Rule provides its own example of a straightforward conversation with a client who asks about abortion:

[When a] pregnant woman requests information on abortion and asks the Title X project to refer her for an abortion[, then] [t]he counselor tells her that the project does not consider abortion a method of family planning and, therefore, does not refer for abortion. The counselor offers her nondirective pregnancy counseling, which may discuss abortion, but the counselor neither refers for, nor encourages, abortion. … (emphasis added). The dissent’s arguments that the Final Rule is a “Gag Rule” is merely a restatement of its disagreement with the Final Rule’s interpretation of § 1008 as precluding “referral for abortion as a method of family planning.”

To illustrate the radical activism fueling the dissenters in this case, which would have invalidated these regulations, in support of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, consider their clarification that men can get pregnant too:

While the Rule disproportionately impacts women, people of all genders rely on Title X services, can become pregnant, and will suffer the consequences of the Rule. See, e.g., Cal. Code Regs., tit. 2, § 11035(g) (defining individuals eligible for pregnancy accommodation as including “transgender employee[s] who [are] disabled by pregnancy”); Jessica A. Clarke, They Them, and Theirs, 132 Harv. L. Rev. 894, 954 (2019) (“People of all gender identities can be pregnant[.]”); see also Juno Obedin-Maliver & Harvey J. Makadon, Transgender Men and Pregnancy, 9 Obstetric Med., 4, 5 (2016).

I hope this illustrates for you the type of judges we are certain to get if we do not give this next election the importance and urgency it deserves. The work of appointing constitutionalists to the federal courts is the work of saving our republic. Thank you for staying engaged!

Your Voice is Needed: Illinois Poised to Offer Inclusive Pre- K-12 Comprehensive Sex Education

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The two mandated sex-education bills below have been introduced into the Illinois House and Senate.  The so-called “grade-appropriate” instruction will expose adolescents and young teens to terminology and practices of the LGBTQ lifestyle. They will remove outdated language and build on the current standards for health and sexual health education courses for grades 6 through 12 which includes: pregnancy and reproduction; gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation; puberty, growth, and adolescent development; anatomy and physiology; healthy relationships and friendships; healthy decision-making; and personal safety.

Click on active links to view the text of the bills being voted on this legislative session.

  1. The Healthy Youth Act (HB 5012) – proposed in the House by State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (Democrat-Dist. 14, Chicago), State Rep. Ann Williams (Democrat-Dist. 11, Chicago); Michelle Mussman (Democrat-Dist. 56, Schaumburg) and in the Senate (SB 3788)  by Sen. Celina Villanueva (Democrat-11th Dist., Summit) and Sen. Laura Fine (Democrat-9th Dist., Glenview). The Healthy Youth Act will take effect upon becoming law.
  2. The Responsible Education for Adolescent and Children’s Health (REACH) Act (SB 2762) was introduced by Ram Villivalam (Democrat-8th Dist., Chicago). The REACH will mandate all public and satellite schools to offer comprehensive and inclusive sex education for grades pre-K through 12.

“‘Comprehensive sex education’ means instruction in a comprehensive school health education approach that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of human sexuality and is designed to motivate and assist students in maintaining and improving sexual health, preventing disease, and reducing sexual health-related risk behaviors and to enable and empower students to develop and demonstrate developmentally and culturally appropriate sexuality and sexual health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices.”

“‘Inclusive’ means a curriculum that ensures students from historically marginalized communities that include, but are not limited to, communities of color, immigrant communities, people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, people who are intersex, people who have disabilities, people who have experienced sexual victimization, and others whose experiences have been traditionally left out of sex education programs and policies are included in classroom materials and lessons.”

A detailed list of objectives and subject matter for the specific grade levels are available in the active link to the bill (SB 2762). One of many alarming subject matters: “Unbiased information and non-stigmatizing information about the options regarding pregnancy, including parenting, adoption, and abortion.”

If passed, this legislation would make Illinois the 30th state to mandate sex education. If passed, the REACH Act would begin no later than July 1, 2021.

Please take action:

  1. Read the bills in their entirety. This is the curriculum Illinois children Pre-K through 12 will be mandated to learn. We have a God-given responsibility to guard their hearts and minds.
  2. Contact your state representative and state senator and urge him/her to opposethe Healthy Youth and REACH Acts. Click here to find your senator and state representative’s contact information. Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.

Forward this alert to your family, friends, as well as churches in your area.

Please join me in prayer that the Church will wake up to LGBTQ indoctrination via the public education system and speak out against the Healthy Youth and REACH Acts.  Pray also for the hearts of the Illinois legislators that they will courageously vote against the bill.

Debbie Leininger
State Director

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