August 13 – National Prayer Call

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Join CWA this Thursday evening, August 13, as we gather with friends in Georgia for a roundtable discussion about the election and spend time praying for our nation, the election, and for the Church to be a light during this time of seemingly increasing darkness.

There are two ways to participate: Facebook Live or by conference call number: Dial-in number: (712) 770-4921, Participant Code: 704998. This prayer event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

What is at stake in this election year?  Your vote may make the difference.

Pro-LifeNOT Abortion Extremism

Pro-Family NOT Government Socialism

Pro-WomanNOT Erasing Female Status

Pro-Religious FreedomNOT Judicial Activism

 

 

CWALAC Endorses Focus on Protecting Children and Taxpayers from the Destructive Cost of Gender Reassignment

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee’s (CWALAC) impact on policy was on display as several members of Congress, led by Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-California), introduced legislation responding to the alarming acceleration of “gender reassignment” interventions causing irreversible harm to children and violating the conscience rights of federal taxpayers. The “Protecting Children from Experimentation Act” and the” End Taxpayer Funding of Gender Experimentation Act” aim to shield children and taxpayers from the deceptive push to “normalize” gender reassignment and promote destructive transgender medical practices using drugs and surgeries.

At the national and state levels, CWALAC  has been working to educate lawmakers on the radical, irreversible medical treatments being exploited by an activist medical community, including in unethical research supported by the National Institutes of Health, to deal with the psychological condition of gender dysphoria.

In announcing the bills, Rep. LaMalfa said, “Our society has quickly ‘normalized’ gender experimentation under the guise of an ‘accepting’ political ideology rather than biological reality. Even more troubling, children are undergoing experimental treatments, like being injected with puberty-blocking hormones and cross-sex hormones, which have irreversible consequences, such as permanent sterility.”

Doreen Denny, CWALAC Vice President of Government Relations, offered this statement of support:

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) agrees children who struggle with identity should be protected from harmful ‘gender reassignment’ medical practices causing serious health risks, irreversible damage, and increasingly, regret. Minors are incapable of giving informed consent to destructive medical interventions degrading their development and sterilizing their bodies. Unfortunately, the Big Gender market is more interested in profit than ethical practice.  CWALAC applauds Rep LaMalfa’s proposals standing against the medical mutilation of minors in the name of ‘gender confirmation,’ and the use of federal tax dollars to finance radical gender reassignment interventions.”

To read the full press release announcing the legislation and its original sponsors, click here.

Nance on Harris VP Pick

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Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America LAC, issued the following statement on Joe Biden selecting Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate:

“As we’ve seen in past elections, a woman on the ticket does not assure the women’s vote. If Joe Biden truly believes in diversity and inclusion, he would have chosen a pro-life Democrat or a radical feminist who believes in basic biology.

“Kamala Harris’ track record on abortion is nothing short of extreme.While serving as the Attorney General of California, Harris sued pro-life activist David Daleiden who released videos of Planned Parenthood officials involved in the sale of baby body parts. In Congress, she supported radical legislation supporting unrestricted taxpayer funding of abortions. In addition, she has a 100% approval rating from NARAL for her pro-choice voting record and the endorsement of Emily’s List. Selecting Biden/Harris would be a horrific blow to the pro-life movement and the progress we have made these past four years on behalf of the intrinsic value of every human.”

Meet CWA of South Carolina’s New State Director!

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I am very excited to introduce to you Madison Rainey, Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) new South Carolina’s State Director. Madison first learned about CWA and what we stand for when she attended Student Leadership University in Washington, D.C., the summer before her senior year of high school. While there, Madison learned of the strong Biblical and Constitutional principles that CWA holds and became passionate about all in which CWA is involved.

Madison is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. She currently works at the Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, where she works on media relations, event coordination, and pro-life legislation. Madison and her husband Rusty live in Inman, SC with their two dogs Sarge and Maggie.

A note from Madison:
“My desire for CWA of South Carolina is to promote CWA’s seven core values throughout our state and to create a strong state organization by building a dedicated steering committee and local chapters, lobbying and testifying at the state capitol, hosting education events, and more–All for the glory of God. I want others in our state to look to CWA for education on pro-life and pro-family issues, and to join with us in advocating for Biblical and constitutional principles in South Carolina.”

Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operations
Concerned Women for America

Key Update on the NCAA & Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act

By | Legislative Updates, News and Events, Sexual Exploitation | No Comments

Important Update: NCAA’s Board of Governors did not take action against Idaho for enacting the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act at their meeting on August 4. That is good news!! But the fight is not over!

A sportswriter in Idaho reported this statement: “The NCAA is working with national and international groups as it reviews its current transgender athlete policy. Inclusion and fairness are the objectives in addressing the complex set of issues. The NCAA Board of Governors will hear an update regarding the policy review at its October meeting as it considers future championship host sites. The NCAA is monitoring the lawsuit involving Idaho Bill 500 and will review the court’s decision when it is made.”

Activists are going even further in pressing the NCAA to change its policy to remove any requirement for hormone treatment for a male to compete in women’s sports. Instead, they want any male identifying as a woman to be eligible to compete in women’s sports against female athletes.

We must continue to act to protect the status of females and the integrity of women’s sports for female athletes. You can help in two ways:

  1. Over 300 female athletes signed the letter to the NCAA! We continue to gather signatures for the letter petitioning the NCAA to back off any boycott of Idaho. Please help us reach out to current or former NCAA or professional female athletes and have them Sign Here.
  2. Stand with us to protect female athletes by signing our petition to the International Olympic Committee requesting suspension of the 2015 guidelines allowing biological males to compete in women’s Olympic events. To date, Save Women’s Sports has collected over 15,000 signatures from 30 countries! Sign Here.

Thank you for joining Concerned Women for America to Save Women’s Sports!

P.S. Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations, joined Washington Watch recently to discuss CWA’s effort to protect the rights of female athletes under Title IX. Listen here.

Back from the Dead – Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund Is Still a Threat!

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We had been assured that the dangerous Assembly Bill 2218 was not going to be heard by the Senate Health Committee and thereby dead for this year. However, it seems the transgender lobby exerted enough pressure on Committee Chair Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) to have him place AB 2218 on a new Health Committee hearing Monday, August 10. In the last weeks of this session, policy committees were to limit the number of bills to be heard, due to the lengthy COVID-19 recess, and prioritize bills that had relevance to the present crisis.

AB 2218 would not seem to fit this category. To recap, AB 2218 establishes a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund to encourage, promote, and provide the means for sex-change operations, cross-sex hormones, and puberty-blocking drugs to minors. This fund “shall be available to a hospital, health care clinic, or other medical provider that currently provides gender-affirming health care services, such as hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery.” Monies of an unknown amount will be appropriated as the legislature deems necessary with taxpayer dollars. Read our previous alert here.

Right now, many girls and boys are becoming part of a dangerous phenomenon in which, unsatisfied with their bodies, they are being pressured into disfiguring and dangerous operations and puberty-blocking drugs. These “treatments” can cause irreversible damage, rendering them infertile and in chronic pain. For females, such medical measures have included mutilation, such as cutting off breasts. For both males and females, they lose child-bearing abilities.

We thank you so much for the calls you have already made to the Senate Health Committee members to ask them to oppose this legislation that undermines a child’s identity, the sanctity of womanhood and manhood, and uses California tax dollars to do so. Now we need your voices and prayers again in advance of Monday’s hearing.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California asks you to help us once again send a strong message that we oppose AB 2218.

Take Action!

  1. Please call the offices of the nine Senate Health Committee members and urge them to oppose AB 2218. Please try to reach as many offices as you can and politely share your concerns about using your tax dollars for this fund. These are minors and adults who need compassionate counseling care, not dangerous “treatments” that cause infertility, ongoing health problems, and disfiguring surgeries that cannot be reversed. The office contact information is directly below my signature line. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.
  2. Forward this alert to your community of prayer warriors, family, and friends as a call to pray and action.

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

Please pray: Lord, most urgently, we pray for this bill’s journey to end in the Senate Health Committee and progress no further. We pray especially that You would provide wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to our legislators. May You open their eyes to what is good for our young children. Lord may Your will be done in California. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Marlo Tucker
State Director


Please call these committee members’ offices:

Sen. Richard Pan (Chair)
Democrat – District 6
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4006
District Offices
Sacramento, (916) 651-1529 or (916) 262-2904

Sen. Melissa A. Melendez (Vice Chair) (says she will vote “NO” on AB 2218)
Republican – District 28
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4028
District Offices
Murrieta, (951) 894-3530
Indio, (760) 398-6442

Sen. Lena A. Gonzalez
Democrat – District 33
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4033
District Offices
Long Beach, (562) 256-7921
Huntington Park, (323) 277-4560

Sen. Shannon Grove (says she will vote “NO” on AB 2218)
Republican – District 16
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4016
District offices
Bakersfield, (661) 323-0443
Yucca Valley, (760) 228-3136

Sen. Melissa Hurtado
Democrat – District 14
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4014
District Offices
Bakersfield, (661) 395-2620
Hanford, (559) 585-7161
Fresno, (559) 264-3070

Sen. Connie M. Leyva
Democrat – District 20
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4020
District Offices
San Bernardino, (909) 888-5360
Pomona, (909) 469-1110

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell
Democrat – District 30
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4030
District Office: (213) 745-6656

Sen. Bill Monning
Democrat – District 17
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4017
District Offices
San Luis Obispo, (805) 549-3784
Monterey, (831) 657-6315
Santa Cruz, (831) 425-0401

Sen. Susan Rubio
Democrat – District 22
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4022
District Office: (626) 430-2499

Voting Is Every Citizen’s Duty

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The right to vote has been important in the history of our nation. Battles were fought and waged for many years across this country to provide EVERYONE the right to vote.
From the U.S. Constitution:
  • Constitution of the United States, Fifteenth Amendment, Section 1 – 1870: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged … on the account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
  • Constitution of the United States, Nineteenth Amendment, Section 1 – 1920: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged … on the account of sex.

Listen to some voices from the past:

  • Civil Rights slogan: 
    “One man, one vote”
  • Susan B. Anthony, social reformer and women’s rights activist, speech before her trial for voting – 1873
    “Here, in the first paragraph of the Declaration [of Independence], is the assertion of the natural right of all to the ballot, for how can ‘the consent of the governed” be given, if the right to vote be denied?”
  • Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, Speech at Bloomington, Illinois – 1856
    “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
    “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

CWA has prepared resources to help you be a part of getting people registered to vote (add link).  Download these resources and use them in your church and community. CWA is also partnering with iVoterGuide to help you vote knowledgeably. You can check to see how the candidates in your state are rated based on information gathered from a number of resources.

Whether or Not Schools Reopen, Families Need Choices

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Back to School is here, and it seems we are back to where we ended – struggling to adapt to continued uncertainty without the luxury of time on our side.  Students can ill afford to lose another semester, let alone another year.

Among the important developments of the coronavirus pandemic is the growing realization of why choice in education really matters. Now is the time to make the shift to a lasting environment of school choice that gives parents the capacity to opt into or opt out of the school setting that works for their children and their circumstances and the means to make it work.

The primacy of student well-being and effective learning dictates that in-person education cannot be a luxury for most.  Families are getting creative in how to make education possible if the schools are not going to open, and they deserve greater access and control over the money we pour into education from the local to the federal levels.

Information from the President’s team underscores the importance of the real issues that parents need to consider:

“Failure to offer in-person classes could harm students’ development, especially those in disadvantaged communities.  Nationwide, nearly 30 million American students rely on schools for free or reduced meals.   More than 70% of children receiving mental health services do so at school, and nearly all therapies for children with intellectual or physical disabilities are performed at school.”

The Trump Administration is also aware that families need the flexibility to weigh decisions before them:

“It is vital that parents be allowed to weigh both the benefits and risks of sending their child back to school, including the level of community spread and the makeup of their household, especially for multi-generational households.”

That is why President Trump’s emphasis on encouraging schools to reopen safely coupled with proposals to expand the educational choices of families need action now.  Specifically, President Trump is calling for legislation to ensure that schools have the funding and incentives they need to safely reopen this fall and empower families with school choice.

“To encourage schools to make in-person classes available this fall, the President is requesting $105 billion in education funding as part of the next coronavirus relief bill—$70 billion of which will directly support K-12 education. Approximately $35 billion of the $70 billion will be reserved for schools that reopen.  If schools do not reopen, funding should follow students so parents can send their child to the private, charter, religious, or home school of their choice.”

The School Choice Now Act, introduced by Sens. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), provides a mechanism for giving scholarships to students for use at the school setting of their choice, including home-based schooling, and includes robust protections for schools and families to operate free of government intrusion that could compromise their mission or beliefs.

Families are being faced with unprecedented obligations to assume primary responsibility for keeping their children engaged and learning.  The fragility of the public-school system, including how teacher unions can hold it hostage, is being exposed.  The shortcomings of traditional ways of delivering education in a technological age that intensifies the divide between have and have-nots is more obvious than ever.   We cannot afford limping along for another year in the same way we saw last year limp to a close.

In a pandemic age, education must be adaptable.  If teacher unions are going to prevent public schools from reopening, then now is the time to allow greater access and investment in our private, faith-centered, and home-based schools.   President Trump’s focus is on target:  giving parents the means to consider better options and the choice to take them.

CWA Still Committed to the Principles of our Founding

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Precisely forty-two years ago, in 1978, Beverly LaHaye held the first Concerned Women for America (CWA) meeting in San Diego, California, to educate women about the threats presented by the so-called Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). More than 1,200 attended. It was the beginning of what would become the largest public policy organization for women in the nation.

CWA went on to have a resounding victory against the ERA both in the culture and the courtroom. But, believe it or not, some radical feminists never got over that resounding loss. They are still trying to revive the old, putrefied ERA corpse to this day.

CWA continues to stand in their way.

Just last week, we filed a brief in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia standing against illegal efforts to bypass precedent and keep the effort to pass the ERA alive. The brief, filed by Michael Farris, who was legal counsel for CWA back when we defeated the ERA the first time, and who is now the CEO and General Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, explains to the court why the efforts to revive this effort violates the constitutional process.

Simply put, the ERA’s ratification deadline has come and gone. The effort is legally dead. The U.S. Congress gave the states seven years to ratify it, and they failed in that effort decades ago. To pass the ERA, they would need to start the process all over again.

Even the radically liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has acknowledged as much, saying at a Georgetown Law School event that the effort to revive it comes “long after the deadline passed” and needs to start over. “I would like to see a new beginning,” she told the moderator Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge M. Margaret McKeown, “I’d like it to start over.”

In our brief, we argue ERA activists themselves have acknowledged that their time has expired in numerous public statements. But now they seek to circumvent the constitutional process and revive the effort. Even their efforts to “remove the deadline,” acknowledge as much:

The Alice Paul Institute admits that “the ERA did not succeed in getting [sufficient] ratifications before the deadline.” The Feminist Majority Foundation explains that Congress must either “rescind the arbitrary timeline on ERA ratification … [or] pass the ERA again.” Likewise, the League of Women Voters of the United States currently urges its followers to “Tell Congress to remove the deadline so the ERA can cross the finish line!” … On its website, Equality Now tells supporters they “now must urge Senators to pass S.J. Res. 6, another joint resolution to eliminate the deadline. It is more important than ever to urge Senators to eliminate the original deadline!”

The ERA was bad policy then and is still bad policy today. It is why the American people rejected it. Feminists seek to use it to force their radical pro-abortion policies on the country, like finally getting our tax dollars to pay for abortions up to the moment of birth. Big abortion businesses like NARAL and Planned Parenthood have long argued that ERAs at the state level guarantee a right to taxpayer-funded abortions.

The president of the National Organization for Women argued, “The ERA would codify reproductive rights in the Constitution and greatly support low-income women who are the first to lose access to affordable birth control when family planning services are reduced.”

And today we know the ERA would be even worse for women, given the monumental fight in which we are engaged in an effort to protect women sports. Proponents of the ERA want to redefined the word “sex” in federal law opening the door for men who identify as women to hijack women’s rights, safety, and protections.

CWA is currently fighting in courts and legislatures around the country for the right of women in women’s shelter to prevent males from coming into their spaces, a development that could further aggravate the emotional and psychological pain of women who have suffered domestic abuse, rape, and even trafficking in some cases.

The bottom line is that the ERA continues to be a disaster for women and CWA is, once again, leading the fight against it to preserve the intrinsic and unique value of every woman. We won back then. And we will do so again.

Tell Gov. Tom Wolf to Inspect Pennsylvania Abortion Clinics!

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It is hard to believe that in a post-Kermit Gosnell world, abortion clinics in Pennsylvania are not being inspected during the COVID-19 crisis. This is proof that the governor, along with the abortion industry, does not care about women and the unborn.

The patient safety standards currently in place through the “Health Care Facilities Act” need to be followed. By not following the required inspection standards, Gov. Wolf is failing to protect the women of Pennsylvania. The Governor needs to ensure that all abortion facilities are inspected and that findings of the inspections are made public to ensure complete accountability and transparency.

Both Gov. Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine need to hear from you so that Kermit Gosnell’s horrors and crimes are not repeated. They need to know that the women and families of our Commonwealth deserve better.

Immediate Action Needed
#1. Contact Gov. Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine. Urge them to ensure Pennsylvania abortion clinics are inspected and that the findings are posted for the public to review. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Pennsylvania.

Gov. Wolf:  717-787-2500 | Online contact form
Dr. Rachel Levine: 717-787-9857

#2. Please forward this email to family and friends.

Thank you for taking action at this critical time.

Dilonna Coran
State Director

NECESSARY – A Change in Virginia’s Emergency Powers Act

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It has been over 100 days and 18 executive orders (and numerous amendments) since Gov. Ralph Northam (Democrat) declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020. The governor has now called a special session of the General Assembly for August 18, 2020.

If Virginia is to continue as a Commonwealth with a constitutional government and not by executive orders of a governor, it is imperative that we limit the timeframe a future governor (regardless of party) can dictate how Virginians live their lives, without input from our General Assembly. When a prolonged crisis occurs, our Commonwealth needs to be governed by the laws our elected officials debate and vote on, and not one individual or party that is in power. For these reasons, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia is supporting SB5001, which could be voted on during the August 18 special session.

SB5001, sponsored by Sen. Steven Newman (R-District 23), limits the governor’s emergency powers to 60 days total on any rule, regulation, or order. The language would amend the Emergency Services and Disaster Law to include, “No rule, regulation, or order issued under this section shall have any effect beyond 30 days after the date of issuance. If, however, the General Assembly does not take any action on the rule, regulation, or order within the 30 days during which the rule, regulation, or order is effective, the Governor may once again issue the same rule, regulation, or order but shall thereafter be prohibited from issuing the same or a similar rule, regulation, or order relating to the same emergency.”

Please take action! 

  1. Call your state senator and ask that he/she co-sponsor the bill and then vote YES on SB5001. Click here to locate your senator. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.
  2. Forward this email to family and friends.

Please join me in prayer that

  • Self-interest will be laid aside for the common good.
  • Discernment between truth and falsehood will be clear.
  • Legislators will take brave stands for righteousness.

“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisors make victory sure.” Proverbs 11:14

Toni DeLancey
State Director

August 24 Event: The Role of Faith in Law and Public Policy

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Pennsylvania is eagerly anticipating our upcoming statewide virtual meeting on Monday, August 24! Our topic will be the role of faith in law and public policy, and our guest speaker will be retired Superior Court of Pennsylvania Judge Cheryl Allen. Judge Allen will share reflections from her time on the bench, provide insights and wisdom that she has gained over her years of service, as well as her advice for Christian women regarding the current tumultuous state of political affairs in America.

We encourage you to mark your calendars and join us on August 24. Our topic is needed at a time when our nation so deeply requires prayer and the strengthening of leaders who will defend Biblical values. As we observe the fallen nature of this world and as we seek to defend Biblical principles against the daily onslaught of political attacks, it is a powerful encouragement to hear the testimonies of public figures of faith who have stood firm. Hearing Judge Cheryl Allen’s insights regarding faith in policy is an opportunity that you won’t want to miss!

Join us as we strive toward our goal to uplift our nation and the state of Pennsylvania in prayer!

Speaker’s bio is below the signature.

Event Details:
Date: 
Monday, August 24
Time:  7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Virtual – Anywhere You Are!
Cost: Free
RSVP: Click here to register.
Upon registration, we will email you the link to the virtual meeting in addition to a phone number for those who would like to call into the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you on August 24.

Dilonna Coran
State Director


Speaker bio:
Judge Cheryl Allen is a graduate of Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Judge Allen made history in 2007 when she became the first black woman to be elected to serve on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Prior to this incredible achievement, Judge Allen worked as an attorney for 24 years from 1975 to 1990 and served 18 years as a judge for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas from 1990 to 2008. Judge Allen has received numerous awards throughout her impressive career, including the University of Pittsburgh’s Women’s Law Association’s Woman of the Year Award in 2002 and the Legal Intelligencer & Pennsylvania Law Weekly Women of the Year Award in 2008.

Judge Allen is a founding member of Women Without Walls, a ministry seeking to unify Christian women regardless of denomination or ethnic background. The ministry explains, “Although we may worship at different churches, and although we may have different ethnic backgrounds, we are One in Christ. After all, the common bond weaving His spotless Bride together is the scarlet thread of Jesus Christ and His atoning blood.” This ministry is only one example of the tireless dedication to public service that Judge Allen has demonstrated throughout her career. After witnessing the struggles of children for years through her service in Juvenile Court, Judge Allen became active with organizations such as the Birth Parent Mentoring Program, which assists young single mothers, and Youth Enrichment Services Diversion Program, providing aid and mentorship to at-risk youths.

Your Voice Made the Difference in California – Here’s How

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“For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
Deuteronomy 20:4

Our United Voice Defeated Assembly Bill 2218!

Last week, we asked you to activate and raise the alarm on Assembly Bill (AB) 2218 – and boy did you! Your phone calls, your visits to Senate district offices, and your presence on social media stopped AB 2218 dead in its tracks!

AB 2218 would have used millions of taxpayer dollars to establish a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund, which would have encouraged, promoted, and provided the means for sex-change operations, cross-sex hormones, and puberty-blocking drugs to minors.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California opposed AB 2218.  The Senate Health Committee heard our united voice of opposition and removed AB 2218 from the hearing agenda.

This is a miraculous victory that reveals the Lord’s favor and His power.  California is truly blessed by your commitment to prayer and action.

Thank you, and God bless California!

Sincerely,
Marlo Tucker
State Director

CWA Supports Female Athletes Urging NCAA to Back Off Activism

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2020
Contact:
Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations, (202)420-1491, [email protected]

Washington, D.C. – Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) joined partners in the fight to Save Women’s Sports supporting a letter to the NCAA Board of Governors signed by over 300 current and former NCAA and professional female athletes, including Olympians, urging them not to bow to activism requesting retaliatory action against Idaho for protecting fair play in women’s sports for female athletes.   Idaho enacted the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which is being defended in federal court by two female college track athletes who were forced to compete against a biological male athlete in the women’s category.

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

“It’s time for the NCAA to stand up for female athletes, not sideline their dreams.  NCAA’s black eye in women’s sports will only get darker if it retaliates against Idaho for protecting the innate status of female athletes.  Sex discrimination against women and girls has no place on fair and level playing fields.

 “Female NCAA, professional, and Olympic athletes who signed this letter speak for all women and girls across America who simply want to compete against other female athletes. This is what Title IX achieved over 40 years ago.  The NCAA has no business overturning that victory by promoting inequity in women’s athletics.

“This is not a left or right issue.  Women and girls, regardless of political affiliation, deserve to have the laws that protect us respected and followed, ensuring equal opportunities and benefits in sports for all female athletes.”

Concerned Women for America has stood at the forefront of the fight to protect equal opportunity for female athletes in women’s sports.  CWA has filed two civil rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Education at the college level against Franklin Pierce University (for winning a national NCAA title in the 400-meter women’s hurdles in 2019) and the University of Montana (for winning the NCAA Big Sky Conference indoor mile in women’s track in 2020).  Both victories involved biological male athletes who had previously competed on the men’s teams.

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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.

Penny Nance urges FDA to remove abortion pill from U.S. market

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

Today, Penny Nance joined leading medical and prolife groups urging the FDA to remove the abortion pill, mifepristone, immediately from the U.S. market for its imminent danger to women after a federal judge ruled to circumvent the drug’s critical safety requirements to provide easy access during the coronavirus pandemic.

In their letter to Commission Hahn,  the leaders warn:

“This rogue judicial activism is a gross breach of the separation of powers, undermining the FDA’s statutory authority to regulate drug safety, while recklessly endangering American women and preborn children. The FDA must fight back.”

Full text of the letter can be found here.

Amendment 2 – Medicaid Expansion of Eligibility Is Wrong for Missouri

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There will be a proposition on the ballot statewide on August 4, 2020. Amendment 2, which will greatly expand the eligibility to qualify for Medicaid. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) recommends a NO vote on the amendment for these reasons:

  1. Amendment 2 seeks to add to the Medicaid rolls persons between ages 19-64 who are childless and have household incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level. This could very well cut the services for Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens who need access to critical health care services due to the increased number of individuals who would qualify for Medicaid in Missouri should the amendment pass.
  2. Amendment 2 would greatly increase the number of young adult women who would qualify for Medicaid payments for “morning after” pills. One federal Medicaid regulation provides for mandatory Medicaid payment of prescription drugs or devices “to prevent implantation of the fertilized ovum.” The federal Medicaid statute compels states to fund family planning services in their Medicaid plans for women of child-bearing age, including minors who “can be considered to be sexually active” and “desire such services and supplies.”
  3. The more Medicaid is expanded, the more taxpayers’ money is paid to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. There have been numerous federal court decisions that have declared a state may not exclude a provider simply based on the scope of the services it provides. Our own Missouri Supreme Court issued such a decision earlier in July.

Click here for CWA of Missouri’s explanation of Amendment 2. Click here for the wording of Amendment 2.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

“Defend the cause of the poor and the fatherless! Vindicate the oppressed and suffering! Rescue the poor and needy! Deliver them from the power of the wicked!”

Psalm 82:3-4

In compassion,
Bev Ehlen
State Director

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International Community Condemns China’s Violations of Uyghur Human Rights

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By Jaelyn Morgan, Intern for the Department of International Affairs, Concerned Women for America

In the face of China’s gross violations against the Uyghur people and other minorities, the United States is speaking out. So is Concerned Women for America.

The U.S. State Department has accumulated mounting evidence on China’s systemic human rights violations against over one million Uyghur and other ethnic and religious minorities, particularly in the Xinjiang province. Violations include “forced disappearance, political indoctrination, torture, psychological and physical and psychological abuse, including forced sterilization and sexual abuse, forced labor, and prolonged detention without trial.” Most victims are Muslim. A significant number are Christian.

On June 17, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 to hold the individuals and entities responsible for the “gross violations of human rights” against the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. On July 1, 2020, Concerned Women for America (CWA) released a statement in support of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s stance, stating, “A program of mass sterilization and forced abortion in ethnic and religious minority communities is particularly dehumanizing, and the global community cannot stay silent.”

China first denied, but has since acknowledged, the existence of “re-education” camps in Xinjiang which they claim are necessary for combatting “extremism” and “terrorism.” In 2013 and 2014, Chinese authorities labeled the Uyghurs as responsible for terrorist attacks in Tiananmen Square and Kunming, respectively. Currently, China severely restricts religious expression and interferes in the daily habits, education, weddings, funerals, and “family planning” of any person deemed a “religious extremist.”  Women undergo forced sterilizations and abortions. Individuals “disappear.” Families are arrested for having “too many children.” Parents are coerced into confessing that their personal choices show they are “lawless” and “uncivilized.”

By 2017, reports of the issue became public knowledge. On July 8, 2019, 22 Western nations formally requested for the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to address the matter. By the UN’s own guidelines, China’s actions to prevent births within the Uyghur group constitutes “genocide.” Ironically, China was on the HRC at that time and holds itself up as a leader in human rights while being a human rights violator. As Dr. Shea Garrison, CWA’s Vice President of International Affairs, stated in The Washington Times, “as in the case of China, confusion about fundamental rights offers cover to authoritarian and totalitarian governments that provide benefits to citizens as a demonstration of ‘human rights,’ all the while censoring the press, oppressing religious freedom or imprisoning political dissidents.” Indeed, only four days later, 37 countries sent a letter of refutation to the HRC, defending China’s actions in Xinjiang and praising them for “remarkable achievements in the field of human rights.”

Currently, more progress is being made toward holding China accountable for its unjust actions. Following the release of the U.S. Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, 50 independent UN experts sent a letter urging the HRC “to act collectively and decisively to ensure China respects human rights and abides by its international obligations.” On June 29, 2020, the Interparliamentary Alliance in China (IPAC), composed of parliaments from 15 nations, sent a statement to the UN General Assembly, calling on them to swiftly investigate the matter and determine whether  genocide is taking place.

The international community must uphold its own standards. What is taking place in China against certain minority groups is discriminatory, abusive, and wrong. Nations, including the U.S., must continue to put pressure on China and international human rights courts to bring accountability to those responsible for these horrific violations of human rights.

Meet CWA’s Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Summer Interns

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Hello! My name is Jaelyn Morgan, and I am currently interning with Concerned Women for America (CWA) in the International Affairs Department.

I am absolutely thrilled to be working with this faith-based, conservative organization. I am similarly convicted about CWA’s seven core issues and love how they combine prayer with action, living out the Biblical worldview by pushing for policies that adhere to Biblical principles. Working with CWA has been a refreshing experience. It has shown me there are many Christians locally and nationwide who still believe in Biblical principles and see their practical connection to conservative policy. I have been rejuvenated seeing CWA leaders and supporters voting, supporting, and raising awareness about issues that can steer our country in a direction that honors God and honors people, made in His Image.

Throughout this internship, I have been learning a lot about current international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. I have learned the reasoning for our nation’s current stance toward other countries, such as China, Iran, and Israel and have also been exposed to issues of which I had never heard.

Perhaps the most eye-opening issue I have researched is the persecution of the Uyghurs in China. I was shocked to learn that the government is not only trying to wipe out this minority’s faith and identity through re-education camps but is also forcing medical sterilization and abortions on their women to shrink the Uyghur population over time. God has really humbled me before Him by exposing to me the vastness of injustice in the world and the immense human rights violations that go on everywhere, every day. I am so thankful to serve a God who cares deeply for us and who continuously raises up individuals who fear Him to fight for the dignity of each human being in these situations. Without hope in God’s justice, these situations seem overwhelming. But with a worldview grounded in Him, we are strong enough to learn more about these issues and stand up for these people in prayer paired with action. God has definitely used CWA to expose me to these issues and to learn how to respond and work within them as well.

Next spring, I plan to graduate from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s in Christian Theology and Apologetics. After that, I am prayerfully considering law school with a concentration in K-12 education policy or obtaining a master’s degree in policy administration. My dream job is to work in developing and implementing a research-based K-12 curriculum on critical thinking. Long term, I would love to work in implementing this curriculum at the grassroots level, helping local districts incorporate it into their schools in a practical way and conducting follow-up research to make improvements in the future.

I am so thankful to CWA for increasing my awareness of conservatism and showing me the value of a grassroots approach! This internship has changed my life and enabled me to live out my faith in new and improved ways. I am so grateful to work under the amazing national staff that composes CWA, and for the lovely friendships I have made with my fellow interns, Lindsey and Natalie.


Here are a few of the articles that Jaelyn write for CWA during her summer internship:

U.S. Relationship with World Health Organization will be Determined by This Year’s Presidential Election

Defunding World Health Organization is Necessary; Here’s Why

Huge Win for CWA: Planned Parenthood Affiliate Finally Admits its Racists Roots

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) has been fighting for years to expose Planned Parenthood’s (PP) legacy of death which has its roots in the racist eugenics movement. As PP celebrated 100 years a few years back, CWA launched a campaign called “100 No More,” exposing the organization’s racists founding through eugenicist Margaret Sanger. CWA also noted the disparate impact of PP’s policies on minority communities to this day.

Though African Americans are only 12.6% of the U.S. population, they make up 35.4% of all abortions, over 1 in 3. And census data shows that 79% of PP’s surgical abortion facilities are within walking distance of minority neighborhoods. Here is a shocking clip of Margaret Sanger in her own words]:

But PP and liberals have stood by Margaret Sanger’s side for decades. They defended her. They would even give out the infamous Margaret Sanger Award, which they called their “highest honor.” Proud recipients included Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

 

The same liberals who prop themselves up as champions of minorities would fight us every time we would shed light on PP’s racist roots. They were proud when the Smithsonian put a bust of Margaret Sanger in the National Portrait Gallery. CWA fought them hard on it and called on them to remove it, yet they emphatically refused and were elated to have the pro-abortion display, ignoring the explicit racism attached to it.

But time has caught up to their lying, hypocritical schemes, and now they’ve been forced to acknowledge their racist legacy. The news just broke this week that Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) is being forced to remove the Margaret Sanger name from its abortion clinic as “a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color.”

The change does not come out of self-reflection, but out of pressure from its base. As The Washington Times reported, in a June 18 open letter, 350 current and former staff members and about 800 members wrote, “We know that Planned Parenthood has a history and a present steeped in white supremacy, and we, the staff, are motivated to do the difficult work needed to improve.”

In today’s climate, PP’s racism is no longer able to hide behind their friends in the media and the politicians they support. So, PPGNY has announced the removal of Sanger’s name, and perhaps we are seeing the beginning of the truth coming out. It is definitely an excellent development for truth and life.

The fact that it is the New York Planned Parenthood facility is significant. CWA has also talked about the deep abortion extremism in NYC, where more African American babies were killed by abortion (31,328) than born (24,758) in 2012. We can only hope that the city wakes up to this racial genocide and turns against the inherent racism within the pro-abortion movement.

To be sure, PP is only changing a name, while changing none of its racist policies, like opposing bills that have tried to ban abortions based on race. They have announced no willingness to change their shameful policy on taking money for abortions based on race.

CWA will continue to fight for justice for women. There is much work to be done to protect the inherent value of every human life. But perhaps this development shows us that Americans are starting to wake up to the abortion con and will demand change.

It is definitely something CWA had been hoping to see, and we give thanks to God for this small crack in Big Abortion’s stranglehold on our nation.