The Deceptively Named “Equality Act” is a Threat to Women

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) joined with Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), Jody Hice (R-Georgia), Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) and Carol Miller (R-West Virginia) to speak out about the Equality Act’s harmful effects on women and girls. Alongside the lawmakers, representatives from CWALAC, Women’s Liberation Front, Alliance Defending Freedom, Susan B. Anthony List and Family Research Council, were clear – the “Equality Act” will do away with women’s sports, safe spaces for women, and jeopardize parents’ jurisdiction over their child’s health care. It is dangerous for our country.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America LAC, issued the following statement:

“We are united in sending a clear message to Speaker Nancy Pelosi in opposing the deceptively-named “Equality Act.” The Speaker has shut off debate and with it, any hope of addressing the serious issues in the so-called “Equality Act.”  This bill would enshrine “gender identity” in civil rights law as a new protected class of sex with no rules or standards for claiming the opposite sex.

This bill is extreme and dangerous. It is not about equality; it is about imposing a new form of discrimination against women and people of faith in our country. Our rights to safety, privacy, and conscience are abandoned under this bill, and women and girls put at greater risk.

Women will lose female protected status in bathrooms, dressing rooms, locker rooms, and women’s shelters. Women will lose opportunities for scholarships and contracts. Female athletes will lose in unfair competition.

Congress should pass laws to protect women, not abandon us.”

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Penny Nance – Inequality Act Press Conference

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee’s (CWALAC) CEO & President Penny Nance joined with Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), Jody Hice (R-Georgia), Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) and Carol Miller (R-West Virginia), alongside other organizations from the left and the right to speak out about the Equality Act’s harmful effects on women and girls. The “Equality Act” will do away with women’s sports, safe spaces for women, and jeopardize parents’ jurisdiction over their child’s health care. It is dangerous for our country.

Penny Nance on the Equality Act on Fox News

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Concerned Women for America LAC CEO & President Penny Nance was featured on Fox News opposing the so-called Equality Act. National grassroots women’s organizations with contrasting views on many issues are joining hands to raise mutual concerns over this dangerous bill. Making “gender identity” a protected characteristic under federal law would erase the protected category of sex which has been a foundation for securing the rights and opportunities of women in the US.

Women Across America Unite to Oppose Pelosi’s Threatening Equality Act

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WASHINGTON, DC – Concerned Women for America LAC, Women’s Liberation Front, Independent Women’s Voice, Save Women’s Sports, Hands Across the Aisle Coalition for Women, and many more united in sending a clear message to Speaker Nancy Pelosi in opposition of the so-called “Equality Act,” which threatens protections and opportunities for women across America.

May 14, 2019

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC, 20515

Dear Speaker Pelosi:

Women are uniting in opposition to the so-called “Equality Act” because Congress should only pass laws that protect women, not threaten, silence or abandon us.  The Equality Act seeks to enshrine in civil rights law a new protected class of sex based on “gender identity” that claims no objective standard, medical diagnosis, or permanent intent.  Under this bill, gender identity is nothing more than a person’s perception of self that can be changed at any time, for any reason, and cannot be challenged.

The danger to women when biological men seek to claim female identity should seem obvious but is being ignored by proponents of this bill.  In the course of congressional debate, our voices have been shut out by members who deny these concerns and dismiss them as fearmongering.  Tragically, they are the ones willing to put women at risk by promoting a federal law that would overrule any restriction on gender identity claims and abolish the protections of biological sex-specific practices and spaces.

This is an affront to women, putting everything that women have worked to gain, our opportunities and protections, at risk.

As organizations representing hundreds of thousands of women across America, we call on Congress to reject the Equality Act.  We stand together against the threats to women proposed by this bill.

We refuse the demand, for ourselves and our daughters, to undress in front of female-identifying men in public accommodations or tolerate them undressing in front of us. Concerns seem obvious for women of faith who follow strict guidelines about interaction with the opposite sex, for victims of sexual assault, or for young girls in public restrooms and dressing rooms.  In our society, laws should seek to protect the safety and privacy of every woman and girl, not compromise them in the name of “equality”.  The weight of refusal should not be placed on our shoulders with the threat of legal jeopardy silencing us as would be the case in the Equality Act.

We refuse to accept that women in emergency shelters, in jail or in prison — women in desperate and vulnerable circumstances whose public voice is barely a whisper— will be forced to shower and share intimate quarters with biological men because others were too afraid to speak up for them.

We refuse to give up our rights to women-only sports. There are thousands of men and boys alive today who run faster than the fastest female runner who ever lived.  Puberty, testosterone, and innate biological differences give physical advantages to males that cannot be mitigated, disqualifying any female athlete from fair competition. To deny this is denying science. Title IX’s purpose and benefit will be negated for females under the so-called Equality Act.  The tragedy of this is already being seen in women’s sports and will only intensify.

We refuse to give up the few women-only scholarships and small business programs available. These programs are a necessary and proportional response to women’s historical exclusion from public life and commerce, as well as the different life and career paths women often take.

We refuse to allow security checkpoints at our nation’s airports, or other sensitive locations, from becoming sites of sexual harassment. Security officers should not be required to conduct body searches of people of the opposite sex, nor should members of the public be required to submit to intimate security checks by officers of the opposite sex.

We refuse to give up our right to accept only intimate medical care from female providers or to at least have a female chaperone during such care, if necessary. This is of particular concern for elderly women, or women and girls with profound disabilities, who might lack the capacity to report abuse by male caretakers.

We refuse to believe children innately require sterilization as minors, by chemical or surgical means, in order to affirm fluid gender perceptions, social stereotypes, or personal expressions. Society should seek to protect the health of children’s bodies and their natural course of maturation through the turbulent, often distressing years of growth and development.   The Equality Act would normalize the practice of gender transitioning of minors, which is dangerously on the rise, especially among adolescent girls.

Denying the dangers of the so-called Equality Act for women and girls is a disservice to honest debate.  We urge Congress to pass laws that protect and defend the rights and dignity of women and the gains we have made, not laws that risk our safety and our opportunities.  The Equality Act is a threat to women, and Congress should reject it.

Sincerely,

Beverly LaHaye
Chairman of the Board
Concerned Women for America LAC

Penny Nance
CEO & President
Concerned Women for America LAC

Natasha Chart
Chairman of the Board
Women’s Liberation Front

Heather R. Higgins
CEO
Independent Women’s Voice

Carrie Lukas
Vice President
Independent Women’s Voice

Meg Kilgannon, FCP
Hands Across the Aisle Coalition for Women

Kara Dansky
Chair – DMV Chapter
Women’s Liberation Front

Beth Stelzer, MLT, ACEHC
Member, US Powerlifting
Founder
Save Women’s Sports

Michelle Cretella, M.D.
Executive Director
American College of Pediatricians

Donna J. Harrison, M.D.
Executive Director
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Elizabeth Kantor
Senior Editor at Regnery Publishing
Author of The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After

Mary Rice Hasson, JD
Director, Catholic Women’s Forum

Kate O’Beirne Fellow,
Ethics and Public Policy Center

Michelle Lentz
President
Child Protection League

Patricia Garibay
Founder and Executive Director
American Heritage Girls

Michelle Easton
President
Clare Booth Luce Center for Conservative Women

Nancy Schulze
Founder
Republican Congressional Wives Speakers

Cathy Ruse, JD
Senior Fellow and Director of Human Dignity
Family Research Council

Republican Women of Clifton

Kristen Waggoner
SVP of U.S. Legal Division & Communications
Alliance Defending Freedom

Sandy Rios
Director of Government Affairs
American Family Association

Stella Morabito
Author

Sheryl Kaufman
Member, Board of Directors
Americans for Limited Government

Marlo Tucker
State Director
Concerned Women for America of California

Ruth Smith
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of California

Terri Johannessen
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Florida

Tanya Ditty
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Georgia

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Hawaii

Deborah Leininger
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Illinois

Tamara Scott
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Iow

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Kansas

Sancha Haysbert-Smith
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Louisiana

Penny Morrell
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine

Bev Ehlen
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Missouri

Jill Noble
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Missouri

Haven Howard
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Missouri

Jill Siceloff Coward
State Director
Concerned Women for America of North Carolina

Linda Thorson
State Director
Concerned Women for America of North Dakota

Linda Schauer
State Director
Concerned Women for America of South Dakota

Rose Herman
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Ann Hettinger
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Kori Peterson
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Mary Smith
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Beverly Roberts
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Toni DeLancey
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Virginia

Maureen Richardson
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Washington

Kelsey Good
Young Women for America National Coordinator
Concerned Women for America

Sarah Perry, JD
Director of Partnerships
Family Research Council

Rebecca Teti
Operations Director
Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship

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Urgent Action Needed! Abortion Bill is Moving!

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L.D. 820 passed the state House on Tuesday, May 7, by a vote of 79 to 63 and is expected to be voted on in the state Senate on Tuesday, May 14. L.D. 820 will force insurance companies to include abortion coverage in their health plans and require the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to pay for abortions for those enrolled in MaineCare. This bill is an affront to any thoughtful person and taxpayer, and it must be stopped.

Take Action!

  1. Take a stand for life by coming to the Capitol next Tuesday, May 14. For those who were at the Capitol last week and picked up a baby-blue t-shirt, please wear it again to show your support for life and opposition to L.D. 820. If you are coming for the first time next week and have a baby-blue color shirt, please wear it. We will meet in the hall of the Senate.
  2. Call and/or e-mail your state senator and ask him or her to oppose L.D. 820. Find your senator alphabetically by the town in which you live. You can also call the Senate at 287-1540 and leave a message for your lawmaker asking him or her to oppose L.D. 820. Be sure to let them know you are a constituent and a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. This bill is destined to pass if your senator does not hear from you. 
  3. Forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please pray: Dear Father, we ask You to perform a mighty miracle and stop this abortion bill. We claim Luke 1:37 where you say, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Thank You for using our hands and feet to stand in the gap for righteousness.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

These are very challenging days in Maine. I appreciate these words of encouragement from Dr. David Jeremiah, “God gives the grace we need whenever we’re pressured because of our faith – whether we’re living for Him or dying for Him. Christians are God’s ambassadors in a hostile world. Take courage, be faithful, and stand for Jesus!”

Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine

California Legislative Update

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“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what the Lord requires of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8

Please join me in praying for and taking action on the following California legislative bills.

SB 24 will be on the state Senate floor for a vote soon. This bill will require campus clinics to provide chemical abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy to college students on the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses. This abortion technique is terribly dangerous and has caused fatalities. Abortion clinics are within six miles of every UC/CSU campus, which is why former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year. This bill is harmful and completely unnecessary. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would sign the bill into law if it gets to his desk. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. Let your state senator know that UC / CSU health centers on campus should not be turned into abortion clinics.

AB 624 promotes abortion services to students who are underage in public schools (6th – 12th grade), including charter schools by advertising a sexual or reproductive hotline on the back of student IDs.  In other words, students could be carrying Planned Parenthood’s number right on their school ID!  An amendment was made so the bill will no longer apply to private schools, but all other schools are included. Sadly, AB 624 passed the State Assembly on May 9. It now moves to the state Senate. Contact your senator and encourage him/her to vote no on AB 624.

SB 673, Sen. Mike Morrell’s (R-District 23) excellent bill has been sidelined until January 2020. The measure will require that sex education be an “opt-in” for grades six and under and will bring transparency by requiring the curriculum to be fully available to parents online. Committee members wanted to make significant changes, so Sen. Morrell pulled the bill to gain more public support between now and January when it will be presented again.  No action is needed except to bring awareness that this bill is good for the community.

Take Action:

  1. Please call your state Senator and urge them to oppose SB 24 and AB 624. You can find your state senator here. Be sure to let him/her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.
  1. Send this e-alert to friends and family.

God is good!  He is on the throne!  It’s encouraging to see in the state of Georgia that the heartbeat bill to protect babies from abortion once a heartbeat was detected became law!  Join me in prayer for our California legislators and governor to follow suit and pass bills that protect the sanctity of life!

Thank you for your prayers and action in bringing Biblical values into public policy.

In grace and truth,

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California