President Trump Supports Life in 2019 SOTU 

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Washington, D.C. – Tonight in his 2019 State of the Union Address, President Trump again proved his commitment to the unborn by highlighting the importance of the sanctity of life.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, issued the following statement in response:

“President Trump’s choice to recognize and reinforce this nation’s commitment to the sanctity of life in the State of the Union address tonight was crucial at this moment in our nation’s history. Belief in dignity of all human life — even those deemed less than perfect by some — is essential and fundamental to our nation. This principle is in large part what sets us a part from other nations who callously dispose of or abuse women, children, and others whom they find inconvenient.

“During the last two weeks, the far left and Planned Parenthood have been unmasked to reveal their shocking extremist views that abortion should be legal with no exceptions up until birth. New York state’s barbaric new law is a direct violation of human rights and must be reversed.  Other states like Virginia and Rhode Island are considering following their lead.

“Concerned Women for America members around this nation will fight infanticide bills with every breath in our bodies.

“Our nation desperately needs leadership on this issue at this time, and our president once again did not disappoint. President Donald Trump continues to be the most pro-life president in U.S. history. Thank you, President Trump, for your unwavering support of pre-born babies.”

CWA Calls for FBI Investigation Into Allegations Against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax

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Washington, D.C. – Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D), runner-up to the Virginia governorship should current governor Ralph Northam resign, has had a sexual assault allegation leveled against him. Vanessa Tyson claims that Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the DNC convention more than a decade ago.

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

“Every woman deserves the chance to be heard. Simultaneously, every allegation must be investigated. Concerned Women for America has taken the position that every person has the constitutional right to due process under the law.  America hasn’t forgotten the left’s mantra of ‘Believe Women’ during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. As the leader of the nation’s largest public policy organization for women and the project Women for Kavanaugh, I find their hypocrisy shocking but not surprising.

“Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s accuser deserves the same consideration as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  Justice Kavanaugh underwent SEVEN FBI investigations in total. The silence of the left speaks volumes. Where is the public outrage? Where are the calls for an FBI investigation? If Democrats don’t take this seriously and begin an investigation, their credibility is lost.”

 

Legislative Update: House GOP Fights for Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

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Last Thursday, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) expressed his disgust with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s (D) comments describing how a child born alive after a botched abortion would be allowed to die. Sen. Sasse announced his intent to offer his bill, the BornAlive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, via Rule XIV. This procedural measure in the Senate is an expedited way to move a bill, but it requires unanimous consent. The Born-Alive bill protects infants who are born alive after an attempted abortion. The bill requires appropriate medical care for any child who survives an attempted abortion, as well as establishing criminal penalties for health-care practitioners who violate this requirement.

This legislation does not impose restrictions on abortion and is not a way to prosecute women who have abortions; but it is a protection of human dignity and a reflection on our basic humanity. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act guarantees that if a child of an attempted abortion is born alive, he or she will receive the medical care that would otherwise occur if the child was born at that gestation under normal circumstances. This bill is not even about abortion; it’s about protecting children from infanticide.

Senator Murray (D-Washington) objected to the unanimous consent request and said caring for infants born alive after an abortion was already law. Congress did pass a weak born-alive bill via unanimous consent in 2002, but this law does not have any enforcement mechanism behind it.  That is what Sen. Sasse’s bill would provide. The comments made by Gov. Northam demonstrate there is great need for this existing law to be strengthened. If a governor who served as a pediatrician for decades has no problem detailing how to break the law and allow a newborn child to die after a botched abortion, then the penalties for doctors who do this are not high enough. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated there will be a vote on Born Alive in the coming weeks, so this is not totally dead in the Senate.

During the State of the Union, President Trump expressed passionate concern over this issue and called on Congress to protect innocent life. Representative Ann Wagner (R-Missouri) introduced this bill in the House this week. Because Speaker Pelosi and her House majority are hostile to this bill, Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) announced that, after 30 legislative days, he will file a discharge petition that would force a vote if it is signed by a majority of House members (218). During these 30 legislative days, different Members of Congress will be speaking in support of Born Alive on the House floor and will be asking for unanimous consent for a vote on born alive every day for 30 legislative days until this discharge petition is ripe and can be considered. Will democrats keep objecting?

Please call your representative today and ask him/her to sign Whip Scalise’s discharge petition for H.R. 962, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

 

 

 

January 2019 – The majority of North Dakota representatives voted in support of life!

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Praise the Lord!  A great majority of the North Dakota House of Representatives supported LIFE! HB 1285, HB 1336 and HB 1546 were passed and are now headed to the North Dakota Senate!

On January 21, CWA of North Dakota submitted testimony in support on HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Reversal bill to the House Human Services Committee.   On January 28, this bill was passed by a vote of 73 yeas and 16 nays!

And again on January 21, CWA of North Dakota submitted testimony.  This time testimony in support of the HB 1546, Prohibition of Dismemberment Abortion bill to the House Human Services Committee. On January 31, the prohibition of dismemberment bill was passed by vote of 78 yeas and 13 nays!  Media coverage of the Prohibition of Dismemberment bill: North Dakota Passes Bill Prohibiting Abortion Method.

On January 31, CWA of North Dakota submitted testimony in support of HB 1285, relating to improving the Safe Haven Law for Children to the House Human Services Committee. On February 6, 2019 this bill was passed by a vote of 92 yeas and 0 nays!

Please take note! 

Elections have consequences for LIFE! Please spread the word to family members and friends living in the districts below about the votes these 13 representatives took not to stand against dismemberment abortions in North Dakota. We must take note.  Click here to find out in which district you live.

Mary Adams (D), District 43, Grand Forks

Matt Eidson (D), District 43, Grand Forks

Gretchen Dobervich (D), District 11, Fargo

Ron Guggisberg (D), District 11, Fargo

Laurie Beth Hager (D), District 21, Fargo

March Schneider (D), District 21, Fargo

Pamela Anderson (D), District 41, Fargo

Josh Boschee (D), District 44, Fargo

Karla Rose Hanson (D), District 44, Fargo

Mary Johnson (R), District 45, Fargo

Richard Holman (D), District 20, Mayville

Bob Martinson (R), District 35, Bismarck

Marvin Nelson, (D), District 9, Rolla

Thank God for the voices of Concerned Women for America national leaders who have spoken out for life!  Watch videos of Penny Young Nance, CEO and President, and Denise Cappuccio,  Director of Finance, speak out against late term abortion in the state of Virginia just last weekend.

Let’s join their voices and stand up to defend life in the womb!

Please pray  that as a family of believers, may we mobilize together around the world, and invite the presence and power of Jesus.  “Awake oh sleeper, arise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.”  Ephesians 5:14

“Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech.”  Proverbs 1:20,21

“Do you now know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”  I Corinthians 6:19-20

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]

State Director Submits Testimony in Support of Protection for Born Alive Infants as a Result of Abortion

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Testimony in support of HB 1184 – Relating to born alive infants

February 6, 2019

Dear Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. My name is Barbara Ferraro, State Director for Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Concerned Women for America is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation with thousands of members across the country.

We are supporting this legislation because HB 1184 would ensure the protection and promotion of the health and well-being of all infants born alive as a result of an abortion performed in the state of Hawaii.

It is no longer an abortion when the baby is delivered alive: it is a birth! Doctors and nurses must be equipped to do everything they can to save that live baby.

It is inhumane to leave a premature baby cold and alone on a table while it takes its last breath because of blatant neglect. What does it say about our society if we are okay with such practices? Once a baby is born alive, it has every legal right to life-saving measures, just the same as all the other babies born in the state of Hawaii.

As State Director for Concerned Women for America of Hawaii, I respectfully encourage you to support the passing of HB 1184 – relating to born alive infants and their medical care.

Barbara J Ferraro

State Director
Concerned Women for America of Hawaii
(808) 965-9834

[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Volunteers Needed! Join the Encourage-A-Legislator Program!

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Dear Friend,

We are excited to continue our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program!

Our EAL program is one of our most important programs. When fully implemented, each member of our California state legislature will be lifted in prayer each month and receive an encouraging postcard.  The EAL program is not an expression of political or public policy views. It is a program for encouragement and prayer for our state legislators. The goal is to simply uplift the legislator and to remind him or her that they are being prayed for regularly.

It’s easy! You commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her each month. After praying for your adopted legislator, you will mail the CWA of California provided postcard that is pre-printed with a meaningful quote and a corresponding Scripture verse. Simply write a few encouraging words on the card or just sign it, affix a first-class stamp and mail the card.

Are you interested? Now more than ever our state leaders need our prayers and encouragement.

Prayer moves the hand of God in the affairs of this state and nation!  I Timothy 2:1-2 commands us to pray for those in authority, “I urge, then, first, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior …”

We are looking for your commitment today! Please reply by calling me at 760-825-9351 or emailing me with your name, physical mailing address, email, and phone number. I will then send you postcards and instructions.

Also, please visit our webpage to find out how you can become more involved in CWA of California.

Tracey Beck
EAL Coordinator
CWA of California
ca.cwfa.org
Facebook: Concerned Women for America of California
Instagram: CWA_ofCA
Twitter: @CWAofCA

Our State Legislators Need Your Encouragement and Prayers

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Dear Friend,

CWA of Kansas, Culture Shield Network, and Capitol Commission have joined forces to encourage and pray for state legislators

We are excited to announce that we have an Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program this year! For the first time ever, CWA of Kansas has partnered with Culture Shield Network and Capitol Commission to be able to cover even more legislators with prayer.

The EAL program is one of the most important programs we can provide. When fully implemented, each member of our Kansas state legislature (40 Senators and 125 Representatives) will be lifted up in prayer each day of the remainder of the session and receive an encouraging post card once a month. The EAL program is not an expression of political or public policy views. It is a program for encouragement and prayer for our state legislators. The goal is to simply uplift the legislator and to remind him or her that they are being prayed for regularly.

It’s easy! You commit to adopting a legislator, praying for him/her each day and sending a post card once a month during the remainder of the 2019 legislative session (session ends around the first of May). After praying for your adopted legislator, you will mail the provided postcard that is pre-printed with a meaningful quote and a corresponding Scripture verse. Simply write a few encouraging words on the card or just sign it, affix a postcard stamp and mail the card.

Are you interested? Now more than ever our leaders need our prayers and encouragement. Prayer moves the hand of God in the affairs of this state and nation!   I Timothy 2:1-2 commands us to pray for those in authority, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior …”

We are looking for your commitment today! Please reply by contacting Dawn Paulson, Legislative Prayer Coordinator for Cultural Shield Network. She can be reached at 785-438-9400 or at [email protected].  Be sure to give her your name, physical mailing address, email, phone number, and how many legislators you would like to adopt. She will then send your postcards, a bio of your legislator, and instructions.

Please visit our webpage to find out how you can become involved in CWA of Kansas. You are needed!

Blessings,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org
785-260-5659

 

Thank you for all you do educating, praying and acting in an appropriate manner.  Please consider donating to CWA of Kansas by mailing a check to PO Box 8331, Topeka, KS 66608 or click here to donate to Kansas on line.  If you send a check, please make it out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of KS” on the memo line.

 

A Compassionate State of the Union

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This was a beautiful speech tonight by President Donald J. Trump. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a compassionate speech from beginning to end. It was the total opposite of everything the mainstream media says President Trump represents. If you did not watch it, you should take the time to see it for yourself. Do not believe the pundits. They have lied to us. Blatantly so.

They twist and turn the words and attribute malicious intent where there is none. They are on the hunt for “factchecks” and constantly present him in the worst light possible. We must resist these manipulations. Listen to President Trump. Listen to this speech and judge for yourself.

 

From the very beginning of the speech, he celebrated the 75th year of the Allied liberation of Europe in World War II. “On D-day, June 6, 1944, 15,000 young American men jumped from the skies, and 60,000 more stormed in from the sea to save our civilization from tyranny,” he said as he presented Private First-Class Joseph Riley, Staff Sergeant Erving Walker, and Sergeant Hartman Zeitcheck. “Gentlemen, we salute you,” he said, and America saluted with him. He also saluted Buzz Aldrin, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the planting of the American flag on the moon. Another kind gesture, celebrating the best of America.

When he celebrated the great economic numbers, his focus was on those he is always being pinged against. He spoke compassionately:

Nearly 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps … Unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century. African-American, Hispanic-American, and Asian-American unemployment have all reached their lowest levels ever recorded. Unemployment for Americans with disabilities has also reached an all-time low. More people are working now than at any time in the history of our country.

When he spoke about judicial nominations, he spoke with a unifying tone: “We must be united at home to defeat our adversaries abroad. This new era of cooperation can start with finally confirming the more than 300 highly qualified nominees who are still stuck in the Senate, in some cases years and years waiting …” And, again, he showed compassion for the nominees as individuals with families pointing out the unfairness of what the process has become.

He then went deeper:

In the last Congress, both parties came together to pass unprecedented legislation to confront the opioid crisis, a sweeping new farm bill, historic V.A. Reforms, and after four decades of rejection, we passed a V.A. Accountability, so we can finally terminate those who mistreat our wonderful veterans. And just weeks ago, all parties united for groundbreaking criminal justice reform.

President Donald J. Trump has led on all these issues. What do you think would have been said of President Barack Obama if these historic efforts had happened under his watch? This is a decidedly compassionate president, and Americans are not being allowed to see this side of President Trump. It is time we wake up and allow the true man –the full man, warts and all, but with this compassionate side, too—instead of this malicious caricature we are constantly fed.

President Trump was visibly moved as he spoke of Alice Johnson and Matthew Charles who were helped by the criminal justice reforms. Alice had become a minister in prison and has dedicated her life to helping others choose a better path. Matthew became a law clerk. These are stories of redemption and grace and compassion.

He spoke with compassion (as he has done in the past, I should note) about illegal immigration. Again, if we just take a moment to listen to the president and stop listening to the predators living off of his every tweet, it is almost shocking to see. He said, “I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.” Will that make the headlines tomorrow?

The president added:

Tolerance for illegal immigration is not compassionate, it is actually very cruel. One in three women is sexually assaulted on the long journey north. Smugglers use migrant children as human pawns to exploit our laws and gain access to our country. Human traffickers and sex traffickers take advantage of the wide-open areas between our ports of entry to smuggle thousands of young girls and women into the United States and to sell them into prostitution and modern-day slavery. Tens of thousands of innocent Americans are killed by lethal drugs that cross our border and flood into our cities, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. The savage gang MS-13 now operates in at least 20 different American states, and they almost all come through our southern border. Just yesterday, an MS-13 gang member was taken into custody for a fatal shooting on a subway platform in New York city.

Friends, none of this is racist. I say that as a Hispanic myself. The president speaks with a compassionate tone. And perhaps he doesn’t always, but the rush to paint him as the next Hitler is simply grotesque, and Americans of all political persuasions should reject that type of character assassination. At some point, we must demand that our lawmakers engage the president on the struggle to come up with innovative ideas to address America’s problems. He puts forth a compelling, compassionate case, and to simply make fun of him in general simply should not cut it.

But the most powerful part of the speech came when he addressed the sanctity of human life. He first spoke about his support for paid family leave, “I am also proud to be the first president to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave — so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.” And then contrasted that parent-child bond with the atrocious late-term abortion laws we have seen in several states like New York and Virginia. His next words were:

There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth. To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb. Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth — all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.

This was a historic moment for the fight to stand for those who cannot speak for themselves, unborn babies. We must give thanks to God for a president willing to stand in the gap, when so many have wavered because of political considerations, and speak truth. He should be celebrated for his courageous stance for life.

He spoke compassionately about the people of Venezuela: “We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.”

President Trump had strong words against the socialist policies that continue to creep into our country. He said, “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence – not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free.”

I was glad to remind my twitter followers that by standing against socialism, we stand in favor of religious liberty. History bears witness to the abuses against the church and the freedom of all peoples to worship God as they see fit, under socialist regimes.  That is one reason why President Trump showed his compassion for the American people as he said, “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

There was much more. He spoke of health care and fighting AIDS and cancer, again using powerful examples of the lives for which he is fighting.

He finished with these powerful words, invoking our motto (still), “In God We Trust”:

This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. This is our future — our fate — and our choice to make. I am asking you to choose greatness. No matter the trials we face, no matter the challenges to come, we must go forward together. We must keep America first in our hearts. We must keep freedom alive in our souls. And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny — that one nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise and the light and the glory among all the nations of the world! Thank you. God bless you, God bless America.

So, I will forever remember this State of the Union Address as the compassionate one. I’ll tell my children and my children’s children that it was delivered in 2019 by President Donald J. Trump. I’ll tell them I count myself privileged to have watched it.

Mario Diaz, Esq. is CWA’s general counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.

Conservatives Support Rao

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Neomi Rao, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to take over the seat left vacant by Justice Brett Kavanaugh at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has come under unfair attack by the left for some conservative writings in her college days.  But as the Wall Street Journal noted:

The real motive for destroying Ms. Rao is maintaining progressive control of the D.C. Circuit to rubber stamp the left’s agenda on climate change, health care and more. Then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid packed the court during the Obama years, but Ms. Rao replacing Justice Kavanaugh won’t alter the composition of the court.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) sent a letter of support to the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying:

As the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, CWALAC supporters around the country are excited to see a woman of such caliber excelling at the top levels of the legal field. We strongly ask you to rise above the hyper-partisanship of the day and give Prof. Rao the serious consideration she deserves. After examining her record, we are confident that any reasonable observer would conclude she is more than qualified to serve in this position. We ask you to vote for her confirmation.

CWALAC also joined a coalition letter with other conservative organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Americans who are tired of the Senate’s recent mistreatment of nominees. It reads in part:

Prof. Rao’s career should be celebrated and honored, not caricatured and maligned for political purposes. We owe a great debt of gratitude for her contribution to the legal and public policy fields. We hope this committee will treat her with the seriousness and respect she deserves.

Prof. Rao’s hearing was just today and she, once again, showed why she is considered one of the top legal minds in our country. She rose above partisan attacks and showed the judicial restraint that will make her a stellar member of the D.C. Court.

In a statement following the hearings, Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America, said:

Extreme liberals in the U.S. Senate once again tried to bully Professor Rao, despite her sterling credentials to sit on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, perhaps the most important court in the country besides the U.S. Supreme Court. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee fully supports Neomi Rao’s nomination and calls on Senate liberals to stop the religious litmus tests, gridlock, and bullying tactics and confirm her; she will make an outstanding addition to the federal bench.

Dems Continue Religious Tests and Bullying Tactics in Court Confirmations

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Washington D.C. – Today was the conclusion of Professor Rao’s testimony in her confirmation hearing for appointment to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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

“Extreme liberals in the U.S. Senate once again tried to bully Professor Rao, despite her sterling credentials to sit on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, perhaps the most important court in the country besides the U.S. Supreme Court. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee fully supports Neomi Rao’s nomination and calls on Senate liberals to stop the religious litmus tests, gridlock and bullying tactics and confirm her, she will make an outstanding addition to the federal bench.”