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Op-ed: Penny Nance: Judge Barrett Deserves Swift Supreme Court Confirmation

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Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, had this to say in her latest op-ed on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, “Judge Barrett deserves a swift confirmation to the Supreme Court, as evidenced by her cross-party appeal nationwide, the endorsement of colleagues and friends from across the aisle, and an impressive appearance at her confirmation hearings.”

Read the entire op-ed.

Hearing Recap and Next Steps for Amy Coney Barrett

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To quote Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Amy Coney Barrett is “going to the Court.” The hearings are over, and she simply shined through it all. The most memorable moments included ACB schooling senators trying to challenge her on precedent and originalism and severability and textualism. She was the smartest person in the room. The moment when Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) asked her to show her notes went viral because it illustrated how exceptional she was as a nominee. Here is the clip:

But the most powerful testimony, showing us the type of person we are supporting for the Supreme Court was heard on the last day. It was the testimony of Laura Wolk, one of Judge Barrett’s law students and current Supreme Court clerk, who is blind. She explained the extraordinary help she received from ACB that made it possible for her to break down barriers in the legal profession.  Please watch:

These hearings were historic. The voices of conservative women were heard like never before, both inside and outside the hearing room.  Sen. Graham highlighted this with his remarks on day two. He said, “This hearing to me is an opportunity to not punch through a glass ceiling, but a reinforced concrete barrier around conservative women. You’re going to shatter that barrier. I’ve never been prouder of a nominee than I am of you.” Here is the expanded clip of his remarks:

Outside, as most of you know, the “Women for Amy” army made its mark, outshining the opposition.

The nomination will be held one week, as is customary, with some written questions and answers for the record submitted. Then a final committee vote is scheduled for October 22 at 1:00 p.m. It is expected to be 12-10, along party lines.

The nomination then will be sent to the full Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has said, “We’ll go to the floor with her on Friday, the 23rd, and stay on it until we finish this… We have the votes.”

A Week of Prayer for Judge Amy Coney Barrett

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Prayer and action lay at the foundation of Concerned Women for America (CWA). In many ways, they are intermingled. Prayer is action — the most powerful kind of action we take here at CWA. So, as we begin our work to support the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court, we want to take a week just before her Senate Judiciary Committee hearings commence on Monday, October 12, and pray for her nomination.

What follows is a seven-day prayer guide starting Monday, October 12, the first day of hearings and ending on Monday, October 19. We pray this is helpful to you and gets us in the proper mindset for the spiritual battle ahead.

I want to urge you to make this part of your daily devotion during this week. Justice is a spiritual matter. Jesus actually called it one of the “weightier matters of the law” (see Matthew 23:23). A quick word search on my Bible software rendered 125 verses using the Hebrew word for “justice.” There are forces working tirelessly to pervert justice who see Judge Barrett as a real threat to their schemes. Let us stand united in prayer asking God, above all, that His will be done.

Taking the approach laid out in Philippians 4:6-7, we are laying out “prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let[ting] [our] requests be made known to God.”

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

7-Day Prayer Guide

(Click here for a printable version and to add your name to those who are praying.)

Monday, October 12 – Pray for Judge Barrett and Her Family
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we lift up Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her family to You. Only You can prepare her for the upcoming time of questioning.  It is a seemingly impossible task; give her the courage of her convictions and the strength to persevere.

Supplication: Protect her and her family. Give them patience and grace as they face unkindness and challenges to her character. Let the vicious attacks of the enemy not touch their hearts and minds. Let them not grow weary through it all.

Thanksgiving: We thank You for preparing her for this moment. We thank You for this merciful opportunity to see a woman committed to justice and truth appointed to the nation’s highest court.

Request: Give her words of wisdom, clarity of mind, humility and grace as she gets ready for the hearings.

Tuesday, October 13 – Pray for the Hearings
Prayer: You, oh God, are our help and confidence. We pray Your blessings on the nomination of Judge Barrett.

Supplication: May the schemes of the enemy be derailed. May truth and justice reign.

Thanksgiving: We thank You for Your involvement and care for us. Who are we that You are mindful of us?

Request: Help us to be engaged and to support truth and justice through prayer and action as we help to get Judge Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. We do so, believing she is a woman who fears You and will try to be an impartial guardian of justice. May she do so with humility and honor, always remembering that it is truth that sets us free.

Wednesday, October 14 – Pray for the President and His Team
Prayer: Oh Lord, Our God, we live in tumultuous times. And for such a time, You have selected President Donald J. Trump to lead our nation.  We pray Your protection over him and his family and over his team. We pray Your wisdom and guidance will prevail over all other counsel in every office in the White House.

Supplication: Help the president to grow in the knowledge of You. Help him to trust in You and not to lean on his own understanding.

Thanksgiving: We thank You for giving him wisdom in selecting judges. We are so thankful to see people who seek to preserve religious liberty and justice appointed.

Request: Believing that Judge Barrett is just such a judge, we ask You to guide her nomination every step of the way. Let not those who hate justice prevail in their schemes to stop her. May Your people rejoice, seeing Your hand involved throughout it all.

Thursday, October 15 – Pray for the U.S. Supreme Court
Prayer: Precious Lord, we lift up the U.S. Supreme Court before You today. We pray that Your justice will be the scent that guides the appetites of every Supreme Court justice.

Supplication: Stir the hearts of every one of them toward You: Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and, of course, future-Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Thanksgiving: We thank You for recent decisions guarding our freedoms (may the trend continue!).

Request: Guard the justices and their families against the dark seductions that come along with the incredible power of the positions they hold.

Friday, October 16 – Pray for the Media
Prayer: Oh Lord, help us to climb out of this awful pit we are in where so many of us cannot see the truth. Indeed, many do not want to see it. We pray specifically today for the members of our national media.

Supplication: Give them courage and curiosity. Give them a thirst for truth and justice. Send more of your people to shine a light in this important area.

Thanksgiving: We thank You for Your mercy towards our land for so many years. We thank You for our freedoms. We thank you for the freedom of the press.

Request: Help us to learn from our past mistakes, to respond to Your discipline, and to seek after all that is good and true and beautiful. Help the media, as it covers this nomination, to present truth and to reject the manipulations from those seeking personal gain from distorting Judge Barrett’s record and character.

Saturday, October 17 – Pray for the Judiciary Committee
Prayer: On this, Your day, we bless Your name, oh God. May Your will be done on Earth as in Heaven. We pray Your will over what is happening next week: the hearings of Judge Barrett.

Supplication: Help all the senators and their teams as they prepare to tackle this important task. We ask that it be conducted with grace and dignity, with respect and compassion.

Thanksgiving: In faith, we stand confident that You are in control and will frustrate the enemy’s plans at every turn.

Request: We pray for miracles in the lives of all involved, that they may see Your hand at play throughout this process. We pray specifically for the members of the Judiciary Committee: Chairman, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ranking Member Dianna Feinstein of California, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sen. Joshua Hawley of Missouri, Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen, Mark Crapo of Idaho, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, and Sen. John Neely Kennedy of Louisiana. 

Sunday, October 18 – Pray for the U.S. Senate
Prayer: God and Father, we pray for our elected officials, especially for our senators, as they consider the nomination of Judge Amy coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Give them a heart and passion for truth and justice.

Supplication: Guard their hearts and minds against the schemes of those who seek to pervert justice and truth. Give them the courage to rise above partisan politics.
Thanksgiving: We thank You for the freedoms we have enjoyed for so many years. We thank you for these senators who are to represent “we the people.” Guide them in this difficult task.

Request: Help senators to think clearly and justly on this nomination. Help them to concentrate on Judge Barrett and her record, instead of the outside forces pressuring them to act for other personal interests.

Monday, October 19 – Pray for Justice in America
Prayer: Holy Father, we do not seek to be trivial but thorough. We depend on You for everything we have. We praise Your name for the very air we breathe. And we lay at Your feet the preservation of justice and righteousness in our land.

Supplication: Help us thirst for justice and remember its true meaning. Forgive us for perverting it and seeking our own prideful ways, instead of what is truly good and true.

Thanksgiving: We thank You for Your mercy and grace towards us.

Request: Help Judge (and future-Justice) Barrett to not grow cynical in the application and preservation of justice, but to depend on You more and more when the tasks and pressures associated with the position You’ve bestowed on her become increasingly harder.

Thank you for committing to pray with us.  Please let us know you are joining us by clicking here. There you will have the opportunity to get the prayer guide in .PDF form for easy printing.  Share it far and wide

Women for Amy Bus Tour Stops in Georgia and South Carolina

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2020

Contact: Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

Washington D.C.- On the first day of the Women for Amy Bus Tour, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), joined by Sen, Kelly Loeffler (Georgia) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) held stops in Georgia (Atlanta) and South Carolina (Spartansburg) to educate conservative women and show support for Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination as the next Supreme Court Justice.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), had this to say:

“Conservative women are eager to support Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation. We’ve had amazing turnout on our first day of supporters who recognize that history is going to be made by the confirmation of the first constitutionalist conservative woman on the Supreme Court. We can’t wait to meet more supporters in the coming weeks.”

Kelly Loeffler from Georgia was in attendance for our Atlanta bus stop.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Committee Chairman of the Senate Judiciary, joined the bus tour in South Carolina by telephone. He said, “She’s the best person that President Trump could have possibly chosen. Amy has led a very consequential life in the law. She’s a good person. This is a big deal for all of us. … This is our time, and we’re going to seize the moment”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

CWALAC Launches “Women for Amy” Bus Tour

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October 5, 2020

Contact: 

Stephanie Rivera

954.243.6301, [email protected]

 

Concerned Women for America LAC Launches 40-stop Nationwide “Women for Amy” Bus Tour

 

Washington, D.C.– Today, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) announced their upcoming forty-stop nationwide “Women for Amy” Bus Tour in twelve states, including a prayer event on Capitol Hill. The tour will begin in Atlanta on Wednesday, October 7. 

 

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

“2020 is the year of conservative women where we see the first constitutionalist conservative woman nominated to the Supreme Court. Amy Coney Barrett is an outstanding role model for our daughters. She is a mother of seven, a wife, smart, compassionate, and a hard-working woman of faith. I am looking forward to meeting with and educating conservative women across the country showing our support for Amy Coney Barrett and affirming that she is indeed the right one to be confirmed to the highest court in the land.” 

Provided below are confirmed states on the “Women for Amy” Bus Tour.

**DUE TO COVID-19 Restrictions, members of the media must PRE-REGISTER to attend this event.

Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Arizona

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Action Item: Stand Up For All Christian Conservative Women

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God’s timing is perfect. He’s never early or late but comes at the precise time. So, even though no one could have foreseen the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court at this crucial time in our nation’s history, we are thankful for the opportunity to see the first conservative, constitutionalist woman on the nation’s highest court.

Judge Barrett is exceptional. Her academic and professional credentials are second to none. She graduated at the top of her law school class, clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, went on to private practice, became a law professor, and then an appellate court judge.

That is why the attacks we have seen against her center, not on her credentials, but on her faith and her family.

She has been attacked for being too Christian. As Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-California) shamefully said to her, “The dogma lives loudly within you.”

And she has been attacked for adopting two beautiful children from Haiti, with some calling her a “White colonizer.”

These despicable, unjust attacks on her, are an attack on all people of faith!

Stand up to this bigotry by strongly urging your senators to vote for the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Click here to visit our “Women for Amy” action center, where you can call, email, and even tweet to your senators.
 
Take action today and urge your families and friends to do the same.  Click here to support the work CWALAC is doing.

Press Release: Penny Nance Responds to Amy Coney Barrett Nomination

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2020

Contact: Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

Women for Amy 

Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say after witnessing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to be the next associate justice of the United States Supreme Court at the White House:

 “Conservative women are rejoicing today on this significant moment where President Donald Trump has, for the first time in our nation’s history, given conservative women a voice on the nation’s highest court. Amy Coney Barrett is a constitutionalist, a top-notch legal scholar, and simply the best choice for this seat.

 “Once again, President Donald Trump has delivered for America, and especially for women.

“I am honored to be here to witness this historic announcement at the White House, and I’m eager to get to work to see this nomination through a final vote.

“The happy warrior women I represent are equally ready to go to bat for one of their own. Amy Coney Barrett represents, not only the best of the legal profession, but the best of America. She is the sort of role model we want for our daughters. We are ready to fight for her!

“We are ready to stand against the unjust, and frankly bigoted attacks we’ve heard laid against Judge Barrett’s faith. We hope Senate Democrats are able to pull themselves together and rise about such anti-Christian and anti-American dogmatism. But we have already seen the table laid out by their friends in the mainstream media.

“That is why today marks the start of our campaign ‘Women for Amy.’ Conservative women will stand united in support of Amy Coney Barrett. It’s time to put the first conservative woman on United States Supreme Court.”

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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.

Meet Amy Coney Barrett

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If you have been a friend of Concerned Women for America (CWA) over the years, you only need to refamiliarize yourself with Judge Amy Barrett. CWA activists supported her nomination to the lower court, and we spoke loudly about the anti-religious, anti-Christian bigotry that characterized her opposition. We won that battle. And we will stand strong against such unconstitutional attacks on people of faith this time around.

But we want you to get to know future Justice Amy Coney Berrett now that the President is set to nominate her to the United States Supreme Court.

Personal Life

Amy Coney Barrett was born in Louisiana; she is 48 years old. She and her husband Jesse Barrett live in Indiana with their seven children. Two of the children were adopted from Haiti. One has special needs. It has been reported that the baby was diagnosed with Down Syndrome during a prenatal screening. She is a devout, pro-life, Catholic.

Academic Credentials

Judge Barrett graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans (1990). She studied English literature at Rhodes College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude (1994). She was Phi Beta Kappa and earned Most Outstanding English Major and Most Outstanding Senior Thesis.

She earned a full tuition scholarship to go to the Notre Dame Law School where she graduated with a juris doctor, summa cum laude (1997). She was the Executive Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. She was also the recipient of the Hoynes Prize (for the best record in scholarship, deportment, and achievement), the Dean’s Award (for the best exam in Administrative Law, Civil Procedure I and II, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, First Amendment, Torts II, and Legal Research and Writing).

Legal Career

Upon graduation, Amy Coney Barret earned some prestigious judicial clerkships. First, under Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1997-1998), and later under the late, great Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (1998-1999).

Judge Barret then moved to private practice as an associate at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin (1999-2000), and later at Baker Bots, LLP (2000-2001), two highly regarded law firms in Washington, D.C.

She later became visiting associate professor and John M. Olin Fellow in Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. (2001-2002). Then a Professor of Law, and the Diane and M.O. Miller II Research Chair in Law at the Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana (2002-2017), where she won the “Distinguished Professor of the Year” award multiple times.

In 2017, she was nominated by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit where she continues to serve with distinction.

Judicial Philosophy

Judge Barrett is a constitutionalist who believes the text of the Constitution means what it says and says what it means when looking at the original meaning as it was written at the time of its enactment. She has shown through her career that she is willing to show the judicial restraint necessary to refrain from imposing personal policy views under the guise of law. A student of Justice Scalia, she is similarly committed to originalism and stare decisis (settled law) and grappling with these legal doctrines in a way that preserves the most important principles of our founding.

She will be an outstanding addition to the United States Supreme Court.

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Fox News Op-Ed: Nance: It’s time to put first conservative woman on Supreme Court

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“This country was built on the fundamental idea of religious liberty and freedom of conscience. The Constitution prohibits a religious test for public office, and we have fought against those who’ve tried to impose one at different points in our history. …This unconstitutional religious bigotry is what passes as legitimate criticism against conservatives these days. We’ve been fighting it for years now,” stated Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) CEO and President, Penny Nance, in her op-ed for Fox News. Read the entire op-ed here.

 

Press Release: CWA Responds to Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2020

Contact: Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

Conservative Women Pray for RBG’s Family,
Prepare for Kavanaugh-Like Attacks from the Left on Any Nominee

Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, had this to say on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“CWA women pray for God’s comfort over Justice Ginsburg’s family. We appreciate her role as a trailblazer for women, even as we disagreed with her judicial philosophy. May she rest in peace.

“At the same time, our happy warrior women are battle-tested and know what to expect from the left on this issue. They understand what is at stake when it comes to the U.S. Supreme Court and we are ready to withstand the left’s radical attacks on any nominee.

“If there is one thing we learned from what they did to Justice Brett Kavanaugh, it is that it doesn’t matter who the nominee is, nor his or her record. What matters to the radical left is that it is President Donald Trump’s nominee. Not even truth mattered to them with the nomination of Kavanaugh.

“But we withstood their attacks then, and we will do so again. We are ready to put another constitutionalist on the high court and stand ready to spend considerable resources to see him or her through to confirmation.”

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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.