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Doreen Denny: Planned Parenthood Chose to Give up Federal Funding – It wasn’t Forced out of Title X Program

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CWA’s Senior Director of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, wrote an op-ed featured on FoxNews.com about Planned Parenthood’s recent decision.

“Planned Parenthood claims it was “forced out” of the federal Title X family planning program by the Trump administration. Hardly. The choice to exit was Planned Parenthood’s alone.

Title X is the federal program that provides access to contraceptive services, supplies and information. Priority goes to serving low-income individuals.

When the law was enacted in 1970, Congress prohibited funds from going to promote or perform abortion as a “method of family planning.” That requirement has never changed.

Rules prohibiting abortion were bent and unenforced under previous administrations. President Trump determined to realign Title X regulations to uphold federal law. The new rules were finalized in March after a public comment period that gave Americans the chance to weigh in.”

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Conservative Leaders Call on Google to Explain Claims the Site Is Blocking Conservatives

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CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance signed on to this letter to Google to explain their treatment of Conservatives.

“On Tuesday, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell and other conservative leaders released a letter calling on Google to explain reports and allegations that the search engine is attempting to block conservative sites and exclude voices that don’t fit the liberal narrative. (A similar letter has also been sent to members of Congress, asking them to investigate.)”

See Media Research Center’s Article and the Letter Here:

Young Women for America (YWA) responds to VT College Republicans on Leftist Indoctrination on College Campuses

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YWA is CWA’s collegiate initiative with chapters all across the country. YWA is this generation of Christian, conservative women fighting to protect and promote Biblical values and conservative principles on campuses and in the community. These young women on college campuses around the country educate themselves on current issues, they gather to pray for our country, and they act to influence society.

Addressing Virginia Tech College Republican’s response to Penny Nance’s recent article in The Federalist, YWA released the following statement:

 

Penny Nance: My Son’s Freshman Orientation At Virginia Tech Was Full Of Leftist Propaganda

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Our CEO and President Penny Nance wrote an op-ed featured this week in The Federalist.

“Are taxpayers funding academic institutions to indoctrinate our kids? That disturbing and irresistible question plagued me during the long drive home last week from college orientation. I doubt I am alone in this wake-up call. 

Like many other women, I just sent my youngest child to college. I am so proud of him and his decision to join the Army ROTC and study engineering. He will be attending a revered Virginia institution known for its military Corps of Cadets program.”

Read Penny’s Entire Op-Ed Here:

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The Christian Post: Google has History of Anti-pregnancy Bias, Pro-life Group Says

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Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance is quoted in an article in The Christian Post about discrimination at Google.

“A former Google employee’s accusation that the tech giant discriminates against its pregnant workers comes after it has long been accused of efforts to silence pro-life voices.

The pro-life group Live Action said in an analysis on Tuesday that Google “doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being pro-life.”

“Google has shown a clear bias against pregnancy centers; originally categorized the pro-life film ‘Unplanned‘ as ‘propaganda;’ ditched an artificial intelligence advisory council after a conservative, pro-life black female leader was included on it; and has, via YouTube, suppressed Live Action’s pro-life message,” Live Action said.”

Read the entire article here and see Penny’s full statement.

Concerned Women for America Celebrates Long-Overdue Enforcement of Life-Affirming Title X Rules

By | Feminist / Women's Issues, News and Events, Planned Parenthood, Press Releases, Sanctity of Life, Social / Cultural Issues | No Comments

 

Washington, D.C. – Earlier this week, the Trump Administration announced that restrictions over abortion-referrals and over clinics receiving federal funding will take effect and be enforced by Health and Human Services (HHS). Family planning clinics will no longer be allowed to provide abortion referrals and must be financially separate from any provision of abortion procedures. HHS is now finally free to carry out the will of the people who overwhelmingly support a clear separation between taxpayer dollars and abortion advocacy.

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:

“This is a day to celebrate life-affirming policies and the rule of law. For way too long, abortion advocates have relied on activist judges to carry out their bidding, despite the many situations when the letter of the law clearly expressed the American people’s desire to promote the intrinsic value and respect of every human life. They tried that in this case again and delayed the implementation of these common sense rules through misplaced and overreaching nationwide injunctions that prevented HHS from doing its job. But they have failed. And failed even in one of the most liberal courts in the land, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“President Donald J. Trump’s unwavering commitment to the protection of human life and his focus on constitutional judges who follow the law, instead of promoting personal policy preferences through judicial opinions, shines brightly as we contemplate this victory.

“The consensus-building principle of prohibiting taxpayer funded abortion has enjoyed overwhelming bi-partisan support over the years. But abortion advocates continue to grow increasingly radical in their positions, and liberals in Congress have sadly fallen right in line with the idea of forcing Americans to pay for abortion-related services, even when they have moral, religious or philosophical objections to it.

“Conservative women all over the country are grateful to the President for his leadership and applaud the men and women of HHS for their steady commitment to the enforcement of these rules to ensure statutory compliance with the law.”

 

 

Click here to see Penny Nance’s Statement on the death of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Penny Nance: Down syndrome children live full, beautiful lives — They don’t deserve to be aborted

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Concerned Women for America CEO and President, Penny Nance wrote the following opinion piece featured on FoxNews.com in response to a recent story out of the United Kingdom. The story is about a mother who is suing the hospital four years after the birth of her son, saying she would have aborted him if she had been informed of his disability.

“At just 23-years of age, John Cronin recently won the “EY Entrepreneur of the Year” award for his co-founding of the company, “John’s Crazy Socks.” After his award, he appeared on numerous television shows and was featured in online news stories telling the world he is an “entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a businessman.”

Sujeet Desai is a musician who plays seven instruments including the violin, piano, trumpet, and saxophone. He has been featured in several national publications and has received numerous awards for his work.

John and Sujeet both have Down syndrome. They are successful, happy, and productive, and they bring incredible joy to their family and friends. They are shining examples of the value a person living with this disability can bring to the world.

In a story out of the United Kingdom last week, we learned that the mother of a 4-year-old little boy with Down syndrome is suing her doctors telling the world she would certainly have aborted her child had her doctors informed her he had Down syndrome.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Click here to read Penny Nance’s previous opinion article.

Top Faith Leaders Predict Evangelicals Will Show Up in Force for Trump in 2020

By | Family Issues, Feminist / Women's Issues, National Sovereignty, News and Events, Politics/National Sovereignty, Religious Issues, Religious Liberty, Sanctity of Life, Social / Cultural Issues | No Comments

CEO and President Penny Nance is featured in The Western Journal along with other top faith leaders such as Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer.

“Some of the nation’s top Christian leaders believe President Donald Trump will once again enjoy the strong backing of evangelicals in 2020, noting he now has a record, and not just promises, to run on.

The Western Journal spoke with Rev. Franklin Graham, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Concerned Women for America president Penny Nance, American Values president Gary Bauer and Christian Broadcasting Network chief political analyst David Brody to gauge their views on why Trump enjoyed such strong evangelical support in 2016, and how he looks with these voters going into the 2020 election.”

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House Votes on (In)Equality Act and Rejects Efforts to Save Women’s Sports

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Last week, the House passed H.R. 5, the deceptively-named “Equality Act” by a vote of 236-173.  By redefining the term sex to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” in civil rights law, this bill elevates “gender identity” over the protected class of sex as male and female, giving any person the right to claim “gender identity” as the opposite sex at any time.  This sounds absurd, but the bill strips women from any protection from men who would identify as women in bathrooms, locker rooms, women’s shelters, sports competition, and more.

Before final passage, Republicans attempted to expose the threats to female athletes with a “motion to recommit with instructions.” A motion to recommit (MTR) is a procedural vote that would send the bill back to the relevant House committee with instructions on changes that should be made.  If an MTR is successful, a vote on final passage would be delayed until the committee fixes the bill and sends it back to the whole House for consideration.

The so-called Equality Act effectively erases women’s sports by opening up any competition to biological men who identify as women. The MTR for H.R. 5 was very narrowly tailored to amend the bill to ensure that nothing may be construed to weaken any protections under Title IX to ensure female athletes have equal opportunity.  This would have at least safeguarded the integrity of girls’ and women’s sports. Negating Title IX in the so-called “Equality Act” is a deep flaw in the bill, acknowledged by people across the political spectrum.  Unfortunately, the MTR was rejected along party lines by a vote of 181-228.

The need to protect female sports is not a hypothetical situation; the unfair playing field is happening already because of similar state and local laws. Selina Soule, a high school track athlete in Connecticut, lost her chance to compete in the New England championship this year after two biological males took first and second place in the 55-meter dash. This week, CeCe Telfer, who previously competed as a male, has stolen an opportunity for a female athlete to compete in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles in the NCAA Division II Women’s Track and Field Championships.

The so-called Equality Act’s unverifiable and unscientific attempt to address discrimination by elevating protections for certain groups on the basis of a new definition of sex is a direct threat against every woman in America.  Its effects are nothing less than extreme, far-reaching, and uncontainable and the gutting of Title IX is just one of these effects. Supporters have no way of defending the “Equality Act” against these threats to women even though basic common sense makes it obvious to most people. It’s a shame 228 House members blindly jumped on the bandwagon.

At this time, the Senate has no plans to take up the bill. However, 46 Senators, almost half the Senate, are cosponsors of the identical Senate bill. It remains a threat that must be opposed.

Trump UN Social Policy Strengthens U.S.-Foreign Relations – Reject Neocolonialism and Uphold National Sovereignty

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This Counterpoint examines recent trends in international relations, concluding, among other things, that promoting “progressive” western social values through U.S. foreign policy erodes public goodwill toward the U.S. and endanger relations with the majority of socially conservative and religious countries of Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East—and populations in Latin America and Eastern and Southern Europe. It notes the Trump administration’s directives to USUN delegates will improve U.S. public diplomacy around the world by refocusing the U.S. on real objectives of development aid and foreign relations and considering how U.S. policies fit the “values and interests of other nations.”

Equal Rights Amendment Strips Women of Their Rights

By | Beverly LaHaye Institute, Defense of Family, Feminist / Women's Issues, Social / Cultural Issues | No Comments

In a debate where “equal” means repressive and “right” means agenda, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) is leading the charge to demand a constitutional amendment that will “finally guarantee women equality.” The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) endeavors to remove all differences — social, biological and sexual — between males and females, while granting enormous flexibility to increasingly activist judges to interpret the amendment as they deem appropriate. Several states that have already ratified a state ERA are finding that they’ve done little more than pave the way for homosexual marriage, federally funded abortion, the inclusion of women in the draft and co-ed prisons. This amendment is not about rights; it is about the promotion of a gender-neutral agenda through the suppression of natural differences between men and women.

What is the driving motivation behind the ERA? In America, women enjoy equal rights and protection under the law. Even supporters of the amendment recognize the redundancy. Sue Madison, an Arkansas state senator sponsoring a state version of the ERA says, “I mean, think about it. It’s largely accepted as a matter of law, and yet it’s not in our Constitution.”1 Most laws do not require an amendment to the Constitution; this is no exception. Therefore, proponents are either repeating common sense recognition of the political, legal and social rights of women, or they are attempting to introduce an agenda contrary to American mores.

Many ERA supporters claim that this would not impact laws that protect women from serving in combat units, federally funded abortions, co-ed prisons and homosexual “marriage.” The purpose of this amendment, they claim, is simply to stop discrimination against women and correct wage disparity. Eleanor Smeal, of the Feminist Majority, is more honest about what the amendment could do: “Smeal said the ERA could be flexible enough to allow for gay marriage and state-funded abortion. She said she is convinced the ERA will eventually be ratified, because society is trending to be more tolerant of women’s rights and gay rights.”Both the Fourteenth Amendment and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 already protect women from discrimination. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) states the irony of their proposal:

“It is inadequate for ERA proponents to argue that all sorts of ‘common sense’ exceptions will be made to the ERA when this is already the law today. The courts will always assume (properly) that the intent of a new constitutional Amendment is to change the law. If the ERA would maintain in force the ‘common sense’ exceptions of present law, it would not be needed.”3

The most accurate method of discovering how this constitutional amendment would impact law is to look at the impact state ERAs are already having on state laws.

Maryland passed a state ERA and legalized same-sex “marriage” as a result. In the Baltimore Circuit Court, the judge ruled that the ERA made banning same-sex “marriage” unconstitutional. Hawaii’s State Supreme Court also ruled in favor of same-sex “marriage” after an activist “proposed that the state’s refusal to issue a license presumptuously violates Hawaii’s ERA which bars discrimination on the basis of sex.” New Mexico’s Supreme Court decided unanimously in New Mexico Right to Choose/NARAL v. Johnson that the refusal of the state to fund abortions under Medicaid violated the state ERA.

This amendment not only provides a basis for dangerous new laws; it also strips away the very rights that ERA proponents claim to promote! Legislation specifically protecting women such as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would be considered discriminatory against men. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Women’s Health, which seeks to “ensure that FDA functions, both regulatory and oversight, remain gender sensitive and responsive,” could be found unconstitutional under this new amendment.

In addition to the various problems with the application of the ERA, the manner in which it has been introduced in Congress and ratified by the states is unprecedented. Although the ERA was approved by Congress in 1972, the states failed to ratify it in the required amount of time even when a ten year extension was provided. During those ten years, however, five states – Tennessee, Kentucky, Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota – overturned their ratification votes. Even if the ERA is approved in this session of Congress, the states will have to re-ratify the amendment. The Washington Post reports, “Even backers of the amendment such as Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) expect a legal battle on that question. They are reintroducing the amendment in Congress and hope to start the ratification process again from scratch.”

Same-sex “marriage,” federally funded abortion and the inclusion of women in the draft are issues that have actually been discussed in the courts. It’s not too difficult to think of other areas of social life that this amendment will obstruct. Would sororities be required to admit men if a young man thought it would be fun to live in a house full of girls? Would child support laws be done away with because they put an unnecessary burden on a man to provide when a woman should be equally capable? Let’s not wait to find out what an uncontrollable court could decide. The Equal Rights Amendment must be rejected in order to uphold standards of decency and put control in the hands of the people, not judges.

 


End Notes

  1. Kellams, Laura. “26 years later, Senate to vote on ERA issue: Effect of resolution uncertain.” Arkansas Democrat Gazette. March 27, 2005.
  2. Sheffield, Carrie. “Equal Rights Amendment battle enters new era.” Politico: April 24, 2007.
  3. Senator Orrin Hatch, The Equal Rights Amendment: Myths and Realities, (Savant Press: 1983).