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Wake Up America: Know Where Your State Stands on Abortion

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This document provides an overview of state laws (as of February 8, 2019) as they relate to late-term abortion, born-alive protections, and public funding of abortion.

Some states adhere to the Roe standard of viability, which is defined by the Supreme Court in Roe as “the capacity for meaningful life outside the womb, albeit with artificial aid” and not just “momentary survival.” Unless specifically stated otherwise, references to “health” adhere to the definition of health in Doe v. Bolton: “all factors — physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age — relevant to the well-being of the patient.” If a state is listed as “N/A,” then there are no state laws regarding either an abortion limit or exceptions. However, these states are subject to the federal precedent of viability in Roe, but if Roe were overturned, then these states would have no limits on abortion. [READ MORE …]

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.

 

 

 

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.”

Media Advisory: CWA and Pro-Life Groups Rally to Stop Abortion Extremism in Virginia

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Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America joins Susan B. Anthony List, The Virginia Family Foundation, Students for Life, and other pro-life organizations in holding a press conference this Saturday, February 2, in Lorton, VIrginia, to oppose Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran’s bill allowing abortions up until the moment of birth. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) has not only failed to disavow the bill but went so far as to say that mothers and physicians can discuss a child’s viability post-birth.

 

WHO:       

Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America,

Denise Cappuccio, Concerned Women for America

Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List

Victoria Cobb, The Virginia Family Foundation

Olivia Gans Turner, Virginia Society for Human Life, National Right to Life

Amy McInerny, Diocese of Arlington

Tina Whittington, Students for Life

Amy McInerny, Respect Life for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington

Alison Centofante, Live Action

Janae Stracke, Heritage Action for America

 

WHAT:             Rally to Stop Abortion Extremism in Virginia #ResistInfanticide

 

WHEN:             Saturday, February 2, 12:00 p.m., Noon

 

WHERE:           South County High School

8501 Silverbrook Rd, Lorton, Virginia 22079

Main Entrance

 

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

“Abortion undermines every life. In the United States of America, the beacon of human rights to the world, abortion is giving way to infanticide. Pro-life leaders have been warning about this for decades, and now we’re facing what we always knew would be the reality. Delegate Kathy Tran’s bill, which allows an abortion even as a baby is preparing to come through the birth canal, is unspeakably evil, and Gov. Northam’s commitment to stand by it is unforgivable.”

 

The Inequality of the “Equality Act”

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On Monday the Heritage Foundation hosted a panel discussion titled, “The Inequality of the Equality Act: Concerns from the Left” where four self-described liberal feminists, including an openly gay woman and one man who formerly identified as transgender, detailed their concerns over transgender activism.  The left is pushing special, elevated, civil rights-type protections for gender identity, but women are becoming the real losers.

Soon, House Democrats are expected to reintroduce the Equality Act and likely expedite its passage. Although the bill may not see Senate action, the deceptively named “Equality Act” could be a difficult political hurdle for some, and details just how far the left will try to push the debate. The Equality Act seeks to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the immutable protected classes outlined in the Civil Rights Act. In addition to very legitimate religious liberty concerns, the Equality Act would directly harm women and girls by compromising sex-segregated spaces and placing women’s privacy and safety in jeopardy.

The left is openly shutting down anyone who dares to question the transgender movement and has no problem eating their own. One of the panelists, Julia Beck, a writer who is a producer at Women’s Liberation Radio News who is openly lesbian, testified how she was removed from Baltimore’s LGBTQ Commission for “using male pronouns to talk about a convicted male rapist who identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns.” They referred to her speech as violent.

One of the other panelists, Kara Dansky, a board member of the self-described “radical feminist” group the Women’s Liberation Front, pointed out how difficult it is to even define the term “gender identity” without using circular reasoning or gender stereotypes. Gender identity, according to the left, is fluid and is defined as the gender you identify as or as a man wearing dresses or participating in stereotypical female activities. As we know, a woman’s choice to dress a certain way does not determine whether or not she is a woman, sex is an objective scientific, biological fact. The left is so adamant on destroying all gender stereotypes, yet they are still compelled to use them to define gender identity. This is a regressive policy.

In Alaska we have already seen women’s rights trumped by ordinances requiring transgender accommodation. In Downtown Hope Center v. Municipality of Anchorage, a homeless shelter, serving women who have suffered rape, physical abuse, and domestic violence, is being accused of turning away a transgender woman.  Women staying at the shelter said, “If you allow biological men to sleep right next to us at night, to disrobe and change right next to us at night, we’ll brave the cold.[1]” This clearly undermines protections for women who have escaped abusive, violent situations and forces them into an uncomfortable, vulnerable position in a place that should be safe.

In the words of these feminists, the Equality Act would erase women, making the unique biological character of being female become meaningless.  Sharing similar concerns, Concerned Women for America is joining efforts to ensure women are not erased.

[1]https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Transgender-woman-at-center-of-Downtown-Soup-Kitchen-lawsuit-speaks-out-504529741.html

An Open Letter to Governor Cuomo

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Dear Mr. Cuomo,

Do you remember the day in the hospital room when you held your daughters, Cara and Mariah, for the first time?  And then the day you held Michaela? Those are the babies you are allowing to be killed. Fully developed, feeling, dreaming, cognitive, valuable, unique, and American. Right before they are to make their appearance, you are celebrating that they can be killed.

I am a woman, a New Yorker, and a millennial. Every single fiber of my being disapproves of what you signed on Tuesday.

I and thousands of other New Yorkers are absolutely horrified and disgusted by your blatant disregard for the value of life.

You are hurting women in the name of “reproductive health.”

You just made it legal to kill fully developed 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-pound babies.

You just made it more dangerous for the women that do end the life of their child by allowing non-doctors to perform abortions. This is a Kermit Gosnell-type of disregard for women.

You also just made it more unsafe, painful, and deadly for the babies who survive abortions.

This is most definitely NOT a victory for all New Yorkers.  It is a grave loss. A dark, discouraging, and horrifying time for New Yorkers and all Americans.

You say that you want “to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions.” Under your new law, more New York women will never be able to make a single decision. You have denied her the most fundamental right. Her right to life.

We will continue to fight for vulnerable babies in the womb, sir. I will continue to stand up and be a voice for the voiceless. We are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and it is an unthinkable evil that we do not protect the fundamental right to life in America.

This was not a win for women. It was the worst of losses.

-Kelsey Good


Note to readers:

New Yorkers, get involved.  Christians, rise up.  Churches, speak out.

Join an organization. Get news alerts from different news stations. Pick up a book.

Get off your couches and go to the state capitol. Stop scrolling on Instagram, and keep up with the legislation in your capitol and in D.C.

You have a choice to make a difference. Stand up for truth. Be part of the solution.

 

Planned Parenthood Annual Report Shows Abortion and Federal Funding Increase

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Washington, D.C. — Planned Parenthood’s 2017-18 Annual Report confirms that Planned Parenthood continued to establish themselves as a taxpayer-funded abortion giant.

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

“If Planned Parenthood was a women’s health care provider, abortions would not make up 96% of their pregnancy services. In 2017-18, Planned Parenthood performed 332,757 abortions, an increase of more than 11,000 since the previous year. That is 332,757 individuals who our country will never realize. The fact that abortion is Planned Parenthood’s primary goal is not a secret. President Leana Wen stated that Planned Parenthood’s ‘core mission is providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion.’

“Meanwhile, cancer screenings, breast exams, and pap smears have continued to decrease. There is something wrong with an organization that claims to provide women’s health care but whose prevention services are declining to the tune of 67%!
“Unique patients have dropped by 20%, and 29% of Planned Parenthood facilities have closed their doors while the United States Federal Government continues to pump money into the industry. All the while, Americans have spoken up again and again, urging Congress to not use their money to fund abortion services.
“A recent Marist poll again showed that a majority of Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion, and yet, somehow, Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding hit a record high. Taxpayer funding saw an increase from $543.7 million to $563.8 million – more than $1.5 million per day. At what point do we examine the cost and ask ourselves, ‘To what end?’ One and a half million dollars per day to facilitate the loss of hundreds of thousands of precious lives.”
For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

California and New York Reach New Lows as Abortion Promoters

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Trump Administration has repeatedly stated that conscience rights are a priority, and it has taken strides to do just that. HHS has issued several regulations aimed at conscience protection in contraception, insurance plans, Title X grant funding, and strengthening existing conscience laws. A year ago, HHS created the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. This is the first time a federal office for civil rights has established a separate division “dedicated to ensuring compliance with and enforcement of laws that protect conscience and free exercise of religion in healthcare and human services[1].”

Last Friday, the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of HHS notified the State of California that the Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency) Act violates the federal pro-life Coates-Snowe and Weldon Amendments. This is the first time any state has been found in violation of these amendments which protect the conscience rights of healthcare entities and healthcare workers from performing, participating, advertising, or referring for abortions.

In 2016, California enacted the FACT Actwhich forced all healthcare providers in the state, including pro-life pregnancy care centers, to advertise and refer for abortion. A group of pro-life pregnancy centers sued.  In June the U.S. Supreme Court, in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, 138 S. Ct. 2361 (2018) (“NIFLA”) held that the FACT Act was unconstitutional as compelled speech in violation of the First Amendment. Ever since the FACT Act was introduced, CWA and other pro-religious liberty and pro-life groups have been arguing that this Act is also a clear violation of federal laws protecting conscience rights.

Although California is prohibited from enforcing the FACT Act because of the Supreme Court ruling, being found in violation of federal conscience laws by HHS is still significant. This not only tells California they cannot shove aside the conscience rights of those who are pro-life, but it also puts other states on notice and at a pertinent time.

Just this week, New York enacted a law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that codified a woman’s “right” to an abortion, removed abortion from New York’s criminal code, and allows women to have abortions after24 weeks when “there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health.” Not only is this unbelievably horrible, but New York already has been cited for serious conscience concerns and violations for health care workers opposed to an abortion.

New York’s radical law is not about protecting abortion rights; it’s about aggressively promoting abortion, and Planned Parenthood couldn’t be more ecstatic. It is also far out of the mainstream American view on abortion. The New York Legislature missed the memo that 75% of Americanssupport significant abortion restrictions and do not support abortion after the first trimester. Although Planned Parenthood and NARAL were in the New York Senate chamber cheering for a law that can’t get much closer than legalizing infanticide outright, we know science and truth are on the side of life.

 

[1]https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/01/18/trump-administration-actions-to-protect-life-and-conscience.html