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CWA Launches She Prays, She Votes 2020 Project

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“Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.” Nehemiah 4:14

Remember the Lord Who is great and awesome … This is the Lord Who moves the hearts of the king like rivers of water. He is the One in absolute control. There is nothing better that we can do for this nation than to pray. When we pray, God’s Spirit moves across the land.

And fight … What does the “fight” look like?

  • The fight is you studying the candidates and then going to vote for the ones who reflect your values.
  • The fight is you driving an elderly friend or neighbor to the polls to vote.
  • The fight is you taking care of your young friends’ children, so they can go vote.
  • The fight is you volunteering to make phone calls on behalf of that candidate who shares your values.
  • The fight is you on your knees before the God Who places all people in positions of authority.
  • The fight is you beseeching God for our nation and our nation’s leaders.

In the time between now and Election Day, Concerned Women for America is going to provide you with resources to help you engage in the fight. Over the next few weeks, we will be providing you with information that will be helpful in getting yourself and others registered to vote.

We will also be doing weekly prayer calls to reach out to the One who tells us that if we will call out to Him and repent, He will heal our land. We will be asking Him for mercy for our nation and for forgiveness for our complacency and apathy. Our first prayer call will be on Thursday, August 6.

We encourage you to read each of our emails for She Votes, She Prays 2020. They will share details for the calls and new information about how you can remember “the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.” Nehemiah 4:14

Protecting Fair Play for Women’s College Sports

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Editor’s Note: This week marks the 48th Anniversary of Title IX being enacted into law. This groundbreaking civil rights law prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. It paved the way for female students to have equal opportunities in school athletics vastly multiplying female opportunity and participation in sports. Join us in our efforts to #SaveGirlsSports.

CWA’s Government Relations Intern shares her personal story as she discusses the importance of requiring a fair playing field for female athletes:

The first time I came face-to-face with the issue of fair play and equal opportunity for women in sports occurred while I was in my junior year of college. I competed on Liberty University’s Taekwondo Sports Team in 2018. The team competed against Ivy League universities around the U.S., such as the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference and the Atlantic Collegiate Alliance of Taekwondo. During practice one day, our coach pulled the female athletes aside and made us aware of the fact that certain competitions now allowed males who identified themselves as females to compete against females. He went on to explain that if one of us did not feel comfortable fighting against a male, then she was not obligated to do so. I remember thinking how it would be unfair to me and all of my fellow female teammates, who had trained long and hard for months, to end up being paired to spar with a male at one of these competitions. In fact, our coach mentioned how highly competitive teams might take advantage of this policy of permitting biological males to compete against females to achieve greater success and to win the overall team award. A female Taekwondo athlete should not be in a situation that forces her to either forfeit a match or compete in an unfair fight.

Unfairness in women’s sports impacts female college athletes in the U.S. today and is something that continues to spread throughout all educational levels. Colleges and high schools that have allowed males identifying as females to compete in women’s sports have proved to be detrimental to female athletes everywhere. At the college level, Franklin Pierce University, located in Rindge, New Hampshire, was awarded the 2019 NCAA title when a biological male on its women’s team won the 400-meter women’s hurdles. The University of Montana permitted a former male cross-country team winner to transfer to the female cross-country team and win gold in the 2020 Big Sky Conference Championship indoor mile. At the high school level, female athletic students have filed lawsuits, due to unjustifiable losses in women’s sports scholarships. Multiple examples and scientific research confirm that biological differences, levels of testosterone, and puberty gives the biological male the upper hand in athleticism.

As we recognize the anniversary of Title IX, enacted on June 23, 1972, it is imperative that our nation remember and defend the civil rights law’s intention: enable women equal opportunity and fair competition within sports. Now, with attempts to permit male athletes who identify as women  to compete in any and every women’s college sport, social progress seems to be reverting, women’s rights are being threatened, and females are being discriminated against on the basis of sex.

Concerned Women for America has taken a stand to protect women’s rights as athletes in its support of H.R 5702, Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2020, which protects Title IX. This legislation secures women’s and girls’ right to fairly compete in athletics. Under H.R. 5702, it is a federal violation for males, identifying as females, to compete in government funded, sponsored, and facilitated all-female sports. Rep. Greg Steube (R-Florida) sponsored this bill, which to date has only 15 co-sponsors. CWA in partnership with other prominent women’s organizations has sent a coalition letter to the House of Representatives urging support for this legislation.

Please join CWA in this effort. Click here to email or tweet a message asking your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R. 5702 to protect and uphold Title IX and women’s sports.

Despite Bad Ruling at the Supreme Court, HHS Issues Final Rule Upholding Traditional Definition of Sex

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Last year,  President Trump, through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), proposed a rule to overturn an erroneous interpretation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that redefined the word “sex” to include “gender identity” and “termination of pregnancy.” Concerned Women for America supporters mobilized in support of this change, submitting some 2,000 comments in favor of this essential regulatory change to protect life and health.

Last week, HHS announced the final rule to make this fix permanent and in doing so reasserted the rule of law that government regulations must be consistent with laws passed by Congress. The new rule clarifies that Section 1557 of the ACA does not force a recipient of federal funding to include abortion or gender transition treatment as a mandate to comply with anti-discrimination laws based on sex.

CWA called it the Conscience Care Rule because HHS has acted to restore consistency with the First Amendment and the intent and longstanding interpretation of civil rights laws. It also upholds the integrity of pro-life policy, conscience rights, and religious liberty protections in current law.

With the Supreme Court issuing a horrible ruling this week that transgender status must now be interpreted as “sex” under Title VII workplace discrimination laws, the HHS rule change is an essential and timely clarification that the federal definition of sex discrimination under health care programs does not include abortion or gender identity, but aligns with biological sex. For many healthcare providers, performing abortions or providing sex reassignment treatment is a violation of conscience and sound medical practice.

The HHS Conscience Care Rule represents a final roll back of the Obama-era regulation which had been blocked by a federal court that agreed the mandate to redefine sex exceeded its statutory authority. It also lifts many costly regulatory requirements, such as requiring insurance companies to explain benefits in writing in 16 languages. This rule is estimated to save taxpayers $3.6 billion over five years.

We applaud the Trump Administration for holding true to the text of the ACA statute, not an activist interpretation as Obama did. Congress’ sole responsibility to write the law under Article 1 of the Constitution should not be defied by administrative activism in the executive branch or judicial activism in the courts.

Heritage President Kay James on Race in America after George Floyd

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In late May, the nation went from Coronavirus lock-down to racial unrest in a matter of moments. After George Floyd’s tragic death by a white policeman, we watched in horror as day after day peaceful protests turned to violent riots and looting. CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance speaks to Kay Cole James, the President of Heritage Foundation and an African American woman leader in government, academia and the conservative movement on the senseless killing of George Floyd.

Listen as she delivers a message of healing and hope that is centered in Christ.

Listen to the Podcast with Kay Coles James Here (Episode 25):

In Defense of Kay Coles James

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CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance teamed up with Susan B. Anthony List’s President Marjorie Dannenfelser on the following opinion article published in Real Clear Politics defending Kay Coles James after her comments were criticized in the media.

“As pro-life women leaders we have particular revulsion at the murder of George Floyd, a precious human life created in the image of God, by a white policeman in Minneapolis. We are also revolted by the senseless violence of criminals using this tragedy for their own selfish purposes.   
Our nation is shaken to its core. In this moment, as the nation looks for leadership, we are grateful for the transparency and vulnerability shown by our friend Kay Coles James, the first African American (and the first woman) to lead the historic Heritage Foundation. We noted that she received criticism recently from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, saying that she “wrote a long screed denouncing America as an irredeemably racist nation” in her response to Floyd’s death.  
We agree with his righteous anger against lawlessness. However, we feel compelled to say this statement is contrary to the woman and leader we know. 
Indeed, Kay deeply believes in American exceptionalism and opposes the rewriting of our nation’s history. In addition, having experienced racism in its malignity herself, she has become a preeminent conservative spokeswoman who can address it while applying its antidote — constitutional principles.   
As a little girl, from her screened porch she listened to civil rights leaders plan in her living room. The fight for human dignity was in the air and flowed in her bloodstream early on. 
This formed her into an ideal advocate for those on the economic margins, the unborn child, all those disenfranchised who were promised to and provided for in our founding documents. It’s no coincidence that, before she became a giant in the conservative moment, she got her formation in pro-life activism. 
In her recent op-ed, Kay wrote thoughtfully about the promise of equality in the Declaration of Independence, and she emphasized how America’s founding principles contain the tools of redemption necessary for every generation to right what is wrong in order to form a more perfect union, and how we must look to those principles to expand human flourishing to all Americans. 
Can we just say, “Amen”? 
The entire history of America is the story of this expansion, from the emancipation of slaves to the enfranchisement of women in the 19th Amendment (which turns 100 this year) and – soon – the restoration of the right to life for the unborn. Every successful human rights movement in our history, rooted in the deep soil of the American founding, has asserted that authentic rights cannot be built on the broken bodies and rights of others.”

Penny Nance on Daystar Television’s “Joni Table Talk”

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CWA’s CEO and President Penny Young Nance appeared on Daystar Television’s program Joni Table Talk.

Penny and the ladies spoke about her work in Washington, her family, ideals, and personal life as well as issues such as the sanctity of life and abortion issues as well as the book Penny wrote Feisty and Feminine.

Watch Penny’s Entire Appearance Here:

International Coalition Of Women’s Groups Sign Petition Pushing Olympic Committee To Bar Biological Males From Competing As Females

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CWA’s Vice President of Government Relations Doreen Denny was featured in this Daily Caller article published this week.

“A coalition of international women’s groups have signed a petition urging the International Olympic Committee to suspend their guidelines allowing transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports.

Save Women’s Sports spearheaded the petition Monday, pushing the IOC to re-evaluate their transgender participation guidelines, which permit biological males who identify as female to participate in women’s sports.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were postponed until July 2021. The IOC announced that it would wait until after the Olympics to publish new guidelines on transgender athletes.

Save Women’s Sports is urging the IOC to use the delay as an opportunity to re-examine the policies allowing transgendered people to compete in women’s sports, which the group says has “potentially devastating effects” and discriminates against women on the basis of sex.

“I looked at the IOC standards in 2015 thinking it would be the gold standard,” Linda Blade, a co-founder of Save Womens Sports told the Daily Caller. “And out of the blue they decided a man can self-identify as a woman and live like a woman and decrease testosterone a little bit,  which is still more than what females are allowed to have, and just go into Olympic sports.””

Read the Entire Article Here to See Doreen Denny’s Comments:

Together We Stand for Pro-Life and Pro-Family Issues – Save The Date!

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In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope – that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Whether that’s through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses at shift changes, or reaching out to a neighbor to help with groceries, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic.

On May 5, 2020, Concerned Women for America is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving. As you know, CWA has been vigilantly fighting the liberal left’s anti-family and pro-abortion plans to exploit the coronavirus pandemic through relief legislation.

#GivingTuesdayNow will ask for support, and for everyone for help spreading the word. Tell your friends and family why you believe in our work and encourage them to support us, too!

Join the movement on May 5, 2020! Click Here to Donate to CWA.

The Constitution was Made for Covid-19

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CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance and our General Counsel Mario Diaz co-authored this opinion piece published in TownHall.

“The genius of the U.S Constitution is that it was designed to withstand the pressures of crises. It was a document born of conflict, and the Founders wrote it intending to curtail the human excesses and abuses that tend to come to the surface in times like the one we are living right now.

Fear, insecurity, and perceived need shake us to the core as human beings and, if we are not careful, these times may push us to be willing to enter into oppressive agreements that will ultimately enslave us. It’s part of the human condition that men love power and find it difficult to resist overreach. That is why, now more than ever, we must cling to the principles of liberty embodied in our Constitution. In times of crisis, the overextended hand of nanny state makes citizens feel safe, but that same power can easily morph into a fist.”

Read Penny and Mario’s Entire Piece Here:

Christian Conservative Group Targets Suburban Women in PA

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CWA’s Chief Administrative Officer Kenda Bartlett was interviewed by John Cole, Managing Editor of PoliticsPA, about the upcoming 2020 election and CWA’s efforts in the state of Pennsylvania.

“A number of conservative organizations have their sights set on Pennsylvania for the upcoming general election. This conservative group is narrowing their focus to turning out the vote for suburban women in several key regions in the keystone state in 2020.

“’I think that as we looked at the states … you always have to gauge where we can be successful, where can we best put our effort so that we can see success,’ Kenda Bartlett, Chief Administrative Officer of CWA said in an interview with PoliticsPA. ‘Success for us is gauged by engaging conservative women … women of faith, who will hopefully our message will resonate with them.’

“’Our national campaign is really going to be geared towards just getting people out to vote,’ Bartlett said. ‘We try to keep our focus on as much as we possibly can on the voter education, the voter motivation, the voter turnout.’”

Read the Entire Piece Featuring Kenda Bartlett, here:

4 Things You Should Know about Mrs. America, Hulu’s Series on Phyllis Schlafly

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The Television Network FX/Hulu has released a series called “Mrs. America,” a dramatization about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) fight. This series has offensive and often inaccurate depictions of Phyllis Schafly, Eagle Forum’s beloved founder. CWA’s  founder, Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, also worked hard to fight against the ERA in the early years of our organization and along with Phyllis Schlafly, our side won!

We at CWA are working alongside our friends at Eagle Forum to see that the truth is spoken about Phyllis Schlafly’s legacy. An attack on Phyllis is an attack on the conservative movement, and we must fight back! Recently, our CEO and President Penny Nance was interviewed by Crosswalk about this series and Phyllis Schlafly. Here’s what Penny told reporter, Michael Foust:

“She was such a bright woman – really one of the most intelligent women I’ve ever met … She was brilliant, astute and strong. She was often the only woman in a group of men and certainly the smartest person in the room.”

Read Michael Fousts’s Entire Piece Here about Phyllis Schlafly:

Pro-Life Members of Congress Call for Protections in the Pandemic

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This week pro-life members of Congress voiced serious concerns about abortion activists’ efforts to use the coronavirus crisis to expand access to abortion-inducing drugs and use fetal tissue from aborted babies in research for coronavirus vaccines.

With most U.S. senators and representatives observing shelter-in-place guidelines in their home states, the task of writing, reviewing and signing congressional letters is even more complicated. CWA’s legislative team supported member offices initiating these letters, adding to the success of gaining over 150 signatures on each.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi) and Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) led a bicameral letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn, signed by 38 Senators and 121 Representatives, raising urgent concerns about at-home abortion drugs.  During this time of suffering through a world-wide pandemic, abortion activists are using the crisis to push for easier access to medication-induced abortions through mail-order and telemedicine.

In the letter, the lawmakers report on a series of reports indicating that mifeprex, the first drug taken for a medication abortion, can cause five to seven percent of women to require follow-up surgery or emergency room care – a reckless burden on health care resources in our communities.

The lawmakers also urged the FDA to conduct rigorous oversight into ongoing studies dispensing abortion drugs to women remotely which is a violation of the FDA’s required Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS).  The Gynuity TelAbortion project launched in 2015 is continuously testing medication abortion drugs on women dispensed directly by mail.  The project now prescribes medication abortion in 13 states:  Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Washington.

CWALAC has long urged the Food and Drug Administration to strictly adhere to the REMS to enforce the use of dangerous abortion drugs that pose serious health and safety risks to women and their babies.  In 2002, we filed a 92-page Citizen Petition with the FDA in partnership with the Christian Medical Association and the Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists seeking the withdrawal of the FDA’s unlawful, expedited approval of mifepristone (RU-486), the second drug taken in a medication abortion, in the closing weeks of the Clinton Administration.

Concerning fetal tissue research, separate but similar letters to President Trump were delivered this week urging him to maintain pro-life protections in the search for treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus.  Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) led the letter signed by 35 Senators as a staunch rebuttal to the request of 15 pro-abortion state attorneys general who are seeking waivers to the ban on fetal tissue research for COVID-19.

“These attempts to exploit the current crisis faced by our nation undermine your leadership and the promising research that is already underway,” the Senators wrote, “Holding the line ethically gives us the ability to put resources toward better science that is already showing promise against the coronavirus. Therefore, we urge you to stand strong in rejecting these appeals for taxpayer dollars to be used for the practice of using aborted babies in experiments.”

In the House, Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado) led the letter to President Trump with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California), Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana), Pro-Life Caucus Chairman Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) and over 120 Members of Congress urging him to stand firm in the quest for ethical and effective treatments for the coronavirus.

Citing many promising developments in ethical research, the members conclude:

“Thank you, Mr. President, for your decision to halt the grisly practice of using aborted babies for experiments. We urge you to maintain your current fetal tissue research policy and to redirect funds toward ethical, successful alternatives to combat COVID-19.”

We remain grateful for members of Congress, the Trump Administration and pro-life governors who are not letting up on their commitment to protecting life in this pandemic.

Penny Nance: Coronavirus Keeps our Churches Closed on Easter, but our Faith Can Never be Taken From Us

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CEO and President Penny Nance published the following opinion piece on FoxNews.com this Easter weekend.

“Like millions of other families, my family’s Easter will be very different this year. Years and years of attending church services, gathering together afterward for a huge meal, wearing a new spring dress, socializing and enjoying fellowship won’t happen. Neighborhood Easter egg hunts are also a no-go.

For the first time in our nation’s history, the doors of America’s churches will be shut on Easter Sunday. Think about that shocking statement for a moment. At a time when we most need to draw strength from our faith, we cannot worship together.

This is hard for us. The American Psychological Association notes that during a period of social distancing, quarantine or isolation, people may experience increased fear, anxiety, depression, boredom, anger, frustration, irritability and stigmatization.”

Read Penny’s Entire Article Here:

Easter and the Promise of Redemption

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In this Easter season, I have been thinking about the importance of redemption. Over the years, by virtue of circulation in political circles, I have known personally some people involved in public scandals. The world watches as the media follows them relentlessly for days, weeks, or even months and then evaporates, leaving behind a scene of complete and utter self-inflicted personal destruction. Some of these folks are often distraught to the point of suicide.

What the cameras don’t show is what happens after the hoopla dies down. Sometimes these folks turn inward and become bitter and permanently broken, but not always. The untold stories are the others, the ones who are open to healing and saving grace.

I had the privilege of reflecting on redemption not long ago through the eyes of a woman whose husband was recently the object of a very public humiliation. She spoke about the many, many acts of love and compassion that have been shown to their family.

Members of a local church congregation have come forward to help in tangible ways, but also by sharing their own stories of brokenness and the healing of Christ’s forgiveness and restoration. One woman texted my friend, “Call me, I can help you: signed a survivor of an international sex scandal.”

No one likes to remember their past mistakes, but when they are viewed in the context of sins atoned for by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross then they become only a chapter of a story of victory and healing, not the last chapter. In most cases, the final story is much more important than the earlier narrative.

I was shocked recently when my daughter confessed distaste at the fact that my dear friend and mentor, Chuck Colson, served time in prison.

My husband and I both laughed as she stared at us in confusion.

Taking advantage of a teachable moment, we were then able to point out to her that Colson’s disgrace led him to the foot of the Cross, and from there he has become one of the greatest Christian heroes of our time.

Without the public brokenness, Colson would have never become the man that God has used to minister to literally millions of people, many of whom are or were in prison.

That’s called Grace, and it is at the crux of the Easter story.

As Christians, we believe that Christ, the Son of God, died specifically not for “the righteous, but sinners.” Who is a sinner? Well, all of us. Every single one of us who has ever been unkind, lied, or been disobedient. Yes, all of it counts. He was the only sinless man ever born, and yet, He stepped in to take our punishment and, in the process, conquered sin and ultimately death. He rose to new life and indeed, through his atonement, offers a clean slate before a Holy God. That’s what Easter is all about.

I know it’s interesting to read and watch bad people “get theirs” or to even feel a sense of self-righteousness perhaps watching the lives of Hollywood elites and political figures come crashing down because of bad choices and dishonesty. But we need to remember that, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

I stand with countless other broken humans over the millennia who claim Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. He is risen for all the people caught in scandals, and for those who were never caught, and for those who are just plain broken. I, like the Apostle Paul, stand with the sinners “of whom I am the chief.”

Jesus on the Cross took the punishment I deserve for my sins and now because of His resurrection I stand forgiven by His grace. He will do the same for you as He has done for other sinners just like us. He is risen indeed!

 

Nance: Coronavirus and the Challenges of Teaching Kids at Home — Please, Do This

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This week, our CEO and President Penny Nance published the following opinion piece on Fox News online to help the parents impacted by COVID19:

“On Sunday President Trump extended social distancing until April 30th to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. Schools K-12 are closed through the end of the academic year. Many workplaces are closed with some workplaces teleworking and families are self-isolating. Our public school children have become homeschoolers which means our moms and dads have become teachers.

When I was a young mom, I was a nervous wreck without the coronavirus pandemic when it came to my children’s learning. Like many parents, I would wonder if I had them in the right school, the right activities, etc., if they were getting enough mental stimulation, and if they were learning at the right pace.

Then I would worry about them not doing enough sports, and then I would stress over their music education. It was constant stress doled out by well-intentioned “experts.”

Now that my last child is college-aged, I can tell you this – you are doing great – just R-E-L-A-X!

I understand, your stress can be intense. One friend told me she’s not only struggling to ensure her family’s safety and meet the demands of her workplace, but she’s now overseeing her 5-year old’s education whom the teacher believes should be working a full school day. (By the way, please give teachers grace as they are also navigating a path that is completely foreign to them.)”

Read Penny’s Entire Piece Here:

From left to right: Dr. Shea Garrison, Concerned Women for America International Affairs; Alfonso Aguilar, Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles and International Human Rights Group; Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States; Steven Aden, Americans United for Life; Gualberto Garcia-Jones, International Human Rights Group “On January 28, 2020, international pro-life organizations held a second meeting between and Sec. Almagro to discuss his upcoming reelection in March 2020 and to encourage him to promote the right to life in the American states.”

How Life is Winning in the Americas

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Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Luis Almagro on winning reelection to serve as Secretary General of the Organization of the American States (OAS). Secretary Pompeo commended Almagro for his work promoting democracy in South America and holding Castro accountable in Cuba.

While CWA International is grateful for Almagro’s stance against socialism, including against the illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela, there have been concerns regarding his history of proabortion statements

Thankfully, prior to his reelection Secretary Almagro affirmed the right to life and his commitment to uphold that right as a pillar of the OAS convention stating:

“[…] definitely, the principles of religious freedom that I have mentioned and the principles of the right to life are fundamental principles and rights […] The application of the fullest validity of Article 4 of the American Convention is essential.”

Article 4 of the American Convention on Human Rights declares: “Every person has the right to have his life respected. This right shall be protected by law and, in general, from the moment of conception.”

It is hard to overstate the significance of this statement by Secretary General Almagro.

This statement is the result of CWA International meeting privately with Secretary Almagro twice in the last three months, working diligently alongside other coalition partners to ask him to defend life and the unborn as the leader of the OAS.

After speaking with him about the importance of protecting all life and upholding the national sovereignty of each member state of the OAS, Secretary Almagro committed to include provisions in his election platform stating abortion is not an international right and affirming the national sovereignty of the countries who oppose abortion. Almagro also promised to support the freedom of religious-based organizations.

The OAS is comprised of 35 member states from North, Central, and South America, including the U.S. and Canada, as well as the Caribbean. According to Article 1 of its charter, OAS was formed in order to achieve “an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.” It is a regional entity similar to how the United Nations is a global one.

When Almagro was first elected Secretary General five years ago, he espoused the need for access to abortion:

“[T]he Americas continue to have some of the most restrictive laws regarding sexual and reproductive rights and freedoms [euphemism for abortion], and that reality has to change” [emphasis added].

This directly contradicts the OAS American Convention, not to mention the real healthcare needs of women.

This is why it was imperative Secretary Almagro declare his support for the OAS position on life. The secretary general’s role is to uphold the existing documents and principles, not project an agenda onto it.

Thankfully in March, Secretary Almagro committed publicly to upholding the American Convention and affirmed the right to life as set forth by OAS.

Though CWA International continues to work with Secretary Almagro to resolve some differences regarding defense of the family, we are excited he has made these pro-life declarations in a candidate forum prior to his reelection. We look forward to working alongside him to uphold OAS’s stance on protecting life from conception.

We join Secretary Pompeo in praising Secretary General Almagro’s promotion of freedom in the Americas and pushing back against the repressive socialist regimes of Venezuela, Nicaragua, and communist Cuba. We applaud him for also promising to protect the dignity and life of the unborn.

True freedom for all people.

 

COVID-19 LETTER: Pro-life Leaders Warn of Abortion Industry Exploitation

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CWA signed on to a letter written to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, along with other pro-life leaders, to show how the abortion industry is exploiting this coronavirus pandemic.

Here is an excerpt from the letter:

“While we are in a hectic race to save lives, Planned Parenthood and other powers in the abortion industry remain insistent on taking the lives of innocent unborn children. While surgery centers postpone elective and diagnostic procedures, abortion centers are churning out surgical and chemical abortions and putting women, especially the poor, at risk. Their continued operation depletes sorely needed personal protective equipment and leads to complications that will further overwhelm already overextended emergency rooms. The abortion industry is compounding one crisis with another. Therefore, we urge public officials to use their broad emergency authority to safeguard against the extreme abortion agenda.”

The letter also outlines ways public health officials can resist the abortion lobby’s agenda during this time of crisis such as:

  • Making sure that emergency response funds are not diverted to the abortion industry;
  • Urging the abortion industry to stop their operations and join other healthcare providers to donate their PPE and other equipment to help with the nation’s coronavirus response;
  • Continue actions to stop illegal mail-order sale of chemical abortion; and much more.

Our CEO and President Penny Nance signed the letter along with more than 50 pro-life leaders.

 

House Republicans Force Floor Vote on Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

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At the end of February, on the heels of the U.S. Senate’s two pro-life votes, House Republicans successfully forced a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act through a procedural measure called a Motion to Recommit (MTR). This was the 80th time that House Republicans, led by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), sought a vote on Born Alive.

You may recall that last April, Rep. Wagner and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) filed a discharge petition to force a vote on Born Alive by acquiring support from a majority of the House. Members of the House felt so strongly about comments made last year by disgraced Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who nonchalantly detailed how a baby born alive after an abortion would be “kept comfortable” while the doctor and mother had “a conversation,” as well as about New York repealing its state-level born alive law, that they were determined to take federal action. Without control of the House floor, a discharge petition was the best option. The discharge petition currently has 204 signatures of the 218 required. Since then, House Republicans have taken to the floor almost 80 times and asked for unanimous consent for the bill to be brought to the floor for a vote.

The Motion to Recommit offered an alternative strategy. When a bill is on the House floor to be voted on, it often undergoes a series of votes before final passage. An MTR is generally used as a tool of the minority (Republicans) to seek a vote on something the majority (Democrats) won’t allow. It is unveiled at the last minute and is often the last vote before final passage. This MTR, if passed, would have amended a youth tobacco bill on the floor to include the text of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The MTR was defeated 187-220 but was effective in showing Americans exactly where their Member of Congress stands on infanticide. To see how your Member of Congress voted, click here.

The abortion industry says babies surviving abortion never happens, but data from the CDC and stories of abortion survivors like Melissa Ohden, Josiah Presley and Claire Culwell prove otherwise. This does happen. It is gut wrenching to think physicians nonchalantly allow newborn children to die, but Kermit Gosnell is proof that some do. Without these protections in place, we cannot effectively stop a future Gosnell-like doctor from repeating the horrors of Gosnell’s post birth “abortions.”

Remember: the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act isn’t about abortion and doesn’t change a single abortion law; it’s about what happens when a child survives an abortion. This bill requires that doctors provide the same standard of care to a child born alive after an attempted abortion that would be afforded to any other child born at that gestation. It is unconscionable that a bill this basic, that simply requires doctors to treat a child born alive as they would any other child, would be so radical to the far left.

Issues like this, whether or not a child who survives an abortion receives age-appropriate medical care, should not be a political or a partisan issue. This is a moral issue. We must continue to pursue every available avenue for this bill to become law for the least of these.

 

 

YWA leader Lillian Knight speaking at Protect Women Protect Life rally at the Supreme Court

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Demonstrators Meet outside the Supreme Court

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One of our amazing Young Women for America college chapter presidents, Lillian Knight, LSU, participated in the Protect Women, Protect Life rally on the steps of the Supreme Court fighting to uphold a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have hospital admitting procedures. She is quoted in the article in National Review.

“On the steps of the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, hundreds of demonstrators gathered as the justices heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo, the first abortion-related case on the docket since Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the Court.

The case was brought by abortion providers against the state of Louisiana, challenging a law that requires them to maintain admitting privileges at a local hospital so women can get emergency care if necessary after a failed abortion procedure. Louisiana law currently requires the same of all other ambulatory surgical centers in the state; the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act aims to hold abortionists to the same standard.

Sources who attended oral arguments told National Review that seven of the nine justices asked questions. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch were the two who did not.

Outside the Court, meanwhile, both the abortion-rights movement and pro-life advocates hosted rallies all morning, standing right beside each other underneath a perfectly blue and sunny sky, the abortion-rights crowd swathed in teal and the pro-lifers in a lighter shade of blue.

“My right, my decision,” read most of the signs on the pro-choice side. The signs were printed, and the rally coordinated, by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the abortion-advocacy group that argued against the Louisiana law this morning, representing June Medical Services and two unnamed abortionists.

One of the most prominent speakers for the abortion-rights rally was Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), who directed part of his remarks at Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch. “They’re taking away fundamental rights,” he said. “I want to tell you Gorsuch, I want to tell you Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

Representative Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) also addressed the pro-choice crowd, opening her remarks by suggesting that “they are obsessed with our bodies,” as well as that abortion is an issue of “economic justice” and “racial justice.”

“We have every frickin’ right to fight for our lives and our bodies,” Tlaib said. Most of the remarks from speakers at the pro-choice rally didn’t touch on the substance of the Louisiana law at all, or they falsely claimed that it was intended to restrict access to abortion. But in fact, in a decision upholding the statute last fall, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that “the only permissible finding, under this record, is that no clinics will likely be forced to close on account of the Act.”

Much of the abortion-rights rally centered around common slogans such as permitting or trusting women to control their own bodies.

A poster that one of the abortion-rights demonstrators held read, “Hey Kavanaugh, keep your religion out of my health care. And yea, we still believe Dr. Blasey Ford.” Another, much larger sign said, “Thank God for abortion.”

On the pro-life side of the divide, meanwhile, most signs read, “Protect women, protect life.” The remarks from the slate of speakers in defense of Louisiana’s law focused almost entirely on the law itself, as well as the goal of ensuring that women are able to get emergency care.

Katrina Jackson, the Louisiana Democrat who sponsored the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, addressed the pro-life crowd after exiting the Court following the hearing. “For so long, this nation has put the abortion industry before the health and safety of the women,” she said.

“We will no longer be quiet, because we love the child, and we love the woman. And Louisiana is all about love, even when someone doesn’t agree with us,” Jackson added. “We seek to protect them in their decisions. We seek to hold others accountable, and especially when a billion-dollar industry makes money off of that woman’s decision, they should be held accountable just as other doctors who treat us for other things.”

One young woman from Louisiana, who serves as a campus leader for Concerned Women for America, spoke to the group close to the end of the rally. “Twenty-two years ago, my mom went to a Louisiana Planned Parenthood seeking to know what her options were because she was in a crisis pregnancy,” she said. “She had no support from anybody in my family or from my biological father. They told her that my life was not worth anything and that her only option was to abort me, that she would not be successful in life, that she could not get an education, and that I would essentially ruin her life. Twenty-two years later, I think she begs to differ.””

Read the Entire Article in National Review Here:

CWA CEO and President Penny Nance speaking at the Protect Women Protect Life rally at the Supreme Court

Could Debate Over Louisiana Abortion Law have Implications for Kentucky?

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The following news story aired this week on Spectrum 1 Newschannels. Click link to watch the television broadcast or read the story below.

“Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance says it is her rural Kentucky roots that fueled her passion for the anti-abortion movement.

“I grew up the daughter of a pastor in Eastern Kentucky in Appalachia. My dad served for about 20 years in Paintsville. As a woman of faith, I learned my bible in Eastern Kentucky. We know that God knit us together in our mothers’ wombs,” said Nance.

Nance stood outside of the Supreme Court Wednesday as justices heard arguments on a Louisiana abortion law that would require doctors who perform abortions to hold admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic. A similar Texas law was struck down by the high court in 2016, when the court decided the issue of admitting privileges was an undue burden on women.

Now the court is more conservative with President Trump’s appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Wednesday’s court proceedings suggest Chief Justice John Roberts will likely be the deciding vote.

“If it is going to follow its own precedent and if it’s going to follow things like the rule of law, we should not have a different result. The change in the Supreme Court should not change the decisions and certainly not so fast,” said Fatima Goss Graves, President of the National Women’s Law Center.

“We know that abortion is one of the safest operations in the country. Admitting privileges are not necessary but even so, we find that the hospitals are denying the clinics and the doctors admitting privileges because they are afraid of the violence. They are being bullied and terrorized and this is closing clinics down for us,” said Toni Van Pelt, President of the National Organization for Women.

There was perhaps no greater illustration of how culturally divisive abortion is than the two competing rallies happening simultaneously on the steps of the court with both sides convinced their argument will prevail.

“Decades of precedent don’t stand for much when the Supreme Court gets it absolutely wrong,” said Johnathan Alexandre, Senior Counsel for Liberty Counsel.

“If you love someone who is seeking an abortion, that is what you should lean into. You should lean into the values that guide and support the people you love,” said Goss Graves.

A decision should come by late June.

Several states including Kentucky have passed laws being challenged in federal courts that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The decision in the Louisiana case could have consequences for the Kentucky case.

According to data from the Pew Research Center, just 36% of Kentuckians believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases.”

Watch the Entire TV Interview with Penny Nance here: