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Hostility Towards Religion on Display at the Supreme Court in Maryland Cross Case

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This week the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association. The case deals with a 93-year-old World War I memorial shaped like a cross that was erected to honor fallen soldiers. The memorial stood for 80-plus years without challenge, but now it offends the American Humanist Association (AHA), so they sued the state of Maryland and have gotten all the way to the Supreme Court to have it removed.

There are reasons for optimism. The arguments in favor of allowing the cross to stand were powerfully presented by Neal K. Katyal, representing the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; Michael Carvin, representing the American Legion which erected the monument in the first place; and Jeffrey Wall, Acting-Solicitor General of the U.S.

Mr. Katyal, who previously worked at the solicitor general’s office under Justice Kagan’s leadership in the Obama years, focused on the uniqueness of the cross. He argued (1) it was built 93 years ago, (2) it has at its center the American Legion’s symbol and at its base the memorial words, “Valor, Endurance, Courage, Devotion,” (3) there are no other religious symbols or words associated with it, and (4) it is situated in the city’s Veterans Memorial Park, alongside other war memorials. He also highlighted that the Court has never adopted a view that the mere fact that some people disagree with something would create an Establishment Clause violation. When Justice Sotomayor pointed to some briefs of deeply religious people who regarded “secularizing the cross” as blasphemy, he replied, “I don’t think we let those objectors dictate that.”

Mr. Carvin was more expansive in his defense of religious liberty. He argued, as did our brief, against the use of the unworkable Lemon Test, which has been largely abandoned by the Court. He argued instead that the Court should adopt the coercion test it used in Town of Greece v. Galloway, “which prohibits tangible interference with religious liberty, as well as proselytizing.” Under such a test, “all symbolic, including sectarian, symbols would be presumptively valid except in the rare circumstances where they’ve been misused to proselytize.” When questioned, it was also important that he reminded the Court that, “all symbols are sectarian, and if you ban sectarian symbols, then you are necessarily banning all religious symbols, which evinces hostility and is in stark tension with the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clause.”

Acting-Solicitor General Wall also argued for adhering to Town of Greece. He explained that under that test there is a much higher standard than, “are you offended or excluded? … Are you trying to force people into the pews, are you denigrating another faith?”

But what stood out most at oral arguments was the palpable hostility towards religion, and indeed Christianity in particular, from the American Humanist Association’s (AHA) counsel Monica Miller. “We’re talking about the government being the speaker and essentially giving you the message, as the non-Christian in your community, that you are a lesser citizen,” she explained. She argued the monument would, “contribute to the idea that non-Christians are inferior.” One is left puzzled by such characterizations. How can anyone take a WWI memorial display in this manner? To a reasonable observer, this is a symbol that honors the sacrifice of these men giving their lives for their fellow men. But to the AHA it says only that “Christians have valor, Christians have courage, Christians have devotion, Christians have endurance …”

The size is also a problem for them. Miss Miller seemed to argue for a sort of “loudness test,” where a display that is “not as loud” would be okay. But as Justice Gorsuch quickly pointed out, the Court would have to get into “having to dictate taste with respect to displays.” He said, “We have a Ten Commandments display just above you, which may be too loud for many.”

Miss Miller acknowledged that the Ten Commandments, “it’s basically shorthand for law itself.” But she draws the line at the cross, somehow. It apparently cannot have a dual meaning of sacrifice, aside from the desire of Christians to proselytize.

The hostility, again, seemed aimed at Christianity in particular. Chief Justice Roberts asked at one point about Native American totems with their “spiritual and religious significance.” Would they need to be torn down? The answer was, “no.” No problem there. She tried to argue this based on the fact that the Court did not find a violation in a similar case because the community was predominantly Christian, but the Chief went on to ask her in the context of a predominantly Native American community. She was unwilling to say that it would be a violation.

Clearly, there is some animosity towards the nation’s Christian heritage that undergirds the AHA’s argument.

At one point, Chief Justice Roberts pointed out that people process these displays in different ways. And the fact that some Jewish people object doesn’t mean all object. He reminded her that “one of the major fundraisers of [the cross] was a Jewish individual. So, he was obviously observing it or anticipating it in a different way.” Miss Miller’s hostility, again, was stark. She said, “Well, Your Honor, I think that we cannot take one person’s example, again, someone who is probably one of maybe the only Jewish people in that county at a time when there was an active Klan burning crosses, burning Jewish buildings or Jewish, you know, businesses at the time when atheists couldn’t run for office, Jews had to swear that they believed in an afterlife in order to qualify, I mean …” At this bizarre comment, there was a bit of a commotion. Justice Kagan was heard saying, “Why does it even matter?”
But Miss Miller was undeterred. Justice Alito reminded her that, “There were 12 African-American soldiers among the 49,” who are honored at the memorial. Yet she dismissed that, speculating that those who placed the names didn’t even know who was honored there. At one point she claimed, “there [are] bushes obscuring the plaque.”

Some might miss it, but the implications of the AHA’s arguments are horrendous. To attribute some malicious, bigoted, Christian discrimination to this memorial without any proof of such hideous intent is unwarranted and reprehensible.

We hope the Court renders a decision that upholds this memorial and others similar to it and sends a clear message for the protection of religious liberty in our nation. The lower courts are in desperate need of guidance on this area of the law. We need a decision that will be helpful in future cases, not just in the protection of this cross.

Miss Miller was blunt in asking the Court to limit its decision and leave every other display to be attacked and litigated by themselves. If the Court heeds her call, it will leave states to continue to be harassed for honorable displays that should be celebrated and respected, instead of smeared and litigated. The Court should not play along. It should stand for religious liberty and our country’s rich religious liberty heritage.

Senate Dems Deny the Facts About the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

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On Monday, February 25, the U.S. Senate failed to advance S. 311, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska). The bill needed 60 votes and failed by a vote of 53-44, with three senators not voting: Sens. Cramer (R-North Dakota), Scott (R-South Carolina), and Murkowski (R-Alaska). Sens. Cramer and Scott’s offices informed CWA they were unable to attend the vote due to weather delays. They are both original cosponsors of the bill and would have voted “yes. Sen. Tim Scott spoke at length on the Senate floor the day after the vote, declaring: “This is common sense; this is human decency. This is not an issue of being pro-life or pro-choice. This is being pro-child.” For information on how your senator voted, click here. 

Democrat Sens. Manchin (D-West Virginia), Jones (D-Alabama), and Casey (D-Pennsylvania) joined the 53vote majority, while every other Senate Democrat opposed Born Alive. Their excuses for defending infanticide on the Senate floor were straight from the talking points of Planned Parenthood and NARAL. Many of them claimed this does not happen. Wrong. Documented statistics by the Center for Disease Control say otherwise. Only six states require reporting cases of infants born alive after an attempted abortion, so we don’t know just how frequently this happens, but there is no question that it does. Abortion survivors like Melissa Ohden and Gianna Jessen have testified before Congress detailing their personal stories and asking for protections for babies who survive abortion 

Democrats also claimed the bill is unnecessary, because killing a child born alive is already illegal. While Congress did pass, and President George W. Bush signed into law, the Born Alive Infants Protection Act in 2002, it only defined a “person,” “human being,” “child,” or “individual” as including every infant born alive for the purposes of federal law. But the law did not contain any penalty provisions or requirements. This is the issue the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act seeks to correct. It would give law enforcement the legal tools to bring criminal penalties against a health care professional who fails to provide care for a child who is born alive. Some states do impose penalties, but New York repealed their born alive law, and Vermont is close to doing so. Federal law must address this. 

Here are the facts about the Born Alive Act: It is NOT about private medical decisions between woman and her doctor and does not change abortion laws. It is not about first, second, or thirdtrimester abortions; it is about infanticide. The bill only addresses failed abortions and would not substitute Congress’ judgment for standard medical practice in heartbreaking cases when a child is born but is not viable. It mandates the same degree of care be granted to children who survive abortions that would be given to a child born in other circumstances at the same gestational age, including hospitalizationIt also shields birth mothers from prosecution and grants them the right to take civil action against health care professional who fails to provide this care.   

The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is not an extreme “anti-choice” bill. 82% of Americans oppose removing medical care for a viable child after birth, including 77% of pro-choice Americans. Undeniably, Americans widely support this bill. It is now up to the House to correct the failure of the Senate. Speaker Pelosi is standing in the way by denying daily requests to bring this bill to the House floor.  Next month, House Republicans will attempt to force the bill on the floor for a vote through a discharge petition. Please call your congressman today and ask him/her to cosponsor H.R. 962, the House version of S. 311, and sign the discharge petition when it is ready for consideration.  

 

Unconscionably Blocked: Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

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On the heels of the most electrified month of the life debate, 80% of Americans have spoken out that they do not support infanticide.

Forty-four members of Congress blocked a bill ensuring medical care to LIVING, newborn babies who survive an abortion.

Think about that for a second.

“Picture a baby who’s already been born, who’s outside the womb gasping for air. That’s the only thing that today’s vote is actually about. We’re talking about babies who have already been born. Nothing in this bill touches abortion access.” (Senator Ben Sasse)

And they voted NO. To not provide care to crying babies after a failed abortion attempt.

This is absolutely unconscionable.

Every Democrat who made remarks on the Senate floor before the vote was claiming that this bill was an attack on a woman’s right to abortion when nothing in this bill touches abortion. We’re talking about AFTER abortion.

Whether it be their personal inhumane carelessness or their allegiance to the radical extremism of partisanship, there is no covering up such a disgusting ploy.

How long, O Lord, how long?

That was the question that replayed in my head as I watched the votes roll in on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

That’s what this is.

Keep fighting, dear friend. And keep praying.

Title X Final Rule Released

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On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule governing the Title X family planning program. The Title X program was created to help individuals, particularly low-income individuals, access quality family planning services. This final rule requires physical and financial separation between abortion operations and family planning operations as well as prohibits referral for abortion, which is the best interpretation of the Title X statute.

This final rule from HHS is in response to the hundreds of thousands of comments from Americans who do not want their tax dollars funding the abortion industry. I applaud President Trump and HHS for this integrity and patient-focused rule. Furthermore, because Title X grant recipients are no longer forced to refer for abortion, entities who previously objected to this provision can now apply for these funds.

The Title X statute explicitly states that programs that promote abortion as a method of family planning do not qualify for funding. However, since it is government money in the realm of family planning, the abortion industry, particularly Planned Parenthood, has hijacked this program and has, for decades, used the fungibility of these taxpayer funds as their own personal slush fund. There is no gag rule: doctors are free to discuss options for pregnant women in a non-directive manner. Health care providers are neither prohibited or mandated to discuss abortion.

Planned Parenthood now faces a choice: adhere to the statutory prohibitions and comply with the final rule or give up Title X funding. We don’t need to wait for their predictable and apocalyptic press release to know what they’ll choose: abortion. Planned Parenthood claims that abortion is only 3% of what they do, but their own annual report reveals that abortions make up 96% of their pregnancy resolutions. Abortion is not a small part of what they do; it’s who they are. This final rule integrates desperately needed integrity to a well-intended, but widely-abused program. It is a crucial step to disentangle taxpayer dollars from the abortion industry.

 

Last Call! Urge Your Senators to Reject infanticide!

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This Monday, February 25, the Senate will vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act, S. 311, sponsored by Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse. The Born Alive bill requires doctors to provide a newborn who is born alive after an attempted abortion the same medical care that a child would be granted at the same gestational age in other circumstances. Also, it imposes penalties on health care practitioners who break the law, while providing mothers a private right of action and an avenue of justice against a doctor who would deny an abortion survivor the professional care and hospital admission necessary to preserve the life and health of the child.  This bill is not about abortion; it is about rejecting infanticide.

So many of CWA’s State Directors and state leaders have been active this week visiting their senators’ district offices asking for their support of S. 311. So many of you have called and emailed and tweeted and written your senators and asked for their support. CWALAC legislative staff have stormed Capitol Hill encouraging senators to vote to protect and preserve the lives of born alive children.

Thank you for your efforts; they are not in vain, and people are hearing you, but now is the time to keep pushing. Make one more call or send one more email or another tweet over the weekend to each of your senators and encourage them to vote in favor of S. 311. We are expecting the vote around 5:00 p.m. on Monday, so contact them before then!  Here is the link to our action center with a sample message you can personalize.

If you’re not sure what more to say, check out CWALAC’s talking points on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Thank you!!

What You Can Do to Reject infanticide and the reckless crusade to expand late-term abortion!

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The U.S. Senate is poised to vote Monday, February 25, on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  This crucial legislation would shield a newborn who survives an attempted abortion from being denied the right to live.  Doctors would be required to provide the same medical care to a newborn survivor of abortion that would be offered to any other baby at the same gestational age.

Unfortunately — unbelievably! — infants born alive are not guaranteed these protections under federal law, giving abortion doctors the green light to turn their backs on a helpless baby after a botched abortion.  Such negligence is nothing less than enabling infanticide.

We need you to act today.  Too many senators are in the pocket of the big abortion lobby.  They are doing everything they can to avoid the issue and obstruct a vote.   Even if your senators are strong on the life issue, they need to hear from you and know you are standing with them.

U.S. senators are home next week (February 19-22), and a vote is expected when they return.  We are asking you to visit the district offices nearest you NEXT WEEK and tell your two U.S. senators to reject infanticide and vote for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

If you are unable to visit in person, please contact both of your senators.  Time is short, so please make this a priority! (Here is the link to our action center with a sample message you can personalize.)

It is unbelievable that saving a newborn baby fighting for life should be a partisan issue.  But the left has completely rejected common sense.  They are not willing to call infanticide for what it is and are spreading lies about the need for the legislation.  Here’s the truth: federal law does not protect a survivor of abortion.  At least one-third of states, including New York, have extreme abortion laws that make infanticide LEGAL.  Virginia Gov Ralph Northam publicly endorsed infanticide when he defended a radical abortion proposal that would make abortion legal at any time in pregnancy, including while giving birth!  This is insanity.

Thank you for taking action on this issue.  Please pray that the U.S. Senate will vote to save these little ones.

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

CWA at the March For All Women

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On January 19, CWA’s Vice President of International Affairs, Dr. Shea Garrison, was a voice for conservative women at the March for ALL Women rally in Washington, D.C.  The March for ALL Women was sponsored by Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) and took place next to the 3rdannual Women’s March (WM) at Pershing Park. The Women’s March, which purports to speak for all women, does not include women who believe in conservative values or life or family values. The WM also stands in strong opposition to the Trump Administration. The March for ALL Women is an alternative which “represents the rising tide of women who stand against the divisiveness of the so-called Women’s March …” and who “in all their individual variety, deserve to be heard.”  

Read Shea’s rally speech:

“Good morning. I’m excited to speak to you at this rally today because it celebrates the diversity of strong and intelligent women and contradicts the idea that all women think the same.

Our organization, Concerned Women for America, was actually founded on this principle 40 years ago.  In 1979, our founder Beverly LaHaye was determined that the feminist movement, which had detached itself from all semblance of conservative values, would not speak for her or for the millions of other women who valued family and life. Her message was simply this: “You-don’t-speak-for-me!”

Today, our message is still the same. That’s encouraging to me because women are continuing to insist that we have our own minds, we make our own decisions, and we can discern right from wrong.

A moment in my own history stands out to me, a turning point in my own thinking about this subject: A male colleague, a professor who I highly respect, told me that women who didn’t vote for Hillary did so because they weren’t yet ready for a woman president; that they couldn’t yet envision a woman leader of the United States.

How condescending to me. His statement implied that because I didn’t vote for her, I was sexist and backwards—it couldn’t possibly be that I disagreed with her principles and didn’t want them institutionalized into my country.

There are millions of women in the U.S. who believe in equality between men and women, but also believe in conservative values such as limited government, freedom of religion and belief, free markets, life, and family. And many of us are women of faith from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds.

If I have one message to leave you with today, it’s this: We need each other. I have found that women often feel excluded, isolated, even shamed because of their conservative beliefs. But they find strength to speak the truth when other women, like me and like you, have the courage to stand up and say: “You don’t speak for me”.

I believe God has given women a unique platform to speak truth into our homes, our communities, and across our nation–we don’t think just like men, or act just like men, or react the same way as men. What a loss if women don’t contribute to their fullest potential possible.  Some of us are wives and mothers, yes, but we’re also engineers, academics, activists, and artists.

So, I want to encourage you to do three things today: One, we need each other—so let’s continue to unite. Two, let’s continue to speak the truth. And three, let’s continue to make the point very clear to those who have excluded us from a so-called celebration of womanhood: ‘You-Don’t-Speak-For-ME!’  Thank you very much.”

Pro-Life Legislative Efforts the Focus of March for Life Week in Washington

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Traditionally during the week of the March for Life, members of Congress highlight the life issue and the need to end abortion in America. Even though the House does not currently have a pro-life majority and there was no pro-life vote scheduled, several members of the House have introduced pieces of pro-life legislation this week. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MIssouri) introduced H.R. 369 which would provide a moratorium on Federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Instead of blindly handing over Federal taxpayer dollars to the nation’s largest abortion provider, this legislation would put a one-year moratorium on all Federal dollars going toward Planned Parenthood and would increase the funding given to Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) introduced a bill to prohibit family planning grants (Title X money) from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions. This bill would essentially codify the Protect Life Rule that was proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services in June. Title X essentially serves as a slush fund for the abortion industry because, while Title X funds cannot directly go toward abortions, they can provide support to clinics that perform abortions. This bill would prevent any abortion provider from receiving these funds.

On Thursday, the Senate voted on S.109, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. This bill, introduced by Sens. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), would prohibit any taxpayer dollars from going toward abortion. Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) introduced the companion bill in the House. Currently, the Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funding of abortion, but it must be re-adopted every year through annual spending bills, and it only applies to certain programs. There are programs that Hyde does not touch that possibly allow for federally-funded abortions. However, this bill would apply government-wide and would include programs, like the Affordable Care Act, that were crafted to circumvent Hyde.

Although the Senate failed to pass S. 109, we are still optimistic about life in Washington.  On Tuesday, 169 members of the House, led by Rep. Chris Smith and 49 Senators, led by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana), each submitted letters to the President requesting that he issue a veto threat for any legislative efforts that would compromise current protections for life in federal law.  Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee sent a similar veto-request letter to the President and encouraged him to continue to fight for life in every way possible.

On Friday during the March for Life, President Trump announced he had sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi pledging his commitment to veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life federal policies.  This is an enormous victory for the cause of life because even though there is a pro-abortion House and a marginally pro-life Senate, the President has publicly committed to exercise his right to veto bills that would undo crucial life wins we have gained in the last 40 years. Wins like the ban on partial birth abortion, the Mexico City Policy, and the Hyde Amendment are now protected because of the President’s commitment. Thank you, President Trump!

President Trump Promises to Veto Abortion Legislation

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Washington D.C. — Today during the annual March for Life, President Trump announced the delivery of a letter to Speaker Pelosi threatening to veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life policies or “encourages the destruction of human life at any stage.”
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee CEO and President Penny Young Nance issued the following statement in response:

“We applaud President Trump for holding true to his promises and standing for life. Now that Congress is divided, issuing this blanket veto letter to protect life is an absolute necessity. There is no doubt that a Pelosi-led House will do everything in its power to roll back any and all protections for the unborn.

“Speaker Pelosi has made it clear from the day she took the gavel that life is not significant. On January 3, day one of the new Congress, the House voted to roll back protections to prohibit federal funding for abortion entities overseas. Newsflash to Speaker Pelosi: 75% of Americans, including 56% of Democrats, do not want their tax dollars funding international abortions . Furthermore, 54% of Americans support the Hyde Amendment and oppose taxpayer funding for abortion, including 36% of Democrats . The issue of abortion doesn’t divide Americans, it divides the left.

“On Tuesday, 169 members of the House, led by Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey), and 49 senators, led by Senator Daines (R-Montana), each submitted requests to the president to issue this veto promise, guaranteeing that a veto will be sustained. This is not an empty promise; it sends a clear message, backed up by Congress, that life is not a bargaining chip.

“While notable progress has been made, there is still much work to be done, and CWALAC will continue to work with the administration and both houses of Congress to fight for life.”

CWA Sends Letter to President Trump – Pro-life Legislation

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Washington D.C. – On Wednesday, January 16, Concerned Women for America sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to continue his administration’s pro-life legacy. Read the letter here.

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

“Concerned Women for America has been honored to work closely with President Trump’s administration on many issues, principal among them being support for life at all stages. President Trump is building a legacy as the most pro-life president to date.

“CWA understands the unique challenges and threats to the pro-life movement that a divided Congress presents. As the president of Concerned Women for America, I am also honored to represent half-a-million women across this nation who will continue to stand behind President Trump on this issue.

“Today, as hundreds of thousands of Americans gather on the National Mall to March for Life, we ask President Trump to hold fast in his leadership and veto any legislation that weakens existing pro-life policy or current protections, moving us backwards on life.”