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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.”

Letter to President Trump

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January 16, 2019

The President
The White House Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

You have repeatedly made it clear that your administration would be a pro-life administration, both domestically and internationally. Concerned Women for America applauds you for acting to fulfill this promise and standing for life. Your Department of Health and Human Services is working to finalize several pro-life rules, including conscience protections, reforms to the Title X program, and reforms to health insurance regarding the coverage of abortion. Abroad, we praise your administration for pro-life measures including the expansion of the Mexico City Policy and directing U.S. delegates to the UN tostrike references to “sexual reproductive health,” a term widely used to refer to the inclusion of abortion services in family planning. It has been an honor to join you in partnership and support regarding these measures.

As you know, a divided Congress brings unique challenges and threats to the pro-life movement. Your leadership is vital. In order to preserve the pro-life policies you and your administration are working hard to support and implement, we urge you to commit publicly to veto any legislation that weakens existing pro-life policy or current protections, moving us backwards on life. This veto commitment is not unprecedented; both Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush sent letters to Congress issuing similar veto threats during their administrations and followed through. Their strong stance prevented us from losing hard-fought ground. Pro-life members in the House and the Senate have asked for this veto commitment and are ready to back you up to sustain any veto. This sends a clear message that life is not a bargaining chip.

Even with a divided Congress, we encourage you to fight for life in every way possible and defund the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood still receives over half a billion dollars in federal funding annually. Unethical research using fetal tissue from elective abortions is still practiced and funded by the millions through the National Institutes of Health. Healthcare workers in states are still forced to perform or assist in abortions regardless of conscience objections. While notable progress has been made, there is still much work to be done.

Concerned Women for America’s members and supporters across America stand strong with your administration on these crucial issues. Thank you for holding human life at every stage in high esteem, prioritizing it as President, and leading the good work of your Administration. We will continue to work with you to end abortion in America.

Sincerely,

Penny Nance
CEO and President

Score Letter: Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act

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The Honorable
United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator,

On behalf of our supporters and activists nationwide, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) encourages your support of S. 1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. When this bill reaches the Senate floor for a vote, CWALAC will score in favor of cloture and final passage and will include this vote on our annual scorecard.

Israel and Jordan are key U.S. allies in the Middle East who are crucial to the fight against terrorism and ending the brutal Assad dictatorship in Syria. Ensuring the stability of the Middle East and the safety of Israel is in the national security interests of America. S. 1 improves defense and security assistance provisions and aid to Israel, reauthorizes the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, passes provisions to combat the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement, and aims to stop the massacre of the Syrian people.

It includes four measures of support, most of them hotlined, previously passed by the Senate: the Rubio-Coons United States-Israel Security Authorization Assistance Act of 2018 (S. 2497), the Ros- Lehtinen-Deutch United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act (H.R. 2646), the Engel- Royce Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2018 (H.R. 1677), and the Rubio-Manchin Combating BDS Act of 2018.

This bill is aptly the first priority of the new Congress, as it is in America’s best interest to support our ally Israel both home and abroad. Abroad, S.1 bolsters aid and strengthens security assistance in Israel, and the anti-BDS provisions ensure support at home. The BDS movement is an economic attack against Israel that has incited violence against Jewish people in America and overseas time and time again. Over half the states have passed similar anti-BDS movement laws; this provision supports state efforts and sends a strong message to Israel that we are serious about combatting anti-Semitism and supporting their influence in an unstable region.

Concerned Women for America asks you to stand by our allies in the Middle East. They need your support. Ensuring the stability of the Middle East and supporting Israel is a vital U.S. interest, and we urge you to vote in favor of S. 1.

Sincerely,

Penny Young Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

Strengthening our Borders and Fixing our Broken Immigration Laws

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The following is a statement made by Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, Concerned Women for America’s Founder and Chairwoman; Penny Nance, CWA’s CEO and President; and CWA’s board members, Jean Crisp, Janne Myrdal, Ann Hettinger, Lori Scheck, Terri Johannessen, Betty Jane Strong, Cheryl Keithly, Angel Voggenreiter, and Jon Whetsell:

“Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, calls on Congress to break through political pride and work together to secure our borders with appropriate and effective means and fix our broken immigration laws.

“As a sovereign nation, it is the duty and right of the U.S. to secure our borders and protect our people. Groups who have encouraged mass and disorganized migration to our borders are manipulating and exploiting vulnerable people for political gain and unduly burden our U.S. Border Patrol. During the journey, almost 1 in 3 women have been sexually abused and many have fallen prey to violence or human trafficking.

“Both parties acknowledge the system must be fixed, and President Trump is more than willing to take on this difficult task. The status quo is hurting both citizens and immigrants. It’s time to stop the political games and work for the good of the country.”


For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Senate Votes on Bill to Strengthen U.S. Security in the Middle East

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate is voting on the first bill introduced in the 116th Congress, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (SASME Act). The SASME Act is made up of four bipartisan bills nearly enacted by Congress in 2018: the Rubio-Coons United States-Israel Security Authorization Assistance Act of 2018, Ros-Lehtinen-Deutch United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act, Engel-Royce Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2018, and Rubio-Manchin Combating BDS Act of 2018.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, issued the following statement:

“Thank you, Leader McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senators Rubio (R-Florida), Risch (R-Idaho), and Gardner (R-Colorado) for making the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 the Senate’s first priority of 2019. No more playing politics when it comes to our allies. The SASME Act combines four key bipartisan foreign policy bills that were nearly passed into law last year with little controversy. This bill is a basic necessity for U.S. foreign policy.

“Over half the states in the country have already passed an anti-BDS bill. Contrary to comments by new Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), this bill is 100% in line with American values and our first amendment. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel is blatant anti-Semitism and has continually incited violence against Jewish people here in America and abroad time and time again.

“Concerned Women for America is scoring this bill, and we will be scoring in favor of cloture and final passage. Anyone who votes against Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act will forever be on record as undermining efforts for peace and stability in the Middle East, abandoning our ally Israel, and condoning anti-Semitic behavior in the United States.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

New House Minority Flexes Muscle on Abortion Threat

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As soon as members were sworn in and Nancy Pelosi was handed the speaker’s gavel, the battle to protect life in the 116th Congress was underway on the floor of the U.S. Houses of Representatives.   The new Democrat majority’s first legislative move to “end the government shutdown” also contains provisions to advance pro-abortion policies overseas.   Pelosi’s Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 undermines a signature prolife initiative of the Trump Administration, the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy (formerly known as the Mexico City policy) which prohibits American taxpayer funds from being used by nongovernmental organizations to perform or promote abortion abroad.   The Democrat bill also proposes to expand aid to the United Nations Population Fund which notoriously stands by China’s policy of coerced abortions.

Spurred on by Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee and partner prolife groups who promised to score against the bill, Republicans flexed their minority muscle and stood in strong opposition.   Taking to the House floor under the leadership of incoming Appropriations committee ranking member, Kay Granger (R-Texas), prolife members chastised Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats for pushing a pro-abortion agenda on the American people from Day One.   Pro-life Caucus chairman Chris Smith (R-New Jersey), and Values Action Team chairwoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri) were among those exposing the Democrat’s tactics.  Rep. Granger offered a Motion to Recommit with instructions to strike the pro-abortion policy provisions from the bill.  Along with impassioned floor speeches, the Motion to Recommit is among the minority party’s best tools to amend legislation and contrast the views of members.  Democrats Dan Lipinski (Ohio) and Collin Peterson (Minnesota), the only prolife Democrats in the House, voted with the Republicans on Rep. Granger’s motion.

As will be the case in the new Congress, House Democrats will prevail in passing legislation that will break the hearts of the prolife community, as they did on final passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019.  But in flexing its muscle on the House floor, the new Republican minority set the stage for Senate debate, where a new class of prolife Senators were sworn in this week, and the Pelosi bill is expected to be dead on arrival.

Even with congressional threats to prolife policy, we can still take productive administrative action through rulemaking.  Currently the Trump administration is working to add crucial integrity measures to the enforcement of Obamacare to require transparency in abortion coverage.  The Department of Health and Human Services has submitted a rule for public comment that would require insurance providers to collect a separate payment for abortion coverage.  This is the best interpretation of the law which specifies a separate payment must be collected. The Obama administration did not accurately interpret or enforce this law, and taxpayer funds for healthcare are being co-mingled with abortion coverage.  We need your support for this rule to be put in place. Click here to submit your public comment before the deadline on Tuesday, January 8, at 5:00 p.m. EST.  Tell the Trump Administration you don’t want taxpayer funds covering elective abortion!

Young Women for America at TPUSA Student Action Summit

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Happy New Year! I hope that you had a restful and blessed Christmas and New Years with your families and friends. The week leading up to Christmas, I traveled to West Palm Beach, Florida, where Young Women for America had an exhibitor booth at TPUSA’s Student Action Summit. The conference was filled with great speakers who came and encouraged the students to be leaders on campus, to educate themselves and engage in dialogue. The speakers included Laura Ingraham, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Dennis Prager, Allie Stuckey, Tucker Carlson, and Donald Trump, Jr.

This event was a great opportunity to share our YWA program with a couple hundred students and give them some of our educational and promotional materials. It is always such a blessing to discuss the rich history of CWA, how Mrs. LaHaye started our organization, and how someone can get involved with us on their college campus. Faces light up and they often respond, “Wow! This is what we need! I’m so glad you’re here!” We have received a number of new contacts, girls who want to start YWA chapters, and even some adults who want to get involved with CWA.

There were two of our YWA chapter leaders at the conference, as well. Being able to connect with our girls is always the highlight of every trip for me. Please pray for God to use this conference to grow Young Women for America. Pray that God sustains their desire to start YWA at their university or high school, that He would use them to educate and impact their peers, and that they would stand up for righteousness.

Grayce McAllister, the graduating YWA President at Emporia State University in Kansas, and the incoming President, Mackenzie Haddix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alba Ibraj, YWA at the University of Michigan, with Donald Trump Jr.