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CWA’s Dr. Shea Garrison featured on ‘The Buck Sexton Show’

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Concerned Women for America’s Vice President for International Affairs, Shea Garrison, discusses the Equality Act and the impact it would have on women and girls in this country.

 

Dr. Garrison was a guest on The Buck Sexton Show.

Women Across America Unite to Oppose Pelosi’s Threatening Equality Act

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WASHINGTON, DC – Concerned Women for America LAC, Women’s Liberation Front, Independent Women’s Voice, Save Women’s Sports, Hands Across the Aisle Coalition for Women, and many more united in sending a clear message to Speaker Nancy Pelosi in opposition of the so-called “Equality Act,” which threatens protections and opportunities for women across America.

May 14, 2019

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC, 20515

Dear Speaker Pelosi:

Women are uniting in opposition to the so-called “Equality Act” because Congress should only pass laws that protect women, not threaten, silence or abandon us.  The Equality Act seeks to enshrine in civil rights law a new protected class of sex based on “gender identity” that claims no objective standard, medical diagnosis, or permanent intent.  Under this bill, gender identity is nothing more than a person’s perception of self that can be changed at any time, for any reason, and cannot be challenged.

The danger to women when biological men seek to claim female identity should seem obvious but is being ignored by proponents of this bill.  In the course of congressional debate, our voices have been shut out by members who deny these concerns and dismiss them as fearmongering.  Tragically, they are the ones willing to put women at risk by promoting a federal law that would overrule any restriction on gender identity claims and abolish the protections of biological sex-specific practices and spaces.

This is an affront to women, putting everything that women have worked to gain, our opportunities and protections, at risk.

As organizations representing hundreds of thousands of women across America, we call on Congress to reject the Equality Act.  We stand together against the threats to women proposed by this bill.

We refuse the demand, for ourselves and our daughters, to undress in front of female-identifying men in public accommodations or tolerate them undressing in front of us. Concerns seem obvious for women of faith who follow strict guidelines about interaction with the opposite sex, for victims of sexual assault, or for young girls in public restrooms and dressing rooms.  In our society, laws should seek to protect the safety and privacy of every woman and girl, not compromise them in the name of “equality”.  The weight of refusal should not be placed on our shoulders with the threat of legal jeopardy silencing us as would be the case in the Equality Act.

We refuse to accept that women in emergency shelters, in jail or in prison — women in desperate and vulnerable circumstances whose public voice is barely a whisper— will be forced to shower and share intimate quarters with biological men because others were too afraid to speak up for them.

We refuse to give up our rights to women-only sports. There are thousands of men and boys alive today who run faster than the fastest female runner who ever lived.  Puberty, testosterone, and innate biological differences give physical advantages to males that cannot be mitigated, disqualifying any female athlete from fair competition. To deny this is denying science. Title IX’s purpose and benefit will be negated for females under the so-called Equality Act.  The tragedy of this is already being seen in women’s sports and will only intensify.

We refuse to give up the few women-only scholarships and small business programs available. These programs are a necessary and proportional response to women’s historical exclusion from public life and commerce, as well as the different life and career paths women often take.

We refuse to allow security checkpoints at our nation’s airports, or other sensitive locations, from becoming sites of sexual harassment. Security officers should not be required to conduct body searches of people of the opposite sex, nor should members of the public be required to submit to intimate security checks by officers of the opposite sex.

We refuse to give up our right to accept only intimate medical care from female providers or to at least have a female chaperone during such care, if necessary. This is of particular concern for elderly women, or women and girls with profound disabilities, who might lack the capacity to report abuse by male caretakers.

We refuse to believe children innately require sterilization as minors, by chemical or surgical means, in order to affirm fluid gender perceptions, social stereotypes, or personal expressions. Society should seek to protect the health of children’s bodies and their natural course of maturation through the turbulent, often distressing years of growth and development.   The Equality Act would normalize the practice of gender transitioning of minors, which is dangerously on the rise, especially among adolescent girls.

Denying the dangers of the so-called Equality Act for women and girls is a disservice to honest debate.  We urge Congress to pass laws that protect and defend the rights and dignity of women and the gains we have made, not laws that risk our safety and our opportunities.  The Equality Act is a threat to women, and Congress should reject it.

Sincerely,

Beverly LaHaye
Chairman of the Board
Concerned Women for America LAC

Penny Nance
CEO & President
Concerned Women for America LAC

Natasha Chart
Chairman of the Board
Women’s Liberation Front

Heather R. Higgins
CEO
Independent Women’s Voice

Carrie Lukas
Vice President
Independent Women’s Voice

Meg Kilgannon, FCP
Hands Across the Aisle Coalition for Women

Kara Dansky
Chair – DMV Chapter
Women’s Liberation Front

Beth Stelzer, MLT, ACEHC
Member, US Powerlifting
Founder
Save Women’s Sports

Michelle Cretella, M.D.
Executive Director
American College of Pediatricians

Donna J. Harrison, M.D.
Executive Director
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Elizabeth Kantor
Senior Editor at Regnery Publishing
Author of The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After

Mary Rice Hasson, JD
Director, Catholic Women’s Forum

Kate O’Beirne Fellow,
Ethics and Public Policy Center

Michelle Lentz
President
Child Protection League

Patricia Garibay
Founder and Executive Director
American Heritage Girls

Michelle Easton
President
Clare Booth Luce Center for Conservative Women

Nancy Schulze
Founder
Republican Congressional Wives Speakers

Cathy Ruse, JD
Senior Fellow and Director of Human Dignity
Family Research Council

Republican Women of Clifton

Kristen Waggoner
SVP of U.S. Legal Division & Communications
Alliance Defending Freedom

Sandy Rios
Director of Government Affairs
American Family Association

Stella Morabito
Author

Sheryl Kaufman
Member, Board of Directors
Americans for Limited Government

Marlo Tucker
State Director
Concerned Women for America of California

Ruth Smith
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of California

Terri Johannessen
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Florida

Tanya Ditty
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Georgia

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Hawaii

Deborah Leininger
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Illinois

Tamara Scott
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Iow

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Kansas

Sancha Haysbert-Smith
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Louisiana

Penny Morrell
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine

Bev Ehlen
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Missouri

Jill Noble
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Missouri

Haven Howard
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Missouri

Jill Siceloff Coward
State Director
Concerned Women for America of North Carolina

Linda Thorson
State Director
Concerned Women for America of North Dakota

Linda Schauer
State Director
Concerned Women for America of South Dakota

Rose Herman
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Ann Hettinger
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Kori Peterson
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Mary Smith
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Beverly Roberts
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Toni DeLancey
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Virginia

Maureen Richardson
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Washington

Kelsey Good
Young Women for America National Coordinator
Concerned Women for America

Sarah Perry, JD
Director of Partnerships
Family Research Council

Rebecca Teti
Operations Director
Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship

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Real Clear Politics: Feminists, Conservatives Join Forces to Oppose ‘Equality Act’

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Penny Nance, CWA’s CEO and President, co-authored a recent opinion piece with Natasha Chart, Board Chair of the Women’s Liberation Front, a group of self-described ‘radical feminists’. They write about their historic unity against the “Equality Act”: “In an era of increasing political divisiveness, what threat could possibly unite radical feminists and Christian women conservatives? Clearly this is a historic and momentous occasion when women on the left and right have put aside differences to come together on behalf of all women.  The Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) and Concerned Women for America (CWA) recently joined hands to oppose the misnamed and insidious Equality Act.”

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Listen to Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President for International Affairs discuss The “Equality Act”

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Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President for International Affairs was featured on Truth for our Time Radio Show with Tamara Scott discussing the “Equality Act.”

“Congress should only pass laws that protect and support women and girls but this law threatens the privacy and the safety and the gains we have made. The “Equality Act” will hurt women and girls.  This bill puts everything that women have worked for at risk.”

The “Equality Act’s” Transactivist Agenda is a Direct Assault on Women

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The American People Deserve Better

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee rejected conservative attempts to address unfairness and extremism in the “Equality Act”.  Liberals proved they no longer stand for women. Women have fought long and hard to gain status.  Now, males self-identifying as women are celebrated in sports competitions; they steal women-owned business grants, and they invade female privacy in locker rooms and shelters.

This total assault on the 14th Amendment overturns decades of gains, including Title IX, that recognizes the importance of equal opportunities for women.  This is extreme and absurd. The American people deserve better.  Reach out to your U.S. House Representative and make your voice heard.

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Christian Conservative Women and Radical Feminists Agree: Women and Girls would be harmed by the Equality Act

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the House Judiciary Committee will markup the Equality Act (HR 5), which would amend the Civil Rights Act redefining the meaning of “sex” as male and female to include the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity. Concerned Women for America’s Senior Director of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, issued the following statement:

“The bill would create a world in which women and girls are no longer recognized, protected or dignified as uniquely female. In jobs, education, sports, shelters or any public space, any biological man classifying himself as a woman according to his ‘gender identity’ would have every claim to any women’s program, scholarship, sports roster, competition, boardroom, executive office, women’s shelter, bathroom, locker room, or job. Under the Equality Act, everything women have done and achieved over the last half century to improve opportunities and protections in education, sports, the workplace, and society could be overruled by any male claiming ‘womanhood’.”

Concerned Women for America sent the attached letter to House Judiciary Members and have joined hands with radical feminists (Women’s Liberation Front) and other interested groups (Hands Across the Aisle) in our mutual concerns over the Equality Act. The attached US Equality Act: Gender Identity Impact Summary delineates why we are united in purpose against this bill. Making “gender identity” a protected characteristic under federal law would erase the protected category of sex which has been a foundation for securing the rights and opportunities of women in the United States. We implore you to recognize the powerful message that our joining together from the left and the right conveys in opposing the Equality Act.

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Is It Fair Play? How Female Athletes Are Losing in the Age of Gender Identity

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I’m the mother of two athletes, a son who currently plays college baseball and a daughter who was captain of her volleyball team and on elite club teams. Today, my daughter’s leadership, work ethic, and resiliency from sports is translating in her college endeavors, including Army ROTC.

Doors of opportunity open for female athletes through sports. But in today’s age of gender identity, this could all radically change.

Senator Birch Bayh was a Democratic Senator from Indiana who spearheaded the Title IX amendment that banned discrimination against women in college sports. Obituaries from his passing on March 14, 2019 hailed him as the “father of Title IX.”

The senator’s crowning legacy achievement will go to the grave with him if his own party has its way in passing the Equality Act…

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Congressional Hearings on the So-Called “Equality Act” Expose True Threats to Women and Girls

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Congress is debating the “Equality Act,” a top-ten priority of Speaker Pelosi (D-California) and House Democrats.  It would enshrine “gender identity” as a protected trait in federal civil rights law.  This denies the biological, scientific fact that being male or female is inscribed in our DNA and determines our sex.  Self-declared “gender identity” would be sufficient to claim protected legal status as either sex.  Simply put, “Whatever I claim to be, I am.”  Such claims could be fluid, because gender-related identity and characteristics could be changed at any time.

CWA recently received a call from a public-school mom in Georgia whose daughter faced a transgender in track competition who won uncontested.  Her concerns were dismissed by the National Organization for Women and the Women’s Sport’s Foundation when she called them thinking they would be fighting for women’s rights.  Not so.  Thankfully she found us.  Here’s what this mom had to say in a letter submitted at the House Judiciary Committee hearing:

“To say that my daughter, as well as the other female athletes, were humiliated and had a sense of defeatism is an understatement.  In the words of my daughter, ‘What’s the point Mom, we can’t win.’  Hearing this broke my heart, for my daughter and for all the female athletes, who train so hard, but no matter how hard they work and train they will never be able to beat a biological male. … What are we doing to our girls by forcing them to race biological males?”

At the hearing, Congressman Gaetz (R-Florida) asked, “If President Trump were to say, ‘I am now the first female president,’ who would celebrate that? Would those who support this legislation think that’s a good thing?”

Advocates have no response to the legitimacy of that question.  More importantly, they are denying the threat of this policy to women and girls.  I was in the hearing room and, frankly, was shocked to hear how women, who are 51% of the U.S. population, are now an afterthought for those promoting the trans agenda.  They are not fighting for females anymore.

In 2016, Sports Illustrated showcased female candidates who were college athletes, including Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, both cosponsors of the Equality Act.  They said how playing competitive sports prepared, and propelled, them into politics.  “It took the fear out of losing,” said Gillibrand, now a presidential candidate.

The testimonies in this article make the case that reducing opportunities for female college athletes could reduce the number of women running for office.  Is that what Democrats want?

Supporters have no way of defending the Equality Act against these threats to women and girls, even though basic common sense makes it obvious to most people.  Many proponents have blindly jumped on the bandwagon – it’s time they consider the impact.  Women will lose, which is why we need you to get active and oppose the Equality Act.

Contact your congressman and senator today, and tell them to oppose the (In)Equality Act!

Don’t be fooled ladies — the Equality Act is a threat to all of us

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How can people like Ginni Rometty, the first female CEO of IBM, so easily jump on the bandwagon of the so-called Equality Act and fail to see its obvious threats to women?

The Equality Act, which would amend existing federal civil rights laws (including the Civil Rights Act of 1964) to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics, seeks to erase the understood binary definition of sex as male or female, and enshrine a new definition of sex that includes a person’s perception of his or herself – not the actual chromosomal DNA that identifies his or her true sex.  [More …]


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

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

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

Do Transgender Rights Trump Women’s Rights? The Left Needs to Decide

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As the Left have attempted to stake their claim as the only group who represents and cares about women, they have also managed to simultaneously stab these same women in the back, betraying the very essence of their femininity and steamrolling over the uniqueness of the sexes in order to elevate their own agendas.

The debate over the role of transgendered individuals (people who identify as one gender but have the anatomy of another), has risen again in recent weeks, with President Trump’s declaration that transgendered individuals will no longer be able to serve in the military. It will no doubt continue to be a hot debate as the culture wars rage on. The issue of gender dysphoria is real and painful and we must have love and compassion for them.

But I fear they are being politically and monetarily used as the Left, always looking for a new group to exploit, opens new fronts in the culture wars.  Feminists should wonder, however, that if we reconstruct male and female to sixty-three and growing definitions, who is protected and who is hurt? Does this new idea of no binary definition of gender displace and demean the hard fought and won accomplishments of women?

I think yes. Consider the issue of women’s sports. When men are allowed to compete as women, women lose no matter how hard they work.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was crafted to ensure that female athletes were not left out of sports and created a level playing field which encouraged excellence in competition. Congress and feminists understood that boys and girls are physiologically different and that boys vs. boys and girls v. girls was fair because of basic biological and hormonal differences.

Title IX has nothing to do with character, power, or intelligence.

Fast forward to 2016, when a boy identifying as a girl qualified for the Alaska State Championships in the 200-meter dash, displacing a female athlete for third place. The senior competed against girls as young as freshmen. Hardly fair.

In June of this year, a boy identifying as a girl was allowed to compete on the female high school track team in Connecticut and was lauded for placing first in two races. His time would have placed him last in the same races in the boys division.

Colleges offer sports scholarships for both genders based on high school accomplishments. But now, these scholarships have the potential to be monopolized by boys in both male and female categories.

Last month, it was announced that for the first time since all combat roles were opened to women in December of 2015, there are two female candidates in the Navy SEAL and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman program (SWCC) programs.

This watershed moment for women in the military has the merit to stand alone, but instead, the news story went on to undercut the success of these two women by saying that, in fact, the first woman to join an elite Navy force could be a transgender woman who came out in 2016.

Sports titles have been stripped from women, and military achievements by women are being given to men, but surely women can maintain their right to privacy and their respect as child-bearers, right? Wrong.

The women’s bathroom is no longer a secure place for women and children to go for privacy. Security is not so narrow as to imply only physical safety, it also encompasses emotional safety. The women’s bathroom is a place where women are vulnerable. To have a man present, no matter his self-perception, compromises that vulnerability. Talk about a need for safe spaces.

As if this is not enough, the Huffington Post highlighted a transgender individual holding a sign that read, “Periods are not just for women” while flaunting blood-stained pants between spread legs. If not so horrifying and disrespectful, it would be comical. Of course, periods are just for women and most of us have more dignity than to flaunt them for a political stunt.

By using a woman’s menstrual cycle, which indicates her unique role as a foundational creator and nurturer of life, these activists betray women and use her for cheap political props. This is an attack on a woman’s amazing biological ability to bear and give birth to children.

This is gender appropriation – stealing something precious that distinctly belongs to women, demeaning it, and distorting its purpose. Historically, women have fought to defend and protect their position and authority within society. Our spaces and institutions have value and therefore deserve respect and protection from encroachment of the entitled Left.  The emperor has no clothes and our pretending otherwise only degrades women.