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FY 2022 Appropriations Update: Standing Strong for Life in the House

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As Congress drafts appropriations bills for the new fiscal year, pro-life advocates are fighting to preserve longstanding prohibitions on the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions, both at home and abroad. Despite pleas for reason from their colleagues and the American people, the Democrat Majority is unyielding in its quest to bankroll the destruction of innocent human life.

The House Appropriations Committee recently passed the FY 2022 State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) and FY 2022 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bills on party line votes. The SFOPS bill removes the Helms Amendment, a prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortions overseas, and weakens the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, a provision allowing the President to discontinue funds to organizations that support or manage coercive abortion programs. The legislation also permanently repeals the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy (a.k.a. Mexico City Policy), which requires foreign NGOs to agree, as a condition of receiving U.S. dollars, not to promote or perform abortions. Furthermore, the bill drastically increases funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a known supporter of China’s forced abortion and sterilization regime, and for international family planning, a slush fund for Planned Parenthood and related organizations.

During committee markups, Reps. Kay Granger (R-Texas), Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), and Dr. Andy Harris (R-Maryland) offered amendments to restore these safeguards and remove funding for unchecked, pro-abortion programming. Unfortunately, all attempts were defeated. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) was the only Democrat member to vote in support of Helms, Kemp-Kasten, and the Mexico City Policy.

The FSGG bill removes the Smith Amendment, a prohibition on funding for abortions through the Federal Health Benefits (FEHB) program, and the Dornan Amendment, a ban on the use of local and federal funds for abortion services in Washington, D.C., Once again, Rep. Hinson offered amendments to reinstate these provisions, but both items were defeated. Rep. Cuellar voted with Republicans to protect Smith.

This week, the Committee marked up FY 2022 funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education. This appropriations bill is the legislative vehicle for the Hyde Amendment, a longstanding prohibition on federal funding of elective abortion through Medicaid, Medicare disability, and other programming. Lawmakers have agreed to its inclusion in the federal budget for the last four decades, yet Democrats have stripped the life-saving language from this year’s bill. The Weldon Amendment, a prohibition on government discrimination against healthcare entities that refuse to cover or pay for abortions, has also been removed. This is unacceptable.

Members will have another chance to stand for life as these bills move to full consideration on the House floor and on to the Senate. Please visit our Action Center today and tell your U.S. Representative and Senators to hold the line on Hyde and related protections.

We applaud those who have already risen to challenge this affront to the sanctity of human life. On July 1, 2021, the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and the Republican Study Committee joined forces on a letter to President Biden opposing his FY 2022 budget request and the blatant disregard for American taxpayers’ conscience rights. That same day, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) led a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra requesting follow-up on his refusal to acknowledge the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act as federal law. His troubling testimony only underscores the gravity of this fight.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee will continue to serve as a voice for the precious unborn as well as millions of Americans who object to their tax dollars financing abortion on demand. Stay tuned for additional updates on FY 2022 Appropriations and our fight to hold the line on Hyde.

Mind Your Business? Congress Pushes Disclosure of Sex Preferences of Nation’s Business Owners

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The Left’s drive to impose government mandates that classify people by their sexual behavior and gender preferences was fully on display in Congress recently, drawing even some self-described conservative members in its wake.

On June 24, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1443, the LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act. The legislation would require financial institutions to report credit application data to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau detailing the sexual orientation or gender identity of business owners. Concerned Women for American Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) scored votes against the measure, as it lacks any non-ideological justification for enactment and only furthers the Democrats’ goal of imposing the deceptive Equality Act objectives through the back door.

At the surface, H.R. 1443 is government overreach. Regardless of intended use, a federal database collecting such intimate, unverifiable information is intrusive and beyond the reasonable scope of government authority. Sexual preferences are irrelevant to business lending and should neither hinder nor help one’s credit prospects. Once the precedent for this reporting mandate is set, the case can be made for all federal programming to consider the LGBTQ-status of applicants and recipients. Should we expect these questions on the next census?

The long-term ramifications are limitless. This policy provides the foundation for a new, federally recognized class of LGBTQ business owners who would be eligible for procurement set-asides and sole-source contracting opportunities. Establishing these categories in federal statute paves the way for the government-wide redefinition of sex as sought in the radical Equality Act.

Far too many questions are left unanswered by this ill-conceived policy. We do not know how such data will be certified or why the government saw a need to collect the information in the first place. Even more troublesome is the fact that the Democrat Majority in the House originally intended to pass the legislation on suspension of the rules, a process traditionally reserved for noncontroversial measures that will proceed through the chamber without objection. Thankfully, this first attempt failed to receive the necessary two-thirds vote for approval, forcing the Democrats to place the bill up for full consideration.

Although we hoped to see more Members stand strong against this Trojan horse, many fell in line with the woke Left’s agenda, including the lead Republican member of the Financial Services Committee. You can see how your Representative voted here. CWALAC will continue to toe the line of reason in these cultural battles. Please pray that our elected officials find the courage to do the same.

The Ongoing Fight to Protect Hyde

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(Action item at the bottom of the post.)

President Biden’s $6 trillion Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal to Congress breaks over four decades of bipartisan precedent by removing the Hyde Amendment, a prohibition on federal funding of elective abortion through Medicaid, Medicare disability, and other programming under Health and Human Services appropriations. As Congress proceeds with the appropriations process, pro-life advocates are gearing up to ensure that this time-honored safeguard is preserved.

The U.S. House of Representatives recently launched “Eighteen Days for H.R. 18,” a strategy utilizing procedural maneuvers to seek immediate consideration of H.R. 18, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. This legislation would make the Hyde Amendment permanent and expand its applicability across all government programming, including Obamacare. CWALAC is scoring all votes related to the measure.

As of today, over 20 members have taken to the House floor to publicly highlight the importance of codifying the Hyde Amendment and defending life. On June 23, 2021, a key procedural vote put House Democrats on the record in obstruction of H.R. 18 and its progression through the chamber. This is far from the end of the fight. Our pro-life allies in Congress need our support as they continue to reject this Administration’s brazen assault on our most vulnerable and the conscience rights of American taxpayers.

Learn more about Hyde and its related pro-life provisions in the federal budget here!

Join us in sending a strong message to members of Congress to hold the line and protect life in the federal budget. Visit CWA’s Action Center to contact your Senators and Representative today.

No Celebration: Nearly 50 Years of Title IX Equality for Women at Risk

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By Morgan Schlesselman, CWA Government Relations Intern

June 23, 2021, marks the 49th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX was spearheaded by former Congresswoman Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Birch Bayh (D-Indiana), who believed that women were entitled to equal opportunities in education and athletics. As Birch Bayh put it, “It’s unfortunate. Title IX is rather simple: don’t discriminate on the basis of sex.”

Lin Dunn, a women’s professional and college basketball coach for more than 40 years, said, “I honestly believe that the package of Title IX, that piece of legislation, is one of the most powerful pieces to empower and impact women ever.” Dunn is correct; before Title IX was enacted, women received fewer than 10 percent of all medical and law degrees, and only one in 27 high school girls played sports. Now, one in two high school girls play sports, and women possess more than half of the bachelor’s and graduate degrees in this country. According to the Women’s Sport’s Foundation, female participation in sports leads to better grades, higher graduation rates, fewer unplanned pregnancies, higher levels of confidence and self-esteem, lower levels of depression, and more positive body image than females who do not play sports.

However, the Biden Administration is actively working to overturn the equal rights women and girls gained under Title IX.  Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights sent a Letter to Educators on the 49thAnniversary of Title IX  explaining that “sex-based discrimination” includes gender identity and sexual orientation. This change in definition to include gender identity puts all the progress of the last 49 years at risk. Allowing biological males to compete in sports for women and girls means less space for female athletes on teams, the loss of scholarships, and the loss of awards and other opportunities.

It has been well established that the male body is naturally bigger, stronger, and faster than the female body. The physical advantage men have is what led to the creation of separate categories for women’s sports to provide a fair playing field and equal opportunities for female athletes. It has not taken long to see the impact of allowing biological males into female sports. In just three seasons, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s policy that allows any male self-identifying as a girl to compete in girls’ sports led to two transgender runners taking 15 women’s state championship titles and more than 85 opportunities for higher level competitions from female track athletes.

Biological males are not just taking opportunities and championships from females at the high school level, but college as well. In May 2019, a transathlete from Franklin Pierce University became the first biological male to win an NCAA track and field title in the women’s  400-meter hurdles. Just sixteen months prior, the same athlete had competed on Franklin Pierce’s men’s team. With the re-definition of sex under Title IX and a decade-old NCAA policy that embraces the inclusion of transgender athletes in women’s sports, female athletes will face a new barrier to equal opportunity in their sport.

Seeing the potential impact of these policies on female athletes, many states are working to pass legislation requiring participation in sports based on biological sex. This year, governors in seven states signed bills into law. However, these states now face the threat of being stripped of the opportunity to host NCAA championships. The NCAA has pledged “only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected. We will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful of all participants.” In the eyes of the NCAA, granting females fairness and equal opportunity to compete only against biological females is “discrimination.”

While many state legislatures and governors have taken initiative to protect fairness in women’s sports, the Biden Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is making their priorities to do the opposite very clear. In a statement of interest in B.P.J. v. West Virginia State Board of Education, the DOJ argues that any law that bans transgender girls from competing in female sports is unconstitutional because it violates Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Title IX was once a huge victory for women’s rights, equality, and female empowerment. Today, with the push to redefine what it means to be a woman, female athletes are facing a new fight for equality. Is this what Congresswoman Mink and Senator Bayh had in mind?

Olympics 2021: An Unfair Playing Field

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For the first time ever, a transgender athlete has qualified for an Olympic team. Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand was selected for their national team on Monday and will compete in the “super-heavyweight” category in the weightlifting competition.

Vice President of Government Relations for Concerned Women for America, Doreen Denny, had this to say: “This is a devastating decision. It creates a mockery of women’s sports.” Denny went on to explain how changing the rules based on gender identity is a huge disadvantage to women.

Although Hubbard falls within the limit for testosterone levels to compete on the women’s team, she still has five times the amount of testosterone found within the average woman.

Watch below for the full story.

 

The Left’s Quest for Abortion on Demand

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On June 16, 2021, the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing titled “Protecting Roe: Why We Need the Women’s Health Protection Act,” a timely homage to Roe v. Wade and the left’s newest legislative push for abortion on demand. Just last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a challenge to Mississippi’s ban (with limited exceptions) on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Congressional Democrats are now working double time to enshrine the right to elective abortion in federal law despite public opinion trending heavily in favor of protecting preborn life.

The so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021” (WHPA) aims to codify and expand Roe, invalidating nearly every state restriction on abortion nationwide. The bill’s proponents are so blinded by their cause that they refuse to recognize the callous destruction of innocent human life. One hearing witness, Melissa Ohden, a saline abortion survivor and Founder and Director of the Abortion Survivors Network, urged policymakers to face this reality. “Life is the foundation of all other rights. The very fact that this hearing is being held shows that everyone in this room was granted the privilege to retain that right—a privilege I was denied.” Ms. Ohden declared that she and her fellow survivors are an “inconvenient truth,” one that complicates abortionists’ unyielding pro-choice campaign. Read her full testimony here.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the lead Republican member of the subcommittee, provided a compelling opening statement to clarify the issues at stake. Watch it here.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) implores all members of Congress to listen to the truth about the sanctity of human life and the real meaning of women’s health. Elective abortion is not healthcare, and it does not protect women. As the Biden Administration proposes to repeal every long-standing pro-life safeguard from our federal budget and Congress considers extreme measures like the WHPA, CWALAC will continue to be on the front lines defending life and holding elected officials accountable for inaction.

Learn more about the Women’s Health Protection Act here.

Press Release:  Education Department Throws the Civil Rights of Women Under the Bus

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2021

Contact:
Jacklyn Washington
202-748-3501, [email protected]

 Education Department Redefines Sex to Throw the Civil Rights of Women Under the Bus

A sham and a shame. Our daughters deserve better.

 Washington, D.C. – Just one week before the June 23 anniversary of Title IX, the Biden Administration has unconstitutionally reinterpreted the meaning of sex and effectively thrown the rights of women and girls under the bus. The landmark federal civil rights law enacted 49 years ago to prohibit sex-based discrimination and protect women has just been used to erase female status and turn Title IX on its head.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Notice of Interpretation explaining that “sex-based discrimination” includes gender identity and sexual orientation. The expansion of this definition means the government wants to force us to live under the fantasy that biology no longer matters and that the Biden Administration will no longer protect the equal rights of women and girls in education and athletics as intended.

From day one, the Biden Administration has been declaring war on what it means to be a woman. From replacing the word “mothers” with “birthing people” in its legislative proposals to leaving female athletes in a field of lost dreams, the Democrats have turned back the clock on decades of progress for women’s rights.

This decision is outrageous and insulting to every woman in America. It is detrimental to the safety, privacy, and opportunities of female students and athletes. Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an icon of the feminist movement, understood that sex-based classifications could be permissible because certain “differences between men and women” are “enduring.” For years, we’ve watched young, courageous, female athletes work to excel in women’s sports and demonstrate a simple point: sex-separated sports are at the heart of fair competition because men have innate physiological advantages over women based on immutable biological differences.

Unfortunately, in this radical woke era that elevates self-declared identity over reality, women and girls have been sidelined by leftist ideologues who demand any man can claim female status and have full access to our sex-separated spaces and sports.

Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, has been on the front lines of the battle to defend Title IX for female students and athletes. Last week, Doreen Denny, CWA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, provided live testimony for the U.S. Department of Education’s virtual public hearing.

With this radical reinterpretation of Title IX coming on the heels of a full week of testimony and thousands of public comments, the Department of Education’s decision was obviously made before the results were in. President Joe Biden and Secretary Miguel Cardona clearly don’t care about what the American people, including the majority of women, have to say or about safety and fairness for women and girls.

A sham and a shame. Our daughters deserve better.

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

No Hiding from the Hyde Amendment

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Appropriations season is upon us. As President Biden unveils his $6 trillion Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal to Congress, it is time again to protect longstanding prohibitions on the use of federal funds for elective abortions. We currently face an unprecedented threat to the time-honored safeguards of the Hyde Amendment and related provisions.

The Hyde Amendment was introduced in 1976 to stop the flow of federal taxpayer dollars for abortion following the Roe v. Wade decision. Every annual spending bill over the last four decades has included this provision, defending the conscience rights of a strong majority of Americans who would otherwise be forced to pay for the destruction of human life. Additional Hyde-like pro-life amendments have since emerged to apply these critical restrictions to other relevant federal programs, both domestic and international.

Abortion giant Planned Parenthood and its industry allies have tightened their grip on the highest echelons of government power to finance their cause. Yet most Americans agree that the abortion industry should not receive federal funds and that preborn life deserves protection. A recent Marist poll found that 76% of Americans support restrictions on abortions after the first trimester, at the very least. Funding for overseas abortion is opposed by 77% of Americans and even 64% of pro-choice voters. Further, 58% of Americans support the original Hyde Amendment.

Unfortunately, President Biden has abandoned his previous position and promise to defend Hyde, a troubling sign that he is beholden to radical leftist interests rather than the will of the American people. Many in the Democrat majority in Congress have pledged to repeal these life-saving measures, raising the stakes even higher for the battle ahead. If they cannot get their way on Hyde, some have even proposed grant programs to directly fund Planned Parenthood clinics.

In anticipation of the Biden budget request, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee joined dozens of others in the pro-life community in a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to guarantee inclusion of the Hyde Amendment and related provisions in FY 2022 appropriations. Nearly 2.5 million precious lives have been preserved since Hyde’s inception. We cannot sit idly by while this Administration seeks to open to floodgates and send our hard-earned tax dollars to those preying on the most vulnerable among us. As appropriations season commences, we must hold Congress accountable for holding the line on Hyde.

SBA Administrator Withholds the Truth on Funding to Planned Parenthood

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) has obstructed proper Congressional oversight of the COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through its refusal to share information on over $90 million in total loans to Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).

At a recent Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing, Ranking Member Rand Paul demanded answers on the unlawful distribution of funds to PPFA affiliates deemed ineligible for the aid program. SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman dodged the inquiry, failing to recognize the critical need for transparency on the use of precious taxpayer dollars. Under her leadership, the SBA approved at least $17.6 million in additional loans to PPFA, including a maxed-out $10 million loan to Planned Parenthood of Greater New York just before the program exhausted funds in early May 2021. This despite ongoing inquiries regarding $80 million in aid yet to be returned by 38 affiliates. Paul underscored the role of the Hyde Amendment to prevent federal money from going to abortions, thus preserving Americans’ conscience protection rights.

The SBA’s failure to enforce the rules against Planned Parenthood sends a clear message. This Administration will stop at nothing to protect the abortion industry’s survival, even at the expense of our nation’s small, main street businesses who are truly in need.

We stand behind the efforts of Sen. Rand Paul and others to uncover the truth and hold bad actors accountable. Our leaders must not stop until funds are returned, necessary legal action is taken, and the proper controls are instituted to prevent such a scandal from occurring again.

View the full exchange: Dr. Rand Paul Questions SBA Administrator Guzman on Planned Parenthood PPP Loans – May 26, 2021

Breaking: Biden SBA Approves $10 Million PPP Loan to New York Planned Parenthood

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Time-sensitive action item at the end of this article.


Planned Parenthood of Greater New York has just been awarded a $10 million loan in the final hours of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which Congress passed to provide struggling small businesses a way to keep their employees during the pandemic shutdown. THIS IS NOTHING SHORT OF A SCANDAL.

Last week, Biden’s Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it ran out of funding for the PPP and stopped accepting new applications. That same day, a $10 million loan was approved for Planned Parenthood Greater New York. You may recall that Congress passed restrictions to the PPP that were supposed to disqualify Planned Parenthood affiliates from being eligible.

But the Biden Administration doesn’t care about playing by the rules. Fully funding Planned Parenthood is a top priority for President Biden and Democrat abortion advocates in Congress.

In addition to sending millions of dollars out the door through the Paycheck Protection Program, Biden is on a fast track to rewrite the rules for the Title X family planning program.

Two years ago, the Trump Administration succeeded in restoring Title X to its stated purpose of protecting human life and prohibiting federal funds from going to places providing abortion counseling, referrals, or services.  As a result, Planned Parenthood was shut out of the program.

Now, Biden is working to revoke the 2019 rules in order to RE-fund Planned Parenthood through Title X.

These proposed rules are now open for public comment until May 17. 

Opposing the Biden Title X Rule is a top priority for CWALAC, and we need your help.  You can send an official comment and be counted among those who oppose allowing the Title X family planning program from being used as a vehicle to promote abortion and prop up abortion providers.

Visit our Action Center HERE and send your comment today!

2020 Census Moves Seven Congressional Seats

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By Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations

Results from the 2020 census were announced this week with significant implications for the 2022 election. Every ten years, the U.S. census triggers an evaluation of how congressional seats are reapportioned among the fifty states. Population shifts over a decade can add to or subtract from the number of congressional districts per state. Based on the 2020 census, seven congressional seats are being reapportioned.

Notable: Seven is more than the margin of difference between the Democrat majority and the Republican minority in the House. The states where these new seats are being added (and subtracted) could flip which political party controls the House of Representatives in 2022.

A little history: The U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1787 before most states were even created, established membership in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative.”

This Article I provision established the principle of tying a congressional delegation to a state’s population. In 1929, the Permanent Apportionment Act was passed and signed into law which capped the number of U.S. House voting members at 435 (the level established after the 1910 Census). It also created the procedure of automatically reapportioning House seats after every decennial census.

Here is the way the seven congressional districts are being reapportioned:

  • Seven states are losing one seat: California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.
  • Six states are gaining one or more seats: Texas (2), Oregon, Montana, Colorado, North Carolina, Florida

Based on this list of “gainers and losers,” it is not hard to recognize a migration away from Rust Belt and big liberal states. This could advantage a Republican party looking to regain control of the House in the next election. The impact to Congress does not end there. With this reapportionment, states will also undertake drawing new boundaries for congressional districts within the state, based on gains and losses of congressional seats among the states and the regional changes in population within the state.  When we think of redistricting, memories of Civics 101 and the term “gerrymandering” may come to mind.

Redistricting congressional seats is largely the function of state legislatures which gives the party in control the upper hand. Notably, Republicans control a majority of state house and state senate chambers across the country. States vary in their laws about the process of redistricting and the use of commissions engaged in these decisions.

With reapportionment decided, what we know now is seven incumbent members of Congress (yet to be determined) will not have a reelection opportunity in the seven losing states while seven new seats in pick-up states will offer open entry for a new position. Redistricting remains the great unknown with significant implications for many members of Congress. This will dominate state politics and likely several courts in the coming months.

For political pundits, political action committees, and those interested in politics, it’s game time as the battle for drawing new congressional boundaries takes center stage. Stay tuned. Popcorn anyone?

Transgenderism vs. Transformation-Episode 2

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Radical gender ideology has a chokehold on the very institutions that are meant to protect, educate, and uplift our children. Now more than ever, it is critical that parents are aware of the issues their children are facing and the permanent changes these mystery drugs being pushed on them can inflict. Our very own Vice President of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, sat back down with Star Parker to unpack exactly what this means and how people of faith must activate to fight back.

 To view Doreen’s interview, start at 17:40.

To view Doreen’s Episode 1 interview, start at 17:50.

Transgenderism vs. Transformation: CWA in the Fight-Episode 1

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Radical gender ideology has a chokehold on the very institutions that are meant to protect, educate, and uplift our children. Now more than ever, it is critical that parents are aware of the issues their children are facing and the permanent changes these mystery drugs being pushed on them can inflict. Our very own Vice President of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, sat down with Star Parker to unpack exactly what this means and how people of faith must activate to fight back. 

To view Doreen’s interview, start at 17:50.

 To view Doreen’s episode 2 interview, start at 17:40.

Born Alive Discharge Petition Score Letter

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Concerned Women for America LAC sent this scorecard letter urging U.S. Representatives to sign the discharge petition in support of H.R. 619, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

Join CWA in your support for life by contacting your Representatives today using this link and urging them to sign the discharge petition in support of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

Wanted: Governors of Courage to Stand Against Radical Gender Ideology

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By Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations

In the past two weeks, we have seen significant progress in the fight against radical gender ideology in the states. Importantly, many state legislatures are embracing these debates generating greater awareness of the realities and harms at stake. They are also underscoring the necessity of having governors of courage.

Last week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Arkansas) joined Gov. Tate Reeves (R-Mississippi) in signing the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” into law. These are notable victories following Idaho’s enactment of the first such bill last year signed by Gov. Eric Little (R-Idaho) and immediately challenged, as expected, in a lawsuit leveled by the ACLU.

Gov. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) did the opposite. She responded to the passage of a popular House Bill promoting continued fairness in women’s sports with a “form and style” veto capitulating to noisy activists and dubious NCAA threats. Noem demanded the South Dakota legislature rewrite big portions of the bill, including removing protections for college women athletes. By putting a price tag on winning her signature, she effectively torpedoed the bill causing female athletes in her state to lose out.

Big majorities of the public agree on protecting women’s sports for female athletes, so why the fear?   Assuring fair play for women and girls based on biological sex, not gender identity, should be something on which we can all agree. It should be a matter of biological fact, physiological advantage, and basic civil rights, not partisanship or political activism. Male athletes should not be competing in women’s sports, regardless of how they identify.

The governor’s surrender in South Dakota contrasted acts of courage by governors in Mississippi and Arkansas. It will take governors of courage across America to turn the tide toward regaining women’s rights as athletes and against hyped threats from left-wing activists, the ACLU, NCAA, woke corporations, and the Biden-Harris administration, which has thrown the gauntlet further. More governors may have the opportunity to make this choice in the coming weeks.

Women’s sports is not the only place radical gender ideology has taken root. It is also happening on social media, in school counseling offices, and in transgender pediatric clinics where children and youth are only affirmed in their self-declared “gender identities” with irreversible medical and surgical treatments. It takes courage to stand against the Big Gender interests behind this craze damaging our daughters.

This week, Gov. Hutchinson acted in opposite fashion on the issue of protecting children from transgender promotion. Hutchinson vetoed a bill called the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act which would prevent experimental gender treatments and surgeries on minors, citing “government overreach” (even though many government laws shield the health and safety of children from harm). A veto-proof majority had passed the measure in both Arkansas chambers and quickly chided the governor’s retreat by overriding his veto. We applaud their courage to lead and enact the first child protection bill of its kind in the nation.

A greedy and negligent medical industry is shrouding the truth about the rising incidence of gender dysphoria, disregarding the reckless and harmful nature of treatment and denying children, who have no capacity for informed consent, the ability to grow up and out of dysphoric conditions. Instead, medical activists tell parents it is the “standard of care” and the best way to deal with gender-confusion and depression. They compel life-altering decisions that stop normal development and place children on a never-ending road of opposite sex hormone treatments that make empty promises about becoming the opposite sex – a scientific impossibility.

South Dakota was in a similar battle last year where the same governor postured concern instead of conviction over what it sought to address: the serious damage to children being inflicted by promoters of transgender medical experiments on youth. She aided the bill’s defeat in a Senate committee.

Courageous leaders in Congress are joining legislators in other states in protecting women’s sports and protecting children, most notably in South Carolina, where Democrat Representative Cezar McKnight is spearheading a bipartisan bill, the “South Carolina Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act,” to shield children from reckless transgender treatment. These leaders need encouragement for their courageous stand.

Concerned Women for America is committed to our role in educating policymakers and citizens on these issues and being a voice of courage standing against radical gender ideology as a promise to America’s children. Our prayer is that all governors will respond to the momentum in their states on these serious issues confronting our culture by standing for truth, at such a time as this, and leading the way.

Happily never after: Democrats push a modern-day war on women

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Washington Examiner Op-ed by Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations

If Sleeping Beauty awakened today, she may be shocked to learn that being a woman no longer means being female. Gender perception trumps biological reality. In fact, biology is downright bigotry in the progressive-era redefinition of the age-old understanding of sex as the immutable genetic code of being male or female. Prince Charming could have ovaries.

What Sleeping Beauty would find is a culture in chaos. The tempest of this 21st-century moment? A Democratic majority beholden to left-wing activists and propped up by media that temper any balanced reporting of the facts, evidence, or novel narratives that challenge tradition. Social media platforms and their attendant mobs ban truth-telling in the name of “fake news” and censor dissent.

No wonder that the Equal Rights Amendment and the so-called Equality Act are being advanced without any examination of the war on women they portend. Any scrutiny could expose their kiss of deception.

House Democrats passed a partisan resolution to “extend the deadline” of the Equal Rights Amendment by a vote of 222-204. Never mind that a federal district court recently declared that the ERA ratification effort expired with no option to resuscitate. The deadline passed long ago, said the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in an opinion from the Obama-appointed judge in Virginia v. Ferriero.

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Action Needed! Hyde Amendment at Stake

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If you oppose the federal government using taxes from workers’ paychecks to fund the destruction of babies in the womb through abortion, call your member of Congress at 202-225-3121 and urge them to vote NO. Read why below.

Senate Democrats Repeal Hyde Amendment in Massive New Spending Cloaked as “COVID Relief”  

As part of the massive, partisan $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending bill passed on Saturday, every Senate Democrat voted to scrap over 40 years of bipartisan consensus to prevent the federal government from using your tax dollars from paying for the brutal destruction of babies through abortion. This is unconscionable. Any American who knows babies in the womb deserves the chance to live needs to stand against this atrocity.

A strong majority of Americans, including many who identify as “pro-choice,” support the Hyde Amendment (for domestic programs) and the Helms Amendment (for international programs), which prohibit federal tax dollars from American workers’ paychecks being used to kill innocent pre-born children at home and abroad.

President Joe Biden and his radical Democrat party are promoting a culture of death in this reckless, excessive federal bail-out bill. Under the guise of an “American Rescue Plan,” they are abandoning protection for the most vulnerable and voiceless lives in America:  babies in the womb.

Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Bob Casey (Pennsylvania), and Tim Kaine (Virginia) voted for an amendment to restore the Hyde Amendment protections to prevent any of the $1.9 trillion from paying for abortion on demand. The amendment failed to reach the sixty votes needed for passage. These same members then voted for passage of the final bill, willing to allow billions of dollars in new Obamacare funding to pay for an abortion for any reason. Sens. Manchin, Casey, and Kaine care more about $1,400 checks in the mail than the billions of dollars that can now be spent to destroy innocent pre-born babies. Shame on them and the entire Democrat party.

The so-called “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021” now goes back to the House for a vote. If you oppose the federal government using taxes from workers’ paychecks to fund the destruction of babies in the womb through abortion, call your member of Congress at 202-225-3121 and urge them to vote NO.


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CWALAC Letter Opposes Becerra for HHS

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing the nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. The letter concludes:

Gen. Becerra is a prosecutor and activist with no experience in the healthcare industry, no respect for the conscience rights of American citizens, and no compassion for the lives of the most vulnerable. CWALAC urges all Senators to oppose Xavier Becerra’s nomination to be Secretary of HHS. He is simply the wrong choice for this important position.

Read CWALAC’s full letter here.

Click here to read our general counsel Mario Diaz’ op-ed on the nomination as feature on The Stream.


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Equality Act Exposes Radical Gender Ideology and Need for “Promise to America’s Children”

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The “Equality Act” (H.R. 5) just passed a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives for the second time, but for opponents, including Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the latest result offers encouraging signs. This time, the deceptively-named Equality Act – proposing a revolutionary redefinition of sex in federal civil rights law with far-reaching and harmful implications for women, children, and people of faith – received only three Republican votes (less than half of the eight cast in 2019).

More are coming to see how radical gender ideology endangers children’s minds, bodies, and relationships with their parents—and the Equality Act would cement it into law.

Democrats bypassed any congressional hearings and denied any amendments, flexing their power muscle to force a vote but also fearing too much scrutiny. Republicans were ready to speak with conviction and clarity against the extremism of the bill.

As Penny Nance, CEO and President, said in a statement, “The gender ideology of the elitist left erases the ability to differentiate between men and women and denies the harm this inflicts on women and children. Democrats should fear any examination of the real impact of the ‘Equality Act’ because Americans reject its destructive agenda.”

As the Equality Act was being debated on the House floor, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) was questioning President Biden’s HHS nominee, Dr. Rachel Levine, in a Senate committee hearing. Dr. Levine, who is transgender, has promoted the use of gender transition medical treatments and surgeries on minors.  Sen. Paul’s questions emphasized the reckless approach of gender affirmation ideology that freely administers damaging and irreversible medical transition treatments on children who self-declare a desire for a sex change. Please watch this clip and share this shocking exchange that shows what’s at stake in the Equality Act.

Rising against these threats, the Promise to America’s Children initiative has launched. The Promise recognizes that our children are most at risk of harm in a culture sowing gender confusion and chaos. It frames the conflict and the solutions in this context: protecting children’s minds, protecting children’s bodies, and protecting children’s relationships with their parents. The 10-point Promise identifies principles that should guide policy and advocacy. It equips and invites others to take a stand against the harms of radical gender ideology endangering our children. It provides model legislation for policymakers.

Concerned Women for America is participating with the Heritage Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom, and others as a national partner in this important movement. State legislators are signing the Promise and taking action by sponsoring legislation. Parents, citizens, and policymakers are encouraged to sign the Promise and take action in their schools and communities.

In endorsing the Promise to America’s Children, Penny Nance declared,

“America’s children are our most precious gifts. Concerned Women for America believes that as parents and leaders, it is our duty to protect their minds, bodies, and souls – all of which are under attack by a radical sexual agenda …. CWA supports the Promise to America’s Children so that our daughters and granddaughters will be assured of fairness on the playing field and bodily privacy and dignity in intimate spaces. I call upon lawmakers and other leaders to sign this pledge and commit to defending our children both personally and in the public square.”

Join the movement to protect our children and defeat the Equality Act, which is now moving to the Senate. We need every concerned citizen to rise to the challenge facing our culture through prayer AND action. Check how your Representative voted on the Equality Act here, and please contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to oppose the Equality Act through our Action Center today!


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“Equality Act” Exposed: Democrats Ram Vote to Avoid Scrutiny

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2021

Contact:
Natalie Panettiere
202-266-4816, [email protected]

“Equality Act” Exposed:  Vulnerable Women and Children Lose
House Democrats Ram Vote to Avoid Scrutiny

Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance and Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) joined Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Arizona), and organizations from the left and the right to expose the dangerous effects of the Equality Act before tomorrow’s House vote.

In a virtual rally hosted by the Family Policy Alliance, all were clear: the “Equality Act” will do away with women’s-only sports and locker rooms, safe spaces for vulnerable women in prisons and domestic violence shelters, and jeopardize parents’ jurisdiction over their child’s education and health care. The “Equality Act” is dangerous for our country.

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

“Democrats are rushing the deceptively-named Equality Act for a vote because they fear the truth if their radical gender ideology is exposed. The media and Big Tech are giving them cover, devoting no attention to its dangerous and far-reaching implications. Amazon is banning books revealing its harms.

“The gender ideology of the elitist left erases the ability to differentiate between men and women and denies the harm this inflicts on women and children. Democrats should fear any examination of the real impact of the “Equality Act” because Americans reject its destructive agenda.

“This bill is not about equality; it is about imposing a new form of discrimination against women and all who believe in the basic truth and dignity of our creation as male and female. Women’s rights to safety, privacy, and conscience are abandoned under this bill. Vulnerable women in prisons and violence shelters have nowhere to be safe when any male claiming identity as a woman can occupy our spaces.

“Under the so-called Equality Act, women will lose female protected status in bathrooms, dressing rooms, locker rooms, and women’s shelters. Women will lose opportunities for scholarships and contracts.  Female athletes will lose their place on the podium in unfair competition. Children will face interrogation about their “gender identity” by educators and doctors and prescribed cross-sex hormones based on their self-declared identity regardless of parents’ concerns.

“The vast majority of America is united against government-coerced gender ideology and the harms that will result from the Equality Act.  Congress must reject it.”

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advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich
40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.


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